An extremist Islamic movement in Britain plans a convention in London titled, “The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You’re with the Muslims or with the Infidels,” to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
As WorldNetDaily reported, last year the group, Al-Muhajiroun, had planned a similar anniversary event called “The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers],” but canceled it at the last minute.
The group’s leader Omar Bakri, a Syrian residing in London, told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat the convention would feature al-Qaida “surprises,” with the screening of a never-before-shown video, reports the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
He said the convention will focus on “the anniversary of the division of the world into two great camps — the camp of faith and the camp of unbelief,” and would take place Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bakri added: “On this day, we will talk about the ramifications of these [9-11] operations for Afghanistan and Iraq … . We want the world to remember this operation … that lifted the head of the [Muslim] nation.”
Bakri called 9-11 “a cry of Jihad against unbelief and oppression” and said the aim of remembering it is to “revive the commandment of Jihad among the youth of the [Muslim] nation.”
Bakri said the convention also will feature a lecture about the Islamic religious roots of “slaughtering the infidels,” referring in part to the beheading of foreigners in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
It will include films by al-Qaida, the Tawhid and Jihad organization and the Brigades of the Two Holy Places in the Arabian Peninsula.
Also, the conference will feature a film on the most recent operations in Chechnya, he said. He added that one of the speeches, by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida’s military commander in Iraq, will be translated.
Another lecture, he said, will be dedicated to the memory of three al-Qaida commanders: Abd Al-‘Aziz Al-Muqren, killed in June 2004 by Saudi security forces; his predecessor Yousef Al-Ayyiri, killed in June 2003 in a clash with Saudi security forces; and Abu Hafs Al-Masri, a top al-Qaida military officer, killed in the U.S. attack on Kandahar in late 2001.
According to Bakri, the anticipated criticism of Al-Muhajiroun for the organization’s insistence on memorializing 9-11 will be “a simple sacrifice in comparison with what we must actually do — that is, support the Jihad led by bin Laden.”
Attorney Anjam Choudry, secretary-general of Al-Muhajiroun in Britain, said, “A large hall has already been secured for the convention, but the announcement came only two days ago for fear that the British police would try to cancel it, as happened with the previous convention.”