Being an ISIS martyr is better than success at school or college, Muslim hate preacher ‘told children’

•    Kamran Sabir Hussain, 40, allegedly gave sermons encouraging terrorism
•    Hussain also said to have posted messages urging followers to ‘die in your rage’
•    He denies six terrorism charges and his trial continues at the Old Bailey

By Scott Campbell For Mailonline
11 September 2017

An imam who encouraged his congregation including children to join Islamic State told them martyrdom was better than school or college, a court heard yesterday.

Kamran Sabir Hussain, 40, was recorded by an undercover police officer delivering 17 sermons in a mosque aimed at recruiting members for IS, the Old Bailey was told.

On September 2 last year, he allegedly told nine children and 35 adults that martyrdom was the ‘supreme success’, greater than any other such as school or college.

Those who died ‘fighting for Allah’ had nothing to fear because they would be forgiven, he is claimed to have said. They would be martyrs in paradise hated by no one except ‘unbelievers’ and hypocrites.

In front of a congregation of ten to 15 children under the age of 15 and about 25 adults on August 19 last year, Hussain allegedly said the Government funded groups such as the English Defence League and Britain First to insult Muslims, attack them and put them down.

‘The kuffar [unbelievers] will attack you and kill you,’ he added. ‘Stand up and be ready to sacrifice, be ready to stand in the face of the elements of shaytan [satan], be ready to spill blood and have your blood spilt.’

An undercover officer known as ‘Qassim’ began attending the mosque in Stoke-on-Trent in June last year and recorded sermons given by Hussain over a period of ‘some weeks’.

‘Nobody knew he was a law enforcement officer and nobody knew he was recording the sermons,’ said Sarah Whitehouse QC, prosecuting.

Ten of the sermons, in a mixture of English and classical Arabic, are to be played to the jury, covering current affairs and reminders to the congregation to fear God and the day of judgment.

‘Much of the context of Mr Hussain’s sermons was unobjectionable,’ Miss Whitehouse said. ‘The sermons took the classic form of any sermon preached in a mosque up and down the country.

‘Some of the sermons, however, strayed beyond mainstream moderate Islamic thought and moved into support and encouragement to those carrying out acts of terrorism.’

The court heard that in March last year Hussain posted a ‘chilling message’ on social media in which he said the ‘Khilafah’ – a reference to IS – was ‘knocking on your door and the fulfilment of Allah’s command is near and if you don’t like it and are enraged by it, then our message to you is simple: “Die in your rage.’’’

In another post, he wrote that Islam ‘is the light of Allah, pre-destined to eliminate the darkness of kufr’ [non-believers].

The court was told that on June 24 last year, nine days after the start of Ramadan, Hussain delivered a 23-minute sermon to around ten people in which he gave an account of Islamic military victories.

On the subject of the Battle of Badr in which the Prophet Muhammad was victorious against a much larger army, Hussain is said to have compared the circumstances to Syria today.

He spoke of a ‘small fledgling state who is standing in the face of a pompous and arrogant army’ – described in court as a ‘clear reference’ to IS – and asked his audience to pray for it to be victorious and its oppressors annihilated.

On August 5 last year, he is claimed to have told his congregation that ‘mujahideen’ [holy warriors] ‘take over a land, they stand a black flag, and establish the law of Allah over the necks of the people, whether they like it or don’t like it’ and ‘nobody – not the Queen, not the Prime Minister – can say that you are not allowed to establish the law of Allah’. 

The sermon echoed a recording made at a demonstration in which someone was heard saying: ‘Inshallah [God willing], we will see the black flag of Islam over Big Ben and Downing Street’.

Hussain, who had been living in a flat close to the mosque where he preached his sermons, is accused of two charges of encouraging support for IS and six of encouraging others to commit acts of terrorism.

He was arrested on February 14. He refused to answer questions but gave police a written statement saying the ability to discuss ‘difficult concepts in a challenging world’ was an essential part of religion and freedom of speech and he did not believe he had encouraged anyone to be a terrorist.

Hussain denies the charges and the trial continues.

London preacher and friend hail fanatic who killed politician in Pakistan as 'hero and martyr'

Friday 15 April 2016

A London preacher and his friend sparked outrage today by praising a fanatic who murdered a Pakistani politician for criticising the country’s strict Islamic laws.

Former imam Qari Mahmood, 38, and Khalid Iqbal Malik, 43, who attend Lea Bridge Road mosque in Leyton, hailed killer Mumtaz Qadri “a hero” and “a martyr”.

Qadri was convicted of killing Punjab governor Salman Taseer after shooting him 28 times over his support for liberal reforms of blasphemy laws in 2011.

In an online video published last month, hours after Qadri’s funeral following his state execution, Mr Mahmood, of Waltham Forest, hails him “a hero” and blesses his “martyrdom”.

He adds: “We are praying to Allah that he will grant us the same martyrdom... this is a man who loves God and his Prophet.

“People are crying for him and praying for him.... and you can see how moving the funeral is... God help us to take his mission forward.”

The video appeared on online media channel Zara Sochoo — run by Mr Malik — which has more than 60,000 followers.

When asked why the clip was put on the channel’s Facebook page, Mr Malik also hailed Qadri a “martyr”.

He said he did not recall the video but added: “He [Qadri] did a great act. It was not murder because, you know, not everyone’s opinions are the same.

“Mumtaz Qadri was a great religious person. In front of him, someone said to his Holy Prophet something [bad] like that, so he shot him.”

Waltham Forest council is investigating and councillor Ahsan Khan has stepped down from his cabinet role after it emerged he had organised a mini ceremony on January 28 at which Mr Malik was presented with a community award for building up a large online following.

Mr Malik was handed a crest bearing the borough’s coat of arms by mayor Saima Mahmud.

During the ceremony, councillor Khan praised the cleric for the channel’s “good content” and for it getting “over 500,000 hits across Europe”.

Other videos on Mr Malik’s news channel include two Muslim men fighting each other topless, which he said is a traditional “game”, and a man beating a dog.

Hannah Stuart, an extremism researcher at the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “To call Qadri a martyr is to continue to justify fanatical vigilantism as religious duty.”

Father-of-three Mr Mahmood claimed he had been “misinterpreted”, adding: “I do not condone any form of violence or extremism… My praise for Mumtaz Qadri was in the gallant way he accepted the court verdict of his death by hanging.

"My sympathy is with him with respect to him being subject to a brutal form of capital punishment which I believe should no longer be practised.”

Mr Malik added by email: “The views expressed on the media channel Zara Sochoo are likely the views of the speakers or individuals or organisations.

"They do not necessarily represent my personal views or opinions. I condemn all forms of terrorism and violence.”

He said he was not personally responsible for all the channel’s content.

A council spokesman said the mayor gave Mr Malik “a memento” at the event organised by Councillor Khan.

He added: “Qari Mahmood’s video which was later published by Mr Malik after it appeared online in March is clearly of huge concern and the matter has been referred to our monitoring officer so that a full and independent investigation can be carried out.”

He said Councillor Khan had stepped down from his health and wellbeing cabinet role to aid the investigation.

“Both he and the mayor have stated they do not support the views of Mr Malik or Mr Mahmood and consider any such intolerance unacceptable and irresponsible,” he added.

Mayor Mahmud’s role will also be investigated. There is no suggestion she did anything more than present the crest.

Junaid Alam, one of three imams at Lea Bridge Road mosque, said Mr Mahmood and Mr Malik’s comments were “against Islam” and had never been made in the presence of the Sunni mosque.

Britain’s Most Notorious Muslim Radical Preacher Defends UK Labour Leaders Accused of Anti-Semitism

1 May 2016


During an exclusive interview on Sunday, Britain’s most notorious radical Islamist preacher, Anjem Choudary, provided support for suspended Labour MP Naz Shah’s controversial Facebook post suggesting the relocation of Israel to the United States.

Choudary also defended the British Labour Party generally from charges of anti-Semitism, saying, “I think that the term anti-Semitism has been used as a tool to attack those who criticize Israel. And I think that’s become clear over the last few days.”

He was speaking in a joint interview with Breitbart News and this reporter’s Sunday night weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”

Regarding Shah’s advocacy of relocating the Jewish state to Israel, Choudary stated:

As far as Muslims are concerned, we want the whole of Palestine, which includes what Israel currently occupies, liberated. And I think that what Naz Shah said is not that far from what we would prefer, which is that those who came to occupy the Muslim land of Palestine should be returned from where they came.

They are free to live in Russia and Poland and other places. But obviously do not occupy our land so that we are refugees in our own land.

Choudary ignored the existence of historic Jewish communities that have lived in Israel continuously for hundreds of years. And he glossed over the history of Jewish refugees immigrating to Israel because they were forced to flee their homes throughout the Arab word after the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.

Choudary is a founder of the outlawed, pro-al-Qaida Al Muhajiroun organization in Britain. He is currently awaiting trial in the U.K. for allegedly encouraging support for the Islamic State.

Shah, meanwhile, was suspended from the UK Labour Party because of inflammatory Facebook comments she made about Israel before being elected to office. She is one of several Labour politicians currently embroiled in an anti-Semitism scandal.

The Jerusalem Post reported on her online posting:

In the Facebook post in question, revealed by the website Guido Fawkes, Shah published a graphic on Facebook that suggests the “relocation” plan accompanied by the text “solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict.” The graphic shows a map of the United States with an inlaid outline of Israel pictured in the middle of the North American country.

“Problem solved and save u bank charges for £3 BILLION you transfer yearly!” Shah wrote in the caption to the post republished by the UK’s Independent.

The post “highlights” a bullet-point list of reasons detailing the benefits of the hypothetical plan, which includes the text: “Palestinians will get their land and life back.”

Shah admitted on Monday that she was responsible for the Facebook post.

“This post from two years ago was made before I was an MP, does not reflect my views, and I apologize for any offense it has caused,” read a statement issued by the Labour member from Bradford West.

As Breitbart London reported on Saturday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that his party has commissioned an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism within its ranks.

This after Ken Livingstone, the former Labour mayor of London, was suspended over comments in which he asserted that Hitler was “supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.” Livingstone also claimed that anti-Semitism is not “exactly the same” as racism, a charge that Choudary supported in his interview with this reporter.

Cleric said to be behind Tunisian beach massacre is living on benefits in Britain

Hani-al-Sibai, described as a 'key influencer' of Tunisian terror group, lives in a £1 million house on a leafy street in fashionable west London

By Victoria Ward
06 Jul 2015

The Telegraph

Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, said he was writing to Home Secretary Theresa May to demand an explanation as to why al-Sibai is still in the country.

"It is extraordinary that successive governments have been trying but failing to remove someone who has these worrying links," he said.

"The way he has foiled attempts to remove him are a cause for enormous concern."

Tory MP Peter Bone added: "This is the sort of thing that drives my constituents mad. I expect the Home Secretary to deal with this urgently. There is a very strong case for him to be deported. He needs to be dealt with."
Al-Sibai is understood to have close links to Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia, which authorities believe to have recruited and trained Rezgui.

He is cited at length in a 2013 report by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, and is described as one of its "key influencers".

Security services are understood to be investigating links between al-Sibai and his influence on the west London terror network in which Jihadi John – unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi – operated.

It is claimed that al-Sibai, a charismatic preacher, had "captivated" a number of young Muslim men who subsequently went abroad to fight jihad.

In a court case last year, he was accused of having "provided material support to al-Qaeda and conspired to commit terrorist acts", an allegation he denies.

The Department for Work and Pensions said: "People who commit, plan and support acts of terror will be prosecuted and anyone who has been deported or sent to prison will lose their benefits.' The Home Office said: 'We do not routinely comment on individual cases."

Muslim cleric wants 'women of mass destruction'

Says mothers should breed children to become suicide bombers

In a tape seized by authorities, radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is heard urging Muslim women to breed children for the purpose of creating suicide bombers.

Lauding a mother who encouraged her son to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel, the British-based leader said in the lecture: "Everywhere, these are the women of mass destruction to the kuffar [unbelievers], and these are the action [sic] that put terror in their hearts."

The recording, one of dozens handed over to authorities, was reported by British investigative journalist Neil Doyle in his new book "Terror Tracker," which chronicles his efforts to penetrate the internal workings of the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Hamza has been indicted by the U.S. on 11 terrorism charges. Authorities are studying the tape to build a case for the cleric's extradiction to the U.S, Doyle said.

Hamza is at the high-security Belmarsh prison in east London pending a court hearing.

The recordings were discovered by a British undercover investigator who infiltrated Hamza's group at the Finsbury Park mosque in London.

In the lecture reported by Doyle, Hamza refers to a suicide bombing in Israel and says: "Last week we seen a mother ... she put happiness in the hearts of every Muslim on earth and for years to come.

"She took her son, she took him herself, and she filmed a video with him for him to go and do a martyrdom operation against the Zionists.

"She's encouraging him. She's left a message for the Ummah [Islamic nation] – "this is my son, I'm giving him for you, for the Ummah of Mohammad to wake up, for the mothers to follow!

"And he wrote a will and said how much his mother she was encouraging him. And she was waiting all night and after that he went for his mission. Waiting all night, not for the news that her son had passed his A-level [British school exam] or he has got his degree, or he has married the most beautiful woman in the club, but he was shaheed [martyred] and he inflict a lot of suffering and terror in the hearts of Zionists!

"... this happened right now in the front of us, in the television [sic], we have seen the tape, you've seen the video – if you haven't seen it, go and ask for it!

"Everywhere, these are the women of mass destruction to the kuffar [unbelievers], and these are the action [sic] that put terror in their hearts.

"This kind of women, when they miss their killed children, they don't go and look for their graves ... they look for their position in paradise, so they become more happy, more anxious to go and see them, they want to sacrifice more and more."

Cleric calls on Mohammed cartoonist to be executed

(Filed: 06/02/2006)

Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical Muslim cleric, has said the cartoonist behind caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked outrage across the Arab world should be tried and executed under Islamic law.

The cleric said the cartoonist had insulted Islam and must pay the price, as three people were killed during protests against the cartoons in Afghanistan.

"The insult has been established now by everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, and everybody condemns the cartoonist and condemns the cartoon," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"However, in Islam, God said, and the messenger Mohammed said, whoever insults a prophet, he must be punished and executed.

"This man should be put on trial and if it is proven to be executed."

The cleric said Muslims in Britain were not allowed to kill people who insulted Islam because it was against the law of the country.

"We are not saying ourselves to go there and start to look to him and kill him, we are not talking about that. We are talking about Islamic rules. If anybody insults the prophet, he will have to take a punishment."

He said if countries refused to put people on trial for insulting Mohammed they must "face the consequences".

Three people were killed and several were injured as protestors clashed with police in the central city of Mihtarlam.

It was the latest display of outrage against the cartoons, which were originally published in Denmark and have been reprinted in various European countries.

Protests in London over the weekend sparked concern over placards containing radical slogans.


Up to 20 imams preaching hate, says watchdog

February 16, 2006

LONDON: Up to 20 more imams who preach the same messages of hate as jailed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri could be trying to recruit young Muslims in Britain's universities and prisons, the British Government's terror watchdog has warned.

Officials told the Home Affairs Select Committee that not enough had been done to check the credentials of imams arriving to take up posts in Britain. The warning came as ministers pleaded with rebel MPs to back a government bill in a vote overnight that would ban the glorification of terrorism, which they insist is the only way to prosecute demonstrators who carry banners praising the 7/7 bombers.

Amendments passed to the bill by the House of Lords last month came before the recent protests in London in which Muslim extremists called for murder and a new wave of suicide attacks after the publication in Denmark and around the world of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

Peers removed clauses making the glorification of terrorism a new offence, arguing that they went too far. There was public anger that no demonstrator was arrested, although a paroled man dressed as a suicide bomber was recalled to prison.

The vote on the terrorism bill may be tight as the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are opposed to making glorification a crime, and 27 Labour MPs rebelled the last time the issue was debated, reducing the Blair Government's majority to one.

Officials admitted yesterday there were no precise numbers on how many preachers of hate were still operating in Britain. The warning came just days after an imam at a West Yorkshire mosque where some of the July 7 bombers worshipped reportedly hailed their terror attack as a good act in a conversation with an undercover reporter.

Hamid Ali allegedly claimed that the bombings forced people to take notice when peaceful meetings and conferences made no impact.


Muslim cleric who attacked Reid arrested

Thursday, 8th February 2007, 15:00

Life Style Extra

The Muslim who barged into a meeting and heckled Home Secretary John Reid for "daring" to come to an "Islamic" area has been arrested for encouraging terrorism.

Abu Izzadeen, who reportedly described the 7/7 bombers as "completely praiseworthy" and said he wants to die as a suicide bomber, was arrested in east London today.

Abu Izzadeen, 31, burst into Home Secretary John Reid's public meeting with Muslims in September last year and called him an "enemy" of Islam.

When he tried to defend his actions of Radio 4's Today programme, Izzadeen announced that his aim was to turn the UK into an Islamic state, and that this should be achieved without following the democratic process.

Izzadeen, whose real name is Trevor Brooks, recently advertised on an Islamic website for another three wives to help him to have a brood of more than nine children.

A police spokeswoman said: "At approximately 9.30 this morning officers from MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) arrested a 31-year-old man in Leyton High Road, under Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006, for allegedly encouraging terrorism, as a result of an ongoing inquiry.

"He was taken to a central London police station where he remains in custody."


Cleric who heckled Reid is arrested on terror charges

By Nigel Morris

25 April 2007

An Islamic extremist who described the July 7 London bombers as "completely praiseworthy" was among six men arrested on terrorism charges yesterday.

Abu Izzadeen gained further notoriety when he heckled John Reid, the Home Secretary, at a public meeting last year.

The men were picked up in raids across London and in Luton on suspicion of inciting terrorist acts abroad and of raising money for terrorism. They were being questioned last night at the high-security Paddington Green police station. The arrests followed an investigation into a series of speeches delivered at Regent's Park Mosque in November 2004.

Abu Izzadeen, a former electrician who lives in Leytonstone, east London, came to prominence as the spokesman for the extremist group al-Muhajiroun until it was banned last July.

He refused to condemn the London bombings in 2005, which killed 52 people, describing them as "mujahedin activity" that would make people "wake up and smell the coffee".

Abu Izzadeen, who is married with three children, attracted headlines when he harangued Mr Reid at a meeting in east London. Before being manhandled out, he denounced the Home Secretary as an "enemy of Islam and Muslims".

Footage also emerged this year in which the cleric suggested that Muslims who joined the British Army should be killed.

There is no suggestion that the arrests were linked to planned terrorist attacks in Britain. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The arrests form part of a long-term proactive and complex investigation into alleged incitement and radicalisation for the purposes of terrorism, as well as alleged provision of financial support for international terrorism."

The other men arrested included Simon Keeler, a Muslim convert from Crawley, West Sussex, who has denounced the Queen an "enemy of Islam'' and has described democracy as "something we hate''. Another was Abdul Haq, 21, from Leyton, east London, who appeared on Jimmy Young's radio show in 2001 vowing to continue the struggle "until we see the flag of Islam flying over 10 Downing Street".

Ali Khan, estate manager and head of security at Regent's Park Mosque, said: "Ten thousand people come here every week, throughout the year half a million people, and if a few people create a disturbance, it puts us in an embarrassing situation. Abu Izzadeen has frequently visited and worshipped here, but if he excites the crowd, we don't like that."