Just 4 weeks ago when we met at Speakers’ Corner Adnan gave me a big friendly hug. I had defended him publicly on social media and face to face against what I saw as the unjust maligning of his good character by avowed enemies of Islam.
Relentlessly accused by the likes of Raj and atheist Steve of being a covert extremist and terrorist sympathiser, I was outraged. Adnan is neither of course.
Of this I am absolutely certain.
But, about 2 weeks ago I came across a YouTube clip that made me sick to my stomach. Filmed in 2003 it shows (about to be) convicted terrorist Abdullah el-Faisal along with Adnan Rashid who is cheerleading el-Faisal – exhorting Muslims to support him in every way they can. El-Faisal was on trial at the Old Bailey when Adnan shared a platform with him.
This is the video
According to Wiki,
‘After a four-week trial at the Old Bailey, el-Faisal was found guilty by a jury of six men and six women on 24 February 2003 of: (a) three charges of soliciting the murder of Jews, Americans, Hindus, and Christians; and (b) two charges of using threatening words to stir up racial hatred, in tapes of speeches to his followers. He was the first Muslim cleric to be tried in the UK.’
It is true that we can’t see Adnan himself in the video. But his distinctive voice is unmistakable. The way he speaks, his choice of words, the modulation of his voice is clear: it is Adnan Rashid.
Every Muslim I have spoken to privately agrees. They all know him personally. No one has disagreed.
Adnan is protecting his image and reputation at all costs. But if he had just admitted it was him in 2003 and had learnt the error of his ways (he was just 25 years old) and converted to a fine upstanding family man, he would continue to have my total respect and support.
But lying, denying, deviating and claiming others are paid agents to discredit him is just plain stupid.
If Adnan truly felt he was being slandered re his past support for the terrorist Abdullah el-Faisal, he would surely have sued. But he does not. He knows it will be proven it was him. So Adnan goes through this charade each week.
For an intelligent guy he is not acting in an intelligent way in this.
So Adnan must come clean about his public support for Abdullah el-Faisal in 2003.
And let us all move on..
see my two further comments below