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Muslim convert introduces sharia patrols in Minneapolis

Muslim convert introduces sharia patrols in Minneapolis

Abdullah Rashid, 22, above, a convert to Islam, has reportedly angered Muslims in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis for trying to impose sharia law on them.

On his arrival in Minneapolis last year, one of the first things he did was to apply for a permit to carry a gun. When Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office blew him off, he unsuccessfully sued.

Rashid, originally from Georgia, began making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex.

If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort.

Local Muslim leaders are alarmed. They are working to stop Rashid’s group, which has the grandiose title of General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah. They have notified Minneapolis police, who say he’s being banned from a Cedar-Riverside property.

Some say his group is preying on vulnerable young Muslims.

Said Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):

What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all.

Minneapolis police received reports in February from concerned residents who saw Rashid in a dark green uniform that said “Muslim Defense Force” and “Religious Police” and had two flags associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Said officer Corey Schmidt, a police spokesman:

We’ve had conversations with community members that live over there. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to deal with it, but it’s something we’ve been monitoring.

In a recent interview, Rashid said he aims to turn Cedar-Riverside into a “sharia-controlled zone” where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that “non-Muslims are asked to respect” it.

People who don’t know me would say I’m a terrorist. I’m someone who’s dedicated to Islam and trying to help the community all ways I can.

But the Islamic Institute of Minnesota issued a statement Wednesday saying Rashid:

Does not in any way speak for the Islamic Institute of Minnesota or the Muslims in Minnesota. We consider this matter as a dangerous precedent and a threat in our country and our way of life. We ask our law enforcement agencies to consider this grave matter to protect Minnesotans.

Rashid, who was previously known as Devon James Miller, converted to Islam in 2009. He said he first started the religious police group in Georgia in 2013, and wants to grow it internationally.

After Rashid launched his lawsuit against the police, court documents showed he has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. He was arrested as a juvenile in Walton County, Georgia for impersonating a police officer, and a school district reported he had harassed a 16-year-old classmate on Facebook. The school district report mentioned he had mental health issues, and his mother said he had been suicidal.

Rashid’s lawsuit was dismissed in March. He said he does not have a mental illness, and his wife, Kadro Abdullahi, said that Rashid is not mentally ill and that she supports his work.

He’s a man with a good personality and he loves Islam.

On Wednesday, Minneapolis police said the Cedar-Riverside Towers’ management is in the process of evicting Rashid, and security at Cedar-Riverside Plaza is advising him he’s not allowed to patrol the neighborhood or they will cite him for trespassing.

On his website, Rashid posted a video titled “Never Trust Non-Muslims” by Anwar al-Awlaki, leader of an Al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, who was killed in a US drone strike in 2011. And he had initially listed the Masjid Shaafici Cultural Center in Cedar-Riverside address as his organization’s headquarters.

But the imam of that mosque, Abdighani Ali, said it has nothing to do with Rashid’s group. Ali said he plans to file a complaint with police.

We’re against his ideas. We always encourage our community to be a part of the society.

Reports of Rashid’s activities coincided with news that a female doctor in Detroit was arrested on federal charges that she was performing female genital mutilations on girls as young as seven.

Jumana Nagarwala, 44, above, an emergency-room doctor at Henry Ford Hospital, was charged in Detroit on Wednesday with mutilating the genitalia of young girls.

She was identified as being a Muslim in this WND report about Rahshid. Few other media reports state her religion.

The BBC added that prosecutors said Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 years. She was investigated after the authorities received a tip-off.

If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

FGM was made illegal in the US in 1996.

In a voluntary interview with investigators earlier this week Nagarwala denied being involved in any such procedure. But prosecutors said she had performed:

Horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake and BarrieJohn (Nagarwala report)

25 responses to “Muslim convert introduces sharia patrols in Minneapolis”

  1. Walt says:

    Pick him up, bundle him on a military flight and chute him into an islamic country where his ideas are the norm. But fold his chute so it doesn’t open. Then he will be closer to his god in oblivion.

  2. Walt says:

    Aren’t the faces of the godly disturbingly odd. See either of these on say a bus and I would be getting off at the next stop.

  3. Edwin Salter says:

    The idea that there should be a place to which we would send fundamentalists has long appealed to me.
    Perhaps the EU could buy part of a Muslim country in a desperate condition ( partly our fault?) and assist the remaining part to recover. It could generate solar energy.
    Fundamentalists would be relocated and happily enjoy life as at the time of foundation. And UK might rejoin Europe.

  4. CoastalMaineBird says:

    Fundamentalists would be relocated and happily enjoy life

    BZZZT!
    Sorry, thanks for playing.

    They don’t want to enjoy their own life – THEIR happiness is increased by degrading YOUR life.

  5. Dave says:

    He can’t help it if his mind is addled .Sad character.

  6. John says:

    Next thing, local ultra-orthodox christians will start their own patrols, followed by ultra-orthodox Jewish ones.
    There are a real bunch of wack-jobs in the US.
    At least the local cops stopped him getting a gun!
    But she has done even more damage with just scissors.
    They truly are vile religionists, aren’t they?
    I can’t ever see me going to the USA ever again.
    It has turned into a real creepy and dangerous place!

  7. Smokey says:

    See, this kind of shit is what fuels my islamophobia.

    Yes, I’m islamophobic. I have no problems admitting that. I’m prejudiced against Islam. Guess what? There’s a reason for that.

    This is not racism. I’m not a racist. I don’t give a shit what skin colour you have. But don’t try to push your stupid religious shit on me.

    You want sharia? Piss off to Saudi Arabia. You want to push your medieval morals on me? Watch me going medieval on your ass.

    The correct answer to “Assimilate” is “Exterminate”. Take your paedophile “prophet” and GTFO.

  8. L.Long says:

    It aint a phobia if it is backed by evidence,,,,it is being smart!
    This is happening here!! What happened to police enforcing our laws and protecting people!!!??? SorryAssLaw means nothing anywhere outside the sandboxes!!!

  9. James says:

    It’s not Islamaphobia. Maybe some people are scared of what they don’t know, but I am not that stupid.

    Religious police? Please. Come over to a secular country and try to convert it, and you may win, but I for one will not let religious assholes like this fuck face intrude on our ability to speak freely about how fucked up religion is.

    Don’t be a shithead, and everything will be just fine. It’s not Islamaphobia, it’s objecting to forced religious indoctrination.

  10. John the Drunkard says:

    ‘He’s a man with a good personality and he loves Islam’

    Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

  11. Terry says:

    People are so weak and lost that they need something to believe in….a religion that is….get a hold of yourselves be strong, religions are not the answer, you are only causing trouble and hurting and killing others. Get a life, a real life worth living!

  12. Brian Jordan says:

    Whatever the religion, the converts are the worst: without them, the religions would never have got off the ground in the first place. There’d just be a few lonely street preachers wandering around.

  13. barriejohn says:

    He’s a drip, isn’t he?

  14. David Anderson says:

    Religious Police?

    Alabama Senate passes bill allowing church to create its own police force.

    See the Friendly Athiest site for details. I would say that you coudn’t make it up but it’s Alabama, nuff said.

  15. barriejohn says:

    David Anderson: I did see that story, but of course they’re fine, decent Christian folk, so who could possibly find fault with that?

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/04/12/alabama-senate-passes-controversial-bill-allowing-church-to-create-its-own-police-force/

  16. David Mills says:

    Trouble in the world is that there are too many religious fanatics who think their god came to them whereas in fact it us humans who create a god which makes up for our own inadequacies in what has always been an uneasy world.
    Get real and believe the “human being is sacrosanct”not some mystical legend from the past and then we can make the world happier and better for all those who are living on planet Earth – (not in hell or heaven!).

  17. Brian Jordan says:

    The CofE isn’t far behind. There was a fuss recently about the appointment of constables at York Minster and it seems to be general:
    http://www.cathedralconstables.co.uk/

  18. Italian Scallion says:

    Sharia Law is nothing but having total control over women. Just like women wearing a rag on their heads has nothing to do with religion. Once again, it’s men having control over women. I believe that women are equal to men in every way, whether some crazy god or another crazy god named allah likes it or not. I personally think that all sick and demented religion be banned forever.

  19. John says:

    Following the Westminster attack, a number of Muslim leaders and followers were interviewed, and most of them made the same point as Brian Jordan: that – as converts – the murderers were far more extreme than those who had grown up their whole lives within the belief system.
    The two who killed Rigby were former evangelical christians who had converted to Islam.
    Another factor which seems to connect the extremists is having minor criminal backgrounds.
    Many extremists are radicalised within a prison environment.
    The so-called “shoe-bomber” was a former minor criminal.
    Most everyday Muslims would probably choose – like us – not to have anything to do with such characters.
    It is easier for us to avoid them than for Muslims, who end up having to share their religious buildings with them.
    There have been stories from time to time of tussles between tradition elements and the radicalised elements to control local mosques and madrassas.
    Maybe we should make common cause with the traditionalists in all of this?

  20. ESS may says:

    I’ll bet he shags young men/boys

  21. Trevor Blake says:

    What mysterious force is it that makes some Muslims behave in these ways, while other Muslims do not? Is it ‘radicalization?’ Is it the Internet? Is it poverty? Is it lack of education? Or is it… the wrong question to ask?

    Rather than think of it as a wicked minority in an agreeable Muslim majority, ask why is it that religious patrols and FGM happen at all – and always from Muslims? It is not inevitable that Islam (or the rest) will and must exist, any more than it was inevitable that Zeus or Mithras would forever haunt the minds of man.

  22. John says:

    I am no lover of Islam any more than I am a lover of Judaism or Christianism – I think they are all equally as bad and imbecilic as one another.
    The only difference is the amount of power they are able to wield to enforce their ridiculous beliefs.
    Right now, Saudi oil money is powering the extreme forms of Wahhabist and Salafist Islam.
    In the past, the power of the Jewish Empire (for the short period of time it lasted) powered Judaism and after that the power of the Roman Empire powered Christianity.
    During the time that the Jewish and Christian Empires remained transcendent, the religious practices of their times were as vile as anything anyone today can imagine.
    The Albigensian Crusade being a case in point, as well as the Christian 30 Years War, which killed half of Europe.
    The would-be Jewish Empire was hardly a model of kindness and compassion towards people it conquered and annihilated, either – was it?
    Religious patrols are not unique to Muslim crazies.
    See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-first-christian-patrols-return-to-east-london-in-wake-of-charlie-hebdo-shootings-9988329.html.
    The emerging Jewish crazies activities can be seen at https://cst.org.uk/about-cst.
    FGM is routinely carried out by Jewish rabbis on young male children, as we all know.
    Actually, it [FGM] is a social custom that is practiced by Animists, Christians, and Muslims in those countries where FGM/C is common. Source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/fem_circ.htm.
    Before making assumptions about other cultures, we should always check out the real facts of the situation.

  23. Daz says:

    “ask why is it that religious patrols and FGM happen at all – and always from Muslims”

    What makes you think these things are done only by Muslims?

  24. Gui says:

    “FGM is routinely carried out by Jewish rabbis on young male children, as we all know.”

    Although both of it is named circuncision, that is no way you can make it equal practices. While in the FGM has the removal of the clitoris or even this plus the internal labias, in the male circuncision only the penis foreskin is cut.

  25. John says:

    It remains MALE genital mutilation based not on medical grounds but on ideological grounds.
    Even worse, the practice is carried out on innocent young male babies who have no chance to decide if they want it and who are powerless to defend themselves.
    As for the rabbis sucking the mutilated little dicks after they have been cut – what kind of perversion is that?
    All kinds of male and female mutilation should be consigned to the waste bin of world ignorance.
    They are both truly disgusting practices.