The man we all know as Abu Qasim, a regular at Speakers’ Corner in London for over 10 years, was at 2.15pm this afternoon convicted under the Terrorism Act of four charges of disseminating terrorist material and one of possessing articles useful for terrorism. The trial took place at Britain’s most famous court, the Old Bailey in London.
His real name is Mohammed Abdul Ahad, 38, of Euston, London. You may recognise him.
He was found guilty on all counts by unanimous jury decision. Abu Qasim is now facing significant jail time for spreading the speeches of convicted Islamist preacher and notorious terror recruiter Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal. The published speeches glorified terrorist organisations including ISIS and Al-Qaeda and encouraged listeners to commit or prepare for acts of terrorism.
Matthew Brook, barrister for the prosecution, stated that the published speeches amounted to terrorist publications as they praised terrorist organisations such as ISIS and encouraged listeners to support those terrorist organisations and encouraged both terrorist action and violent jihad. They encouraged others to commit or prepare acts of terrorism. The videos stated that it is compulsory for ‘true Muslims’ to participate in jihad and kill non-believers, so they could “take their place in hell”. They also spoke of children as young as 12 making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
I understand from contacts within the Old Bailey that when he was taken down Special Branch were waiting to talk to him about other terrorist offences.
He is now remanded in custody in the high security Belmarsh Prison until sentencing at a later date.
I thank God that this scumbag is now off the streets of London. When I get more information about the trial I will make it known. Until this afternoon it has not been possible to report on it due to contempt of court reporting restrictions.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Speaking now purely from a Speakers’ Corner perspective here are my thoughts about the bigger picture.
The Good guys
These are without a doubt the salafis (yes really): Shamsi and his colleagues from DUS Dawah. They have fearlessly confronted the violent extremists at the park: Abu Qasim, Bilal, Sulaiman, Abdul Hakeem and others. All of these are known associates of the godfather of UK terrorism Anjem Choudary. They are extremely dangerous men. All (except Sulaiman) are now banned from Speakers’ Corner. Shamsi has always refused to be friends with these guys or hang out with them. He has publicly disassociated himself from them and explained openly and clearly how their evil ideology is condemned by the Qur’an and the sunnah. He is a role model for Muslims everywhere.
The Bad guys
These are Muslims who have at one time or another either refused to join in the fight against terrorist ideology at Speakers’ Corner or worse still have deliberately put obstacles in the path of those Muslims committed to the fight against this evil.
I will name names for the record:
A well known and high profile Muslim who is famous on youtube for refuting Christians and atheists at the park. Just over a year ago when I became alarmed at ISIS supporters activity at the park I decided to publicly call Abdul Hakeem out. I challenged him on camera. As a result I received a huge amount of criticism from many Muslims for my actions which I was told contradicted certain hadith. I invited Mansur to join me in my public campaign to expose the extremists in our midst. He refused point blank. It had nothing to do with him he said, and he didn’t want to get involved with confronting them. I pleaded with him to use the moral authority he possessed to refute these dangerous people publicly and by name as I had attempted to do. But to no avail. Mansur was happy to condemn terrorism in theory but not to lift a finger to confront real propagators of terrorist ideology at the park. I was appalled. Mansur and I were good friends. This incident destroyed our friendship. Last Sunday, he finally joined forces with Adnan and a few others in confronting Abu Qasim. You can see it on youtube. But it was too little too late.
He runs the Calling Christians website. I invited him to look after Blogging Theology for a period last year. In March I posted two articles about my concerns with Speakers’ Corner and named people who were spreading terrorist ideology there. Ijaz censured my articles and ultimately banned me from the blog I had founded and written for for many years. Though he lives in Trinidad, Ijaz has hampered our struggle against violent extremism at Speakers’ Corner.
Though these Muslims are not in my view actual terrorist sympathisers, their misguided sense of tribal loyalty to other Muslims puts them firmly in the Bad category.
COE.TV (Content Over Everything) is a youtube channel at the park run by Leon which has provided a regular platform for known supporters of violent extremism to propagate their vile views. I have challenged him many times about this but he tells me even if Anjem Choudary came to the park he would give him a platform!
Leon is not a Muslim. Leon stands condemned out of his own mouth.
The Ugly guys
There is a person who certainly belongs in this category but as there is an ongoing police investigation it is not appropriate to mention his name at the moment! Regulars at the park can probably guess who I mean.
For more reliable information about Islam and violent extremism and how to combat it see here