Detroit Jihad – by Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the imam of Detroit’s Masjid Al-Haqq (Mosque of Truth), was killed Wednesday in a shootout with FBI agents. The agents were trying to arrest him on charges of conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, firearms offenses and more. Agents also arrested eight mosque members; then Thursday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught Abdullah’s son, Mujahid Carswell. Two other accused jihadists also fled, and have not yet been found.

According to the indictment, in his mosque in Detroit Luqman Abdullah was preaching “offensive jihad” and the establishment of a Sharia state in North America. This sovereign Isamic state would be ruled by Islamic law – and by the apparent godfather of Abdullah’s movement, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. Al-Amin is the former Black Panther and convert to Islam who gained fame under the name H. Rap Brown. Al-Amin is now serving a life sentence for murdering two police officers, while his disciples, like Luqman Abdullah, carry on the message he articulated so memorably in the 1960s: “If America don’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down.”

In the spirit of his mentor, Abdullah has told his flock: “America must fall.” He has encouraged the Muslims in his mosque to support Hizballah, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. He exhorted them to bestir themselves to pious deeds: “We should be figuring out how to fight the Kuffar” – that is, unbelievers. “We got to take out the U.S. government. The U.S. government is nothing but Kuffars.” Among the unbelievers were FBI agents, about whom Abdullah declared: “Deal with them, deal with them the way, the way they supposed to be dealt with…. It’s not that complicated, man….If they are coming to get me I’ll just strap a bomb on and blow up everybody.” A law enforcement official wrote in an affidavit that “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms, and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting” – in accord with Abdullah’s dictum that every Muslim believer should “have a weapon and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed.”

Abdullah found justification for all this in the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, which he said “justified stealing, robbing and other illegal acts, as long as they profit Islam.”

One would think that Muslim spokesmen in America would be anxious to prove their moderate bona fides by repudiating Abdullah, praising the efforts of law enforcement officials, and announcing new measures to teach against the understanding of Islam that prevailed at the Masjid al-Haqq and to shore up the moderate Islam that politically correct orthodoxy insists prevails in all mosques in America in the first place. But no such luck. Instead, they praised Abdullah and excoriated law enforcement.

Dawud Walid of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reinforced CAIR’s image as an unsavory group with numerous ties to terror – an image newly reinforced by numerous revelations in the explosive new book Muslim Mafia — as he tried to paint a very different picture of Abdullah: “I know him as a respected imam in the Muslim community.” He emphasized the Masjid al-Haqq’s charitable activities, perhaps forgetting that Nazi Germany (and Hamas, and Hizballah) ran social programs as well, and thus their existence is no indication that the one operating them is in every sense benign.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Walid said that a group of imams were going to meet with the head of Detroit’s FBI office, Andrew Arena, to complain, about “linking the weapons and smuggling charges to the Muslim faith” – as if the FBI, rather than Luqman Abdullah, had done this. Arena probably won’t need much convincing: he has already asserted, without explanation, that Abdullah taught “a very hybrid radical ideology – one mainstream Muslims “would not recognize.” For his part, Walid also warned that the death of Abdullah and the arrests of other Masjid al-Haqq would anger Muslims and make them even more suspicious of law enforcement than they already are: “As much as our president says nice, flowery things about Muslims and Islam in Cairo or Istanbul, these types of stories just erode that.”

Meanwhile, the Muslim Alliance of North America, of which Abdullah was a member, complained about the shootout in a statement: “This tragic shooting raises deep concerns regarding the use of lethal force by law enforcement agents. We urge law enforcement and the media not to take undo advantage of this tragedy in order to demonize … African American Muslims in particular.”

These kinds of statements fall into a pattern that has played out many times before. An Islamic jihadist plots murder and mayhem, explicitly justifying it all by reference to Islamic texts and teachings. Then putatively moderate Muslims, instead of support law enforcement efforts, criticize them and complain about Muslims being victimized and Islam being unfairly linked to terrorism. Generally this is followed by the spectacle of media and law enforcement officials bending over backwards to make sure that no one gets the impression that Islam had anything to do with the bloody plots that the arrested parties were planning.

The problem with this pattern is that no one involved is doing anything to keep the story of Luqman Abdullah and the Masjid al-Haqq from being repeated in other mosques in the United States in the future. No one is challenging the Muslim community here to clean its own house and stop the dissembling and finger-pointing. No one is speaking openly and honestly about what the Qur’an really says, and what the implications are of that fact. No one, in short, is doing much of anything to ensure that Luqman Abdullah, one of the first clergymen in the United States to be killed in a shootout with the FBI, is not just the first of many.

  • logdon

    I posted this in the Spectator. It regards Britain but as the pattern is repeating itself globally, is equally applicable here.

    Here it is…..

    I've tangled with Muslim Council of Britain's Inayat Bunglawala on the pages of Cif. (The Guardian)

    He was more or less rooting for the Taliban by suggesting that we make nicey, nicey accommodation with them. I disagreed.

    This, lets not forget, is a man with our Governments ear, suggesting that fraternisation with an enemy who are sending maimed and dead soldiers back to Britain is acceptable.

    My argument was met by his characteristic oily evasiveness, culminating with the parroted line, isn't it always better to engage? As they say, yeah right.

    To me, that explained it all. His allegiance to Islam trumped any idea that we are at war with these people. His attempted lofty rising above it all and liberally couched language is completely at odds with the harsh monochrome actuality of Islam but lets get real, thats what they do.

    They lie and evade when needed. They bluster and threaten when on firmer ground. They find the fault lines and slither in. Truth is whatever is most advantageous.

    Islam is designed like that. Lies sanctioned by taqiya. Wars disengenuously ended by hudna or false treaty. Deception of the kuffar when in the Dar el Harb institutionalised by a tell them what they want to hear but always keep Islam in the heart.

    It’s all in the Koran which unlike our evolving Bible is the word of Allah and can never be changed.

    It is an acknowledged fact that they deliberately use our democratic rules and freedom of speech when it suits. And our sensitivity to others when it doesn't.

    One conveniently allows them to spout at will, the other to shut down all disagreement. Compare this rally which is actually advocating the overthrow of our state with the cartoons and you get the picture.

    It is literally going on all over the world. Wherever they are they undermine and plot. Nowhere is immune.

    In other words they , as Melanie (Phillips) points in the piece, will twist and turn, nothing is ruled out and they openly gloat at our self hamstringing.

    This is the Third Jihad. The infiltration of western society by adherents to a faith which is here not to share but to dominate.

    The moderate voices are silenced and drowned out. Death threat is a political weapon. Violence often the first resort.

    And according to Neather (a Government speechwriter) this was all planned by our government in an attempt to eradicate whatever trace of our settled culture still standing and to flood us with Labour voting minorities.

    Selling us out to remain in power?

    Thats what they’ve done, the worst criminal political act imaginable against a sovereign state.

    And it’s happening right now.

    I await the weekend news with interest.

  • 301

    Looks like the good Imam's sword-fighting skills were sorely lacking.

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  • davarino

    Ya keep it up and bubba wont like it, then the you know what will hit the fan. This is America and we are tolerant to a point then its on. There is not a chance that you will take over and dominate America. You see us as being self indulgant, lazy, moralless, and ignorant. We are enjoying life and want to live and let live, but we wake up fast and when the sleeping giant wakes up……look out. You guys will be hoppin on a plane back to mecca so fast Allah will get a gillion frequent flier miles. Oh well, Americans need a good challenge every 50 years or so, so bring it, we love a good fight.

  • michaelharris

    soon the charges of police brutality will come. The fact that the deceased iman had a gun and killed a police dog will be be ignored. The fact he said he would take out the government, police FBI etc will be ignored. The msm will ignore all but take a politically correct position.

  • therealend

    From article: Meanwhile, the Muslim Alliance of North America, …in a statement: “This tragic shooting raises deep concerns regarding the use of lethal force by law enforcement agents. We urge law enforcement and the media not to take undo advantage of this tragedy in order to demonize … African American Muslims in particular.

    From me: It was a shootout, meaning the FBI didn't get much of a chance, if any, to use non-lethal force. Considering all the other terrorists the FBI have taken alive, this statement from MANA is more than absurd. And considering the plans and acts of such groups are so demonic, it is difficult NOT to demonize them and still portray them accurately. Also, this is not a tragedy. Tragedy implies wrongfulness. This shooting was easily justifiable. So justifiable that this episode could be used as a definition of the word justifiable.

  • davidforsmark

    The real tragedy here is the death of the police dog. Thankfully, the FBI agents on the ground are better than the idiots speaking for them.

  • OregonBuzz

    Rule No. 1
    “Do not, under any circumstances, bring a knife/sword to a gunfight.”

  • coyote3

    Likewise, the great philosopher, Jesus said (No, not Jesus of Nazaretht, Jesus of Laredo, Tejas), “it is also not wise to bring a handgun to a rifle/shotgun fight.”

    Never been to Detroit City, but my dad went there many years ago. He said it was a “sheethole” then. I thought, however, Detroit City was full of people from yankee land Kentucky.

  • Debarrio

    Is it just me, or do we not hear about Catholic Priest's, Baptist Preachers, or Jewish Rabbi's getting into shootouts?

  • Nino

    I totally agree. Poor dog. As for the muslim jihadi morron who got killed in the shoot out: i hope he burns in hell together with his 'prophet'.

  • DemocracyFirst

    And if we did hear about priests, preachers or rabbis involved in shoot-outs (however outlandish is that proposition), how would their communities react?

    This reaction?
    “We urge law enforcement and the media not to take undo advantage of this tragedy in order to demonize … (fill in the blank).”

    Or?
    “We're horrified by these people's actions, are grateful to the police for stopping them, and we will confront any in our community who support them, rather than our civilized, free democracy.”
    And then they really do confront them, with conviction and vigour.

  • brenanc

    Perhaps before burning in Hell, we might inter the deceased Imam in a slurry pond at one of Hormel's Iowas feedlots. Or, taking the lead from Mr. Wu's pigs in Deadwood, perhaps Muslims killed in gunfights might become a source of protein for the pigs in the feedlots?

  • ScotchIndian

    Oh, come on. There's nothing happening here, folks, just move on now

  • nino

    LOL, I love your suggestion. I would love it when they wrap this jihadi bastards body in porkskin, cremate him and feed his ashes to the pigs.

  • Martha

    Everytime we give into the whining about our “lack of sensitivity” to the Muslims. That Camel's nose inches further into the tent.
    It was not Rabbis or Priests who flew planes into those buildings in Lower Manhattan either. Let's not forget that.

  • GJTryon

    The news stories running yesterday were full of accounts of the FBI meeting with Muslim community types – even consulting with them prior to the bust. And then came the inevitable official caveat apropos not construing things in an adverse light vis a vis Muslims generally etc. Good grief! The police are walking on eggshells while Islam prepares its bombshells.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558119190 facebook-558119190

    You know, 'bob', if people weren't already furious enough about this – you just made them more furious. Your hatred of Islam feeds into the whole problem, hate feeds hate. What is your agenda, really, 'bob'? Wait – don't answer that. I already know.

    May Allah have mercy on your soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558119190 facebook-558119190

    Martha,

    May I ask you a question? What if it were Catholics? Do you think America would have attacked Rome, and Catholics around the world? Would the Catholics have been rounded up and arrested, some murdered?

    This kind of thinking is the exact same kind of thinking Hitler did, anyone remember that? And what happened there? It's happening again, and some of you, including bob are sanctioning it.

    Who among you call yourselves God fearing people? You may want to learn about your own religion, and ask yourselves if this is acceptable.

  • Dazey

    I'm horrified alright, I'm horrified. But not at the Muslims who have been targeted, I am horrified at the lot of you Islamophobes.

    What is that saying, again? First the came for the (fill in the blank), but I was not a (fill in the blank), so I did nothing — then they came for me..

    This is exactly what to expect, then. Racism, prejudice, hatred, never a good thing. Again, may God have mercy on your souls.

  • Walt

    No, the real question is why do you cover up for such people? Why do you blame others for what your co-religionists do? Why should people not be upset with Islam? The incidents are growing exponentially, and yet you keep up your act., Robert Spencer's agenda is to show the truth. Are you up to refuting his article, or not? What is your agenda?

  • Walt

    No, the real question is why do you cover up for such people? Why do you blame others for what your co-religionists do? Why should people not be upset with Islam? The incidents are growing exponentially, and yet you keep up your act., Robert Spencer's agenda is to show the truth. Are you up to refuting his article, or not? What is your agenda?

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  • CowboyUp

    Could you fill me in on the “islamophobia” is in either of those posts. They just seem to be pointing out an obvious double standard to me.

    Odd, since there are plenty of posts on this article that are at least arguably what you're calling hateful, islamophobic, racist, and prejudiced.

    Where I come from, attempt deadly force against the law, whatever your race, religion, or politics, and they'd put two in your brisket. Needless to say, criminals made it a point not to resist or even point a deadly weapon at our County Cops, and it was a big, half urban county. Most cases when I was growing up were from someone drunk, doped up, and/or suicide by cop. They were excellent shots, weren't alarmed by citizens firearms, and were likely to ask if they might handle your firearm if it was a make or model they hadn't got a chance to shoot yet. Most were very professional and very good. I supported them even if I didn't always agree with them.

    Your prayers are always appreciated, I ask God to guide you in keeping your soul safe as well. Whether our chastisement is up to date or not when we ascend, we'll all have our day of 'splainin'. We'll see the good, the evil, in thought and deed, the right and wrong, and the punishment large and small.

  • GJTryon

    An analogy as corrupt as it is preposterous. Catholics wouldn't have kept a silence implying assent to the 9-11 atrocities; Catholics don't have scriptures exhorting them to outrageous acts of violence against “Kuffars;” Catholics do not have an open agenda of world subjugation. And last but not least, Catholics don't venerate someone who murdered, pillaged and raped his way into history and into the hearts of the ignorant everywhere. BTW, 558119190 – (I'd hide behind a number, too, if I wrote such nonsense) – Muslims generally happen to be among the worst diehards of Hitler fandom worldwide. Just ask the Grand Muftee!

  • undertakerme

    I'd rather eat dirt.

  • LucyQ

    This is a vivid example of one of the major problems with the Bush/Obama administrations: treating the murderous Islamic Palestinians as if they're equal to Israel, a democratic nation, a bloody result being that balanced, violent people get ideas from them and want to copy them and blow up themselves and everyone, everything around them whether it's this crazy iman in Detroit or La Raza or Timothy McVeigh.

  • LucyQ

    Outstanding post!

  • LucyQ

    The nut who was a Catholic, McVeigh, was rounded up and killed. He didn't have thousands of nutty, violent followers who believe they're doing god's work.

  • LucyQ

    “Thanks to your democratic laws, we will invade you. Thanks to our Islamic laws, we will conquer you,” as reported by Ba't Yeor in one of her books. This loud chant appears to begin by an Islamist cleric in Turkey and continues today in Friday prayers in mosques.

    Good post!

  • GLD

    He brought a knife to a gun fight

  • GLD

    I don't believe there is any inherent hatred for Islam. In America in particular we celebrate and honor many Muslims from boxing great Muhammed Ali to President Barack Hussein Obama. OK, he's Christian now but acknowledges his Muslim name and upbringing. We Christians, Jews, etc just want them to stop attacking us and we would like a little help from the supposedly moderate Muslims in stopping the radicals. If the moderates won't help us stop the attacks from the radicals I must ask are they not complicit in the attack? If we must resort to violence to protect ourselves from the radicals are we to blame for moderates getting hurt in any battle that occurs? If the Islamic governments in any way support the radicals should we not target those governments in our efforts to cause the attacks to stop? The point is that it is the actions of radical Islam and the lack of action of moderate Islam that has caused the problems we have now. Moderate Islam needs to be extremely afraid of any serious attacks within the USA. When the towers were taken out we responded by taking out two countries. We did it as gently as possible with surgical strikes and military rules of engegement designed to minimize civilian casualties. If stadiums and shopping malls become targets moderate Islam should be prepared for entire cities to be reduced to rubble WWII style. Don't think Hiroshima and Nagasaki, think Dresden and Tokyo. When NYC gets hit middle America is ready to fight. When Kansas City or Cleveland gets hit no amount of liberal whining or no UN resolution will save you.

  • Timmy

    The picture with this article looks like some sort of joke, like something from the Dave Chappell show. Get a load of the expression on his face, the turbin, the beard, the name. Doesn't look like a very deep thinker does he.

  • Walt

    I already have translations of it by Pickthall, Rodwell, Ali, and Dawood. Also, I suspect that your version would be a rather sanitized version, rather than an accurate one. Finally, this is not the place or advertising You will be reported.

  • etyetydfghfghdfg

    if printed on a soft paper, we could use it…save some money on bathroom supplies.
    Is Mecca and Medina still there?

  • jackbelias

    Youre a retard, they started a shootout and died. They were plotting terrorist acts. This story serves as proof that there is no moderate Islamic community as those “moderates” are now protesting law enforcement even when they engage rancid pigs threatening extremist acts.

    As an atheist who wants to keep his head I applaud law enforcement for this one. They did what they had to. Im in Iraq right now with both hands tied behind my back by a very stupid liberal administartion at home. I know exactly how these cops feel when the retarded public protests even the most justified actions.

  • jackbelias

    Your sociopathic invisible man and his followers are really just a bunch of whinning bitches. They come off as hardcore and ready to fight, then when the fight starts they cry and scream about the unfairness of war. Who could respect them?

    Crying and screaming isnt done by real warriors. We fight men with rifles and we much prefer that special interests stay out of the way. Tell Allah to grow a pair of balls in the future, and dont pick a fight you cant finish.

  • jamillah37

    The tongue is a sword. What you say cuts like a knife. If you lie on person that's not right. If I were you, I would watch what I say. The Creator of the heavens and the Earth does not Play! The Almighty Lord is watching everyone. No matter who you are or where you come from. Keep in mind that the Hell fire does burn, and to your Lord is your return. Peace!

  • Interested

    If the word is a sword then the Koran is an atom bomb. It is full of lies about Christ and the other prophets, about God and the afterlife. It has created untold suffering in this world and the next. Muslims should accept Christ to avoid the fires of Hell. Don't follow Muhammad to eternal destruction. Peace!

  • oldfashionedamerican

    There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. I saw a little muslim girl being interivewed once. She was asked if it was okay if muslims took over America and replaced our way of life with theirs, and she responded “I wouldnn't mind.” That is the attitude of “moderate” muslims worldwide. They let scum like Abdullah preach their devilish crap so that they can disavow it themselves, but if radical islam succeeded, they “wouldn't mind”. Islam is not a religion. It is a virulent political movement with slavish devotees. It should be outlawed in every civilized society.

  • Timmy

    History Channel DVD – Gangland, season 1, there is an episode on a Chicago gang Blackstone P Rangers where they went through a Muslim phase, had the mosque and all that. It is worth watching. Even though this guy was a prison convert he already had the Muhammad instinct and he killed his own gang members who refused to convert. This was the gang that was offering to commit terrorist acts for money for Gaddafi from Libya. That series is good, what is amazing is how the gang leaders often maintain their leadership positions while in prison. One however was so dense that he just wrote out his instructions in letters and eventually the police connected his coded instructions with a bunch of murders and now he is in solitary confinement.

  • clark81

    Shooting an ANIMAL is not grounds for the use of deadly force, and I fail to see the practical difference between the white supremacist and Christian Dominionist viewpoints Weaver advocated and calling for the imposition of Sharia Law.

  • tbone104

    Its Jafar from Aladdin.

  • Timmy

    It isn't really free, for some it will cost them their very soul.

  • http://MSA.COM/ Omega2

    The camels nose is not only in the tent but he is entirely in the tent crapping all over the sick LIBERALS who are in love with them, especially in WASHINGTON, DC. Congress ought to take up farming as they certainly know how to fork the crap of there belief of ISLAM BEING A PEACEFUL RELIGION.

  • DVG

    face 558119190

    Do you even have any clue at all about Hitler? I doubt it.
    There isn't even one shred of similarity between what the FBI did and Hitler.

    I have been to Dachau and Auschwitz. I have been to Berlin.

    I know what Mein Keimpf said. Also the unpublished sequel.

    Your equivicating about Catholic priests is BS. They in fact did not do those things. They would not have even had a whim of doing such evil.

    Deal with what ACTUALLY happenned and is still happenning.

    Creating a straw man will do you no good here.

    IMHO the FBI saved us a lot of tax money.

    peace out.

  • clark81

    And this differs from say, the abusive treatment of Randy Weaver how? Shame on the government for targeting practitioners of self-defense.

  • Boggs

    One down, millions and millions to go

  • Boggs

    “This is exactly what to expect, then. Racism, prejudice, hatred, never a good thing.”

    Hey Dazey, when and if you ever become a victim of scum like this I will be LMAO.

  • Timmy

    Someone else may be an expert in the Randy Weaver tragedy but a few differences would be:

    Randy Weaver was not a Muslim and therefore not interested in replacing the constitution with sharia law.

    Randy Weaver never shot at police. His 14 year old son did fire AFTER the agents killed his dog, they then killed the boy also shooting him in the back.

    The agents also killed his wife who was holding her baby with a single shot from a sniper!

    This imam killed a police dog. Muslim hatred for dogs is legendary perhaps he couldn't help himself.

    It would seem likely that the imam started the shoot-out firing first at officers. If it turned out that the officers just ambushed him that would be front page news from all the liberals wanting to paint the officers as evil.