I wrote about Warith Deen Umar, the Muslim cleric who spread pro-9/11 sentiments in the New York prison system, in Onward Muslim Soldiers. Here again he shows how deeply he has imbibed the peaceful teachings of his adopted religion. This story, of course, will get virtually no notice at all. If it had been a Christian cleric, it would be page one news. “Muslim Cleric Picked Up On Weapons Charge,” from WCBSTV, with thanks to Seymour Paine:
(CBS) NEW YORK A controversial Muslim cleric banned from the state prison system for allegedly calling the Sept. 11 hijackers martyrs now has been arrested for gun possession. Search warrants were executed at his homes in the Bronx and a suburb of Albany.
On Dec. 30, Imam Wariff Deen Umar, a former Black Panther and member of the Nation of Islam, said a tenant hit him while arguing about another apartment. The tenant says he did not.
“I pushed him away from my face,” the tenant said.
Imam Umar admits he then aimed a shotgun at the larger man, who left. The Imam says he called police, who arrested him. At the police station the FBI interrogated him, according to the Imam, about Sept. 11 and terrorist connections. The police executed a search warrant on his Bronx apartment and took computer hard drives and legal papers.
“(They were) using this as a pretext to try to frighten the Muslims, to try to intimidate us, to try to take whatever material they think they can find,” Umar said.
If there is nothing to find, Umar, you have nothing to worry about.