31 July 2016

Cardiff imam tells teens 'it's permissible in Islam to have sex slaves'

A hardline Cardiff imam suspected of radicalising three young men, has told teenage worshippers that having sex slaves is "permissible in Islam". An undercover reporter recorded Ali Hammuda, a cleric who organises halaqas (religious study circles) at the Al-Manar mosque was recorded telling children as young as 13 that the world is "close to the end of time".

His sermon comes two years after the three men, Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, then 20, and Muthana's younger brother Aseel, then 17, left for Syria, where they are suspected of joining Islamic State (Isis). Before they left Wales worshipped at the mosque where Hammuda still preaches.

Hammuda, who was born in Palestine but brought up in the UK, enticed children aged 13-18 to his halaqa with a poster promising an indoor football. But during the study group for "brothers only" the mosque's English Islamic programmes officer interpreted a series of Hadith – sayings attributed to the Prophet Mohammed. [International Business Times] Read more