"We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value.."
Scholars of Islam like Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson insisted that the gruesome murder of a British soldier by two Muslims shouting "Allah Akbar" and quoting the Koran had nothing to do with Islam.
However Imam Omar Bakri Muhammad, who influenced Mujaheed Adebowale, the London beheader, disagrees saying, "Under Islam this can be justified", “I saw the film and we could see that he [the suspect] was being very courageous" and "To people around here [in the Middle East] he is a hero for what he has done."
Nothing is more courageous and heroic than two men running down one man in a car and then cutting him up while screaming praises to Allah.
What are Imam Omar Bakri Muhammad's qualifications as an Islamic scholar? Aside from being a former member of that notoriously moderate Islamist organization; the Muslim Brotherhood?
From the age of five he was enrolled in the al-Kutaab Islamic boarding schools (a primary school teaching children how to recite and keep Quran by heart) where he studied the Qur'anic Sciences, Hadith (the sayings of the Prophet of Islam and his Companions), Fiqh (Islamic Religious Philosophy), and Seerah.
Later, Bakri joined the Shari'ah Institute at Damascus University where he then studied Fiqh and Shari'ah. When he completed his studies, obtaining a BA in Shari'ah and Usul al-Fiqh. Bakri obtained his MA in Fiqh ul-Madhaahib from the Imaam Uzaie University, Lebanon.
He studied at Al-Azhar University for six months and then moved to Saudi Arabia, where he joined the Madrassah Al-Saltiyyah studying and completing a Diploma in Jami' Al-Qur'an. At this time he also completed a thesis entitled, 'Nizaam al-Khilafahfil Islaam'.
Offhand, I would say Bakri's qualifications as a scholar of Islam top those of Boris Johnson and David Cameron. And he has some scholastic views on killing infidels derived from one of those many degrees in how to kill infidels the Islamic way.
A radical Islamist cleric banned from Britain has been secretly recorded in a series of rants in which he calls on Muslims to behead their enemies and kidnap Westerners.
Investigators have discovered that Bakri encouraged a kidnapping terrorist act just months before he was banned from the UK last year. On another occasion, he specifically mentioned capturing a British Muslim serving in the Army.
Bakri, who has frequently suggested that "the enemy" are Westerners, particularly Americans and the British, says: "When you meet the enemy, slice their own necks. And when you make the blood spill all over, and the enemy becomes so tired, now start to take from them prisoners. Then free them or exchange them until the war is finished.
"Verily they remind the sunnah (actions/sayings of the prophet Mohammed) of removing the head of the enemy. They remind the sunnah of slaughtering the enemy. They remind the sunnah of how to strike the neck of the enemy. We saw him in his brother's house. They removed the head of the enemy\u2026 Use the sword and remove the head of the enemy."
In a separate rallying call over the internet last summer, Bakri encouraged terrorists to kidnap a soldier serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. "I hope they capture British Muslims who are in the Army over there," he said.
Nine men were arrested on Wednesday as part of an alleged plot to kidnap a Muslim soldier, who was believed to have served in Afghanistan but who was back on home leave. The police think terrorists intended to torture and kill their victim before broadcasting their actions on the internet.
Which is nothing at all like what just happened in London. And what are Imam Omar Bakri Muhammad's thoughts on the human life of non-Muslim civilians?
"We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity."
Nothing to do with Islam. Not a bloody thing.