Fahad Ansari is a solicitor who has worked for the Khomeinist front that styles itself the “Islamic Human Rights Commission”, and who is now an activist with the jihadist campaign group, Cageprisoners.
We discussed some of his views yesterday.
Here are some more, taken from the Islamic Awakening website.
On the jihadi theorist, Abdullah Azzam:
Through the use of section 57, certain books by renowned Islamic scholars, such as Sheykh Abdullah Azzam, have become criminalised although the same publications could be purchased from Amazon.co.uk until recently. More often than not, those arrested have no links with terrorism or with jihad and possessed the items solely out of intellectual curiosity.
In September 2007 the front page of the Times, followed by several pages of follow-up stories inside, discussed the “homegrown cleric who loathes the British” – a Deobandi scholar, Shaykh Riyadh ul-Haq. Going so far as to transcribe five of Shaykh Riyadh’s lectures on their website, the Times journalists were ruthless in their attempts to discredit the Shaykh and his school of thought. Shaykh Riyadh has delivered hundreds of lectures throughout Britain on a variety of topics, ranging from the sins of the tongue and upholding the rights of one’s parents to the Day of Judgment. Yet the Times chose to select his lectures on issues of jihad, the Ummah and the suffering of Muslims around the world. In cherry-picking his quotes for its front page, the Times included the following oft-repeated ayah of the Qur’an as an unacceptable statement: “It is He who has sent His Messenger [Muhammad] with the religion of truth so that it may prevail over all other religions, even though the disbelievers may dislike it, even though the mushrikin [the idolaters] may dislike it.”ayaat of Surah Baqarah, in which Muslims ask Allah for victory over the disbelievers. Also considered an extremist statement were the final ayaat of Surah Baqarah, in which Muslims ask Allah for victory over the disbelievers.
There is no doubt but that an attempt is being made to push Muslims away from certain aspects of Islam that are considered unacceptable in the West. Whereas this was previously being done subtly by the creation of government-friendly Muslim organisations and community leaders, it is clear now that the gloves have come off and it is the Qur’an and ahadith that are under attack.
On Abu Hamza:
Take, for example, the trial of Abu Hamza al-Misri. Throughout his trial, Abu Hamza was prosecuted with words he used from the Qur’an and the ahadith, of the Prophet (saw). Muslims, distracted by their own in-fighting and bickering, were too short-sighted to realise it and distanced themselves from the trial, with some even welcoming his ultimate conviction. What they failed to comprehend was that his conviction set a precedent whereby certain ayaat and ahadith had become criminalised.
Ayaat such as 2:216 (“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not”) and 9:111 (“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs [in return] is the garden [of Paradise]: they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain…”) were used repeatedly against him in court. Evidence of his inciting hatred against Jews came in the form of his quoting ahadith of the Prophet (saw) regarding the end of times, such as where he stated, “The Hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews.” Irrespective of our opinions on Abu Hamza and his ideas, what we must never allow to happen is for our texts to be put on trial.
Islamic Awakening is a website dedicated to the promotion of jihad which is popular among British extremists. Have a look at the names of its contributors – Ridley, Haddad, Timimi, Awlaki, Babar Ahmad, Raheem Green. And Fisk!
You can see why Gita Sahgal was worried about Cageprisoners.