Posted: January 26, 2003
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
In November, Sheik Abu Hamza, long affiliated with Finsbury
Park, was caught on film urging his followers to kill non-Muslims –
particularly Americans – and to commit other acts of terrorism
WorldNetDaily reported at the time, in a tape
digital files and smuggled onto the Internet, Hamza tells an
audience that non-believers should be killed or sold into slavery.
"If a kafir person (non-believer) goes in a Muslim country, he is
like a cow," explains Hamza. "Anybody can take him. That is the
"If a kafir is walking by and you catch him, he's booty," he says
on one tape. "You can sell him in the market. Most of them are spies.
And even if they don't do anything, if Muslims cannot take them and
sell them in the market, you just kill them. It's OK."
Praising the al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and
Tanzania that killed 224 people, Hamza adds: "If Muslims are having a
war against these people, than yes, it is legitimate" to kill them.
He also praised attacks against ships from non-Muslim countries: "If a
ship which loses its way and comes to a Muslim land, they'll take it
In fact, the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole killed, which
killed 17 American sailors, has been linked to Muslim militants in
Britain. But Hamza has never been charged.
When confronted with such charges, Hamza scoffs, saying he can't be
accused of inciting people to commit violent acts because he's a
cleric who only preaches Muslim law. "I say the reality that's in the
Muslim books anyway. Whether I say it or not, it's in the books."
Despite accusations he recruits for al-Qaida, Hamza's only
punishment in Britain has been a High Court order banning him from
preaching at the Finsbury Park mosque. However, when the Ottawa
Citizen visited the mosque recently, worshippers had his phone number
handy, the newspaper reported.
Two of Hamza's devotees include failed suicide bombers Richard Reid
- who tried to detonate a shoe bomb while flying from Paris to the US
- and Zacharias Moussaoui, who the FBI claims was to have been the
20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and
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