The London Central Mosque Trust Press Statement
21st June 2010
The London Central Mosque Trust
Islamic Cultural Centre (the 'ICC')
Statement regarding the relationship between Sheikh Mohamed El Salamouny and
In 2007, by the Order of Al-Azhar in Egypt, Sheikh Mohamed El Salamouny was
seconded to the ICC by his employer, Al-Azhar in Cairo. Sheikh Salamouny’s
secondment as Imam which commenced in February 2007 was for two years. Secondments
are by their very nature, temporary assignments.
Sheikh Salamouny was at all times employed and remunerated by Al-Azhar which
remained his employer for the duration of the secondment. Though he always had
accommodation allowance from his employer, the ICC provided Sheikh Salamouny
with residential accommodation at its premises (at no cost). Upon termination
of the secondment because of his retirement, it is normal practice for an ex-Imam
to return to his place of employment, in this case Al-Azhar in Egypt.
As a result of an unfortunate physical attack on Sheikh Salamouny that took
place on 10 August 2007, the ICC took significant steps in assisting and supporting
Sheikh Salamouny. This included providing him with extra staff and legal support
and covering various hospital expenses as well as arranging for him and his
family to travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj free of charge. A generous offer was
also made for Sheikh Salamouny by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.
Since that time, Sheikh Salamouny has continued to reside in the ICC’s
residential flat at no cost to him even though his secondment was terminated
by Al-Azhar almost two years ago.
The ICC has asked Sheikh Salamouny in person and by letter to vacate its property,
but he has so far refused to do so. The ICC has no wish to delay the arrival
of any incoming Imams due to Sheikh Salamouny’s failure to comply with
its reasonable requests.
The ICC has exercised patience and understanding and has wished to show a conciliatory
attitude throughout its dealings with Sheikh Salamouny, but he has sadly refused
to leave or appreciate the position the ICC finds itself in. It was with regret
that, as a last resort, the ICC was forced to pursue the only available recourse
to it by issuing legal proceedings to obtain an Order for possession of the
The Court ruled (in Sheikh Salamouny’s presence) that there was and is
no legal basis for his occupation (i.e. the secondment from Al-Azhar came to
an end in October 2009).
The ICC remains grateful for all of the work done by Sheikh Salamouny up until
the end of his period of secondment and hopes that all parties can now move
on with their lives. The ICC will continue to work for the improvement of interfaith
relations and contribute to the positive development of British society.
We will always remember Sheikh Salamouny for his contribution and his bravery.
The London Central Mosque Trust and Islamic Cultural Centre.