Islamic Preacher in Michigan Helped Radicalize London Bridge Terrorists
How hatemonger Ahmad Musa Jibril inspired jihadist slaughter in the UK.
One of the London terrorist attackers, British police revealed Monday, was Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen born in Pakistan who had been investigated by police and MI5. A second attacker was Rachid Redouane, 30, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, and according to police a Moroccan or Libyan. At this writing, police have not revealed the name of the third attacker, but it is now apparent where he got his motivation to kill.
According to Daily Caller reporter Saagar Enjeti, Ahmad Musa Jibril, an Islamic preacher in Michigan, helped radicalize the attacker. Jibril was “well known on YouTube for preaching sermons that appear to lionize Islamic terrorists fighting in Syria.” He is a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent who earned a degree in Islamic law from Saudi Arabia. As Enjeti notes, Jibril appears to have problems adhering to U.S. criminal law as “a convicted fraudster who at one time owed nearly a quarter of a million dollars in restitution to the U.S. government, and served nearly 7 years in prison.”
According to Newsweek, “Jibril preaches a Salafist version of Islam, one of the most conservative strands of the religion and the ideology from which members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda derive their beliefs.” Based in Detroit, Jibril enjoys “a substantial following” online, with nearly a quarter million “likes” on Facebook, more than 40,000 on Twitter, and 16,000 subscribers on YouTube. He is described as a “subtle, careful, and nuanced preacher” and that comes across in videos like this one.
The London attacker, said the Newsweek report, “is believed to be a homegrown jihadist, from the east London suburb of Barking. The Detroit News cited a friend of the attacker who said “He used to listen to a lot of Musa Jibril. I have heard some of this stuff and it’s very radical. I am surprised this stuff is still on YouTube and is easily accessible. I phoned the anti-terror hotline. I spoke to the gentleman. I told him about our conversation and why I think he was radicalized.” The Detroit News also provided more detail on Jibril’s criminal record.
He and his father Musa Abdallah Jibril were convicted on 42 counts of bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. In the course of these proceedings, the government uncovered a family album with photos of Ahmad dressed as a jihadi, and photos of young children with firearms and “playing at holding each other hostage and aiming the weapons at each other’s heads.” Investigators also found that in 1996 Ahmad Musa Jibril sent a fax to CNN claiming responsibility for the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and warning “here will be a series of bombings that will follow no matter how many lives of ours are taken.”
Long before the London attack, Ahmad Musa Jibril showed up in “Michigan Jihad,” Evan Kohlmann’s, October 23, 2003 report on Frontpage. At the Jibril’s Dearborn home, FBI agents confiscated firearms, computers, cell phones, and blank passports. Even so, Jibril and his father were released on a $10,000 bond pending trial. Over the previous decade, the Jibrils “have consistently endorsed violence and extremism in lectures to Muslim student groups here in the U.S. and likewise on their self-fashioned Internet mouthpiece, AlSalafyoon.com.”
Ahmad Musa Jibril, who goes by the nickname “Abu Khaled,” spent part of his childhood in Saudi Arabia, where he returned to earn his degree in Sharia. Jibril was a follower of Shaykh Salman Al-Awdah, who in an interview with Peter Arnett praised Osama Bin Laden as his “personal hero.” For his part, Jibril encouraged his Muslim colleagues to visit Yemen and attend madrassas so they would “come back to us a fierce sword.” One of those who took Jibril’s advice was “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, who fought against the United States in Afghanistan.
Kohlmann noted material on the Jibril’s AlSalafoon.com, including “hit them on the neck and send them to hell… Give them a knife and a bulletful of gun… Fight, Fight & Fight, it must be our aim.” As another explained: “Your heart must contain nothing but HATE to all kafers [infidels] and “not just plain hate it must be the peak of hate,” even if the unbeliever “never did anything personal to us.” That he is a “kafer alone makes him an enemy to us and we must hate him for that.” And lest anybody remain unclear: “_JIHAD_ IN THE KORAN MEANS TO KILL THE KAFERS.”
In 2003, according to Kohlmann, Jibril was holding religious classes at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and other schools. With Jibril and his father free on bail, Kohlmann warned, “the danger remains fanatics will follow through on their persistent threats and ‘wage a holy war’ against their ‘infidel’ enemies—perhaps even directly in the heartland of America.” Or directly in the heart of London, and there, on June 3, 2017, there was no “perhaps” about it.
Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane yelled “this is for Allah” and “this is for Islam,” as they killed. We know the Islamic terrorists killed Christine Archibald, 30, a Canadian woman who died in the arms of her fiancé Tyler Ferguson. We know they killed Daniel O’Neill, 23, and five others, stabbing, slashing throats and leaving scores wounded. At this writing, we don’t know the name of the third terrorist murderer, but we do know “he used to listen to a lot of Musa Jibril.”