UK Prime Minister Theresa May said it would be wrong to describe Masood’s jihad attack as “Islamic” extremism. She said: “It is Islamist terrorism. It is a perversion of a great faith.”
But was there anything about Masood before his jihad massacre that would have identified him as an “Islamist” rather than as a Muslim? Was there any reason why anyone would not have identified him simply as a Muslim? Was he trying to convert Teegan Harvey to “Islamism,” as something distinct from Islam?
The answers to those questions are No, No, and No. And that illustrates why May’s distinction, and the terms “Islamist” and “Islamism,” are largely meaningless.
“Parliament terrorist’s daughter refused to wear a burqa,” by Mike Sullivan and Chris Pollard, The Sun, March 26, 2017:
Westminster killer Khalid Masood’s teenage daughter defied his orders to wear a burqa — and headed to a school prom night in a revealing backless dress.
Unlike her older sister, student Teegan Harvey, 18, refused to bow to pressure from fanatical Masood and convert to Islam.
Family friends said radicalized Muslim covert Masood, who killed four people and wounded more than 50 during an 82-second rampage in Westminster last week, demanded both his daughters become Muslims and don the veil.
Older sister Andi, now 24, converted to Islam six years ago and left her mum, Jane Harvey, and sister, Teegan, behind at their home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to move in with her dad and his new partner in Luton, Bedfordshire, about 35 miles north of London.
They later moved to Birmingham, where Andi is said to have been persuaded by Masood to cover herself in a burqa.
She is also reported to have changed her name to an Arabic one.
But younger daughter Teegan resisted her father’s demands to give up her Western lifestyle.
The teenage beauty posed for the camera in a revealing backless dress at a prom night in May last year for soon-to-be graduates of Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School.
She had earlier come under pressure from her father to convert to Islam after she turned 16.
Her mother, Jane, managing director of a chemicals company, fought desperately to prevent her younger daughter from joining her father.
Luke Lawrence, 23, close friends with Andi at school when she lived in Northiam, East Sussex, with both her parents and sister, said: “Jane was totally against the idea and wanted Teegan to remain with her.
“But Andi was older and could be very headstrong, so she just went off and did it anyway.”
Luke said Andi was popular and attractive and he couldn’t understand why she had gone to live with her “nutter” dad.
Masood had changed his name from Adrian Elms after converting to Islam while in prison awaiting trial for an alleged knife attack in 2003.
Luke said: “Andi was a lovely girl, but when she moved away to become a Muslim, she cut off contact with her friends here.
“She went off to live with her dad after he converted her. I’m not sure why she went with him, he was a nutter.
“Teegan stayed with her mum.”…
Andi is still living in Birmingham, where one friend of mum Jane said: “She wears a full face veil and I think she has changed her name. It was her father who had helped convert her.“He wanted the younger daughter to convert, but Jane was against it and there was quite a family struggle.
“I know Jane was very upset and wanted her to stay at home and continue her studies.”…