Dr Barham Salih claimed some mosques in Blackburn would be banned in Iraq for the extremist messages they preach.
He made his comments during a dinner party in Baghdad attended by Tory culture spokesman Tobias Ellwood.
The 41-year-old MP claimed Dr Salih said: “I am not surprised that you British are facing so many problems with extremists after what I saw in those mosques in Blackburn.
The Masjid Al Hidayah Mosque in Blackburn, right, was more extreme than the Khillani mosque in central Baghdad, believed the Iraqi deputy PM
“What I saw would not be allowed here in Iraq. It would be illegal.”
Dr Salih, a Sunni Muslim, went to several mosques in Blackburn when he visited the town on the invitation of the then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, in 2005.
* Yes that same Jack ‘Chamberlain’ Straw, that pathetic whore. Its him again!
Muslims make up about a quarter of the population of Blackburn where Dr Salih campaigned for Mr Straw in the runup to the general election.
Mr Ellwood said the comments made by Dr Salih at November’s dinner in Baghdad shocked him.
“I do not believe these comments can be dismissed out of hand,” he said.
“I was absolutely shocked. He went inside the mosques and said literature he saw would be illegal. He was quite clear.”
Mr Ellwood, who made the claims during a Westminster debate about terrorism, said: “The comments are only directed at a very small proportion of mosques in the UK. The vast majority of Muslims wouldn’t want to be labelled.”
* “Tiny minority of extremists…” right?
Last night Muslim groups reacted with fury with what they saw as an attempt to smear them.
Salim Mulla, chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, said: “We are going out of our way to bring the community together.
“Nobody is working harder than us at breaking down barriers.
“For Dr Salih to make these sort of comments is not very helpful at all. I don’t know where he’s coming from.
“He was very co- operative when he visited, and took lots of photographs. How many incidents have we had in Blackburn? He is talking a load of rubbish.”
* Relax Brits. Nothing to worry about. ‘No incidents yet!’ Go back to sleep! It won’t happen until the muezzin calls for jihad and the knives come out…
MONTREAL – In a previously undisclosed interview with CSIS investigators, alleged al-Qaeda sleeper agent Adil Charkaoui described how members of Montreal’s Arab community were recruiting people for jihad before 9/11.
“Charkaoui explained that many are called but few are chosen. It’s a funnel effect,” according to a summary of the April, 2001, interview with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, just added to the court record.
“The person responsible for recruitment attends certain nerve centres, such as mosques. Someone whom the recruiter considers to have potential will be invited to meetings where he will be exposed to certain activities having to do with jihad. The person is tested. If any flaw is detected related to the security that he must respect to participate in jihad activities, he will be expelled from the group immediately.”
Nowhere in the interview does Mr. Charkaoui admit to participatingin the recruitment effort, but his comments reveal a depth of knowledge about the goings-on within Montreal’s extremist community.