While the legal case around the man who confessed to killing three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, N.C., continues to draw attention, the media has left out some pertinent information as they attempt to push the narrative of innocent Muslims killed in a “hate crime” in an Islamophobic America.
It turns out that Mohammed Abu Salha, the father of two of the victims, is a leader at The Islamic Association of Raleigh mosque and writes for the mosque’s newsletter, GotNews.com reported.
Salha has become known by the American public as he has been all over TV blaming an atmosphere of hatred in the country for the murders of his daughters.
“The media bombarding every American every day with news about what they call Islamic terrorism, none of which is Islamic at all,” he told MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. “They are really preparing people for such tragedies and triggering them and provoking them.”
Well, Salha might know more about how “Islamic” terrorism is than most people.
This is the same mosque where the seven members of the “Raleigh Jihad Group” worshiped. Those seven men were arrested on July 27, 2009, and charged with “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad,” according to the indictment.
The men were convicted in the plot, which included a plan to behead U.S. Marines.
According to the mosque’s newsletter, for which Salha was a writer, he became a member of the association’s “shura” (an advisory board) in 2008, which would mean he was also a member at the time of the arrest of these seven men. Shura members serve three-year terms, according to the association’s website.
The shura is described on the mosque’s website as “a group elected from the general body to appoint, oversee, guide, and direct the work of the committees.”
Nevine Aly Elshiekh, the sister of Raleigh Jihad Group member Hysen Sherifi, was convicted of attempting to help her brother hire a hit man to behead FBI agents and government informants involved in his arrest and conviction, according to the Huffington Post.
Elshiekh was a teacher at The Islamic Association of Raleigh.
The mosque also hosted radical, pro-Islamic State cleric Ahmad Musa Jibril as a speaker in November 2013.
In April 2014, the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence released a report naming Jibril the most popular inspirational figure for Westerners traveling to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State. The report said Jebril’s “popularity is particularly strong among groups like ISIS.”
Of course, guilt by association isn’t the American way, so it would be unfair to paint Salha as a terrorist sympathizer just because he is a leader in the same mosque that harbored radical terrorists plotting against the United States.
And the man is a grieving father, whose loss has to be taken into account for anything he says for the moment..
But it does put his protestations about anti-Muslim bigotry in a different light.
It also might explain why Salha doesn’t want the media covering Islamic terrorism.
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