Exclusive: UK: How Muslim Beheading Plotter Taught His Children to Hate

by ADRIAN MORGAN February 22, 2008


When Parviz Khan and eight other Muslims were arrested in Birmingham in January 2007, there was an outcry from so-called "representatives" of the Muslim community.


Dr. Mohammad Naseem, chairman of the Birmingham Central Mosque (who supports the killing of homosexuals), said that Britain was "moving towards a police state." He dismissed the raids as the actions of a government "picking on" the Muslim community to justify a political agenda.


Naseem declared: "This is a persecuting course of action that the Government has taken. They have invented this perception of a threat. To justify that, they have to maintain incidents to prove something is going on." He compared Muslims in Britain to Jews under Hitler.


Adam Mussa of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), a group founded by Muslim Brotherhood luminary Kemal el-Helbawy, said: "Some of the people arrested are just individuals with loud voices, who are vocal about various neighbourhood issues, but that doesn't make them terrorists. It's not fair. This seems to be happening again and again. This is a form of victimization and your average 'Mo Public' is feeling very cynical. When you come in and do a job you should make sure you clean up after yourself, and that's what the police need to do here."


The raids took place at addresses in Alum Rock and Sparkhill in Birmingham because MI5 had credible intelligence that there was a plot afoot for Islamists to kidnap a British Muslim soldier and behead him. The victim's death would be recorded on video and distributed on the Internet.


For six months, 250 police officers and MI5 agents tracked the activities of a cell whose intentions were horrific. Adam Mussa preferred to spout bland propaganda, stating: "So for a Muslim to kill another Muslim is much worse, it's like killing a member of your own family, because they share the same beliefs as you."


Mussa added his own condemnation of Muslims who join the British army, saying that "it can be seen as wrong for a Muslim man to become a soldier, as they may be asked to do things they do not agree with."


Muslim councillor for Sparkbrook Birmingham, Salma Yaqoob of the Respect Party, added her dose of propaganda to cover up the truth of what was going on. She said: "The reality is that people are asking why are we being picked on, why are we being persecuted, because that's what it feels like when all they want to do is get on with their day-to-day lives."


Mahmoud Shadrajeh of the Islamic Human Rights Commission claimed the 2007 raids gave a "bad image" for Muslims. He himself gives a bad image for Muslims by openly supporting the terrorist group Hezbollah.


The shrill cries of these so-called "representatives" served to add to the myth that all Muslims are victimized by Britain's authorities, even though the Labour government and police have been at pains to accommodate Muslims within society, even when they support segregation.


Parviz Khan Given Life Sentence




On January 29, 2007 it was revealed that Parviz Khan had already pleaded guilty to plotting to kidnap and behead a Muslim soldier. In October 2006 Khan had pleaded "not guilty" to the charges against him. During his trial at he was confronted with evidence of surveillance, which forced him to admit guilt. A listening bug had been placed in his Alum Rock, Birmingham home, which clearly revealed his intentions.


Khan was on trial at Leicester Crown Court with five other individuals. During the course of the trial reporting restrictions were imposed. This meant that Khan's confession had been made almost a fortnight before it was revealed in the media.


Of the five individuals on trial with Parviz Khan, by January 29th three had admitted guilt. Basiru Gassama, 30, of Hodge Hill, Birmingham, said he knew of the plot bit did not report it. Mohammed Irfan, 31, of Ward End, Birmingham, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, pleaded guilty of supplying equipment to Khan. Two other individuals, Amjad Mahmood, 33, and Zahoor Iqbal, 31, denied guilt.



The trial finally came to a close on Monday, February 18th, and Amjad Mahmood (right) was freed. At the end of last week, Mahmood was cleared of knowing about the beheading plot and failing to report it to authorities. He was also cleared of possessing a computer disc called "Encyclopedia Jihad.”


37-year-old Parviz Khan was jailed for life. He had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts under Section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006, of "engaging in conduct with the intention to commit acts of terrorism," and two counts of "possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism" under Section 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000.



Basiru Gassama was jailed for two years for failing to disclose information about the decapitation plot, contravening Section 38(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. As he has been in jail for 381 days, and Britain automatically halves the jail terms of most convicts, he will be released from prison. The judge at Leicester Crown Court, Mr. Justice Henriques, recommended that Gassama, who was born in Gambia, should be deported. During the trial, prosecutors had claimed that Parviz Khan had hoped Gassama would be able to assist recruiting a Gambian-born Muslim soldier to be the victim of the plan. There are about 80 such soldiers in the British army.




Mohammed Irfan pleaded guilty to one count under Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006 – engaging in conduct with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, or assisting another to commit such acts. Another charge under Section 58(1)(b) of the 2000 Act (possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism) remains on file, states the Crown Prosecution Service. Irfan was sentenced to four years' jail.


Irfan was born on December 14, 1976 in Mirpur, the same part of Pakistan that Parviz Khan's family came from. Irfan grew up in Birmingham. He admitted assisting Khan in supplying equipment to foreign fighters. When Khan made his final trip in December 2006, Mohammed Irfan was seen on CCTV assisting him at the airport.



Hamid Elasmar was born in 1963 in Casablanca, Morocco. He pleaded guilty to one count under Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006 and for one count under Section 58(1)(b) of the 2000 Act no evidence was offered. Elasmar was sentenced to three years and four months' jail.


Zahoor Iqbal denied any guilt, but on Friday February 15, he was found guilty under Section 5(1) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 – engaging in conduct with the intention to commit acts of terrorism. On another charge under Section 58(1)(b) of the 2000 Act (possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism) he was found not guilty.




On Monday February 18th, Zahoor Iqbal was sentenced to a seven-year jail term. Zahoor Iqbal worked as an Information Technology teacher. He was born on August 28, 1977, in Birmingham. According to police, Iqbal knew that Parviz Khan was using the pretext of the October 9, 2005 earthquake in Pakistan as a cover to send materials abroad.


Iqbal was recorded on MI5 surveillance tape discussing with Khan materials which would be sent abroad, including talking about the most suitable type of glove for snipers. According to the prosecution in the trial, Iqbal had a key role in sending $23,000 by money transfer to Parviz Khan in Pakistan. This was to be sent on to fighters.


The prosecution maintained that Iqbal did not have a part in Parviz Khan's plot to behead a Muslim soldier.


Parviz Khan - Muslim Fanatic


Parviz Khan was born on October 17, 1970 in Derby. His family came from Mirpur in Pakistani Kashmir. Though a UK citizen, he also had a Pakistani identity card, giving him dual nationality.


When he was arrested, he refused to answer any police questions, saying only "no comment." He initially refused to acknowledge court procedures, until he pleaded guilty. He refused to attend the court hearings.


During sentencing, Judge Richard Henriques told Khan that he would spend at least 14 years incarcerated. He said: "It's plain that you were absolutely serious and determined to bring this plot to fruition. So rampant are your views, so excitable your temperament, so persuasive your tongue and so imbued with energy are you, it's quite impossible to predict when, if ever, it will be safe for you to be released into the public."


Henriques also said: "You have been described by the Crown as a man who has the most violent and extreme Islamist views and as a fanatic. Having studied over the last month (the covert recordings), I unhesitatingly accept that description of you. You not only plotted to kill a soldier but you intended to film a most brutal killing."


Khan lived off welfare benefits, paid for by taxpayers. While he sent expensive equipment to Jihadists and plotted to murder a soldier, Khan was paid £20,000 ($39,064) per annum in benefits.


With the trial now completed, details have been made public, concerning the surveillance which had taken place in Khan's Alum Rock home.


As a human being, Khan appeared to have no sense of shame or remorse. His forehead bears the "prayer bump" that is also seen on other Jihadist fanatics like Ayman Zawahiri. This mark is gained from constant pounding of the head against the ground while praying.


In a conversation with Basiru Gassama recorded secretly in November 2006, he discussed the method of killing his hoped-for hostage. He said: "You have to, you want to go to Islamic countries, with, fight with kuffar [non-believers] against Muslims? OK, I have some brothers there. Maybe you, maybe some other brothers speak Arabic. We give like a..., we give the judgment, well then cut it (the victim's head) out/off like you cut a pig, man. “


Ghassama asked: "Would you wear this, man?" to which Khan replied: "Like that, I think you cut it out/off like you cut a pig. Then you put it on a stick and we say, this is to all Muslimee, man, we likes to, we want to join the kuffar army, this is what will happen to you. Then we throw the body, burn it, send the video to the chacha (uncles, a term for Mujahideen leaders in Afghanistan or Pakistan). The chacha can release it there. These people gonna go crazy. Didn't say the chacha, he do this in the other country he release it there. Where is the chacha? He could be next door, he could be upstairs, he could be downstairs. These people will go crazy, man... These people will go mad. This is what they call you will terrorize them, they will go crazy. They will start searching. Are they London, Birmingham, Newcastle, where are these people? They killed one of our soldiers in country. They've gone into countries, they're in our countries. They'll go crazy, Achi."


"Then all these other people who slowly joining the British army, these Pakistani, these Afghan, these Gambia. They gonna say, no man, I don't want that. Look like, chop him up, man! We don't to join this army. At least we can stop them from doing the haram. We, first, we give them da'wa. Don't join the army, it is haram. Wait til you go into kuffar. They're not listening. So now we have to use force. Obviously, if they were insa'an they would listen to our word and listen to the .."


"Achi, all I say to you is set it up. Even you don't have to do it yourself. How about that drug dealer, brothers. Not brothers, donkeys, I call them, because they're drug dealers, they will go with him, one day, they do deal, if you bring anything back. Then the next time you'll take him

Broad Street
, wine and dine and girl and things. After that they don't get friendly. Third time, I'm gonna say, Achi let's go for a meal, man. When they for a meal, they're sitting, they sit him down. And when they come out, or when they're eating the meal, that's when me and three, four brothers come in and say when you come out we, we, we give you a lift. But we don't give 'em a lift, we give him a lift to jahannama [hell]. Game over."


Gassami responded: "That way nobody know. Then we don't, we've got enough places man. We just hang him up. We've got enough brothers own garages man. Nighttime, they're got a big shutters. Hang him up, man. Just bring the thing. The chef style, say bismillah, and let's do it, man."


During the trial, Zahoor Iqbal testified. He said of Khan that he was a person who liked to smoke, to drink and go to clubs when he was in his twenties, but in his thirties he became a fanatic after visiting Pakistan.


Iqbal said to the court: "The TV had disappeared in his living room. It was odd. He became more anti-west, blaming Britain for the Israel-Palestine issue, Kashmir, civilians dying in Iraq and Afghanistan."


In 2006 he became more extreme. "He was watching a lot of propaganda material, a lot of anti-war material... He had a computer in his front room and he would download and put it on the internet and watch it. His views had become very anti-west."


During the trial, it was revealed that anti-Western documents were found at Khan's home. These included "Khawaarij and Jihad" written by Abu Hamza.Duncan Atkinson, one of the prosecutors, said: "The computer base unit contained many files which demonstrated that its user had an interest in the Islamic faith. However, there were also files which showed an interest in al-Qa'eda and its activities in Afghanistan and Iraq."


"These include media files... which advanced a message of the glorification of death and propaganda material relating to Palestine, suicide bombings and terrorist activities in the West, including the July 7 bombings."


Another item in his possession was a DVD by Lebanese/Australian Sheikh Fez, in which the terror attacks against the West, including 7/7 were glorified. A CD entitled "Snipers" contained images of coalition soldiers being injured and killed. Additionally, speeches by Osama bin Laden were on his hard drive.


Khan made several shipments of equipment to Pakistan. The first of these that is known about was sent on December 2, 2004, when he sent 44 boxes to himself weighing 809 kilograms (1,780 pounds weight) in total. He collected these in Pakistani Kashmir.


His second shipment took place on October 19 2005. This shipment contained 13 boxes marked "personal effects."


In July 2006, he sent a shipment that weighed nearly 287 kilograms (631 pounds). He labeled the boxes as "personal effects going to charity." After his return on July 19, 2006 from this third excursion, police found a notebook. Prosecutors maintained that this contained a "shopping list" of items required by his Jihadist contacts. These included sleeping bags, laser range-finders, boots and battery chargers.


The final shipment took place on December 1, 2006. This consignment of 17 boxes weighed half a metric ton. The shipment was seized and its contents broadly matched those on the "shopping list". The value of the items was £7,000. The items that Khan sent included night-vision binoculars, range finders, soldering equipment, walkie-talkies, mobile phones, electronic bug detectors and split-finger anglers' gloves (which in a recorded conversation with Iqbal were regarded as good for snipers to wear).





While the goods were dispatched, he took his family on a trip to Pakistan. Even his wheelchair-bound mother accompanied him. In his baggage he had walkie-talkies, a listening device detector and mobile phones.


Khan bought his equipment for his "shopping list" from various stores and locations across Birmingham, such as the Merry Hill Shopping Center, Costco Cash & Carry and Awan Marketing in Perry Barr. The items were sent through a shipping company, Sparkhill Freight & Travel, based at 377,

Stratford Road
in Sparkhill, Birmingham. This company is not suspected of knowing the contents or ultimate destinations of the material that was forwarded in Khan's name.


According to prosecutor Nigel Rumfitt: "Khan wanted to get himself physically involved in acts of terrorism as well as supply others, but he had a sick mother to look after. His bosses overseas made clear to him that his supply network was of great value to them and could not be sacrificed to his desire for combat operations."


The plot to kidnap and kill a Muslim soldier managed to fulfill two of Khan's desires, to commit an act of violent Jihad in his home city, while still being able to act as a supplier of goods to terrorists. Both activities could be enacted while he maintained the outward manifestation of being a pious family man.


Raising Children for Jihad


During the trial, Khan's wife Rohama Sattar gave evidence. Sattar wears the full burka, with only an eye-slit for visibility. She said that her husband had been torn between love for his mother and love for her. Khan's mother Taj Begum was elderly and infirm, and Khan received £160 ($312) per week in care allowances to look after her. This amount is twice the usual state carer's allowance.


Sattar said the marriage at times was "impossible". Sattar admitted to the jury that she had written a letter to Khan in 2000, in which she mentioned his "jihad obligation." She maintained that she perceived "jihad" as a "personal struggle".


What is disturbing is how Khan treated his children. Among his three offspring, he has a daughter, aged only three. He was recorded telling Zahoor Iqbal that his daughter would grow up to live with mujahideen on the Pakistan Afghanistan border. He said to Iqbal: "Inshallah she'll marry into them and give birth to them." He then called over his daughter and said: "What will you cook for the men in the mountains?"


Prosecutor Nigel Rumfitt QC said: "That is about as sick as it gets – a three-year-old girl being asked what she wants to cook for a Mujahidin in the mountains."


How Khan treated his young son also raises concerns for families where the parent is a fanatic. In May 2006 bugging revealed that his five-year-old son was reciting the Koran from memory. When the boy made a mistake, Khan shouted at him.


The boy was forced to stand before him, with his hands at his side. Khan asked: "Who do you love?"


The boy replied: "I love Sheikh Osama bin Laden." Khan said: "And?" The boy responded: "Sheikh Abdel-Rahman” (the Egyptian Islamist jailed in 1993 for plotting attacks on U.S. targets).


Khan reiterated: "And?" and the boy replied: "Sheikh Abu Hamza." Khan asked the child: "Who do you kill?" to which came the response: "America kill."


Khan asked: "Who else you kill?" and the boy answered: "Bush I kill."


"And who else?" his father asked.


"Blair kill, both people kill." Khan then asked: "Who else you kill?" to which the child replied: "Saddam, Saddam."


The pair then engaged in a chant in which Khan would mention "Kuffar" (non-believers), Mushrik (polytheists), Hindu, Sheedi (blacks), Pathan (thieves), Sharab (alcohol). At the mention of each of these classes of people, the boy responded: "Kill."


Khan then asked: "And who do you love?" The boy responded: "Sheikh Osama bin Laden, I love."


In another recorded conversation, Khan was heard saying: "The children sleep on the floor so that tomorrow, if you take them from here and drop them in the mountains of Afghanistan, they're fine."


On the day of the sentences, the West Midlands County Constabulary issued an online statement from Assistant Chief Constable Anil Patani, who runs its Security and Cohesion unit. Patani said: "We note today's verdict and we are satisfied that the judicial process has now been completed. The West Midlands Counter Terrorism conducted a thorough and painstaking investigation and I would like to pay tribute to all our communities and particularly those where the initial arrests of these individuals took place. It is important to highlight that we have had overwhelming support from local people about the way our officers conducted themselves throughout this investigation."


"The most important challenge for us all is to continue to work towards creating cohesive and resilient communities. We must look beyond individuals, to the importance of strengthening society as a whole. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse society where all communities identify themselves as part of a wider British society and are accepted as such."


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FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Adrian Morgan is a British based writer and artist who has written for Western Resistance since its inception. He also writes for Spero News. He has previously contributed to various publications, including the Guardian and New Scientist and is a former Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society.
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