Surely the Imam Rauf and Boy Reza Aslan are already on their way to Zarqa to explain to Omar Mahdi Zeidan how he is misunderstanding Islam and Sharia, which is benign and fully compatible with the U.S. Constitution (according to Rauf) or so amorphous as to be impossible to characterize (according to Aslan). “Jordanian cleric extols jihad at funeral of AQAP fighter,” from the Pakistan Observer, July 1:
Washington””A Jordanian cleric from Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s home town of Zarqa recently gave a speech praising a jihadist who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen. The cleric, Omar Mahdi Zeidan, heaped praise upon Abu Thabit al Muhajir, another Jordanian from Zarqa, who was also known as Abdul Rahman al Urduni. Zeidan’s speech was recorded on video and released by the Sinam al-Islam jihadist forum on June 25, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which translated the video. Abu Thabit was killed in a US drone strike earlier this year. Although his death was announced by a fellow jihadist, the date and location of his death were not given. The jihadist said that Abu Thabit had been killed during a “continuous fight and battle with the apostate soldiers of the tyrants,” a reference to Yemeni soldiers. In May, the Yemeni military launched a military campaign to eject al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from major cities and town in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa.
In the funeral speech, Zeidan offered religious justification for waging jihad against “apostate” Muslims who refuse to abide by sharia, or Islamic law. Zeidan quoted numerous verses from the Quran, hadiths (sayings attributed to the Prophet Mohammad [Peace Be Upon Him]), and writings of influential Muslim scholars in his effort to provide justification for waging jihad against Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Zeidan argued that it is important to fight Muslim “disbelievers” before taking on the West.
“Our people in Libya, Afghanistan or Iraq are fighting disbelievers amongst their own just like the Prophet, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, fought his people,” Zeidan said. “The Prophet, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, didn’t start with fighting the Romans or the Persians, but he started by fighting his people and made the criterion in that to be this religion ….” Omar Mahdi Zeidan is the brother of Mahmoud Mahdi Zeidan, an al Qaeda leader also known as Mansur al Shami, who was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan sometime in early 2010 (the exact date of his death is not known.”” INP