Boris Johnson is morally unfit to be prime minister, according to a former chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum.
Mohammed Amin, who has been a member of the Tory party for 36 years, shocked many in June when he compared Mr Johnson to Adolf Hitler. He resigned from the party the same month.
It followed Mr Johnson’s likening of women who wear burkas to bank robbers and letter boxes.
After Mr Johnson was elected Conservative Party leader, consequently becoming prime minister, Mr Amin said he refused to be led by someone he regarded as morally unfit for the job.
He told Sky News: “He has the ability to appeal to people and to be positive for race relations.
“What my concern is, is that he will do whatever suits him for his purposes, whether that either brings our country together when it comes to race relations, or harms our country in terms of race relations.”
At the Baitul Futuh Mosque in south London, women said they believed Mr Johnson’s comments last year should be left in the past.
Twenty-year-old student Iffat Mirza said: “Of course it might not have been the nicest way to put certain things but it did open up a dialogue which, fair enough, some people might have concerns about.”
The mosque said it considers Boris Johnson to be a friend not a foe – he has visited on several occasions, including in 2012 while campaigning to become mayor of London.
Raza Ahmed from the mosque said: “He was always praising the community and the work that we’re doing.
“Anything that we need from him and co-operation that we can get from him that was always there so it’s always been positive in the past.
“I don’t remember any remarks that made me a little bit confused or doubt if he’s alright or not.”
The Conservative Party has promised to investigate Islamophobia – but Mr Johnson will need to show clear leadership on more than just Brexit if he is to avoid being accused of emboldening racial intolerance in Britain.
Lord Sheikh, acting chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said: “I don’t think that Boris Johnson is Islamophobic but there are indications that there’s a problem in the party.
“Let’s look at the extent of the problem and then find what remedies can be taken.”