Al-Muhajiroun was the extremist organisation that recruited or converted young Muslims and British men to their political goal of a worldwide Islamic state, starting with the Emirate of Great Britain. It was never clear whether they would recognise England, Scotland and Wales but the overall objective was clear. A troublesome development was the disbandment of this organisation which appeared to portend greater underground activity on the part of the radicals.
Hannah Strange, UK correspondent for UPI, was attending a women’s conference where Sheikh Omar, the former head of Al-Muhajiroun, was setting out his philosophy: Since Britain had invaded Iraq, the covenant of security that protected these islands from Islam was now broken, and as a consequence, war was declared. No doubt these sentiments weighed heavily on his heart since his patriotism was not in doubt:
Either withdraw your own forces or don’t expect Muslims not to support the Muslims abroad,” said Sheikh Omar, adding that the West supports dictators abroad when they see fit.
If the government met those conditions, Muslims could continue to live peacefully in Britain, he said.
“After that there will be no need to fight anybody, we’ve been living in peace here for years, and we can continue to live in peace,” he said. “We love Britain.”
However, the usual epithets on 9/11, killing all non-Muslims and blaming the Jews outweighed his love of bully beef and the Queen. It was the story that they always tell themselves. They are not to blame. They were invaded. They are merely defending themselves against the hand that is raised against them. Indeed, their pathology is a puzzling outpouring of delusional bombast reinforced by the blood of innocents. Their bloodcurdling enactment of 9/11 demonstrates the distance between our compassion and the hatred of these extremists.
The speakers, all leading members of the group, called for war against the kuffaar (non-Muslims) and lead chants as a projector screen showed images of dead American soldiers in Iraq.
As the infamous images of two planes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center replayed again and again, the rapt watchers thrust their fists in the air and chanted “Allahu Akhbar! (God is great!)”
“Nine-eleven was one example of some people who chose to show us they are men, real Muslim men,” said one speaker
Muslims must also beware of “the enemy within” — moderate Muslims such as those on the Muslim Council of Britain, he said.
They side with “the Jewish conspirators, the Jewish occupiers and the Christian crusaders,” he said, and “will sell out their Muslim brothers.”
“Please raise your hands if you think the Muslim Council of Britain represents you,” a speaker at the conference instructed the crowd.
All stayed silent.
“Put your hands up if Sheikh Osama Bin Laden represents you!” he called.
Every hand shot in the air, even those of three or four year old children and their mothers in the back rows. “Allahu Akhbar!” echoed through the hall.
The MCB, continued the speaker, even condemned the “beautiful” attacks in Madrid last year. The chants grew louder.
Muslims must reject the integrationist calls of such people, said Sheikh Omar.
Instead, an Islamic state must be established here in Britain, he said, an aim that is the duty of every Muslim.
“If people reject the call of mighty Allah,” he continued, “… death will be inevitable.”
To confirm this, images of people dropping dead and burning in flames appeared on the projector screen.
If only this were shown on BBC News at Ten. Then I could start to arrange the nine other impossible things on my list, such as anti-aging, which is far more important.