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May 28, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 5036

Radical Belgian Muslims Turn to Jihadist Cleric Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi for Guidance

May 28, 2010
Special Dispatch No. 5036

An individual who described himself as belonging to a group of Muslims agitating for the implementation of the shari'a in Belgium wrote to the senior salafi jihadi sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi with a request for guidance. Al-Maqdisi, who lives in Jordan, is best known as the mentor of Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi; more recently he has provided guidance to the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, salafi jihadis in Nigeria, and probably to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as well. In his reply, Al-Maqdisi told the Belgian Muslims to support the active jihads by providing funding, men, or however else they could, but counseled against carrying out attacks in Belgium as long as they are incapable of mounting a sustained conflict. The author of the letter signed his name as "Abu Imran" (written in Latin characters). There is in fact an Abu Imran who is known in Belgium as a leader in the group called sharia4belgium which has begun recently to draw some attention. Their website is currently not working, but videos of this Abu Imran can still be seen on the sharia4belgium YouTube channel. British Islamist Anjem Choudary, head of the Islam 4 UK organization, recently recorded a video in support of sharia4belgium. It cannot be definitively confirmed that this Abu Imran is the one who wrote Al-Maqdisi, but it is definitely a possibility worth investigating....

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