By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
May 24, 2019
Americans needs to worry at the news of release of
Afghanistan-returned jihadist John Walker Lindh from prison. John was captured
while fighting with the Afghan Taliban two months after the 9/11 attacks.
Authorities in the United States already warned about John remaining potential
violent Islamic extremist. It is most likely that a person like John Walker
Lindh may pose potential threat to the American citizen. Most disturbing part
about John is his letter written in 2005, in which he had expressed support for
Islamic State (ISIS), saying the terror group that beheaded Americans was
“doing a spectacular job”.
He wrote, “The Islamic State is clearly very sincere and
serious about fulfilling the long-neglected religious obligation to establish a
caliphate through armed struggle, which is the only correct method”.
John’s correspondence with journalists and other comments he
made in prison formed part of the basis of a 2016 U.S. intelligence document,
produced by the National Counter Terrorism Center, saying that he “continued to
advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts.”
Concerns about John’s extremist views were the subject of a
2017 article in Foreign Policy magazine, but they have not been widely
publicized. Many people, including prominent figures, had urged that his
sentence be commuted, portraying him as a misguided young man who was caught up
in the heightened tensions of the post 9/11 period.
One expert said John Walker Lindh would be wise to clarify
his views about ISIS.
“John Walker Lindh served his time. Given the support for
ISIS expressed in this letter from four years ago, it would be important for
John to go on record declaring his intentions to live a peaceful and
constructive life and to renounce terrorism and violence,” said Karen
Greenberg, director of Fordham University’s Center on National Security.
“Without that, allegations, confusion and anger will likely continue to
It’s not only the worrying news about John Walker Lindh
alone. According to media reports, as many as 108 other federal terrorist
offenders are scheduled to complete their sentences and be released from the
United States prisons over the next few years. Little information has been made
available to the public about who, when and where these offenders will be
released, or whether they still pose an ongoing threats.
The criminal justice system of the US is well equipped to
prosecute and convict terrorists but are much less well postured to carry out
successful rehabilitation and de-radicalization programs. What does that mean?
It means, convicted terrorists like John Walker Lindh, on serving their
sentences would be released thus posing a grave security threat to the American
Rise of Radical Islam in United Kingdom And The West
Radical Islam clearly has declared a silent jihad against
the Western nations. The war between radical Islam or Islamism and the Western
world (most often understood as the United States and Israel) has been going on
since 1979. The Islamist view of Islam implies that the ultimate survival of
non-Muslim government anywhere in the world would be a defeat for the cause –
or a demonstration that their view of Allah’s requirement is wrong.
According to Max Singer, the understanding that militant
Islam cannot win its war leads to a second fundamental perspective: in the long
run the crucial struggle is within Islam, not between Islam and the rest of the
world. The final defeat of Islamism will come only when sufficient elements of
the Muslim world decide that they will no longer accept the problems and costs
caused by the war and its interference with progress. In other words, the
Islamist war has two components: physical actions and ideological conflict.
Even when the physical actions are defeated, the internal ideological struggle
He further said, “An important feature of the long-term
internal conflict within Islam is that Islamists suppress Muslim leaders and
thinkers who oppose the war against the West. As a result, internal Muslim
public debate, especially outside Asia, has been largely one-sided because most
of the other side is afraid to speak. A key turning point will be when Muslim
communities decide that it is no longer acceptable to suppress non-Islamist
voices. There is reason to think suppression depends on unspoken acceptance by
Muslim communities, and when that acceptance is withdrawn the suppression will
gradually weaken and become less effective.
“To meet the Islamist ideological challenge, Western
governments and leaderships need to stop giving legitimacy and help to local
Muslim organizations dominated by Islamists like the Council on American
Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)”.
We need to remember, jihadists kill in the name of their
religion. Some Muslim conservatives believe it lets them force their daughters
to marry. When asked, Westerners say that Islam is the religion they least want
their neighbors or in-laws to follow. Bestselling books such as “The Strange
Death of Europe”, “Le Suicide Français” and “Submission” warn against the march
Fear of terrorism, not least the danger that jihadists
returning from Syria will cause bloody havoc at home, and the rise of
anti-immigrant populism are leading governments to try to control Muslims.
President Donald Trump has banned travelers from some Muslim-majority
countries; France and other states have banned Muslim head- or face-coverings.
On the other hand, we are missing a serious point. Islam not
only is spreading in the Western nations, even in Russia, but radical Islam and
jihadist ideology are being regularly preached in the Muslim community centers
and mosques on a regular basis.
Let me remind what an investigative documentary in Britain
had exposed. We have seen in the video where Imam Dr. Ijaz Mian on the subject
of non-Muslim laws had said, “You cannot accept the rule of the kafir
[infidel]. We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others”, meaning,
he was talking about establishing Islamic Sharia or Caliphate in Britain.
Imam Abu Usamah said, “Praises the killer of a British
soldier serving in Afghanistan, stating “The hero of Islam is the one who
separated his head from his shoulders”.
Imam Abdullah el-Faisal: “You have to bomb the Indian
businesses, and as for the Jews you kill them physically”.
He also said, “Advocates violent Jihad against the
non-Muslims and predicting that an army of Muslims will arise against the
non-Muslims in England”.
Imam Dr Bilal Philips called for the overthrow of the
British government and democracy saying, “They will fight in the cause of
Allah. I encourage all of you to be from amongst them, to begin to cultivate
ourselves for the time that is fast approaching where the tables are going to
turn and the Muslims are going to be in the position of being uppermost in
strength, and when that happens, people won’t get killed – unjustly”.
Do we get any idea of the degree of radicalization
continuing in Britain? They are preaching jihad and caliphate and even giving
provocations of bombing Indian businesses and killing Jews.
I don’t know if the British MI5 are aware of the numbers of
Muslim female immigrants, especially those migrated from the European Union
nations have been notoriously radicalized. In London alone, every year, a large
proportion of the Muslim women are putting on Hijab or Burqa and by heart
becoming predators. They have extreme hatred towards Jews and Christians and
even consider their stay in Britain or any of the Western nations as part of jihad
for ultimately bringing those nations under the “flag” of Sharia or Caliphate.
Situation in Canada is even worst as radical Islam is receiving patronization
from Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau. There even are rumors about
Britain’s Prince Charles embracing Islam or Queen Elizabeth the direct
dissident of the Prophet Mohammad.
Anti-Semitism and Jihadism Inside Mosques
During Friday prayers, imams in the mosques are giving
quotes from the verses of Sura Tawbah of Quran, which asks
Muslims to kill Jews, Christians and non-Muslims. There are narrations about
Allah’s commitment to Muslims of rewarding with heaven, 72-virgins and unending
amusement and luxuries in the heavens, and Quran particularly encourages waging
jihad. Most of the Muslim clergymen give self-interpretation or
misinterpretation of Quran and of
course the false interpretations of people like Jamaat-e-Islami’s funder and
spiritual guru Maulana Abul Ala Maududi, where Muslims are taught to be
militants and anarchists and apply force in establishing Sharia rule. There
even are sermons from the imams promoting Caliphate and denouncing democracy by
terming it as the “rules of Satan”.
Imams never tell the Muslims that the Quran does not claim
that all the Jews and Christians are wrongdoers; instead it affirms the
righteousness of both Jews and Christians (3:113–115; 3:199; 7:159; 7:168). So
while the Quran criticizes some Jews for their unrighteousness, it praises
others for their righteousness. In so doing, it makes no blanket claims about
all Jews as a people group.
Like Muslims, Jews who believe in God and perform good deeds
will be rewarded (2:62): “Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the
Christians, and the Sabeans - any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act
righteously - will have their reward with their Lord; they have nothing to
fear, nor will they grieve.” Moreover, synagogues and churches, along with
mosques, are praised in the Quran, as these are the places where the name of
God is much mentioned (22:40).
In my opinion, any Muslim hating Jews or Christians or
non-Muslims are clearly violating the Quran. But again, no one can present any
acceptable argument as to why Quran promotes jihad and slaughter of
non-Muslims. Again in my opinion, Islam and Quran need to be reformed, if we at
all expect Muslims come out of the culture of hatred and anti-Semitism. But
that might be a too wild expectation, especially in a world where radical Islam
is on rise.
What Those Radicalized Muslims in the West Say
Being an investigative and anti-militancy journalist, I have
interviewed few of the radicalized Muslims in the West and was terrorized
seeing Bin Laden or Abu Bakr Baghdadi in each of them. For example, a Muslim
woman aged 42, who had migrated to Britain from a European nation and who was
living a secular life before she went to the West gave me a huge shock when I
discovered her being totally radicalized. She covered herself beneath burqa and
was consistently referring to Jews, Christians and non-Muslims as infidels. As
I asked, why she was living in the land of ‘infidels’ and why she does not
return to her home country (a Muslim nation in Asia), she looked onto me with
great surprise and said, “We are here to destroy them!”
Her husband was even a worst radicalized person with
long-beard and talking about waging jihad against democracy and Western
culture. He even went further saying it was his dream of having the Jews,
Christians, Hindus and non-Muslim females in the Western world as his “sex
slaves”. This couple is influencing their children in growing as jihadist
monsters and hating their non-Muslim classmates in the schools.
Isn’t that terrible?
I also found a dentist living in New York City in the United
States who had worked in Libya for years before he went to the United States
under OP-1 immigration visa. This man became radicalized in Libya and was
always talking about jihad and expressing hatred towards Jews and Christians.
It is beyond my understanding as to how the US authorities had allowed this
family in getting immigrant status.
Then of course is the story of a man named M. Sajjad
Hussain, his wife Nahid Parvin Neeru and son Asif Hussain, who are currently
living is Houston, Texas in the United States. For years, Sajjad was working
for Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and had contacts with
various jihadist and terrorist outfits including Lashkar-e-Taiba,
Jaish-e-Mohammed etc. Sitting in the US, this man and his family are preaching
radical Islam and anti-Semitism, while the US intelligence agencies including
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are either ignorant of the matter or are
reluctant in bringing them under radar. The US intelligence establishments even
are not scrutinizing the fact as to how M. Sajjad Hussain has been living in
that country without any visible source of income. To my knowledge, the only
amount he has been receiving is a monthly allowance paid by the Pakistani spy
In London, another man named Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife
Farzana Anjum Khan and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and
Zumana Fiza Khan are leaving posh life with the dirty money they brought into
the United Kingdom in 2009. Khans had obtained immigrant status under Visa Tier
1, VAF Number 511702, by showing two million pounds as investment in
properties. The National Crime Agency (NCA) in Britain did not inquire about
the money this family had invested and even did not bother about the entire
amount being dirty money. The family even has established a company named
Zumana Investment & Properties Limited (registration number 7417417, dated
October 23, 2010) in United Kingdom.
In Bangladesh, this family owns a house (House 428, Road 7,
Baridhara DOHS, Dhaka), which was raided on January 17, 2019 by the Counter
Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police. During this
raid, huge volume of arms, ammunition, detonators, explosives, counterfeit
currency note, Islamic State propaganda materials and recruitment tools. In the
seized documents, CTTC also found evidence of the Khan family’s involvement in
Three separate cases were lodged on the same day with the
Cantonment Police Station in this regard against Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, Farzana
Anjum Khan, Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan. These include, CR case
number 4466/2009, dated December 30, 2009, under section 416, 467, 471 and 109
of the Bangladesh Penal Code, which is under trial with the Court of the Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate; Case number 10, dated January 17, 2019, under section
6 (2), 7, 11 and 12 of the Anti Terrorism Act of 2009; Case number 11, dated
January 17, 2019, under section 25/A of the Special Powers Act of 1974; and
Case number 12, dated January 17, 2019, under section 19/A of the Arms Act of
It was also learnt that Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and members of
his family are having business interests worth millions of dollars in the
United Arab Emirates with notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company. But,
surprisingly, members of this family are still roaming into many countries,
including Russia and India and continuing their jihadist activities cheating
the eyes of the law enforcement agencies.