Related posts: Pakistan’s Most Wanted Terrorists: Leaders, inciters and executioners
Names and pictures of Wahhabi Deobandi terrorists responsible for global terrorism since 9/11
In the last few years, there’s an increasing number of radicalized Muslim youth who are willing to participate in Jihadist violence and terrorism not only in Muslim countries but also in the West.
The article in this link provides a Pakistani check-list of how likely is it that a Muslim would turn into a Takfiri fanatic or terrorist. The list is equally applicable to Muslims of non-Pakistani backgrounds: https://lubpak.com/archives/224278
Most vulnerable are Sunni Muslims, particularly those from Salafi (Wahhabi) or Deobandi (semi-Wahhabi) backgrounds. There’s almost no Sunni Sufi, Shia or Ahmadi involved in terrorism in the West.
There are two types of websites involved in the Wahhabi-Deobandi brainwashing.
1. Blatant Jihadist websites (e.g. Ulma-e-Deoband, Haq Char Yar, Al Nusra Front etc)
2. Subtle Jihadist websites (e.g. My Bit for Change, Zakir Naik’s Peace TV website, Farhat Hashmi’s Al Huda, Jamaat-e-Islami, muslimmatters.org etc)
In this post, we are providing an example of a blatant Jihadi hate site (Ulma-e-Deoband facebook page) and a subtle or refined Jihadi hate site (My Bit for Change MBFC facebook and website). My Bit for Change has 40,000 followers on facebook while Ulma-e-Deoband has more than 140,000 followers. In a nutshell, My Bit for Change is more subtle and refined, paving way for the next step in the ladder, i.e., Ulma-e-Deoband and other blatant Jihadi websites.
The recent case of two Wahhabi militants involved in the horrific murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich (London) has raised serious questions about how the men were radicalised. Evidence has now emerged that the suspects had been keeping ‘in touch’ with the radical preacher Omar Bakri who was deported from the UK but has continued to use the internet as a vehicle to drive home his ‘extremist’ views.
In Britain, the fight against online cyber extremism has become a key priority as the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010 highlighted. Moreover, the home secretary Theresa May recently told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday that a new workforce would be set up to examine online cyber extremism because as in her words ‘cyber jihad’ was the ‘new’ threat the UK faced.
Indeed, the case of people being radicalised via the internet is not limited to Woolwich, as the case of Roshonara Choudhry showed. She stabbed the MP Stephen Timms in 2010 and admitted in her trial that she had been radicalised by the online sermons of the now deceased Anwar al Alawki.
Furthermore, the three men convicted of terrorism related offences in Birmingham in February 2013 showed how easily people can be radicalised through the internet by extremist websites and online preachers of ‘hate’. For example, evidence in the trial of the three men from Birmingham showed that they were frequent visitors to online extremist sites where they were listening to hate lectures and sermons.
This type of radicalisation has allowed preachers of hate to use the internet to groom and radicalise young men like Michael Adebolajo to commit acts of violence and terrorism. Therefore, examples of those who have been radicalised via the internet are not limited and isolated to the Woolwich case and include cases such as David Copeland, who used online material to make nail bombs.
Recruiters are increasingly using websites, online chat rooms and cyber cafes, as a means to enlist the support from the most weak and vulnerable; namely young people. These chat rooms help build and maintain ideological partnerships and act as a recruitment model for radicalising the youth. The recent events in the Middle East show the murky lines between participation in social media and physical demonstrations.
Thus, the internet has become a safe haven for many terrorists and ‘hate’ preachers who can remain anonymous, do not need to directly enter the UK to radicalise young people. For example, the online terrorist Younis Tsouli, who used the name Irhaby (terrorist) 007 to hide his details, ran sophisticated extremist material online, promoting the cause for terrorist groups like al Qaeda and creating terrorist cells at great distances, such as Pakistan, Canada and France. In 2007, he was convicted in the UK for inciting terror through the use of the internet.
Al Qaeda’s most prominent media arm, the As-Sahab Institute for Media Productions, has had a leading role in recruitment of a wider audience. Alongside its online magazine Inspire, As-Sahab releases more than 58 videos every six days according to the Intel Centre.
What we know from the case of Woolwich, Roshonara Choudhry, the Birmingham 3 and others, is that young people are now going on the internet to find answers to questions they cannot dare to ask in mosques. The internet allows them that space to air their grievances, particularly those related to foreign policy, and provides extremist preachers the opportunity to spread their online message of hate. The UK government must do more to tackle online extremism. Otherwise more cases like Woolwich may arise.
Examples of hate from the Ulma-e-Deoband and My Bit for Change:
Common themes and tactics:
1. Support for Wahhabi Jihadi terrorists fighting Assad regime in Syria;
2. Support for Turkey’s Islamist dictator Erodogan;
3. Silence on Wahhabi-Deobandi atrocities by the Taliban, Sipah Sahaba (ASWJ-LeJ), Al Qaeda against innocent Sunni, Shia, Ahmadi, Christian and other victims;
4. Selective publishing of pictures and events from Palestine, Burma (Myanmar) Syria, Pakistan etc to incite Wahhabi Deobandi militants to violence against Christians, Jews and Alawites (Shias).
5. Support for convicted Wahhabi Deobandi terrorist Aafia Siddiqi;
6. Out of context quotations from the Quran and Hadith to promote Jihad against “oppressors” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria etc (read Christians, Jews, Shias etc)