The picture below shows Ansar Ali Khan and Mariam Khan, the two councillors who organised Labour’s sex segregated rally.
Behind them is Labour MP Khalid Mahmood.
It has been posted on Facebook alongside the caption “All Pir Sahiban and Darbars in Birmingham have ordered Mureeds to Vote Labour in elections”. A “mureed“ is “a person wishing to dedicate himself to Islam”. Muslims in Birmingham are being “ordered” to vote Labour.
If proven, this would arguably be in direct contravention of the same undue spiritual influence laws of which Lutfur Rahman was recently found guilty. The law states:
“A person shall be guilty of undue influence if he… makes use of or threatens to make use of any force… or inflicts or threatens to inflict, by himself or by any other person, any temporal or spiritual injury… to induce or compel that person to vote or refrain from voting”
“Ordering” Muslims to vote a certain way comes pretty close to that…