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Posted on Mar 22, 2012

Jalal Ibn Saeed

Jalal Ibn Saeed

Jalal Ibn Saeed (a.k.a. Jalal Saeed, Jalal Mohabbat) is an American lecturer who has been resident in the UK since the early 1990’s. He is a regular speaker on the university Islamic society and Islamic centre lecture circuit. He is closely associated with the Islamist-front group IERA. Saeed specialises in the art of proselytisation. His rhetoric is usually based on the glorification of death and misery and his message has been classified by Stand For Peace as Soft Islamism.


Saeed has praised the Taliban and claims that the Afghan people want them to return:

2:15 – “Their [the Taliban] motto was “from Kabul to al-Quds [Jerusalem]”. “We’re going to go from Kabul to Quds.” What they had was a big army, they had black flags raised. And some people say “well, if they were true they would have succeeded”. That’s not necessarily true. That doesn’t mean they’re false just because they didn’t succeed. As far as I am concerned the mujāhidīn are successful whether they lose or win. They’re successful. But if they succeed we also become successful. And if they fail, they succeed but we fail. And right now do we deserve such a success? [shakes head] How could they win with us like this?” […] [3:13] “The Taliban were coming into Kabul, they took Kabul, all or most of the country, no bloodshed, because everybody wanted that pathway. And they still do, which is Islam, sharia, etcetera.”[1]

In another lecture, about Muhammad as a warrior, Saeed begins by quoting Qur’an [22:39], supposedly the first verse to be revealed concerning jihad. By mentioning Iraq and Afghanistan, he appears to give divine sanction to ‘good’ Muslims to target coalition troops:

[9:24] “‘To those against who war is waged, it is permissible for them, permission is given to fight because they are wronged and verily Allah is most powerful for their aid.’ I thought it’s important to start with this ayah [verse] considering the state of our ummah today and the many lands of Muslims and what they’re going through. And I’m sure all of us have pain in our hearts knowing what’s happening to the Muslims in Iraq, the Muslims in Afghanistan, the Muslims in Swat valley in Pakistan and other places, the Muslims in Kashmir, in Chechnya, in Kosovo, in Bosnia, in Somalia, in Sudan, so many places in the world. Our hearts bleed for them and I say let’s share this ayah with them, at least the part where Allah says “permission is given to them to fight”. To defend themselves. Because they are wronged. Not just by their enemies, but by us, their brothers and sisters. Nod if you agree, at least. Yes, they are wronged. So permission is given to them by Allah. And Muslims dare speak and say ‘they shouldn’t.’ “[2]

Glorification of Death

Ibn Saeed’s rhetoric is often based on death and suffering. In a video called, “Every soul shall taste death” [3], Ibn Saeed tells his audience that “A good death is a slow one“, telling his audience that they should “A sudden death is a problem“. “A believer wants a slow death, sweat, build up, let me feel everything.”. “We were getting ready for his death!”.

Links To Other Hate Preachers

Ibn Saeed has shared a platform [4] with other a number of other hate preachers including Murtaza Khan, Haitham al-Haddad and Hamza Andreas Tzortzis (a former Hizb-ut-Tahrir member himself). The picture below shows a university poster detailing a lecture that Ibn Saeed gave on death, with Murtaza Khan giving a talk on the Grave and its punishment.


Ibn Saeed is also linked to the hate preachers in IERA which includes Abdurraheem Green, Abu Abdissalam, Yusuf Chambers, Saleem Chagtai, Adnan Rashid. At the University level, outside London, Ibn Saeed’s events are often sponsored by FOSIS.

Anti-Semitism and Muslim Ostracism

Jalal Ibn Saeed has made anti-semitic statements in the past. In one video, Ibn Saeed says the following of the Jews:

“…we selfishly live like the Jews, who only care about themselves and call the rest a goyim, those who are damned. Those who are enslaved to them.”[5]

Ibn Saeed also calls on Muslims to ostracise themselves from British Society effectively calling for religious segregation, idyllic and literal worship of the Quran and rubbishing interfaith dialogue:

“… Some ask, what do you mean? Stop everything I am doing? Don’t eat? Don’t live? Don’t have fun? Don’t play games? Don’t enjoy? Don’t eat? Don’t sleep? Don’t get married? Don’t have children? Don’t buy a house, a car? Just worship?

The answer is yes. The answer is yes. If one was sincere, one would not ask such a question. One would say, yes, he is my Lord, what does he want me to do? I will do what he wants me to do, his bidding.[6]

1 – (accessed 19/8/2011).

2 – ‘Jalal ibn Saeed: Prophet Muhammad as The Warrior – Part 3 of 5’ (accessed 19/8/2011).

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6 – ibid.




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