In February 2007, the North London Central Mosque – better known as Finsbury Park Mosque – received a grant of £20,000 for a report “on combating extremism and terrorist propaganda in communities and institutions”. Two years later, one of the then trustees of the mosque, Mohammed Sawalha, would later go on to sign the Istanbul Declaration – as clear an example of “terrorist propaganda” as you are likely to find.
It is not sustainable to build a counter-terrorist strategy on partnerships with people whose opposition to terrorism is entirely contingent on time and place: they will always let you down.
This is a very major failure and a serious scandal.
Mohammed Sawalha was identified by the BBC in 2006 as a fugitive Hamas commander. This fact, and his trusteeship of the mosque, could have been determined by a simple google search. In other words, he is an extremist, a terrorist, and a member of a genocidal antisemitic organisation.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali 28, Tanvir Hussain 28 and Assad Sarwar 29 were arrested in August 2006. They were each accused of two charges of conspiracy to murder using home-made explosives.
All three were found guilty in an earlier trial of conspiracy to murder involving liquid bombs – but that jury could not decide whether their plans extended to detonating the devices on planes.
A Woolwich Crown Court jury has convicted them on the basis that a terror plot did exist.
Here’s Abdulla Ahmed Ali, the ringleader of the plot, regurgitating the Islamist doctrine of armed Jihad:
I’m doing this coz of the rewards, the big rewards that Allah promises those who step from this path and, inshallah, become martyrs. And the best of those rewards for me is the guarantee of Jannah [paradise] for myself, my family, and those who are close to me.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest Islamist party in the world today. It also claims to be a democratic party. In this article I will be looking at its founder Hasan al-Banna, the reasons why he established the Muslim Brotherhood and his Nazi sympathies.
Hasan al-Banna was born in 1906 to a poor family in Southern Egypt. During his teenage years he took part in demonstrations against British Rule. He later went on to become a school teacher and in 1928 founded the ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’ (MB), the world’s largest Islamist group.
Although the end of the Ottoman Empire was brought about by Turkish secular Muslims, some Muslims, like Banna, blamed “the West” and thus he established the MB with the aim of creating an Islamist State in direct antithesis to western ideals. Banna was able to recruit from a large cross-section of Egyptian society by manipulating issues such as social inequality, public health and the growing conflict in Palestine. Banna claimed his group would solve all these problems and thereby resurrect lost Arab glories.
“of course we’re not anti-semitic! loads of jews support us! look, here’s one! doesn’t he look jewish? see the black hat! see the big beard! see the sidelocks! these are the *real* jews!”
it appears that one of the headline speakers of this year’s al-quds day celebrations (endorsed by the MCB, StWC and organised by the usual rag-bag of islamists and trotskyists) is a regular star of anything where there’s an opportunity to have a go at israel or zionism (particularly islamist fiestas like global peace and unity and the government-boycotted islam expo), the mancunian rabbi ahron [sic] cohen of everyone’s favourite cuddly ultra-orthodox anti-zionists, neturei karta (i’m not going to link to them, frankly)
There is a common misconception that the roots of radical Islamism stem from grievances in the Middle East i.e. Israel/Palestine. This is actually not true. The Indian Sub-continent is just as responsible for radical Islamism as the Middle East is thanks to one man in particular, largely ignored in the Western media, Maulana Mawdudi. In this article I will be looking at Mawdudi’s personality and ideology.
Mawdudi was the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), an Islamist party in the Indian sub-continent (the counterpart of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt). In the early part of his life he was a newspaper editor. He had no theological grounding as a scholar, rather he was a self-taught man with a passion for political authority. He was a key influence on many Islamist ideologues.
This is a guest post by Raziq, a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir
Hizb ut-Tahrir claims to be a non-violent political party. Its members publically state this, however critics are not convinced. In this article I will be looking at some of its literature and its stance on the use of violence. All quotes appear in their correct contexts and all references used in this article can be supplied upon request.
Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) is a political party established by Taqiuddin al-Nabhani in 1952. Being a former Ba’athist, Nabhani incorporated the organizational principles of Marxism-Leninism into the structure of his new party. The central aim of HT is to unite all Muslim-majority countries into a super-expansionist Islamist state. This is to be done by seizing power in a Muslim-majority country through infiltration of the army and then initiating a military coup, a war by proxy. Once the state is established it will invite other Muslim-majority countries to join, but if they refuse then a war (jihad) will be declared against them and they will be taken over by force. Failed coup attempts by HT in the 1960s led to the loss of much support and membership and today it is banned or viewed with suspicion in all Muslim-majority countries.
Continuing where Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘Brandishing the Sword’ left off, this is another post where Hizb ut-Tahrir will be allowed to speak for, and thereby condemn, itself. The vicious Antisemitism of this leaflet (dating from December 1992) has never been recanted by HT but, after several years of distribution, they realised that it was damaging their PR and the leaflet was suppressed. These ideas, however, remain an integral part of HT’s ideology.
Taken from ‘The only place is the battlefield between the Muslims and the Jews’ (an official Hizb ut-Tahrir leaflet published by al-Khilafah Publications).
The recent event of the imprisonment and the killing of a Jewish soldier by Hamas is lawful, for it is a means of resistance against the occupiers according to the Islamic Shari`ah, for the Jews are belligerent enemies and we are in a state of war with them. They have violated the land and driven away its people, they constantly aggress the people of Palestine, killing, injuring, destroying properties, arresting, expelling and breaking the Palestinians’ bones; Islam considers their blood and their property as violable; thus their property and their lives have no sanctity; [..]
A lot has recently been made (particularly in Muslim circles) of the idea that the government is attempting to introduce sex education to 5 year olds. Some Muslim parents are up in arms at the idea of their children being taught about sex at the age of five. Islamistgroups have also jumped on the bandwagon, spotting an opportunity to spread their propaganda to unwitting Muslim parents. But what is the truth?
Firstly, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has yet to approve any plans, i.e. it is merely being discussed.
Secondly, it is not about ‘sex education’ but rather ‘relationship lessons’, which are a part of a wider initiative to promote Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
From the Egyptian writer and academic researcher of Islamic Affairs, Dr. Sayed Mahmoud El Qemany, who is being exposed to incitementsto assassinate him.
In the context of my academic research and practical work I have been able to providean important set of motion in the stagnant Egyptian situation. I have attemptedto make reforms from the inside and worked on the disarmament of those whoexploit Islam politically and make it a source of livelihood at the expense of thesimple, good people of Egypt. I have therefore created a secular movement that has imposed its presence, although still at a formative stage.
In a free ballot of Egyptian thinkers, I was granted the State Award for Social Sciences, on June 25th 2009. The hard-line radical militant groups considered that the state has adopted this intellectual secular trend officially, infuriating the mentioned group which called on the State to withdraw the prizewith the declaration of my defection from Islam and excommunication which meansin our country, I could be slain; any citizen is allowed to kill me and be awarded by God in Paradise.
Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Malaysian chapter [the revolutionary and expansionist Islamist group] advertised its 26 July 2009 conference with this image:
HT Malaysia Khilafah Conference
A beheaded Statue of Liberty. A burning and ruined Financial District in Manhattan. Conveniently using this clip image from the film Cloverfield, Hizb ut-Tahrir uses it to epitomise everything the party loathes and despises: democracy, freedom, capitalism, secularsim (values many of us cherish) – and generally the West. And they want to do what? Take over the world?