Militants in Europe openly call for Jihad and Rule of Islam:"It is foolish to fight people who want death-that is what they are looking for"
Al Muhajiroun leader urges Muslims to : Embrace Death and the Culture of Martyrdom"
Abu Hamza, a cleric, preaches martyrdom outside a London mosque.
April 26, 2004
Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam
UTON, England, April 24 The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say.
In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street.
They swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and his goal of toppling Western democracies to establish an Islamic superstate under Shariah law, like Afghanistan under the Taliban. They call the Sept. 11 hijackers the "Magnificent 19" and regard the Madrid train bombings as a clever way to drive a wedge into Europe.
On Thursday evening, at a tennis center community hall in Slough, west of London, their leader, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammad, spoke of his adherence to Osama bin Laden. If Europe fails to heed Mr. bin Laden's offer of a truce provided that all foreign troops are withdrawn from Iraq in three months Muslims will no longer be restrained from attacking the Western countries that play host to them, the sheik said.
"All Muslims of the West will be obliged," he said, to "become his sword" in a new battle. Europeans take heed, he added, saying, "It is foolish to fight people who want death that is what they are looking for."
On working-class streets of old industrial towns like Crawley, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, and in the Arab enclaves of Germany, France, Switzerland and other parts of Europe, intelligence officials say a fervor for militancy is intensifying and becoming more open.
In Hamburg, Dr. Mustafa Yoldas, the director of the Council of Islamic Communities, saw a correlation to the discord in Iraq. "This is a very dangerous situation at the moment," Dr. Yoldas said. "My impression is that Muslims have become more and more angry against the United States."
Hundreds of young Muslim men are answering the call of militant groups affiliated or aligned with Al Qaeda, intelligence and counterterrorism officials in the region say.
Even more worrying, said a senior counterterrorism official, is that the level of "chatter" communications among people suspected of terrorism and their supporters has markedly increased since Mr. bin Laden's warning to Europe this month. The spike in chatter has given rise to acute worries that planning for another strike in Europe is advanced.
"Iraq dramatically strengthened their recruitment efforts," one counterterrorism official said. He added that some mosques now display photos of American soldiers fighting in Iraq alongside bloody scenes of bombed out Iraqi neighborhoods. Detecting actual recruitments is almost impossible, he said, because it is typically done face to face.
And recruitment is paired with a compelling new strategy to bring the fight to Europe.
Members of Al Qaeda have "proven themselves to be extremely opportunistic, and they have decided to try to split the Western alliance," the official continued. "They are focusing their energies on attacking the big countries" the United States, Britain and Spain so as to "scare" the smaller states.
Some Muslim recruits are going to Iraq, counterterrorism officials in Europe say, but more are remaining home, possibly joining cells that could help with terror logistics or begin operations like the one that came to notice when the British police seized 1,200 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a key bomb ingredient, in late March, and arrested nine Pakistani-Britons, five of whom have been charged with trying to build a terrorist bomb.
Stoking that anger are some of the same fiery Islamic clerics who preached violence and martyrdom before the Sept. 11 attacks.
On Friday, Abu Hamza, the cleric accused of tutoring Richard Reid before he tried to blow up a Paris-to-Miami jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoe, urged a crowd of 200 outside his former Finsbury Park mosque to embrace death and the "culture of martyrdom."
Though the British home secretary, David Blunkett, has sought to strip Abu Hamza of his British citizenship and deport him, the legal battle has dragged on for years while Abu Hamza keeps calling down the wrath of God.
Also this week, over Mr. Blunkett's vigorous objection, a 35-year-old Algerian held under emergency laws passed after Sept. 11 was released from Belmarsh Prison. The man, identified only as "G," suffered from severe mental illness, his lawyers told a special immigration appeals panel, which let him out of prison and put him under house arrest.
Mr. Blunkett insisted that that should not be the final judgment on a man already found by one court "to be a threat to life and liberty."
In an interview on the BBC over the weekend, Mr. Blunkett advocated a stronger deportation policy, initially focused on 12 foreign terror suspects held without charge since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Despite tougher antiterrorism laws, the police, prosecutors and intelligence chiefs across Europe say they are struggling to contain the openly seditious speech of Islamic extremists, some of whom, they say, have been inciting young men to suicidal violence since the 1990's.
One chapter in Sheik Omar's lectures these days is "The Psyche of Muslims for Suicide Bombing."
The authorities say that laws to protect religious expression and civil liberties have the result of limiting what they can do to stop hateful speech. In the case of foreigners, they say they are often left to seek deportation, a lengthy and uncertain process subject to legal appeals, when the suspect can keep inciting attacks.
That leaves the authorities to resort to less effective means, such as mouse-trapping Islamic radicals with immigration violations in hopes of making a deportation case stick. "In many countries, the laws are liberal and it's not easy," an official said.
At a mosque in Geneva, an imam recently exhorted his followers to "impose the will of Islam on the godless society of the West."
"It was quite virulent," said a senior official with knowledge of the sermon. "The imam was encouraging his followers to take over the godless society."
While such a sermon may be incitement, recruitment takes a more shadowy course, and is hard to detect, a senior antiterrorism official said. "Believers are appealed to in the mosques, but the real conversations take place in restaurants or cafes or private apartments," the official said.
While some clerics, like Abu Qatada said to be the spiritual counselor of Mohamed Atta, who led the Sept. 11 hijacking team remain in prison in Britain without charge, others like Sheik Omar, leader of a movement called Al Muhajiroun, carry on a robust ideological campaign.
"There is no case against me," Sheik Omar said in an interview. Referring to calls by members of Parliament that he be deported, he added, "but they are Jewish" and "they have been calling for that for years."
Among his ardent followers is Ishtiaq Alamgir, 24, who heads Al Muhajiroun in Luton and calls himself Sayful Islam, the sword of Islam. He says there are about 50 members here but exact numbers are secret.
Most days, he and a handful of his followers run a recruitment stand on Dunstable Road much to the chagrin of the Muslim elders of Luton.
Mainstream Muslims are outraged by the situation, saying the actions of a few are causing their communities to be singled out for surveillance and making the larger population distrustful of them.
Muhammad Sulaiman, a stalwart of the mainstream Central Mosque here, was penniless when he arrived from the Kashmiri frontier of Pakistan in 1956. He raised money to build the Central Mosque here and now leads a campaign to ban Al Muhajiroun radicals from the city's 10 mosques.
"This is show-off business," he says in accented English. "I don't want these kids in my mosque."
Other community leaders look to the government to do something, if only to help prevent the demonization of British Muslims, or "Islamophobia," as some here call it.
"I think these kids are being brainwashed by a few radical clerics," said Akhbar Dad Khan, another elder of the Central Mosque. He wants them prosecuted or deported. "We should be able to control this negativity," he said.
In Slough, Sheik Omar spent much of his time Thursday night regaling his young followers with the erotic delights of paradise sweet kisses and the pleasures of bathing with scores of women while he also preached the virtues of death in Islamic struggle as a ticket to paradise.
He spoke of terrorism as the new norm of cultural conflict, "the fashion of the 21st century," practiced as much by Tony Blair as by Al Qaeda.
"We may be caught up in the target as the people of Manhattan were," he told them.
And he warned Western leaders, "You may kill bin Laden, but the phenomenon, you cannot kill it you cannot destroy it."
"Our Muslim brothers from abroad will come one day and conquer here and then we will live under Islam in dignity," he said.
Patrick E. Tyler reported from Luton, Slough and London and Don Van Natta Jr. from London. Souad Mekhennet contributed reporting from Germany.
By PHILIP CARDY
A SUICIDE bomb plot to kill thousands of soccer fans at Saturday's Manchester United-Liverpool match was dramatically foiled yesterday.
Armed cops seized ten terror suspects in dawn raids.
Intelligence chiefs believe al-Qaeda fanatics planned to blow themselves up amid 67,000 unsuspecting supporters. A source said: "The target was Old Trafford."
The Islamic fanatics planned to sit all around the ground to cause maximum carnage.
They had already bought the tickets for various positions in the stadium, cops revealed last night.
But armed cops foiled the horrific plot - which could have killed thousands watching Manchester United's home game against Liverpool on Saturday - in a series of dawn raids yesterday.
Ten people were arrested after a massive surveillance operation involving British anti-terror units and American authorities.
A police source said: "The plot involved several individual bombers in separate parts of the stadium.
"If successful, any such attack would have caused absolute carnage. Thousands of people could have been killed."
The planned attack would have had an instant global impact as the game is being televised worldwide.
More than 400 police swooped yesterday after a "major terrorist figure" under surveillance moved to Manchester. Police and intelligence organisations believe he came to direct the massacre, which would have been the first al-Qaeda-style outrage in Britain.
Nine men and one woman were arrested all Iraqi Kurds or from North Africa.
Special Branch and the security services had been monitoring their movements and eavesdropping on mobile phone calls for months.
The operation also involved the US National Security Agency and GCHQ, the Government's intelligence listening post.
Seven of the suspects were held in Manchester and one each in South Yorkshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
It is believed all have links to extremist Islamic organisations. They were being quizzed at separate police stations around North West England last night.
But it was unclear whether any explosives or weapons had been recovered.
Bombers planning the Old Trafford massacre would have run the risk of being searched going into the ground before the 3pm kick-off.
Manchester United said away fans and those sitting in the higher tiers were frisked.
The identities and details of the suspects remained top secret last night even to many of those involved in the operation.
One of the raids was at a flat above Dolphins takeaway in Upper Brook Street, near Manchester University. The area has a large ethnic community with many properties converted into bedsits.
Irfaan Arif, who lives in a nearby flat, said: "I was woken at 4am, looked out of the window and saw a lot of armed police. There was loads of banging and shouting."
The three-storey Dolphins building was cordoned off along with next-door properties housing AK Computers and Funky Fones.
Forensic experts in protective clothing moved in after the initial search teams.
A police spokesman confirmed: "A number of search warrants were executed under the Terrorism Act 2000. Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.
We appreciate the public interest in this but are unable to provide more specific details at this stage."
Greater Manchester's Assistant Chief Constable Dave Whatton said: "It was an anti-terrorism operation that has been going on for some time and it will continue in the future.
"This is the first action that the public have become aware of as it is overt. It is set against the background of an increased threat level across the country.
"The addresses raided will continue to be searched for some time. It is a complex inquiry."
And he appealed: "Because of the national heightened threat levels we would still ask people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police."
Sheikh Mohammed bal Qadri, deputy director of a mosque in Upper Brook Street, said he did not believe any of his members were among those being held.
He added: "Since September 11 we have been very vigilant, as mosques should be.
"If I see a person who is new, I ask him why he is here and what he is doing and ask these kind of questions.
"We are against these evil acts. In the religion of Islam we have tolerance." The raids follow revelations last week that police in Manchester had raised their terror alert level.
More than 50 officers were moved from regular duties to work on a task force committed to combating terrorism.
Police have also conducted detailed surveys of land around Manchester Airport to identify sites which could be used to launch missiles attacks on aircraft.
Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd said yesterday: "Clearly this is one of the most difficult levels of policing. But when police get the information to act successfully the whole of the British public will applaud their actions."
MIM: More dhimmitude in the U.K. - It's okay for terrorists to call for attacks on the UK and burn Union Jacks , but the British 'patriots' who burn the AM 'black flag of Islam' are stopped by the police .
By Joseph Farah
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
From his plush, high-tech headquarters in London, Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad runs a worldwide Islamist organization that defends Osama bin Laden.
Part of his Al-Muhajiroun empire is an English-language website one that calls for the death by crucifixion, or worse, of the real terrorists: Americans and their Muslim proxies in Pakistan.
According to Sheik Omar, Muslims in the West have very serious responsibilities in preparing the people to embrace Islam or to accept the Islamic way of life.
Al-Muhajiroun calls for Muslims in the West to "be the front line of the coming Khilafah to become strong and united in order to become the fifth column, which is able to put pressure on the enemies of Islam and to be able to support the Muslim Ummah worldwide." The organization believes that "bonding the Muslim community in the West with the Muslims globally" is the secret to setting off a "worldwide Islamic revolution."
Sheik Omar makes no bones about his outright support of the Taliban, while proclaiming Osama bin Laden innocent of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. or any other terrorist incidents. Instead, he is on record in many public interviews blaming the Mossad for the destruction.
Almuhajiroun.com publishes a fatwa against Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and the U.S.
What's the verdict? "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement."
Who is this Sheik Omar? He was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1958 and like bin Laden raised among the privileged in a wealthy Muslim family.
He became a serious student of Islam and the Koran. He received his B.A. in Shari'ah and the foundations of Islamic law from Shari'ah University in Damascus. He got his M.A. in Islamic jurisprudence from the University of Al-Imam Al-U'zaie in Beirut. He claims to be the author of 43 books and booklets about Islam in Arabic and English. Through the website, he sells videos and books and announces rallies and lectures mostly in the United Kingdom.
He claims to have hundreds of thousands of followers throughout the world including many in the U.S. He is also the judge of the Shari'ah court in the UK, the secretary general of the Islamic World League and the spokesman for the International Islamic Front.
His goal, like bin Laden's, is to re-establish the Khilifah the worldwide domination of Islamic rule.
"Al-Muhajiroun has many organs which are active within society under its leadership," he claims. "These organs specialize in different fields, such as: the Society of Muslim Lawyers, the Society of Converts to Islam, the Society of Muslim Parents, the London School of Shari'ah, the Shari'ah Court of the UK, the Society of Muslim Students, the Islamic World League, the Muslim Cultural Society and the Party of the Future."
Almuhajiroun.com is just one of dozens of radical Islamist, English-language websites that appear to be specifically designed to influence and recruit in the West.
Another one is Khalifornia.org.
No, this is not a site promoting California as the next Islamic state not quite.
Here's how the purveyors of this website explain the name: "When we came across the following explanation for the name of California, that being the domain of the Khilafah, we thought this would be a challenging name for a publication calling the Muslims to the full application of Islam and a return to the Khilafah State. However, it is not implied that California is in any way the chosen or designated for this state. Edward Hale, author of 'The Man Without a Country,' reported in the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society that the name California was to be found in work of Montalvo, a Spanish author of popular romances of chivalry in the early 1500s. This was the same period as the Spanish conquest in America. 'Califerne was the domain of the Caliph, the ruler of the Mohammedan world.'"
A French etymologist suggests that "Montalvo was inspired to borrow the Frankish Califerne and Hispanicize it California," explains Khalifornia.org.
So, while some Mexicans have their eye on reclaiming California, they may have competition from Islamists.
Then there is the Sheffield Hallam University Islamic Society website, also out of the UK.
Like many of the other radical Islamic sites, this one reserves special angst for the Musharraf regime in Pakistan.
"Pakistan currently is subservient to the international order dominated by America," it explains. "She is subjugated to economic enslavement by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank and accepts the sovereignty of the United Nations over her. Currently the government is planning to resume a $1.5 billion IMF loan program."
It's for this reason the site bemoans that "Russia did not blink an eyelid due to any type of fear for the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan before bombarding the Muslims of Chechnya."
Ramadhan.org prominently features an interview with bin Laden and horror stories about Muslims being persecuted in the United States in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
You can also send e-cards to all your friends observing Ramadan.
Khilafah.com, one of the more sophisticated sites of its kind, leaves little doubt about where it stands on the issues of the day.
"President Bush's 'Wanted Dead or Alive' call evoked memories of how the 'West was Won' by a brutish and arrogant people," notes one prominent article entitled "How the West Was Lost." "The native Indian civilization was wiped out. Could it be that the West will be lost due to this continuing brutish and arrogant behavior?"
The article goes on to suggest that America's action in Afghanistan "may well be the beginning of the end for the supremacy of the Western civilization, if a viable alternative world order comes into being that is truly universal. This is not as crazy as it might sound."
The viable alternative world order suggested by Khilafah.com is, of course, one ruled by Islam.
Don't believe those moderate Muslims in the Western media who tell you that jihad means "overcoming adversity," says Khilafah.com.
"In fact, the Shari'ah meaning of jihad is to exert one's utmost effort in fighting the disbelievers for the sake of Allah, directly by fighting in the battlefield or indirectly by helping this struggle by monetary means, scholarly verdicts, and encouraging people to participate in the jihad," an article on the site proclaims. "Other tasks which may be difficult and thus involve some exertion but are not related to fighting, such as fixing a boiler or making a chair, are not termed jihad as understood in the Shari'ah."
Hizb-ut-tahrir.org warns that an "alliance with America is a great crime forbidden by Islam.
The website goes on to explain that it is not concerned about who attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 but, at the same time, it believes the evidence against bin Laden is lacking.
The site blames the Jews for inciting the rulers of America to take revenge against the whole Islamic world for the attacks for which, of course, bin Laden has since claimed responsibility.
Isla.org also gives prominence to an interview with bin Laden. Much of the rest of the site is in Arabic.
Does the Koran justify terrorist attacks like America witnessed on Sept. 11? Without a doubt, answers Tanzeem.org.
"Ameer of Tanzeem-e-Islami explained that the Islamic viewpoint on the matter is that an attack may be launched by Muslims, without any ultimatum, against an enemy with whom the Muslims are not bound by a treaty," explains the website. "Whereas upon a nation with which Muslims have signed a treaty, it is not allowed to attack them without an ultimatum (in case they violate the terms of the treaty first). He said that guerrilla war is also condoned in Islam in a situation in which either a people are pushed against a wall and have no other means to raise their voices or where the enemy is overwhelmingly strong and cannot be otherwise defeated. He said that an attack in which civilians are killed is very much disliked in Islam. Nonetheless, the oppressed and the persecuted have the right to retaliate terror with terror."
------------------------------------ MIM Note: Omar Khayaam who was arrested in Britain in connection with the most recent bomb plots had "gone missing' in Pakistan where he received Jihad training before returning to Britain.
Omar Bakri: I taught suspect
London as terrorist haven in 1997. In 2000 Yassir Al Sirri was indicted on charges of aiding Sheik Abdel Rahman who was imprisoned in 1996 for his role in the 1993 WTC bombing. Al Sirri was also accused of helping plan the assassination of Massoud the head of the Northern Alliance who were fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Al Muhajiroun and Omar Bakri are also mentioned.
BBC, 14 Jul 2003
The son of Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has appeared in court charged with conspiracy to burgle and cause criminal damage at the mosque where his father used to preach.
Mohammed Kamel, 21, of west London, and three others tried to break into the Finsbury Park mosque in north London in February, a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.
Kamel, Mustafa Abdullah, 21, of south London, Abdullah Merchant, 26, of north London, and a 16-year-old who cannot be identified for legal reasons, all deny the charge.
Mr Abdullah and Mr Merchant also deny assaulting Pc Andrew Reeder and Sergeant Dan Wright.
Police went to the mosque just after 2145 BST on 11 February this year after a member of the public spotted a group of men scaling the wall, Andrew Campbell, prosecuting, told the jury.
The only sensible conclusion you can come to for them trying to break in is that they would try to steal once they got in or intended to cause damage.
The mosque was shut at the time for health and safety reasons, and was secured by railings and padlocked metal grilles at the windows and doors.
The officers who arrested the four men recovered two screwdrivers, a torch, bolt cutters, two ratchets, a balaclava and a number of screws which had been removed from a metal grille.
"These four men had taken the trouble of getting hold of the necessary tools in order to break in," Mr Campbell told the jury.
"The only sensible conclusion you can come to for them trying to break in is that they would try to steal once they got in or intended to cause damage."
Mr Abu Hamza is banned from preaching at the mosque but continues to hold services in the street outside.
MIM: The warnings were being sounded before 9/11 and the militants message was clear
Radical Islam: The Enemy In Our Midst
By Patrick Goodenough
Extremist backs 'kill Jews' poster
AN Islamic extremist has defended a leaflet and poster campaign exhorting British Muslims to "kill the Jews" and wage a holy war against Israel.
Jewish leaders are demanding the prosecution of those responsible and seeking talks with Jack Straw, the Home Secretary. However, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohamed, the leader of the Islamic fundamentalist group al-Muhajiroun, said its leaflets, which have appeared in London, Manchester and Birmingham, were merely a warning not to support the state of Israel.
Concerns that the material would inflame relations between Muslims and Jews were heightened this week when a 20-year-old Jew was stabbed on a bus in Stamford Hill, an area of north London which is home to a large community of Orthodox jews.
The attack came days after Jo Wagerman, president of the Board of Deputies, wrote to Lord Williams, the Attorney General, warning that there was a "direct and causal link between literature which invites hatred and the level of racist violence on the street".
Although police arrested five young men in Stamford Hill two weeks ago on suspicion of distributing anti-Semitic literature, Jewish leaders are angry that more is not being done to target the real powers behind the leaflets.
Sources at the board said that police appeared reluctant to prosecute because the calls to fight the Jews were carefully couched in quotes from the Koran. One said that the Government was afraid of provoking a Muslim backlash.
David Lidington, the shadow home office minister, said: "Whoever is responsible for this should be investigated. I would say the same if these posters were directed against British Muslims."