30 April 2015

Fear of religious coercion as Muslims are told holy man endorses Labour

Concern that voters are at risk of religious intimidation is growing after Muslims were urged to back a candidate blessed by the Prophet Muhammad’s living descendant.

Anonymous text messages are being sent in the marginal constituency of Pendle, Lancashire, which Labour sees as essential in its quest for an absolute Commons majority.

The religious scholar Sheikh Bahauddin, believed by millions of Sufi adherents to be a direct relative of God’s last prophet, has told The Times that he has no political affiliation. He said the claim that he and his brother, another revered holy man, endorsed the Labour candidate was untrue. [The Times (£)] Read more