Cleric denies ties to San Bernardino killers as phone records surface


Most people have a hard time understanding the fact that Muslim clerics lie. I believe Islam itself makes distinguishing truth from falsehood difficult for them. Paul Sperry writes in the New York Post:

The cleric acting as spokesman for the San Bernardino mosque where terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook worshipped claims he barely knew Farook and didn’t know his terrorist wife at all. But phone records and other evidence uncovered by federal investigators cast suspicion on his story.

The FBI has questioned the cleric, Roshan Zamir Abbassi, about his phone communications with Farook — including a flurry of at least 38 messages over a two-week span in June, coinciding with the deadly Muslim terrorist attack on two military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Abbassi, a Pakistani, insists he had nothing to do with the shooting at a San Bernardino County government building five miles from the mosque. While he confirms the text messages with Farook, he claims they were merely discussing food donations for his Dar-al-Uloom al-Islamiya of America mosque.

Abbassi maintained at a press conference that he didn’t know Farook any better than he knew the reporters in the room. But members of the mosque say Farook was a fixture there. He had been coming to pray and study at least three times a week for two years. In fact, he memorized the Koran at there, something you cannot do without learning Arabic, a subject Abbassi teaches.

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Cleric Roshan Zamir Abbassi was grilled over possible ties to killer couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.Photo: EPA

His other assertion that he never even saw Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, also strains credulity. Malik joined her husband in shooting 35 of his government co-workers at a Christmas party.

“No one knows anything about his wife,” assistant imam Mahmood Nadvi agreed. “She never came to prayer.

But longtime mosque member Gasser Shehata, who claimed to have prayed “shoulder to shoulder” with Farook, said Dar-al-Uloom prepared a chicken-and-rice dinner to celebrate the couple’s wedding last year. Reportedly, hundreds of congregants attended the walima reception, including the mosque leadership.

Asked if Farook was radicalized at the mosque, Abbassi snapped, “Never.” He said the mosque teaches only peace, insisting no one has even an “extremist idea.”

“In Islam,” he said, “we are against innocent killing.”

Abbassi recently posted a message on Facebook condemning the United States and other Western nations for their Mideast policies, arguing they are equally guilty of violence to achieve political and religious goals. His mosque’s Web page features a video claiming that the San Bernardino shooting was carried out by the US government in a “false flag conspiracy,” and that Farook and Malik were “patsies” assassinated “by government-sponsored perpetrators.”

Another person of interest is Abbassi’s brother, Mohammad Sabir Abbassi, a Muslim activist who serves as a trustee and English teacher at the San Diego mosque once headed by the late al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

FBI Agent Joel Anderson said in court filings that Farook indicated he was a big fan of Awlaki and listened to a series of sermons about jihad and martyrdom called “The Hereafter.”

In his filing, Anderson says Farook studied the ultra-orthodox Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat. US officials say the cult, with 50,000 members, is rife with jihadists, and jihadi groomers are recruiting at mosques in at least 10 states.

“We have significant presence of Tablighi Jamaat in the United States,” said Assistant FBI Director Michael Heimbach, “and we have found that al Qaeda used them for recruiting.”

Homeland Security Department veteran Philip Haney said Dar-al-Uloom was among the mosques his agency was investigating as part of a probe of the Tablighi movement.

“Individuals who were already in the case in 2012 went to that mosque,” Haney claimed in a Fox News interview.

He said he ID’d some 300 jihadists and terrorists tied to the movement in the United States before the Obama regime pulled the plug on the investigation in 2012. Known Tablighi alumni include the Lackwanna Six, the American Taliban John Walker Lindh, shoe bomber Richard Reid, dirty bomber José Padilla and would-be Brooklyn Bridge bomber Iyman Faris.

“We have nothing to hide,” Roshan Abbassi asserted.

Investigators shouldn’t take his word for it.

One Response

  1. Tablighi Jamaat should be BANNED in every western country – indeed, in every majority-non.Muslim non-Islamic state – and all T.J. mosques shut down, and all identifiable T.J. operatives REMOVED from the lands of the Infidels.

    And similarly Hizb ut Tahrir and Fethullah Gulen should be targeted for banning and removal, and any mosques owned/ run by their organisations/ staffed by their members, minutely investigated and if any funny business is discovered…shut them down.

    Tackle the ummah bit by little bit. Whittle it down to size, one mosque or one wholly-owned sub-franchise (e.g. Muslim Brotherhood, Tablighi Jamaat) at a time.

    As a general rule, if a jihad attack is plotted, attempted, or achieved within an Infidel country, then any mosques found to have been associated with the plotter/s or attacker/s should be surprise-raided and searched from top to bottom the *instant* the connection becomes known to the people investigating the plot or the attack. And all associated premises such as the imam’s house should be searched *also*. They should have no notice and therefore no time to remove anything potentially incriminating. Anything funny is found? – the whole place gets shut down, permanently. If an actual attack has been attempted or, worse, achieved (e.g. San Bernardino) the associated mosque/s – if anything at all suspect is found during the surprise-raid-and-search – should not just be shut down, but razed to the ground.

    The mosques are forts, advance operating bases, military installations, recruitment-and-indoctrination centres, arsenals, magazines, armaments factories, ‘safe houses’ for jihadis. It’s time they were treated as such. what do you do with an enemy base when it is revealed within your territory? You annihilate it.

    Did the British go softly, softly with Thuggee temples? A mosque is no different: it’s the focal point of a **death cult**, a system of human sacrifice, a ‘religion’ whose adherents like nothing better than performing ritual murder or rape whilst invoking their ‘god’. The only real differences are that the Thuggees were a local/ national phenomenon whereas the Ummah is transnational, and that the Ummah is better at hiding its murderous – indeed, its mass-murderous – character and intentions in those places or at those times when it is weak vis a vis its intended victims.

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