Thursday, January 19, 2012

Moeed Abdul Salam Goes from U.S. Boarding School to Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber

What could have possibly changed him? What could have convinced a devout Muslim that violence is the way to move forward? It couldn't possibly be the Muslim sources, which proclaim nothing but peace and tolerance:

Qur’an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah . . .

Qur’an 9:73—O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them.

Qur’an 9:111—Surely Allah has bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are slain.

Qur’an 9:123—O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.

Qur’an 48:29—Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.

Sahih Muslim 30—Muhammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

Let's face it. The world may never know what drove this man to violence.

ASSOCIATED PRESS--Moeed Abdul Salam didn't descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state's most respected universities.

But the most unlikely thing about his recruitment was his family: Two generations had spent years promoting interfaith harmony and combating Muslim stereotypes in their hometown and even on national television.

Salam rejected his relatives' moderate faith and comfortable life, choosing instead a path that led him to work for Al Qaeda. His odyssey ended late last year in a middle-of-the-night explosion in Pakistan. The 37-year-old father of four was dead after paramilitary troops stormed his apartment.

His Nov. 19 death went largely unnoticed in the U.S. and rated only limited attention in Pakistan. But the circumstances threatened to overshadow the work of an American family devoted to religious understanding. And his mysterious evolution presented a reminder of the attraction Pakistan still holds for Islamic militants, especially well-educated Westerners whose Internet and language skills make them useful converts for jihad.

"There are things that we don't want to happen but we have to accept, things that we don't want to know but we have to learn, and a loved one we can't live without but have to let go," Salam's mother, Hasna Shaheen Salam, wrote last month on her Facebook page.

The violence didn't stop after Salam died. Weeks after his death, fellow militants killed three soldiers with a roadside bomb to avenge the raid.

It is not clear to what extent Salam's family knew of his radicalism, but on his Facebook page the month before he died, he posted an image of Anwar al-Awalki, the American Al Qaeda leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, beside a burning American flag. He had also recently linked to a document praising al-Awalki's martyrdom and to a message urging Muslims to rejoice "in this time when you see the mujahideen all over the world victorious." (Read more.)


Dk said...

First it makes you wonder whether his parents are really "moderates" after all.

Second if the most well respected and well educated Muslims can be radicalized, then what hopes are there for people like Osama Abdallah, Zaatari, Samatar and Nadir Ahmed?

Over all not very surprising, when over 130 million Muslims support Al Qaeda, in addition millions of American Muslims feel the same and a further 25% of them support suicide attacks (frightening)

Derek Adams

Dk said...

David you got it all wrong, Sharia is not a problem at all, and there is no support for Sharia:

Derek Adams

SGM said...

Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, for the past sixteen hundred years, we are seeing the evil fruits of Islam. I have yet to see one devout Moslem who truly follows Mohammad and does good. You see, a true Moslem has to follow Mohammad and when you do, you have to then deceive non Moslems, you can rape and be involved in adultery, you have to kill and fight those who are non Moslems etc etc. So there can not be a whole lot of fruits of good following Mohammad.

Evil will always be in this world till our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns. In the meantime, we can either turn our face away from evil or face it and fight it with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have the greatest asset available to us in the West (and I am not sure how long it will be available) and that is liberty. We can use this liberty of speech and press and expose Islam to the fullest. Many westerners might not appreciate the liberty here in the west but ask me who come from a 97% Moslem country. Lets take the gospel to the lost Moslems and who knows, the Lord might have mercy on many. How else would they know that they are living in darkness unless they hear the word of God. How else would they know evil unless we expose it.

Moeed Abdul Salam wanted to eradicate non Moslems, especially Christians. The reason behind it was that he believed in Mohammad and Allah and the combination of the two is evil. No other religion in the world is so violent then Islam. You never see Budhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians etc etc killing others in the name of their God and prophet.

May God open the eyes of Moslem. May He give us the wisdom and courage to face this evil and eradicate it with the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.