Moderate imam funds foreign terror

November 10, 2010

Picking up on a theme that Robert Spencer has been drilling home for quite some time, how could a moderate, revered man who has spent his whole life devoted to the study of Islam–a highly trained imam–“misunderstand” or misconstrue his own religion to the extent that he decided to transfer money to a designated foreign terrorist organization?

Perhaps because City Heights mosque leader Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud didn’t “misunderstand” Islam at all.  He gave the Koran and Hadith a plain reading which told him that it is not just permitted, but that it is mandated for Muslims to give their zakat, and that a portion of that zakat must go toward irregular warfare against infidels.

So he passed the collection plate around the mosque and was able to amass $9,000 for al-Shabaab.  That’s perfectly legal in Islam.  But not under federal law.  From Sign On San Diego on Nov. 3, with thanks to Creeping Sharia:

SAN DIEGO — The arrest of the leader of a City Heights mosque, a man described as a revered figure who was known for advocating nonviolence and tolerance, has stunned the close-knit Somali community in City Heights, where many refugees of the war-torn country live, work and pray.

Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 38, appeared in federal court Wednesday to answer to charges that he was involved in a conspiracy to provide money and other aid to al-Shabaab in Somalia, which U.S. authorities have designated a foreign terrorist organization.

Mohamud and co-defendant Issa Doreh, 54, pleaded not guilty. A third defendant, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 33, pleaded not guilty to similar charges Tuesday.

Mohamud has been the imam — the religious leader — of Masjid Al-Ansar on Winona Avenue for 10 years, said Bashir Hassan, secretary of the small mosque that primarily serves Somali refugees. Doreh and Moalin both attended the mosque, Hassan said.

Mohamud is married and has several children, Hassan said Wednesday.

“He is the center of the community here,” Hassan said. “Everyone likes him. When anyone needs help, he is the first person to help. His arrest was very shocking. He is a godfather person to the community”…

A federal indictment filed Oct. 22 accuses Moalin, Mohamud and Doreh of collecting and sending nearly $9,000 to al-Shabaab in 2008 to fund the group, known for using violence in its war against Somalia’s weak transitional government. Moalin is also accused of providing a house in Somalia that was intended to be used in a conspiracy to kill people.

Doreh, a longtime San Diego resident, was at one time president of the now defunct Somali Community of San Diego, one of many nonprofit organizations that were launched in the early 1990s when many Somali refugees came to the area.

Hassan said Doreh is a graduate of San Diego State University and has children who have attended the school. He did not know his current profession. He said he did not know much about Moalin, other than seeing him at the mosque.

According to the indictment, Moalin in April 2008 asked Mohamud to “hold back 20 or 30 trusted people at the mosque to tell them to contribute money” for al-Shabaab…

One comment

  1. […] addition to the four San Diego al-Shabaab financiers we recently found out about, add one more.  Evidently this 24-year-old mother of “five or […]

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