The Muslim Gangs of London
Speakers: Abdul Wahab, Muhammad Ismael,
Ismael Lea South and Ibrahim Abdul Karim
12 April 2013, 18:45 - 20:30
Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
A City Circle event
Islam and gangs are not two words we would normally associate with each other. Yet, the sad reality is that in many of London’s neighborhoods, Muslim youth form or join gangs and chart a path of delinquency that often gets them in prison at an early age.
In this talk, two former gang members will share their experiences, discuss why Muslim youth turn to crime, uncover the world of Muslim gangs, and outline the role that the Muslim community should play to address the issue.
UK Apache, now known as Abdul Wahab, was born a Muslim of Asian, South African and Iraqi origin. He is from Tooting, South London. Due to his surroundings, he was sadly involved with gangs, whilst also being a successful urban artist with tracks in the UK pop charts. His most famous track is 'The Original Nuttah'.
Muhammad Ismail, formerly known as 'Snakes', was one of the co-founders of one of the most famous and notorious Muslim gangs from Brixton - SMS Crew. He served his prison sentence and is now a reformed character who goes into schools, youth clubs and street corners to discourage young people from crime.
Ismael Lea South of The Salam Project, is a retired member of Mecca2Medina poetry group who later qualified as a Youth & Outreach Worker. He has hosted anti-gang initiatives in the inner cities of London, Birmingham and Manchester. He has brought former 2Pac Shakur associates who are Muslim and ex Blood/Crip members who have converted to Islam to the UK - especially to inner city communities, schools and youth clubs. He is currently working with MINAB on a pilot probation service assisting ex-offenders into paid employment and securing them interest-free business loans, grants, apprenticeships and accredited training.
Ibrahim 'Manny' Abdul Karim is a Youth & Community Worker Management Consultant for anti-gang initiatives in London boroughs (especially Westminster, Brent, Lewisham & Lambeth).
Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. If you have any questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org."