Video: Islamic teacher under fire for calling on Welsh muslims to support fight for sharia law abroad
An Islamic teacher whose group was at the centre of an anti-terror raid on a Cardiff community hall has come under fire for calling on Welsh muslims to "physically” support the fight for sharia law abroad.
Abu Hajar, of Grangetown, Cardiff, is one of the leaders of the Islamic group Supporters of Tawheed, which on its website says its core belief is the "domination of the world by Islam”.
The group – which according to its website also rejects democracy and freedom, describing them as "false deities” – hit the headlines in January when one man arrested during a raid on a meeting in the city’s Canton Community Hall told an officer "I will chop your head off” before shouting "I’m going to shoot you with a machine gun”. Mohammed Abdin, 21, was subsequently jailed for eight months for the threats.
It is understood the raids were prompted by members of the Muslim community, who feared the meeting was providing a place for radical Islamists to network.
Mr Hajar has previously said the group is simply interested in spreading the message of Islam and does not preach violence or extremism.
In a video posted last month on YouTube called "Support the Muslims of Syria”, Mr Hajar said muslims should: snub western help abroad; demand an "Islamic solution” to problems in the Middle East; and impose sharia law there.
In the 14-minute video he addresses the people of Syria, saying: "Our money is with you and, if need be and if we are able to, our muslims will come and respond to your call physically as well.