Muslim Interrupts Religious Remembrance Ceremony in Alfreton, Derbyshire

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: April 26, 2014

In Derbyshire, England on the 11th of November, 2013, a 52 year-old Muslim man named Mohamed Dar entered New Life Church in Alfreton as the community was holding a remembrance service for English World War I soldiers. He was shouting "turn to Islam" while wearing a scarf tied over his face and a kind of turban on which was written in Arab, “Allah is great.”

Those gathered for the service were afraid that this might be a terrorist attack, especially as he was shouting insults such as “This is rubbish, you should be preaching Allah, turn to Islam, we send boys of 10 to war.”
Apparently, the same man had just come from disrupting a Remembrance Day parade at the cenotaph in Alfreton. According to the Derby Telegraph, on April 26th, 2014 Magistrates “found Dar guilty of two counts using threatening and abusive words or behaviour.”
Also according to the Derby Telegraph, Dar did not know that there was a parade until that very morning.  He said: “I accept that the views I expressed could be uncomfortable to other people but I cannot get to grips with the wars (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and it manifests itself with those words that I said.
“I went to the memorial dressed as I did to pay my respects to the British soldiers who died in World War Two, not the other wars which I don’t believe in.
“I also wanted to pay my respects to all the Muslims that have been slaughtered like pigs in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Reports say that in a statement read in court, Sergeant Jonathan Barnhill, said that he was asked two weeks before the incident by Dar to his house. Sergeant Barnhill says: “When I was there Mr Dar said he viewed suicide bombers as the highest form of people.
“He also informed me that he did a lot of research into terrorism.
“I found Mr Dar very disturbing.”
According to the Derby Telegraph: “Dar apologised in court for his behaviour in the New Life Church, saying he had only gone there as it was ‘a soothing place, a house of God,’ and that he had not deliberately gone there to cause trouble.”
The Derby Telegraph states that, “He will be sentenced at a future date pending a report.”