October 16, 2014

Houston Baghdadi's Terribly Terrifying Tour of Terror Totally Terrorizes Texas (***Exclusive Must Cite Jawa Report***)

Today my new pal AbdulRahman Baghdadi makes Clarion Project:

A shocking video has been posted online showing a Muslim-American in the Houston area pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in front of a police officer while being escorted away from a mosque.

The video was uploaded September 21 by a man who goes by the names of Abdul-Rahman Baghdadi or Houston Baghdadi.

The article goes on to mention many of Mr. Baghdadi's recent postings. Including a series from his youtube channel where he is booted from the El-Farouq or al-Farouq mosque in Houston for correcting small children for eating with their left hand rather than their right as dictated by the Sunnah or traditions of Muhammed.

The complete series is here on his youtube although he has removed part 3, I'm not sure why, he does um, a lot of things.

We at Jawa report have received a lot of tips about Mr. Bahgdadi. We've reported on his antics twice before.

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Now let me just say this one more time before everyone panics and starts thinking an army of the Caliphate is lose in Houston.

That Boy Ain't Right!
In fact Jawa Report interviewed Adam over the weekend.

Here are a couple excerpts.

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I then asked him if he wanted to travel to an IS controlled area and what role he would see himself playing in an Islamic State.

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OK so his mama didn't raise no fool, he's very aware of rules. He's also very fascinated with Arabic Nasheeds and taped or online sermons.

Anyway the interview goes downhill from there with dares to read the book of Miriam from the Koran and charges about the Jews changing the Bible.

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This displays another quirk of the Islamist thought process, God can will the Koran to be the unaltered word. But the Bible, that is a Zionist conspiracy!

Note to beginners: Any time there is a contradiction, always blame the Jews!

On to my point, I started to look into Mr. Baghdadi because I started getting a lot of mail, a lot of tweets of him in the Houston area. He's upset a lot of people. Because its obvious, a guy running around with ISIS logos singing Nasheeds and pledging allegiance to IS must either be really dangerous, crazy or both. Right?

So in my travels I've noticed a few things about Houston or Adam whatever.

First he is very intelligent in a way. He loves Arabic Nasheeds and Islamic traditions. He is like an encyclopedia of Islamic call and response. He always has an Arabic phrase or a praise on the tip of his tongue for any situation.

Second, his online footprint and connections are much wider than it appears at first, he's not a half bad propagandist. Also he's not unconnected in the sense that he knows where the hot contacts are and knows many.

Third, although he expresses himself well, he seems to have trouble predicting or understanding the reactions of others. When he is tossed from al-Farooq masjid he states he didn't realize the other Muslims would be offended by his insistence that four year kids follow the Sunnah of eating with the right hand to the letter. He desperately tries to explain himself over and over as if... if they only understood him, they would accept him.

He's searching for a place to belong. Unfortunately the Muslims in his community find him so annoying, understandable, that he turns online.

I can't say for sure but I suspect most of his perception that Islam = ISIS or AQ comes from online propaganda, radical preachers and the contacts he has. Most likely not from the Islamic community in Houston.

And that perception is not entirely inaccurate, many Muslims from around the world also subscribe to that. This is where Baghdadi has found his community and like minded thinkers. Often times the most radical Islamic views are the most accessible and easiest to find. The most controversial views are by default the most popular on the internet.

So after The Vegas incidents, I became a little worried myself and checked with some Jawa contacts. Which I guess is the whole point of this post. To share what I know without being unfair to Mr. Bahgdadi or revealing too much.

Honestly I wasn't going to run anything else on this subject, but the fascination and alarm with this guy is widespread.

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So far as I know Mr. Baghdadi has not committed any crime, OK two crimes, he defaced public property (in a totally reversible manner) and improper lane usage. I have him dead to rights on the improper lane usage too!

There is one more crime if it could be proven the intent of his postings was to threaten harm or terrorize, that can be unlawful. I don't think that's the case. He just does things, sometimes very odd things, and people react. He see's that he gets a reaction and does it again, just for the reaction.

So far its been a pretty successful strategy, don't you think?

Most of the concerns raised have been that either Mr. Bghdadi is part of an organized ISIS movement or that he is a danger to himself or others. But so far as I know he has not hurt anyone nor taken part in spreading an organized effort to aid ISIS. He has posted some propaganda and also expresses support.

In one video he declares "I am not dangerous to anyone." And a desire to confine himself to Dawa or preaching of his word. A sort of pacifist if you will, at least so far.

On of the main points he seems to be making and one that alarms many is his use of the ISIS flag.

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In his view this is not just ISIS' flag, technically he is correct, its the seal of Muhammad. He feels that people unjustly fear this symbol due to the negative publicity ISIS receives in the media. The negative and fearful reaction even among the Muslims at the mosques he's been thrown out of is something he seeks to change. Possibly all by himself. He thinks that by wearing it he can remove some of the stigma associated with the symbol.

As I said above he sees himself as a pacifist of sorts. He stated that his dream in an Islamic state would be to do "Humanitarian work." When confronted with the actual violence and war in areas currently controlled by ISIS, he tends to balk and refuse to accept this as fact. Choosing instead to believe these accounts to be lies or misrepresentations of ISIS by the Zionist controlled media of course.

As to the danger to himself Mr. Bahgdadi is very aware that he is attracting the attention of law enforcement, posting this message to the FBI recently.

The local police and the FBI are probably just as annoyed with Mr. Bahgdadi as the Muslim community at al-Farooq masjid is, feeling stuck with a babysitting job they didn't really ask for.

That is not to say there is not a danger. My opinion is that the danger can manifest itself in two ways.

One, Adam feels rejected or that his message is ineffectual, thus causing an escalation in his behavior that leads to an unfortunate and bad ending to this story.

Which is why its so discouraging that the Muslim community has rejected him outright. He is obviously seeking to join them, almost desperately quoting phrases and doctrine that he feels should make him accepted among them only to get the boot once again.

He's trying so hard to gain acceptance, but he does not understand why he is rejected. After all in his mind he is preaching Islam, Muslims should accept him. Still no matter how many times this happens he doggedly keeps trying.

Second, If the Muslim community in Houston cannot foster and guild him correctly onto a better path, then someone else will. He will meet a real terrorist or group online who will take advantage, give him that place he is seeking and attempt to influence him to do something really extra stupid and/or dangerous.

In fact that last scenario may already be in play to some extent. So do we just have to watch this until the inevitable train wreck? It appears so.

Anyway I don't feel its indicative of any overt widespread movement to support IS in Houston or an existing cell about the attack from within. Rather its more indicative of the susceptibility of the weak, the isolated, the freakish or slightly off person to the radical online material that pervades online discussions of Islam and the war on terror. Mr. Baghdadi has accepted as fact much of that narrative as the unalterable will of Allah.

He holds a strong idealized Utopian vision for a Caliphate established by ISIS, seeking out information that supports this dream while rejecting any information that would contradict this vision or his faith.

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Here are a few other items I came across while following his online activities.


Wait for it, wait for it.

That's not to say he's crazy, Oh WTF am I kidding the guy is total batshit. ;-)

I'm going to leave you with a few of the more moderate comments from Mr. Baghdadi. Remember moderate is a relative term.

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In closing Mr. Bahgdadi says he's seeking God, he is dedicated and very religious. At this point the greatest danger seems to be to himself.

He has been rejected by the Muslim community for the most part. I hope he finds his place in the community. That someone there has the time and patience to steer him in the right way.

Why did I befriend him in this way, because someone has to.

Of all the sources and folks I have discussed this issue with the one common thread we all agree on is this...

This isn't going to end well is it?

No, I fear it won't end well at all. But I hope I'm wrong. I really do.

Thanks to Mr. Bahgdadi for answering our questions. He says he's an open book. So draw your own conclusions.

*I use Adam as a name for Mr. Bahgdadi because some sources within the Islamic Society of Houston use that name for him. He has so far not claimed that as a given name to myself. Its a possible Kunya. I do have a name but I won't reveal it here for obvious reasons.

By Howie at 11:03 AM | Comments |