When Islam infiltrates any nation, its moves are predictable, not only because they are mandated by its faith, but because history clearly records them. Minnesota is a bastion of leftism, and because of that, has been particularly welcoming to Islam. However, Minnesotans are beginning to awaken to what they’ve done to themselves, and to what radical Islamists intend to do to them, and all of America. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
A man trying to impose what he calls ‘the civil part of the sharia law’ in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders.
Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort.
There is no “civil part of the sharia law.” Islam is a political system with religious trappings. Consider this from Terrorism: The New Normal:
Few Americans know anything about Islam. They know little or nothing of its history, and even less of its current practice. Because America has always enjoyed the separation of church and state, most Americans assume that Islam is just another religion, one of many that peacefully coexist.
While it is true that many Muslims, particularly American Muslims, choose to assimilate fully to American political conventions and law, what is poorly understood indeed is that these Muslims are not, in fact, following the very specific, and violent, mandates of their faith. Islam, taken at its word, is fundamentally and irreconcilably incompatible with our constitutional republic, with democracy and with individual liberty and self-determination.
This is so because the nature of Islam is embodied by Sharia—Islamic Law. There is in Islam no separation of church and state, hence no tolerance for other cultures, other religions, other ways of thinking and living. Sharia mandates inequality, and particularly the inequality of women. It reverts the legal code to the medieval era. No Muslim that embraces Sharia can ever be allowed to live in America because such people can never assimilate, and constitute a festering cancer on the body politic and a very real threat to the lives of Americans.
Some Minnesota Muslims have apparently embraced assimilation, perhaps even liberty, to at least some degree:
But local Muslim leaders are sounding the alarm. They are working to stop Rashid’s group, General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, and have notified Minneapolis police, who say he’s being banned from a Cedar-Riverside property. Some say the group is preying on vulnerable young Muslims in a community that has dealt with national scrutiny around radicalization and terrorism.
‘What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all,’ said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
CAIR is a group with well-known and documented terror ties, and is absolutely unreliable, however, in this case, it seems to be doing the right thing. Even so, its motives cannot be trusted.
Minneapolis police received reports in February from concerned residents who saw Rashid in a dark green uniform that said ‘Muslim Defense Force’ and ‘Religious Police’ and had two flags associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups.
In America, police forces are established only by the elected representatives of the people, subject to the Constitution, and under secular, civilian oversight. Under our Constitution, there can be no such thing as religious police. It was such “policing” the First Amendment was written to abolish. What Rashid is doing is not only a clear violation of the Constitution, but in direct opposition to the founding principles of our Republic and its survival.
In a recent interview, Rashid said he aims to turn Cedar-Riverside into a ‘sharia-controlled zone’ where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that ‘non-Muslims are asked to respect’ it.
‘People who don’t know me would say I’m a terrorist,’ he said. ‘I’m someone who’s dedicated to Islam and trying to help the community all ways I can.
Rashid is, at least, somewhat honest about his intentions. One need not know Rashid any more deeply than his words here to realize he is a terrorist, and his “help” can only foster terrorism. That is, in fact, his goal, and the goal of all like him.
But the Islamic Institute of Minnesota issued a statement Wednesday saying Rashid ‘does not in any way speak for the Islamic Institute of Minnesota or the Muslims in Minnesota.’
‘We consider this matter as a dangerous precedent and a threat in our country and our way of life,’ the statement said. ‘We ask our law enforcement agencies to consider this grave matter to protect Minnesotans.
Does this prove the Islamic Institute of Minnesota is an organization that believes in and works toward complete assimilation to the laws and ways of Americans? From the article, it’s impossible to tell. They may merely be saying this because they understand it’s not yet politically possible. Rashid may be merely accelerating their eventual plans without their permission, bringing unwanted public scrutiny. Remember too Islam preaches that Muslims not only can lie to infidels but should lie to them to further Muslim domination.
It’s unfortunate that Muslims that want nothing more than to live in peace with their neighbors, that have no totalitarian designs, are not the mainstream of their faith, and the actions of faithful followers of Islam bring suspicion on all. However, by their fruits shall we know them. Words are cheap. Actions speak clearly.
Fortunately, it seems the local police have Rashid’s number:
In late 2016, he applied for a permit to carry a handgun, which was denied by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, saying there was evidence that he is a danger to himself and others if allowed a permit to carry a gun.
Rashid sued, and court documents show he has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. He was arrested as a juvenile in Walton County, Ga., for impersonating a police officer, and a school district reported he had harassed a 16-year-old classmate on Facebook, according to the documents. The school district report mentioned he had mental health issues, and his mother said he had been suicidal.
Rashid’s lawsuit was dismissed in March. [skip]
But residents of the Cedar-Riverside Plaza complex have raised concerns about him, and management with Sherman Associates said they are aware of the group and working closely with law enforcement.
On Wednesday, Minneapolis police said the Cedar-Riverside Towers’ management is in the process of evicting Rashid, and security at Cedar-Riverside Plaza is advising him he’s not allowed to patrol the neighborhood or they will cite him for trespassing.
One of the problems with people like Rashid is they can claim First Amendment protection, however, it is an established principle of law that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. One presumably cannot claim the First Amendment allows them to do things that infringe the First Amendment rights of others, and that would abolish the First Amendment. Fortunately, other laws also apply.
By all means, take the link and read the rest. Rashid is not only recruiting others to his religious police force, but has a history of supporting and encouraging terrorism. One might also take this link to The Telegraph’s story about an infamous incident in Saudi Arabia:
SAUDI Arabia’s religious police are reported to have forced schoolgirls back into a blazing building because they were not wearing Islamic headscarves and black robe [the 2002 incident has been unquestionably confirmed]
Saudi newspapers said scuffles broke out between firemen and members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice who tried to keep the girls inside a burning school in Mecca.
Fifteen girls were killed as they stampeded to escape from the blazing building in the Muslim holy city. Saudi media and families of the victims have been angry over the deaths of the girls in the fire that gutted the school.
The resulting public criticism of the religious police, or mutaween, is highly unusual.
The English-language Saudi Gazette, in a front-page report yesterday quoted witnesses as saying that members of the religious police stopped men who tried to help the girls escape from the building, saying: ‘It is sinful to approach them.’
A civil defence officer told an Arabic-language newspaper, al-Eqtisadiah, that he saw three members of the religious police ‘beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya.’
He added: ‘We told them that the situation was very critical and did not allow for such behaviour. But they shouted at us and refused to move away from the gates.
The religious police actually forced young girls back into a burning building and kept them there—they burned alive—because they weren’t appropriately covered to be outside. And no, the noble religious policemen were not punished for the premeditated murders of the girls. Many praised them as defenders of the faith. This is the future Rashid wants to impose. This is the future radical Islam—which is actually mainstream Islam—has in store for the world.
Coming to a town near you?