This is a cross-post by Edmund Standing from Harry’s Place
RevolutionMuslim.com was a notorious pro-al-Qaeda website which praised the Fort Hood shootings, solicited aid for Abdullah al-Faisal (deported from England for inciting the murder of Jews, Hindus, and Westerners), ‘warned‘ the creators of South Park that ‘they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh’, and was visited by, amongst others, Colleen ‘Jihad Jane’ LaRose and Roshonara Choudhry, the woman who attempted to murder Stephen Timms.
RevolutionMuslim mixed pro-jihadist writings with the kind of trendy anti-globalisation and post-colonialist waffle so loved by sections of the academic Left. The site has recently re-emerged as IslamPolicy.com, where we find much of the same:
Because the imbalances of the imperialist era remain however, a substantial amount of criticism has rejected key components of this ideological globalization. Increasingly, peoples from non-Western cultural and national backgrounds seek to redefine the parochial paradigm, classifying the contemporary era as ‘neo-imperialist’ or ‘neo-colonial’ and seeking to indigenize concepts of scientific study so to pose alternative perspectives of and thus competing narratives for the interpretation of phenomena.
Behind all this verbiage lies a commitment to terrorism. In July of this year, RevolutionMuslim contributor Zachary Adam Chesser was arrested as he attempted to travel to Somalia, where he intended to join the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab. Chesser has since pleaded guilty to charges of Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Encouraging Violent Jihadists to Kill US Citizens.
This week, another RevolutionMuslim contributor has been arrested, this time a British citizen:
A terror suspect from Wolverhampton has been charged with soliciting murder in connection with a website which allegedly encouraged attacks on pro war MPs.
The man, named for the first time today as Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, is also facing three charges of possession of information likely to be useful for terrorists.
The charges, most of which fall under the Terrorism Act 2000, come a week after the 23-year-old from Dunstall was arrested.
He has been questioned in connection with the RevolutionMuslim.com website, which allegedly incited visitors to attack MPs who voted for the Iraq conflict.
The website, which has now been taken down, was visited by a radicalised student, who was jailed for life earlier this month for stabbing MP Stephen Timms.
It published a list of the 395 MPs who voted for the war and called on Muslims to “raise the knife of jihad” against them.
Computer equipment was seized at Ahmad’s house in Dunstall, but he was arrested at another location outside the city.
If an October 2010 post by former RevolutionMuslim contributor Abdullah Ali Zulfiqar is accurate, this should come as no surprise. According to Zulfiqar, RevolutionMuslim, formerly an American affair, was ‘hijacked’ by British jihadists:
Today not a single member of Revolution Muslim is American as far as I know. A majority of its members, writers, and bloggers are from the United Kingdom and are affiliated with or even members of Al Muhajiroon with its many sub-groups, at least the more active ones and open. My reasons for leaving Revolution Muslim are many. but this issue was one of the biggest reasons why I left alongside of the disagreements I had on the issue of Aqeedah (i.e. creed). I saw what originally was a hope for Muslims in America to step up and speak out against injustice become just another fascist movement using Islam as a cloak of deception to trick more angry Muslim youths into following a self-proclaimed scholar down a road of hate and counter revolutionary actions that would only further increase the suffering and persecution of Muslims within western nation-states such as American and the United Kingdom.
Yet again, al-Muhajiroun emerges as a group deeply embedded within the international jihadist scene.
Despite the al-Muhajiroun ‘brand’ (and a number of its recent incarnations such as ‘Islam4UK’) being banned, it continues to operate freely as Muslims Against Crusades, the London School of Shariah, and Captive Support.