- Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani is allegedly behind leaflet issued in east London
- Extremist booklet instructs 'any Muslim should kill' those who insult Islam
- Qadir, imam at mosque, denied he distributed booklet or knew about it
- Metropolitan Police investigating booklet to see if it incites hate crime
It has been claimed Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani was responsible for distributing the literature
Extremist leaflets ordering Muslims to kill those who offend Islam were handed out outside an east London mosque.
Metropolitan police is launching an investigation into hate crime after worshippers were given the booklets during a gathering by the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania mosque in Walthamstow.
It has been claimed that Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani was responsible for distributing the literature, because his name appears on the front cover, although he has strongly denied this, reports the Evening Standard.
Mr Jilani is imam at the mosque and owns the place of worship.
It has been reported that the booklet was given out to more than 100 people and focused on fanatic Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer in 2011.
Qadri was serving as Taseer's bodyguard when he shot him 27 times with an AK-47 rifle, in Islamabad.
It is believed that he assassinated the politician because he had dared to speak out against the country's blasphemy laws as part of reform of the country's strict Islamic laws.
This leaflet was handed out to worshippers outside the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania mosque, with Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani's face on the front
The booklet says 'all Muslims' should support Qadri and that being an apostate, someone who does not believe in religion, means you 'deserve to be assassinated'.
One worshipper who received the leaflet told the Standard: 'Two or three people delivered the leaflet.
Unfortunately, I am shocked. I think it gives a bad impression.
'Islam teaches when you live here you obey the law and the rule of law, but this is not doing that.'
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: 'We will be assessing the contents of these leaflets to establish whether any criminal offence has taken place.
'We are committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms and have long since recognised the impact of hate crime on communities.'
Pictured, the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania mosque in Walthamstow, east London
Mr Jilani said that he had no knowledge of the booklet being distributed.
He also said he did not give permission for his face to be used on the front, that it has been falsely attributed to him and that he does not agree with its content.
Mr Jilani told the Standard: 'I am not aware of if, why or how, the booklet was distributed in Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania.'