November 16, 2009

Yemeni Terror Cleric Awlaki says Nidal Hasan "had wide knowledge of sharia law"

Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Shaea interviewed jihad proponent and blogger, Yemeni-American Anwar Awlaki about his relationship with Nidal Hasan. On behalf of the Washington Post, Shaea traveled to Anwar's home in Shabwa governorate. (The Yemeni government had no idea where Awlaki was...) In his correspondence to Awlaki, Hasan often used "evidence from sharia that what America was doing should be confronted." Awlaki maintains that he did not instigate Hasan to engage in any specific acts of violence, although he approves.

Aulaqi said Hasan viewed him as a confidant. "It was clear from his e-mails that Nidal trusted me. Nidal told me: 'I speak with you about issues that I never speak with anyone else,' " he told Shaea...

Of the dozen or so e-mails, said Shaea, Aulaqi replied to Hasan two or three times. Aulaqi declined to comment on what he told Hasan. Asked whether Hasan mentioned Fort Hood as a target in his e-mails, Shaea declined to comment.

Aulaqi said Hasan's alleged shooting spree was allowed under Islam because it was a form of jihad. "There are some people in the United States who said this shooting has nothing to do with Islam, that it was not permissible under Islam," he said, according to Shaea. "But I would say it is permissible. . . . America was the one who first brought the battle to Muslim countries."

The cleric also denounced what he described as contradictory behavior by Muslims who condemned Hasan's actions and "let him down." According to Shaea, he said: "They say American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan should be killed, so how can they say the American soldier should not be killed at the moment they are going to Iraq and Afghanistan?"

By Jane at 07:04 AM | Comments |