Runa Khan’s own barrister reflects mainstream belief in the UK when he dismisses her as a misunderstander of Islam, “devoid of any proper… reasonable Islamic teaching.” He does not explain how she came to misunderstand the religion that everyone in the UK is sure is peaceful. Nor does he explain why this misunderstanding is so widespread.
“Runa Khan jailed for Facebook Syria terror posts,” BBC, December 11, 2014:
A mother-of-six has been jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on Facebook.
Runa Khan, from Luton, had previously admitted inciting terrorism in Syria.
Khan, 35, of Maple Road West, had posted a picture of a suicide vest and unwittingly passed details of a route into the country to an undercover police officer.
During sentencing, Kingston Crown Court heard police had found photos of Khan’s children holding guns and swords.
Judge Peter Birts QC said the “only fair interpretation” of those pictures was that Khan had intended to radicalise others.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, she said: “I was posting up my belief.”
‘Extreme Islamist views’
In September 2013, Khan had re-posted an article entitled “Raising Mujahid Children“, intended for Islamist mothers, the court heard.
The judge said the article amounted to “a manual in encouraging women to carry out jihad”.
Khan had also posted a message on an extremist website, saying she wished her son would one day become a jihadi.
“I pictured the future while I was zipping up his jacket, in sha Allah i’ll be tying the shahada bandana round his forehead and hand him his rifle and send him out to play the big boys game,” she wrote.
Prosecutor Paul Jarvis said Khan held “extreme Islamist views”….
Khan’s barrister, Jo Sidhu QC, described his client as “inflexible” in her religious beliefs.
He said she was “extremely insecure, unsophisticated, binary in her thought processes… devoid of any proper… reasonable Islamic teaching.”
How did she come to misunderstand her religion so thoroughly?