On November 25, 2022, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) hosted a dinner at the Hilton Waldorf hotel in London to celebrate its 25th anniversary. According to an MCB Facebook post:
Tonight the Muslim Council of Britain began celebrating its 25th anniversary at a special dinner bringing together our community from around the country. […] Tonight, we begin to reflect on our 25 years of seeking the common good and empowering Muslim communities to achieve a just, cohesive and successful British society.
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The event brought together high-level politicians, including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (Labour Party), Scottish Labour Party leader Anas Sarwar, and Liberal Democrats leader Edward Davey. Other special guests included Labour MP Naz Shah and Lousia Rolfe, Assistant Commissioner for Met Operations in the London Metropolitan Police. In his address, Sadiq Khan lauded former Muslim Council of Britain leaders, saying:
I want to pay tribute to all the Secretary Generals this evening. To all the elders who recognised the importance of establishing the MCB.
In addition to politicians and civil society leaders, the event also featured appearances by Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) leaders, including:
- Iqbal Sacranie, the Founding MCB Secretary-General and listed as a former trustee of the Union of Good, a worldwide coalition of Muslim charities designated by the US for Hamas fundraising activities and closely associated with the GMB
- Muhammed Abdul Bari, a former MCB Secretary-General and former trustee of the Islamic Forum of Europe, the European wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a Southeast Asian Islamist political party close to the GMB
- Tufail Hussain, the Director of Islamic Relief UK, a charity closely tied to the GMB
- Omer El-Hamdoon, former President of the Muslim Association of Britain and a trustee of the European Institute of Human Sciences, the UK chapter of the French GMB educational institute Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines
Leeds imam Qari Asim also participated in the event. In June 2022, Asim was dismissed from his post as a governmental adviser on Anti-Muslim Hatred after backing calls to ban a film about the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter.
The UK Labour Party has a history of participating in events by GMB and Hamas support groups in Britain. In April 2021, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that several high-level Labour politicians, including party leader Keir Starmer and Sadiq Khan, had participated in a virtual Iftar meeting that also featured MCB Secretary-General Zara Mohammed and Zaher Birawi, a prominent British pro-Hamas activist. In October 2022, the GIOR reported that UK Labour Councilor Ibrahim Ali, who had been suspended from his party over his past involvement in a controversial British Muslim advocacy group tied to the GMB, had shared a stage with Labour MPs at a Liverpool panel debate.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is a UK umbrella group that has been dominated by the Jaamat-I-Islami and usually acts in concert with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.