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Wednesday 24 July 2019

'Radicals laugh at Ireland - they know we underestimate the terror threat' - de-radicalised Muslim

Deradicalised Irish woman 'Aaliya' and Shayk Umar, Imam of Al Mustafa Islamic Centre in Blanchardstown. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Deradicalised Irish woman 'Aaliya' and Shayk Umar, Imam of Al Mustafa Islamic Centre in Blanchardstown. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A young Irish woman who converted to Islam and was radicalised in UK has revealed that she met the two London jihadis Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane on at least 20 occasions both in the UK and in Ireland.

She claims that at least 150 Muslim extremists are currently living in Ireland.

And she says we are viewed as a 'soft touch' by UK radicals - who easily travel between the two countries via the North because they do not have to show any papers.

She said such radicals "laugh" at Ireland because they see us as being "backward and behind the times" in the authorities' assessment of the threat of radical Islam.

Using her Muslim name, Aaliya (26) and originally from the South West of Ireland, spoke out about her experiences with a former Jihadi fiancé who told her that her role as a jihadi wife would be to bear children who would grow up to be fighters for the cause.

She lived with him in London and first met him through a girl with whom she became friendly.

Her fiancé was involved in a €2.3m online bank scam in the UK but never served time.

During her time in the house in London, she said she was told little of any conversations between jihadis.

However she says she saw Butt in Dublin and also in Limerick.

Aaliya converted to Islam at the age of after becoming "fascinated" with the religion following the 9/11 attacks.

At one time, the screen saver on her mobile phone was Osama Bin Laden.

However she began to question the radical version of the Muslim faith after the man laughed at an attack in the States. She was deradicalised by an Imam in Barking, London - and said she was shocked when he told her that the true teaching of Islam is that anyone who takes the life of one person is the same as killing the whole of mankind.

She claims she still bears the scars after being beaten heavily by her fiancé when she told him that she was leaving and he told her that she might as well be dead as to leave.

Aaliya believes that he is currently living in the Leeds area of the UK but no longer has contact.

She is now living in Dublin and continues to practise her Muslim faith.

She wore a heavy disguise when speaking to the media at the Al Mustafa Islamic Centre in Blanchardstown and says she is in fear for her safety after speaking out.

Imam Shayk Dr Mohammad Umar as-Qadri has called on the Irish government to urgently act in stamping out radical Islam in this country, saying he had warned them of the threat two years ago but had been ignored.

He called for legislation for an independent, self-governing body to govern Irish Islamic teaching, with an approved curriculum so that Irish Muslims do not become a target for jihadis seeking to groom them.

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