* NOT. Britain’s problem is that it allowed the living s#*t like Omar Bakri to settle in once great Britain, behind enemy lines, to extort the jiziyah from the infidel taxpayers, and when the net was finally closing on him he ran off to Lebanon leaving his brood behind.
Following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Islamist sheikh Omar Bakri, which aired on OTV on August 22, 2008.
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“The Problem With Britain Is that Its Law Is Not the Law Sent Down by Allah”
Sheikh Omar Bakri:Â “This is true Salafism: Pure and complete religious preaching, and we only brandish our weapons against those who fight us. If we are fought and prevented from calling people to join Islam, a right that everybody has… You call this ‘freedom of expression,’ but I call it a religious duty to preach for the sake of Allah. If I am prevented from performing this duty, I must either defend myself or emigrate. They prevented me from doing this in Britain, so I emigrated to Lebanon.”
Interviewer:Â “What is your problem with the British? We all know that you left before they decided you would not be allowed to return, and revoked your British citizenship, even though your family still has citizenship.”
Bakri:Â “The problem with Britain is that its law is not the law sent down by Allah. This country says that it implements democracy, freedom of expression, personal liberties, and the right to own property, but when I expressed my belief by preaching to Islam â€“ there was an impressive response in the universities, and George and Michael became Omar and Abd Al-Rahman, and Jane became Hadija…
“Within 20 Years, British Society Will Have A Muslim Majority”
“When they saw that Islam was spreading in British universities at an unprecedented rate, and that the non-Muslims â€“ the Hindus, the Christians and the Jews â€“ were accepting Islam at an average rate of 21 people a day, it began to endanger their society. Within 20 years, British society will have a Muslim majority. Of course, this cannot be allowed by this secular regime, which wants to strip society of any religious values connected to Allah.
“In cases of self-defense, there are victims, who are not intentionally targeted. They are killed by mistake, as collateral damage, not intentionally… When America bombs Sudan, Somalia, and Iraq, and sows destruction, the Muslims have the right to retaliate, and then there might be victims.
“Why do people say that Islam is being distorted today, when these are jihad operations against an enemy occupying Muslim lands? What’s the difference between America in Iraq and Israel in Palestine?”
Interviewer:Â “There is a difference between fighting an American or Israeli soldier, who is occupying my land…”
Bakri:Â “When the American soldier takes off his uniform and wears pajamas, it becomes forbidden to fight him?”
“There Are Two Types of Terrorism, Blessed and Deplorable â€“ [TheÂ Mujahideen‘s] Terrorism is Blessed”
Interviewer:Â “Was there a military base in the Twin Towers, which were destroyed?”
Bakri:Â “It was not just the Twin Towers, but also the U.S. Department of Defense… The 9/11 operation is a matter subject to personal judgment. Some people were against, and others supported it…”
Interviewer:Â “When explosives are placed on trains and in coffee shops… If I am under occupation, and I carry out attacks against it, that’s one thing…”
Bakri:Â “You can call such operations terrorist operationsÂ par excellence. But today, America represents the camp of Western terrorism, and there is another camp of terrorism within Islam. But there are two types of terrorism: Blessed and deplorable. The same is true with regard to violence. Violence can either take lives or save lives. In both cases, it is violence. America’s violence is meant to take lives, and so its terrorism is deplorable, whereas the violence theÂ mujahideenÂ use for defense and retaliation is meant to protect lives and defend honor. Their terrorism is blessed. Not all terrorism is deplorable.
“The problem with Hizbullah is that it believes in resistance for the sake of the land. We believe that fighting for the sake of land…”
Interviewer:Â “… is forbidden, because fighting should be for the sake of Allah.”
Bakri:Â “I was created from mud, I fight for the mud of Shaba’, and I will be buried in mud â€“ my entire history is muddy… I fight for the sake of God who lives and does not die. I fight to glorify the word of Allah. If in Lebanon, they would fight to glorify the word of Allah, I’d say: Fine, let them fight for Shaba’, liberate it, and instate the law of Allah. But if all they want is to liberate the Shaba’ Farms, and then instate what is known here as the ‘Lebanese law’ â€“ I do not accept this.”
Interviewer:Â “You are talking about Lebanon as if you do not belong here.”
Though I Was Given British Citizenship, “I Refused to Swear That I Would Obey the Queen or the Laws â€“ I Obey Only Allah and His Messenger”
Bakri:Â “I belong to Islam. I did not belong to Britain when I lived there. I was a Muslim living in Britain, now I am a Muslim living in Lebanon, and tomorrow I will be a Muslim living in Iraq. God only knows, I may be a Muslim in prison.”
Interviewer:Â “So why did you take British citizenship?”
Bakri:Â “I didn’t take it. They gave it to me.”
Interviewer:Â “So why didn’t you reject it?”
Bakri:Â “I did not carry their ID. I did not have a British passport. I used a Lebanese passport to get back here.”
Male guest:Â “They took it away from him.”
Interviewer:Â “Why didn’t he reject it beforehand?”
Bakri:Â “They took away my right to become a citizen. They didn’t give me a passport because I refused to pledge allegiance to the queen. My wife and children got passports because they were born there. I refused to swear that I would obey the queen or the laws. I obey only Allah and His Messenger.”
Next 9/11 will be in Britain, warn banned Muslim extremists atÂ meeting with exiled cleric Bakri
Voice of hate: Omar Mohammed Bakri spoke via video link from Lebanon
The next 9/11 will take place in Britain, members of a banned Muslim extremist group warned on the anniversary of the terror attacks.
The claim was made at a hate-filled meeting addressed via video link by exiled cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Leaders of the Al Muhajiroun sect said Osama bin Laden had taught the Americans a ‘lesson’ seven years ago, but the ‘crusaders’ had not learned and the next ‘9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 [London bombings] could take place locally’.
Radical preacher Bakri told a 100-strong audience of supporters in Walthamstow, east London, last night that he believed the British government was trying to assassinate him and claimed to have foiled a bomb plot.
Technical difficulties meant much of his speech was inaudible, but his appearance was greeted by cheers of ‘faith’ and ‘god is great’ at the community centre.Â
Bakri’s right- hand man, Anjem Choudary, led the proceedings in person, under the auspices of a group called Association for Islamic Research.
The most incendiary speech was delivered by Saiful Islam, who lauded Bin Laden and al Qaeda for their ‘courage’ in retaliating against the ‘dictatorship and oppression’ of the West.
Horror: Al Muhajiroun warned the UK would be next for a 9/11-magnitude attack
He said: ‘The blame of 9/11 belongs to no one but the American government. They are the terrorists.Â
‘Sheikh Osama warned America numerous times, it was because of their own arrogance, because they thought they are a superpower and nobody could match them, that Sheikh Osama taught them a lesson – a lesson they still haven’t learned.’
Mr Islam, who is linked to an organisation called Salafi Youth for Islamic Propagation, warned that unless British and American troops were withdrawn from ‘Muslim lands’ they would be to blame for the consequences, saying the West would ‘never achieve security until our own [Muslim] lands achieve security’.
‘Wake up. Withdraw. Listen to the warnings. Muslims will stand side to side, not just al Qaeda. The actions of the British and Americans have given prominence to al Qaeda.Â
‘All of us have a part to play in stopping the violence or the next 9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally,’ he added.Â
Mr Choudary was the last speaker and was more guarded in his address to the young Muslim men that made up most of the audience.
Â ‘Lesson’: The wreckage of a London bus after a bomb attack on July 7, 2005
But he criticised the Government for persecuting ‘innocent Muslims’, naming Bakri, Abu Hamza, Abu Qatada and Omar Brooks along with the defendants in the airliner bomb plot trial.
He said: ‘They [the Government] say they are civilised. But they don’t act very civilised. They jailed Sheikh Abu Qatada in Belmarsh prison. Is that the way you treat your guests?’
Mr Choudary then referred to Bakri’s notorious aim of flying the ‘flag of Sharia’ over Downing Street, claiming that this would happen by 2020 as 500 people a day were converting to Islam and laughing that Muslim families in places like Whitechapel and Bethnal Green in east London were having ‘10 or 12 children each’.
He ranted against mainstream bodies like the Muslim Council of Britain, who condemned 9/11 and 7/7, accusing them of ‘selling their souls to the devil’.