Jan 04 2010

Getting radicalized

Category: Islam,jihadharmonicminer @ 9:15 am

The Christmas Day Bomber invited a prominent ‘jihad’ cleric to address British students

The Christmas Day airline bomber invited a radical cleric who has advocated dying while ‘fighting jihad’ to address British students.

While president of the Islamic Society at University College London, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab helped arrange for Abdur Raheem Green to speak.

The cleric, who converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism, has written that conflict between Islam and the West is ‘ordered in the Koran’, and that Muslims and Westerners ‘ cannot live peaceably together’.

He has also claimed: ‘Dying while fighting jihad is one of the surest ways to paradise and Allah’s good pleasure’.

In 2005, shortly before Abdulmutallab arranged for him to address UCL, Green was barred from entering Australia after opposition leader Kim Beazley accused him of ‘spreading hate’.

The revelation adds weight to the belief that Abdulmutallab was radicalised during his time studying in London, where he read mechanical engineering and business at UCL between 2005 and 2008.

It is simply not supportable that jihad is a response to poverty and oppression, or the rest of the world’s poor would be doing what upper-middle class and wealthy young radicalized Muslims are doing… killing the innocent for Allah, or some other god.

But it doesn’t happen, does it?

The problem is 7th-century Islam in the 21st century.  Of course, 7th-century Islam was a problem all along.