Jihadist video aimed at Muslim youth
Muhammad Robert Heft, a Canadian convert to Islam, said he was given a copy of the video by Fahim Ahmed, one of 17 people arrested on June 2.
The video offers a chilling glimpse inside the jihadist mind and is intended as a wake-up call to Muslim youth in Canada.
"Those who believe do battle for the cause of Allah," says the voice on the tape, "and those who disbelieve do battle for the cause of taghout
The Sept. 11 attacks are a central theme in the video, appearing again and again, not as a nightmare but as an inspiration. "America was struck within its homeland â€¦ and the youths of Islam invaded it on that great day. So the whole world was totally changed as a result of this blessed invasion."
That message was handed out in the parking lot of the Salaheddin mosque in suburban Toronto, allegedly distributed by Ahmed. The video is subtitled so that Muslim youth who grew up speaking English, not Arabic, could understand the narrator.
The star of the video is Osama bin Laden, who is seen urging Muslims to kill infidels. "Therefore each individual from amongst the Muslims should come forth to kill the Jews and Americans," bin Laden says, "for killing them is foremost of obligations and the greatest form of worship."
The 36-minute tape lists famous suicide bombers as martyrs and urges Muslims to attack the West: "In this stage you have to hit then run away and hide. You should hit on their weak points."
Returning to Sept. 11, the tape portrays the attacks as a triumph for Islam, calling them "operations that were successful in all measures."
That is followed by a desert rider, superimposed on the scene, who turns out to be bin Laden.
Heft's allegation that he obtained the video from Ahmed fits with a synopsis of the prosecution's case obtained by CBC News. The synopsis also alleges that Ahmed handed out copies of a video glorifying jihad.
Aly Hindy, the imam of the Salaheddin mosque, says he knew nothing of the matter, adding that he has no control over what people hand out in the parking lot.