Ahmad Musa Jibril was born and lives in Dearborn, Michigan. He vanished after the London attack.
In April 2014, ICSR researchers found that 60 percent of foreign fighters in Syria followed Jibril on Twitter. CounterExtremism
Ahmad Musa Jibril, 46, from Dearborn, Michigan, is a U.S. citizen whose online preaching is said to have inspired one of the London attackers. Khuram Butt was reported to have followed Jibril online, prompting one associate to warn authorities when he started speaking about the American preacher.
The American preacher of hate watched online by one of the London terror attackers was called ‘fanatically anti-American’ by prosecutors – and even photographed posing as a ‘mujaheddin’ – a jihadi warrior.
Ahmad Musa Jibril fled his Dearborn, Michigan, home in the aftermath of the mass murder attack so quickly that he left his sandals on the deck. His mother and sister who live a few blocks away had also vanished. DailyMail
One of the London terrorist attackers, British police revealed Monday, was Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, a British citizen born in Pakistan who had been investigated by police and MI5. A second attacker was Rachid Redouane, 30, also known as Rachid Elkhdar, and according to police a Moroccan or Libyan. At this writing, police have not revealed the name of the third attacker, but it is now apparent where he got his motivation to kill.
According to Daily Caller reporter Saagar Enjeti, Ahmad Musa Jibril, an Islamic preacher in Michigan, helped radicalize the attacker. Jibril was “well known on YouTube for preaching sermons that appear to lionize Islamic terrorists fighting in Syria.” He is a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent who earned a degree in Islamic law from Saudi Arabia. As Enjeti notes, Jibril appears to have problems adhering to U.S. criminal law as “a convicted fraudster who at one time owed nearly a quarter of a million dollars in restitution to the U.S. government, and served nearly 7 years in prison.”
According to Newsweek, “Jibril preaches a Salafist version of Islam, one of the most conservative strands of the religion and the ideology from which members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda derive their beliefs.” Based in Detroit, Jibril enjoys “a substantial following” online, with nearly a quarter million “likes” on Facebook, more than 40,000 on Twitter, and 16,000 subscribers on YouTube. He is described as a “subtle, careful, and nuanced preacher” and that comes across in videos like this one.
The London attacker, said the Newsweek report, “is believed to be a homegrown jihadist, from the east London suburb of Barking. The Detroit News cited a friend of the attacker who said “He used to listen to a lot of Musa Jibril. I have heard some of this stuff and it’s very radical. I am surprised this stuff is still on YouTube and is easily accessible. I phoned the anti-terror hotline. I spoke to the gentleman. I told him about our conversation and why I think he was radicalized.” The Detroit News also provided more detail on Jibril’s criminal record.
He and his father Musa Abdallah Jibril were convicted on 42 counts of bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. In the course of these proceedings, the government uncovered a family album with photos of Ahmad dressed as a jihadi, and photos of young children with firearms and “playing at holding each other hostage and aiming the weapons at each other’s heads.” Investigators also found that in 1996 Ahmad Musa Jibril sent a fax to CNN claiming responsibility for the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and warning “here will be a series of bombings that will follow no matter how many lives of ours are taken.”
Long before the London attack, Ahmad Musa Jibril showed up in “Michigan Jihad,” Evan Kohlmann’s, October 23, 2003 report on Frontpage. At the Jibril’s Dearborn home, FBI agents confiscated firearms, computers, cell phones, and blank passports. Even so, Jibril and his father were released on a $10,000 bond pending trial. Over the previous decade, the Jibrils “have consistently endorsed violence and extremism in lectures to Muslim student groups here in the U.S. and likewise on their self-fashioned Internet mouthpiece, AlSalafyoon.com.” Full article at FrontPageMag