Killer of British Soldier Trained In Muslim Brotherhood-linked Seminary

Wales Online reported November 30th, that Michael Adebowale, one of the two men convicted of murdering British Army drummer Lee Rigby by running him over with a car and then cutting his throat while yelling quranic verses trained at an Islamic seminary institution with ties to Muslim Brotherhood chief jurist Yusuf Al Qaradawi:

A controversial Muslim cleric who supports suicide bombers was behind the curriculum at a top Islamic college in Wales where one of Lee Rigby’s killers studied, it’s emerged. The work of Egyptian Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was banned from Britain in 2008, helped shape courses at the Llanybydder-based European Institute of Human Sciences attended by Michael Adebowale. As well as backing suicide attacks on Israelis chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Al-Qaradawi is reported to have said it’s okay to beat women “lightly”, lash gays and suggested rape victims should be punished if dressed immodestly.

The European Institute of Human Sciences (EIHS) is directly tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood as the UK branch of the France-based Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines (IESH), which is directly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Federation of Islamic Organizations of Europe (FIOE) according to the Intelligence digest Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch. EIHS openly lists the MB-linked IESH, FIOE, and the European Council on Fatwa and Research (ECFR) as “useful links” on their website. EIHS was noted for its troublesome times to Qaradawi as early as 2005, causing the University of Wales to sever its ties. Despite these known connections, British police referred to the school as having a “moderate ethos” and a government report concluded that the attacks could not have been prevented. Nor was this school’s first run in with terror ties:

Courses run by the European Institute of Human Sciences draw on the teachings of Egyptian Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who the Home Office is currently deciding whether to ban from Britain. Politicians have demanded an investigation into the school as questions grow over its allegiances. Principal Kadhem al-Rawi is an acquaintance of Magdi al-Nashar, the chemist arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 7/7 London bombings. Mr al-Rawi paid tribute to him following his arrest last week, describing him as having “a great personality”. And one of the school’s trustees Ahmad al-Rawi has declared British troops are a legitimate target for Iraqi militants.

The connection between terrorist violence and Muslim Brotherhood-controlled venues for indoctrination, and the inability of Law enforcement to draw that connection is sadly unsurprising, and the United Kingdom is not alone in it. Here in the United States, it was Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) who pointed out in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing that the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), attended by the Tsarnaev Brothers, had ties to convicted al Qaeda financier and self-identified Muslim Brother Abdurahman Alamoudi. One of its founding trustees of ISB was, as at EIHS, Yousef Al Qaradawi. ISB has also produced Al Qaeda propagandist and would be terrorist Tarek Mehenna, and “Lady Al Qaeda” Afia Siddique, along with Islamic State propagandist Ahmad AbouSamra. The mosque attended by Oklahoma beheader Alton Nolen, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City was likewise founded by convicted Hamas financier and Muslim Brother Mufiq Abdulqader, half brother of Khaled Mashaal, and had close ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Another example is the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, former home of Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, Al Qaeda ideologue, and connected to the Muslim American Society (MAS), an organization, close to Qaradawi, whose own founders admitted their Muslim Brotherhood connection, and which Al-Amoudi told federal investigators, “Everybody knows MAS is Muslim Brotherhood.” Dar Al-Hijrah was the mosque of Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hassan, Attempted assassin of President Bush Ahmed Omar Abu Ali- Material support for Al Qaeda, and former CAIR employee Randal Ismail Royer, part of the “paintball Jihad plot” to join terrorist group Laskar-e-Taiba, the group which perpetrated the Mumbai Massacre.

To stop terrorism, law enforcement must be permitted to focus its attention not just on the triggermen, those who are difficult to pick out until the moment they pick up the gun or the knife, but they must be able to focus their attention on the men who create the mosques and seminaries where such men are trained and indoctrinated for jihad.

About Kyle Shideler

Kyle Shideler is the Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy. Mr. Shideler specializes in Islamist groups operating in the United States, having spent over a decade researching and writing on their history, doctrine, and impact. Read his complete bio here. Follow Shideler on Twitter at @ShidelerK.