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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Suicide Inciter May Be Released

Abdulah al-Faisal, the firebrand imam who was convicted in 2003 of inciting murder and racial hatred in 2003, may be released from prison early next week.

Al-Faisal's nine-year sentence was reduced to seven years, and now his case will be reviewed for possible early release.

The leader of London's July 7 tube bombings, Mohammad Sidique Khan, had heard al-Faisal speak when the imam lectured at a mosque in Beeston he attended. Khan also had al-Faisal tapes in his possession.

In the lectures and on the tapes, Khan may have heard such thoughtful "Religion of Peace" teachings from al-Faisal as his infamous sermon in which he said infidels were cockroaches ready for extermination. Or the one where he said Mother Teresa would burn in Hell.

The Times of London has had a Bangaladeshi reporter under cover in the Beeston community to see if what Muslims say to the Western media matches what they say among themselves. Surprise:

However, among those now willing to condone the bombers was [Hamid] Ali, spiritual leader of the Al-Madina Masjid mosque in Tunstall Road, Beeston, where the bombers had worshipped.

A week after the attack he had told newspapers that the perpetrators ought to be punished. But in a secretly taped conversation, he said: “What they [the bombers] did was good. They have warned that we are here, we Muslims. People have taken notice that we are here. They died so that people would take notice . . . big meetings and conferences make no change at all. With this, at least people’s ears have pricked up.”

When confronted by a report, Ali denied expressing admiration for the bombers. No wonder the same Times report reveals that polling shows 63% of Britons think religions tensions will rise and only 17% think things will get better.

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