London Bridge attacker Khurum Butt posted a chilling quote from the Quran on Whatsapp days before the attack on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who was open about his extremist views, posted the quote about ‘hardship’ less than a month before he helped murder seven people and injure 48 others in the capital.
Butt, along with Rachid Redouane and another unnamed attacker, drove a white van at ‘about 50mph’ into pedestrians on London Bridge before jumping out and stabbing members of the public.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 5, 2017
The three attackers were shot dead by armed police within eight minutes of the first emergency call.
The chilling post by Butt read:
Allah says (Quran 94:6) – Indeed, with hardship, comes ease.
This quote is repeated in the Muslim holy book, setting the precedent that appears throughout the Quran that any single difficulty faced by Muhammad or his followers would be rewarded twice over.
The quote is a very vague one, and can clearly be interpreted in many different ways, making it difficult to know what haunting thoughts the terrorist was thinking when he wrote it.
In addition to the quote, Butt’s profile picture was a string of line from the Quran, reading:
“Speak justice.” [al-Qur’an, 6:152]
“Speak kindly.” [al-Qur’an, 2:83]
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“Speak politely.” [al-Qur’an, 17:53]
“Speak fairly.” [al-Qur’an, 17:28]
“Speak gently.” [al-Qur’an, 20:44]
It seems Butt was preaching a list of virtues he did not possess or act on in any way.
— Casey Hendrickson (@caseythehost) June 4, 2017
Footage from Channel 4’s ‘The Jihadis Next Door’ shows the terrorist surrounded by friends unfurling and then praying beside an ISIS flag in Regent’s Park, north-west London.
A police statement released alongside the images reported that Butt, 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan. Redouane, whose age is unknown, claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan.
Butt was known to Mi5 and police however they claim to have had no information on a possible attack.