November 06, 2006

UK Muslim 'Almost Ashamed' for Advocating Beheading Cartoon Blasphemers

Remember this guy on the right? The guy who held up placards at a protest in front of the Danish embassy calling for cartoon blasphemers to be beheaded?

His name is Mizanur Rahman and he's almost ashamed of advocating the sharia penalty of death for blasphemers.

The British press is reporting that he apologized to a British court today for advocating mass murder of apostates and blasphemers. But read what he really said.

He told the court: "I didn't think about what I was saying or the consequences..."

"I feel almost ashamed. I feel the words didn't make sense. I didn't think anyone would take me seriously."

He's not ashamed. He's almost ashamed. Despite that, the BBC chooses to title their article Cartoons protest man apologises

And given the long tradition of killing blasphemers which goes back to Muhammed's time, how does advocating exactly what traditional sharia has long advocated 'not make sense'?

Just to make this clear, Mizanur Rahman is a follower of Omar Bakri Mohammed. One of Bakri Mohammed's websites publicly called for the execution of blasphemers. Rahman is a computer programmer. It is possible that Rahman himself is responsible for those internet calls for jihad.

More from the BBC today:

The Old Bailey heard police filmed him calling for planes to be shot down and the deaths of UK and US troops in Iraq.
So he reacted to cartoons depicting Mohammed by advocating the killing of U.K. troops?

Another story from one of the authors at Western Resistance tells us exactly what it was that Rahman said, which the BBC does not make very clear:

Mr Perry described placards which had been carried by Rahman, which bore the slogans: "Behead those who insult Islam" and "Annihilate those who insult Islam". Perry said: "Annihilate and behead are ordinary English words with the ordinary English meaning of kill. The prosecution say the meaning of those words is clear and unambiguous. Ordinary English words with the ordinary English meaning to kill."

"What he said was this - 'Oh Allah, we want to see another 9/11 in Iraq, another 9/11 in Denmark, another 9/11 in Spain, in France, all over Europe. Oh Allah, destroy all of them, Amen'."

The prosecutor claimed the 23-year old web designer had said: "Bomb, bomb France. Bomb, bomb France. Nuke, nuke France. Nuke, nuke France." Rahman had also urged "indiscriminate killing" of British troops in Iraq, the prosecutor said.

Rahman's speech, made on a megaphone, had included the statements: "We don't want to see them in Baghdad or in Iraq any more. We want to see them coming home in body bags. We want to see their blood running in the streets of Baghdad and Fallujah."

"We want to see the Mujahideen shoot down their planes like the way they shoot down birds. We want to see their tanks burnt, just like we burn their flags."

"We want to see their freedoms destroyed. We want to see all of them removed from Muslim land. Oh, Allah don't leave any of them alive in Iraq, don't leave any of them alive in Afghanistan, don't leave any of them standing in France."

Back to the BBC version:
Mr Rahman, who is married with a young child, told the court he had copied what some of the others had been saying when he was handed a megaphone.

He said placards he had carried calling for the beheading of people who insulted Islam had been handed to him.

"I didn't intend for anyone to be harmed or attacked, let alone to be killed," he said.

"The majority of this was a prayer. When I was given the mic, I didn't know what to say. I said what other people had said during the demo and what was on the placards.

"I was repeating what I heard in other speeches."

The court heard Mr Rahman had also called for "another 9/11 all over Europe". ....

Right. It's the peer pressure argument. But mom, all the cool kids were advocating beheading the infidels!

It still doesn't explain his connection to the al Ghurabaa followers who organized the rally. And what about longing for another 9/11?

This story by Adrian Morgan is really the definitive word for those of you who haven't been following the controversy. Here's a taste:

On February 3 this year, a group of Muslims gathered outside the Danish Embassy in Sloane Square, Chelsea. They were there to protest against the illustrations of Mohammed which had first appeared in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper on September 30 last year.

Individuals, many with faces covered, screamed abuse and called for violence against those who insulted Islam. They bore placards emblazoned with the slogans: "Behead those who insult Islam", "Europe. Take some lessons from 9/11", "Europe you will pay. Demolition is on its way", "Europe you will pay. Your extermination is on its way," "Slay those who insult Islam," "Butcher those who insult Islam." ....

In July, Choudary was fined 500 ($921) for organizing an unauthorized demonstration, with 300 ($553) costs....

On June 22, it was formally announced that four individuals who had been arrested on March 15 were to face separate trials for threats they had made at the Danish Embassy.

Three individuals were summonsed to return to court, and given bail. One of the four, Abdul Muhid, who had tried to flee the country on May 4 with Anjem Choudary, both breaking their terms of bail, was denied bail.

On August 17 2005, Muhid, had been released from court after charges against him of inciting racial hatred were dropped. Then he had been reported by a concerned citizen for announcing at a stall in Walthamstow market that British troops in Iraq should be killed, and that homosexuals should be thrown from clifftops. ...

In June this year, Muhid denied two counts of soliciting the murder of those who insulted Islam which had been made at the Danish Embassy. Of the four who were given charges, he alone was refused bail, and was made to remain in Winchester prison where he is currently being held.

Umran Javed, 26, of Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham, denied soliciting murder and using threatening words or behaviour to stir up race hate. Abdul Rahman Saleem, 31, of Poplar, (aka Abu Yahya) denied one count of using words likely to stir up racial hatred. The other individual who was charged was 22-year old Mizanur Rahman. He had denied one count of soliciting the murder of those who insulted Islam, as well as US and UK servicemen and Danish, French and Spanish civilians, and denied a charge of using words likely to stir up racial hatred. ...

n Thursday, November 2, the trial of Mizanur Rahman commenced at the Old Bailey. 25 members of now-banned Al Ghurabaa and its partner the Saviour/Saved Sect, including Anjem Choudary, demonstrated outside the court. Abu Izzadeen, who had heckled the UK home secretary John Reid on Wednesday September 20, was also at the protest.

Four Muslims were arrested in violence which took place outside the Old Bailey. One protester had attacked a cameraman, and when police tried to arrest him, three others intervened. One policeman had been punched in the face and another had his helmet knocked off.

Adrian hasn't put anything about this up at Western Resistance yet today, but keep an eye out.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:01 PM | Comments |