I often get asked about the vulnerability of the U.S. food supply given the fact that so many refugees work in the food-processing industries. Our meat, in particular, is highly vulnerable. I have reported in the past that refugee labor is used for up to 12 percent of the workforce at many of the meatpacking factories that dot small-town America. It would be an unimaginable act of jihad terror, potentially surpassing even the 9/11 attracks, if these plants started churning out meat laced with a biological agent of some kind. We now have evidence that some devout Muslims in the U.K. have indeed been thinking along these lines.
A couple who met online have been convicted of preparing for terrorism in a plot that could have attacked Derby or poisoned supermarket food.
Who was the man behind the plans – and why was he even in the UK in the first place?
Munir Mohammed fancied himself as a bit of a catch. He was a charmer.
He was so convinced that he was a ladies’ man, Derby’s own online Casanova, that he was aiming for four wives.
Even though along the way he’d abandoned the first on the migrant trail in Greece and never actually met the second.
As for the third prospective bride, British woman Rowaida El-Hassan, things didn’t work out too well there either.
She found herself in the Old Bailey dock alongside him, accused of helping Mohammed prepare a major act of terrorism.
In that plan:
Munir Mohammed began buying chemicals for a homemade pressure cooker bomb and offered himself as a “lone wolf” attacker to an IS commander communicating with him over Facebook.
He also investigated making poison while working at a supermarket ready-meals factory.
His jihadi bride Rowaida El-Hassan provided him with technical guidance as a trained pharmacist [just imagine if a jihadist migrants were to infiltrate a U.S. meatpacking plant’s inspection rank].
Rowaida El-Hassan came from Sudan to the UK legally as a child while 36-year-old Munir Mohammed, originally from Eritrea, grew up in the neighboring country with his mother.
After she died, the then teenager worked in Libya, before returning to Sudan to marry.
Looking for a better life, he and his pregnant wife left for Europe in June 2013 and paid people smugglers to take them by boat across the dangerous Mycale Strait between Turkey and the Greek island of Samos.
From there they went to Athens and started to walk. And when Lana lost the baby, Munir Mohammed walked on without her, dumping her in the country, the BBC reports.
He followed the now familiar Balkan migrant route and reached France in January 2014.
Finally, he paid more people smugglers to hide him in a lorry so he could reach the UK. And he eventually emerged at a motorway services on the M1 in Bedfordshire.
Police handed him over to immigration officers, and in February 2014 he made an application for asylum. He was later released from an immigration removal center and placed in a shared house at the Home Office’s expense in Leopold Street, Derby.
Munir Mohammed wasn’t allowed to work but he wanted to earn and took a cash-in-hand job at a car wash and then cleaned at an Indian restaurant.
By May 2016 he had obtained EU documents in another man’s name and secured work at Kerry Foods, a major manufacturer of ready-meals in nearby Burton upon Trent. He told the jury he cooked sauces for meals going to Tesco and Morrisons.
During his often incoherent evidence, Munir Mohammed claimed to have been sending money to the woman he’d abandoned in Greece – but he also revealed that he had since “married” a second woman in Sudan.
The only problem is that they hadn’t met. So he began looking for something more satisfying than a virtual wife, signed up to a British dating website and found Rowaida El-Hassan.
And all the time, his interest in the extremism of the so-called Islamic State was growing.
How did Rowaida El-Hassan get involved?
Rowaida El-Hassan, 32, came from a well-to-do Sudanese family. The university-educated north Londoner helped her husband grow a successful pharmacy network in Khartoum – but he cheated on her.
She returned home with her two children and began the messy process of a divorce, and looking, once more, for Mr Right.
We already know this is happening in London and Paris. But St. Cloud, Minnesota?
St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, came out with its annual list of top 10 most popular baby names for 2017, and No. 3 on the list of boys’ names was a bit of a surprise.
No. 1 – Henry
No. 2 – Liam
No. 3 – Mohamed
No. 4 – Jack
No. 5 – Nolan
No. 6 – William
No. 7 – Jackson
No. 8 – Logan
No. 9 – Wyatt
No. 10 – Grayson
The hospital has been publicizing its top baby names for boys and girls for as long as anyone can remember, but this is the first time the namesake of the Islamic prophet ended up in the top five.
In fact, as recently as 2013 the hospital published a list of its “Top 20” most popular baby names, and Mohamed was nowhere to be found.
But in 2015, the name Mohamed showed up for the first time, coming in at No. 6 on the list of boy’s names.
The vast majority of Muslims in Minnesota are refugees from Somalia, and the Somalis have large families. Just since 2002, the U.S. State Department, in cooperation with the United Nations, has distributed more than 54,000 Somali refugees into Minnesota cities and towns.
Refugees qualify for full U.S. citizenship within five years of their arrival on U.S. soil, but the babies they birth are immediately granted citizenship.
The name Mohammed, spelled one of various ways in English, has been among the most popular names for baby boys born in London, England, for more than a decade, and was No. 1 on London’s list last year.
But St. Cloud, Minnesota? Yes, indeed.
About 12 to 14 percent of St. Cloud’s total population of 67,000 is Somali.
In fact, the St. Cloud Hospital has been struggling to keep up with heavy translator costs due to the large number of Somali men, women and children receiving medical attention. In 2010, the translation costs were about $400,000, but by fiscal 2017 those costs soared to $1.7 million. The city started getting large numbers of refugees in 2008, and 10 years later the demographics of the city have been completely transformed.
St. Cloud Hospital serves three counties: Stearns, Benton and Sherburne.
“These are big, big numbers, these numbers are huge,” said area resident Ron Branstner. “I have complained about these translation costs at schools, medical facilities, courts and 911 center to our local councils to no avail.
“It’s just one right after another, Somali, so it doesn’t surprise me,” Branstner said of the popularity of the name Mohamed.
He said he reads the weekly birth announcements in the local newspaper, the St. Cloud Times.
“One week we had 96 babies born, and 48 of them were Somalis based on the names. You go through and count them in the births section, and there is just one after the other named Mohamed, or Abdi [Abdullah], or Ali.”
The U.S. government has been resettling East African refugees into Minnesota for more than 30 years, starting in the late 1980s, bringing them from Somalia, a country in a perpetual state of civil war.
“It’s been three decades of resettlements, so you have a whole generation now that’s been born there in Minnesota,” said Ann Corcoran, who follows the global migration of migrants for Refugee Resettlement Watch.
But other large Somali communities have sprung up in Columbus, Ohio; San Diego; Atlanta; Seattle; Fargo, North Dakota; and in Lewiston, Maine.
St. Cloud has also received a significant amount of “secondary migration,” meaning Somalis who were originally resettled elsewhere and then migrated to the city for jobs in the meatpacking industry or to be closer to family.
Gold N’ Plump, a chicken-processing plant owned by Pilgrim’s Pride near St. Cloud, got sued by a group of Somali workers several years ago when the company refused to provide prayer breaks. The Somalis won a settlement of more than $1 million.
The Somali community has become so strong politically that it controls one whole ward in Minneapolis with a seat held by a Somali politician. And last year the state elected its first Somali refugee to the State Legislature, Ilhan Omar.
The presence of the meatpacking industry and chain migration can be cited as the main reasons for the demographic transformation of St. Cloud.
The State Demographer’s Office estimates that there were between 40,200 and 52,400 Somalis in Minnesota as of January 2015.
Andi Egbert, assistant director of the state demographer’s office, acknowledged that their estimate is lower than others from the Somali community that have put the number as high as 80,000 Somalis living in Minnesota.
The state Office of Refugee Resettlement says that about 34,800 refugees arrived in Minnesota between 2003-2014 alone. Of those, 1,306 came to Stearns County and 20 to Sherburne County.
Pew Research Center came out this week with an updated estimate of the American Muslim population, which is sure to cause a stir on all sides of the issue.
The new numbers come in at 3.45 million Muslims living legally in the U.S. in 2017. That represents only 1.1 percent of the U.S. population but it’s up, by Pew’s estimates, from 3.31 million in 2016.
The U.S. Muslim population grows by about 100,000 every year, according to the Pew study.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, says Pew’s estimates are way off, and that the true number is roughly double, in the 6 to 8 million range – and that was more than two years ago.
“Muslim advocacy groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations routinely cite a span of 6 million to 8 million people in describing the size of Islam in America. That would be between 2 percent and 3 percent of the U.S. population and make Muslims greater in number than Mormons or Jews,” CAIR stated on its website in March 2015.”
If CAIR, an offshoot of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, is correct and there are at least 6 million Muslims living in the U.S., that would represent 2.4 percent of the total population and exceed the number of Jewish Americans by about a million.
The facts bear out that the higher a nation’s Muslim population, the more anti-Semitic attacks occur in that nation. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants. It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years.
Both Pew and CAIR note that they are watching closely for the day when Islam surpasses Judaism as the second most populous religious group in America. CAIR, as stated above, thinks that has already happened, while Pew forecasts it will not happen for another 22 years.
Pew estimates that 5.3 million Jews live in the U.S., but unlike the Muslim population, Judaism is not growing in America, due largely to low birthrates.
Pew says the Muslim population will continue to increase and should surpass Judaism as the nation’s second most common religious faith by 2040.
The main drivers of Muslim population are high fertility rates of Muslim women, compared to Christian and Jewish women, along with continued migration of Muslims into the U.S. from abroad.
Pew itself admits that that estimated Muslim population growth is difficult because there is no official count — the U.S. Census does not ask Americans their religious affiliation. So Pew is offering what amounts to its best guess based on its own surveys, outside sources and previous research.
The true size of the U.S. Muslim population is likely somewhere in the middle of the Pew estimate and the CAIR estimate, probably around 5 million.
Previous reporting by WND has documented that one of the main drivers of Muslim immigration into the U.S. is the food processing industry, especially the meatpacking sector, which employs an estimated 5 to 12 percent of its workforce with refugee labor.
Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service doing business as Lutheran Social Services, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, doing business as Catholic Charities, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, World Relief and several secular resettlement agencies serve as virtual headhunters for these global conglomerates in search of cheap labor for their hotels and factories.
Entire small cities and towns throughout the South and especially the Midwest have been transformed demographically over the last 10 years by the meatpacking industry – cities such as Greeley and Fort Collins, Colorado; Lexington, Nebraska; Noel, Missouri; Aberdeen, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Garden City and Dodge City, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; St. Cloud, Melrose, Willmar, Austin and Worthington, Minnesota.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services has signed a deal to provide a pilot program for meat-processing giant JBS Swift to train refugee labor inside the company’s plants in four states. If it is successful JBS plans to roll it out nationwide to more than 100 plants.
The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, whose top eight executives all bring home salaries of between $112,000 and $300,000, has profited greatly from its ties to global meat packers.
Meat plants in particular, and the food-processing industry in general, have long been a gateway into the United States for Third Worlders looking for a better economic lot in life. Chobani serves as a similar conduit with its massive yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho.
“Big Yogurt has learned from Big Meat,” says Ann Corcoran, who tracks the global movement of migrants for Refugee Resettlement Watch.
Pew says the U.S. Muslim population will reach 8.1 million by 2050. Interestingly, the folks at CAIR believe there are already that many Muslims in the U.S. now, and CAIR is working on its own count.
Bashleer Mohamed, author of the Pew report, states the case as follows:
“Muslims in the U.S. are not as numerous as the number of Americans who identify as Jewish by religion, according to our estimate. At the same time, our projections suggest that the U.S. Muslim population will grow much faster than the country’s Jewish population. By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians. And by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population — nearly twice the share of today.”
According to the Pew study, conversions to Islam haven’t had a major impact on the size of the U.S. Muslim population, at least not yet. That’s because nearly as many Americans convert to Islam as leave the faith every year. While about one-in-five American Muslim adults were raised in a different faith tradition and converted to Islam, a similar share of Americans who were raised Muslim now no longer identify with the faith.
Pew also found that the growth of the U.S. Muslim population is uneven, with high concentrations in certain cities and states, such as New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Idaho, California, the Dakotas, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia, compared to relatively low numbers in other states like Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Hawaii.
Again, much of this discrepancy can be explained by tracking the movement of the meatpacking and hotel industries into more rural and semi-rural areas, not just major cities.
Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built. There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70 percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
The tragic story of what happened to Morgan Evenson two weeks before Christmas is starting to gain traction in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ignored by the city’s largest newspaper, the Star Tribune, a second local TV station picked up the story Tuesday about the brutal attack by a Somali migrant that left the 26-year-old woman in a hospital bed with 14 stab wounds and a lacerated kidney.
[UPDATE: The Star-Tribune must be reading our reports. The paper finally published its first story about the unsolved attack on Morgan Evenson on Jan. 4, more than three weeks after the incident occurred. Read it here.]
It’s been three weeks since a man described as a Somali immigrant attacked Evenson while she was walking home from work in uptown Minneapolis, slashing and stabbing her relentlessly while trying to drag her off of a public street.
She did not know the man and has no idea why he attacked her.
Police still haven’t made any arrests in the case but say they are working multiple leads.
The fact that a Somali migrant targeted a young white woman while walking alone, and that he remains on the loose, has women watching their backs.
Several women told Fox 9 KMSP they are afraid to walk alone on the streets of this popular shopping district that they previously thought was safe.
And now the victim herself is speaking out, revealing new information about her attacker that cast doubt upon the official police narrative about what happened that night.
Minneapolis police said after the Dec. 13 attack that they considered it an attempted robbery.
Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Neale told the Southwest Journal on Dec. 20: “We’re still scratching our heads about it, because it’s just so brazen,” noting the level of violence used to “get a purse.”
There’s only one problem with that statement.
Evenson says the man made no attempt to snatch her purse.
She fought back with all she had as he continuously thrust his knife into her torso, wrists, arms and shoulders. She resisted long enough for a male pedestrian to hear her screams and come running to her aid, sending the Somali attacker fleeing.
After being released from the hospital Evenson immediately moved out of state and said she fears for the safety of her friends still living in uptown Minneapolis, where she worked at the Apple Store in a shopping district that includes Victoria’s Secret, high-end jewelry stores and coffee shops.
She said she got a clear look at her attacker, whom she described as a black man in his early 20s, thin build, low-cut afro and a slight Somali accent.
He sneaked up from behind and tackled her to the ground, then started stabbing.
“I would say it was two to three minutes of struggling with him as he was dragging me through the snow,” Evenson told Fox 9. “This person who did this to me is still out there. I don’t know if he intends to do this to someone else, or if this was a one-time thing. Was it because I was a woman? Was it the color of my skin? Was it the purse on my shoulder even though you didn’t take anything from me?”
She said she lives for the day when she could identify her attacker for the police.
“I don’t want this to change who I am because I don’t want to be a scared person but it would be so, so amazing to have this person turned in and to look at him in the face and to hopefully convict him of something.”
Despite Evenson’s clear description of the man, police have still not released a composite sketch of the suspect, which would seem to be a normal course of action in a case like this.
But the Minneapolis Police Department is no stranger to controversy when it comes to cases that involve Somali refugees. The city is home to the nation’s largest Somali-American population, more than 50,000 strong, almost all of them hand-selected for resettlement in the U.S. by the United Nations.
In August the fifth precinct’s first Somali police officer, Mohamed Noor, shot and killed an unarmed white woman, Justine Damond, but the department has yet to file any charges against the officer.
In the summer of 2016 a band of more than a dozen Somali men terrorized the city’s Linden Hills community for three straight days, threatening to rape a woman, beating one resident’s dog, and shouting “jihad!” as they drove vehicles over residents’ lawns and pretended to shoot people through their duffel bags. No arrests were made.
And then there was the mysterious 2014 apartment explosion in a Somali neighborhood of Minneapolis in which three people lost their lives. No arrests were ever made in that case either, nor any explanation for the cause of the explosion.
None of this sloppy police activity surprises former FBI counter-terrorism specialist John Guandolo. He says the sheriff of Hennepin County is easily manipulated by Muslim activist groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the local Somali imams.
“Minneapolis police and the sheriff’s office there are so in bed with the jihadis they don’t know which way is up,” Gondolo said.
That’s an accusation some might find alarming and even too sensational to believe. Yet, the best evidence may be the words coming directly from the mouth of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek three years ago at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, comments that were captured on video by C-SPAN.
Stanek told the White House Summit in February 2015 that he basically gets all his information about what’s going on in Minneapolis’s Somali neighborhoods from a local Somali imam he affectionately referred to as “Imam Roble.”
Following is a transcript of Sheriff Stanek’s presentation:
“I’m so glad you all had a chance to hear from Imam Roble. And we’ve been friends for more than five years and any success the sheriff’s office has had in engaging the Somali diaspora in Hennepin County is due largely to imam Roble and his guidance, and his leadership,” the sheriff said. “At first traditional methods for building communities of trust weren’t working. We had language and cultural barriers that required new strategies. Translations were difficult at best. Men didn’t want women at meetings. The greatest barrier of all? Somalis were distrustful of law enforcement, because in their home country law enforcement often operates as the arm of an oppressive government. The key to overcoming these barriers was the one on one personal relationship between Imam Roble and myself. After many conversations he agreed to help us, and lend credibility to our efforts. Others trusted us, because he trusted us. He became our sponsor in the community. Personally asked members to attend special one-day citizens academies customized for the Somali community. The agenda? It was tailored to fit the interests and needs of the community, with translators and culturally appropriate meals, but we learned that it’s critical not to be seen as playing favorites. We let everyone know that we’d be working with the entire community, the elders, the religious leaders, women and youth. We followed up with actions that demonstrated our commitment. We hired the first sworn Somali deputy sheriff in Minnesota, we added a Somali community member as a civilian in our community engagement team, Abdi Mohamed. He works every day in building relationships between the community and my office. A Somali woman assisted us in adopting a new policy on religious head coverings, hijabs, in our jail. This new policy is just one way for my office to show we are not only listening, we we’re acting. With imam Roble’s guidance I’ve learned that the most important member of our community engagement team, is me. Our community members want and need to be respected, this isn’t a job to be delegate to somebody else but a responsibility to be shared throughout the entire agency, starting at the top.”
Pictures and videos coming out of Iran are starting to look more like a full-on revolution than a protest movement, but American news agencies continue to lie to their readers and viewers, describing the historic protests as mostly about the country’s weak economy and chastising President Trump for cheering them on.
That’s woefully under-reporting the depth of what is really going on in Iran.
The Associated Press’s description of the protests as “over economic issues” seems to lack any justification for Iranians taking to the streets en mass and chanting “death to the dictator,” while burning in effigy the image of Supreme Islamic leader Ayatollah Kamenei.
CNN called the protests a “seemingly unorganized, leaderless wave of demonstrations against high prices, corruption and repressive government.” No mention of the fact that Iran is an Islamic state, a theocracy where converting to a religion other than Islam is a crime against the state.
There is much more going on than what is being portrayed in these left-leaning news sites.
Twitter and other social media are alight with videos coming out of the Islamic Republic of Iran that show people rallying around the idea of freedom and democracy.
One video features a young woman, her long black hair fluttering in the wind, standing in a public square silently waving her hijab on the end of a stick, as if to say “I will no longer be forced to cover my head in public against my will.” She was reportedly arrested and detained.
Michael Ledeen, an Iran expert and foreign policy scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the true story of the Iranian people’s struggle has yet to get widely reported in the West.
“The demonstrators are not chanting ‘give me money,’ or ‘give me lower inflation,'” Ledeen told me in an interview.
“There’s none of that. That’s not why they are in the streets. They are in the streets because they want an end to the Islamic Republic,” he said.
Seventy percent of Iranians are under 35 so those young people have no memories of pre-Islamic Iran, when the Shah ran the country as a Western-allied monarchy. But those 35 and under Iranians hear stories from their parents and grandparents, Ledeen said.
“They know Iran has been free from time to time in its history and they want a government that speaks for them, and they’re enraged this terrorist regime has given away billions to invade Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories with their Islamic ideology,” Ledeen said. “So they say don’t talk to us about religion, talk to us about Iran, we are your people and act on our behalf, not spreading your religion to other countries.
“They now know this regime will not do that, cannot do that, and that they need a new regime, and they knew they could not do that as long as Obama was in the White House, because he wanted an alliance with this regime. But we have a new administration in Washington now and Trump is much better on this issue.”
Trump tweeted on New Year’s Day that the “great Iranian people” were tired of their country being looted and it was “TIME FOR A CHANGE.”
Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!
Ledeen said the role of Iranian women in the protest movement has been huge.
“In fact the regime had to make some kind of concession a few weeks ago where they said women would no longer be arrested by the morality police for failure to obey strictures of the Islamic dress code,” Ledeen said.
The revolutionary climate could not hit the Iranian mullahs at a worse time as they have been working to extend their influence throughout the Middle East with help from Russia and China. Now they have problems to contend with at home.
“The regime is frightened, it has closed every school in the country and that’s because they’re terrified of meaningful numbers of people gathered in one place in city after city,” Ledeen said.
That’s what’s new about this movement. Unlike in 2009, it is nationwide. More than 80 cities are involved.
“Previous demonstrations were largely limited to Tehran and a couple of other cities, but now it’s all over the whole country including small towns and villages,” he said.
So far 20 people have been killed in clashes with security forces and more than 500 arrested.
“If you add it up all over the country it’s much bigger. It’s one thing for the revolutionary guards to shut down Tehran, but the whole country? That’s much more difficult.”
Ledeen, who has been studying, speaking and writing about Iran for decades, said the movement is long overdue, and the changing of the guard in Washington may just be the difference maker this time around.
“It’s time already, it’s enough. This regime has to come down. I’m so encouraged seeing our political leaders calling for regime change,” Ledeen said. “Trump has made some strong statements, and [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson has too.”
It’s about religious freedom
As a child of just 9 years old, Shahram Hadian left Iran with his parents just before the onset of the 1979 Islamic revolution that brought the mullahs to power. He now lives in Washington state but still has extended family in Iran.
“I have cousins, one of my aunts is still alive, direct family still there, and they’ve been very quiet. I suspect that this is more of a threat to the regime than is being let out,” Hadian told WND.
While Iran has a “token” president in Hassan Rouhani, the real government power rests with the Islamic clerics, Hadian said.
“Some of the military police are defecting and we’re seeing various things. There is an element where the people are being oppressed economically, because all the money that’s going to the government is being used for illicit purposes rather than helping people.”
That’s been a fact for many years, even before Obama freed up $1.5 billion for Iranian coffers under the nuclear deal he brokered.
“But at its heart this protest movement is a call for religious freedom, they are tired of this Islamic regime, because what most people don’t understand is the history of Persia is of a more secular nation. Islam conquered Persia, and it is once again the Persian people wanting to break from the yoke, and that’s what it is, the yoke of Islam, and wanting to be governed democratically,” Hadian added.
Time to bring back the monarchy?
Hadian said he has “mixed feelings” as to whether democracy can work in Iran.
“Some Iranians are saying they want to bring back the monarchy. But the clarion call is we are tired of this religious dictatorship,” he said. “And you have to take into account that Iran has the fastest growing church in the world, up to 1.5 million born-again believers in Iran and I think that is a huge influence driving this push for religious liberty.”
According to Open Doors, which tracks persecution of Christians worldwide, Iran is Number 8 on the list of the world’s worst regimes for religious persecution.
“The number of Christians who are in prison on charges of blasphemy and sedition are outrageous,” Hadian said. “So they want this yoke of Islam off of their backs, the majority of Iranian people do not share the aspirations of the regime, and it really is shocking to see the complicity of the U.S. media to not cover what is going on until they were forced to, because they don’t want the regime to look bad.”
Trump is making a difference
Hadian said he is talking with people on the ground and is convinced, like Ledeen, that the American people are being kept in the dark about the true reasons for the Iranian protests and where they might be heading.
“This is a much bigger movement then we are being led to believe. They say it is not well organized, and I agree it is not well organized but this regime is brutal and will do whatever it can to put down the rebellion,” Hadian said. “During the 2009 Green movement Obama said ‘we don’t interfere in foreign regimes.’ And the regime blacklisted and killed people as a result.
“I suspect this movement is more dangerous to the ayatollahs than is being portrayed by the media.”
The difference maker, if there is one, could be Trump.
“Look at the contrast. Obama says we don’t interfere and in 2011 he’s meddling in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen. So we don’t interfere in Iran but let’s interfere and destabilize all these other nations,” Hadian said. “What a contrast with Trump coming out in support of the Iranian people and making a call for freedom of the Iranian people.”
Hadian, who is now a Christian pastor, said the reason so many Iranians are open to the gospel is they have lived under Islamic yoke for more than 30 years.
“I remember what it was like in Iran pre-1979 before Islam took over. There was religious plurality, freedom,” he said. “So in the minds of these young people right now who are in the streets, they know. It’s only been one generation. They know that contrast, versus countries like Pakistan, Egypt, or Somalia where they have been under Islam for centuries.
“The economics and all that stuff is secondary. This is about freedom of religion, freedom for them to live their lives free of the religious police. They want to break off the yoke of Islam in that country,” he said.
Even secular Iranians, if you talk to them, will say they are tired of being repressed in the name of Islam, said Hadian.
“They may be agnostic or not religious but they will say they are tired of Islam, which should be a lesson for us in America,” he said. “Instead of glorifying Islam, instead of always apologizing for it, we ought to be more like the Iranian people and say let’s get rid of it.
“I still have the memory in my mind of pre-1979 Iran and it is heartbreaking.”
News out of Germany today ought to make every Christian and Jew in the West take note: This is your future if you continue to allow your governments to invite migrants and so-called “refugees” into your cities and towns.
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Berlin will offer a “safe zone” for women for the first time in the city’s history.
Organizers of the Brandenburg Gate party are hoping to prevent mob attacks similar to those that occurred in Cologne two years ago, when hundreds of women and girls were mauled, groped and sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve.
Fox News has the story here, although even Fox refuses to tell the whole story, neglecting to mention the words “Muslim” or “Islam” as the reason for the new air-tight security measures.
Fox chose to refer to the December 2015 attackers merely as “gangs of men with migrant backgrounds.”
Last year’s New Year’s celebrations included thousands of extra police officers on patrol, and while the number of attacks was not as bad as in 2015, there were still many women who were assaulted by Muslim migrants who see Western women as “asking to be raped” because they don’t cover themselves like Islamic women.
So, to take the security to another level, the German capital will this year have a “safety zone” where Red Cross helpers will look after women who feel harassed or threatened.
The revelation of “safe zones” for women trying to celebrate the new year, comes on the heels of reports just weeks ago that the traditional Christmas markets held in almost every city across Germany had to be fortified with armed guards and concrete barriers to ward off would-be Islamic terrorists like the one that killed 12 and injured several dozen in last year’s Berlin truck attack.
The writing is on the wall for those who still have eyes to see. Whether we want to face it or not, it should be obvious what is happening. Since Germany opened its borders to more than 1.5 million Muslim migrants over the past couple of years, life for ordinary Germans will never be the same.
Rape and terrorism are the new normal. What the German government under globalist dhimmi Angela Merkel is saying by these actions is obvious. “Scope out your safe zones’ women of Germany, because outside of that zone our police are unable to protect you from these rapists we have invited into YOUR country.”
They come with a sense of entitlement. Not help themselves only to the generous German welfare system, but the fair-haired German women not fortunate enough to find a ‘safe zone’ are apparently also theirs for the taking!
I don’t expect facts, no matter how harsh or how jolting, to change the minds of the hardcore left and its globalist counterparts on the right. They will take a sword for Islam, which they have decided to adopt for what I believe are nefarious reasons, not the least of which is that the globalist left knows Islam will come in handy in their eventual plan to round up, imprison and even kill conservative Christians. These radical leftists and globalists are never going to change because they are blinded by their own hatred of Christianity, which they see as the true root-cause of all the world’s problems.
But I do remain aghast at the numbers of moderate and conservative-leaning Christians who are still bamboozled by the left’s argument that it’s the ethical, humanitarian, even Christian thing to do to import large numbers of Muslim migrants into our country.
One of the greatest deceptions of our time is going on INSIDE the churches. A large part of the infrastructure that works to resettle Muslim migrants into the West is affiliated with the Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches, as well as evangelical churches that donate time and money to once-legitimately humanitarian World Relief Corp.
Under the banner of religion, these once-great institutions have prostituted themselves for the almighty dollar, and they lie to the faithful in order to enrich themselves.
The truth is they get paid by the head, $2,050 for every refugee they resettle in America. When the flow of refugees gets paired back, so do their revenues, and if the influx continues to slow they are forced to lay off workers and cut salaries [which are all above six figures for the upper-level managers].
The biggest lie of all is that by resettling Muslim migrants into Western cities, the Christian is fulfilling his or her biblical duty to show love for the “stranger in the land.” They use quotes from the Bible to bring in men from a culture that teaches them that it’s OK to prey on non-Muslim women and children.
The reality is that if these self-righteous Christians were really filled with the love of God they could not have any part in importing a culture that justifies raping our women, spousal abuse, honor violence, female genital mutilation and terrorism in the name of religious belief.
When a man believes his religion justifies his hurtful actions against another fellow human being, it’s almost impossible to convince him to stop the hurtful activity. Allah blesses it, therefore it must be right.
They might tell us that by bringing these migrants to the West the migrants will be exposed to a different code of ethics and will eventually clean up their act.
Even if they believe that, the left is willing to sacrifice how many innocent lives in what amounts to a social experiment?
Sorry, but when one’s culture is intertwined with one’s religion, why would they change, short of a miraculous conversion? And all of the Catholics, Lutherans and evangelicals working with the government to resettle Muslim refugees into the U.S. have signed contracts with the U.S. State Department agreeing not to proselytize the Muslims, so their actions don’t back up their words. It’s not about winning souls for Christ. It’s about bringing more money into their coffers. Period.
We made a lot of progress in 2017. My prayer is that even more Christians and Jews will be enlightened to this scam in 2018.
Editor’s note:Over the next few days we will be sharing the top stories of 2017 that went under-reported, often completely ignored, by the mainstream media. This one from April has to rank on top of our list. To our knowledge, this “Shariah cop” continues to make house calls in the Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis, an area otherwise known as “Little Mogadishu,” while the Minneapolis Police Department continues to offer a wink and a nod, tolerating a foreign legal system hiding in plain sight.
By LEO HOHMANN
A 22-year-old Muslim convert has been denounced for trying to enforce Shariah law on Somali refugees living in Minneapolis, but he says he’s just trying to be a good Muslim and please Allah.
Abdullah Rashid married a Somali woman and moved from his hometown in Walton County, Georgia, to Wyoming and then on to Minnesota last year. Formerly Devon James Miller, Rashid now dresses in traditional Islamic headdress. But when he isn’t in a turban, he wears a green uniform with a patch marking him as the “religious police.”
That’s causing quite a stir, even in the Muslim enclave of Minneapolis’s Cedar Riverside community.
In a recent interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Rashid said he aims to turn the city’s Cedar-Riverside area into a “sharia-controlled zone” where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that “non-Muslims are asked to respect” it, the paper reported.
He pays regular visits to Somali households and makes sure the women are dressed in compliance with Islamic law, that no alcohol is being consumed and that nobody is interacting with the opposite sex. He is performing, in his mind, a service similar to that of the morality police who enforce Shariah in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia or the Islamic State.
He claims to have 10 other men working under him to patrol the Cedar Riverside community.
Abdullah Rashid, 22, grew up in Georgia and converted to Islam in his teens. He married a Somali woman and moved to Minneapolis in 2016.
There’s one problem: While Rashid says he is just trying to be a good Muslim and do right by Allah, someone needs to remind him he isn’t living in Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Somalia.
“People who don’t know me would say I’m a terrorist,” he told the local newspaper. “I’m someone who’s dedicated to Islam and trying to help the community all ways I can.”
Local Muslim leaders told the Star-Tribune they are working to stop Rashid’s group, the General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, while providing no evidence that they are serious about stopping him.
Minneapolis is home to the nation’s largest community of Somali refugees, which have been arriving in the U.S. since the late 1980s, most coming from United Nations refugee camps.
The Somalis have taken over Democrat Party politics in the sixth ward in Minneapolis, and a recent video showed their caucus event devolving into bloody chaos.
Rashid has encountered some backlash, even from other Muslims who may not yet be ready for full compliance with various aspects of Shariah law, or who know it would do long-term damage to Islam’s reputation in America if Muslims try to implement Shariah too early.
Rashid has been questioned by Minneapolis police who say they are “monitoring” his actions.
He has been condemned as out of line by local Muslim leaders, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which turned to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, for the authoritative word on Shariah.
“What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR Minnesota, told the Star-Tribune. CAIR, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial held in 2007-08 in Dallas and which has seen several of its leaders convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
“We’ve had conversations with community members that live over there,” Officer Corey Schmidt, a police spokesman, told the Star-Tribune. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to deal with it, but it’s something we’ve been monitoring.”
There are other troubling aspects to Rashid’s mission, such as his display of the al-Qaida flag and his adoration of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born imam of Yemeni descent who was a spiritual leader of al-Qaida before he was killed in Yemen by a drone strike ordered by President Obama.
His Somali wife, Kadro Abdullahi, said Rashid is not mentally ill and that she supports his work.
“He’s a man with a good personality and he loves Islam,” Abdullahi told the Star-Tribune.
On his website, Rashid posted a video by Anwar al-Awlaki titled “Never Trust Non-Muslims.”
On the same day the Star-Tribune reported a Shariah enforcer is making house visits in Minneapolis, the Detroit News reported a female Muslim doctor in Detroit was arrested on federal charges that she was performing female genital mutilations on girls as young as 7.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was charged in Detroit Wednesday with mutilating the genitalia of young girls.
Jumana Nagarwala, a 44-year-old emergency-room doctor at Henry Ford Hospital, was charged with female genital mutilation, a five-year felony, and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, a 10-year felony, according to a complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court. It is believed to be the first case of its kind prosecuted under federal law.
The Star-Tribune, which surprised some by even reporting on the Shariah cop in Minneapolis, described Shariah as merely a set of customs that Muslims follow as a “daily guide” and that varies in practice around the world. That is almost word for word the description for Shariah given by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-of-center political organization that defends Islam at every turn.
Anwar al-Awlaki published Inspire magazine, the chief recruitment tool for the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Inspire ran articles that included recipes for homemade bombs and encouraged Muslim acts of global terrorism.
“Al-Awlaki was as bad as it got in the terrorism world,” noted former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
“So dangerous was al-Awlaki that even President Obama ordered his death through a drone strike, the only American Obama ordered killed on foreign soil.”
Thursday’s revelation in the Star-Tribune is frightening, Bachmann said.
“Today, walking freely on the streets near the former hippie enclaves of the University of Minnesota, near downtown Minneapolis, and in the shadow of light-rail connecting to the Mall of American and the new United Bank football stadium, site of the 2018 Super Bowl, is a Muslim man wearing al-Qaida flags on his green ‘religious police uniform’ who takes his directives from the chief recruiter for Islamic terrorism in modern times.”
Shariah implemented in phases
Attorney Daniel Akbari once practiced law before Iran’s top Shariah court. He now lives in Texas and converted to Christianity.
Akbari said Rashid may be jumping the gun in enforcing Shariah, thus incurring the wrath of imams and CAIR leaders who may see him as usurping their authority.
Akbari said the Quran provides three basic mechanisms for spreading Islam: Dawa or proselytizing, jihad and the enforcement of Shariah. But the Shariah mission is to be implemented in phases in areas where Muslims already have control and want to maintain their authority.
Shariah can be enforced both privately and collectively, he said.
Akbari said “private enforcement of Shariah is exactly what Abdullah Rashid is doing.”
“He assumes Muslims have control over the neighborhood he is patrolling. Abdullah Rashid’s assessment of the situation and his assumption that Muslims have control over those neighborhoods is something that CAIR finds unrealistic,” he said.
“CAIR members strongly disagree with their faithful but naïve Muslim brother, Abdullah Rashid. CAIR is well aware that they have not reached that point yet. They know how rushing to enforce Shariah will irreparably damage their mission of bringing everyone under the control of Shariah law.”
CAIR applied the same analogy against ISIS, Akbari said.
“Leaders of CAIR called ISIS non-Islamic because they believed that their savage brothers did not follow the way the Messenger of Allah did when he was in a weak position,” he said.
“When the Messenger of Allah was in Mecca, he did not wage jihad because he knew he was not in a strong position. It is not that ISIS’ brutal actions are non-Islamic. The only non-Islamic action they committed was revealing the real face of orthodox Islam too early when there are still works to be done.”
Islam is all about Shariah
John Guandolo, a former FBI counter-terrorist specialist who now consults law enforcement with Understanding the Threat, said there are two reasons Muslim organizations clash: over matters of Shariah and matters of power and control.
“What Abdullah Rashid is doing is lawful under Shariah, and CAIR and the other Muslim groups mentioned in the Star-Tribune article know it,” he told WND.
Guandolo said the Star-Tribune is incorrect in asserting that Shariah is “a daily guide” for Muslims.
“Shariah is law that comes with punishments from their god Allah in the Quran and their prophet Muhammad, who is the ‘perfect example’ for all Muslims to follow.”
The Star Tribune’s commentary that Shariah’s “interpretation and practice vary around the world” is also false, Guandolo said.
“While Shariah may be implemented in different stages in different areas, what Shariah is and what it says does not vary. There is one Islam and one Shariah. One-hundred percent of Shariah mandates warfare against non-Muslims until the world is under Shariah, and a ‘Muslim’ is one who submits to the Shariah. Ask the Hamas leaders like Jaylani Hussein of CAIR Minneapolis to produce one authoritative book on Shariah that says otherwise. He won’t because he can’t, because it does not exist.”
The community leaders are opposing Abdullah Rashid for one singular reason: He is infringing on their power in the community, Guandolo said.
“The Muslim Brotherhood runs that community, and Rashid is an outsider. That’s what is going on,” he said. “Law enforcement needs to understand the threat before this situation deteriorates, and they should begin by locking up the terrorist leaders from Hamas doing business as CAIR for being terrorists, and Rashid for imposing foreign law on citizens of Minnesota.”