Student gets 40 years for terror campaign against Muslims

Pavlo Lapshyn, who has been sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in jail

Pavlo Lapshyn came to Britain in April from Ukraine after winning a prize to further his studies, but within days he had stabbed Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham. Photograph: Reuters

Pavlo Lapshyn hunted down a Muslim to murder before he bombed three Midlands mosques to trigger a race war

Pavlo Lapshyn came to Britain in April from Ukraine after winning a prize to further his studies, but within days he had stabbed Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham. Photograph: Reuters

A white supremacist who hoped to “ethnically cleanse” Muslims has been told he will serve at least 40 years imprisonment for a terror campaign in which he hunted down a Muslim to murder before he bombed three Midlands mosques aiming to kill and maim worshippers.

Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, came to Britain in April from Ukraine after winning a prize to further his studies. Instead he tried to trigger a race war, fuelled by extremist material on his computer – including a video game called “ethnic cleansing” which celebrated racist violence.

Within a day of arriving and starting a work placement in Birmingham, Lapshyn who was a PhD student, was viewing an extremist rightwing Russian website used by those imprisoned for racist crimes, including murder.

A day later he photographed himself with a Buffalo River hunting knife in his bedroom and three days later took it onto the streets, “intent on finding a Muslim to murder”, Mr Justice Sweeney said as he sentenced Lapshyn.

His victim was Mohammed Saleem, 82, walking home from a mosque with the aid of a walking stick in Small Heath, Birmingham, just after 10pm.

Lapshyn approached the grandfather of 23 children from behind, and plunged the blade in so deep it reached the front of Saleem’s body. Saleem collapsed, with one wound 18 cm deep.

Lapshyn had pleaded guilty on Monday at the Old Bailey to the terrorist campaign of murder and bombings across the West Midlands from April to July.

He confessed after his arrest that he was a violent racist and had parts for three more bomb attacks.

Photos and video recovered after his arrest revealed him experimenting with bombs in the Ukrainian countryside before he came to Britain. He had also researched where he could get materials in Birmingham to make improvised explosive devices.

He placed bombs outside mosques in Walsall and Wolverhampton in June, before packing his final device with nails which was aimed at worshippers entering Friday lunchtime prayers at Tipton mosque.

Three hundred people would have been in the path of the shrapnel that shot across the car park, leaving nails embedded in tree trunks. But the mosque had temporarily moved prayers back one hour.

The prosecution had said Lapshyn’s crimes were so severe he should receive a whole life tariff .

But the judge said he was not sure Lapshyn murdered to “further a cause” but acted alone “motivated by your own extreme and appalling prejudices.” Counter terrorism police say there is no sign the PhD student acted under the control and direction of anyone else and that he was self-radicalised.

Lapshyn was sentenced to a minimum term of 40 years, with sentences of 12 years for the three mosque bombings to run concurrently. He was sentenced by the same judge overseeing the case of two men accused of murdering Lee Rigby in May in a London street.

With Saleem’s family in court, Mr Justice Sweeney told Lapshyn, who listened impasssively: “You clearly hold extreme rightwing white supremacist views, and you were motivated to commit the offences by religious and racial hatred in the hope that you would ignite racial conflict and cause Muslims to leave the area where you were living.

“Such views, hatreds and motivation are abhorrent to all right thinking people, and have no place whatsoever in our multi-faith and multicultural society.”

In a victim impact statement Saleem’s daughter Shazia said: “The murder has disabled our minds in every emotional way possible. Dad did not die of old age or illness: he died because he was stabbed violently in the back by a gutless coward.”

Lapshyn confessed the murder during police interviews: “I have a racial hatred so I have a motivation, a racial motivation and racial hatred.”

He believed a series of attacks would cause more damage with the aim that “the Muslims will have to leave our area”.

It emerged that West Midlands police had investigated one of Saleem’s children over the killing after receiving a false witness statement. He was eliminated from inquiries.

In a statement, the Muslim Council of Britain said of Lapshyn: “There will be some who will view his activities as those of a lone wolf.

“But in a summer that saw an unprecedented rise in attacks on mosques and Islamic institutions, it is important for all of us to challenge anti-Muslim hatred, just as we challenge those who wrongly use Islam to carry out acts of violence.”

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, head of the West Midlands police counter-terrorism unit, said Lapshyn had shown no remorse or regret.

© by the guardian


10 facts about the Quran


|1| The Noble Quran was preserved in Arabic word- for-word, without any alterations for over 1400 years, as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

|2| The Noble Quran is the only book that is memorized cover-to-cover in Arabic by MILLIONS, whether they know Arabic or not.

|3| The Noble Quran is the most read, studied and recited text in the world and in the history.

|4| the Noble Quran is the only exist book that was directly revealed from God, via Angel Gabriel, to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

|5| the Noble Quran is the Only ancient religious text where the language of its revelation (Arabic), including the dialect, is still used today.

|6| The Noble Quran is the only religious text, other than the Bible, that makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus.

|7| The Noble Quran is the Only whole book that has a melodious message.

|8| The Noble Quran is the only religious text in which God speaks in first person.

|9| The Noble Quran is the only relegious book that it’s original ancient manuscript still remains today.

|10| The Noble Quran is the only religious text that allows you to test its authenticity, if you doubt that it is from God, by challenging anyone to produce anything equal to it. Until today, no Muslim or non-Muslim Arab has been able to meet this challenge.

Read the Qur’an and see for yourself.

the holy Quran in english translation

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Malaysia court rules non-Muslims may not use the word ‘Allah’

October 14, 2013   Updated: October 14, 2013  14:05:00

imagesCAF7DTO3“Allah” is commonly used in the Malay language to refer to God. But the  Malaysian government insists that “Allah” should be exclusively reserved for  Muslims because of concerns its use by others would confuse Muslims and could be  used to convert them.

Malaysia’s Christian, Buddhist and Hindu minorities have often complained  that the government infringes in their constitutional right to practise religion  freely, accusations the government denies.

The judgment in the Court of Appeals overturns a decision by a lower court  nearly four years ago that ruled against the government ban. Anger over that  ruling sparked a string of arson attacks and vandalism at Malaysian churches and  other places of worship.

The legal dispute stems from efforts by the newspaper of the Roman Catholic  Church in Malaysia to use “Allah” in its Malay-language weekly publication.

Roman Catholic representatives deny there are attempts to convert Muslims and  say the government ban is unreasonable because Christians who speak the Malay  language had long used “Allah” in their Bibles, literature and songs before  authorities sought to enforce the curb in recent years.

Judge Mohamed Apandi Ali, who led a three-member appeals court panel, said  the use of “Allah” was “not an integral part of the faith of Christianity”.

“It is our judgment that there is no infringement of any constitutional  rights” in the ban, he said. “We could find no reason why the Catholic newspaper  is so adamant to use the word ‘Allah’ in their weekly. Such usage if allowed  will inevitably cause confusion within the community.”

The Reverend Lawrence Andrew, editor of the Catholic newspaper, The Herald,  said they plan to appeal Monday’s verdict in Malaysia’s Federal Court, the  nation’s highest.

“We are greatly disappointed and dismayed,” he said. “This is unrealistic. It  is a retrograde step in the development of law in relation to the fundamental  liberty of religious minorities.”

About 150 Muslims, led by right-wing Malay Muslim rights group Perkasa,  gathered outside the court yesterday, holding banners that read “Allah just for  Muslim, fight, no fear” in a noisy protest followed by prayers.

“It is clear that ‘Allah’ cannot be abused for any purpose,” Perkasa head  Ibrahim Ali said.

Muslims make up 60 per cent of the country’s 28 million people, while  Christians account for about nine percent.

Following the initial government ban, Muslim groups seized on the issue,  claiming that the Arabic word “Allah” is exclusive to Islam.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who took office in 2009, has walked a tight-rope  between pleasing his ethnic Malay Muslim base while not alienating the country’s  non-Muslim ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities.

Since his ruling coalition was re-elected in May with a reduced majority, he  has come increasingly under pressure to stand up for the supporters of his  party, the United Malays National Organisation.

* Associated Press with additional reporting by Agence  France-Presse


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The Amazing Religion

reet-ObamaIslam The most recent western statistics about the spread of Islam state that Islam is the fastest growing religion and that it’s the only religion whose followers practise it and cling to it marvelously. In 2030, Muslims will constitute more than 2,200millions of the world’s population. Islam spreads in almost all countries and grows fast especially in France, USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe. This is a scientific fact that’s proven by numbers. The holy Qur’an, however, revealed it 14 centuries ago; Allah, the almighty says in the holy Qur’an:

“ It is He Who hath sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).” Tauba or Repentance: 9: 33

If Mohammad, PBUH, wrote the holy Qur’an, how did he know that Islam will spread fast? The above verse testifies that the holy Qur’an is definitely the word of god.

By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

How To Find The Time To Read The Quran.

By maestrouzy

hjhlWhen I tell people regarding the merits of reciting the Quran, I usually hear in response “I don’t have the time to read the Quran”. This is the situation a lot of Muslims in our overworked society is dealing with. They understand the value of the Quran, but nobody takes the time to read it.

In the last few years, I’ve changed my attitude towards the Quran. I’ve trained myself during this whole time while doing a full time job. Alhamdulillah! Last year, I read the Quran 15 times completely; that’s more than one juz’ per day.

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