A group operating openly in Britain that regards itself as a front line for global Islamic conquest, is planning a conference to celebrate the anniversary of America’s “comeuppance” on Sept. 11, 2001.
Two years after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, “Muslims worldwide will again be watching replays of the collapse of the Twin Towers, praying to Allah … to grant those magnificent 19 Paradise,” says the group, Al-Muhajiroun, on its English-language website.
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Poster for 2003 conference
Al-Muhajiroun was founded in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1983 by a Syrian cleric, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was expelled from Saudi Arabia and has lived in London since 1986 despite an unsuccessful appeal for asylum.
The group fashions itself in the UK as a pressure group seeking to uphold the rights of Muslim citizens. But its website clearly details its stated aim to re-establish the “Khilafa,” or world Islamic state, which it contends was destroyed by imperialist Europe.
A terrorist who blew himself up in Tel Aviv on April 29, Asif Hanif, and his accomplice, Omar Khan Sharif, had ties to Al-Muhajiroun, according to British authorities.
Al-Mujahiroun’s British leader, Anjem Choudary, has claimed the organization has a worldwide following, with 30 offices across Britain and others in Pakistan, Kuwait, France, South Africa, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Algeria, according to the London Telegraph.
Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Choudary said Al-Muhajiroun represented a much more mainstream Muslim agenda than admitted by other Islamic groups in the country.
“It is they who are sold out and secular. We are the ones who have not compromised our Islamic faith,” he said, according to the Telegraph.
In its press release about the upcoming Sept. 11 conference, the group said Muslims worldwide will be praying “for the reverberations” of 9-11 “to continue until the eradication of all man-made law and the implementation of divine law in the form of the Khilafah — carrying the message of Islam to the world and striving for Izhar ud-Deen, i.e. the total domination of the world by Islam.”
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Poster for 2002 conference
Al-Muhajiroun held a similar meeting of clerics Sept. 11, 2002 at Finsbury Park mosque in north London, where they launched the Islamic Council of Britain, which seeks to implement Shariah, or Islamic law in the UK.
Mohammed, who has been investigated by Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist squad for anti-semitic statements, said at the time, “The people at this conference look at September 11 like a battle, as a great achievement by the mujahideen against the evil superpower.”
The group said Muslims will celebrate Sept. 11 this year, rejoicing the U.S. got its “comeuppance for atrocities” it has committed, “and indeed continues to commit, against Muslims.”
Afghanistan and Iraq are the most recent examples, the statement said.
“With thousands of innocent Muslims still in captivity under barbaric conditions in Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. inquisition against Islam and Muslims shows no signs of subsiding,” the group said. “In contrast, the operations being carried out by the Mujahideen against the occupiers in Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya and in Afghanistan have also been stepped up to meet the menace led by the U.S. and UK regimes.”
The organization said since Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims have noted the “objective of living under the Shariah and ridding all Muslim land not only of the occupiers, but also the dictatorial regimes and the secularists, has gained massive momentum. From Indonesia and Malaysia to Yemen and Nigeria, the call for the return of the Khilafah system, of ruling solely by the Shariah, can be heard.”
Al-Muhajroun said, “The hatred towards the U.S. and UK, and their evil plans to crush Islam and Muslims, and to force a washed-down version of Islam on Muslims, similar to Christianity, has backfired, and instead, more and more Muslims are queuing up to fight Jihad and are willing to die to see the domination of divine law over man made law.”
“The willingness to die,” the group said, “can be seen in the face of those like Imam Samudra, who was recently given the death penalty for his involvement in the Bali bombings, and yet, when the verdict was handed out, he celebrated his upcoming martyrdom (insha’allah) in the way of Allah.”