Radical Hook-Handed Islamist Cleric Changes Name to Improve His Image

Posted by on May 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

I guess a public makeover is in order for Abu Hamza. So in oder to improve his standing with the public, he now wants to be known as Barack Hussein Hamza.

OK, just joking.

Hook-handed Abu Hamza, a notorious Islamist facing extradition from the UK to the US, changed his name to try to shake off his hate-preaching past.

The jailed rabble-rouser now wishes to be known as Mustafa Kamal Mustafa.

Staff at London’s top security Belmarsh Prison, where he is awaiting extradition, were instructed to address him by his new name instead of Abu Hamza al Masri.

A UK government source said: “He is trying to shed the enormous amount of baggage associated with his old name. He can call himself what he likes officially but he will be forever known as Abu Hamza.”

The preacher was named Mustafa Kamal Mustafa at birth in Egypt. But when he became involved in Islamic extremism he switched to Abu Hamza — which in Arabic means “strong and steadfast.”

It became synonymous with vile anti-Western rants which eventually earned him a seven-year jail sentence for soliciting murder.


One Response to “Radical Hook-Handed Islamist Cleric Changes Name to Improve His Image”

  1. Blue Hen on 23/23/12 at 9:32 am

    I like how prison staff were instructed to call him by the other name. Uh…what name was he convicted and sent here under? Let’s use that.