Thursday, February 08, 2007

Out-of-context imam of the week

So many imams have been out of context this week that I wasn't sure which one to blog about - one surely cannot blog about all of them. And the winner is... Abu Izzadeen!

Apparently British police agree with my choice of the winner, because they have just arrested him for inciting terrorism.

The police found some video footage of him speaking at London's Regent Park Mosque in 2004 and calling the government "crusaders who come to kill and rape Muslims". Check out his picture, BTW. Don't you totally feel like raping him? Ok, it's unfair to pick on people's looks, especially when they are doing their best impersonation of a rabid bulldog.

(If, incidentally, you do want to have sex with the man, he is looking for wives number 2, 3 and 4, and would like to have more than 9 children.)

Izzadeen says: "Whoever allies himself with the kaffirs against the believers, he is one of them. So those enemies to Allah who join the British Government - because remember, the British Government are crusaders who come to kill and rape Muslims - whoever joins them, he who joins the British Army, he is a mortal kaffir and his only hukum [punishment] is for his head to be removed. Whoever changes his deen [Muslim code of life]: Kill him."

Regent's Park Mosque, of course, said that Izzadeen's comments in no way represented its views.

Abu Izzadeen himself insists that he was taken out of context but would say the same again.

In his earlier statements Abu Izzadeen has praised the 9/11 bombers, 7/7 bombers, and said he wants to die as a suicide bomber. "I want to be blown into pieces with my hands in one place and my feet in another," - he says. I must admit that the image of his various body parts detached from each other is amusing in a fairly morbid way, and hey, it's a free country, but IMO he shouldn't be allowed to fulfil his dream in a public place.

You can see a video of the man himself trying to joke about 9/11, 7/7, and to threaten everything that moves, and no, this is not even the scandalous video that was recently found, but some earier one.

Abu Izzadeen was born Trevor Brooks in London in 1976. He converted to Islam at the age of 17. He used to be one of the leaders of Al Ghurabaa, which was banned as a terrorist organization last summer. Although he opposes everything British, he naturally lives on the money provided by British taxpayers, just like his spiritual leader Omar Bakri Mohammed used to. I guess in the age of bittorrent and Youtube jihad videos don't pay like they used to.

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