Jailhouse Islam – The Radicals Among Us

Last May, Philadelphians were stunned when police officer Stephen Liczbinski was shot in cold blood during an altercation with burqa-wearing robbers. But that murder, and other recent violent acts in the city, has its roots in a form of Islam being taught in our prisons — and being funded by Middle Eastern extremists

ONE MORNING THIS past May, three men sat in a Jeep outside a Port Richmond bank and put on new identities.
 
To Western eyes, two of them became hijabi — Muslim women who cover themselves — by pulling on full-length black burqas. They became, in a sense, invisible. The bank sat inside a busy supermarket, where shoppers would surely notice the two monoliths moving among them; but just as surely, those shoppers would pass by with eyes cast down, or aside, or beyond. They may be drawn for a moment by the sheer otherness of the hijabi, but would dependably look away with a twinge of awkward guilt for having noticed.
 
The men — Howard Cain, Levon Warner and Eric Floyd — were themselves Muslim, and knew to expect this reaction. Counted on it. Wagered their freedom on it, as they stopped their vehicle in the fire zone outside the market’s door and turned on the hazard blinkers. They climbed out of their dark blue Jeep Liberty and approached the bank. They hadn’t put on mere masks. They had put on entire hemispheres.
 
Inside the market, two of them — Cain and Warner, who wore a dreadlocked wig — walked straight to the bank, according to police. The third man, Floyd, carried a cardboard box that police say held a Chinese SKS military-style rifle. He set it inside a shopping cart and moved to the store’s adjacent produce section to wait.
 
Inside the bank, Cain pushed a female supervisor to the floor. He and Warner allegedly stole about $40,000 and headed toward the market’s exit along with Floyd.
 
In the meantime, the supermarket’s manager realized a robbery was happening, although he hadn’t seen it himself. He picked up his cell phone and dialed 911 as he, too, moved toward the exit. So complete were the robbers’ identities — so perfect their invisibility — that the store’s security cameras recorded the manager as he talked to an emergency dispatcher, and walked out between two of the disguised figures.
 
The robbers climbed into their Jeep and sped away, not knowing that after turning just a few corners they would encounter police sergeant Stephen Liczbinski in his patrol car. What followed was a clash not only of cops and robbers, or even good men and bad, but of two distinct societies.
 
The confrontation would reveal something dark at the heart of Philadelphia: a prevalent but scarcely mentioned brand of radical Islam that has appeared almost unremarked upon — like the misused burqas that day, present but so uncomfortable to examine fully — in several of the city’s worst modern moments. And which has, over recent decades, entwined the city from its lowest streets to the pinnacle of public power.
 
The cost of averting society’s collective gaze, as illustrated by what happened next, can be deadly.
 

ACCORDING TO THE head of Philadelphia’s anti-terrorism squad, here’s what happens the day you arrive in a local prison, fresh from a conviction for whatever crime: You get word. It could come while you eat your first lunch. While you’re standing in the yard, maybe, or sitting in your cell.
 
The word is clear: Join.

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  • Supremacy

    These internal enemies are being kept alive by the rent seeking lawyer. All terrorist lover lawyers and judges should be listed. All product and service providers should shun them.

    Come the next major terror attack, federal marshals should hunt down all lawyers and judges protecting the internal terrorists. After brief show trials, the lawyers and judges should hang from the trees outside the courthouse, immediately after the guilty verdict is read out loud. There should be no lawyer gotcha on some collateral corruption. Their legal and judicial utterances should be the sole evidence, because that work is the crime of treason, a capital crime. Leave their corpses to swing from the court trees for a month. To deter.

  • H.

    Muslims will practice Islam according to the Qur'an and not according to the wishes of so-called Xristians, Hindus, Buddhist, or Jews. And that is protected by the 1st amendment.Nowhere in the Bible are priest encouraged or allowed to practice pedophilia or homosexuality, but they do. Nowhere in any police manual are police encouraged or allowed to murder a subdued handcuffed suspect but they do (Oscar Grant). No reputable magazine would allow such xenophobic racial and religious bigotry as yours to ever hit the press but they do. Vitriolic dribble as chauvinistic as this trash should never have been published. What gives you the unmitigated gall to determine to what extent or degree a Muslim should practice Islam? Islam needs no Xristian style reformation. We don't imitate your lifestyle or hedonistic ways. You are an enemy to Allah, an enemy to Islam and an enemy to Muslims. Therefore, I will not believe what you believe and you will not believe as I believe so to you be your way and

  • H.

    I by no means justify the acts of those inclined towards criminality. Theft is a crime and murder is a crime. How does the actions of individual criminals illicit an overall indictment of an entire religion and race of people? Who in their right mind other than a child of the Deep South (Mississippi)could be so extreme and radical of mind? Philadelphia Pennsylvania is a long way from Philadelphia Mississippi. And I won't sit quietly in 2009 and allow you to do to Muslims in Philadelphia Pennsylvania as was done to the civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Philadelphia Mississippi in 1964. Your attempt at assassination by essay will be challenged.

  • H.

    Something that is radical is marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional. Your statement associating Muslims with crime or criminal activities is a Radical departure from truth. Radical can be defined as something that tends to make a dramatic change in existing views, habits, conditions, situations etc. Many ameriKKKans of all creeds, socio-economic backgrounds, and ethnicity find themselves victimsof their environment. The environment in ameriKKKa is bigoted. It seems that if you don't believe in the racist concept of Zionism or that god is a blond haired blue eyed white man who is so impotent that he could be murdered by his own people then you are viewed as a radical. If you believe that god is indivisible, not a man with children and a victim of murder some will consider you a radical individual far from their idea of traditional thought. Well, I will not believe what you believe and you will not believe as I believe so to you be your way and to me be mine. No

  • H.

    What makes the staff of the "Philadelphia" magazine think that Muslims won't defend themselves when attack? Muslims are agents of peace in the North, South, West, and East; however, in defense of what is right we become dedicated to the fight. We will past the test when engaging the enemies of the weak and oppressed. Not bounded by ethnicity, geography, or party affiliation, we will defend ourselves when attacked by any individual, institution, nation, or written publication. I take umbrage at your flimsy attempt to suggest that the hijab of a Muslim women or the sight of people (male or female) dressing in a non-European fashion is in itself something to hold suspect. There have been thousands of robberies committed by perpetrators wearing baseball caps and crucifixes around their necks. Should every baseball cap wearer or crucifix wearing individual be assumed criminal?

  • H.

    Islam is neither a gang nor criminal enterprise. It is insulting to equate Islam with a cowardly racist gang like the Skinheads, or a Latino prison/street gang. Adolf Hitler was raised a catholic and the present pope (Benedict) is a former member of the Nazi party, should all Catholics who are German be single out as murderous Nazis? Former Louisiana State representative the Xristian white supremacist David Duke a grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan would one be correct to link all Xristian politians to the racist southern murders of people of African descent? Nationally,the majority of prison inmates regardless of ethnicity are Xristian. Convicted serial killers; such as, Gary Heidnik, Charles Manson,Ted Bundy, Aileen Wournos, Ed Gein, by the way, none of whom were Muslims were all perpetrators of unimaginable crimes. According to an FBI Behavioral Unit Study 85% of the world's serial killers are in America. At any given time, 20 to 50 unidentified active serial killers ar

  • H.

    At any given time, 20 to 50 unidentified active serial killers are at work. Shouldn't you concern yourself with why ameriKKKan culture fosters such insanity rather than wasting time vilifying Muslim? AmeriKKKans commit more murders home and abroad than any people on earth. There is a greater chance of you becoming a victim of Xristian upon Xristian attack (Timothy Mc Veigh) than you do from an indigenous Muslim attack.You stated that there are 9,000 inmates in Philadelphia's prisons. That is more than the entire population of many suburban and rural towns' in including Sarah Palin's home town of Wasilla Alaska. You also stated that three quarters of those inmates are of African descent. Could that in anyway be caused by the systemically historic economic and social disparity that is a manifestation of the ameriKKKa practice of white supremacy? Could it be the physical expression of a historically and systemically racially bias police and court system?

  • H.

    Richard C. Dieter, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, stated that in Philadelphia, the odds of receiving the death penalty were nearly 4 times higher if the defendant was black, and the disparity nationwide, he wrote, may be partially explained by the fact that the key decision makers are "almost exclusively white men."
    How dare you have the audacity to attempt to direct Muslims in how they should practice their way of life. The 1st amendment to the Bill of Rights clearly states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The law of the land is the law of the land. Neither Xristianity nor Judaism is the official religion of ameriKKKa. AmeriKKKa has no official religion.

  • H.

    and to me be mine. Now, if that makes me as a Muslim, a radical then so be it!

  • Lisa

    I applaud the writer for covering an issue that needs to be covered in Philly. You can't disguise history. You can't disguise the organized black crime, that calls itself the "black mafia" and has many members who are "jailhouse muslims." You only have to look at the visitors pouring in and out of statehouse road to see that the Philly Prison System everyday looks like Mecca! There's nothing in the article that's offensive, and it's real journalism that peeps a trend in Philly. Radical Islam in Philly is highly associated with crime and criminals. The rubbish posted about "defending myself" is tragically replayed in the recent killing of yet another Philly police officer by a jail house muslim. The FBI organized crime task force got flack for investigating "Italians" in organized crime, so expect flack for investigating patterns of recurring crime in Philly's majids.

  • Lisa

    Are people really walking around espousing craziness like "you are an enemy of Islam so I have a right to cause harm to defend my faith?" Is that what gives a cop shooter the mindset to shoot those who've sworn to protect? Is that what was going through the mind of Rasheed Scruggs aka Rasheed Abdul Ghaffer when he shot Officer John Pawlowski? Let's grow up folks. It's not religion when you advocate violence, period. It's a very good way to get you or your kids enrolled in the University of Graterford.

  • Ann

    It is gravely important to separate devout and practicing Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc., from their corrupt counterparts. Tragically, in every race, religion, and ethnicity there are extremists who claim to be devout and faithful, destroying the images of the rest. This was an excellent article that separated the two: faithful, devout, and peaceful Muslims from those who are deceptive and hide behind religion for evil causes. It is so important to distinguish the two, as I believe the writer did appropriately. But, it is even more important, to connect the dots and determine how the great city of Philadelphia can curtail this violence and the tragic deaths that have befallen our men and women in blue. Our police—who put their lives on the line every minute of every day—are under attack. What does that mean for the rest of us? Everyone’s safety is compromised. We need some answers, and this might be a start. Whomever you call for guidance—God, Allah, Messiah—help us.

  • Chris

    I am a volunteer at the phila. prison system and have been for eight years. I work hands on with the muslim population and in no way have we ever received funds from any overseas entinty. We spend limited time admonishing the inmates and encouraging them. Limited because of the time we are alotted by PPS, Almost half of the population is muslim but there is one muslim chaplain contracted by the city,meanwhile the christians have a chaplain for each jail totaling six institutions you do the math.Overpopulated and understaffed.Islaam does not condone aggression against innocents,even non-muslims we have the harshest reward for those who transgress bounds that have been set we are not soft on crime not the least bit!Islaam states that muslims can co-exist with non-muslims, and that we are unique but this uniqeness should not cause fear in the hearts of non-muslims.We have criminal muslims who deviate from their guidance and follow their own whims;islaam is what Allah and Muhammad have ta

  • W

    Excellent job on the article. There is definitely a problem with criminals being drawn to Islam in Philadelphia. I am not saying that all Muslims are violent by any means, but this is a major problem that Muslims don't seem to be taking seriously within their own ranks. The anti-Americanism is thick

  • Phillycop

    Wow..talk about ranting. There are many law abiding Muslims in Philadelphia..this article is talking about the CRIMINALS in the jails and the conversion to Islam. I'm sorry if it offends you that young black males are hiding behind the Muslim religion but I see it every day first hand. You can point the finger at all of the other social ills in the world but this is what is happening right now in our prisons.

  • Leatherneck

    Islam and democracy are polar opposites.The slime bags that defend the perpetrators are the future of a nation that that will die at their vry own hands.Thank God that I am armed and living in a region of this country that is immune from the disease of liberalism and black islam.You people disgust me.

  • FedUpCop

    Here comes the race card again! hbabatunde has completely lost sight of the point of this article. He is obviously blinded by the mis-directed rage of anti-muslim that he feels is being expressed. Why not be mad at the so called muslims that are perpetrating the crimes? Instead he wastes his bablings about the KKK. No, Police are not racists, they are not bigoted, and are not prejudiced. I am a member of the police dept, and can tell you that we don't pre-judge, we make a decision based on our experience. If that makes me a racist, than why is my conviction rate of the people that I arrest soooo HIGH? How about we start holding the judges accountable for the lenient sentencing? How about re-instituting the death penalty? Who do you turn to when your only line of defense is under attack? They don't call us the thin blue line for no reason. To my fallen brothers and sister, Job Well Done, and may your rest in peace. You will never be forgotten, and we will not let your death's be in vain

  • ma

    I can almost garuntee you he is the type of person you can find on a street corner in downtown phili on the weekends. Ranting about how whites should be enslaved and murdered, and spouting hatred. If you would like to learn more about whats going on with islam in the world please look up robert spencer. He has dedicated his life to pointing out whats really going on with muslims, and islaam in our country and everywhere else….. jihadwatch

  • Jack

    But…but…but… Islam is the religion of peace!!. bwahahahaha!

  • Patricia

    More like the religion of pieces (of human bodies) wherever muslims dominate.

  • Patricia

    One other thing. Philly, quit allowing your politicians to get cozy with groups like CAIR. Joe Sestak, in particular and Rendell both attended CAIR fundraisers. I think Sestak has a CAIR member on his staff. CAIR is corrupt and is the progeny of the muslim brotherhood, a very violent group. Watch out for the politicians playing footsie with muslims like this.

  • Patricia

    Please check out jihadwatch.com. Devout muslims are the most violent. They hate all that is not like them and want us dead or subservient. Call me whatever names you want, but this is serious and the truth needs to be told. Tolerating the intolerable is suicidal.

  • Patricia

    Muslims want to segregate themselves from the rest of us. Why on earth would you walk around in a halloween costume like a burqua? They want to stand out. They think they are better than you. They practice supremacism. I believe we are all God's children. We should not be prideful in trying to be better than or worse than. We should strive to be a worker among workers and a friend among friends. Not muslims. They are an aberration and a drag on civilization. They are against the freedom that America represents. As Louis Farrakhan once said about Judaism, I find islam to be a gutter religion.

  • J.

    hbabatunde, you doth protest to much. Islam is an ideology, not a religion. It is Jonestown on steroids. It is slavery institutionalized. I feel sorry for the people like you cozened into believing in it.

  • Abu

    Its amazes me how people like the author of this article attempt to panic society with their own personal prejudice. The article falls far short of proving any connections in any of these incidents, let alone any connection to an international conspiracy. In the more than *80,000 major crimes that occur in the City of Philadelphia, I fail to see how three unrelated incidents establish a pattern of anything. As for the Fort Dix incident, which is in NJ and there is no proof that any of these men having been to prison prior to this incident, so how are they related to this so called trend? I just don't get it.*(according to Phila. Police Major crime statics)

  • Joe

    The Christian Identity movement first broke into the mainstream media in 1984, when the white nationalist organization known as The Order embarked on a murderous crime spree before being taken down by the FBI. Tax resister and militia movement organizer Gordon Kahl, whose death in a 1983 shootout with authorities helped inspire The Order, also had connections to the Identity movement.[3][4]. The movement returned to public attention in 1992 and 1993, in the wake of the deadly Ruby Ridge confrontation, when newspapers discovered that former Green Beret and right-wing Christian fundamentalist Randy Weaver had at least a loose association with Christian Identity believers. Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was a United States Army veteran and security guard who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on the second anniversary of the Waco Siege, April 19, 1995, as revenge against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government. The bombing killed

  • Joe

    Terry Lynn Nichols (born April 1, 1955) is a U.S. Army veteran who was convicted of being an accomplice of Timothy McVeigh, the man convicted of murder in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 19, 1995), which claimed 168 lives.So US Military, White Supremacy, and Murder of Federal Law Enforcement, Any connection? See how this game stringing together a number of incidents from a single sub culture bring you to a conclusion logical or not. This is the problem with this process there are people from all sub cultures that commit crimes but this does not prove that there is a trend on the horizon, STOP trying to scare the people into false conclusion about Islam and the Muslims.

  • Vince

    There they go ! Trying to associate the "criminal actions" of a few "individuals" to Islam! We know the truth but the average non Muslim may not know any better after reading this rubbish! I think we need to write Matthew Teague and Philadelphia Magazine to express our outrage against this irresponsible portrayal of Islam which had nothing to do with the actions of these criminals. Because someone professes to be a Muslim , Jew, or Christian does not automatically make them such. one has to strive to live a life consistant to that which one professes to believe in. Otherwise, all you have is lip service. The religion does not go past one's throat. The heart is not affected. The Arabic word "Muslim" is a verb. It means, "one who submits to the will of God" These people who commit these crimes are not submitting to God's Will they submit to their own selfish will disreguarding God's law. Don't lie. Don't steal. Don't kill. Just to name a few. Islam, Christianity and Judism all tea

  • Vince

    teach these basic laws of God. What about criminals who go to prision, learn and practice Christianity, go back into society, then commit murder? Is it safe to say their radical form of jailhouse Christianity was the cause of their actions or is it really just the deviant criminal pre disposition of that individual or group of individuals. Christians, Jews and others commit crimes and re-commit crimes everyday but you never hear anyone trying to establish a connection between their religion and their crimes. Why is that? What's really going on here. What are the ultimate goals of those who are feeding you this information? Think about it.

  • Faheem

    This article is full of blunders and misinformation.Firstly, the Nation of Islam has been extremely marginalized in the prison system, to the point that the ones who adhere to that belief of Farrakhan don't have a significant voice, and orthodox Muslims don't consider them Muslims at all. Secondly, the crimes committed by the three men last year, along with the recent killing of Officer Pawlowski have more to do with the social ills of poverty, broken homes, poor eduction, etc.,than it has anything to do with Islam.Thirdly, on the night that Officer Pawlowski was buried, there was a similar incident where a White man was apprehended for concealing a weapon, so these crimes transcend race and religion.And fourthly, in all honesty, the Muslim community, of which I am a member of, we have done a poor job of accomodating our brothers who have chosen a life of crime over faith, but the choices they have been given are very slim.

  • Ayana

    Who even reads this magazine. I never heard of it until someone forwarded this article to me. This is garbage feeding the simple-minded bigots of this country, and there are lots of you out there. This is no different than associating black teens with gang violence or Latinos with drug crimes. Recycling, tired and useless stereotypes to fill teletype is boring. Find something new to talk about. NEXT!

  • muserr

    after reading the article i REALLY wanted to reply to it, but after reading the replies, i saw know reason. as usual 90% of the replis are racists as is america is and always will be and i beleive the author will not even read them as he said what he said and that's enough for him. know proofs are brought and as to any of his statements. he doesn't even know what (as he say's) a whabbis or a salafis is. as a matter of fact i don't even know and i am Muslim! i do ascribe to the salafy minhaj though. he talks to Muslims who he doesn't even know what they follow, just as long as they are against the Salafies. bring your proofs not just writting things to hype up the ignorant people on. you talked a lot but said NOTHING AT ALL. o the last thing i will say is a lot of people go to jail and look for protection from the "booty bandits" so the "say" they are Muslim, did you ever think of that!!! i've seen this many times but a some of us do come out of prison and live rightly. you know nothing

  • abusaalih

    Anyone who is concerned with hearing the truth can download this audio recording done last Sunday in response to this misinformation contained in this article. http://www.sunnahaudio.com/modules/Current_Affairs/crimeandmurder.htm

  • ummaaquil

    If a person is in prison justly then they were inclined to illegal acts already so if they excepted Islam and come out and commit criminal acts they are sinning, backsliding, and acting from their own desires not their religion. Islam far from condones these acts. Rather these people at that time are at war with Allah. This should be common sense. I know many people who were so called "saved" and come back out of jail only to commit acts of killing friends over drugs, robbing, etc. but, their not called "Christian extremist". This is just a calling against Islam and yet people still come to Islam everyday all over the world. I was headed for trouble as a teenager. Then accepted Islam, which taught me to become peaceful and not to oppress. I am Salafi wear the Buraka and know Islam saved me and made me opposite of extremism in its Real meaning. If you want to know what we really believe ask us.http://www.bakkah.net/articles/nonmuslim.htmaudio:click here

  • Hugh

    He says, "But that murder, and other recent violent acts in the city, has its roots in a form of Islam being taught in our prisons — and being funded by Middle Eastern extremists"I can assure you that NO ONE from the Middle East is funding a bunch of thugs in prison. Some people just love to scare the innocent.

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  • SALAHUDDIN

    This is some of the worst propaganda I've see years, we're not taking it anyone. Everyone who wants to know the truth, check out the link below:http://www.sunnahaudio.com/modules.php?name=Current_Affairs

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  • drew

    the struggle for Muslim equality has begunActually Islam is preventing crime in PhillyI think if robbers are Muslim they should be punished via Islamic law = whip them in public and if they embezzle and commit huge fraud chop off their handsthis would virtually eliminate the crime problem in Philly I guarantee youstop being racist against Muslims by trying to associate a couple jerks using burqas to rob a bank with disrespecting a religion that is now 20% of the world populationIslam is here to stay. Actually in 20 years Philly will be a majority Muslim city.Deal with it. With respect.

  • Rajaa

    Germantown is Salafi and has a relationship with some foreign scholars, mostly ones who would be angered to be associated with Al-Qaeda.ShamsuDin/Clarence was part of the Warith-Deen community, who are basically the most integrated, assimilated group of American Muslims. But I guess one bad egg defines all Fifty-Thousand.Conclusion: Stop getting your news from Philadelphia Magazine.

  • Rajaa

    I can see why people think that this article makes a good point. The Point: Saudi is sponsoring radical black Muslim violence.Bad Muslims: “Jail-house-Muslims,” ShamsuDin/Clarence, Hamas, Saudi Arabia, Salafi’s/Wahabi’s, cop-killers, people-who-dress-like-Muslim-Women (are these last 2 even mostly Muslims?)Bad groups with militant organizations: Albanians, Al-Qaeda, Palestinians.Good Muslims fighting against it: Germantown Masjid, West Philly MuslimsIf you knew anything about Philly Islam, this would be ridiculous to you. Just 2 points on the main characters in this torrid play: cop-killers and ShamsuDin/ClarenceGermantown Masjid refused to bury those men because they realized that what they did was sooo egregious that they couldn’t be associated with it. But! Germantown also works to include “Jail-house-Muslims” so they can be rehabilitated (which 990 out of 1000 are. What’s the national rate of recidivism? They must be doing some good work at Germantown). Germ

  • danny

    This was the best, most revealing, courageous article i've read maybe ever. i worked at a store in germantown, a few weeks before the bank robbery, cain and the boxer guy came in. one hung out near one corner of the store, and cain the other. they were obviously in retrospect casing it but i guess we didnt look busy enough for them to come back. it is so sad reading the destruction they caused. i praise matthew teague for uncovering so much about what is really going on. it's very scary and i was mesmerized by the quality writing and investigative journalism.

  • Abu

    Matthew Teague a child of the Deep South (Mississippi) and staff writer for the "Philadelphia' mag who holds extreme racist and anti Islamic views. Philadelphia Pennsylvania is a long way from Philadelphia Mississippi.The only difference between the KLAN in Phila Miss. and Phila Pa. is the color of their uniforms. Mississippi they wear white and in Philly Pa. they wear blue. Please don't take offence. Matthew Teague's article in the February edition of"Philly Magazine" reeks of yellow journalism. Singling out Muslims as being organic to criminal activities is a radical departure from truth.Teague suggest that the attire of Muslim women or the sight of people (male or female)dressing in a non-European fashion is in itself something to hold criminally suspect.There have been thousands of robberies committed by perpetrators wearing baseballcaps and crucifixes about theiTr necks. Should every baseball cap wearer or crucifixwearing individual be assumed criminal? Islam is ne

  • Abu

    The new president, son of a Kenyan Muslim father, walked across the waters of the Potomac with a message of hope and change. Many across the world believehe is the next best thing if not actually "The Second Coming." However,two things that haven't changed are some American's disdain for Muslims and those with melanin rich skin. Teague is a Mississippi racist and fits in well with the staff "Philadelphia"mag.

  • Abu

    I by no means justify the acts of those inclinedtowards criminality. Theft is a crime and murder is a crime. But explain how do the actions of individual criminals illicit the blanket indictment of an entire religion and ethnic group? The courts are racially bias because ameriKKKa has a racial bias… and a racist would deny that.

  • Abu

    Teague has with intent and malice of forethought purposely mixed 1960's and 1970's "Nation of Islam" Black Nationalist rhetoric, with Orthodox Sunni Islam and the radically extreme fanaticism of the Saudi Salifi/Wahabbi Cult. His efforts are an attempt to incite a scenario that will lead readers to believe Muslims should face the worse of what any law enforcement agency or vigilante group has to heap upon the indigenous Muslim community.He desires to ferment an atmosphere of anti Islamic hatred in hopes of making Muslims the'Interned Japanese Americans of the new millennium?' Philly Rag …I meant to say… Mag, needs to stick to writing about where to eat and what show to see.

  • Abdullaah

    Abul-Hasan Maalik: A Response to the Article, “The Radicals Among Us” in Philadelphia MagazineIslam’s Condemnation of Crime and Murder in Society – A Response to the February 2009 Article in Philadelphia magazine entitled: The Radicals Among Us – A public session was held by our brother Abul-Hasan Maalik Ibn Aadam yesterday, February 22nd 2009, at Masjid Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab in Camden NJ in response to the article printed in this month’s issue of ‘Philadelphia’ magazine, wherein the author: Michael Teague stated in his article entitled, “The Radicals Among Us” Abul-Hasan proceeded to answer the erroneous claims above, in addition to clearly laying out how the Scholars of Saudi Arabia and the Salafis has continually condemned violence, terrorism, murder, drug trafficking and more. Get the free CD or listen online: http://www.sunnahaudio.com/modules.php?name=Current_Affairs

  • ABU

    *PLEASE EXCUSE THE TYPOS*

  • ABU

    Obviously from a journalistis percpective, this article is baseless, and full of anti-Islamic rhetoric, few sources, and plenty OF opinion based statements. Those guys who robbed the bank where criminals, thugs, who just so happened to be muslims, and shamed themselves by dressing like muslim-women during a heist. In Saudi Arabia home to so-called 'wahabism' and 'extremism', those thugs would have been executed for armed robbery. These crimes rarely happen there, but happen daily in America. The attempt to make a link between crime and Islam is futile, they are antonyms. Hey Matthew, I'm waiting for the article connecting radical far-right Christianity with mall, church and school shootings, since theyre all commited by Christians.

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  • Ryan

    From the Crusades all the way down to todays wars, Christians have murdered more people than Jews, Muslims, even scientologists combined. Check the history. I was raised catholic in the ne so trust i know what its like. for every 1 bad muslim there is 1 bad jew and so forth, so let's stop with the white northeast residents crying about something they don't understand. im 100% white but if these scared crackers hate blacks so much they should leave the city led by a black and the country led by one and go back to europe.

  • At

    The real issue here is the propensity of blacks to commit crime, not Islam. Blacks who are not Muslims commit far more crime than those who are. Philadelphia has a black problem, not a Muslim problem.

  • Abdullah

    As A muslim convert AND a deputy sheriff that has been in the prison system for 13 years I find this article very flawed.Muslims approaching a non muslim prisoner to join up? It doesn't work like that a new inmate may attempt to join for protection but he will quickly be weeded out.Also radicalizing inmates is not that easy.All these guys want to do is get out of jail.and also the nation of islam IS NOT Islam.I think this is unnessecary fear mongering.To understand what is really happening with muslims in prison you really have to be here.I know what I`m taliking about I live in bothe worlds.

  • ruhiya

    One of the many short comings which has arisen in the West, is judging Islam by the conduct of a minority of its people. By doing this, segments of Western society have deliberately played off the desperate actions of many Muslims, and have given it the name of Islam. Such behaviour is clearly not objective and seeks to distort the reality of Islam. For if such a thing was done Judge a religion by the conduct of its people) then we too could say that all Christianity is about is child molesting and homosexuality [1] whilst Hinduism was all about looting and breaking up mosques [2]. Generalising in such a manner is not seen as being objective, yet we find that the Western world is foremost in propagating this outlook on Islam. So what is the reality of Islam? How does one dispel the myths which have been created and spread so viciously? The only way to examine Islam is to simply examine its belief system. Look at its sources, the Qur’an and Sunna, and see what they have to say. This is

  • ruhiya

    the way to find the truth about what Islam says about terror, terrorism and terrorists. One who is sincerely searching for the truth, will do it no other way. The very name Islam comes from the Arabic root word ‘salama’ which means peace. Islam is a religion which is based upon achieving peace through the submission to the will of Allaah. Thus, by this very simple linguistic definition, one can ascertain as to what the nature of this religion is. If such a religion is based on the notion of peace, then how is it that so many acts done by its adherents are contrary to peace? The answer is simple. Such actions, if not sanctioned by the religion, have no place with it. They are not Islamic and should not be thought of as Islamic.

  • Herbert

    I won’t fire (psychologically) until I see the whites of their eyes!!!!Promise!!!

  • Herbert

    I won’t fire (psychologically) until I see the whites of their eyes!!!!Promise!!!

  • Herbert

    I won’t fire (psychologically) until I see the whites of their eyes!!!!Promise!!!

  • Herbert

    I won’t fire (psychologically) until I see the whites of their eyes!!!!Promise!!!

  • Herbert

    I won’t fire (psychologically) until I see the whites of their eyes!!!!Promise!!!

  • Herbert

    I won’t fire (psychologically) until I see the whites of their eyes!!!!Promise!!!

  • Danny Ozark

    this is the greatest magazine article ive ever read