The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has indicated that two of its leaders have been invited to participate in one of this year’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen of the United Kingdom. According to the MCB Facebook post:
May 12, 2022 MCB Leaders Rashidat Hassan and Lamine Konate were delighted to join the Queen’s Garden Party, a great celebration and recognition of the contribution of communities. Everyone had a great time despite a little rain, our thanks to Her Majesty for the invitation.
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In summer, The Queen traditionally hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace in London. According to the website of the Royal Family, historically, these parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes and have evolved into a way of recognizing and rewarding public service. A network of sponsors is used to invite guests, who include Lord-Lieutenants, Government Departments, the Church, and other Faiths.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is among Britain’s most influential Muslim organizations. It has historically been dominated by adherents of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami movement in the UK, usually acting in concert with the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). Rashidat Hassan currently serves as MCB Assistant Secretary-General and Lamine Konate as MCB Assistant Treasurer.
In October 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the MCB had joined a virtual Muslim leadership conference that brought together a large number of GMB leaders and groups from around the globe. In March 2021, the GIOR reported that members of the British Home Office had criticized British Conservative Ex-Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt for meeting with the MCB Secretary-General despite an existing “non-engagement” policy with the group.
For more on the MCB and its role in the UK GMB network, see a 2020 report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at London’s King’s College.