The contents of a sermon delivered by an Imam at Didsbury mosque will be reviewed by police ‘to establish if any criminal offences have been committed’.
In the report, the Imam, Mustafa Graf, from Chorlton, references ‘jihad’ and ‘mujahideen’
The mosque claim the cleric’s comments have been taken out of context.
It's claimed Mustafa Graf delivered the sermon during Friday prayers at Didsbury Mosque on Burton Road, West Didsbury, on December 16, 2016, six months before the Manchester Arena bombing.
It's reported the recording included a call for 'armed jihad.
The mosque’s trustees said he was highlighting the plight of Syrians after chemical bombings in the country and his use of the words ‘jihad’ and ‘mujahideen’ had been misinterpreted.
The family of Arena bomber Salman Abedi are known to have worshipped at the mosque, which is also known as the Manchester Islamic Centre.
The mosque said suicide bomber Abedi was last known to have visited the mosque during Eid ‘seven or eight years ago’ - and said records showed he wasn’t present when Mr Graf delivered the sermon.
The spokesman said:
In a statement in response, GMP said:
Responding to the audio recordings Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes said: