- Abdullah el-Faisal inspired terrorists London Bridge and Streatham terrorists
- Mohammed Kamali, 31, organised a network of volunteers to work on his site
- Mohammed Abdul Ahad, 38, edited, published and glorified el-Faisal's sermons
- Ahad and Kamali were both jailed for four and a half years at the Old Bailey today
Two followers of the ‘Sheikh of Hate’ Abdullah el-Faisal have been jailed for four and a half a years for running his website and writing his speeches.
El-Faisal inspired terrorists including the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid and 20-year-old Sudesh Amman, who was shot dead two weeks ago after stabbing two people in Streatham.
The preacher was jailed for nine years in 2003 but went to Jamaica on his release in 2007 and Mohammed Kamali, 31, helped him continue to spread his message of hate around the world.
Kamali organised a network of volunteers who worked on El Faisal’s website called ‘Authentic Tauheed’ and owned the domain.
It allowed el-Faisal to continue to give sermons to deluded followers who crowded in front of screens to watch his broadcasts.
From 2011 to 2015 he and his recruit Mohammed Abdul Ahad, 38, edited, published and glorified the sermons given by el-Faisal and even wrote his newsletter.
El-Faisal’s speeches included ‘Jihad, declaration of war’ and ‘No peace with the Jews’ which encouraged 12-year-olds to make bombs, praised ISIS, and incited followers to wage war against non-believers.
One rant stated: ‘Even today in modern times you should cut the throat of the kaffir with a machete.’
An Old Bailey jury convicted Ahad, of Euston, central London, of four charges of disseminating terrorist material and one of possessing articles useful for terrorism last week.
He was jailed for four and a half years.
Kamali was found guilty of four charges and received the same sentence.
The court heard he was a ‘dole queue jihadi’ who was convicted of fraud when he claimed benefits with £300,000 from the sale of a council flat sitting in his bank account.
Kamali, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, who worked for online retailer Shop Direct was found guilty of four charges of disseminating terrorist material.
Judge Anuja Dhir said: ‘Kamali was el-Faisal’s right-hand man. He was in almost daily contact with him.
‘He put the lectures together and made them more explosive.’
Judge Dhir took the unusual step of inviting Kamali’s mother, and his sister Regina, to sit in the court as she passed sentence.
‘Your actions meant that views and the words of el-Faisal reached a wider audience,’ said the judge as Kamali’s mother wept.
‘Each of you communicated with extremists. Each of you had an extremist mindset. Each of you disseminated a number of terrorist documents.’
The court heard Ahad downloaded a copy of terrorist manual ‘Inspire’ which gave instructions on how to use an AK-47 assault rife and called for attacks on ‘nightclubs, army recruiting centres, highways and busy shopping malls.’
Matthew Brook, prosecuting, said: ‘A significant number of el Faisal’s speeches amounted to terrorist publications because they praised terrorist organisations such as ISIS.
‘They encouraged his listeners to support those terrorist organisations and directly or indirectly encouraged terrorist action by encouraging support for a wider violent jihad.
‘The speeches spoke of violent jihad and how boys or girls and how boys or girls aged 12 could participate as they could make IEDs (improvised explosive devices).’
El-Faisal said it was compulsory for ‘true Muslims’ to participate in jihad and encouraged followers to kill non-believers so that ‘they would take their place in hellfire’.
Mr Brook added: ‘Kamali and Ahmed assisted with the dissemination of Faisal’s lectures by editing the notes and other such administrative tasks, which enabled the lecture notes to be disseminated on the AT website.
‘Kamali and Amad transcribed the speeches and published his work on the website, making it available to followers as part of daily newsletter dropped into their inbox.’
Brett Weaver, defending, claimed Kamali is a changed man.
‘He does not hold any extremist views at all,’ the barrister said.
El-Faisal had toured Britain urging groups of up to 500 rapt followers to use chemical and nuclear weapons on their enemies.
A friend of hook-handed mosque leader Abu Hamza, he suggested running power stations on the corpses of Indian Hindus and blamed Jews for the Holocaust.
The Home Office had tried to deport el-Faisal, whose original name is William Forrest, but he was later allowed to stay in the country with his wife and child.
He then began preaching his sermons of death that would take him the length and breadth of Britain.
Detectives first discovered an audio tape of the hate-filled rantings in the car of a man arrested in Bournemouth, Dorset, in December 2001.
Asked about the World Trade Centre attacks, the sheikh said: ‘When there is a legitimate target, you strike at it.
‘If women and children die, they become collateral damage.’