Maajid Nawaz admits gambling

Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation

Maajid Nawaz has admitted placing a $100 bet on the outcome of the US presidential election, in contravention of Islam’s strict prohibition on gambling.

The director of the Quilliam Foundation and media personality made the admission in his column for the pro-Israeli newspaper the Jewish News. He repeated it on his LBC radio show yesterday.

Nawaz wrote: “I always feared Trump would win. I had placed a wager on that fact with my friend Cameron Munter, the former American ambassador to Pakistan. Cameron had absolutely assured me of a Democrat victory.

“So sure was he that he bet $100 on it. This morning I sent him a simple email: ‘My friend, I feel like crying. I do not wish to collect. Please donate the $100 to a charity of your choosing.’ I wanted no part in profiting in any way from the fear that millions of Muslim Americans, Mexican Americans and migrants to America must be feeling right now.”

Nawaz has been ostracised by mainstream British Muslim organisations and institutions because of his rhetoric on counter-terrorism which puts the emphasis on tackling “extremist ideology” rather than British foreign policy or Islamophobia.

He was recently included in a list of anti-Muslim extremists published by an American legal advocacy group, an accusation he objects to

Nawaz, who was filmed cavorting with stripper in 2014, still identifies as a Muslim and describes himself as a “Muslim reformer.”

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