Mohammad Abdur Raheem Kamali

Mohammad Abdur Raheem Kamali is a convicted pro-ISIS British propagandist and close associate and supporter of the U.S.-designated Islamist propagandist Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal.Sophie Law, “Volunteers ‘ran terror website spreading message of convicted hate preacher who praised ISIS for crucifixions and said children as young as 12 should make bombs,’” Daily Mail (London), October 29, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7626789/Volunteers-ran-terror-website-spreading-message-convicted-hate-preacher.html. Kamali helped administer Faisal’s Authentic Tauheed website alongside Mohammed Abdul Ahad and others. On December 10, 2019, Ahad was found guilty of disseminating terrorist material.Amie Gordon, “Two terrorist sympathizers face prison after spreading sermons from jailed Islamist preacher Abdullah el-Faisal dubbed the ‘Sheikh of Hate,’” Daily Mail (London), December 10, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7776977/Two-terrorists-face-prison-spreading-sermons-jailed-Islamist-preacher.html. He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in February 2020.Henry Martin, “Keyboard jihadi duo who ran Facebook and YouTube sites for jailed ‘Sheikh of Hate’ Islamist preacher who inspired Streatham and London Bridge terrorists are both jailed for four years,” Daily Mail (London), February 12, 2020, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7995151/Duo-ran-sites-Sheikh-Hate-inspired-Streatham-London-terrorists-jailed.html.

Between 2012 and 2014, Kamali Administered Faisal’s Authentic Tauheed website along with Ahad and others. Kamali published Faisal’s speeches and materials supporting ISIS and al-Qaeda.“Two to be sentenced for publishing terrorism-related material,” Metropolitan Police, February 7, 2020, http://news.met.police.uk/news/two-to-be-sentenced-for-publishing-terrorism-related-material-393770. London’s Metropolitan Police began investigating Kamali and Ahad in 2016 while investigating another Authentic Tauheed contributor on Facebook. Police discovered that Kamali and Ahad played administrative roles for the website.“Two to be sentenced for publishing terrorism-related material,” Metropolitan Police, February 7, 2020, http://news.met.police.uk/news/two-to-be-sentenced-for-publishing-terrorism-related-material-393770. Kamali and Ahad were arrested simultaneously on March 1, 2017. They were later released on bail.“Two to be sentenced for publishing terrorism-related material,” Metropolitan Police, February 7, 2020, http://news.met.police.uk/news/two-to-be-sentenced-for-publishing-terrorism-related-material-393770. On August 9, 2018, Kamali was charged with seven counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication.“Two to be sentenced for publishing terrorism-related material,” Metropolitan Police, February 7, 2020, http://news.met.police.uk/news/two-to-be-sentenced-for-publishing-terrorism-related-material-393770.

Kamali was part of a network of volunteers who administered Authentic Tauheed. Kamali was assigned the designation AT5 and reportedly became known as the “emir” of the volunteers. Ahad was allegedly designated as volunteer AT3.Sophie Law, “Volunteers ‘ran terror website spreading message of convicted hate preacher who praised ISIS for crucifixions and said children as young as 12 should make bombs,’” Daily Mail (London), October 29, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7626789/Volunteers-ran-terror-website-spreading-message-convicted-hate-preacher.html. According to prosecuting lawyer Matthew Brook, Authentic Tauheed volunteers emphasized quotes from the Quran or hadiths throughout the hate preacher’s speeches before disseminating the content online.Sophie Law, “Volunteers ‘ran terror website spreading message of convicted hate preacher who praised ISIS for crucifixions and said children as young as 12 should make bombs,’” Daily Mail (London), October 29, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7626789/Volunteers-ran-terror-website-spreading-message-convicted-hate-preacher.html. Brook also noted, “At the heart of this case is a website called Authentic Tauheed which published a number of speeches by a man who calls himself Sheikh Faisal… A significant number of them the Crown allege amounted to terrorist publications because they praised terrorist organizations such as ISIS and encouraged his listeners to support those terrorist organizations and directly or indirectly encouraged terrorist action by encouraging support for a wider violent jihad.”Amie Gordon, “Two terrorist sympathizers face prison after spreading sermons from jailed Islamist preacher Abdullah el-Faisal dubbed the ‘Sheikh of Hate,’” Daily Mail (London), December 10, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7776977/Two-terrorists-face-prison-spreading-sermons-jailed-Islamist-preacher.html.

Created in 2008, Authentic Tauheed is a pro-ISIS, Islamist website. Although featuring almost 2,000 blogposts and serving as the largest repository for Faisal’s lectures and speeches, Authentic Tauheed has not been updated since August 17, 2017.Abdullah al-Faisal, “Entering the Lizard Hole (Notes & Audio),” Authentic Tauheed, August 16, 2017. http://www.authentictauheed.com/. Still, Faisal’s recordings and accompanying notes remain available for listening, reading, and downloading on the site. The Authentic Tauheed library includes lectures titled “Requirements of Jihad,” “We Shall Never Integrate,” “We Shall Never Follow the Jews and the Christians,” and “The Kuffaar and the Fear Factor.”“A-Z Lectures,” Authentic Tauheed, accessed November 20, 2019, http://www.authentictauheed.com/p/z-lectures.html; “Notes: Requirements of Jihad – Shaikh Faisal,” Authentic Tauheed, March 12, 2011, http://www.authentictauheed.com/2011/03/notes-requirements-of-jihad-shaikh.html; “Notes: We Shall Never Integrate – Shaikh Faisal,” Authentic Tauheed, May 4, 2011, http://www.authentictauheed.com/2011/05/notes-we-shall-never-integrate-shaikh.html; “134 We Shall Never Follow the Jews and Christians,” Authentic Tauheed, July 14, 2011, http://www.authentictauheed.com/2011/07/134-we-shall-never-follow-jews-and.html; “113 The Kuffaar and the Fear Factor,” Authentic Tauheed, July 2, 2011, http://www.authentictauheed.com/2011/07/113-kufaar-and-theh-fear-factor-e.html. In a two-hour long speech titled “Is the new Caliphate Valid?,” Faisal states, “According to shariah law the homosexuals are to be killed so they are terrified by the [ISIS] caliphate.”Abdullah al-Faisal, “Is the new Caliphate Valid?” Authentic Tauheed, July 21, 2014, http://www.authentictauheed.com/2014/07/audio-is-caliphate-valid.html. In a speech titled, “The Ideological Warfare of the Kufaar against the Ummah,” Faisal says, “…the Jews hate Hitler. Yet the Jews are worst than Hitler in character. They have surpassed Hitler with their cruelty. We lived to see the Jews become the very thing that they hate.”Abdullah al-Faisal, “Is the new Caliphate Valid?” Authentic Tauheed, May 24, 2015, http://www.authentictauheed.com/2015/05/.

On December 10, 2019, Kamali was convicted of four counts of dissemination of terrorist publications on the Internet. The jury failed to reach a consensus on three other counts with which Kamali is charged.“Two to be sentenced for publishing terrorism-related material,” Metropolitan Police, February 7, 2020, http://news.met.police.uk/news/two-to-be-sentenced-for-publishing-terrorism-related-material-393770. Kamali was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on February 12, 2020. Ahad received the same sentence.Henry Martin, “Keyboard jihadi duo who ran Facebook and YouTube sites for jailed ‘Sheikh of Hate’ Islamist preacher who inspired Streatham and London Bridge terrorists are both jailed for four years,” Daily Mail (London), February 12, 2020, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7995151/Duo-ran-sites-Sheikh-Hate-inspired-Streatham-London-terrorists-jailed.html.

 
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