As I have noted many times, it is the jihadists who in the Islamic community wear the mantle of being true and pure Muslims. No self-professed moderates have yet successfully challenged that. From The Telegraph, with thanks to Skeetstreet:
The suspected terrorist accused of trying to bomb a tube train at Warren Street used to berate a Muslim shopkeeper for selling alcohol, it was claimed last night.
Yasin Hussan Omar, 24, a Somalian national who arrived in Britain as a child, lived in a rented flat in New Southgate, north London.
One shopkeeper, Mohammed Hassan, claimed yesterday that Omar had accused him of not being a “proper Muslim”.
“I never got the impression he had any money and he would complain about me selling alcohol, telling me I was not a good Muslim,” Mr Hassan said.
Another shopkeeper, Ali Dursun, claimed Omar often railed about halal meat.
“He said Turkish people were not proper Muslims,” Mr Dursan said….
Because of their relatively secular government.
Meanwhile, the family of Ibrahim – the first to report his name to police after his CCTV image was released – said yesterday that he had not visited their home in Harrow for many months.
However, Sarah Scott, a neighbour of Ibrahim’s parents, claimed she had seen him in the area about two weeks ago.
Miss Scott, 23, said Ibrahim had tried to convert her to Islam and had told her 80 virgins would be waiting for him if he died loyal to Allah. “I have known him since I was about 11,” she said. “He was here about two weeks ago. It would have been after the July 7 bombings. He was pretty calm but then he was always calm.”
She said he had given her a pamphlet on Islam last year. “We were sitting down having a fag and he asked me if I was Catholic because I have Irish family,” she said. “I said I didn’t believe in anything and he said I should.
“He told me he was going to have all these virgins and he got to have them if he prayed to Allah. He gave me a book and told me to read it. He said it would change my views and any questions I should ask him. I didn’t realise he was a terrorist.”
A friend of Ibrahim, who would give him name only as Kawser, praised the actions of the suicide bombers. Speaking yesterday outside the flat Ibrahim and Omar shared in New Southgate, he said: “As a Muslim I believe it’s one of the most honorable ways to die, defending your beliefs.
“You shouldn’t do it because people will think you are brave but for Allah.
“It depends on the situation, but if someone gave me a bomb and said, ‘Go and do it’, I would have to consider it. If I was in a situation, at a time of war, to go and blow up civilians, I don’t think I would do it. But to go and attack the Houses of Parliament or Downing Street, they are military targets. I hope the bombers go to paradise after giving up their lives as martyrs.”
Ibrahim’s brother, Amir, briefly emerged from the family home yesterday wearing a scarf and hooded top to cover his face and tried to throw a dustbin at television cameras.
“I haven’t seen him,” he said. “He has not lived here since he was 18. My mum and dad are sick with the stress of all this.”
Take it up with your brother, Amir.