Radical UK Leaders are ‘brainwashing’ young Muslims into building an Islamic State
Recruit has claimed radical religious leaders are forcing extreme views on minors
London : AN ex-jihadi has chillingly claimed clerics are brainwashing young Muslims to build an Islamic State in the UK.
The shock warning has come from Adam Deen, an ex-jihadi recruit who has explained how he was radicalised while in Britain.
As a teen, Deen joined Al Muhajiroun, which threatens jihad on the West, after he was lured by the idea that “every Muslim should want an Islamic State”.
Deen says the group, which has links to terror attacks carried out and plotted in the UK, tailors its messages so they have maximum impact on vulnerable minors.
The former jihadi, who currently runs an outreach programme at the Quilliam Foundation, told the Daily Express: “They made Islam seem relevant. As a young Western Muslim, I was captivated.”
In an attempt to explain his decision to join the terrorist group, Deen said: “I was in my teens, I wanted to learn about my faith and this group intrigued me and sparked my curiosity.
“They were young, I could relate to them and they spoke a language I could understand.
“They spoke of Islam in a way that made it come alive, presenting an intellectual version that was worlds away from the abstract and distant concepts I had previously been subjected to.”
The 7/7 bombing attacks in London, and the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby are among more than 20 planned attacks carried out by disciples of Al Muhajiroun in the UK.
Speaking on the group, security expert Raffaello Pantucci, who has written a book on the extremists, said they were not mere “outcasts or losers”, but serious gangsters “who are good at drawing people in and giving them these very aggressive ideas”.
The group was founded by Syrian-born cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad in 1983, and operated in the UK from 1986 until it was banned in 2005.
It relaunched under numerous different names, including Islam4UK and Need4Khalafah, to get around the law.
Mr Deen explained how it wasn’t poverty that drove him to extremism, but the Muslim community’s neglect to engage young followers in a tolerant, non-extremist reading of the Koran.
He said: “The media and various academics have perpetuated the narrative that socio-economic conditions are the most prominent driver in association with an extremist ideology.
“However, the predominant factor in radicalisation is the ideology – it is the ideas that move people. I didn’t come from a poverty-stricken background or a broken home.
“I went to university, I didn’t feel angry and I was apolitical.
“Yet, I was indoctrinated with a radical Islamist ideology and became impassioned with the idea of an Islamic state.
“It was the intellectual side of Islam that made the radical ideology so appealing.
“Al-Muhajiroun made it sound smart and intelligent. The point is, the extremists were doing something that no one else in the Muslim community was doing.
“Their success is based on a dialect that made me and so many others like me feel part of something bigger than myself.
“I was part of this global struggle and challenge to re-establish my true identity, which could be born through an Islamic state.”
Source : The Sun