The group's spiritual leader and founder, Omar Bakri Mohammed, had close ties with hook-handed Abu Hamza who occupied the Finsbury Park Mosque and had his own band of activists called "The Supporters of Sharia." The close association between the two clerics allowed a "pooling" of their followers for sharing information, key activities and protests. Despite anti-Western comments by these clerics which provoked media outrage, neither the British police nor MI5 were particularly interested in tackling hate preachers and their followers. Only after the bombings of July 7, 2005 did the Labour government attempt to deal with hate-preaching clerics.
This place of worship would also become the haunt of American Al-Muhajiroun members. It was at this mosque in 1999 that Junaid Babar met Sajil Shahid, who would become a founder of the Al-Muhajiroun office in Lahore. Bill Warner also found that between June 2nd and June 4, 2000, a convention was held at the Masjid al-Fatima, where Sajil Shahid gave some lectures. Another participant at the three-day convention was a person called "Brother Fahad."
"Al-Muhajiroun recruits online at www.Islam4uk.com which is a reincarnation of al-Muhajiroun in all but name. It is headed by Bakri Mohammed, now living in Lebanon, and his deputy Anjem Choudary, its official spokesman. (Al-Muhajiroun still meets in Queens NY, members from Baltimore MD come into the city on weekends). My efforts are now spent shutting down jihad websites like al-Muhajiroun."