From The Daily Mail
By Tom Witherow
As jihadists rampaged through Paris on Friday night, radical panelists at a Muslim debate in Britain reportedly told of the duty to establish an Islamic state.
Speakers at the Quiz A Muslim event in Bedford included Taji Mustafah, of radical Islamic organisation Hizb-ut Tahrir, and Moazzem Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay inmate and founder of campaign group Cage, whose director called Jihadi John a ‘beautiful young man’.
The panellists said that there is an ‘Islamic’ duty to ‘struggle’ for an ‘Islamic state’, as 132 were executed in shootings and suicide bombings.
They suggested that Muslims should be able to determine UK law according to Shariah and the Qu’ran.
According to Breitbart News Network, another panellist, Dr Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, of the Muslim Research and Development Organisation - who has previously called jihad ‘one of the most virtuous acts to Allah’ said: ‘We should not ask if we need to catch up with the British. We should be partners in defining what British is… in what the law of the land is.’
Begg, who received £1m compensation from the British government after accusing UK officials of being complicit in torture he allegedly received while detained by the U.S., reportedly said: ‘Why can’t we have unity in our countries? If that is under a khilafah (Islamic state) so be it.’
Mustafa, whose group former Prime Minister Tony Blair considered having proscribed, said: ‘Any student that studies Islam at a basic level knows Islam defines governance, the caliphate.’
Panelists backed the proposition that ‘God's law’ should always be ‘superior’ to ‘man-made law’.
Before the event Maajid Nawaz, a government counter-extremism adviser, wrote on Facebook: ‘Every single one of these speakers is a Caliphate-advocating Islamist, they believe in every core principle ISIS believes in, and they reject ISIS merely because they made their move for a Caliphate ‘too soon and too fast’.’
‘You couldn’t make this up. Friday 13th nightmare, as all-male Islamist Rogues’ Gallery.’
Muslim journalist Dilly Hussain, deputy editor of Muslim online journal 5PillarsUK and who organised the event, said: ‘Some of the speakers are very controversial, some of them have said things that have been deemed distasteful.
'On the flip side none of them have broken any laws.’