A couple days ago, it was like this:
Arena and Interim U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg cautioned the public not to equate what they described as a radical group blending radical Islam with political ideology with mainstream Islam in America.Oh, really?
"Any Muslim who took a look at what these people believe in would not recognize this as the Muslim faith," Arena said. . . .
"This is a very hybrid, radical ideology," Arena said. "Mainstream Muslim groups would not recognize this ideology with what they view their faith is." (“One suspect in FBI probe arrested”).
And yet obviously Muslims do recognize it. Otherwise, why would Detroit/Dearborn’s “mainstream” Muslim community pour out to honor the renegade member of an breakaway ideology?
Like Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom. He was there, asking Allah to bless Abdullah’s soul. Elahi is so mainstream he even gets a regular column in The Detroit News to talk about religious stuff. (“Muslims call for justice at funeral for lslamic leader”)
Then there was Harlem’s Imam Talib Abdul-Rashid. He didn’t think Imam Abdullah was mixed-up and off the reservation. Talib told mourners ''Imam Luqman had the consciousness...I never heard him discuss any subject whatsoever, even sports, without talking about Allah.''
Talib went further and asked "Allah to reward him with the promised reward of those who are martyred." ("Hundreds mourn slain mosque leader”).
Islam has its own standards for what makes a martyr, but I’m sure the criteria still include dying in the cause of Allah. Except for Dawud Walid’s disingenuous protests that it was the feds, and not the slain Islamic radical, who dragged religion into the case, I’d say an imam saying it was an act of martyrdom to die in a shootout with law officers raises some big questions about what exactly Allah expects from his soldiers.
It’s been our point here to emphasize that Imam Abdullah was indeed showing forth a well-recognized Muslim faith by “talking about Allah” when he preached killing feds, shooting Kuffar cops in the head to steal their bullet-proof vests, violent jihad against the U.S. government, cutting ties with all nonMuslims, and all the people he bragged about killing.
As much as the FBI and Department of Justice officials repeat Abdullah wasn’t really a Muslim, none of the Muslim spokesmen echo it.