Mosque leader, 53, who is accused of encouraging terrorism in speech in which he made stabbing motion with his hands tells trial ‘Jihad by sword’ is a ‘fundamental obligation’ in the Quran
A mosque leader accused of encouraging terrorism told a court ‘Jihad by sword’ was a fundamental obligation in the Quran.
Abubaker Deghayes, 53, allegedly made a ‘stabbing motion with his hands’ as he promoted Islamic extremist violence to his Brighton Mosque congregation on November 1, 2020.
Libyan-born Deghayes said: ‘Jihad is compulsory, upon you, you, you and you until the Day of Resurrection, whatever the British Government thinks, whatever Prevent thinks, whatever Israel thinks.
‘Jihad by fighting by sword that means this Jihad is compulsory upon you.’
Giving evidence wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ jumper, Deghayes said Jihad was not terrorism.
Asked if his speech was meant to endorse physical fighting or encourage terrorism, he said: ‘Fight who? No, of course not.’
Abubaker Deghayes (pictured), 53, allegedly made a stabbing motion with his hands as he promoted Islamic extremist violence to his Brighton Mosque congregation
Libyan-born Deghayes said: ‘Jihad is compulsory, upon you, you, you and you until the Day of Resurrection, whatever the British Government thinks, whatever Prevent thinks, whatever Israel thinks.’ Pictured, his mosque
He claimed that he was simply delivering the teachings of the Quran and that Jihad was part of that.
‘Jihad is part of the religion of Islam whether others like it or not,’ the mosque leader said.
‘You say why the British government, the British government brought me here and said I’m a suspect because I speak the truth.
‘British government will come prosecute me…because you are saying Jihad and the sword…you break the law.
‘Some lunatic crazy guy goes and stabs people in the street which has nothing to do with Islam no matter whatever reason.
‘Straight away ‘Jihad!’, ‘Jihad, Jihad, Jihad’. My father was killed by Gaddafi because he refused to live a hypocrite life.
‘He told him to his face, ‘What you are doing is wrong’. Jihad by sword…is a fundamental obligation in the Quran. Allah says fight those who fight you and do not transgress.
‘Fighting with the sword to protect yourself, to lift opportunity, to open the way for the message to be passed if blocked, to speak the truth in front of a tyrant.
‘Nobody can demolish, nobody can wipe out that.’
Deghayes said the British government is forcing UK Muslims to temper their beliefs.
Deghayes (pictured in 2007) claimed that he was simply delivering the teachings of the Quran and that Jihad was part of that
‘I’m saying the mood within the Muslim community in the UK today, because of the pressure that they have to justify themselves, because of serious media campaign against them, they are fearful to speak their mind and say what they believe after fear that they will be persecuted or charged with terror charges.
‘I’m being brave and trying to get them to be brave. We are being cornered to shy out and cower from saying that Jihad is a compulsory concept or obligation in Islam.
‘There is an effort to remove certain verses which talk about Jihad by the sword from the syllabus of schools in the Muslim world.
‘And again here any Imam who speaks of it is liable to be brought here like I have been and put into being accused of promoting terrorism.’
The mosque leader added that the British government were being ‘unjust’.
And that in the face of this injustice, he said he was encouraging his congregation to accept ‘Jihad by sword’ as a fundamental part of their faith.
When the prosecution again suggested that he was encouraging violence and terrorism, he said: ‘No I’m not. If you believe Jihad by fighting is terrorism then I’m guilty as charged.
Deghayes said the British government is forcing UK Muslims to temper their beliefs
‘If you believe that terrorism is something else other than legitimate belief in fighting for your freedom and protection then I’m not guilty. I know my people.
‘I was not propagating that you go and act violent. To anyone or to anybody. They know actually that I’m against these things.
‘I have provided sermons against these attacks in London and other places. I said this is not Islam. How can you justify living with people in peace and then go and murdering and killing?
‘These people have heard me speak one million trillion times, and they know what is my thinking. And they know the concept of Jihad exists in Islam…which cannot be ignored.’
Deghayes, of Saltdean, Brighton, denied encouraging terrorism.
The trial continues.