Abu Izzadeen, former member of Al-Muhajiroun, has
consistentlyescaped prosecution. In August 2005, the Attorney
General and the Head of the Crown Prosecutions investigated the
possibility of taking Izzadeen to court, but decided to do
nothing. In yesterday's Part II, I provided a
transcript of a speech
which Izzadeen had made in
Small Heath, Birmingham, on July 2, 2006. This speech appeared to
In April 2006, a new law entered Britain's statute books, the
Terrorism Act 2006
. Under Schedule 1, section 1
(3a) of this law, it is illegal if someone: "glorifies the
commission or preparation (whether in the past, in the future or
generally) of such acts or offences; and (b) is a statement from
which those members of the public could reasonably be expected to
infer that what is being glorified is being glorified as conduct
that should be emulated by them in existing circumstances." The
maximum sentence for this offense is 7 years' imprisonment, if
conviction follows an indictment.
September 20, 2006
, Izzadeen interrupted a speech
given by the UK Home Secretary, John Reid, at Leytonstone,
northeast London. Izzadeen yelled out: "I am furious. I am
absolutely furious - John Reid should not come to a Muslim area.
You are an enemy of Islam and Muslims. Shame on all of us for
sitting down and listening to him." He spoke of "state terrorism"
by UK police. "They are going to come in the morning to your house
... they are going to kick your door down when you're in bed with
your wife, then drag you from your own bed." Izzadeen
: "John Reid, Tony Blair and George Bush's
crusade can all go to Hell."
Five days after this outburst, the
revealed that the Crown
Prosecution Service had said an "ongoing investigation" of
Izzadeen was underway. This investigation was examining the
possibilities of mounting charges of incitement and solicitation
to murder. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that
"it may be that we still require further evidence for the most
serious charges being considered."
Finally, on Friday, February 9 last week, Izzadeen was brought
before a judge. He had been
the day before. The arrest was connected
with his Small Heath speech from July 2, 2006. He was charged
under Section 1 of the 2006 Terrorism Act with glorifying
terrorism. Izzadeen was
by Judge Daphne Wickham to surrender his
passport and not to attend any organized meetings before she
granted him conditional bail.
Izzadeen was a spokesperson for the group Al Ghurabaa
and also was a senior figure in the Saviour/Saved Sect
spin-off groups formed after the dissolution of Al-Muhajiroun. In
July, shortly after the notorious Small Heath speech, these groups
by John Reid. The Home Secretary had failed
to outlaw another group comprising exactly the same membership,
Ahlus Sunna Wal Jamaah. This had been inaugurated in
, with Izzadeen in attendance.
After Izzadeen heckled John Reid in Leytonstone, he was invited
to appear on BBC's Radio 4, on its prestigious morning show
: "We are not talking about elections. I'm a
Muslim; I work with the community, I live in the community, John
Reid doesn't. And I'm telling you we have had enough. We've had
enough of the police raids, enough of the shooting in Forest
Gates, enough of the arrests inside Walthamstow, inside
restaurants, under the guise of your war against terror which
everybody knows, Muslims and non-Muslims, is a war against Islam."
"And I'm telling you something - if they don't stop this there's
going to be a very strong reaction from the community, maybe not
from me on an individual level, but people have had enough."
When asked by the interviewer to explain this, Izzadeen said:
"Well I think the British Government, they should really open
their eyes and smell the coffee. You can only push people to a
certain level until they explode. We are not talking about a
self-suicide operation, but there is a tension within the
community because they are being targeted. If you're going to talk
terrorism you have to look at Tony Blair because at the moment,
the biggest terrorist is George Bush and his side-kick."
Aware of the ramifications of the Terrorism Act 2006, Izzadeen
refused to state that Muslim terrorism was "justified", but
returned to his favorite themes: "As a Muslim I believe Allah
created whole universe; he created the UK. It doesn't belong to
you, it doesn't belong to the Queen, it doesn't belong to the
Anglo-Saxons. Allah has put us on the planet earth to live
wherever we want and implement the Sharia rules... Democracy means
sovereignty for man; and as a Muslim, we believe sovereignty for
the Sharia, therefore I would never take part in democratic
principles. Rather I will work to change society in accordance
with Islamic methodology."
Though a trained electrician, Izzadeen does not work, and has not
worked for years. A
of his "spiritual leader" Omar Bakri
Mohammed maintains that British Muslims should live off welfare
benefits provided by the democratic system they aim to destroy.
Izzadeen receives an estimated ??700 ($1,363) in state benefits
each month to pay for himself, his Arabic wife and their three
Despite having a family and one wife, Izzadeen tried to gain
three extra "wives" last
. The way Izzadeen described himself on an
Islamic matrimonial site gives an insight into the Islamist's
monstrous ego and narcissism. He called himself "the life of the
party" and claimed to watch "a lot" of Al Jazeera TV. The wives he
was seeking had to be aged over 16 and under 40. He described
himself as "passionate, bold, protective, witty and sensitive". He
claimed to be "very funny, loving and humble towards the
believers," and said he went to the gym regularly and loved kung
fu. He claimed his most "attractive feature" was his "long beard".
He admitted it did not grow beyond a certain length, but added
that he was "muscular", 5 foot 11 inches tall, and that he had
Any additional wives would not be legitimate, and would not be
maintained by Izzadeen financially. That would be the duty of the
democratic society which he hates so much. Izzadeen claimed on the
that he wished to father nine additional children by new wives.
Izzadeen is an attention-seeker. His appearances on video and TV
have drawn hostile reactions from the UK public who have witnessed
his rants, and now he is facing charges of "glorifying terrorism".
He maintains that he is an Islamic scholar, but in practice, he is
little more than a thug. The Muslim group to which he still
belongs, Ahlus Sunna Wal Jamaah, was involved in an
on February 3, 2006.
Outside the Danish Embassy in London, members of this group
carried placards which read: "Behead those who insult Islam",
"Europe. Take some lessons from 9/11", "Europe you will pay.
Demolition is on its way", "Europe you will pay. Your
extermination is on its way," "Slay those who insult Islam,"
"Butcher those who insult Islam." Ahlus Sunna Wal Jamaah members
also heckled Catholic worshippers at Westminster Cathedral in
Izzadeen was involved in heckling police outside the Old Bailey. A
trial had started of one of Ahlus Sunna Wal Jamaah's members,
Mizanur Rahman, who had called for deaths of Americans during the
February demonstration. Outside the court, a cameraman was
physically assaulted, a policeman was punched in the face, and
another had his helmet ripped off.
As an official spokesman for the now banned group Al Ghurabaa
Izzadeen was responsible for an article which appeared on its
website in February last year, which encouraged the murder of
people who "insulted Islam". This article, entitled "Kill
those who insult the Prophet Muhammad"
can be found
. It explains how Mohammed, founder of Islam,
approved the murder of those who insulted or ridiculed him.
The article states: "At the time of the Messenger Muhammad
(saw) there were individuals like these who dishonored and
insulted him upon whom the Islamic judgement was executed. Such
people were not tolerated in the past and throughout the history
of Islam were dealt with according to the Shariah. Ka'ab ibn
Ashraf was assassinated by Muhammad ibn Maslamah for harming the
Messenger Muhammad (saw) by his words, Abu Raafi' was killed by
Abu Ateeq as the Messenger ordered in the most evil of ways for
swearing at the prophet, Khalid bin Sufyaan was killed by Abdullah
bin Anees who cut off his head and brought it to the prophet for
harming the Messenger Muhammad (saw) by his insults, Al-Asmaa
bintu Marwaan was killed by Umayr bin Adi' al-Khatmi, a blind man,
for writing poetry against the prophet and insulting him in it,
Al-Aswad al-Ansi was killed by Fairuz al-Daylami and his family
for insulting the Messenger Muhammad (saw) and claiming to be a
"Shortly after these incidents the people began to realize
that insulting the Messenger of Allah (saw) was not something to
be taken lightly and that by doing so would mean that you would be
killed for it, a concept that many have seem to forgotten."
"The insulting of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) is something
that the Muslims cannot and will not tolerate and the punishment
in Islam for the one who does so is death. This is the sunnah of
the prophet and the verdict of Islam upon such people, one that
any Muslim is able to execute. The response of the Muslims all
over the world shows us the inability to deal with such people,
the kuffar are attacking our Messenger and are allowed to get away
with it whilst the Muslims have no power to do anything about it.
The leaders of the Muslim world have no care for the deen of Islam
as they are busy cementing their seats content with their power
and wealth. Where are the Muhammad ibn Maslamah's of our ummah who
In 2004 at the Saudi-funded Regents Park Mosque, Izzadeen
that any Muslim who joined the British or
American army should "have his head removed." A video of the
speech was broadcast last week, after being circulated on an
Islamist website for about a year. On Tuesday last week, he
claimed to stand by his statement. He told ITV News: "You are
asking me today, what is the ruling for anyone joining the British
army as a Muslim, they're an apostate. You ask me what's the rules
for apostasy. In Islam, apostasy carries capital punishment."
That a link connects these inflammatory statements and the arrest
on February 1, 2007 of nine men in Birmingham (six people were
charged) following an alleged plot to kidnap, torture and behead a
Muslim soldier, seems highly likely.
Izzadeen may be seen by some as an extreme, almost caricature
figure, but his ideas are those held by a sizable minority of
British Muslims. He will eventually face trial, and if convicted
he could be sentenced to seven years' jail. But the ideas Izzadeen
promotes are not going to go away. Izzadeen may have gained
"celebrity status", but in Islamic bookshops and in university
Islamic societies across Britain, the same beliefs are still being
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