“Abdelghani Merah has denounced his family publicly, calling their denials and claims of innocence part of their belief in taqqiyah — an Islamic term meaning ‘subterfuge’ in the service of jihad.”
That’s interesting. Just days ago, the “atheist Muslim” Ali Rizvi was denouncing me in an interview and on Twitter for writing about taqiyyah, which he claimed was a marginal concept practiced that only Shi’ites believe in. At the same time, he was claiming I called him a “stealth jihadist,” which I never did, and he refused either to substantiate his claim or retract when challenged, so whatever else he is, he is certainly a liar, and hence not to be taken seriously as an analyst of Islam or anything else.
In this case, Abdelghani Merah is charging that his family is lying and practicing taqiyyah when they claim not to know about Abdelkader and Mohammed Merah’s jihad activity. He is likely correct; it strains credulity that the family would not have known. So why are French authorities pandering to Zoulikha Merah? Are they afraid of charges of “Islamophobia”?
“Report: Mother of Toulouse killer received public housing to be near son’s trial,” JTA, October 13, 2017 (thanks to Lookmann):
(JTA) — Municipal officials gave preferential treatment to the mother of an Islamist terrorist who killed Jews in Toulouse, allegedly with help from his brother, a French lawmaker said.
Gilbert Collard, a supporter of the far-right politician Marine Le Pen of the National Front party, wrote to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe last week to complain that Zoulikha Merah was prioritized over other applicants for public housing based on a request in which she cited the need to be near the trial of her eldest son. He is accused of helping his younger brother, Mohammed, kill four Jews and three soldiers in 2012.
“This lady effectively receive absolute priority for public housing in Tremblay,” Collard wrote. He did not provide any evidence of the preferential treatment he said Zoulikha Merah had received.
The western municipality the Collard named is located 195 miles from Paris, where last month the trial of 35-year-old Abdelkader Merah opened five years after his initial arrest for allegedly helping his brother carry out deadly shootings in Toulouse. But it is much closer to Paris than Zoulikha Merah’s home in Toulouse, which is located 410 miles south of the capital…
Born to a family of four children, Mohammed Merah was “raised to be an anti-Semite because anti-Semitism was part of the atmosphere at home,” his youngest brother, Abdelghani, said in 2013.
Abdelghani Merah has denounced his family publicly, calling their denials and claims of innocence part of their belief in taqqiyah — an Islamic term meaning “subterfuge” in the service of jihad.
The Merahs’ sister, Souad, fled France after authorities there questioned her for saying she was proud of her brother. She and her four children were seen three years ago in the Turkish city of Gazyantep, where they are believed to have crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group, according to the TF1 television series.