Zachariah Anani, a self-proclaimed former terrorist who now warns against Islam's so-called teachings of terror against Canada and the West, is imagining his past exploits as a mass murderer, according to a top jihad expert.
Tom Quiggin, Canada's only court-qualified expert on global jihadism and a former RCMP intelligence and national security expert, said Anani's tales of terror and murder just don't jibe with the time and place he claims to have been killing.
"Mr. Anani's not an individual who rates the slightest degree of credibility, based on the stories that he has told," said Quiggin, also a Senior Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore.
"To have Mr. Anani described as a terrorist grants an impact to his words that simply is not rated.
"Whatever else he may have been, he was not a Muslim terrorist in Lebanon in the early 1970s.
"He may have been a low-level militant, radical, street fighter or insurgent, but he was not a terrorist of any description based on his stories."
Anani, 49, touched off a controversy last week when he gave an anti-Islamic lecture at Campbell Baptist Church called The Deadly Threat of Islam. He says Islamic doctrine teaches the worship of a god who "strikes with terror" and allows no prisoners in the battle against Christians and Jews.
Anani, now an evangelical Christian, claims to be an expert on the topic because he killed 223 people in Allah's name, "two-thirds of them by daggers." He even claims to have killed a man for waking him up at 3 a.m. to pray.
Anani, born in Lebanon, said he joined a militant Muslim group in the early 1970s at age 13, and made his first kill shortly after. (MORE)