RADICAL Muslim clerics are brainwashing impressionable youngsters with their extreme views in a bid to build an Islamic state in Britain.
hat is the chilling warning from a recruit to a feared terrorist organisation who explained how he was radicalised in the UK.
As a teenager, Adam Deen joined Al Muhajiroun, which threatens jihad on the West, lured by the “idea that every Muslim should want an Islamic state”.
He says the group, which has been linked to half of the terror attacks carried out or plotted in Britain, carefully tailored its message to have maximum impact on vulnerable youngsters.
The reformed jihadi, who now runs the outreach programme at Quilliam Foundation, told Express.co.uk: “They made Islam seem relevant.
“As a young Western Muslim, I was captivated.”
Attempting to explain his decision to join the radical Islamist group, he said: “I was in my teens, I wanted to learn about my faith and this group intrigued me and sparked my curiosity.
“They were young, I could relate to them and they spoke a language I could understand.
“They spoke of Islam in a way that made it come alive, presenting an intellectual version that was worlds away from the abstract and distant concepts I had previously been subjected to.”
The 7/7 attacks in London and the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby are among more than 20 planned terror attacks carried out by members of Al Muhajiroun in the UK.
Security expert Raffaello Pantucci, who has written a book on the subject, said the group were not just “outcasts or losers” but serious gangsters “who are good at drawing people in and giving them these very aggressive ideas”.
Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, in 2013, both attended events organised by Al Muhajiroun.
At least one of the bombers who carried out the 2005 London bombings, which left 52 dead, had met with Omar Khyam, a terrorist at the heart of a fertiliser bomb plot who had connections to Al Muhajiroun.
Al-Muhajiroun, which was founded by the Syrian-born cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad in1983, operated in the UK from 1986 until it was banned in 2005.
The group relaunched several times under different names, including Islam4UK and Need4Khalafah, to circumvent the law.
Mr Deen, who is speaking at next week’s World Counter Terror Congress, explained it wasn’t poverty that drove him or others like him to extremism, but a failure by the Muslim community to engage young believers in a tolerant, non-extremist reading of the Koran.
He said: “The media and various academics have perpetuated the narrative that socio-economic conditions are the most prominent driver in association with an extremist ideology.
“However, the predominant factor in radicalisation is the ideology – it is the ideas that move people. I didn’t come from a poverty-stricken background or a broken home.
“I went to university, I didn’t feel angry and I was apolitical.
“Yet, I was indoctrinated with a radical Islamist ideology and became impassioned with the idea of an Islamic state.
“It was the intellectual side of Islam that made the radical ideology so appealing.
“Al-Muhajiroun made it sound smart and intelligent. The point is, the extremists were doing something that no one else in the Muslim community was doing.
“Their success is based on a dialect that made me and so many others like me feel part of something bigger than myself.
“I was part of this global struggle and challenge to re-establish my true identity, which could be born through an Islamic state.”
”This above report is the stark reality of Muslim youths being brainwashed by their preachers and clerics. Yet they are the one who give all these lip services ( most do).
Parents must be aware of this danger and steer away from sending their kids anywhere near those rouge preachers. Also watch their internet activities which types of websites the kids are visiting and what kind of materials they are downloading”.