Islamic preacher Mullah Krekar, who has lived in Norway since 1991, said he was “happy about what happened in France” when “jihadists” attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris and killed 11 people, adding that “yes,” they were heroes.
Krekar also said that France deserved to suffer because it allowed the Muslim prophet Mohammed to be insulted in newspaper cartoons and that if “Scandinavians also go down the same path as France, then they would deserve it” too.
Mullah Krekar made his remarks in a Feb. 25 interview broadcast on the Norway channel NRK.
During the exchange, Mullah Krekar was asked, “For someone who burns the Koran, the punishment, according to Islam, is death, is that correct?”
Krekar said, “If you burn the Koran, which is an insult, then the answer is clearly yes.”
Even if the man who burned a Koran lived in Norway, “I know absolutely that he has committed a criminal offense where the punishment is death,” said Mullah Krekar, adding that “the responsibility for carrying out the punishment is on the Ummah, our Muslim brotherhood (Ummah).”
“Regardless if he lives in Norway, or if he is Barack Obama,” said Krekar. “I am not myself threatening the person. I am telling what is stated in the [Sharia] law. I have told you what is in the Koran and in the Hadith. I have not pointed at one specific person and said, ‘You we must kill.’”
The interviewer then asked, “because you have said that this is the punishment according to the Koran, isn’t there the risk that somebody would listen to you?”
Mullah Krekar said, “He must fear the Somalis, the Indonesians, the Africans, the Chechens, anybody who follows the Koran.”
He continued, “Not only those who listen to me. Anybody who knows of this punishment can kill him. Anybody. We will defend our religion with our own blood. Our only limits are limits of blood, limits of explosives. Those who insult our religion must know that one of us will die. Those who insult our religion and our honor must understand that this is a matter of life and death.”
And if the man was killed, Krekar said “yes,” he would be satisfied, adding, “I would send a gift to the person who kills him. Why wouldn’t I be happy about that?”
The Norwegian host then asked, “Does that mean that you are happy about the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France and also the attack against Lars Vilks in Denmark?”
Mullah Krekar said, “I know little about the attack in Denmark. But, of course, I am happy about what happened in France.”
“They were defending their honor, they were defending their holiness,” said Krekar.
He was then asked, “Those who attacked Charlie Hebdo in France, were they heroes?”
“Yes, of course,” said Krekar. “They were jihadists.”
Finally, the interviewer asked, “ Would you wish to also find heroes like that in Norway?”
Mullah Krekar said, “No, I don’t hope for that. Not because I live in Norway but because France deserves it. But if the Scandinavians also go down the same path as France, then they would deserve it.”
Krekar’s real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad. He founded the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, and has lived in Norway since 1991, reported the NRK.