“It is allowed in Islam,” says the Muslim cleric Abubakr Sharif Ahmed, aka Makaburi, in the video. On the other hand, Muslim leaders in the West have condemned the Kenya mall jihad massacres. Will they explain how Makaburi is misunderstanding Islam and misusing the Qur’an? Will they institute programs in mosques in Minnesota and elsewhere where al-Shabaab recruits in order to teach young Muslims that people like Makaburi are misunderstanding Islam? Why, no, they won’t do any of that, and no one in law enforcement or the mainstream media will ask them why not, either.
Kenyan authorities have been keen to move against the cleric because of his efforts to recruit fighters for the militant al-Shabab group in Somalia.
But as the BBC’s Panorama program explains, he remains free because he has broken no law.