The Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar and the Sultan of Sokoto, in assuring us that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism, did not explain why Muslim clerics and preachers so often get involved in jihad terror plots and attacks.
“Six BRITONS arrested in Belgium as UK hate preachers linked to Paris attacks mastermind,” by Selina Sykes, Express, November 23, 2015:
A heavily-armed anti-terror unit swooped on the group near a petrol station which is regularly used by Salah Abdeslam – the fugitive terrorist still at large eight days after 130 people were killed in the French capital.
Six armoured trucks and a police car rushed in after the old ambulances were parked in a rest area beside the E411 highway in Bierges, south-east of Brussels, at around 2pm local time on Saturday.
The Pakistani-born British men were questioned by security forces as officers continued to search the ambulances – two Fiats and a Mercedes with British number plates.
Food, clothes and money were recovered from the vehicles – raising suspicions the men may have been heading for Syria.
The Belgian capital Brussels remains on shut down today after the government warned of a “serious and imminent threat” on Saturday as authorities searched for two men with an explosive.
One of the men is understood to be known to British police who are assisting Belgian authorities.
Police are investigating any link to Islamic State (ISIS) after it was revealed using old ambulances was a hallmark cover tactic used by the terror group.
The British men were said to be co-operating with detectives and have been fingerprinted to check for possible matching.
The arrests came as it was revealed the alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks was part of an extremist network linked to at least six hate preachers from Britain.
Paris ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud – who was killed in an anti-terror raid by French authorities in Saint-Denis after the atrocities in the French capital on November 13 – was associated with a banned terrorist group called Sharia4Belgium.
The militant group, which has sent more than 50 Belgian fighters to join ISIS in Syria, was founded by in 2010 by Fouad Belkacem after he travelled to London to seek inspiration from a radical British cleric.
The cleric, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has described Belkacem as a “dear friend” and told how he was asked to help “start something in Belgium”.
Sharia4Belgium quickly began recruiting impressionable young men from places such as Molenbeek – the Brussels district which has been dubbed Europe’s “jihadi haven” after it emerged several of the Paris attackers came from the troubled town.
Members of the group also approached Omar Bakri Muhammad, the former London-based hate preacher who was banned from Britain in 2005, while he was living in exile in Lebanon to help gain access to jihadis in Syria.
It is understood at least three other extremists from the UK travelled together to Belgium to help Belkacem promote sharia on the streets.
They included Abu Rahin Aziz, a father-of-two from Luton who fled to Syria and became an ISIS bombmaker.
Aziz, 32, is believed to have met Paris mastermind Abaaoud, 28, in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa and learnt bombmaking skills.
Britons Asfor Ali and Saiful Islam are also thought to have helped Sharia4Belgium leader Belkacem spread his extreme views in his native country.
Ali, 28, is a former London Underground worker who was jailed last year after he was found in possession of bombmaking instructions and al-Qaeda propaganda.
Islam is a radical preacher from Luton who has praised Osama bin Laden and warned of terror attacks in Britain.
A fourth extremist from the UK, who cannot be named for legal reasons, travelled to Belgium in 2012 to initiate Sharia4Belgium members in “military tactics”.
Belgium, which has a population of just 11million, has produced more jihadi fighters per capita than any European country – with between 350 and 440 Belgians having fled for Syria or Iraq….