Al-Awlaki used to be rather a popular speaker in the UK and
he has been hosted by a whole host of organisations and groups
in the UK. He had been a speaker at the JIMAS conference both
in 2002 and 2003. His clear and motivating approach had always
appealed to his listeners. It has become gradually clear that
he supports and encourages what he would call 'martyrdom operations',
or in other words suicide bombing, which we categorically
reject as completely against Islam on the two issues of suicide
and murder. The recent input attributed to him apparently
on his blog which is no longer accessible, has him praise
the criminal murderer and perpetrator of treachery as a hero.
Moreover, the blog input has him saying, "The American
Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against
the Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy."
appears to be much controversy about him, and Islam is NOT
a controversial way of life in submission to the One God!
is just too much that remains to be verified with regards to
his support for murder, suicide, breaking covenant, and bringing
fear and harm into a society, let alone his misguided approach
to Jihad, scholars of Islam, Muslims' welfare and priorities
of decent living, and trustworthy calling to the worship of
God. These problems and unbalanced stances outweigh the good
from him far more than can be tolerated.
view of this, JIMAS has decided to completely remove any and
all promotion of Anwar Al-Awlaki through his talks and CDs that
were available through us. Furthermore, we urge all Muslim organisations
and groups to do the same. We cannot be morally responsible
for the evil that is advocated by anyone. It is up to us to
take a responsible and correct position with regards to the
unIslamic and anti-Islamic new-fangled teachings associated
with him and extremists.