'The more I learnt [about Islam] the more interested I became which led to me listening to a lecture by Sheikh Khalid Yaseen, you may have heard of him?
Sheikh Khalid Yasin is a U.S.-born Muslim convert (he was raised as a Christian) and a Malcolm X disciple who has been a popular guest speaker at Muslim Students Association (MSA) events on college campuses across the United States.
He speaks regularly in the US and has appeared with Hamas-CAIR favorite Siraj Wahhaj, the 911 co-conspirator.
CAIR featured Khalid Yasin at a CAIR fundraiser this past February in St. Louis (here). Proving us right, yet again, that the line between moderate and extreme is an allusion. It's more a question of "operative" and/or secular.
Send this to your Congressmen, Senator and any other elected official who is meeting or conferring with the Muslim Brothewrhood CAIR.
Revealed, the U.S. hate preacher who inspired murderer of Lee Rigby: Killer tells how he became a Muslim after watching Islamic hardliner's sermons," Daily Mail, December 30, 2013 (thanks to David W)
- Michael Adebowale praised Khalid Yasin in prison letter to pen pal
- Says extremist preacher who advocates killing gays inspired him to convert to Islam
- Complains that he is alienated from his family because they aren't Muslim
- Also says that most Muslims have rejected him after he murdered soldier
- Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo face life in jail after being convicted of killing Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks
One of the Woolwich killers decided to convert to Islam after being inspired by a hate preacher who advocates killing gays and beating women, he has revealed in a letter.
Michael Adebowale, 22, said that lectures posted online by notorious firebrand cleric Sheikh Khalid Yasin taught him the ‘purpose of life’.
In the note written from Belmarsh Prison, he said he made the decision to convert to Islam in 2009 – around the same time that he was serving half of a 15-month sentence for supplying heroin.
Inspiration: Michael Adebowale, left, converted to Islam after listening to a sermon by Khalid Yasin, right
Victim: Adebowale helped murder Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May this year
The letter, which uses his prisoner number A0882CY, is dated December 20 – the day after he was convicted of Lee Rigby’s murder.
PURPOSE: KILLER'S PRISON LETTER
'I have always been Muslim for nearly five years. I have always been a fairly spiritual person and most of my friends at that time were Muslims.
>'So the combination of the two factors caused me to start learning more about Islam.
'The more I learnt the more interested I became which led to me listening to a lecture by Sheikh Khalid Yaseen, you may have heard of him?
'He is based in the US. The title of the lecture is called "What is the purpose of Life".
After hearing this I had to conclude that the purpose of life is to acknowledge and worship the creation as Allah said in Surat Az-Zaariyat:
'"I did not create the Jinn-kind and mankind except to worship me."'
ecalling his introduction to the religion, he wrote: ‘I have been Muslim for nearly five years. I have always been a fairly spiritual person and most of my friends at that time were Muslims.
‘So the combination of the two factors caused me to start learning more about Islam.’
‘The title of this lecture is called “What is the Purpose of Life?” After hearing this I had to conclude that the purpose of life is to acknowledge and worship the creator.’
Yasin, who calls the Taliban his ‘brothers’, has been given free rein to tour the world and spread his vile views – stopping off in countries including Britain and the US.
Linked to the hardline Wahhabi branch of Islam, he has previously denounced both Christian and Jewish beliefs as ‘filth’ and believes there can be no such thing as gender equality.
He claims that the Koran gives men permission to ‘beat women lightly’ and thinks all Muslims should shun anyone who does not follow their faith.
He has also called homosexuality an ‘aberration’ that should be ‘punishable by death’.
Alienated: Adebowale's mother Juliet Obasuyi has spoken out against his horrific crimes
And DVDs of his sermons were given to would-be jihadists who were being recruited in Britain’s streets to fight in Afghanistan.
Adebowale and his accomplice Michael Adebolajo, 29, were convicted earlier this month of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby outside his barracks in Woolwich.
Both killers were also inspired by Anjem Choudary and Adebolajo was filmed standing alongside the hate cleric at demonstrations.
The pair, who were brought up in Christian families, face spending the rest of their lives behind bars when they are sentenced next year.
The hand-written letter is the first insight into the mind of Adebowale, who refused to give evidence during the Old Bailey trial.
His fragile mental state repeatedly delayed court proceedings as his barristers claimed he could not face the dock or make important decisions about his defence.
In it, he complained that his family did not understand his views, writing: ‘They aren’t Muslim so I never get that “click” with them. May Allah forgive their mistakes.’
He also wrote of his disappointment that he has been ‘ill-judged’ and offered ‘little support’ from fellow Muslims who were appalled by the atrocity.
Writing from his solitary confinement cell, he said: ‘The trial has now come to an end and me and my brother in Islam are waiting till next year as the case was adjourned for sentencing.
Hate speech: Yasin has previously called for gay people to be put to death
Controversy: The preacher was born in New York City and converted to Islam as a teenager
‘I have had little support as you can imagine, many people are shocked and many Muslims sadly ill-judged me, Allah help them.’
Adebowale also said he had changed his name to Ismail ‘because I knew about the Prophet Ismail from Christianity’.
Adebowale and Adebolajo said they killed Mr Rigby in May in revenge for British troops being in Muslim countries.
>They ran him over in a car, almost decapitated him and then dragged him into the middle of the road and ordered onlookers to film them.
Prime Minister David Cameron has now created an extremism taskforce which aims to stop radical leaders inciting hatred.