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Security has been stepped up for reality show the X Factor this weekend after Muslim hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed blasted the show for being anti-Muslim, it has been claimed.

The exiled radical cleric hit out against the ITV1 show for supporting charity Help For Heroes, which aids injured troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Police fear his extremist followers will view his internet rant as a 'fatwa' – a religious ruling – and target the show’s stars and judges, including Simon Cowell.

Bakri, 50, also blasted Muslims who wear the wristbands or who plan to sell the single Hero, which has been recorded by the X Factor finalists to raise money for the organisation.

The firebrand preacher said: ‘Some Muslims in Birmingham are wearing the armbands in support of British troops in Afghanistan.




He continued: ‘This is a form of muadaat (hatred) of the kuffar (non-believers) against the Muslims and it has dangerous implications.’

Bakri, who who exiled to Lebanon from Britain, added: ‘Some people may find excuses for those people – ignorance and so on.


If after three days, if they continue, you are barred from these people and their deeds.

‘Even watching the show – those people are committing a form, a type, of muadaat (hatred). And that action is a form of kufr (non-belief).’

Security at the X Factor studios in Wembley, northwest London, usually involves a bag search and name checks for guests.

But a show source told the Sun there were plans for X-ray scanners and a police presence on Saturday when finalists perform their newly recorded version of Mariah Carey's single.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘We are aware of the recording and it will be assessed to see if any offences have been committed.’

Simon Cowell already has his own bodyguard, while judges Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh are looked after the show's security guard Tony Adkins.


Syrian-born Bakri has in the past provoked outrage by praising the 9/11 terrorists and blaming the British public for the 7/7 blasts in London that killed 52 people in July 2005.

His dislike of British society, however, didn’t stop him from raking in £300,000 worth of state funds by raising his family here on benefits.


He was eventually forced out of Britain in 2005.

His rant comes just weeks after revealed that the radical cleric has a pole-dancing daughter and a second wife nearly half his age.

His daughter Yasmin dances topless in bars and his new Lebanese wife, Ruba, is 26.



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