Cardiff youths filmed in a jihadi propaganda video delivered lectures to pupils at Cathays High School, where they attended
A hardline mosque accused of helping to radicalise the Cardiff youths filmed in a jihadi propaganda video delivered regular extremist lectures to pupils at the state school they attended.
Cathays High School allowed regular Wednesday lunchtime sessions in its main assembly hall with Ali Hammuda, a hardline preacher from Al-Manar mosque in Glynrhondda Street.
The sessions, entitled “Reminding Cathays High”, included teaching pupils that music and “free-mixing”, contact between boys and girls, were “not permitted in Islam”. In a separate lecture at the mosque, Mr Hammuda described music as a “sickness”.
Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana, who both went to fight in Syria and appeared in a terrorist propaganda video last week, reportedly met at Cathays High.
Both also attended Al-Manar, which denies any links with radicalism but has hosted a long roster of extremist preachers, including Muhammad Mustafa al-Muqri, the current or former spiritual leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an ally of al-Qaeda responsible for the 1997 Luxor tourist massacre and banned across Europe as a terrorist organisation.
Saleem Kidwai, chairman of the Muslim Council of Wales, confirmed that he had seen Muqri preaching at the mosque last year.
The school classes were part of a massive outreach effort by the Al-Manar hardliners, which included stalls at a Sunday market in the city, outings for young people and classes teaching taxi drivers how to proselytise to passengers.
“What’s frustrating is that everybody knows about these people,” said one community source. “They have been a thorn in this community for a while.”
Sources involved in counter-radicalisation in Cardiff said that another six or seven young people from the city are currently believed to be in Syria, with about twelve believed to be at risk of going. All of the six or seven, the sources said, have links to Al-Manar.
Al-Manar has denied any involvement in the radicalisation of Khan and Muthanna, saying it must have taken place online.
A spokesman for Cardiff City Council, which runs Cathays High, said that the sessions were “regularly” observed by a member of staff and that it “acted quickly once concerns were raised”. The sessions, however, appear to have continued for at least a year before action was taken.
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