12 Sep 2017/Tuesday
- Kamran Sabir Hussain, 40, a preacher in UK, has been accused of allegedly giving sermons encouraging terrorism.He allegedly told worshippers: ‘We will see the black flag rise over Big Ben’.
- “Being an ISIS martyr is better than success at school or college”, He also urged his followers to ‘die in your rage’.Kamran Sabir Hussain was recorded by an undercover police officer delivering 17 sermons in a mosque aimed at recruiting members for IS. However, he denied the charges and told the Jury “he did not believe he had encouraged anyone to be a terrorist”.
Kamran Sabir Hussain, allegedly encouraged his congregation including nine children and 35 adults that martyrdom was the ‘supreme success’, greater than any other such as school or college education.
Those who died ‘fighting for Allah’ had nothing to fear because they would be forgiven, he is claimed to have said. They would be martyrs in paradise hated by no one except ‘unbelievers’ and hypocrites.
‘The kuffar [unbelievers] will attack you and kill you,’ he added. ‘Stand up and be ready to sacrifice, be ready to stand in the face of the elements of shaytan [satan], be ready to spill blood and have your blood spilt.’
An undercover officer known as ‘Qassim’ began attending the mosque in Stoke-on-Trent in June last year and recorded sermons given by Hussain over a period of ‘some weeks’.
The court heard that in March last year Hussain posted a ‘chilling message’ on social media in which he said the ‘Khilafah’ – a reference to IS – was ‘knocking on your door and the fulfilment of Allah’s command is near and if you don’t like it and are enraged by it, then our message to you is simple: “Die in your rage.’’’
In another post, he wrote that Islam ‘is the light of Allah, pre-destined to eliminate the darkness of kufr’ [non-believers].
He spoke of a ‘small fledgling state who is standing in the face of a pompous and arrogant army’ – described in court as a ‘clear reference’ to IS – and asked his audience to pray for it to be victorious and its oppressors annihilated.
Hussain, who had been living in a flat close to the mosque where he preached his sermons, is accused of two charges of encouraging support for IS and six of encouraging others to commit acts of terrorism.
He was arrested on February 14. He refused to answer questions but gave police a written statement saying the ability to discuss ‘difficult concepts in a challenging world’ was an essential part of religion and freedom of speech and he did not believe he had encouraged anyone to be a terrorist.
Hussain has denied the charges and the trial continues.