Birmingham Muslim Cleric Hate
Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and
is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to
• Dr Imran Waheed is an NHS psychiatrist and expert witness
• He is also a radical Islamist preacher who was a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir
• He says he has left the extremist group and has changed his views
• But he preached at one of the organisation's conferences in November
By JAKE WALLIS SIMONS ASSOCIATE GLOBAL EDITOR
7 July 2018
A radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in
democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert
witness to British courts, MailOnline can reveal.
Dr Imran Waheed, 41, a psychiatrist working for the NHS and Bupa in
Birmingham, offers his services as an expert witness in a range of
civil and criminal cases assessing defendants' psychological
For many years he was a key figure in the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir,
which campaigns for an Islamic state run by Sharia law. In an interview
he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's... I don't
care for the law of any man.'
The disclosure has sparked fears that the justice system is vulnerable
to Islamist entryists who wish to 'take control from within'.
Dr Waheed told MailOnline that he had since left the group and changed his views.
But in November he appeared in the organisation's official internet broadcast extolling the virtues of a caliphate.
According to his website, Dr Waheed gives British courts psychiatric
assessments of a defendant's 'dangerousness', fitness to hold a firearm
licence and fitness to stand trial.
He also treats mentally ill patients and lectures university medical
students on subjects including 'cultural and ethnic aspects of mood
In a BBC interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than
Allah's, so I don't care about the law to be honest… I care for the law
of Islam. I don't care for the law of any man.'
When questioned by MailOnline he said that these statements were 'not reflective of his current views'.
The revelations raise concerns about Dr Waheed's involvement in cases
relating to Islamic law or extremism. He said he has not done such work
and 'does not provide expert evidence where any conflict of interest
Despite claiming to be no longer 'affiliated' with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Dr
Waheed preached on the organisation's official broadcast in November
alongside three of its most senior British leaders.
In the sermon he reiterated his longtime demands for a caliphate and
said he aimed to 'liberate man from enslavement to man and the systems
of man', calling into question his role in the British justice system.
When questioned about this by MailOnline he claimed he was speaking 'in the context of the occupation of Palestine'.
Fiyaz Mughal OBE, founder of Faith Matters and anti-extremism expert,
said: 'It is sinister because this is exactly how Hizb ut-Tahrir
'They deny legitimacy of secular man-made laws. Yet they try to get
into those systems and structures to effectively damage them from
within, or take them over from within.'
There is no suggestion that Dr Waheed is engaged in entryism, a charge that he denies.
In the BBC Hard Talk appearance in 2007 – his most extensive interview
to date – he said: 'My obedience is not to any law. My obedience is to
the law of my creator.
'I don't care about the laws of Pakistan where my parents were born or the laws of Britain. I care for the laws of my creator.'
He added: 'We don't believe in democracy. Democracy means you can
change the laws from one time to another. Our laws are constant and
Dr Waheed told MailOnline that these statements are 'not reflective of his current views'.
While working for the NHS Dr Waheed compiled a list of military
attachés working in the embassies of Arab countries in London and
distributed it to fellow extremists.
At the time he was accused of trying to 'target and recruit' military
support for establishing Islamic rule, though he denied this.
In the past he organised a rally at the London Arena calling on Muslims to abandon the Western way of life.
He was deported from Indonesia where he was due to speak at an
extremist rally in 2007. Hizb ut-Tahrir was subsequently outlawed in
The group has also been banned in a number of other countries including
Germany, Russia, China, Turkey and most of the Arab world. It is also
barred from Birmingham Central mosque.
Dr Waheed told the BBC: 'In democracy and in Western capitalism, man in
the one who decides what is right and wrong. In Islam, we believe our
creator Allah has decided what is right and wrong.'
He added: 'We feel we're on the brink of establishing this [Islamic] state.'
Mosque charity investigated for encouraging children into terrorism
29 Jun 2018
The Charity Commission has frozen bank accounts at a mosque after an
imam was convicted of six counts of encouraging terrorism in sermons
and classes to children.
Trustees of the Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust were also told that their charity must stop working with children.
The charity, which exists to advance Islam and teach Urdu, was removed
from the Commission register in 2009 after it failed to engage with the
regulator or submit accounts, but it continued to run a mosque in
The Commission stepped in last year after being made aware of offences
committed by the Imam at the mosque operated by the charity. The
offences resulted in a conviction of six counts of encouragement of
terrorism and two counts of encouraging support for a proscribed
organisation in relation to a series of sermons and classes for
children he gave at the mosque.
“The Commission engaged with the charity in 2017 after being made aware
of offences committed by the imam at the mosque operated by the
charity,” the regulator said in a statement.
“The offences resulted in a conviction of six counts of encouragement
of terrorism and two counts of encouraging support for a proscribed
organisation in relation to a series of sermons and classes for
children he gave at the mosque.”
The Commission said the inquiry will examine the following regulatory concerns:
• The management and oversight of staff, use of
the charity’s premises and safeguarding procedures by the trustees
• Whether the trustees have properly exercised their legal duties
and responsibilities under charity law in the administration of the
• The financial management of the charity,
particularly in regards to maintaining and preserving accounting records
• Whether there has been misconduct and/or mismanagement by the
trustees, including failure to comply with the charity’s own governing
suspect arrested in Birmingham and facing extradition to Spain is imam
father-of-eight who preached to Bataclan bomber before Paris attacks
• The imam accused of helping to recruit ISIS fighters is named as Tarik Chadlioui
• Muslim preacher was arrested at his house in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham
• Father-of-eight accused of producing propaganda material on behalf of of ISIS
• Four people in Majorca, Spain and one in Germany also arrested in terror raids
By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline
28 June 2017
A British-based imam accused of recruiting Jihadists to fight for
ISIS should be extradited to Spain to face terror charges, a court has
Tarik Chadlioui, 43, allegedly tried to recruit and radicalise fighters
for ISIS as part of a terror cell from his home in the Sparkhill area
The Moroccan-born cleric has been living in Britain with his wife and
eight children since 2015, after moving to the UK from Belgium.
He is accused of posting video propaganda in support of Islamic State on his Youtube channel and other social media.
The 43-year-old, also known as Tarik Ibn Ali, is understood to have
preached hate-filled sermons at a Paris mosque attended by Bataclan
bomber Omar Mostefai.
Mostefai was one of three ISIS gunmen who entered a theatre during a
co-ordinated terror attack on Paris in 2015 which killed 130 people.
Chadlioui appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon
after he was arrested in an early morning raid in the West Midlands
Spanish authorities say Chadlioui is an imam subscribing to Salafism, an ultra-conservative form of Islam.
The father-of-eight is said to have been wanted by several countries
and is believed to be the 'spiritual leader' of a ISIS-supporting group
Dressed in a traditional Arab robe and speaking through an Arabic
interpreter, Chadlioui appeared fed up and tired and only spoke to
confirm his name and address.
Benjamin Joyes, representing the Spanish authorities, said: 'We are opposing bail in the most strenuous of terms.
'This is an arrest warrant for Spain described as being a member of a terrorist organisation.
'In short these offences relate to what in this country fall under
dissemination of terror material and encourage others to commit terror.
'It is alleged that the requested person with several others as a
member of an organisation gave support to the terrorist organisation
Islamic State by means of propaganda and incitement of new members to
join the organisation.
'He produced audio visual material for the recruitment of jihadis on
his YouTube channel for indoctrination and posted symbols and banners
for Islamic State on social media.
Mr Benjamin added: 'The requested person stated that he is a frequent traveller and goes to Belgium regularly.'
According to Dutch media, Chadlioui visited several mosques in Antwerp, Belgium earlier this month before returning to the UK.
Anti-terror police used a European arrest warrant to detain Chadlioui
in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Sparkhill area of
Birmingham as part of a wider investigation into support for ISIS.
He was one of six arrested across Europe, four in Majorca and another
in Dortmund, Germany since the investigation, which focuses on
terrorist material shared online, began in 2015.
Chadlioui, known as Tarik Ibn Ali, was born in Morocco but later moved
to Europe where he is said to have formed links with groups including
Sharia4Belgium, who aim to impose Sharia law across the country and
It took inspiration from Islam4UK - a group once led by convicted hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
It has been reported that Chadlioui radicalised Bataclan attacker Omar
Mostefai in his preached hate filled sermons at the Luce mosque in a
Mostefai was identified by a severed finger on the Bataclan floor after
he and seven others killed 132 and left 352 injured in the Paris attack
in November 2015.
Saba Ashraf, defending, opposed the extradition citing his private life under article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
She urged district judge Baynes to give Chadlioui bail, but was refused.
Ms Ashraf said: 'I have been given a copy of the European Arrest
Warrant and on the face of the warrant the particulars are very vague.
'There is no time, place or sate there is no connection to Spain and there is no role for the requested person.
'It simply says that he is part of a terror organisation that provide propaganda material to others to join the organisation.
'Other than that there is no suggestion to what his particular involvement is.'
She added: 'Mr Chadlioui is a 43-year-old man who has eight children
all below the age of 18 bar one, the youngest being a three month old
'They are at his home address in Birmingham. He has been here for two years since 2015 he was living in Belgium.
'He has a business selling perfumes at stalls and at mosques, that is
how he supports his family, his wife is a house wife and does not work.
'There is no date given or time or place with any connection with Spain at all.
'To remand someone of good character who is the sole financial carer
for eight children on the basis that he might be a member of an Islamic
group seems to be onerous.'
Chadlioui was remanded in custody until another extradition hearing next week.
District Judge Shenagh Bayne said: 'The allegations in the European Arrest Warrant could scarcely be more serious.
'The warrant relates to terrorism offences, the framework list is
ticked at participation in a criminal organisation and terrorism.
'It is alleged that you are a member of a terror organisation and that you have actively engaged in terrorist activities.
'If you are convicted of this offence you face a possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment.'
Chadlioui will appear back before Westminster Magistrates at a further hearing on July 5.
The British-based preacher's Facebook page has more than 20,000 'likes' and he has more than 10,000 YouTube subscribers.
It is understood that the investigation into Chadlioui and others
arrested today began in 2015 after recruitment videos were found online.
Referring to ISIS by its Arabic acronym Daesh, Spanish Police said in a
statement: 'The investigation began in 2015 when a series of videos
were discovered on a website which showed the process of
indoctrination, recruitment and subsequent journey to Syria of a young
Muslim living in Spain. The film promoter was identified as a Salafist
It added that the man was suspected of 'exercising functions ranging
from recruiting, indoctrination and radicalisation in favour of Daesh
and becoming from that point on their spiritual leader.'
Fury over Muslim cleric's 'Hitler' claim
A CONTROVERSIAL city Muslim cleric was
today facing fresh calls for his resignation after he accused Tony Blair of
acting like Hitler.
Dr Mohammed Naseem, chairman of the
Birmingham Central Mosque in Highgate, said the Prime Minister's plans to deport
500 extremists were on a par with the former German dictator's persecution of
the Jews prior to the Second World War.
Talking on a BBC Radio Four programme, he
said: "Hitler started a process of the elimination of the Jewish people. I see
"I think Blair is not very wise in the way
he is doing this. I am saying he is not handling it wisely."
The comments come after the Prime Minister
announced an immigration crackdown with officials being given a list, drafted by
M15, of those Muslim fanatics who were deemed a risk to British security.
It is claimed anyone singled out will be
forced to leave Britain and have their asylum claims revoked.
But 80-year-old Dr Naseem's comments have
Birmingham's Labour MP for Perry Barr,
Khalid Mahmood said: "His comments are an absolute disgrace.
"All he succeeds in doing by making these
kind of accusations is to fan the flames and whip up further ill-feeling against
the Muslim community."
A spokesman for the British Council of
Muslims added: "Dr Naseem's opinions are his opinions, and while we have some
criticism of Mr Blair's new measures, we would choose to use our language
differently." Dr Naseem first sparked calls for his resignation last week after
he questioned whether the London bomb attacks were carried out by Muslims.
* THE alleged would-be suicide bomber
arrested in Birmingham and two other men were appearing in court today.
Yassin Omar, 24, who was arrested by police
during a raid on a house in Hay Mills, was set to appear before Bow Street
Magistrates' Court, sitting at Belmarsh prison, London.
Omar, of New Southgate, London, Ibrahim
Muktar Said, 27, of Stoke Newington, London and Ramzi Mohamed, 23, of North
Kensington, London, are charged with plotting to murder passengers on the London
SECRET FILM OF MOSQUE RANT
EXCLUSIVE: 4 February 2007
WRIGHT, MICHAEL DUFFY & SUSIE BONIFACE
the Birmingham terror suspects have seized secret TV footage of an Islamic
preacher praising the death of a British Muslim soldier in Afghanistan.
cleric - now being urgently hunted by detectives - ranted about the dead
serviceman at a meeting in a Birmingham mosque. He said: "There was an
individual killed in Afghanistan recently. Do you know what was written in a
newspaper? Hero of Islam! The hero of Islam is the one who separated his head
from his shoulders!"
speech at the meeting in Jamia Mosque in the mainly Asian neighbourhood of
Sparkbrook was secretly filmed by an undercover reporter for an edition of the
Channel 4 series Dispatches screened last month.
session the preacher hailed the death of Jabron Hashmi, 24, a British Muslim
Lance Corporal killed by the Taliban in Helmand Province in July last year.
Tapes of the
programme were seized on Thursday in the week nine men were arrested over a plot
to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier. A West Midlands Police source
said: "These tapes could be crucial to the investigation.
"Not only is the
death of a British Muslim soldier applauded, but there is talk of beheading.
mosque is only a stone's throw from where some of the arrested men lived, it is
important we analyse the footage."
A Channel Four
insider said: "All tapes, including filming that was not transmitted in the
broadcast, were called in by police and can no longer be released to the public.
investigating allegations of incitement of racial hatred and a claim made on the
programme about killing a British soldier."
There is no
suggestion any of the arrested suspects attended radical meetings at the mosque.
But relatives of
one, Azzar Iqbal, have confirmed that he did worship there. A cousin, Abdul
Khan, 38, said: "Azzar did worship regularly at this mosque.
But he gave no
sign of having any belief in terrorism. He couldn't possibly behead anyone."
documentary Undercover Mosques also showed preacher Dr Ijaz Mian spouting
Mian, 65, has for years toured British mosques giving controversial lectures
championing extreme Islam.
In one talk -
also shown by Dispatches - he raved: "King, Queen, House of Commons. If you
accept it, you are a part of it.
"You don't accept
it, you have to dismantle it. There will be no House of Commons. Muslims must
grow in strength then take over."
Last night the
Sunday Mirror tracked Dr Mian down to a £200,000 detached home he shares with
his wife two miles from six of the 11 Birmingham addresses raided by anti-terror
police last week.
He said: "I have
been reading about what has happened. I think it is very bad."
When asked what
he thought of Muslims joining the British army, he said young men should "choose
a more useful career, such as a mechanic".
Police are also
investigating claims that one of the nine suspects had been involved in a fight
with a Muslim British soldier.
The suspect is
alleged to have added that "he should have his head chopped off".
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Muslim preacher defends TV comments
Jan 18 2007
By Jasbir Authi
THE hardline preacher at the
centre of an explosive TV documentary into extremist lectures delivered at a
Birmingham Mosque today insisted: "I have nothing to hide."
Abu Usamah At-Thahabi was
secretly taped for months by undercover reporters, appearing to deliver
hate-filled lectures at Green Lane Mosque in Small Heath.
He is now being investigated by
West Midlands Police.
But today he described the
Channel 4 Dispatches programme as "a poor attempt at fair journalism because
every one of my statements were taken out of context - without any explanation."
The cleric said he welcomed the
police investigation and would provide them with all the DVDs of his lectures.
"I totally embrace and encourage
a police investigation because I do not believe that the security forces will
have any hidden agenda in which they will allow themselves to be swayed by
Channel Four's sensationalist journalism."
The cleric, an Afro-American
convert to Islam who lives in Birmingham, then went onto explain some of his
comments which have generated nationwide outrage since they were broadcast on
He was filmed saying: "If I were
to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that's
my freedom of speech, isn't it?"
However Abu Usamah AtThahabi
claimed the programme makers had cut the sentences he said before and after this
comment in which he said it was not correct.
He said: "Prior to that statement
I was talking about freedom of speech and how I enjoy it here in this country
but freedom of speech has its boundaries - that's what we should work by."
In the documentary, which also
featured preachers delivering extremist views at the Jamia Mosque in Sparkbrook,
the cleric says that Jews and Christians were "enemies" to Muslims and went on
to condemn the kuffaar or nonbelievers.
Abu Usamah At-Thahabi said: "Kuffaar
is a generic term, it is not a derogatory term and my comments were taken out of
"I was talking about the kuffaars
who spill the blood of innocent women and children and steal the wealth and
property of Muslims.
"The vast majority of my
relatives are kuffaars, my mother and father are kuffaars. In all of the talks
that I gave it was a consistent message, who are the kuffaars who we hate and
the ones who kill the innocent."
The cleric was also filmed saying
that although he did not agree with Osama Bin Laden's murderous actions, the
al-Qaeda leader was better "than a million George Bushes, better than a thousand
Tony Blairs" because he was a Muslim.
Abu Usamah At-Thahabi explained:
"I condemn Osama Bin Laden's application of jihad but at the same time just as I
condemn the Muslim who sells narcotics. "But because they are Muslims, they are
going to be closer to me than non-Muslims."
The cleric then went on to say
that his comments that Muslims shouldn't be happy living in anything other than
an Islamic state, were again taken out of context.
He had preached that Muslims
should work hard to be good citizens wherever they are living and that he did
not want to destroy democracy.
"It conjures images in the mind
of non-Muslims that we want to destroy the land, but as Muslims we should be
model citizens," he said.
Abu Usamah At-Thahabi said he
would provide the police with DVDs of his lectures.
"Let the authorities get involved
in the investigation and get to the bottom of this matter in which I was quoted
out of context," he said.
accused of hate speech
February 13, 2007
New Zealand Herald
Two Muslim clerics invited to give
speeches in New Zealand have been accused of promoting hate speech in Britain
against gays, women and other religions.
Sheikh Khalid Yasin and Islamic scholar
Bilal Phillips were last month shown in a documentary on Britain's Channel 4
allegedly inciting hatred at a British mosque.
The Press reported today that Yasin
was invited to speak in Christchurch in May 2005 as a guest of the Muslim
Association of Canterbury.
Phillips toured the country last year
giving lectures as a guest of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New
Fianz said yesterday it would not invite
such clerics in future, while the Canterbury association said Yasin was a kind,
tolerant person and would have him back.
In the British documentary, Yasin
predicted that Jews would be exterminated on the Day of Judgment.
He advocated a subordinate role for women
and said Christian missionaries spread Aids by putting the virus in vaccines for
tropical diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.
DVDs of American-born Yasin's speeches
sold in a Birmingham mosque included the cleric urging his followers to stop
mixing with Christians and Jews because they were being defiled and polluted by
Phillips, who also preaches at the
Birmingham mosque, was shown arguing it was permissible to marry off a
nine-year-old girl because the Prophet Muhammad had done so.
Fianz president Javed Khan told the
Press it would not be inviting Phillips again.
Mr Khan said Fianz was not aware of the
background of the two scholars when they were invited to New Zealand.
Muslim Association of Canterbury president
Khalifa Alhasi said yesterday it would have Yasin back because he was "a very
kind, tolerant person".
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