Shakeel Begg, one of the UKs most notorious hate preachers has lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence.
Begg who is the imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, London tried suing the BBC after being accused on the Sunday Politics show by host Andrew Neil of espousing extreme beliefs. Something those of us familiar with Shakeel Begg know to be completely true.
The judge said that Lewisham Islamic Centre’s chief imam had hidden his true views behind a cloak of respectability.Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said he “clearly promotes and encourages violence in support of Islam and espouses a series of extremist Islamic positions”.”On occasions when it has suited him…he has shed the cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism.”
Lewisham Islamic Centre has long been known as an extremist hotspot. Both Woolwich killers of Lee Rigby regularly attended the mosque. Extremist Shakeel Begg has often spoke in favour of jihad and is a known supporter of terrorist sympathisers CAGE(prisoners). Speaking at many of their events in support of jailed Muslim terrorists including one outside Belmarsh prison.
Shakeel Begg has also spoken at protests calling for the release of Aatifa Siddique aka ‘Lady Al-Qaeda’ who is a convicted killer and serving a life sentence in the US. His fellow LIC mosque imam Ilyas Townsend is a leading figure in the extremist group campaigning for the female jihadist murderers release from prison
Below is a video of Begg speaking at an event for Hhugs, a charity entirely dedicated to helping the families of terrorists arrested and convicted here in the UK.
“Helping the families of brothers who are in prison, giving to those families, supporting those families, coming to their aid when they are in times of need and help, is like as if we are making jihad in the path of Allah. And we know jihad in the path of Allah is of the greatest of deeds that a Muslim can take part in.”
Here’s Begg at another terrorist cheerleader event. Its Cageprisoners this time, the fans of jailed terrorists founded by an ex gitmo detainee. Begg hails former Guantanamo inmates as “inspiring” and worthy of a divine salute.
“…[it is] inspiring to be amongst some of our brothers who made hijra [migration] in the path of Allah, who made jihad in the path of Allah, who suffered in the path of Allah, our brothers from Guantanamo Bay. May Allah have mercy upon them, may Allah accept all their good deeds and all their fasting especially in the month of Ramadan, and may Allah grant them Jannah [paradise].”
Shakeel Begg is extremely influential among islamists in the UK where he promotes Salafi (wahabi) brand of Islam. The same warped ideology as that of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Anjem Choudary and the majority of other Muslim undesirables.
In November 2013, BBC presenter Andrew Neil alleged on the Sunday Politics that the imam had said that jihad was the greatest of deeds.
Despite the imam’s protestations during the libel trial, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said four of his speeches showed he had promoted such violence and two that he had espoused extremist positions.
“Shakeel Begg, is something of a Jekyll and Hyde character,” he said.
“He appears to present one face to the general, local and inter-faith community and another to particular Muslim and other receptive audiences. The former face is benign, tolerant and ecumenical.”The latter face is ideologically extreme and intolerant.”
In one speech in 2006, Imam Begg encouraged a student audience to fight in the Palestinian territories. Two years later he praised Muslims who had travelled abroad to fight enemies of Islam.
A third speech outside the maximum security Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, which holds some of the most dangerous terrorism convicts in the country, was described by the judge as “particularly sinister”.
“The various core extremist messages which emerge from the claimant’s speeches and utterances would, in my view, have been quite clear to the audiences.
“The claimant’s ostensible cloak of respectability is likely to have made his [extremist] message in these speeches all the more compelling and seductive. For this reason, therefore, his messages would have been all the more effective and dangerous.
“It is all too easy for someone in the claimant’s position of power and influence as an Imam to plant the seed of Islamic extremism in a young mind, which is then liable to be propagated on the internet.”
A spokesman for the BBC welcomed the ruling against the imam who now faces an enormous legal bill.
“We were right to stand by the journalism of the Sunday Politics. The judge has concluded, based on the evidence, that Imam Begg has preached religious violence and an extremist worldview in his remarks.”