But wait! His family said that he had “never shown any signs of extremism”! Surely they weren’t lying, were they? Inconceivable! When they were asked if Majeed was an “extremist,” they probably didn’t think of his association with Omar Bakri — they probably thought they were being asked if he celebrated Valentine’s Day.
Note also that Bakri was ultimately barred from Britain because his presence was “not conducive to the public good.” That is the same language that the British government used in barring Pamela Geller and me. So a preacher of hatred and violence is now equivalent to those who work to resist that hatred and violence. The British government is absolutely insane.
“British jihadist who died driving truck full of explosives into Syrian prison is revealed to be former driver for hate cleric Omar Bakri as footage of his suicide assault emerges,” by Chris Greenwood, Emine Sinmaz, Inderdeep Bains and Dan Bloom for the Daily Mail, February 13:
The British father-of-three who blew himself up at a Syrian jail drove hate preacher Omar Bakri to his local mosque in Sussex twice a week, it has been revealed.
Bakri – a co-founder of the Al-Muhajiroun hate group who was banned from Britain in 2005 – said 41-year-old Abdul Waheed Majeed was a ‘very dear brother’.
He told the Evening Standard the jihadist – who killed dozens of Syrians in the attack last week – would pick him up twice a week from the train station in Crawley, West Sussex, and drive him to the local mosque before dropping him 60 miles away in Edmonton, north London.
The revelation comes after a shocking video emerged of the moment Britain’s first suicide bomber in Syria detonated his truck full of explosives outside the walls of the jail in Aleppo.
Bakri said he had been good friends with Majeed from 1996 until 2004, but then lost contact with him.
A year later Bakri, one of the country’s most well-known hate preachers, was barred from returning to Britain after the then home secretary Charles Clarke ruled his presence was ‘not conducive to the public good’.
Speaking from his flat in the Libyan capital Tripoli, he told the Standard Majeed was a good student and an active member of Al-Muhajiroun and described last week’s suicide attack as a ‘noble’ act against Syrian oppression.
‘He used to collect me from Crawley railway station and take me to the local community centre and to the mosque twice a week for me to deliver my lectures,’ he said.
He added Majeed was ‘always at hand to help people’, ‘wanted to know what it was to be a good Muslim’ and was a devoted ‘family man’ despite being dedicated to his extreme beliefs.
The revelation comes after the release of a four-minute clip on LiveLeak which is believed to show the suicide bombing Majeed.
Laden with home-made plates of armour akin to the film Mad Max, the truck is shown driving at high speed towards the jail in Aleppo before detonating in a huge explosion which killed Majeed and dozens of Syrians.
Rebels initially claimed up to 300 inmates were able to escape in the firefight, although the Syrian government denied this.
Unconfirmed reports suggested the bombing may have failed in its aim to allow rebels to capture the prison because the truck exploded just short of the jail’s walls.
The video was reportedly shot by fighters with the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group and begins with footage of the truck, followed by shots of fighters exchanging heavy fire.
The rebel group said the suicide bomber was called Abu Suleiman al-Britani, a pseudonym indicating his British origins….