What Is ISLAM
January 9, 2010 by USA Post
What Is ISLAM,CAIRO – As a young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a US plane made his first court appearance, American Muslims came together to denounce t*rror*sm, reported The Detroit News on Saturday, January 9.
“We are not going to let these terrorists hijack our religion,” Majed Moughni, who moved to the Detroit area from Lebanon, said.
“We’ve been trying to recover from (the Sept. 11 terror attacks) for nine years. (This) comes right in our backyards, right over the heads of the largest Muslim population in North America.”
Scores of American Muslims, Arabs and Nigerians rallied in cold weather in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit to speak out against t*rror*sm.
Flying large American flags, the marchers carried signs reading “Islam is against t*rror*sm”, “Not in the name of Islam” and “Not in Our Name”.
The march came as 23-year-old Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance on Friday.
“At this time our client would like to enter a plea of not guilty,” lawyer Miriam Siefer said.
Hobbled by leg irons, Abdulmutallab spoke softly from the dock to confirm his name, how it was spelt and his age.
Abdulmutallab is facing six charges, including attempted murder of 290 people on board a US-bound plane on Christmas Eve and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He faces life imprisonment if convicted.
Wearing a white T-shirt, tan pants and tennis shoes, Abdulmutallab’s court appearance took less than three minutes.
“Do you understand the charges contained in the indictment?” Magistrate Mark Randon asked the young Nigerian.
“Yes I do,” Abdulmutallab replied softly.
Randon asked Abdulmutallab if he understood the sentence associated with the charges, which could include life in prison.
“Yes, I do,” Abdulmutallab said.
Nigerian-Americans also rallied outside the courthouse to denounce the failed plane plot.
“I’m here to tell the world that Nigerians don’t support t*rror*sm,” Remigius Obi of Ann Arbor said.
Chanting slogans against t*rror*sm, the marchers carried banners reading “Nigeria condemns t*rror*sm. Nigerians disown Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Nigeria says sorry to America & the world.”
“Terrorism is not part of Nigerians’ culture. We love America. We love life,” said Obi.
Following the failed bid, the US toughened security measures for passengers from a number of Muslim countries, including Nigeria.
Passengers holding passports from those nations, or taking flights that originate or pass through any of them, are being pulled aside for pat-downs and extra screening.
Their luggage and clothing are checked for traces of explosive and are required to pass through controversial full-body screeners at airports equipped with the machines.
“Nigerians are against t*rror*sm,” read a sign held by Ogunyinka Ogunleye, 59, of Detroit.
“God bless America … We are ready to go against anyone who supports t*rror*sm,” Ogunleya told the Detroit Free Press.
Ahead of the rally, a group of Muslim scholars held a news conference to denounce t*rror*sm committed in the name of their faith.
“The Muslim community is upset with what happened on Christmas Day, that this man tried to blow up the plane in the name of a faith in our own backyard,” said Victor Begg, president of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan.
Dawud Walid, assistant imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit and head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also condemned the attempt.
“We have a long track record of speaking out against t*rror*sm,” said Walid, who participated in the rally, waving a US flag.
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