On social media and at Speakers’ Corner there has been some confusion and misunderstanding about my views. I will now try to make myself crystal clear:
I have never alleged that he is a terrorist or a supporter of terrorism. He is not. Neither is he an extremist of any kind nor to my knowledge has he ever been one. He does not share the evil ideology of Abu Qasim.
My beef with Mansur concerns his actions at the park (or lack of action) and the fact that he was in the wrong. This does not mean he is therefore a terrorist or anything like that. I can’t stress this point enough.
As I wrote in my original article:
Just over a year ago when I became alarmed at ISIS supporters activity at the park I decided to publicly call Abdul Hakeem out. I challenged him on camera. As a result I received a huge amount of criticism from many Muslims for my actions which I was told contradicted certain hadith. I invited Mansur to join me in my public campaign to expose the extremists in our midst. He refused point blank. It had nothing to do with him he said, and he didn’t want to get involved with confronting them. I pleaded with him to use the moral authority he possessed to refute these dangerous people publicly and by name as I had attempted to do. But to no avail. Mansur was happy to condemn terrorism in theory but not to lift a finger to confront real propagators of terrorist ideology at the park. I was appalled. Mansur and I were good friends. This incident destroyed our friendship. Last Sunday, he finally joined forces with Adnan and a few others in confronting Abu Qasim. You can see it on youtube. But it was too little too late.
I am happy to answer any questions about this in the comments section below.