Trump becomes 45th president of US, Westminster Bridge terrorist attack, Manchester Arena terrorist attack, Borough Market & London Bridge terrorist attacks during Ramadan, Grenfell Tower fire, Finsbury Park Mosque attack, the demise of ISIS, Jerusalem illegitimately ‘recognised’ as Israeli capital, UK Salafism’s influence & connectivity with US counterparts.
Brussels terrorist attacks, MP Jo Cox murder, Brexit, US Police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, Philando Castile in Minnesota, Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina, lone gunman kills 5 policemen, Colin Kaepernick takes a knee, Donald Trump becomes 45th US President
Charlie Hebdo attack, “Je Suis Charlie” Obama & Castro historic meeting in Panama, David Cameron government wins with a majority, the Magna Carta, Bataclan targeted terror attacks, Hajj stampede kills hundreds
Sentencing of Jihad Jamie, Abu Hamza reveals his extensive collaboration with MI5 & the police, Al-Baghdadi announces IS caliphate, Andrew Garner killed by NYPD after complaining of not being able to breathe.
Two major terrorist incidents - the Boston Marathon Bomb attacks & murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby - continue to shape counter terrorist strategies while perceptions of racial and religious bias, appear to affect securitised responses.
Salafi influence on socio-religious and political landscape caused positive changes among other religious groups like Sufis; seismic changes across Muslim societies with spread of the Arab Spring; Google Summit saw a meeting between Abdul Haqq, Maajid Nawaz & Ed Husain; First book publication
Salafi responses to academic and media focus on Salafism; internecine disputes distract Salafi communities from bigger picture; STREET expands its scope of work, attracting wider support and acknowledgement.
Absence of leadership among Salafis; Wilton Park Conference, Character witness for Zacarius Moussaoui & his sentencing; Newsnight interview with Maajid Nawaz & Abdul Haqq Baker; Saddam Hussein sentenced to death
Shaykh Al Albani’s will & testament introduces this new season, followed by religious instruction during that year and the sermons delivered. Particular attention is paid to a sermon that resonates 20 years on with the current coronavirus pandemic that has a third of the world on lockdown.
Independent evaluation of STREET prior to receiving government funding; Service Level Agreements (SLAs); Changing government, marginalisation of Salafi organisations; non-violent extremism; new untenable terms; cessation of funding
Strategy To Reach Empower & Educate Teenagers (STREET) is an award winning youth initiative that engaged with and was funded by the Home Office via the initial PREVENT Strategy funding. This first episode describes the rationale behind the organisation’s decision to engage and work with PREVENT.
This 2nd sermon was delivered 2 weeks after Richard Reid’s - aka the Shoebomber - arrest and continued with the previous sermon’s theme of providing clarification of the Mosque’s position and my comments while rebutting criticism by an emerging trend that was - and continues to be - vocal against those that fight against extremism, while they themselves fail to condemn it or its protagonists.
Following the 9/11 attacks, the US launched military strikes against Afghanistan. Further retaliatory terrorist actions were anticipated but none like the attempted shoe bomb attack on a transatlantic flight on 22nd December. The culprit was a former, expelled attendee of Brixton Mosque - Richard Reid - bringing the world’s attention to this local Salafist community that was compelled to respond emphatically. This first of two podcasts provides recordings of that response which still resonates today.
Academic, religious and intellectual stagnation of Salafi communities, deaths of Shaykhs bin Baz and Al-Albani, Columbine Massacre, Abul Hasan arbitration and agreement, distinction between ideological extremism of violent extremists and behavioural extremism of SP Cult.
This episode discusses the death of a role model and founder of Iqra School, Abu Usamah At-Thahabi joining and teaching in Brixton Mosque, the continued splintering of JIMAS and emergence of Abu Khadijah Abdul Wahid Alam.
An introduction to UK Salafism from an insider perspective, providing personal documentary evidence & academic analysis of the socio-religious and socio-political development of the movement to contrast existing discourse that it is a precursor to radicalisation and extremism.