Joe Swash says hate preacher Abu Hamza kicked him out of mosque as a child

Joe Swash says hate preacher Abu Hamza kicked him out of mosque as a child

Joe Swash was told to sling his hook from a mosque by hate preacher Abu Hamza.

The EastEnders star pretended to be a Muslim so he could bunk off school.

Joe, 39, said: “All my friends were Muslim. And I worked out that every Friday they were leaving at half 12 to go on half-day prayer.

“And I was like, ‘I’m coming with you!’

“The geezer, hook man Hamza, chucked me out of the mosque at Finsbury Park."

Hamza – born Mustafa Kamel Mustafa in Egypt – entered the UK on a student visa in 1979 and went on to preach Islamic fundamentalist views at the Finsbury Park Mosque, in London.

He was the leader of a group which believed in a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

In February 2003, he was dismissed as the imam at the Finsbury Park Mosque, though he had been suspended 10 months earlier in April 2002.

However he continued to preach outside the mosque gates until May 2004, when he was arrested as part of US extradition proceedings against him.

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Hamza publicly supported Osama bin Laden and said: "Allah likes those who believe in Him who kill those who do not believe in Him. Allah likes that. So if you Muslims don't like that because you hate the blood, there is something wrong with you."

In February 2006, Hamza was found guilty of 11 charges – six for soliciting murder under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, three related to "using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to stir up racial hatred", one of "possession of threatening, abusive or insulting recordings of sound, with intent to stir up racial hatred" and one of "possessing a document containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

He was also found not guilty of four other charges of similar allegations.

Hamza was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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