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Remember the dispatches documentary “Undercover Mosque” that hit famous Muslim speakers like Shaykh Abu Usamah, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Shaykh Bilal Phillips, Shaykh Khalid Yasin & others and then Sh. Yasir and Sh. Bilal responded with this. Well looks like the UK police did some investigations and found out that Channel 4 was guilty of cutting and pasting phrases and putting them together to form a sentence just to please thier hatred of Islam and to show the speakers were “radical”. As you can see, Allah is the best of planners, and now the truth is out and they are being held responisible for this.

I also see this as a sign from Allah (swt) to some students of the teachers who would curse the police and, in general, governments, and now it is these same people, these same non-Muslims that are proving their own teachers were innocent of what the “Undercover Mosque” propaganda displayed of them.

I also agree with what Bro. Amad said:

It’s also a reminder for those Muslims who took an opportunity to take pot-shots at our brothers (regardless of what differences we have with them) to be careful in the future. We should always start with benefit of doubt, unless otherwise proven. This should be the same standard whether we see someone from Tabligh being caught up in something similar or someone from the ikhwaan or someone from any of the other groups of Muslims…

Verily does Allah reveal the truth and send signs to the believers so that they come to understand the true essence of Islam. Allah (swt) knows best. May Allah guide us all.

Here is the full article:

C4 ‘distorted’ mosque programme

Police are reporting Channel 4 to the media regulator Ofcom over the way an undercover programme was edited.

But charges will not be brought against preachers featured in Dispatches, which tackled claims of Islamic extremism.

West Midlands Police carried out its own inquiry into three speakers in the Undercover Mosque broadcast, and then into the programme-makers themselves.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the show “completely distorted” what the trio said, a claim Channel 4 rejects.

Kevin Sutcliffe, commissioning editor for Dispatches, said West Midlands police had produced no evidence to support their claims.

“We find it extraordinary that they have gone public on these concerns without discussing them with us first,” he said.

“We believe the comments made in the film speak for themselves – several speakers were clearly shown making abhorrent and extreme comments.”

He said the one-hour documentary, which was made over a nine-month period and broadcast in January, allowed comment to be seen in a fuller context.

“All the speakers featured in the film were offered a right to reply and none denied making these comments, nor have any of them complained to Ofcom to our knowledge.”

Bombings ‘justified’

The Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday that a second Dispatches programme was also being investigated.

Britain Under Attack featured a man known as “Abu Mohammed”.

He disguised his face with a scarf in the programme, which was shown on Monday, and said British Muslims were in “a state of war” and the 7 July bombings were “justified”.

A Met spokesman said: “We are assessing the content of a Dispatches programme broadcast on Monday 6 August to determine if any offences may have been disclosed.”

The spokesman said it was too early to say whether officers were investigating the people shown in the broadcast or the programme-makers.

The January programme infiltrated a number of mosques, one of which was Green Lane Mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham.

‘Moderate tradition’

It investigated mosques run by organisations claiming to be dedicated to moderation.

Abu Usamah, one of the preachers from Green Lane Mosque featured in the programme, said he was shocked when he saw himself depicted.

“It was the fact that Green Lane Mosque has a 33-year-old tradition of preaching and teaching the moderate version of Islam.

“To try and demonise the efforts of these people by taking their comments out of context was shocking.”

Mr Usamah said he had been featured as saying homosexuals should be thrown from a mountain when in fact he was explaining it was an opinion featured in some books, which was not one he believed.

An undercover reporter claimed to provide evidence that certain speakers preached messages of religious bigotry and extremism.

In a piece about the programme, the Channel 4 Dispatches website said a reporter had attended talks at mosques and found preachers “condemning the idea of integration into British society, condemning British democracy as un-Islamic and praising the Taliban for killing British soldiers”.

Police said they acknowledged some parts of the programme may have been considered offensive, but, when analysed in full context, there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

‘Completely distorted’

The police investigation was extended to include looking at issues relating to the editing of the programme.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyer Bethan David scrutinised 56 hours of media footage, only some of which was used in the broadcast.

She said: “The splicing together of extracts from longer speeches appears to have completely distorted what the speakers were saying.

“The CPS has demonstrated it will not hesitate to prosecute those responsible for criminal incitement.

“But in this case we have been dealing with a heavily-edited television programme, apparently taking out of context aspects of speeches which in their totality could never provide a realistic prospect of any convictions.”

Police asked the CPS to consider a prosecution of Channel 4 under the Public Order Act 1986 for showing material likely to stir up racial hatred, but they were advised there was insufficient evidence.

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  • 15 Responses for "UK’s Channel 4 Cut & Paste Job in Dispatches Documentary Caught by UK Police"

    1. Amad August 9th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

      It’s also a reminder for those Muslims who took an opportunity to take pot-shots at our brothers (regardless of what differences we have with them) to be careful in the future. We should always start with benefit of doubt, unless otherwise proven. This should be the same standard whether we see someone from Tabligh being caught up in something similar or someone from the ikhwaan or someone from any of the other groups of Muslims…

    2. Ahmed.A.A UK August 9th, 2007 at 7:25 pm

      Jazakallah khairan for putting this up brother! and this is truely a sign from allah (swt)that criminals can never get away with damaging islam!!!

      and brother Amad excellent post!

    3. Adam August 10th, 2007 at 8:07 am

      Wow!

      Good point Amad. Innocent until proven guilty!

    4. abdul-karim al-hanbali August 10th, 2007 at 4:56 pm

      Thumbs down to Abdul-Hakim Murad (aka TJ Winter aka the most pretentious man on Earth) for participating in that program.

    5. AbdulHaq al-Ashanti August 11th, 2007 at 2:07 am

      Allaah says,
      “They plot and plan; and Allaah also plans – and Allaah is the Best of Planners.”
      {al-Anfaal (8): 30}

      This is a real slap in the face with a wet fish followed by with a filthy rag for the likes of TJ Winter (Abdal-Hakim Murad), MECO, Haras Rafiq and other conniving failures who really thought that the only way they could get their own partisan agendas across was to participate in such a documentary.

      Complain:

      http://www.ofcom.org.uk/complain/progs/specific/

      And:

      Andrew Smith
      Hardcash Productions
      35 Waterside
      44 – 48 Wharf Road
      London N1 7UX

    6. Luqman August 11th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

      Only a novice of deficient intellect would say anything ill towards Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, please guard your tongue, you do not know his state with Allah.

    7. Ahmed.a.a August 11th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

      a lot of ppl really thought this program was going to help root out those brothers and turn them selfs into Heros! but infact it backfired! ther is speculating rumours going around some of the ppl who took part are in hiding and under protection!

    8. Usma August 11th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

      my local masjid was featured in that documentary..

      anyhoo, CH4’s dispatches documentaries are getting quite annoying now.

    9. Ahmed.a.a August 11th, 2007 at 10:12 pm

      was that masjid al tawheed?

    10. ibnZubair August 12th, 2007 at 10:07 pm

      Has anyone heard or read shaykh abdul-hakim murad’s response to this? If the channel went out of its way to misinterpret what everyone else was saying, there is a possibility that they took what he said out of context too (just giving husn ath-thunn).

      In any case, i would be interested in reading what he has to say about it and i would suggest that people hold off judgments until he responds. If any brothers know him personally, please ask and let us know.

    11. Ahmed.a.a August 14th, 2007 at 5:45 pm

      ibnZubair on August 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm said:

      Has anyone heard or read shaykh abdul-hakim murad’s response to this? If the channel went out of its way to misinterpret what everyone else was saying, there is a possibility that they took what he said out of context too (just giving husn ath-thunn).

      In any case, i would be interested in reading what he has to say about it and i would suggest that people hold off judgments until he responds. If any brothers know him personally, please ask and let us know.

      he was not giving a lecture in the program! he was actually describing what the salafi movement was about! it all went downhill when he started babbeling about wahabisim and everyone pretty much got the idea what he was on about!

    12. Nuqtah August 15th, 2007 at 6:17 am

      I guess wahhabi najdi kharijis aren’t always in the wrong.

      It’s pathetic that it was the non-muslims who had to point this out.

    13. ahmed.a.a August 15th, 2007 at 9:51 am

      Nuqtah on August 15, 2007 at 6:17 am said:

      I guess wahhabi najdi kharijis aren’t always in the wrong.

      It’s pathetic that it was the non-muslims who had to point this out.

      actually it was with the help of hundred of thousands of muslims who sent complaints to westmidland police and the metropolitan police.

    14. Nuqtah August 15th, 2007 at 9:18 pm

      I’m sure the common muslims did what they could. I’m talking about community leaders assailing from the so called ‘traditional’ persuasion.

    15. Mujahid November 24th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/05/16/cops-sorry-over-c4-documentary-slur-115875-20419113/
      Cops sorry over C4 documentary slur 16/05/2008

      Police and prosecutors had to apologise yesterday for slamming a TV documentary exposing Islamic extremism.

      West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service admitted they were wrong to say a Channel 4 Dispatches episode was misleading and distorted.

      The channel sued over claims Undercover Mosque was edited to alter the meaning of comments made by extremist preachers in Britain. An Ofcom inquiry cleared Dispatches of any wrongdoing.

      The force and the CPS will also be paying a six-figure sum to a charity of Channel 4’s choice.

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