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Group resurfaces under the name of the Association for Islamic Research
September 13, 2008
MIM: For more information see:Al Muhajiroun Resurfaces in London Under Guise of "Association For Islamic Research" http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3606
Preaching ... Abu Saalihah, left, Anjem Choudary, Abu Omar and Saiful Islam with Omar Bakri webcast on wall behind Picture: Peter Jordan/The Sun
MIM Note: Al Muhajiroun are now calling themselves the Association for Islamic Research. Prior to that they called themselves the Saviour Sect. Anjem Choudary was the deputy of AM and has now taken over the organisation in the UK after it's leader, Omar Bakri, fled to Lebanon.
See: UK Leader of 'disbanded' group declares that " Muslims are now at war with the government" calls for Jihad http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/374
By ANTHONY FRANCE and VINCE SOODIN
The Sun (UK)http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1683635.ece
Speaking at a rally marking 9/11, Anjem Choudary bragged that a birth explosion would let followers of Islam take control of the country.
Undercover Sun investigators secretly recorded Choudary telling a young and impressionable audience that they would eventually rule under strict Sharia law.
And our team listened in chilled silence as he predicted: "Islam is superior and will never be surpassed. The flag of Islam will rise over Downing Street."You need Flash Player 8 or higher to view video content with the ROO Flash Player. Click here to download and install it.
Lawyer Choudary also said it would be easy for vast numbers of Muslims to declare Jihad, or holy war, against Britain — and that every one of them could become "a time bomb waiting to go off".
The Sun team watched vile Choudary, the right-hand man of exiled preacher of hate Omar Bakri, ranting to 100 young Muslims at a meeting in East London.
The mob bayed and cheered as he said: "About 500 people in Britain become Muslim every day.
"The Home Office say there are 1.5million Muslims but there were 1.5million ten years ago. Since then our brothers in Bethnal Green, Whitechapel and other places have had eight or nine children each. Eight children here, ten children, 15 children. There must be at least six million people.
"It may be by pure conversion that Britain will become an Islamic state. We may never need to conquer it from the outside."
The rally — advertised as a debate on whether the West had "learned the lessons" of 9/11 — was held amid strict security in a hall above a mosque in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton. Stewards on the door demanded ID from non-Muslims.
Meeting ... hall's entrance
Inside the atmosphere was tense as dozens of young men in their teens or 20s packed chairs at the front while the few women present were ushered to the back. Choudary — whose family live on £25,000 a year in benefits — whipped them into a frenzy with a speech calling for Sharia law, under which criminals and adulterers are stoned or have limbs amputated.
He roared: "We do not integrate into Christianity. We will ensure that one day you will integrate into the Sharia Islamic law. Our eyes are on Downing Street."
He went on: "That is why the British are so afraid. It would be easy for us to declare Jihad in Britain and each one of us could become a time-bomb waiting to go off. But we are not people who betray."
Choudary, who once called for the Pope to be executed and said the 9/11 hijackers were "magnificent martyrs", also claimed without a shred of evidence that 200 Muslim women were locked up in British jails.
Speaker ... Anjem Choudary
Peter Jordan/The Sun
Midway through the three-hour rally there was a break for prayers and food. The audience knelt on the floor and free chicken curry and bottles of water were handed out — but nobody ate or drank until a signal from chairman Abu Omar.
Another hate-filled speaker, Saiful Islam, praised terror chief Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda for their courage in retaliating against the West's "oppression".
He warned of a repeat of the 9/11 attacks in which more than 3,000 died in America, or another 7/7 suicide attack in London. He said: "The blame of 9/11 belongs to no one but the American government. They are the terrorists.
"Sheikh Osama warned America numerous times, it was because of their own arrogance, because they thought they are a superpower and nobody could match them, that Sheikh Osama taught them a lesson - a lesson they still haven't learned."
Praying ... audience kneels after hearing Choudary speak
Peter Jordan/The Sun
Referring to Iraq and Afghanistan, he warned the US and Britain: "Wake up. Withdraw. Listen. All of us have a part to play in stopping the violence or the next 9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally."
The meeting was also addressed by law lecturer Abu Saalihah and there was a live webcam link to Omar Bakri at his Lebanon hideout.
Yesterday unrepentant Bakri said he could not understand what moderate Muslims have against Bin Laden.
He also dismissed 9/11 as "just an event" which was neither good nor bad but comparable to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Speaking from Beirut he said: "Osama Bin Laden is a legendary person for Muslims round the world."
Last night the meeting was condemned by moderate Muslims.
Iqbal Sacranie, ex-Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, said: "Such outrageous and irresponsible comments are nothing new from the likes of Omar Bakri and his lot. These people know they do not represent the views of the vast majority, if not the entire community, of Muslims in the UK."
Last night Scotland Yard asked The Sun for a copy of our video showing Choudary and Islam's rants.
The Counter-Terrorism Command will study the footage. Sources stressed they had not launched a formal inquiry but one said: "We want to see if any laws were breached."
Radical Muslims warn of another 9/11
Muslim extremists have held a meeting at the heart of the area where the liquid bombers lived in which they warned of a British September 11.By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
The Daily Telegraph (London)
One speaker at the meeting, held on the anniversary of the attacks in America, told the assembled crowd that the West should "listen to the warnings."
The meeting, in front of a 100-strong crowd at a community centre on the Lea Bridge Road in Walthamstow, east London, was also addressed by the exiled preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed via video link from the Lebanon.
His appearance was greeted by cheers of "faith" and "god is great" as he claimed to have foiled a bomb plot against him by agents of the British Government, although much of his speech was inaudible due to technical difficulties.
Walthamstow was home to two of the three members of a gang found guilty of conspiracy to murder. They face a retrial over allegations they were targeting trans-Atlantic flights.
Among the speakers were a number of former members of the banned group al-Muhajiroun, once led by Bakri from his council home in Edmonton, North London.
The most incendiary speech was delivered by Saiful Islam, from Luton, Bedfordshire, who praised Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda for their "courage" in retaliating against the "dictatorship and oppression" of the West.
He said: "The blame of 9/11 belongs to no one but the American government. They are the terrorists. Sheikh Osama warned America numerous times, it was because of their own arrogance, because they thought they are a superpower and nobody could match them, that Sheikh Osama taught them a lesson – a lesson they still haven't learned."
Mr Islam warned that unless British and American troops were withdrawn from "Muslim lands" they would be to blame for the consequences, saying the West would "never achieve security until our own lands achieve security".
"Wake up. Withdraw. Listen to the warnings. Muslims will stand side to side, not just al Qaeda. The actions of the British and Americans have given prominence to al Qaeda. All of us have a part to play in stopping the violence or the next 9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally," he added.
The meeting was led by the lawyer Anjem Choudary under the name of a group called the Association for Islamic Research.
He was the last to speak to the group of largely young Muslim men and criticised the Government for persecuting "innocent Muslims" including Syrian–born Bakri who was banned from re-entering the country in the wake of the July 7 attacks.
He also talked of the defendants in the airliner trial along with the jailed preachers Abu Hamza and Omar Brooks, another of Bakri's followers, as well as Abu Qatada, recently released on bail.
"They [the Government] say they are civilized but they don't act very civilized," Mr Choudary said. "They jailed Sheikh Abu Qatada in Belmarsh prison. Is that the way you treat your guests?"
He spoke against mainstream bodies like the Muslim Council of Britain, who condemned the September 11 and July 7 attacks, accusing them of "selling their souls to the devil".
Mr Choudary talked about the black "flag of Sharia" flying over Downing Street by 2020, saying 500 people a day were converting to Islam.
He laughed that Muslim families in places like Whitechapel and Bethnal Green in east London were having "10 or 12 children each".
Next 9/11 will be in Britain, warn banned Muslim extremists at meeting with exiled cleric BakriLast updated at 11:05am on 12.09.08 The Evening Standard (UK)
Voice of hate: Omar Mohammed Bakri spoke via video link from Lebanon
The next 9/11 will take place in Britain, members of a banned Muslim extremist group warned on the anniversary of the terror attacks.
The claim was made at a hate-filled meeting addressed via video link by exiled cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Leaders of the Al Muhajiroun sect said Osama bin Laden had taught the Americans a ‘lesson' seven years ago, but the ‘crusaders' had not learned and the next ‘9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally'.
Radical preacher Bakri told a 100-strong audience of supporters in Walthamstow, east London, last night that he believed the British government was trying to assassinate him and claimed to have foiled a bomb plot.
Technical difficulties meant much of his speech was inaudible, but his appearance was greeted by cheers of ‘faith' and ‘god is great' at the community centre.
Bakri's right- hand man, Anjem Choudary, led the proceedings in person, under the auspices of a group called Association for Islamic Research.
The most incendiary speech was delivered by Saiful Islam, who lauded Bin Laden and al Qaeda for their ‘courage' in retaliating against the ‘dictatorship and oppression' of the West.
He said: ‘The blame of 9/11 belongs to no one but the American government. They are the terrorists. Sheikh Osama warned America numerous times, it was because of their own arrogance, because they thought they are a superpower and nobody could match them, that Sheikh Osama taught them a lesson - a lesson they still haven't learned.'
Mr Islam, who is linked to an organisation called Salafi Youth for Islamic Propagation, warned that unless British and American troops were withdrawn from ‘Muslim lands' they would be to blame for the consequences, saying the West would ‘never achieve security until our own lands achieve security'.
‘Wake up. Withdraw. Listen to the warnings. Muslims will stand side to side, not just al Qaeda. The actions of the British and Americans have given prominence to al Qaeda.
'All of us have a part to play in stopping the violence or the next 9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally,' he added.
Mr Choudary was the last speaker and was more guarded in his address to the young Muslim men that made up most of the audience.
But he criticised the Government for persecuting ‘innocent Muslims', naming Bakri, Abu Hamza, Abu Qatada and Omar Brooks along with the defendants in the airliner bomb plot trial.
He said: ‘They say they are civilised. But they don't act very civilised. They jailed Sheikh Abu Qatada in Belmarsh prison. Is that the way you treat your guests?'
Mr Choudary then referred to Bakri's notorious aim of flying the ‘flag of Sharia' over Downing Street, claiming that this would happen by 2020 as 500 people a day were converting to Islam and laughing that Muslim families in places like Whitechapel and Bethnal Green in east London were having ‘10 or 12 children each'.
He ranted against mainstream bodies like the Muslim Council of Britain, who condemned 9/11 and 7/7, accusing them of ‘selling their souls to the devil'.
Established on February 16, 1996 by Omar Bakri Mohammed (who also founded Hizb ut-Tahrir), Al-Muhajiroun (Arabic for "The Emigrants," a name its founder says "refers to the early followers of the Prophet Muhammad") was a radical Muslim organization based in England that also had branches in many other nations. The group's disbandment was announced on October 13, 2004, though it is now believed to be operating under the new name, The Savior Sect. According to Islam scholar Daniel Pipes, Al-Muhajiroun was "the most extreme Islamist group operating in the West."
Al-Muhajiroun described itself as "not a group or a political party," but as a Jama'ah (collective body) within Ahl us-Sunnah wal Jama'ah (The minority saviour sect) working towards the world-wide domination of Islam." Closely allied to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, Al-Muhajiroun taught its recruits that Israel, the Jews and the West are evil and that it is their Muslim duty to fight them. The organization referred to the 9/11 hijackers as "the Magnificent 19."
The avowed aim of Al-Muhajiroun was to restore and expand the Caliphate, or Muslim empire, which would operate according to the principles of divinely-given Islamic Sharia law. The new Caliph, called Al-Khalifah or "leader" on Al-Muhajiroun's website, was to be one "whose foreign policy is to conquer the whole world by Jihad."
Under this coming worldwide "Domination of Islam," people would not necessarily be forced to become Muslims, implied the Al-Muhajiroun website, but they would be taught "to accept it as a political way of life and a solution for their [and society's] problems." Al-Muhajiroun said that its organizational tactics were "[t]o formulate a fifth column as a community pressure group which is well equipped with the Islamic culture e.g. ruling, social, economic, judicial, penal [sic] and ritual systems in order to become capable of implementing Islam fully and comprehensively in society." The weapons to be used to establish global Islamic political power ranged from debate, to media appearances and the law, to the funding of Jihadists and the recruiting of suicide bombers.
Al-Muhajiroun was the sister organization of the International Institute of Islamic Thought.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohmammed:
Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, a Syrian-born Muslim cleric, established two major Islamist organizations in the United Kingdom in 1986.
One of these groups is the radical political party Hizb ut-Tahrir ("the Party of Liberation") also known as Hizb-ut-Tahrir al-Islami ("the Islamic Party of Liberation"), which reportedly has secret cells of members in 40 countries. Although outlawed in Russia, Germany and many other nations, it remains a legal political party in the United Kingdom. The Sheikh has said he resigned from this party on January 16, 1996 over a theological issue.
The other is Al Muhajiroun (Arabic for "The Emigrants," a name its founder says "refers to the early followers of the Prophet Muhammad.") is a radical Muslim organization based in England that claims to have branches in many other nations.
According to Islam scholar Daniel Pipes, it may be "the most extreme Islamist group operating in the West."
Al Muhajiroun on its web site describes itself as "not a group or a political party. We are a Jama'ah (collective body) within Ahl us-Sunnah wal Jama'ah (The minority saviour sect) working towards the world-wide domination of Islaam."
Both groups have been widely accused of encouraging or having links to terrorists, and of having links to each other. And both groups' openly-avowed long-term aim is to replace all existing governments with a theocratic Muslim global government under a single ruler called the Caliph.
The movement al-Hay'at al-Tahrir al-Islami ("the Islamic Society of Liberation") was founded in Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem in 1951 by Sheikh Taqi-ud-deen Al-Nabahani. He was a judge on Jerusalem's Islamic appellate court and reportedly "an associate and contemporary" of the anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Haji Amin Al-Housseini, who spent much of World War II in Berlin.
The political party Hizb-ut-Tahrir al-Islami emerged from this society in 1952-1953 and was led by Al-Nabahani until his death in 1977. His place was taken by Palestinian cleric Sheikh Abd-el Qadim Zalloum, a former professor at Al-Azhar in Cairo, who led until his death on April 29, 2003, publicly naming no successor as head of Hizb.
Al-Nabahani had married into a wealthy family in Lebanon and used that wealth to propagate the party into other Muslim countries. One of the founders of Fatah was prior to that a founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir, as was the future "spiritual leader" of Islamic Jihad.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, born in Syria in 1958, joined Hizb ut-Tahrir as a teenager in Lebanon during the early 1970s. He also created another organization that aims to create a global Islamic Caliphate, Al Muhajiroun, established in Mecca but launched publicly in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with 40 founding members on March 3, 1983, a date chosen because it was "the 59th anniversary of the destruction of the Ottoman Caliphate."
Expelled from Saudi Arabia for radical political activity, the Sheikh arrived in Great Britain on January 14, 1986. He soon began to establish both Al Muhajiroun and Hizb ut-Tahrir on fertile British soil.
"Islam is the fastest growing religion in the UK, with up to two million followers and more than 1,000 mosques across Britain," wrote Ori Golan. "In many cities across Britain, Muslims live in segregated communities, with separate education, social and cultural networks. It is within these closed communities that the extremists find recruits for al-Qaida and other terror groups."
Most British Muslims are not Anglo-Saxon converts but Islamic immigrants from lands like India, Pakistan, the Middle East and other parts of the world once ruled by the British Empire. Many perceive themselves as an underclass in Britain's class-oriented society.
The Muslim world became weak and fell under the hegemony of Western unbelievers such as the British, Hizb ut-Tahrir teaches, because the last vestige of the Caliphate was extinguished in 1924. Restoring the Caliphate and expanding its rule to the entire planet, Hizb teaches, will usher in a new global Muslim Golden Age of peace and divine harmony.
After the death of the Prophet Muhammad, his right-hand man Abu Bakr took the title Kalifa, Arabic for "Deputy," as successor to the Prophet. He became the first of the four "rightly-guided" Caliphs (three of whom would be murdered), who ruled with even more religious than political authority, like a Muslim half-Pope and half-emperor.
The essential concept of the Caliphate was that one Caliph rules every Muslim on earth. Every Muslim is therefore part of a single nation under divinely-given Islamic Sharia law. And it is divinely destined that someday the entire world will become Muslim and be ruled by one Caliph after another.
The avowed aim of Al Muhajiroun is to restore and expand the Caliphate, the last vestige of which collapsed when war hero Mustafa Kemal ("Ataturk") and his "Young Turks" overthrew the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. (Al Muhajiroun curses Ataturk, who reoriented Turkey towards the West and laid the basis for it today being the only predominantly Muslim member of NATO and a friend to Israel.)
The new Caliph, called Al-Khalifah or "leader" on Al Muhajiroun's web site, "whose foreign policy is to conquer the whole world by Jihad," will thereby bring the dawn of a world of peace, love, economic fairness and divine harmony.
By striving "to establish Al-Khilafah in order that Islam dominates the World (Izhaar ud-Deen) and becomes the World order," reads the web site, Al Muhajiroun teaches that its followers are doing the will of Allah.
Under this coming worldwide "Domination of Islam (Izhaar ul Deen)" people will not necessarily be forced to become Muslims, implies the Al Muhajiroun web site, but they will be taught "to accept it as a political way of life and a solution for their [and society's] problems."
Until that day arrives, the web site frankly says, one of Al Muhajiroun's tactics will be "To formulate a fifth column as a community pressure group which is well equipped with the Islamic culture e.g. ruling, social, economic, judicial, penal [sic] and ritual systems in order to become capable of implementing Islam fully and comprehensively in society."
The weapons to be used to establish global Islamic political power range from debate, media appearances and the law to the funding of Jihadists and recruiting of suicide bombers.
In October 2000 the Sheikh co-signed and issued a "Warning to All Jews…in the UK" that "if you support Israel financially, verbally or physically you will become part of the [Middle East] conflict." He, in other words, explicitly warned Jews in democratic Great Britain, the mother of parliaments, that if they opened their mouths in support of Israel, they risked being attacked in England by Islamist terrorists.
The Sheikh in 1999 became chief sponsor in Great Britain for the International Islamic Front (IIF), a group persuading and assisting young British Muslims to undergo "guns and live ammunition" combat training and then go overseas to fight Jihad ("Holy War") in Chechnya and the Balkans.
Osama bin Laden in 1998 issued a fatwa that declared it a Muslim's "individual duty" to kill Americans and he created a new organization called the International (or World) Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders. Sheikh Bakri Mohammad described himself as the head of the "political wing" of IIF with no "structural link" to bin Laden, according to the India newspaper Indian Express, but the Sheikh acknowledged that "the military wing of the International Islamic Front is run by Osama bin Laden."
The very word Islam means "surrender" or "submission" (to Allah). Muslims refer to the combined nations where Islam is the dominant religion as Dar al-Islam, which literally means "the Zone of Submission."
Al Muhajiroun aims to restore the Caliphate, a monolithic form of religious-political rule of all the world's Muslims that existed during the succession of four "rightly guided" Caliphs who ruled after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Every Muslim on Earth would look to this single ruler, and with Islam's global conquest all human beings will become citizens of a single Nation of Islam.
Osama bin Laden has said that the goal of Al Qaeda is to "unite all Muslims and to establish a government which follows the rule of the Caliphs."
On the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Al Qaeda terrorist attack on America, Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri marked the day by scheduling a conference to launch a new organization (reportedly funded by Al Muhajiroun with a six-figure cash donation) to be called the Islamic Council of Britain (ICB). ICB's stated goal is to "implement sharia law in Britain."
The poster advertising this conference at Sheikh al-Masri's Finsbury Park mosque in North London featured a large photograph of the World Trade Center towers, one already afire, the other about to be hit by another skyjacked airliner. In large letters the poster read: "September the 11th 2001: A TOWERING DAY IN HISTORY."
One of the most prominent guests invited by Sheikh al-Masri to attend his conference was the British representative of the Islamic Liberation Party Hizb ut-Tahrir, Dr. Imran Waheed, an advocate of restoring the Caliphate.
The second was Anjem Choudary, spokesman for Al Muhajiroun.
The third was Choudary's employer, the British founder of both this political party and Al Muhajiroun, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad, who reported said: "The people at this conference look at September 11 like a battle, as a great achievement by the mujahideen against the evil superpower. I never praised September 11 after it happened but now I can see why they did it."
Of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorists, Sheikh Bakri Mohammad said: "We don't perceive them as the U.S. perceives them; we see them as a sincere devoted people who stood firm against the invasion of a Muslim country." http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=845
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