Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands her new religion as having something to do with violence and supremacism. Seriously, Ibrahim Hooper, why not start a program for converts, to make sure they don’t keep making this same mistake? After all, if Islam is a religion of peace as you insist, then it is strange that so many converts misunderstand it so thoroughly, isn’t it? Time to reevaluate the catechesis, eh, old man?
“Aussie mum ‘Osama bin Laden soldier,'” by Richard Kerbaj and Cameron Stewart for The Australian (thanks to all who sent this in):
A MELBOURNE mother is being investigated by police over her links to Somali jihadis and accusations she supports Islamic martyrdom.
The Muslim convert, a friend of Sydney’s militant Islamic matriarch Rabiyah Hutchinson, is also alleged to have declared herself and her family “soldiers of Osama bin Laden”, who act on his orders.
The allegations are contained in an official statement given to the Australian Federal Police in relation to its investigation into Somali community figures suspected of encouraging dozens of young men to return to their homeland and join Islamic jihad.
The statement accuses another Australian convert, Aisha Whitehead, of encouraging her Somali-born Australian husband Ahmed Ali to fight alongside terrorists in his war-torn homeland.
The mother, who introduced Ms Whitehead to Mr Ali, allegedly told a small gathering of Muslim women in Melbourne that she supported Islamic jihad and was a follower of the hardline Wahabi form of Islam.
“We are Wahabi,” the mother is quoted as saying in the sworn statement seen by The Australian and given by a Somali community member to the AFP in August. Asked at the gathering whether it was bad to be a Wahabi, she replied: “No, we are soldiers of Osama bin Laden. We take orders from him. If he tells us to go somewhere, we go.”
The mother rejected the claims against her and denied she was an extremist or an advocate for terrorism.
“The allegations are absolutely untrue and without basis,” she said.
Of course: she’s not a terrorist. She’s a jihadist.