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Area Muslims were angered and upset Friday that their religion had yet again been “taken hostage,” this time by a teenager who federal agents say was an apparent lone wolf who plotted to destroy a Dallas skyscraper in the name of jihad.
Tarnished by the faith or tarnished by the plot?
Imam Abdulhakim Mohamed leads the Islamic Center of Al-Hedayah in Fort Worth. Terrorists are “a threat to the community,” he said.
- Jihad Watch: Smadi made a decision to act to commit a significant conspicuous act of violence under his banner of “selfÂ Jihad.” He will now face justice.
Tarrant County Medical Examiner Dr. Nizam Peerwani, a Muslim, said he is greatly concerned about the extremist views held by Jordanian national Hosam Maher Husein Smadi.
“We condemn all of this,” Peerwani said. “It’s certainly a very great concern to us not just as Muslims but as Americans.”
Smadi apparently had no connection to local Muslim communities.
Jamal Qaddura, a Tarrant County Republican Party precinct chairman and chairperson of the Tarrant County Community Forum â€” made up of community leaders, elected officials, the FBI and other law enforcement â€” said he was briefed Friday morning by the FBI.
“They informed me that this individual, he has no connection to the Dallas Fort Worth Muslim community whatsoever,” Qaddura said. “He has not made any contact or visited any mosque in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or any mosque, period.”
Qaddura congratulated authorities for a job well done. “This is an Arabic Timothy McVeigh,” he said.
Others decried the acts of the man who the government says sought out cohorts to help him kill innocents. The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations said Smadi “is not known in our community” and condemned all forms of terrorism.
Area Muslims said accusations against Smadi shouldn’t tarnish Islam any more than the acts of the Irish Republican Army should diminish Catholicism.
Smadi was arraigned on Friday. In court documents he is quoted as vowing to live the “Jihadi life.”
“I truly say it that my dream is to be among God’s soldiers, first for the support of Islam,” Smadi said, according to court documents. “.â€‚.â€‚. Now my brother, the point is that thousands of Muslims have been killed in Gaza at the hand of Jews-the-dogs and the silent disloyal backsliders. Those are the Arab kings and, God willing, their end will be the hanging rope and hell.”
Though the plot was close to home, Qaddura said he doesn’t expect an anti-Muslim backlash like the one after 9-11.
“He is not even adhering to the Muslim religion,” Qaddura said. “He claims to be a Muslim, but he’s like some Christian who doesn’t go to church or has no ties to the faith.”
David Cook, a religion professor at Rice University who studies radical Islam, said the government’s accusations against Smadi seem characteristic of many terrorist plots inside the United States. Most suspected terrorists aren’t recruited through mosques, but through technology.
“They’re most likely inspired by Internet materials,” he said.
Usually, radical Islam attracts converts, transients or those returning to the faith, Cook said.
“I doubt that he has [had] any overt contact with al Qaeda,” he said. “I would have to see some solid evidence for that. Most of the groups that you’re finding now that are connected with violent radical Islam are start-up groups that have read their ideology off the Internet.”