Looks like Anjem Choudary and the whole Al-Muhajiroun crowd are whipping it up again in London.
The event, billed as a conference to "rise to defend the honour of the Muslims", had been advertised on several extremist websites with links to the Islam For The UK website, which calls for Sharia law to be introduced into Britain. Beyond a kiosk selling home-made curry and Coca-Cola for £3 and a table where Islamic DVDs were for sale at £2 a copy, was a main hall where the audience prayed in Arabic before the meeting got under way.
The crowd was warmed up by Anjem Choudary. And the Special Surprise guest was Big Daddy Omar Bakri, he of the Pole Dancing Daughter and exile to Lebanon fame. Heh. The video feed didn't work and they had to resort to Choudary calling him on his mobile and holding the cellphone up to the microphone. (I don't know why, but the thought of that techy snafu made me laugh out loud. Then I read what was being said on the microphone. That sobered me right up and pi&&ed me right off.
"We will not rest until the flag of Allah and the flag of Islam is raised above Number 10 Downing Street."
Just days after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced tough new measures to name and shame foreign-based extremists and prevent them coming from abroad to stir up hatred in the UK, firebrand preacher Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad cocked a snook at her new initiative, the Evening Standard can reveal.
(To cock a snook: To make a derisive gesture.)
Looks like we agree on something: The three types of Muslims: Those in prison, those on the way to prison and non-practicing. Kufar police, I beg you. Search their homes.
To loud cheers of "Allah Akbar" [God is great], he (Choudary) railed: "There are three types of Muslims, those in prison, those of us that are on our way [to prison] and non-practising Muslims. Brothers and sisters, if you do not fear your home being raided by the Kufar [non-believer] police, you are not enforcing the Sharia."
And as always the women are sitting in their black shrouds at the back of the room, hidden by a partition AND BEING SILENCED...
"Women need to be covered up, men lashed for fornication [outside marriage] and hands cut off for theft and breaking Sharia law," Rumaysah said.
When a woman in a burkha asked how he could justify this when Islam was supposed to be a religion of peace, the crowd mocked her. But it was Choudary who rose to put her in her place. "Islam is not a religion of peace," he said. "It is a religion of submission. We need to submit to the will of Allah."
Who is this Rumaysah fellow? Someone that needs to be sent to right back to the third world Muslim shithole of his choice. His fellow speakers should be joining him.
Besides Bakri, there were three other speakers: Abu Muaz, head of the UK Salafi Youth Movement; Abu Yahya, spokesman for the Followers of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'aah, and Abu Rumaysah, a student at the London School of Shari'ah.
Each spoke for 40 minutes, their talks interspersed with video clips from Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo that were designed to fuel the meeting's "grievance theme" of Muslims being oppressed by Britain and the West. As an example of this oppression, one speaker said: "In the UK, terrorists get 40 years in prison whereas murderers and paedophiles walk free after five years."
Abu Muaz spoke out against UK imams, claiming they are too soft and tolerant. He said that "speech was not enough" and that it was time to "take action". "You must destroy the West," he declared.
But the most provocative was student leader Abu Rumaysah, who spoke to the crowd as if they were trainee terrorists. "Delete unnecessary material from your computers, take precautions not to attract attention to yourself and prepare your family for [police] raids," he said. He added that they should support the families of Muslims who were arrested and that Islam will only take over the UK if Muslims are proactive and enforce Sharia law in their own communities.
"Their own communities." This brings us to Tower Hamlets:
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets council confirmed the meeting had taken place at the council-owned Brady Arts and Community Centre on Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane. He said: "We liaised with the police and were advised there were no major concerns about the group running this event. We were unaware that Omar Bakri was involved, as this was not indicated on the advance publicity. In future we will strengthen our vetting by asking for a list of proposed speakers, including those on conference links."But Ed Husain, co-founder of the counter-terrorism think-tank the Quilliam Foundation, says Tower Hamlets has long turned a blind eye to the activities of local extremists. "We cannot afford for Tower Hamlets, home to Britain's largest Muslim population, to become a hotspot for radicals. The seeds of terror are sown at these events," he said.
Round them up and deport them all.