ISLAMIC Centre of England, a registered UK charity and a leading Shia Muslim mosque in the UK are under investigation after publicly describing the former Iranian general Qassem Soleimani as a martyr.

The London-based charity organised a vigil over the weekend that was attended by over 2,000 people including Iran’s ambassador to London following the killing of the general last week.

Now both the Charity Commission and Whitehall officials are accessing information and a number of publications on its website.

Charities can only campaign for ‘charitable purposes’ and must not get involved or promote any political agendas.

The Islamic Centre of England under investigation for Iranian general 'martyr' claim
Screenshot of the comments left on the charity’s publicly available website.

Iranian General Soleimani was killed in an American drone strike on Friday 3 January.

The attack was approved by the US President Donald Trump because he said the general was an “imminent threat” to American lives.

Iran has since ‘avenged’ his death with retaliation against US targets in Iraq.

Charity Today has contacted the Islamic Centre of England for comment.