Christchurch mosque linked to al-Qaeda

Sunday, March 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Pamela Geller
March 17, 2019

It is of no import that the gunman was a left-wing eco-facsist who loved Red China. The New Zealand tragedy is being exploited to shut down free speech and silence any criticism of jihad and sharia oppression. Attacks like this against the mosque, are thankfully, quite rare. Jihad terror, on the other hand, roils the free world. And yet never do we hear after jihad attacks that Islamic texts and teachings must be purged of the exhortations to jihad and incitement to murder.

According to a report on, two Islamic militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2013. The parents of one of the jihadis killed in a US drone strike say their son was “radicalized” in the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque that was attacked by gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant.

Clover Chronicle:After hearing about the allegations that two of their members were introduced to radical Islam in Christchurch, the mosque’s leaders immediately responded by saying they were moderate and not extremist.

Per the article on

Australian Christopher Havard, 27, and dual New Zealand-Australian national Daryl Jones were killed by a missile fired by a US drone in November, 2013.

Australia’s ABC news yesterday reported the pair had been on an Australian Federal Police watchlist because of their links to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terror group.

Havard and Jones – who went by the name Muslim bin John – reportedly met in Christchurch after Havard converted to Islam.

Havard’s mother and stepfather, Bronwen and Neill Dowrick, said their son joined the local mosque and told them that was where he first encountered radical Islam.

In an interview with ABC news, Havard’s parents said when he first started visiting mosque, he “realized what they were trying to convert people to.”

At the time, the imam of the Christchurch mosque, Hisham el Zeiny, said he had not seen any signs of radical Islam being taught to their members. Instead, he believed Havard and Jones were most likely radicalized on the internet, where it was “easy to stray.”

Mohamed Jama, the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, said Havard was “always in the mosque” during the time he lived in Christchurch and seemed “normal.”

The article continues:

Dr Mohammad Alayan, a former senior member of the Christchurch Mosque, said claims of radical Islam in Christchurch were “not true.”

“The mosque in Christchurch is very against that. Islam is all about peace.”

Farid Ahmed, who delivers weekly sermons at the mosque, said he was “disturbed” by the allegations and worried about the effect it could have on how people perceived the Muslim community.

“I don’t believe it. Our community here, most of them are refugees; I myself came from Bangladesh 26 years ago. We are very grateful because this country opened their hearts to us.”

Radical speakers could be found online but such material “has nothing to do with the mosque or the mosque community,” he said.

“If [Havard’s family] have any evidence they should provide it so we can deal with it, because we want to stop it.”

During a speech, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said while he did not believe radical Islam existed in Christchurch, Security and Intelligence Services (SIS) officers were on site (at the time) to monitor any possible leads.

NewsHub, April 2014,

A Christchurch mosque has been linked to the drone killing of New Zealand al-Qaida suspect Daryl Jones.
The parents of an Australian killed alongside Jones say their son was taught radical Islam in Christchurch, where he also met Mr Jones.

Christopher Havard was killed alongside Mr Jones by a US drone in Yemen last year.

His parents, Neill and Bronwyn Dowrick, say their son told them he was first taught radical Islam at the Al Noor mosque in Addington.

Mr Havard moved from Australia to New Zealand in 2010. He’s remembered at the mosque by the name of Saleem Khattab.

“[He was] no different than other people,” says mosque president Mohamed Jama. “He was a normal man.”

Mr Havard’s parents say it’s at the mosque he met fellow convert Mr Jones, who was known at Muslim Bin John.

But the mosque can’t remember Mr Jones, and denies teaching radical Islam.

It seems Kiwi spies may have had the mosque under surveillance.

“I’m not going to go into the individual entities or the operations that the SIS or the GCSB conducted,” says Prime Minister John Key.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) began an investigation into Mr Havard’s possible involvement in an alleged al-Qaida kidnapping of three westerners in Yemen.

Documents show, “Mr Havard and Mr Nin John were of long-standing interest to the AFP due to their assessed activities in Yemen liked to al-Qaida”.

All that’s known of Mr Jones is that he was 31 years old, a joint New Zealand-Australian citizen, and his family are still here.

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