The FBI’s Favorite Imam Sounds Off on Boston

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and From Mainline to Sideline. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason and many other publications.


imamIn 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave its community leadership award to Mohamed Abdul-Azeez of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) Islamic Center in California’s capital. Now the Egyptian-born imam has responded to the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Abdul-Azeez told the Sacramento Bee that he posted on Facebook his “deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s explosions in Boston.” The eight-year-old victim could have been his son, whom he had considered taking to the event. The imam and his wife watched the news in tears, “but ever since this thing went down, I don’t want to have to apologize for any crime that’s been committed. I’m weary of having to deal with this pressure all the time, whenever something stupid happens in the world. I feel similar to a gun owner worried about gun laws all the time because people are shooting people, or a Jew who has to worry about the atrocities being committed in Israel.”

Steve Magagnini of the Bee asked Abdul-Azeez if he saw any connection between the Chechen suspects and “their so-called Muslim identity.”

“The whole thing has a fishy stench to it,” the imam said. “The story is riddled with inconsistencies.” Abdul Azeez said the imam at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center told him that “those two kids” never attended a service there. They might have attended a smaller mosque in Cambridge, “but they are not masjid-going people.”

Further, “If the FBI has known about these guys for years and received intelligence about them from the Russians, how come they’ve been allowed to operate with impunity? And terrorists from Islamic traditions don’t run, don’t hide. They take a bullet in their chest. That’s been a very consistent pattern.”

Asked what he told his congregation, the imam responded, “I don’t want evil to control and define our discourse. An act of terrorism is not as widespread as the beautiful things and gestures of kindness people do daily. Don’t ignore the acts of evil, but don’t give them as much weight.”

Muslims “need to take our precautions, but we shouldn’t hide, for we are guilty of nothing!” Muslims “need to be going out more, visiting places more and engaging people.” Non-hijabi sisters should wear hijabs, mothers should shop for groceries and “students, time to organize those Islam awareness events on campus.” And “may God instill empathy, love and perseverance in everyone’s heart.”

The imam’s reference to the Boston “explosions,” implies it all might have been an accident. And “something stupid” is a curious description for a deliberate bombing that killed three, including the eight-year-old, and maimed many others.

Abdul-Azeez fails to name the “two kids,” implies that they are not real Muslims, and makes no effort to explain the alleged inconsistencies in the story. More significant is his observation that “terrorists from Islamic traditions don’t run, don’t hide.” So if the two kids had been genuine Islamic terrorists, they would have taken “a bullet in their chest” for the team.

The imam issues no specific condemnation of the attacks, which of course left him feeling like “a Jew who has to worry about the atrocities being committed in Israel.” All told, quite a performance for the medical doctor, who earned a degree in political science and history at Ohio State University and a master’s degree at the University of Chicago.

Mohamed Abdul-Azeez is not the only Islamic leader to be honored by the FBI. Last year the Bureau gave its community service award to Farruk Saeed, chairman of SALAM, which co-hosts events with CAIR.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    "I feel similar to a gun owner worried about gun laws all the time because people are shooting people, or a Jew who has to worry about the atrocities being committed in Israel.”

    What an idiot.

    • Bob

      I don't think he is an idiot. I think the statement is an intelligent statement crafted with inspiration of the Father of Lies.

      There are many decent people who will accept the false analogies, denial of responsiblility of the philosophy that led to the attack,, and false witness against good people all wrapped up in one succinct statement.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The whole thing has a fishy stench to it,” the imam said. “The story is riddled with inconsistencies.”

    Really? You mean, it's inconsistent with the claim that Islam is a religion of peace?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The FBI, as well as every major gov't entity, has been infiltrated and penetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia. This is why almost every linked posting includes its footprints, they are indelible.

    In this regard, listening to what these Islamic reps have to say is akin to listening to Hitler's henchman explain the Holocaust – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/26/us-western-wa

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    How about this Imam and CAIR publicly telling Muslims to report any terrorist plot they hear about to the FBI?

    • kafir4life

      HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!

      Good one!!!!

    • chris

      Never happen.

  • Michael Copeland

    “Islam awareness events” sound like an interesting idea worth developing.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "“Islam awareness events” sound like an interesting idea worth developing."

      Like what we do here but in person.

  • Cassandra

    Typical answer of a Muslim. he plays the sympathetic card and than he denies jihad. Muslims know that Islam is not a religion of peace and that it promotes jihad and death to the infidels but they deny it. They will always deny it because to recognition the failures of Islam is to shoot themselves in the foot. Why do we still have CAIR in this country is absolutely unbelievable. Mosques and Imams should be closely watched.This Imam probably lies.

    • defcon 4

      It's interesting he brought Jews and Israel into it. After all, WTF did Jews or Israel have to do with two muslimes blowing up a street full of civilians watching the Boston Marathon? That's right, nothing, nothing at all.

  • marios

    Taqiyaa which is infidels deception to promote Islam what Imam and the most Muslims use. Their "prophet" Mohammed stated "War is deception". Never trust Muslims as they have to lie and fool us follow Koran. Where is moderate Muslims? Is any of Islamic religious leaders made "fatwa" against Muslim terrorists? No. Leftists fool us stating that majority of Muslims are moderate. It is the same as say about 1930th-1940th in Hitler Germany that majority of Germans were moderate. 90-95% silent majority are non-relevant now but they are potential Jihadists as were Germans who transformed into fascists under Hitler rule. Those "kids" who killed cool blooded 3 other innocent kids and maimed 260 innocent unknown for them people categorized as "moderate" before they bombed in Boston. Stop Muslim immigration, All mosques should be under surveillance. And much much, more if we want survive.

  • Ar'nun

    “students, time to organize those Islam awareness events on campus.”

    We have enough Islamic events on campus. They usually consist of the anti-Semitism and anti-Westernism that defines you and your gutter cult.

  • Jeff

    I don't know when non-Muslims are going to understand that a Muslim cannot be trusted to be honest about their own ideology or its history. If they were, the Qur'an would be deemed hate speech and all non-naturalized Muslims would be deported as enemy combatants.

  • EthanP

    Imam. As a Muslim, if you're not part of the solution, (denouncing all terrorism) then you are part of the problem ( The vast # of non violent Muslims who turn their back on this).

    • defcon 4

      I'd postulate that the non-violent Muslims, you so seemingly admire, are working towards the same ends as their more violent brethren, but different means. And, for the record, who do you think is financing, supporting, equipping, training islamofascist terrorists? Djinns?

  • Cathy

    Scary!!! Logic dictates if commentors on the Front Page get it in regards to the Islamic agenda … the FBI certainly have it figured out. Who is protecting America? Has Islam won?

  • Cathy

    Allen West gets it! Why don't the FBI? Something is not right.

    Allen West: “Let me be very clear…we have a domestic radical Islamic terror problem in America”
    April 19th, 2013

    "Let me be very clear, the terrorist attack in Boston and evolving events indicate we have a domestic radical Islamic terror problem in America. We must no longer allow the disciples of political correctness and the acolytes of the Muslim Brotherhood (CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, MAS) to preach to us some misconceived definition of tolerance and subservience. When tolerance becomes a one way street it leads to cultural suicide. Carlos Bledsoe in Little Rock, MAJ Hasan in Ft Hood, the Ft Dix Six, Faisal Shahazad in NYC Times Square — these are just the examples I can type now. When Rep Peter King attempted to have hearings on domestic terrorism he was attacked for being racist. No more excuses. No more apologies. We are in a war of ideological wills, and we shall prevail. Congratulations to all the law enforcement agencies."
    http://www.therightscoop.com/allen-west-let-me-be

    • Guest

      Of cause West gets it. Why do you think they mobilized all their forces to defeat Alan West during the last election. They had tried it with Bachman as well, but they were not as lucky …..this time.

  • Philo Vaihinger

    Think of this as more a crime motivated by Muslim identity, by tribal belonging, than by religious fair or even religion-as-political-ideology.

    A kind of Muslim solidarity thing rather than a Will of God thing.

    Maybe the two weren't Muslim radicals at all, as we usually understand that term.

    Not even very serious about church going.

    But who thinks the IRA terrorists of Northern Ireland, or their Protestant equivalents, were personally religiously devout and were motivated by piety?

    This imam seems to be missing that.

    Lots of people seem to miss that.

    • Indioviejo

      Philo you digress. From the moment a Muslim accepts Islam he is wrong. Islam's prophet was a murdering, raping, looting and enslaving pedophile. How can anyone reconcile its beliefs to a criminal prophet? I would like to know how.

  • Philo Vaihinger

    I meant "religious faith or even . . ."

  • YetWave

    When you can't outright lie, obfuscate. Abdul Azeez has learned well how to soft pedal the wolf of hate parading as the lamb of peace.

    “I don’t want evil to control and define our discourse. An act of terrorism is not as widespread as the beautiful things and gestures of kindness people do daily. Don’t ignore the acts of evil, but don’t give them as much weight.” This statement is so light, so airy that it could be a platitude cribbed from a lamestream media piece on the purported practitioners of peace.

    Remember boys and girls, taqquia, the islamically condoned act of purposeful lying, is not a blast from the shofar on Yom Kippur.

  • marios

    Alan West for President of USA!!!

    • hank rearden

      ab-so-lute-ly

  • pagegl

    Islamic terrorists don't run, they take a bullet to the chest. I wonder if he means like the Islamic terrorists that slaughtered the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Or the Islamic terrorist who bombed Pan Am 903. Or the Islamic terrorists who bombed London and Spain. Or… well, I think we all get the picture. Do we really need to hear any more taqiyaa?

  • nickly999

    Marios, Not only would Alan West as president of the USA be good for the USA it would also be good for humanity as a whole. I can understand why American's voted Obama in the first time but the second. Obviously, the equal sharing of misery appeals to the masses.

  • The Spirit

    You’re all looking for the mechanisms in the wrong place. Ever wonder why it is never easy to find the pea onder the shells of the power brokers and american politicians? Because they are all occultists, who WANT islam to succeed in destroying america. These are your elected officlas, business leaders, military, and police all sworn by blood oath to cover each others tracks. How does Saudi Arabia manage to sneak past american public opinion? Read about it yourself:
    http://freemasonrywatch.org/shriners.html make sure you read the Western, White, shriners prayer…. you want to tolerate secret occult societies holding public offices still?

  • Indioviejo

    Nobody questions this Imam's conscience or morality, when he believes in a "religion" invented by a murdering pedophile. Anybody that can believe in Mohamed as a perfect man and the prophet of God, is either ignorant or a criminal. So therein lies the incompatibility of Islam with Judeo-Christian civilization. The fact that we continue to be tolerant of criminal belief and behavior, says more about our "Stockholm Syndrome" than our intelligence or tolerance.

  • defcon 4

    What "atrocities being committed in Israel."? Just another muslime liar.

  • hank rearden

    Slipping the knife through our ribs while patting us on the back.

  • http://twitter.com/kattaB4 @kattaB4

    The whole western world (as we knew it) has been infiltrated by Islam, and I guess we are screwed all of us!

  • http://twitter.com/kattaB4 @kattaB4
  • moehoweird

    politically incorrect ……and loving it,these idiots always whine the west is killing muslims,hell they blow up each others mosques,they kill women and children ,kill foriegn health workers trying to save them from polio,smallpox,and tuberculosis ,moral police allow school girls to burn to death,….how come they never mention this,there will never be million muslim march against terror,that go against the koran,their book of ignorance.