A 35 year old mother who dreamed of sending her eight-year-old son to fight in a holy war has been jailed for more than five years for using social media to incite terrorism. Runa Khan, who lives in Luton, said the UK was “the last place I would want to live” and wrote to friends of how much she wanted to travel to Syria to join IS fighters.
According to the Express, she used Facebook to urge male Muslims to take up arms for the extremist Islamists who have caused misery to hundreds of thousands in Syria and northern Iraq.
One such message was posted on 30th July with an image of a suicide vest with the phrase “sacrificing your life to benefit Islam.”
And Khan, who is a mother to six children, had even taken photos of one of her children – who is only a toddler – holding guns and swords.
She had taken to an extremist website to say that one day she would send her sons to fight. “I pictured the future while I was zipping up his jacket, in aha Allah I’ll be tying the shahada bandana around his forehead and handing him his rifle and send him out to play the big boys game,” she wrote.
Police caught the radical Muslim after she unknowingly forwarded details of a route into Syria to an undercover officer.
The judge at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey said the “only fair interpretation” of the images Khan had posted online was that she had intended to radicalise others and motivate other Muslims to take up arms with the extremist fighters.
Khan was even allowed to appear in the dock wearing a niqab meaning that just her eyes were visible. She admitted four charges of disseminating terrorist publications between July and September 2013.
Her barrister, Jo Sidhu, described his client’s religious beliefs as “inflexible” and said she was “extremely insecure, unsophisticated, binary in her thought processes” and “devoid of any proper” and “reasonable” Islamic teaching.
Judge Peter Birts QC sentenced her to five years and three months in what is hoped will be a warning to other extremists using the internet to promote their beliefs and encourage others to take up arms.