It would be refreshing if one of the Muslim spokesmen in the West who have written articles recently explaining that the Islamic State was not Islamic because its jihadis killed women and children would take up Bakri’s argument and explaining why it is wrong on Islamic grounds. But this probably will not happen.
“Hate cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad preaches killing of women and children on Facebook,” by Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik, the Telegraph, November 29, 2014:
The extremist who radicalised Lee Rigby’s murderers has been preaching the killing of women and children on Facebook, The Telegraph can disclose, prompting fresh questions over the social media site’s ability to police itself.
Omar Bakri Muhammad, who is banned from Britain for his views and is facing terrorism charges in Lebanon, has been openly using Facebook to disseminate his teachings, including outright support for jihadists killing opponents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
His Facebook page, which even listed his home telephone number, set out a series of religious justifications for violent jihad.
Bakri, 56, has been blamed for radicalising a number of British jihadists. They include Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebolawe, who murdered Fusilier Rigby outside army barracks in Woolwich in south east London. Other Britons who have come under his influence are known to be fighting with Isil.
Facebook was criticised, although not named, by senior MPs for failing to report in time a “Let’s kill a soldier” message sent by Adebolawe on his Facebook page to an extremist in Yemen. The Intelligence and Security Committee said if this message had been passed on MI5 in time it may have helped to prevent the murder.
Bakri’s Facebook page has been publicly available to view for more than a year. On Saturday night, after being notified of its existence by The Telegraph, Facebook deleted it.
Under the title “Students of Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad” the page contained links to his personal website.
On Facebook, Bakri justified the killing of all opponents of the jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq.
He said that the “Mujahideen” must kill anyone who does not believe in extreme Islam “wherever they find them”. He even justified the killing of women and children if they were sheltering in schools or hospitals.
In a section titled “killing women and children” he said this was usually not permissible, but stated: “Having said this, one must distinguish between killing women and children and the Mujahideen fighting the Kuffar [non-believers] enemies wherever they find them, whether that be in a school or hospital or elsewhere.”
He also gave religious authority to the killing of Muslims. He said in a video on Facebook: “Anybody who allies with a taghoot regime [non-Muslims] whether Sunni or Shi’i has no sanctity and his blood is permissible.” In another posting, he declared that Jews and Christians were “enemies”, adding: “That animosity is exposed, clear, explicit, there is no doubt about it.”
The Telegraph previously disclosed how the preacher had called for the beheading of a British soldier. The plot, in which Bakri was not charged, led to the arrest of nine suspects who were allegedly planning to kidnap, torture, and behead a British Muslim soldier, all of which would be videotaped and later broadcast on the internet.
A few weeks after the plot was uncovered, The Telegraph reported secret recordings of Bakri in which he said: “When you meet [infidels], slice their own necks. And when you make the blood spill all over, and the enemy becomes so tired, now start to take from them prisoners. Then free them or exchange them until the war is finished.”…