An Imam has told his congregation in Wales that war is approaching and Islam allows them to take women as slaves and rape them.
Ali Hammuda is an Imam at Cardiff’s Al-Manar Mosque, where three Islamic State (IS) fighters worshipped before travelling to Syria. They were known as the “Cardiff jihadis” before one was killed in an RAF drone strike as he was thought to be plotting attacks in the UK.
Before the strike, Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana, then both 20, appeared in an IS recruiting video in 2014 where they bragged about executing prisoners. Muthana’s younger brother Aseel, then aged 17, joined them in Syria.
Rizwan Syed, an undercover reporter working for the Daily Mail, made the recordings. Herecalled his time in the radical Cardiff mosque:
“I saw books preaching brutal violence, sexism, homophobia, aggressive physical jihad, dismemberment and capital punishment implemented by the state.
“It reinforces the idea that what these militant groups are doing, what IS is doing, is legitimised by history.”