On Wednesday 20th June 2012, after maghrib prayer, a Public Consultation Meeting was held in the mosque in order to liaise with the local worshippers who frequent the masjid on a daily basis. About 75 local people attended. The current situation with regards to the statutory investigation by the Charity Commission was explained to the people, and the background to Usama Hasan's complaint and dispute with Mosque Trustees. Further, it was explained how Dr Suhaib Hasan was dismissed following his continued disregard for the interests of the Trust, through his support for his son Usama Hasan.
The mosque worshippers asked questions about the background to the dispute and others gave comments about their own personal experiences with the previous management. One brother stated that "Everyone who has been here must have a horror story about the previous management ... for 15 years they never consulted with the people the way these brothers [Trustees] are doing."
Some attendees mentioned that they came to the mosque just to pray, and did not want to get involved in the management dispute. The Trustees responded by stating that they have a responsibility to inform the worshippers of the situation and decisions that have been taken. The Trust has tried for a number of years to privately resolve the problems at the mosque, but this has not borne fruit. Also, it is only if the local Community is well informed of the goings on at the masjid that they will be able to contribute positively to the running of the mosque.
Other attendees thanked the Trustees for the actions taken so far, and requested that new activities be started at the mosque with the involvement of all the diverse communities in the locality. The Trustees promised to appoint new sub-committees to arrange such activities, and new Trustees may be selected from those sub-committees.
One worshipper stated that the actions taken by the Trust were long overdue. Another asked about problems faced on the women's side where certain individuals are known to intimidate and harass worshippers. The Trust responded that security would be deployed in the ladies section in order to prevent such behaviour in future. A further comment was made that in the current climate if a person has a dispute with his neighbour then they accuse them of being "extremists" and "terrorists" in order to convince the authorities that they are in the right.
Others welcomed the greater transparency now being shown in running the mosque, and the Trust also decided to place a Suggestions Box outside the office so that the mosque worshippers are freely able to voice their concerns and suggestions for improvement to the way the mosque is run.
Future regular public consultations were promised to ensure the Community is able to keep in touch with the mosque management.