Add Ustadz Abubakar’s name to the growing list of converts to Islam who misunderstand their new religion, and somehow get the harebrained idea that it enjoins them to commit acts of violence against unbelievers. Imagine! They read verses such as the one commanding that Muslims wage war against Jews and Christians until they are subjugated (Qur’an 9:29) and they actually take them to mean that they should wage war against Jews and Christians until they are subjugated! The fools! What a silly, obvious misunderstanding — one they could have avoided with just minutes of study of Islam! If only they could borrow Ibrahim Hooper’s secret Qur’anic decoder ring!
“Muslim convert linked to extremists nabbed in Basilan,” from AFP, with thanks to Twostellas:
A Filipino Muslim convert linked to an extremist group suspected of plotting a series of bombings in the country was arrested Saturday, a military spokesman said.
Ustadz Abubakar, formerly known as Feliciano de los Reyes, was arrested while trying to flee to the southern island of Basilan, a known bastion of the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim extremist group blamed for the worst terror attacks in the Philippines.
Abubakar is a key leader of the radical Rajah Solaiman group, whose members are Filipinos who worked in the Middle East and later converted to Islam, Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Caculitan said.
Intelligence officials have said the Rajah Solaiman group poses a major security threat to the country and has plotted terror attacks against government and US targets.
It helped the Abu Sayyaf carry out the 2004 firebombing of a ferry near Manila that killed over 100 people and bomb attacks in the financial center of Makati and two southern cities….
Intelligence officials warn that members of the group are more dangerous than other Muslim extremists as they can blend in easier with the largely-Christian populace of this country.