The messages, posted on buildings and lampposts close to popular gay nightspots say “Arise and warn. Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment.”
Pictures of the stickers were sent to UK gay news site PinkNews by a local resident, who said he tried to remove them.
He told PinkNews: “Tower Hamlets council won praise from Stonewall for its LGBT friendliness, but these stickers are a warning that Islamist extremists in Tower Hamlets have not gone away from London’s streets.
“According to police figures, a homophobic crime is committed in Tower Hamlets at the rate of more than five a month.”
The resident suggested that they may have been posted by members of Islam4UK, which has been accused of being a front for the banned Al Mahajaroun Group.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: “There have been a series of homophobic threats and assaults by Asian youths on LGBT people in the East End over recent years.
“I’ve been attacked by Muslim youths three times in and around Brick Lane. In all three attacks, the assailants shouted religious slogans. My LGBT Muslim friends who live in the area are nervous and anxious. They fear attack and dare not reveal their sexuality.”
The East London Mosque, based in Whitechapel, and the Muslim Council of Britain did not respond to requests for comment.
However, Jack Gilbert, the co-chair of LGBT forum Rainbow Hamlets, suggested that they could be the work of far rights groups such as the English Defence League.
“We have evidence that they were very likely to have been produced by far-right sources in order to forment community tension,” he said. [Yes, of course. If it weren't for the EDL, Islam's 1,300 year history of condemning gays would have ceased. I also think that the EDL was responsible for 9/11 - or perhaps the Zionists. Any except those that did actually do it.]
He added that police were aware of the stickers and urged people to report them if they come across them.