“Calls to the NYPD and FBI about Thompson and the hatchet attack were not immediately returned.” Of course. What can they say? This man is clearly a jihadist, motivated by Islamic teaching about jihad — his statement about how waging jihad is better than sitting around and doing nothing is reminiscent of this Qur’an verse: “Not equal are those believers remaining at home – other than the disabled – and the mujahideen, who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives.” (Qur’an 4:95)
But the NYPD under Mayor de Blasio has just severely curtailed its counter-terror efforts, caving in to pressure from Islamic supremacist groups, and the FBI three years ago dropped all mention of Islam and jihad from counter-terror training. So about a man like Zale Thompson they can say nothing.
“Fisabeelallah” — for the sake of Allah. Jihad for the sake of Allah refers in Islamic law specifically to jihad warfare.
“Sources: NYPD Hatchet Attacker May Have Been ISIS Supporter,” by M. L. Nestel, Vocativ, October 23, 2014 (thanks to Marc):
…Law enforcement sources we spoke with identified Zale Thompson as the armed man who charged at a group of NYPD uniformed police assembled on a street corner in Jamaica, Queens, at around 2 p.m. today. The 32-year-old Muslim, who lived in Queens, struck one of the officers in the back of the head with his hatchet and gashed another on the arm, the police said….
Law enforcement sources say a look into Thompson’s chatter online revealed he had ties to a radical U.S.-based radical Islamic leader who advocated aggression against the American government.
Last month, Thompson, who says on his Facebook page that he graduated from the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, commented on YouTube:
“If you’re looking for ‘perfect’ Muslims who never make any mistakes in their Jihad, then you will be looking in vain! If the Zionists and the Crusaders had never invaded and colonized the Islamic lands after WW1, then there would be no need for Jihad! Which is better, to sit around and do nothing, or to Jihad fisabeelallah!”
Thompson’s comment was on a video explaining the idea of creating an Islamic caliphate, or borderless kingdom, which is ISIS’ ultimate aim.
Calls to the NYPD and FBI about Thompson and the hatchet attack were not immediately returned.