Mother of London Beheader Tricked into Converting Him to Islam Under the Guise of Deradicalization


We’re still filling in some of the blanks on the backstory of Mujahid, aka Michael Adebowale, the son of Christian Nigerian parents who became a Muslim terrorist, but it would appear that his mother fell victim to a de-radicalization scheme.

Politicians insist that there is an “extremist Islam” and that the best way to counter it is with “moderate” mainstream Islam. This lie was put out there by the Saudis who claim that Muslim terrorists are ignorant of Islam and need to be cleared of their misunderstanding by legitimate Muslim authorities. The problem with that is the Saudis and the mosques around the world that they and the Muslim Brotherhood are the farthest possible thing from moderate.

Their de-radicalization programs are a case of going from the frying pan into the fire.

His mother Juliet Obasuyi, a 43-year-old probation officer, went to her friend and neighbour, a 62-year-old security officer, for help about nine months ago after her son dropped out of university.

She told him: “Michael is not listening any more. His older sister is a good Christian with a degree but Michael is rebelling as he has no father figure, dropping out of university and handing out leaflets in Woolwich town centre.

“He is from a strong Christian family but he is turning to Islam and turning against the family. He is preaching in the streets. He needs spiritual guidance before he radicalises himself.”

Another friend, Steve Adebiyi, who started a company with Mrs Obasuyi, said she was often left in tears after speaking to him on the phone. “The boy was giving the mother problems,” he said. “She said he was in with some bad group and causing a lot of trouble. They brainwashed him.”

He and Michael Adebolajo, the other suspected terrorist, are thought to have met at Greenwich University.

His mother was advised by a neighbour to take him to the head of the Woolwich mosque for spiritual guidance. He was converted to Islam by the head Imam, and taken for weeks of “further training” at a centre near Cambridge.

When he returned, however, he was even more “radicalised” and his mother could no longer “get through to him”. A spokesman for the mosque said they did not know if he attended or been converted there.

We’ve gone through this plenty of times before. The moment he’s caught, the mosque disavows responsibility, Mission Impossible style. That’s what happened with the Boston bomber. Suddenly they’re just crazy people who wandered in and had nothing to do with the mosque at all and never understood the real true Islam.

And politicians fall for it again and again. Rinse and repeat.

  • Michael Copeland

    We know this an entirely isolated case because it is exactly like the other five hundred entirely isolated cases.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "We know this an entirely isolated case because it is exactly like the other five hundred entirely isolated cases."

      Lone wolf syndrome. It's contagious. Somehow. Must be genetic. Poor victims of DNA I guess. Please be patient. It can't be Islam.

  • Mary Sue

    The irony being the 'bad crowd' the kid got in with, was probably radicalized the same place as his mom sent him.

  • charlotte

    She never controlled him when he was a child. Let him run with riff raff. Spoilt him rotten. Then sent him to a mosque. Bad move. Shes a probation officer I see. DIDN'T SHE KNOW? SHE DEALS WITH THIS KIND OF SCUM DAILY. Too late. He should have had the brakes put on him at a younger age. I would have fed him loads of fish oil (now being given to violent offenders in prison to calm them) and a few slaps to keep him in line. Its from eating junk food full of Omega 6 fats. I would also have taken him to some cult busting organization because Pisslam is a death cult.

    • Hanna

      Crap like this coming from you just shows you had a rubbish upbringing, that's clear for sure. What the hell is pissislam? Are you referring to Islam here? Do you even know anything about Islam. I for one have never in my life disregarded any other faith, maybe because I had a good upbringing with parents who educated me about tolerance and kindness. Just because a scumbag did something wrong does not mean the religion is bad.. Or is that too much for your uneducated brain to take in??? There are scum atheists out there, but then there are good ones, there are scum Jews out there but then there are good ones, there are scum Muslims out there but there are good ones. That doesn't mean the faith is bad you idiot. Go read some books and get an insight on the religion before you diss it.

    • Only For OpenMinds

      It is clear from your statement that it must take one sort of scum to recognise another scum. Clearly you know what that is from your statement. Which is sad, of course, because, from the level of open mindedness you show, any further information on scum is irrelevant to you. May you be shown a better level of clarity than you currently have – and perhaps change your rhetoric.

  • jakespoon

    She was a "good Christian" so she took him to a mosque…hmmm?

  • @historyscoper

    Once again Acts17Apologetics has released a great video that's going viral, this time on the Woolwich Beheaders and how the Quran justifies their acts:

  • Yokel

    ” … Michael is rebelling as he has no father figure, … ”

    Nuff said.

  • LindaRivera

    Christian mother took him to a mosque?

    Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, explained the function of mosques: The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…

    Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    “The whole of Europe will become Islamic. Like the army of the sultan we will conquer Rome.”
    − Former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, June 2002

    • Tickler

      Out of context. Educate yourself

    • John

      you have to give the whole verse. 9:5 Is talking about those who treatise

    • Only For OpenMinds

      Nigerian Muslims and Christians, traditionally used to live together in peace. It isn't unheard of for people to have been close to their muslim neighbours, because they were people traditionally who could be trusted. Sadly it sounds as though you're peddling some other agenda.

  • LindaRivera

    The mother took her son to a mosque: A Muslim MILITARY COMMAND and CONTROL CENTER: 40,000 Iran agents in Western Hemisphere Now hidden in Latin America, awaiting ‘operations’ against U.S.

    “We must get ready for global operation. … Our fellow fighters are present in all five continents of the world. … An international jihad must be provoked; we must fear no one.”

    The Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence division runs operations out of mosques.

    Those operations include recruitment, reconnaissance and transfer of arms and cash.

    This source also verified then that all Imam Ali Mosques are controlled by regime intelligence operatives and that the cells are wellplaced in Europe and America for terrorist acts…

    ISLAM is NOT a RELIGION! It is a totalitarian, POLITICAL system that calls for the savage genocide of non-Muslim innocents!

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

    “Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor, after being expelled from it twice – once from the South, from Andalusia, and a second time from the East, when it knocked several times on the door of
    Athens.” Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, leading Sunni cleric

    “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to
    the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because
    they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.” – Houari (Mohamed) Boumedienne, President of Algeria, 1965 – 1978, in a 1974 speech at the UN

    Abu Baseer in London: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    • SQL

      Before you generalise and criticise Islam, I really think you should study the religion with an open heart. Unfortunately the media has its wicked ways of twisting every single thing but if you read about the religion you'd see how beautiful it really is. Being a muslim is to believe in the oneness of God, the creator, to be compassionate with people, to be dutiful towards parents, to be kind, to not lie to hurt one another, to pray to The Lord and thank Him for the countless blessings He has given us. There are people out there who say they are muslim but do not understand the religion and do as they please, that's not what the religion teaches. But truth is, humans are not perfect and do wrong, there is good and bad in everyone but it is such a shame that Islam is always under heavy scrutiny. I sincerely pray That you open your heart out to the religion, not mere quotes and sayings from people who are not perfect.

      • LindaRivera

        Muslim DECEPTION! Islam is NOT peaceful. Islam is very VIOLENT.

        Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

        Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

        Muslims have invaded many countries. One of them being India. The following is part of a report from the Hindus. I belong to an organization that includes Hindus. In fact, the Hindus started the organization. From the Hindu report:

        "The conquest of India by Islamic invaders is a long and dreadful narrative of multiple ferocious wars between the invaders and the valiant Hindu Rajas who ruled over different parts of India during medieval times. The barbaric invaders, including Muhammad Ghauri and Babur, took morbid delight in building towers of the skulls of slaughtered ‘kaffirs’ (read Hindus), a stark fact, proudly recorded by a number of Muslim historians in great detail.

        Most braveheart Hindu rulers zealously defended their motherland, their subjects and above all their honor at a terrible cost; unlike the Arab conquest of the Persian empire within a short span of two decades and similar fate of Byzantine empire and smaller kingdoms of central Asia…"

        • Only For OpenMinds

          Shame on you. I am sorry that you are so scared. What a complete shame. So instead of trying to find a common ground, you choose to perpetuate your fear and create further division. There are some muslims out there that aren't like that. And only a layperson with no sense would quote the Quran out of context. May God show pity on you and deliver you insight.

        • SQL

          You have clearly been brainwashed by the media. A few lunatics in the media who claim to be part of the Islamic faith and you label the whole religion? Sad case.

      • LindaRivera

        Non-Muslims LIVE IN DAILY FEAR from Muslims in many countries:

        Pakistani Christians told, ‘Protest again and you will die’ March 16, 2013
        Many in the Lahore area are living in shocking conditions following the violence there which saw about 200 Christian homes torched and two churches burned to the ground

        By Dan Wooding
        Founder of ASSIST Ministries

        LAHORE, PAKISTAN (ANS) — Outraged Pakistani Christians have taken to the streets of Lahore (and other cities in the country,) to protest against the terrible violence they have suffered following a blasphemy accusation against a young Christian.

        The demonstrators denounced the burning of about 200 Christian homes and two churches by a frenzied Muslim mob of about 3,000, amidst claims spurred by allegations that a Christian man made remarks against the Muslim prophet Mohammed…

        The violence that tore through Lahore's Badami Bagh community on Saturday, March 9, 2013, followed the arrest of Sawan Masih, a Christian in his 20s accused of blasphemy.

        “But Masih's arrest wasn't enough to appease an angry mob of Muslims irate over the alleged crime,” added CNN. “(The) mob wanted police to hand them over the alleged blasphemer, said Hafiz Majid, a senior police official in Badami Bagh.

        “The mob also looted some shops run by Christians, he said. Majid said Christians have fled the area for fear of being killed.

        “If convicted, Masih faces the death penalty. He denies the allegations made by the two men who filed the blasphemy complaint against him with police on Friday (March 8, 2013), Majid said.”

        Since that time, hundreds Pakistani Christians become homeless in Badami Bagh, said ANS correspondent, Shamim Masih, who also reports for the British Pakistani Christian Association.

        He said, “Two hundred homes were turned to ashes and poor Christians are now living in the streets, desperate for food and other needs. Their children cannot attend school or college due to the destruction and fear. Many Residents have expressed great dismay and sorrow and depression is seeping through the entire community.”

        One Christian that Shamim Masih spoke to, Sajid Masih, broke into tears as he said, “I feel helpless and unable to do anything for myself and my family.”

        Shamim Masih went on to say, “Christians around the country who have been incensed by the recurring theme of a blasphemy allegation followed by the attack and burning down of our vulnerable communities, held protests across the country in a concerted effort to vent their disgust at this most recent incident and to show solidarity with the victims.

        “In Youhanabad and Kot Lakhpat, Lahore police used this opportunity to beat the innocent Christian protestors, shot tear gas at them and beat them with sticks, yet when the Muslim attack took place they stood back and watched till the town had been razed to the ground,” he said…

        Mr. Masih said that Muslims of Jhelum City, located on the right bank of the Jhelum River, in the north of Punjab province, “then threatened to burn Christians homes like those in the Badami Bagh community, in response to the protests.”….

        • Only For OpenMinds

          How would you feel if Bible quotes were posted out of context?

          Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

          take a look at Matthew 7:5 before passing judgement on Islam. You remember that one right/

          "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

          Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night

          But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB)

          Death for Adultery

          If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

          Death for Fornication

          A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

          Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)

          They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

          If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, "You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord." When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through. (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)

          Read more:

  • Stuart Smith

    There is only one thing to do and it is to have an all out war against these muslim parasites, it will be world war iv and the west will win.
    These Barbaric savages need a lesson in being human, look at the way they kill animals, halal meat is barbaric, look how they treat women, look how they the muslim is involved in charity, no you will not find, it is an honorable Christian thing charity.

    • SQL

      Just because you've heard of SOME barbaric Muslims does not mean all Muslims are. Go and sincerely learn about the Islamic faith before trying to wage war against them. Any true decent muslim hates that innocent people get hurt or killed, they are against those so called Muslims that kill horrifically and that do bad. It's not what the faith teaches and unfortunately there are some sick people out there but there's sick people all over and belong to all different types of faith but unfortunately for some strange reason only 'Islam and Muslims' are hyped up in the media, yet when in Norway there was a sick guy who shot out at innocent people, he wasn't labelled as the 'Christian killer' yet his faith was Christianity but that's not the point I'm making here, you can regard every single muslim as bad because of a few luny idiots, those who do such vile things do not belong to a faith that teaches peace among everyone.

    • Aaron

      what the hell does "halal meat is barbaric" means? some of you shot animals with shotgun for fun and hang the head on the wall. how do you get your meat exactly?alive or dead?

      Islam never forces anyone to convert. And the fact that people embracing more of Islam scared you because they accept it.. do u know there is something people need to say before they convert to Islam? they have to say the Shahadah which i doubt could be forceful in anyway.

    • Only For OpenMinds

      Don't worry, we already know that traditionally the spanish thought muslims were parasites. Mosquitos they used to call them. You sound like the spanish.. You know the ones who slaughtered a million muslims during the spanish inquisition. By the way, it was the Jews who were also under threat from them. Oh, let us not forget that these were extremist christians. Or perhaps they weren't extremist christians. They were merely people using an Extremist or nonExtremist view of christianity to justify their slaughter for their own political advantage. Right? Or am I wrong. Oh, no, we can't possibly have had any form of extremism in Christianity. No, everyone except muslims are perfect, right?

  • @chrisofcanada

    He did it for the sake of his Allah,therefore, he should be tried only in a sharia court.
    His act is above anything manmade law could handle.

    • David O'Connor

      But, he committed this murder in a place where man has been abiding within a justice system very well, and fairly, without sharia. Why concede to a crime, only to allow more?
      He acted with full consent of his will, and, evidently with the help of more spiritual guidance, with greater savagery.,

      • Only For OpenMinds

        There was clearly no spiritual guidance here. This was a man whose mind was messed up and whose heart was clearly disturbed. Spiritual guidance would have rendered the state he was in back from sickness to health. Religion was used to justify what he wanted to do.

  • Xavier Romero-Frias

    Of course not all Muslims are barbaric, but calling for outsiders to sincerely learn about the Islamic faith is not enough. It is in fact pointless. The problem with the moderate Muslims is that, while blaming everyone else, they allow themselves to be represented by the hardliners.

    When will the non-barbaric Muslims use their power and influence to unsettle the radical preachers in every community and thoroughly scourge the Islamic schools, expelling those teaching violence and hatred to Muslim children? When will they replace those hardline leaders and teachers with benevolent persons, expanding the horizons and the minds of Muslim children and youth?

    Until this is done, put yourselves just for a second in our place so that you moderate Muslims will realize why is Islam is having such a bad image among outsiders.

    • Only For OpenMinds

      You speak as though this is not happening. The problem is, they can't do it alone. And to top it off, if all airtime is given to the crazies, and less to the moderates, how are the youth going to hear mainstream. Imagine being told you're worthless all the time. Eventually people will believe it. It's called brainwashing. Sadly, people don't hear others like the following, who are trying to bridge the gaps.