Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jamaican Imam Said To Inspire Times Square Suspect

Via NPR -

The man accused in the failed Times Square bombing attempt has been talking to authorities for more than two weeks. And one of the things he told them, according to people close to the case, is that he was inspired to act by two Internet clerics — one in Yemen and another in Jamaica.


The first cleric Shahzad cited is a familiar name: Anwar al-Awlaki. He's the American-born imam who has been linked to an al-Qaida group in Yemen — the same imam who allegedly blessed the Fort Hood shootings and the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner by a young man carrying explosives in his underpants.

The other cleric is a less familiar figure.

His name is Abdullah Faisal, a 46-year-old convert to Islam who is from Jamaica.


More information on the CT Blog....
Shaykh Abdullah al-Faisal [is] a Jamaican-born Islamic convert and religious leader now serving a lengthy prison sentence for inciting young Muslims to kill Jews and Hindus. Faisal's indoctrination into fundamentalism took place in Saudi Arabia, where he studied at an Islamic university and became a firm devotee of extreme Salafist clerics in the Kingdom. After completing his studies in Saudi Arabia, Faisal later told UK police that "he was sent to the United Kingdom to preach by Sheikh Rajhi"--an apparent reference to the wealthy and powerful Saudi Al-Rajhi family that has been repeatedly accused of supporting international terrorism. Settling in Brixton, al-Faisal regularly surfaced to deliver sermons to his followers at the local town hall--but also traveled and spoke before other audiences in Manchester, Worthing, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Swansea, and Birmingham.

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