“How can somebody take a job to teach Islam when they”re not even a Muslim themselves?” And so the obvious response, as always, is not to refute anything he said, but to resort to thuggery.
A gang of four Muslim men launched a horrific attack on an RE teacher because they did not approve of him teaching religious studies to Muslim girls, a court heard yesterday.
Gary Smith, 28, was left with facial scarring, both long and short-term memory loss, and now has no sense of smell.
He became depressed after his face was slashed and he suffered a brain haemorrhage, fractured skull and broken jaw following the attack.
The men were said to have attempted the assault several times, “˜lying in wait” for Mr Smith before successfully ambushing him on his way to work on July 12 last year.
The gang was recorded planning the attack by detectives who had bugged defendant Akmol Hussain’s car over an unrelated matter.
So they were already tracking these guys for jihad activity.
They were taped saying they wanted to hit or kill the teacher just because he was the head of religious studies at the Central Foundation School for Girls in Bow, East London.
In one recording Hussain said: “˜He’s mocking Islam and he’s putting doubts in people’s minds .”‰.”‰. How can somebody take a job to teach Islam when they”re not even a Muslim themselves?”
Armed with an iron rod and brick, they punched, kicked and attacked Mr Smith, leaving him unconscious covered in blood on the pavement in Burdett Road, Tower Hamlets, East London.
Mr Smith was taken to hospital after he was found by two passers-by, and only regained consciousness two days later.
The gang, made up of Simon Alam, 19, Azad Hussein, 27, of Bethnal Green, Sheikh Rashid, 27, of Shadwell and Akmol Hussain, 26, of Wapping, fled the scene in a car and went on to boast about their role in the assault.
Alam said he hit Mr Smith over the head with a metal bar saying: ‘I turned and hit him on his face with the rod and he went flying and fell on his stomach.’ […]
The teacher had been at the school for eight years teaching faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. […]
Hussain’s car had been bugged on an ‘unrelated matter’ and it was during that surveillance operation that some of the gang members were recorded discussing the attack.
He spoke about a pupil at the school, calling her teacher a dog – an offensive name in Islam. He is then heard saying ‘this is the dog we want to’ and then a word is said in Sylheti – a language from Bangladesh – that means to hit, strike or kill.
Two other attempts, on on July 8 and one on July 9 last year failed when Mr Smith did not take his usual route to work….