Jail imam: “Allah said that the believers are compassionate with each other. And they are hard against kufr”
Kufr is unbelief. I suspect that the transcript is faulty in this particular, as in the quote in the headline Abdul-Jalil is referring to Qur’an 48:29, “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves.” The Arabic in this case is very clear: “al-kuffari” is unbelievers (or disbelievers), but not unbelief. This is not a small point, since to be hard (or ruthless) to unbelievers could take very different forms from harshness to unbelief.
In any case, LGF has a full transcript of the talk given by Umar Abdul-Jalil at the MSA West Zone Conference, held April 15-17, 2005 in Tucson, Arizona. This is the talk that got him suspended (but not fired) from his New York prison system job. He claims his remaks have been taken out of context. Well, now you have the whole thing. Judge for yourself.