Search

Finsbury Park Mosque to stage HSBC protest over closure of its bank account

12:22 30 July 2014

Finsbury Park Mosque

Finsbury Park Mosque

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

Finsbury Park Mosque is set to stage a demonstration outside HSBC in anger at the bank’s closing of their account.

The protest, expected to take place on August 8 at the Seven Sisters Road branch, follows a letter the mosque received on July 22 telling them their account would be shut.

Bosses of the mosque, in St Thomas’s Road, say they have always been good customers and were given no reason for the decision.

Mohammed Kozbar, manager of the mosque, accused the bank of “Islamaphobia” but HSBC insisted the decision was not based on race or religion.

He said: “They didn’t give a reason, they just sent us a letter saying they have the right to close any account, and we had two months notice.

“We have been in touch with the police and Islington Council, and we are going to take action in front of HSBC.

“Our respectability and credibility are on the line and we will no take it quietly.”

A decade ago Finsbury Park Mosque was notorious worldwide when radical hook-handed preacher Abu Hamza was in charge.

But since the current owners took over in 2005, they have strived to turn it into a community hub and Mr Kozbar does not think HSBC’s decision is linked to the building’s murky past.

“We only opened the account after we took over – quite a long time after so I don’t think it’s connected.

“We think it’s discrimination against Muslim charities, because we are not the only one.

“For us, we only operate in Islington, receiving money from and giving back to the community.

“That is why it’s so bad.

“We have never had issues with our account, we’re never overdrawn. In fact we have investments with them, so to close the account in this way looks like Islamaphobia.”

A spokesmen for the bank said decisions to close accounts were “absolutely not based on race or religion”.

“We do not discuss relationships we may or may not have with a customer, nor confirm whether an individual or business is, or has been a customer.

“Discrimination against customers on grounds of race or religion is immoral, unacceptable and illegal, and HSBC has comprehensive rules and policies in place to ensure race or religion are never factors in banking decisions.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney News Stories

Sadiq Khan spoke to cheers after his election victory was confirmed at City Hall (Picture: London24)

It’s official: Labour’s Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor of London.

Yesterday, 14:27
Over 200 people showed up to the launch of French Tech London on April 13

Tech City is the third largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street Roundabout. This week Tom Dare chats to Albin Serviant, Coordinator of French Tech London - an initiative set up by the French government to give technology start-ups a helping hand.

Yesterday, 14:20
Patrick Moule and Sem Moema will contest the vacant seats in Hackney Downs and Stoke Newington for Labour

Hackney has two new Labour councillors after the party won the Hackney Downs and Stoke Newington ward by-elections.

Yesterday, 13:28
The service aims to improve the lives of  those living with dementia, as well as their families

A Dementia Action Alliance has launched in Hackney to help improve the lives of people living with dementia and provide support to their families and carers.

Yesterday, 11:26
Shoreditch has one of the most vibrant night-time economies in London. Picture: Peter Sigrist (flickr.com/photos/psigrist)

Hackney Council has launched a consultation calling for people’s views on the ongoing issues surrounding the night-time economy in Shoreditch and Dalston.

Thu, 18:31
Mehmet Calik

A vulnerable man, who does not even know his own name, has gone missing for the second time in three weeks.

Thu, 17:28
The mayoral election winner will take over from Boris at City Hall (PA)

The polling stations for the 2016 London mayoral election close at 10pm tonight. Wondering what time the winner the mayoral election 2016 will be announced?

Thu, 16:42
Beis Aharon School, Stamford Hill. Picture: Google Maps

An over-subscribed Jewish school that covered up pictures of women wearing short sleeves in text books has lost an appeal against an order banning new pupils.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hackney Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe