Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for fumble in Detroit

It has just been reported that the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the failed attempt on Christmas day by a Nigerian national to blow up Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Today in Karachi, Pakistan, 25 Muslims were killed by a bombing as they were commemorating the martyrdom of Al-Husayn, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Prayers & peace be upon him).

These extremists are outside of the fold of true Islam.

The Qur’an clearly states that whoever kills an innocent person, it is as if they have killed all of mankind.  This goes for any human being regardless of race or religion who is murdered.

Murder of an innocent soul, Qatl An-Nafs, is the 2nd gravest crime in Islam.  It is an act of kufr (disbelief).  Moreover, extremists who kill Muslims in the name of Islam will get a special place in Hell according to my understanding.

I will be writing more about this later on this week, G’d willing and providing fatwa from scholars on these modern day khawaarij, who are not really Muslims.

May G’d protect us from these irhabis (terrorists).

Profiling concerns in MI & AZ

http://www.freep.com/article/20091227/NEWS02/91227029/1318/Nigerian-American-Muslims-held-convention-during-attack-attempt

Nigerian-American Muslims held convention during attack attempt

By Niraj Warikoo
Free Press Staff Writer

Hundreds of Nigerian-American Muslims from across the U.S. — including some from metro Detroit — had gathered this weekend in Boston, Massachusetts for their annual gathering. It’s considered the biggest meeting of Nigerian Muslims in the U.S.

But in the middle of five-day convention came breaking news — a Nigerian Muslim man attempted a terrorist attack on a Northwest plane descending into Detroit.

The participants were horrified and scrambled to put out a press release strongly condemning the incident, said leaders of the 9th annual national convention of the National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations, which ended today.

“It was hard news to take,” Muyideen Ibiyemi, chairman of the board of trustees of the National Council, told the Free Press today. “It took us aback.”

But Ibiyemi, of Providence, Rhode Island, said the incident has only made him and other Nigerian-American Muslims more committed to spreading the true of Islam, which he said was about peace and harmony. The focus of the convention this year was about maintaining Islamic traditions among Nigerian Muslims.

“There is no room in the Quran for this type of thing,” Ibiyemi said of the attempted terrorist attack by a 23-year-old Nigerian man who is Muslim. “There is no room in Islam for killing innocent people.”

About 700 attended the annual convention from 20 states across the U.S., including Michigan, Illinois, New York, Texas among others, Ibiyemi said.

Nigerian-Americans make a substantial part of the growing west African immigrant population in the U.S., which has greatly increased over the past 20 years, according to U.S. Census figures.

Ibiyemi said there is some concern about profiling in light of the Dec. 25 incident and today’s case involving a second Nigerian man on a separate flight that some thought was about terrorism. It turns out the second Nigerian man was just ill.

But Ibiyemi said that in the end, he believes in the American justice system and that innocent people won’t be wrongly accused.

“If you have nothing to hide, as long as you do what is right…the truth will come out,” he said. “We have to be patient.”

Meanwhile, Ibiyemi said that he and others in his community will continue to preach the correct message of Islam.

“There is no extremism in this religion,” he said. “The Prophet, peace be upon him,” was not an extremist.

“The tenets of Islam are to respect the laws of the country,” Ibiyemi added. “We want to let the world know we won’t associate” with terrorism.

Dawud Walid, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said today that “we’re concerned about any security threats.”

But he said he’s also concerned about profiling of innocent people based on ethnicity and religion, citing today’s case in Detroit and a reported case in Arizona where men speaking Arabic were pulled off a plane.

“There may be a climate of fear and hysteria” that could result in the profiling of ethnic minorities, he said. There is an “increased anxiety about people’s perceived ethnicities,” Walid said.

Imam Kazeem Agboola, a Nigerian-American Muslim who heads the Muslim Community Center-Detroit, said that “some will call us names, but there’s nothing we can do about it.” His congregation is predominantly Nigerian.

“We’ll be fine,” he added. “We’ll be fine.”

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CAIR: Plane Incidents in Ariz., Mich. Raise Profiling Concerns

Passenger removals may be related to Christmas Day attempted bombing

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/2009) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on airline passengers, crews and security personnel to avoid ethnic and religious “profiling” in the wake of the attempted bombing of a flight arriving in Detroit on Christmas Day.

CAIR made that call following two incidents in which innocent passengers were targeted based either on their national origin or on otherwise ordinary behavior.

In Arizona, two “Middle Eastern” men were removed from a US Airways flight in Phoenix and questioned by the FBI after another passenger overheard the men speaking in a foreign language. The men were questioned and released.

SEE: ‘Middle Eastern’ Passengers Removed from Plane in Phoenix

http://www.abc15.com/content/news/phoenixmetro/central/story/TSA-2-passengers-talking-suspiciously-removed/42w5KMCzcE-2mf6aiRePow.cspx

In Michigan, police removed a Nigerian passenger from a flight after he became ill and spent what others considered too much time in the aircraft’s bathroom.

SEE: Detroit-Bound Airline Passenger Was Ill, Not a Threat

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,581232,00.html

“While everyone supports robust airline security measures, racial and religious profiling are in fact counterproductive and can lead to a climate of insecurity and fear,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

Flying while Nigerian?

It appears that there was a false alarm today when a Nigerian businessman was detained by law enforcement while flying from Amsterdam to Detroit.  It seems that he had taken too long in the bathroom due to being ill, which led to him being detained on the basis that he acted suspiciously and was disruptive.  The man has now been cleared as being a security threat.

Meanwhile, I just learned that 2 Middle Eastern males were removed from an airline in Arizona for supposedly acting suspicious – acting suspicious in this case was watching “The Kingdom” while speaking a foreign language.

After the unfortunate incident of 2 days ago, hysteria is now the order of the day.  I knew that this would happen.

Right about now, I’m sure that West Africans are probably going to be too nervous of using the bathroom on flights.  And I’m sure that many people who speak Arabic or Farsi as a 1st language will resort to being temporary mutes on airplanes flying into or in America.

Local Nigerian Muslims condemn attack

http://www.freep.com/article/20091226/NEWS05/91226015/1319/

Local Nigerian Muslims condemn attack

By NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Nigerian Muslims in metro Detroit are surprised by the attempted terrorist attack by a Nigerian man, saying the suspect has no ties to metro Detroit.

“It was shocking to us,” Imam Kazeem Agboola, head of the Muslim Community Center-Detroit, told the Free Press today. The mosque has a predominantly Nigerian congregation, with Muslims also from Senegal and Gambia.

Agboola said that local Nigerians have been talking about Friday’s incident aboard a NWA plane, which a Nigerian newspaper says involved the son of a prominent Nigerian banker. Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, tried to light an explosive on board a flight from Amsterdam on its descent to Detroit.

Agboola said that he and other local Nigerians know nothing about Mutallab, the suspect.

“We don’t know this individual,” Agboola said. “We don’t know about his mission.”

There are some media reports the suspect had a visa to attend a religious ceremony, but Agboola and other local Muslims say they have no idea what that is referring to.
The Muslim Community Center-Detroit opened last year and is part of the growing community of Muslims from west Africa who are moving to Michigan.

Agboola said that Mutallab has nothing to do with their religion. “He does not represent the goal of Islam, the mission of Islam,” Agboola said.

In a statement published in The Day, a Nigerian newspaper, a Nigerian government official said that “We state very clearly that as a nation, we abhor all forms of terrorism.”

The official, Dora Akunyili, added the Nigerian government will conduct a full nvestigation and is cooperating with American authorities.

Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that the suspect “should get swift justice.”

“Thank God the man fumbled the ball and didn’t cause the plane to crash.” Walid said he hoped that some Americans wouldn’t face extra profiling in light of the incident given that they had nothing to do with it.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee issued a release today that “commends the passengers and crew aboard Northwest flight 253 who restrained a Nigerian man attempting to blow up the plane.”

Potentially deranged Nigerian fumbles plans over Detroit

I was just quoted in the Associated Press regarding the Nigerian, who attempted to set off a powder & liquid mixture on a Northwest flight over Detroit yesterday.

As I mentioned in the story, the suspect is unknown in Detroit’s Nigerian Muslim community.  I’ve been in contact with its most prominent leader in Detroit, who said, “I don’t know this man; he’s not a part of our community.”

It remains to be seen if this guy is really affiliated with Al-Qaeda, a deranged person like the lady who jumped on the Pope at mass, or a lone-wolf who was motivated by some sort of grievance. Based upon Al-Qaeda types that our nation has interrogated in recent years, I seriously doubt that an Al-Qaeda operative is going to instantly spill the beans to law enforcement that he’s with Al-Qaeda without going through long term, intense interrogation and no torturing and drowning (sorry, I meant waterboarding).

It is also odd that Americans are being subjected to more screening in airports after this incident. Did this guy even fly out of an American airport on his way to Detroit? Of course not. This is a security issue stemming from overseas. Unfortunately during the holiday season, people will be subjected to unnecessary additional screening. And I hope that American Muslims aren’t subjected to profiling by TSA because of this incident, which had nothing to do with them.

Old dirty tricks that took place against Martin & Malcolm alive today?

The Final Call just published a news article entitled, “Nation of Islam Targeted by Homeland Security that paints a very clear picture regarding the similarity between Federal law enforcement surveillance of American Muslim groups with old antics of COINTELPRO, which supposedly ended in the early 1970’s.

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), head of the House Judiciary Committee, regarding Department of Homeland Security (DHS) illegally spying on the Nation of Islam said:

This is yet another example of how our country’s government must strive tirelessly to strike the balance of protecting us from harm while, just as importantly, protecting our civil rights and civil liberties,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said in a statement in response to a request from The Final Call.

Failing to do either compromises the integrity and effectiveness of law enforcement and national security.With this in mind, I expect the Department of Homeland Security to immediately rectify the gaps that have been identified in recent media accounts and I will be working with them to insure that this is the case,” Mr. Conyers said.

Congressman Andre’ Carson (D-IN) also stated:

As a former law enforcement professional, it is unfortunate that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have deepened the relationship gap by fostering mistrust and suspicion,” Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) said in a statement in response to The Final Call. “This practice is unacceptable to any religious organization, including the Muslim faith.Instead of knocking down bridges, they should be focused on building them by strengthening relationships and making our communities safer and better.”

I was quoted in the article stating:

Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said a “neo-COINTELPRO” is underway in the United States in which some government policymakers and opinion shapers have a vested interest in painting Muslims as “Public Enemy Number One.”

The language is so similar that it leads one to believe that they either went back to their old playbook, or they never abandoned the playbook at all,” said Mr. Walid.

He would not be surprised to find every major Muslim organization and large mosque across the U.S. had “agent provocateurs and informants spying or trying to cause disruption of organizational activities.”

The extent to how far the government spying on groups has been taking place during the Bush era because of their political leanings will all come out sooner or later. We’ll have to wait and see what is uncovered in regards to how much surveillance has the CIA and DOD had on the Nation of Islam or other Muslim groups.