The neighbourhood of Sparkbrook in Birmingham has become a hotbed of jihad in the UK, with local councillors turning a blind eye to extremism.
A special report in the Daily Mail reveals one in every ten British nationals convicted on Islamic terrorism charges has come from the area, which is 70 per cent Muslim.
In fact, the country’s first ever al-Qaeda inspired terror convict, Moinul Abedin, was a Sparkbrook product, receiving a 20-year sentence in 2002 for turning his terraced home into “a bomb-making factory”.
The judge who sentenced Abedin described him as being responsible for “a serious plot … a plan to cause explosions on a scale which was likely to put lives in danger” using industrial quantities of HMTD – the substance used by the July 7th bombers to kill 52 people in 2005.
The Mail cites an associate of Abedin who claims the terrorist is now back on the streets, alongside hate preacher Umran Javed – alias Zahir – who was imprisoned in 2007 after calling for the murder of American and Danish citizens to protest the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed.
“I was born in this country, I went to nursery, infant, and secondary school, college and then university in this country. But am I British? Absolutely not,” said Javed, in a damning indictment of state-sponsored multiculturalism in the UK.
“I am a Muslim first and foremost. We will never be accepted by the Kufr so we should never pander to their whims or support their actions like some so-called Muslims have been doing.
“If they continue to do so, it is our duty to persuade them not to. But if they do not listen, they are Kufr too and so it is our duty to fight and even kill them.”
Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in the UK, has been accused of turning a blind eye to extremism in Sparkbrook, confessing that its failure to act during the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to Islamise local schools stemmed from a “fear of being accused of racism”.
However, the Mail cites sources who posit a more self-serving reason for the council’s failures, noting that much of the Muslim community votes for the Labour Party politicians who run the administration.
The newspaper also highlights Labour entryism by a number of Islamic “hardliners”, including Councillor Waseem Zaffar, a former cabinet member who was forced to resign after pressuring a Roman Catholic primary to allow relatives to send their four-year-old daughter to school in an Islamic headscarf.