Where did the “immoderate” ones come from? And what, again, constitutes moderation?
* A highly suspect development.Â I suspect not many of them will return to Morocco. I also suspect that there are few ‘moderates’ among them…
* Muslim “prayer leaders” are instructors in Islamic warfare, and they are more likely to add fuel to the fire against Europe’s infidel inhabitants.
‘Moderate’ or ‘immoderate?’ Abu Hamza has a large number of devoted supporters, in and outside jail, where he presently resides….
Tiny Minority of Extremists Alert. “Morocco sends moderate Muslim preachers to Europe,” from the Associated Press, July 17:
RABAT, Morocco – Morocco plans to send scores of moderate Muslim preachers to Europe during the holy month of Ramadan to help fight extremism in the Moroccan community abroad, the ministry for religious affairs said Thursday.
The government will send 167 men and nine women preachers to address Moroccan immigrants during Ramadan, which runs during September this year. Muslims traditionally fast and attend sermons at mosques during the holy month.
* Women? That’s new…
The preachers are instructed to “answer the religious needs of the Moroccan community abroad, to protect it from any speeches of extremism or irregular nature, and to shelter it from extremism and fanaticism,” said a statement from the religious affairs ministry in Rabat, the Moroccan capital.
Abdellatif Begdouri Achkari, the religious affairs minister’s chief of staff, said Morocco has been sending preachers to minister to expatriates for many years but hand-picked the latest batch to make sure they specifically address extremism.
“The needs of the Moroccan community abroad may vary from one community to another, and these needs evolve with time,” Achkari told The Associated Press.
Islam is Morocco’s state religion and King Mohammed VI is officially “the commander of the believers.”
But the country’s official, moderate practice has faced a growing wave of extremism in recent years. Security officials have voiced concerns about terrorist links among Moroccans and dual Moroccan-European citizens. Suicide bombers killed dozens of people in attacks in Casablanca in May 2003.
The religious affairs ministry said 100 preachers would go to France and Belgium, while Italy and Germany would get 10 each, and Spain and the Netherlands seven. The rest will head to Scandinavia and Britain, while one preacher will go to Canada.
Strict criteria were applied in choosing the candidates. Besides being well-versed in the Quran and knowledgeable about theology, they must be “known for their good reputation, devout beliefs and high moral standards,” the ministry said.
There are an estimated 3.3 million Moroccans living abroad, 10 percent of the total Moroccan population. Most live in Spain, France and Belgium or the Netherlands.
* Check out some of Abu Hamza’s sermons:
Prominent Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is in jail in Britain.
Here is some of the evidence. It provides a profound and sobering insight into the mind and preaching of a leading Islamic preacher.
The following material is adapted from theÂ Times Online report.
The key evidence in the prosecution case against him is contained in video and audio tapes of sermons and lectures delivered by Abu Hamza between 1997 and 2000.
Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri told his followers it was their “religious duty to kill” non-Muslims, jurors heard as his trial began at the Old Bailey.
Prosecutors said a “terrorism manual” was found at his London home in 2004. It explained how to make explosives, organise a terrorist unit and suggested potential targets such as Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, it was claimed.
The prosecutor said:
“In the course of one lecture he accused the Jews of being blasphemous, traitors and dirty. This, because of the treachery, because of their blasphemy and filth, was why Hitler was sent into the world.”
The following is some of what Abu Hamza al-Masri said in his recorded preaching
The war against the unbeliever must be fought,
“until you see the Khilafa sitting in the White House ruling from there like the Prophet Muhammad said, that Allah showed him the Earth, that Allah told him that the whole Earth will be for Muslims, booty for Islam.”
ON MUSLIMS IN BRITAIN
“It looks unfortunately that we have been forced to be inside a toilet . . . and some of us think they can be leaders in that toilet unfortunately. We are all under the feet and the heavy boots of the kuffar [infidels]”
“The first phase is called the Shawkat al-Nekaya, it is called the needle of bleeding the enemy. Like you imagine you have one small knife and you have a big animal in front of you . . . You have to stab him here and there until he bleeds to death . . . This is the first stage of jihad, destruction of the enemies of Allah”
ON LEGITIMATE TARGETS
“Every court is a target and every brothel is a target and everybody who’s endorsing that is a target”
“The Church itself have lost every capacity it has. In the hearts and minds of people preachers have become homosexual, they have become child hazard. Churches have become places of dancing, iniquity, business, black magic, you name it. Child prostitution and everyday there is evidence of that”
“The Hindus don’t worship God, they worship the cow, and as far as Christians (are concerned) they don’t worship God they worship Jesus, and Jews they worship their desires and Muslims, they worship Allah. So your God is different from their God”
“We ask Muslims to . . . bleed the enemies of Allah anywhere by any means. You can’t do it by nuclear weapon, you have to do it by kitchen knife, no other solution. You can’t do it by chemical weapons, you have to do it by mice poison”