“The defendant was anxious himself to carry out such an attack and he was determined to seek martyrdom – to die and to sacrifice himself for his cause.”
Rajib Karim was just playing by the book:
“Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.” – Qur’an 9:111
The Torah and Gospels, eh? Wait, who would Jesus whack? Or maybe it was all those bloody wars of conquest and caravan raids in the Acts of the Apostles. No, sorry, wrong book.
Muhammad, for his part, boasted:
“I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” – Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220.
A British Airways employee conspired with a radical preacher to blow up a US-bound aeroplane, a court has heard.
From his Newcastle home, Rajib Karim shared details of his BA contacts in e-mails to Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Woolwich Crown Court was told.
The computer expert worked for the airline in the city and had access to BA offices there and at Heathrow. […]
Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said the defendant was preparing himself or others for terrorist attacks. […]
He said the court would hear that Mr Karim was an extreme jihadist.
“He believes that terrorism, including the murder of civilians, is permissible to establish a true Islamic state.
“The defendant was anxious himself to carry out such an attack and he was determined to seek martyrdom – to die and to sacrifice himself for his cause,” Mr Laidlaw said.
He also said that those who knew Mr Karim thought he was mild-mannered.
He attended two mosques – Grange Park Mosque and University of Newcastle Mosque – and was not known to hold extreme views, the court heard.
Mr Laidlaw said: “It was, as far as anybody could tell a perfectly ordinary life he was living.”
Mr Karim is accused of plotting to blow up a plane, sharing information of use to hate groups such as al-Qaeda, offering to help financial or disruptive attacks on BA, and gaining a UK job to exploit terrorist purposes….