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Lee Rigby – Rest in Peace


As the third anniversary of his murder (22 May 2013) is upon us we reproduce a few previous articles, dated in chronological order.  His murder by Muslim jihadists was an attack on all freedom-loving people everywhere.  Lee Rigby, may you rest in peace.  We will never forget you.  Yesterday at our Demonstration in Coventry we held a one minute silence.

22 May 2016

March 2014

The need for a Memorial

Muslim jihadists brutally murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby on the afternoon of 22 May 2013, one year ago today. His murder at the hands of jihadists right in our midst, rather than on a foreign battlefield, is a horrible reminder that the war with Islam, and declared first by Islam, is a stark and present reality. So often our servicemen and women return from far-flung wars only to find that the very jihadists they had fought in distant battles must be fought all over again right here at home. British Muslims flowing into and out of Syria will only make this fight much, much worse. It is unlikely that we have seen the last of Islam-inspired murder.

We will remember Lee Rigby even though the local authority in Woolwich refuses to issue a plaque in his memory, and instead deferred this issue to the Ministry of Defence.  The MoD has said: “We recognise the importance of properly commemorating Fusilier Rigby’s sacrifice and this will be marked at the National Arboretum where his name will appear alongside colleagues, friends and all soldiers who have died on operations.” But what operation was Lee Rigby on as he was walking back to Woolwich barracks?

Even more dismissive than the Woolwich council’s deference were the comments made by MP Nick Raynsford, who said that a Rigby memorial would “not in my view be helpful [because it might] attract interest from extremists.” Which extremists are Raynsford worried about attracting interest from? The Muslim extremists who attempted to behead one of our soldiers and then kill themselves to complete the sick act of martyrdom by charging at police officers wielding meat cleavers? Or could it be that those who oppose the memorial including MP Raynsford are so lost in the folly of appeasement and blindness that they are more concerned about flag-waving English patriots who might come to pay their respects?

The EDL joins our voice with the more than 12,000 people who call for a local memorial to mark Lee’s death.  Locating the memorial nearest the site of the murder is the only deserving tribute to a loving father cut down in his prime, but it would also help all of society acknowledge that this act of violence was not a random, senseless murder but part of the larger plan to bend this country into submission under the banner of Islam.

[And this is why Rigby’s murder was an event of national significance. Also why the British public (including the EDL) have “standing” in the debate over what the memorial to Fusilier Rigby should be.]

May Lee Rigby rest in eternal peace, and may his son grow to know an England less at peril than the one from which his father so untimely departed.

5 March 2014

Did Lee Rigby’s Killers Betray Islam?

On 25 February the long-awaited sentences were handed down to Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the convicted killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby.  Adebolajo, the knife-wielding maniac who was filmed by a witness at the scene, received a “whole life” sentence while his accomplice Adebowale received a sentence of 45 years in prison.  While a long life spent in torturous hard labour or a rather shorter one spent swinging from the gallows might seem a more appropriate punishment, the sentences are nevertheless satisfactory.  It was high time some measure of justice be brought upon these two sick animals, and for closure to be brought to Lee’s death for his family’s sake.

We are presented with weekly, if not daily reminders of the morbid, soulless evil which resides in the blackened hearts of Islamists, but the Rigby murder sentencing gives us yet another glimpse into their demonic state.  The sentencing began with a statement by Justice Sweeney; “You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam.”  The two then began spasming with rabid violence shouting “Allahu Ackbar” and attacking the guards in the dock.  Adebowale bellowed “It is not a betrayal of Islam!”

This prompts the question – is it, or is it not a betrayal of Islam to murder non-believers?

It is striking that the Prime Minister used the same phrase the day after the murder of Lee Rigby (23 May 2013) – that ‘it was a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities that give so much to our country.’

Every single Muslim terrorist quotes the Quran and hadith to justify their actions and make clear their motivations and the two murders on trial for Lee Rigby’s murder were no exception (the full list of their Quranic foundations can be found here):

How should ye not fight for the cause of Allah and of the feeble among men and of the women and the children who are crying: Our Lord! Bring us forth from out this town of which the people are oppressors! Oh, give us from thy presence some protecting friend! Oh, give us from Thy presence some defender!  (4:75)

Those who believe do battle for the cause of Allah; and those who disbelieve do battle for the cause of idols. So fight the minions of the devil. Lo! the devil’s strategy is ever weak.(4:76)

O ye who believe! What aileth you that when it is said unto you: Go forth in the way of Allah, ye are bowed down to the ground with heaviness. Take ye pleasure in the life of the world rather than in the Hereafter? The comfort of the life of the world is but little in the Hereafter. (9:38)

These particular verses are especially interesting because another terrorist, Shehzad Tanweer also chose them in 2005 before he killed himself and killed seven others at Aldgate tube station.  Both these terrorists also chose other verses from the Quran which inspired them (and there are so many!).

These terrorists view themselves as defending Islam and fellow Muslims against the oppressors who are soldiers and others here in the West.  Their allegiance is to the Umma (the Muslims believers internationally) not the nation in which they live.  They battle in the cause of Allah and ‘shall slay and be slain’ (Quran 9:111) which is the only guarantee of gaining the comfort of the Hereafter.

But can terrorists be misguided in their understanding of Islam?  Of course, but they are not alone in their understanding.  Indeed, not only do the ‘sacred’ texts as found in the Quran and Hadith support them, there are millions of Muslims who understand Islam in this same way and have always done so.  The reason is because this perspective on Islam is faithful to the life and example of that ‘perfect man’ named Mohammed who started his war against all non-believers 1400 years ago.

Just after the murder of Lee Rigby, Bakri Mohammed, in an interview with The Independent [24 May 2013], said he understood why the suspects would have carried out the barbaric attack on Fusilier Lee Rigby.  He said: ‘I saw the film and we could see that he (the suspect) was being very courageous. Under Islam this can be justified, he was not targeting civilians; he was taking on a military man in an operation. To people around here (in the Middle East) he is a hero.’

Those who argue, like Justice Sweeny and PM David Cameron, that these terrorists ‘betray Islam,’ never ever back up their assertions with quotes from the texts, and Islam is nothing without textual support and reference to Mohammed.  The public at large are expected to bow to their understanding without question and accept their authority just on their say so.  Like Allah or Alice in Wonderland: it is what I say it is because I say so. Well those days are long gone.

Mohammed said: ‘There is [an]… act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth… [What is that act?] He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!’  [Muslim Book 020, Number 4645]

Let’s be clear.  These murderers speak the truth when they say that they ‘are soldiers of Allah’.  And as such they should be treated as prisoners of war.  But unfortunately it is a war that is only recognised by our enemies.  Our side, via the courts and politicians, only sees it as a crime, without the larger context.  We ignore what these killers said about their motivation at our peril.  These killers will disappear from view forever now, but Islam and its faithful followers will remain.

March 2014

19 May 2014

The Long War Continues

Muslim jihadists murdered Lee Rigby on the afternoon of 22 May 2013.  The killers of Lee Rigby were acting in accord with Islamic principles regarding Jihad.  His murder at the hands of jihadists in our midst is a horrible reminder that the war with Islam, and declared first by Islam, is reality.  This was not the first such act of war and likely will not to be the last.

‘Jihad’ is the Islamic process of war for the purpose of imposing Muslim rule over the entire world.  Non-Muslims would be given three choices.  According to Al Qaeda:

‘There are only three choices in Islam: either willing submission; or payment of the Jizya, through physical though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or the sword – for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live.  The matter is summed up for every person alive: either submit, or live under the authority of Islam, or die.’

(p. 42 ‘The Al Qaeda Reader’ Edited and Translated by Raymond Ibrahim)

This sentiment is not just a made up doctrine by Al Qaeda but flows from Quran 9:29 and has been consistently applied for over 1400 years, wherever Muslims gain the upper hand in any society.  To ‘submit’ means to become a Muslim.  The term Jizya is a special tax/payment by non-Muslims only.

While many parts of the world have had to deal with Islamically inspired aggression for 1400 years the first portent of Jihad in the UK was the riots following the publication in 1988 of The Satanic Verses and the fatwa on author Salman Rushdie in 1989 by Iran’s Revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

Since then the many incidents of this war have been documented by the English Defence League:

  • the wholesale grooming of our young girls (http://edlbackup.com/muslim-rape-grooming-abuse-gangs-in-england/ );
  • the bombings of London transport in 7 July 2005 in which 52 died and hundreds injured;
  • the so-called honour killings of women;
  • the mutilation of young girls;
  • the establishment of Sharia courts;
  • the disrespect toward our soldiers on homecomings;
  • the imposition of halal products on the populace; etc.

In 2009, The Independent, four years after the 2005 attacks revealed: ‘Two hundred school children in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are “vulnerable” to Islamic radicalisation,’ (28th March 2009).  How many more warnings does a society need to prevent jihad on the streets of the UK?

We will remember Lee Rigby even though the local authority in Woolwich refuses to issue a plaque in his memory, and instead deferred this issue to the Ministry of Defence.  The MoD has said: “We recognise the importance of properly commemorating Fusilier Rigby’s sacrifice and this will be marked at the National Arboretum where his name will appear alongside colleagues, friends and all soldiers who have died on operations.”  (Emphasis added).  But what operation was Lee Rigby on, walking back to Woolwich barracks?

Rather, we join our voice with the more than 12000 people who call for a local memorial to mark his death.  To establish this memorial locally would be to help all of society acknowledge that this act of violence was not a random and senseless act of murder but part of the larger plan by jihadist to implement the Sharia in this green and pleasant land.

But we say: Not on our watch!

Lee Rigby — Rest in Peace

May 2015

Lee Rigby – two years on

Two years ago on 22 May the nation and world were shocked and horrified by the audacious murder of a young soldier in broad day light on the streets of London.

Fusilier Lee Rigby, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was targeted for execution by two followers of Mohammed.

As he walked down the street near his barracks in Woolwich, South London, in clothes that indicated he was a soldier, the followers of Mohammed drove a car into him.  They then got out of the car armed with knives and cleavers and extinguished what life may have been left in him.  He had to be identified by dental records.

This was not a random attack on a British citizen by Muslim jihadists, like the 7 July 2005 bombings were, but a targeted execution on a member of the armed forces as an act of war against the British people and those pledged to protect and serve the Queen.

The two murderers were seen by (honest) Muslims overseas as good soldiers of Allah and were praised for striking a blow for the Umma.   However, the same two were seen by our political and judicial establishments as just crazed killers who just happen to be Muslims who tarnished the name of Islam and cast a cloud over otherwise good community relations here in the UK.  David Cameron and Judge Sweeny both preached to the nation that what these two jihadists did ‘was a betrayal of Islam.’  Though Boris Johnson, as mayor of London, supports a ‘permanent memorial in Woolwich’ he is seemingly keen to provide a meaning to this tragedy which excludes Islam.



Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the family and the wife and son of Lee Rigby.  We know the pain will never go away.  We can only assure the family that the grief is shared.  The community in Woolwich and further afield are determined that a memorial to Lee Rigby will be installed at the scene of his murder — that he will not be forgotten.


We cannot and should not forget it because of what his murder was meant to do to all of us.

It was an attack on all those who hold dear the traditions and values that make this country great.  Murdering Lee Rigby was an attempt to destroy these values and traditions.

Although savagely murdered he lives on, not only in our hearts as a person, soldier, husband and father, but as a symbol, a reminder of the inhumane brutality of Islam and its followers.

Fusilier Lee Rigby, we remember you!



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  1. Sadly a decent man who witnessed this vile act, has never recovered from what he saw. he has since taken his life.
    may he now rest in peace my brave fellow citizen

  2. The memorial was revealed on 11 November 2015 after considerable delays, as “the council had had to balance different opinions about how Lee Rigby should be commemorated”.

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