The BBC doesn’t see fit to mention the fact, but he was screaming “Allahu akbar” as he stabbed the shoppers.
“‘He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,’ police spokesman Andy Grote said, noting that the suspect also suffered from ‘psychological’ issues.”
So here again we have jihad being ignored as a motive, and the incident ascribed to mental illness. Authorities have yet to explain why there is this global outbreak of mental illness among Muslims.
“He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist”? Non-Muslims throw these words around without any idea of their provenance or of the contents of Islamic theology and law. “Islamist” is actually a Western coinage that has no meaning or validity in Islamic texts or teachings. Islam is political and supremacist in its core teachings; non-Muslims invented the word “Islamist” in order to try to distinguish jihad terror from Islam itself, and exonerate the latter from any responsibility for terrorism.
In the last few years, however, “Islamist” has come to mean someone who favors political Islam imposed through peaceful means, not violent ones: the Muslim Brotherhood as opposed to al-Qaeda. However, this is a distinction without a difference, as the goal for both is the same: the imposition of Sharia everywhere. Also, there is no distinction in the Qur’an or Sunnah, or from any of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, between those who work to impose Sharia through peaceful means and those who work through violent means. Did German authorities really think that am “Islamist” would forever scrupulously refrain from taking up arms in the cause of Islam? Sheer wishful thinking.
The man who killed one person and injured six in a supermarket knife attack in Hamburg was a “known Islamist”, police say.
“He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” police spokesman Andy Grote said, noting that the suspect also suffered from “psychological” issues.
The man, a failed asylum seeker born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), attacked customers at random on Friday.
Police said he acted alone and he was overpowered by passers-by.
The 26-year-old man, identified as Ahmad A, is a Palestinian from the UAE who is registered on an Islamist database, Mr Grote said on Saturday.
The attacker, who arrived in Germany in 2015 but could not be deported because he had no identification papers, was also suffering from mental health problems, officials said.
Police have carried out a search of the shelter in Hamburg where the man was living but said there was no evidence that he had accomplices or was part of a terror organisation.
It is not yet clear what the suspect’s motivations were….