In the UK, the government harasses and hounds foes of jihad, and bans foreign ones from entering the country. Jihad preachers, however, have free reign. How can this possibly end well?
“Muslim preacher ‘who advocated dying while fighting jihad’ given platform at London university,” by Mark Chandler and Robin De Peyer, Evening Standard, November 24, 2016:
A preacher who has advocated “dying while fighting jihad” and claimed men can use “physical force” on their wives was given a platform at a London university, the Standard can reveal.
Abdurraheem Green, a Muslim convert from Roman Catholicism who was once banned from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium for making anti-Semitic comments, preached to students at a SOAS Islamic Society charity event this month.
Green has previously written that conflict between Islam and Western societies is “ordered in the Koran”. He has also claimed: “Dying while fighting jihad is one of the surest ways to paradise and Allah’s good pleasure.”
In 2005 he was barred from boarding a flight to Australia after being placed on a “movement alert list” amid concern over his radical comments.
This month the Islamic Education and Research Academy, a charity he co-founded and chairs, was warned by the Charity Commission to distance itself from extremists. Green has since said he does not support terrorism and acknowledged saying “some radical things in the past”.
During his SOAS University of London address he told the audience that the “whole world is a prison”. Discussing the plight of people in Gaza, he said: “They’re blessed in a way that we’re not blessed, because they’re not deluded.
“They’re not deluded into thinking that there’s some enjoyment in this life. They know the reality. They really know that this world is a prison.”
Green told the Standard that he did not support terrorism and his comments about jihad were years old and related to traditional Islamic teachings.
He said: “Jihad wasn’t a dirty word 20 years ago. Now if you say ‘jihad’ you probably think of terrorism or Isis. I don’t encourage anyone who lives here to go and participate and to go abroad and fight.” The preacher also denied encouraging violence against women and claimed he now only advocated “self-improvement”….