British authorities have banned the controversial ‘Need4Khilafah’ group which seeks to create an Islamic state in Britain. The group’s work has featured hate preacher Anjem Choudary, and is linked to a number of convicted terrorists and ISIS sympathisers.
Some of Need4Khilafah’s activities were first exposed by Breitbart London in March 2014, when it was noted that the group was targeting university campuses in London with their toxic message of Islamist radicalism.
Now, the group has been officially proscribed by the UK Home Office, according to the BBC, meaning that anyone claiming to be a member the group, or even supporting the group, will be guilty of a criminal offence relevant to sections 11 and 12 of the Terrorism Act.
The group was identified by Breitbart London in March as another spin-off group from the al-Muhajiroun crowd that was proscribed in 2010. Since then, the organisation has gone through several different name changes including the Shariah Project, Islam4UK, the Saved Sect, and more.
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “Terrorist organisations should not be allowed to escape proscription simply by acting under a different name.
“That is why we have today laid an order which will, from tomorrow, recognise the Need4Khilafah, the Shariah Project and the Islamic Dawah Association as aliases of the group already proscribed as both Al Ghurabaa and The Saved Sect.
“Al Muhajiroun remains of significant concern to the UK and the international community, and this order will ensure that that it cannot operate in the UK as Need4Khilafah, the Shariah Project and the Islamic Dawah Association. The group is also known as Al Muhajiroun. This means being a member of or supporting the organisation is a criminal offence.”
Reporting on the group in the mainstream media has been lacking, with Breitbart London providing scoops about rallies outside the Regents Park Mosque, as well as investigating video content published by Need4Khilafah.
On March 17th we reported how the group clashed on East London streets with members of the nationalist group Britain First. A rally in Green Street, East London featured terror convict Abu Izzadeen, while a major rally in April was completely overlooked by the UK media.
Breitbart London reported from both on the ground, and investigated a number of incidents surrounding the event.
On April 23rd, ABCNews followed the Need4Khilfah group, and made this short documentary as a result.
The proscription of the group is unlikely to stop members continuing to whip up anti-Britain hatred on London’s streets and beyond – and is simply another move by Britain’s security services to try and disrupt their recruitment and proselytisation tactics.
The Times reports that Anjem Choudary’s network “has now been proscribed as a terrorist organisation operating under 11 different names, but neither he nor any one of his associates has so far been prosecuted for membership of an illegal group.”
Speaking about the latest development, Choudary boasted: “If they arrest me and put me in prison, I will carry on in prison. I’ll radicalise everyone in prison. My paradise and my hell are things which are beyond this reality. My paradise is in my heart. If they put me in prison I’ll carry on there. If they kill me I will die a martyr.
“There is nothing, really, they can do which could dampen my hopes and aspirations. I will carry on being a servant of God for the rest of my life, inshallah [God willing] — whatever they do they will face the consequences of their actions on the day of judgment.”
Alongside a number of terror convicts, Choudary has also been linked to the murderer of Drummer Lee Rigby, the British soldier who was murdered on a London street in May 2013. Michael Adebolajo was spotted at a rally with Anjem Choudary. He was also spotted in video speaking at a Unite Against Fascism rally in 2009, the same group that protests against the UK Independence Party.