Crawley man fronts a government video urging young Muslims not to fight in Syria

Hafeez Majeed appears on a video by Families Against Stress and Trauma

Hafeez Majeed appears on a video by Families Against Stress and Trauma

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The brother of Britain’s first suicide bomber in Syria has appeared in a poignant video which aims to stem the flow of people travelling to war-ravaged regions in the Middle East.

Hafeez Majeed, brother of Abdul Waheed Majeed, who drove a truck full of explosives into Aleppo prison in Syria in February, is one of three case studies taking part in a Government video produced to tackle the problem of young men travelling to Syria.

Abdul Waheed Majeed left his three children and wife behind at Martyrs Avenue in Crawley when he carried out the attack which freed 300 inmates.

Hafeez said: “We heard reports that a man had carried out an attack on Aleppo prison.

“Time elapsed, about three or four days, and then we saw a video.

“On that video we saw my brother, my mother and father’s son, preparing to carry out the attack.

“It was very traumatic for us to see that video footage of him standing next to that vehicle.

“For me and for mum and dad, when we did see those last moments of him on that video, that’s when we really felt a lot of grief.

“My heartbeat decreased so much that it actually felt like it was stopping.

“Normally, parents expect to leave this world before their children do.

“Words just can’t describe the amount of pain and the anguish.

“My brother’s wife feels like she has lost her soulmate. Her life is void now without my brother. We’re all still coming to terms with what it has done to us as a family.”

The video is produced by the charity FAST – Families Against Stress and Trauma.

Saleha Jaffer, from the charity, said: “We know that many more British people are travelling to Syria. That means many families are experiencing the same anxiety and loss.

“Families can really make a difference. If you know someone is planning on going to Syria, please reach out.

“You do have the power to protect those whom you love.”

Hafeez added: “You always in life need someone to rely on, and I relied heavily on my brother.

“I suppose my brother was my best friend as well and I spent the majority of my time with him doing things.

“He brought so much happiness to all of us really.”

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8:46am Thu 24 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

The problem isn't those who go to Syria.

The problem is those who want to yet don't. They are living amongst us right now.
The problem isn't those who go to Syria. The problem is those who want to yet don't. They are living amongst us right now. stevo!!
  • Score: -2

9:24am Thu 24 Jul 14

tykemison says...

My sincere condolences Hafeez, I could not begin to understand what you and your parents are going through right now, all the respect in the world for speaking out and showing the human side of conflict, bless you and your family.
My sincere condolences Hafeez, I could not begin to understand what you and your parents are going through right now, all the respect in the world for speaking out and showing the human side of conflict, bless you and your family. tykemison
  • Score: 11

9:47am Thu 24 Jul 14

gaay buoy says...

stevo!! wrote:
The problem isn't those who go to Syria.

The problem is those who want to yet don't. They are living amongst us right now.
Yes the enemy within i'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: The problem isn't those who go to Syria. The problem is those who want to yet don't. They are living amongst us right now.[/p][/quote]Yes the enemy within i'm afraid. gaay buoy
  • Score: 48

10:00am Thu 24 Jul 14

calro75 says...

Sadly, many people who are thinking about going are very misguided. They'll end up dead or worse being used to commit crimes against women, children or innocents. What we hear and read on the news here is very different from the reality of the situation. This is about many different factions fighting for with the hopes of many different outcomes not necessarily for the greater good of Syria. I feel very sorry for this man and his family, hopefully his message may get through to some misguided souls who think fighting a war abroad is a good thing.
Sadly, many people who are thinking about going are very misguided. They'll end up dead or worse being used to commit crimes against women, children or innocents. What we hear and read on the news here is very different from the reality of the situation. This is about many different factions fighting for with the hopes of many different outcomes not necessarily for the greater good of Syria. I feel very sorry for this man and his family, hopefully his message may get through to some misguided souls who think fighting a war abroad is a good thing. calro75
  • Score: 14

10:10am Thu 24 Jul 14

Hooitness says...

They're only going because it takes hard work to join a regular army. These muppets take anyone regardless of intelligence and fitness, show them the bare basics, and let them loose with an AK47 so they can live out their fantasy.

When they come under fire for the first time I guarantee their Call of Duty wet dream will evaporate pretty damned quickly.
They're only going because it takes hard work to join a regular army. These muppets take anyone regardless of intelligence and fitness, show them the bare basics, and let them loose with an AK47 so they can live out their fantasy. When they come under fire for the first time I guarantee their Call of Duty wet dream will evaporate pretty damned quickly. Hooitness
  • Score: 7

10:27am Thu 24 Jul 14

hursthill says...

All Majeeds's grief is about himself & his family.

His brother was a suicide bomber. Their job is to murder civilians.

A few words of regret for the innocents killed, & condemnation of his brother's evil intent, would not be out of place.
All Majeeds's grief is about himself & his family. His brother was a suicide bomber. Their job is to murder civilians. A few words of regret for the innocents killed, & condemnation of his brother's evil intent, would not be out of place. hursthill
  • Score: 19

12:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

stevo!! . says...

I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.
I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them. stevo!! .
  • Score: 15

12:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

calro75 says...

stevo!! . wrote:
I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.
Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!! .[/bold] wrote: I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.[/p][/quote]Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss. calro75
  • Score: 10

1:01pm Thu 24 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

calro75 wrote:
stevo!! . wrote:
I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.
Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.
Actually, the other stevo was correct in mentioning religion as part of the conflict, because some muslim militias are ethnically-cleansing Syria of Christians.

http://www.christian
freedom.org/the-chri
stian-winter/persecu
tion-in-syria/
[quote][p][bold]calro75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!! .[/bold] wrote: I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.[/p][/quote]Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.[/p][/quote]Actually, the other stevo was correct in mentioning religion as part of the conflict, because some muslim militias are ethnically-cleansing Syria of Christians. http://www.christian freedom.org/the-chri stian-winter/persecu tion-in-syria/ stevo!!
  • Score: -5

1:31pm Thu 24 Jul 14

calro75 says...

stevo!! wrote:
calro75 wrote:
stevo!! . wrote:
I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.
Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.
Actually, the other stevo was correct in mentioning religion as part of the conflict, because some muslim militias are ethnically-cleansing Syria of Christians.

http://www.christian

freedom.org/the-chri

stian-winter/persecu

tion-in-syria/
Yes I would agree to a point but a lot is being funded and encouraged by other Muslim states and their own agendas. Didn't start out as a religious war people just wanted a regime change. Other states are now fighting under a religious guise to try and create another Muslim state that the people don't want.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]calro75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!! .[/bold] wrote: I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.[/p][/quote]Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.[/p][/quote]Actually, the other stevo was correct in mentioning religion as part of the conflict, because some muslim militias are ethnically-cleansing Syria of Christians. http://www.christian freedom.org/the-chri stian-winter/persecu tion-in-syria/[/p][/quote]Yes I would agree to a point but a lot is being funded and encouraged by other Muslim states and their own agendas. Didn't start out as a religious war people just wanted a regime change. Other states are now fighting under a religious guise to try and create another Muslim state that the people don't want. calro75
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Thu 24 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

calro75 wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
calro75 wrote:
stevo!! . wrote:
I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.
Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.
Actually, the other stevo was correct in mentioning religion as part of the conflict, because some muslim militias are ethnically-cleansing Syria of Christians.

http://www.christian


freedom.org/the-chri


stian-winter/persecu


tion-in-syria/
Yes I would agree to a point but a lot is being funded and encouraged by other Muslim states and their own agendas. Didn't start out as a religious war people just wanted a regime change. Other states are now fighting under a religious guise to try and create another Muslim state that the people don't want.
I fully agree.
[quote][p][bold]calro75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]calro75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!! .[/bold] wrote: I've always been a bit suspicious of Muslims yet I'm the one all the trolls call a racist. This story just proves my point that you have to be very wary of them.[/p][/quote]Well clearly you are ignorant as this war is not about religion it's about changing the country's regime. There are many different faiths in Syria and the ruling party for the most part are druss.[/p][/quote]Actually, the other stevo was correct in mentioning religion as part of the conflict, because some muslim militias are ethnically-cleansing Syria of Christians. http://www.christian freedom.org/the-chri stian-winter/persecu tion-in-syria/[/p][/quote]Yes I would agree to a point but a lot is being funded and encouraged by other Muslim states and their own agendas. Didn't start out as a religious war people just wanted a regime change. Other states are now fighting under a religious guise to try and create another Muslim state that the people don't want.[/p][/quote]I fully agree. stevo!!
  • Score: -5

6:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Real Curious George says...

I know I'm being naive, but why aren't the moderate muslims worldwide walking the streets saying "Not in my name"?
I know I'm being naive, but why aren't the moderate muslims worldwide walking the streets saying "Not in my name"? The Real Curious George
  • Score: 4

11:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

I expect they at least have their refuse collected on time.
I expect they at least have their refuse collected on time. JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: -9

11:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Motorcyclist says...

Stevo has been cloned and now he is twice as boring. Can we ignore him please? :)
Stevo has been cloned and now he is twice as boring. Can we ignore him please? :) Motorcyclist
  • Score: -1

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