Faizel Patel - 21/02/2020
An award winning academic and writer who was falsely accused of being a terrorist on WhatsApp says it’s tragic that one Muslim can call another a terrorist without any evidence.
Tallha Abdulrazaq has won a WhatsApp defamation claim at the London High Court against associates of the trustees of Exeter Mosque who admitted to defaming the academic branding him a “terrorist” and a member of Ikhwan-ul-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood).
Mohammed Nibras Hassan, the son of Shaheedul Hassan, who is the head of Exeter Mosque admitted that he had made baseless and damaging claims against Abdulrazaq.
Speaking to Radio Islam International , Abdulrazaq says the defamation was sparked after him and a number of other Muslim brothers and sisters who spearheaded a campaign to try to get more openness and transparency into the governance of the Exeter Mosque.
He says it’s sad that innocent Muslims are branded as terrorists without any evidence.
“The tragic thing about this case is that one Muslim calling an innocent Muslim, his fellow brother a terrorist. So it’s not a case of as is commonly seen in the media where there’s a right wing media outlet of some king of racist institution or racist individual or islamophobe that want to malign or destroy the reputation of an innocent Muslim.”
Abdulrazaq says his defamation victory is fairly unprecedented.
“There are other case laws regarding people who were defamed on various social media. But as far as I am aware, this is the first such incident of its kind where a Muslim community group on WhatsApp was used as a vehicle do defame someone else.”
Abdulrazaq says his victory will hopefully encourage other Muslims in the community who have been innocently defamed or targeted to believe in themselves and in Allah to protect them from unscrupulous people who trample on their rights.
Listen to the interview with Tallha Abdulrazaq