After the latest Muslim terror attack, the usual media messaging has gone forth. The killers had shouted, "This is for Islam" and "This is for Allah". Politicians and the media insist it had nothing to do with Islam.
A former friend of the terrorist, who was shot dead by police along with two accomplices, claimed he had been radicalised while watching YouTube videos and said he contacted the authorities after becoming concerned over his friend’s extremist views.
The friend told the BBC’s Asian Network that the terrorist had been radicalised watching videos of the infamous American hate preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril.
So it's another case of what counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole calls the "Known Wolf".
Ahmad Musa Jibril is a very well known figure. He operated out of Dearborn, Michigan. And a past article on Front Page Magazine by Evan Kohlmann profiled him in great detail.
Jibril was born in the United States, but spent part of his childhood in Saudi Arabia while his father was a student at the Islamic University of Medina. After returning to the United States and graduating from high school in 1989, Ahmad resumed his studies abroad in Saudi Arabia, eventually receiving a degree in Islamic Sharia...
In the late 1990s, from their Michigan home, Ahmad Jibril and his father created a now-notorious Islamic Internet website known as AlSalafyoon.com. Among other items, the site featured a remarkable library of fanatic sermons, including speeches on the subject of jihad by Shaykh Abdullah Azzam (the late co-founder of Al-Qaeda and spiritual mentor to Osama Bin Laden) and by Abdelrahman Al-Dosari (a.k.a. Abu Abdel Aziz “Barbaros”, deemed by the U.S. government to be a senior member of Al-Qaeda).
Since its inception, AlSalafyoon.com has also offered web visitors a number of English-language Islamic booklets, pamphlets, and poems dealing with the subject of jihad. One file, titled “Jihad And Expedition in the Quran,” bluntly urged sympathetic readers to “[w]age a holy war.” Another posting, a poem labeled simply “AL-JIHAD,” cautioned:
“Yes, you’re neither Sheikh Osama [Bin Laden] nor Mullah Umar, but, don’t forget you’re a[n] Ummat of fighter Apostle. Why are you waiting go and thrust in the lines of enemies and have them crushed. Hit them on the neck and send them to hell… Give them a knife and a bulletful of gun… Fight, Fight & Fight, it must be our aim.”
Ahmad Jibril frequently posted messages and updates—many of which were explicitly signed by Jibril himself—on AlSalafyoon’s public forum under the Administrator login account “Alsalaf.” In July 2000, an individual using the Administrator account (presumably Ahmad Jibril), posted a new discussion titled, “WE MUST HATE KAFERS [infidels]!” The message read:
“You[r] heart must contain nothing but HATE to all kafers [infidels]...Not just plain hate it must be the peak of hate...Even if the kafer never did anything personal to us…even if he is a mere couch potate[sic] who reads the paper and sleeps and works, he is kafer alone makes him an enemy to us and we must hate him for that…The answer is clear yes Islam was spread by the sword.”
Nothing to do with Islam. Of course.
As the result of his Saudi indoctrination, Ahmad Jibril became a disciple and strong supporter of militant Islamic clerics from the Arabian Gulf, including Shaykh Salman Al-Awdah, who Jibril has referred to as a “Great Imam & Scholar… [who] boldly confronted the American presence in [Saudi Arabia]… may Allah reward him the peak of heaven!” In an interview with journalist Peter Arnett, Osama Bin Laden lauded Al-Awdah as a personal hero and cited him as a direct inspiration for taking up “my duty of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong.”
Al-Awdah is a member of Qaradawi's International Union for Muslim Scholars. When he visited the UK, he spoke to 20,000 Muslims.
His fame had become sufficiently widespread by 2006 to draw a crown of around 20,000 young British Muslims in London's East End whom he addressed in a speech. "Dr. al-Ouda is well known by all the youth. It's almost a celebrity culture out there," according to one British Imam.
And, oh yes, he believes Jews drink blood.
A prominent Saudi Arabian religious cleric declared that the Holocaust is an "exaggeration" and that Jewish people consume the blood of children during a wide-ranging interview with an Arabic television station.
Saudi cleric Salman Al-Odeh, a well-known scholar revered by millions globally, went on a lengthy tirade against the Jews during an interview Monday in which he stated that "the role of the Jews is to wreak destruction, to wage war, and to practice deception and extortion," according to a translation of his remarks by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Jibril also is not fond of Jews.
The researchers cited federal prosecutors’ special memorandum filed at the time of Jibril’s sentencing, including details about a radical web site Jibril operated at the time that “contained a library of fanatically anti-American sermons by militant Islamic clerics.”
Lectures “turned into angry rants about Western crimes against Muslims and he peppered his talk with invectives against Shi’a Muslims and called on Allah to turn Jewish children into orphans.”
Nothing to do with Islam. Not a single thing.