Recently this blog has covered Faraj Hassan, a Libyan man who was detained and placed under control orders for several years in the UK. His death in a motorcycle accident has prompted effusive tributes from British Islamists. Here is another one, this time from Fahad Ansari of Cageprisoners.
This is what passed through Ansari’s mind at the funeral:
From near and far, several hundreds of people broke from their Ramadhan routines and travelled to Regent’s Park Mosque to pay their last respects to Faraj. People rushed to help carry the coffin, to touch it, to comfort his daughter, and to try in vein get a glimpse of the beautiful smile on his face, a smile which has captivated the hearts of the community.
Faraj’s final and eternal smile is similar to the smiles we are used to seeing in videos of those martyred in the way of Allah while fighting in foreign war zones. Those who have physically seen such bodies can testify to how such an experience solidified their faith in Allah and the Hereafter more than a lifetime of studying texts could ever have done. The smile of the shaheed after his death is one of the most powerful evidences of the Truth of Allah’s promise to the believers who struggle in His way. It is no coincidence that those who are fortunate enough to witness it develop an unwavering certainty in their Lord and the Hereafter that inspires them to continue to struggle in Allah’s way for the remainder of their lives.
“Martyred in the way of Allah while fighting in foreign war zones”? Since Fahad Ansari is a fan of al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki, the reference here is clear enough.
Further in, to underline the point, bluntly, Ansari says this:
Fearlessness and courage are qualities possessed by few individuals but whose nature tends to be infectious. Faraj’s courage in speaking the Truth against tyranny and oppression inspired others to unshackle their own tongues. His death however may serve as the fertilizer that serves to revive the spirit of jihad in the Muslims of Britain.
What I found especially striking about Amnesty International’s unquestioning promotion of Moazzam Begg and his Cageprisoners group – which does apear to have come to an end, at the price of Gita Sahgal’s job – was the extensive evidence that they were a bunch of extremists who loved jihad. One only needed to read their own words to see this. Cageprisoners is a “leading human rights organisation“, as Amnesty called it after working with Begg’s outfit on a report? Ha ha.
Amnesty is of course not the only group to fall for Cageprisoners. The Quakers of the Joseph Rowntree Trust continue to fund them:
Pacifists financing people who celebrate “the spirit of jihad in the Muslims of Britain”. What a darkly laughable situation.