Hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s right-hand man took orders from a notorious British fighter for Islamic State, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today.
Strong links between the terror group and Mizanur Rahman were uncovered in a series of chilling voice messages sent from Syria by ‘Supermarket Jihadi’ Omar Hussain, a former security guard at Morrisons.
Last month, Rahman and Choudary were found guilty of inviting support for IS and face up to ten years in jail.
For legal reasons, journalists were not allowed to report the trial at the time, but The Mail on Sunday can now reveal that seven voice messages from Hussain were found on Rahman’s mobile phone.
They were recorded in August 2014 – just days before this newspaper identified Hussain, then 27, as a former employee of the supermarket chain in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, who had travelled to Syria to join IS.
In the messages, Hussain complains that Rahman, 33, who goes by the name of Abu Baraa, did not say in an online sermon to his followers that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had ordered all Muslims to travel to Syria to join IS.
Hussain says ‘the only reason IS is not expanding as quickly as it can is because of the lack of men’. Just two days after Rahman received the final message, he posted a 55-minute lecture on YouTube in front of a black IS flag.
He tells his audience that if Baghdadi ‘orders you specifically to come to Dar al-Islam [land of Islam] in that case it is compulsory upon you’.