Saturday, February 24, 2018
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
- Justin Welby said Sharia law should never become part of the UK legal system
- His predecessor Lord Williams had said Sharia law could be incorporated
- Welby said British law had 'values and assumptions' rooted in Christian traditions
Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.
He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can ‘have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy’.
Archbishop Welby’s comments follow the release earlier this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.
Justin Welby (pictured) said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture
They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system. Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book, Reimagining Britain.
He said yesterday in advance of publication that British law has ‘underlying values and assumptions’ that come from a clearly Christian tradition. ‘Sharia law is not just about punishments,’ he added. ‘It is something of immense sophistication, but it comes from a very different background of jurisprudence to the one from which British law has developed over the past 500 years’.
The Archbishop said in his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain – there are thought to be 3.3million here – has led many to challenge the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous relationships.
He added: ‘There has been and remains a demand for the introduction of those aspects of sharia law that affect family and inheritance...
There are thought to be around 85 sharia tribunals in the UK. They settle disputes including divorce and business arguments among those willing to accept their jurisdiction
‘The problem is reimagining Britain through values applied in action can only work where the narrative of the country is coherent and embracing.’ The Archbishop said: ‘Sharia, which has a powerful and ancient cultural narrative of its own, deeply embedded in a system of faith and understanding of God, and thus especially powerful in forming identity, cannot become part of another narrative.
‘Accepting it in part implies accepting its values around the nature of the human person, attitudes to outsiders, the revelation of God, and a basis for life in law, rather than grace, the formative word of Christian culture.’
Archbishop Welby said that the way people understand home and family are a vital basis of society.
‘They face enormous pressures and need one legal basis of oversight and one philosophical foundation of understanding. For these reasons, I am especially sympathetic towards those Islamic groups that do not seek the application of sharia law into the family and inheritance law of this country,’ the Archbishop said.
There are thought to be around 85 sharia tribunals in the UK.
They settle disputes including divorce and business arguments among those willing to accept their jurisdiction.
But there are concerns some of those who appear before them – especially women – lack full freedom of choice and may be subject to processes that would never be allowed in a court of law.
The Home Office sharia review, carried out by academic Mona Siddiqui, said some courts operate discriminatory rules.
Men can divorce simply by demanding one, it said. But women are often obliged to pay large sums, sometimes seen as the equivalent of repayment of a dowry. In one case, a woman was denied a divorce until she paid her husband £18,000.
The Siddiqui report recommended that all Islamic weddings should be backed by civil ceremonies so that Muslim brides have the full protection of civil law.
Lord Williams backed the idea of sharia as a full part of the British legal system in a BBC interview and lecture ten years ago.
He said people should be able to choose which jurisdiction they preferred, a choice that would mean Muslims could opt for courts that accept polygamy and outlaw the payment of interest in financial deals.
Illegal asylum seeker who shared ISIS video showing how to make the Manchester Arena bomb on Facebook is jailed for nine years
- Zana Abbas Sulieman, 26, has been jailed for nine years for sharing an ISIS video
- The illegal asylum-seeker used Facebook to spread a bomb-making video
- It showed how to make the explosive that was used in the Manchester attack
- Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard's Counter-Terrorism Command, said he was 'prolific' in his sharing and promotion of ISIS material
Zana Abbas Sulieman, 26, has been jailed after using Facebook to spread an ISIS bomb-making video
An illegal asylum-seeker has been jailed after using Facebook to spread an ISIS bomb-making video that showed how to make the same explosive used in the Manchester Arena attacks.
Zana Abbas Sulieman, 26, was sleeping rough in a storage unit in an underground car park 100 yards from Paddington Green police station - the police station formerly used to interrogate terrorism suspects.
Police discovered he was working illegally on a nearby market but was using his Apple iPhone to post deadly ISIS propaganda on social media.
In total, detectives found 32 Facebook accounts linked to Sulieman that contained terrorist-related material.
Three months after the Manchester attack, he used Facebook to publish an instructional video about how to make a viable improvised explosive device.
He was caught after he accepted a friend request on Facebook from an undercover police officer on August 7, 2017.
On the account, in the name 'Zedan Kurdi Abbas', the officer found a 14mins 57secs bomb-making video which provided 'detailed instructions on producing an IED in the kitchen using hydrogen peroxide and ball bearings,' prosecutors said.
It featured an ISIS flag in the corner of the screen and at the end of the video the viewer was urged to have a 'clear intention', maintain faith and he would be rewarded by Allah.
The video was published on the Facebook account with the comment, 'Making explosives is very important for local operations'.
The Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL) assess that the video provided 'sufficient instructional information for use in the manufacture of the high explosive material TATP, a viable detonator, and their use in the construction of an IED.'
As Sulieman was jailed for nine years at Kingston Crown Court, Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard's Counter-Terrorism Command, said he was 'prolific' in his sharing and promotion of ISIS material and propaganda on social media.
'But what was of most concern was that he viewed and shared a video showing how to make a bomb, and encouraged others to follow and carry out the instructions,' Mr Haydon said.
'He was a dangerous individual and I have no doubt that the public is safer with him behind bars.'
In one exchange, Suleiman was asked: 'Brother can you send the video of making explosives to me?'
He replied: 'Peace be upon you. I am going to send it brother, I am a little busy.'
When he did send it, he added: 'Look at it, it is very important.'
An issue of the 16-page weekly ISIS magazine Al-Naba released on Telegram on August 3, reported a suicide attack at the Iraqi embassy in Kabul and urged lone-wolf terrorists to strike Western embassies and diplomats.
Suleiman posted the magazine on his Facebook page the following day and prosecutors said it was a 'publication by a terrorist organisation and directly encourages acts of terrorism.'
On August 7, Suleiman posted a knife attack video on Facebook with the comment, 'Hayat media centre presents video entitled 'from the inside'.'
The video had been released by ISIS the same day and featured a male named Abu Adam with an English-language chant called a nasheed which included the lines, 'Holding up the flag, I am seeking paradise…destroy the kuffar [non-believers]'.
Abu Adam addressed his 'brothers' and urged them to travel to Raqqa, first in Arabic and then in English, sating that those from Australia who could not get to Raqqa should 'go and aid your brothers in the fight against the Crusader government of the Philippines'.
Adam questioned: 'Where is your pledge to Allah oh Muslim? Your zeal should be greater and actions much more decisive. And if you are unable to make hijra [migrate] then inflict terror upon the kuffar and punish them for their crimes against the Muslims.
'Make the lands of the Crusaders your battlefield. They are frontiers of war. The defenders of the cross have no covenant of safety. So kill them wherever you find them.
'If you're a tradesman, use your nail gun and nail the kuffar to the head and crucify his body to the woodworks. If you're a truck driver ram their crowds until their streets run with their filthy blood. Or pour petrol over their houses whilst they're asleep and engulf their houses with flames. That way the message will be burnt into their memories…'
The video ended by showing extracts from previous ISIS videos, including bombings, suicide attacks and beheadings.
Suleiman had first claimed asylum, pretending to be a child, in January 2014 in Cardiff.
Biometric checks identified a match to an asylum application in Italy in 2012 and after he was assessed to be an adult by Cardiff Social Services, he was referred to the Welsh Refugee Council in February 2015.
That December, Sulieman was detained in France from where he was deported back Britain and granted temporary release in February 2016, after which he failed to report in with the Border Agency.
He later told police that his father was dead and his mother and sister lived in Iraq. He left Iraq for Turkey when he was aged 19 and was smuggled from Turkey to Italy.
When his asylum application was refused in Italy, he travelled to France and then from Calais to London.
Following his release by the Border Agency in February 2016 he travelled to Liverpool and Manchester before returning to London.
He said he obtained assistance from local mosques and churches where he was able to use shower and toilet facilities.
Sulieman worked 'informally' on a market stall in Edgware Road where one fellow worker complained that he was sent a link to an ISIS radio station and another said he could hear the sound of gun shots when Sulieman was watching videos on his phone.
But when he was arrested by police, he claimed to support the Kurdish PKK - deadly enemies of ISIS - and that his family was associated with the Kurd's Peshmerga fighters.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Police in Edinburgh have revealed that a suspicious package initially thought to be a hoax bomb was real.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
- Munir Mohammed, 37, and Rowaida el-Hassan, 33, met on SingleMuslim.com
- Within weeks, Mohammed was sending her gory videos of ISIS executions
- Asked him to 'send more' and helped guide him to the chemicals for a bomb
- Mohammed was jailed for life with minimum of 14 years and el-Hassan for 11
A couple who plotted a 'devastating' IS-inspired bomb and poison attack after meeting on a Muslim dating site were both jailed today.
Asylum seeker Munir Mohammed, 37, enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowadia El-Hassan, 33, to help him carry out a lone wolf atrocity in the UK.
The Sudanese pair met on singlemuslim.com in March 2016, where El-Hassan's profile said she was looking for, 'Someone who can teach me new things and inspire me.' They soon started swapping IS propaganda on WhatsApp.
Sudanese asylum seeker Munir Mohammed enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan drawing on her knowledge of chemicals needed to make a bomb.
They are both seen in undated police mug shots
He sent her execution videos and she begged him to send more, before sending him material glorifying martyrdom.
Mohammed later claimed he sent these videos to show her 'this is not the Muslim way'.
Divorced mother-of-two El-Hassan helped food factory worker Mohammed by sending information about chemical components to make the explosive TATP, known as 'Mother of Satan' and how to source them.
She also assisted his online research about the manufacture of ricin.
They denied planning an attack but Mohammed, of Derby, and El-Hassan, of Willesden, north west London, were convicted of preparation of terrorist acts last month.
At the Old Bailey Mohammed was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years, while El-Hassan was jailed for 12 years and handed an extended five year licence.
The judge ruled she was dangerous meaning she will serve at least two-thirds of the term. The court heard he spoke to an ISIS commander on Facebook.
Mohammed sat slumped in the dock as the sentence was passed, while El-Hassan looked up at the public gallery as she left.
Passing sentence Judge Michael Topolski QC said: 'You decided to plan an attack on the country in which you were seeking asylum.
'For this plan you needed help. You found that help on the website SingleMuslim.com.
'Within weeks you were sending Rowaida El-Hassan Isis execution and propaganda videos and other material.
'Your intention was to cause an explosion intended to cause multiple deaths.'
He said he was satisfied it was probably Mohammed who introduced the violent radical ideological material into the online relationship.
But Judge Topolski said: 'Far from rejecting it, she embraced it and became more and more absorbed by it.
'To the point where she became an enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive partner in what was being developed.
'They shared offensive and deeply disturbing attitudes towards, for example, followers of Shia Islam, gay people and other people routinely targeted by Islamic State.'
After the Orlando gay nightclub attack El-Hassan became concerned 'about the value of attacking soft targets' but Mohammed 'seemed willing to justify them', the judge added.
Quoting a pre sentence report, he said: 'She was a willing and equal, if not influential partner in this offence.'
The report found El-Hassan also poses a 'high risk of future harm'.
The judge told her: 'You knew full well he was engaging in planning an attack. And so it was that you assisted him by carrying out research online.
'Your commitment was consistent and sustained.
'I am sure that Munir Mohammed, whose plan this was, would not have got as far as he did in assembling all that he needed to launch a potentially devastating attack.'
The pair only met face to face up to three time in a park near her home, the court heard.
Both were arrested on December 12, 2016, and Mohammed was caught with two of the three components to make TATP.
He had instruction manuals on building explosives, mobile phone detonators and ricin.
On December 1, he was seen buying 'acetone free' nail polish from Asda, mistakenly believing it was a component of TATP because of his poor English.
A week later he went to a shop in Derby, Ace Discounts, where he asked about pressure cookers.
At El-Hassan's home officers seized two phones, sulphuric acid and a box containing four face masks bought from Amazon.
Prosecutors argued the pair had a 'shared extremist ideology', with the case showing how easily terrorist plots can be prepared because of the internet.
Mohammed spoke on Facebook to an IS commander, who used the site for a call to arms for lone wolf attacks throughout the world.
He pledged allegiance to IS, expressed willingness to participate in 'a new job in the UK' and asked for bomb making instructions.
El-Hassan said on her dating profile she was a pharmacist with a Masters degree from University College London.
She wrote: 'I am looking for a simple, very simple, honest and straight forward man who fears Allah before anything else.
'I am looking for a man I can vibe with on a spiritual and intellectual level. Someone who can teach me new things and inspire me.'
Mohammed described himself online as a British citizen from Sudan, working as a physicist who was looking for a wife and partner and to have children.
He arrived in the UK in the back of a lorry and claimed asylum in 2014, appealing to Derby Labour MP Margaret Beckett for help with his immigration problems two years later.
The investigation was led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit - Special Branch, supported by Derbyshire, and Metropolitan Police Forces.
DCI Paul Greenwood from Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: 'It was only a matter of weeks after meeting each other that Mohammed and El Hassan had formed such a strong trust that Mohammed shared extremist material with her.
'This then rapidly escalated and El Hassan, a qualified pharmacist, readily passed on her knowledge to Mohammed giving him the technical assistance he need in preparing for a terrorist attack.
'Although we do not know what Mohammed and El Hassan's exact intentions were, a number of concerning items had already been purchased and the pair had done extensive research regarding making TATP (acetone peroxide) and ricin.
'The evidence clearly shows that the pair planned to cause harm and today's verdict, and subsequent sentences, means they will now have to face up to their actions in prison.'
Detective Superintendent Mark Pollock, Head of EMSOU-SB, said: 'The response to this incident demonstrates our commitment to finding and bringing to justice those who are intent on causing harm to our communities in the name of whatever cause.
'While this conspiracy was centred in Derby and London, resources from across the national Counter Terrorism network were brought to bear on them, culminating in the successful result today.
'Nevertheless, while these individuals are today starting long prison sentences, it is essential that the public continues to provide information around others who may be planning or supporting attacks like those we saw earlier this year in Manchester and London.'
Chief Superintendent Jim Allen, who is in charge of policing in Derby, said: 'The residents of Derby were shocked by these arrests late last year. Through our relationship with our partner agencies and through our Safer Neighbourhood teams, we were able to reassure the community and they really pulled together to support each other.
'This case is a stark reminder to Derby residents that the threat of terrorism is real and present and it highlights the need to be vigilant.
Your local policing teams are at work every day trying to address this threat and it's testament to the community in Derby that Mohammed was detected and brought to justice before he could act.
'Derby has always been a vibrant and multi-cultural city; a safe place to live, work and visit. My message is this - come to Derby, enjoy shopping here, enjoy our nightlife and everything the city has to offer.
'I would ask anyone to report anything suspicious to us; be that suspicious behaviour among friends, colleagues, neighbours or family. Speak to us and share any concerns you have.'
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Islamist groups in the country are targeting schools and universities to indoctrinate and recruit the next generation of jihadis.
Government inspectors have found Islamist books in school libraries and children are being groomed for terrorist activities.
The UK newspaper The Sun reported Security Minister’s statement on Friday:
Security Minister Ben Wallace blasted universities for failing to do enough to safeguard against terrorist radicalisers on campus.
[Minister Wallace told Parliament’s Human Rights committee]: “We know there are and have been terrorist radicalisers, terrorist recruiters and terrorists active on campus who have recruited young men and women into terrorism.
“We certainly see at the moment and recently young people being engaged by Isis recruiters in young settings, in education settings, quite a lot and that is a worry.
An estimated 850 British Muslims have traveled to fight for jihadi terror groups in Syria and Iraq, out of which some 400 battle-hardened terrorists have already returned to the country.
These returning ISIS terrorists could recruit and train further jihadis, UK authorities fear.
According to official estimates, the UK is currently home to some 35,000 Islamists.
The Muslim population of the country is set to triple in 30 years, rising from 4 million in 2017 to 13 million by 2030.
Given this exponential rate of growth, the number of Islamists in the country is expected to skyrocket as well.
The Islamist mobilization on schools and campuses is merely a reflection of this trend.