Monday, January 17, 2005

British Taxpayers Fund Jihad Online

A British imam, banned from preaching in some London mosques because of his extremist views, has turned to the Internet to spread his hate of the West.

The Times monitored Mr Bakri Mohammed’s nightly webcasts in which he declared that the “covenant of security” under which Muslims live peacefully in the UK had been “violated” by the Government’s tough anti-terrorist legislation, The Syrian-born radical said: “I believe the whole of Britain has become Dar ul-Harb (land of war). In such a state, he added, “the kuffar (non-believer) has no sanctity for their own life or property.”

In his broadcasts, conducted through an internet chatroom, Mr Bakri Mohammed stopped short of calling for terrorist attacks in Britain. But he said that Muslims should join the jihad “wherever you are” and told one woman that she was permitted to become a suicide bomber.

Mr. Bakri Mohammed has resided in Britain for 18 years, the article notes, living "on social security benefits." Let's pause and consider the implications of that last statement. A radical Islamist "imam" has been living in Britain, whose culture and society he wishes to destroy, for almost two decades, at the expense of the British taxpayers, who are forced by their government - through its generous welfare system - to subsidize his efforts to incite the murder of as many of them as possible and destruction their society.

Last Monday he told his listeners: “Al-Qaeda and all its branches and organisations of the world, that is the victorious group and they have the emir and you are obliged to join. There is no need . . . to mess about.” Two nights later he said that the voices of dead Mujahidin were calling young Britons to fight. “These people are calling you and shouting to you from far distant places: al jihad, al jihad. They say to you my dear Muslim brothers, ‘Where is your weapon, where is your weapon?’ Come on to the jihad,” he said.

The cleric is regarded as a fringe extremist by mainstream Muslims and is banned from preaching at many mosques. But every night he is using internet forums to reach an audience of between 60 and 70 committed listeners, most of whom are under 30.

Young people under 30 - prime recruits for suicide bombings, a favored Islamist tactic. Of course, when questioned by the Times, Mr. Bakri Mohammed claimed that he did not endorse violence and that any allusions to violence he may have made were "theoretical." Naturally. British officials, informed of Mr. Bakri Mohammed's Internet broadcasts said that he may have violated anti-terrorist laws and that he would be investigated. Which should leave Britons to ask, why has he been allowed to remain in the UK this long? Is it not a reasonable requirement that those living on public assistance not be calling for the destruction of the nation at the same time? Or is that "Islamophobic"?

As for Mr. Bakri Mohammed, he sees no conflict of interest:

“If I am living under a system, Islam allows me to take the benefit that system offers.”
Indeed. Perhaps the time has come for the system to change - in the name of self-preservation.


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