What? An imam? Inconceivable!
How could a man who has dedicated his life to understanding Islam correctly and teaching it to others properly get the crazy, Islamophobic idea that jihad had something to do with killing Infidels? How could he have misunderstood Islam so spectacularly, and in such an utterly unprecedented way? John Kerry and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops should team up forthwith and send an Expert on Islam (say, some learned non-Muslim State Department wonk, or an Eastern Catholic bishop who speaks Arabic and can thus communicate with this poor, benighted cleric, who almost certainly knows Arabic in addition to his native language) over to Russia to teach this imam the true, peaceful nature of Islam. This misunderstanding can be easily cleared up as soon as the two of them sit down together and open up the Qur’an, and breathe in its soothing words of peace.
“Imam arrested in Russia’s south-west planned to set up radical religious cell — source,” Tass, December 31, 2015 (thanks to Thomas):
An imam arrested in the city of Belgorod in Russia’s south-west allegedly had plans to create a radical religious cell, source familiar with the reasons for his detention told TASS.
According to the unnamed source, during the search in the house of worship security officers seized extremist literature, in addition to weapons and explosives.
“Leader of the Peace and Creation religious organization Faizullah Ismailov, an adherent of Salafism (radical branch of Islam), planned to create a Salafi cell in Belgorod,” the source said. “During the searches in the house of worship, plenty of extremist literature was seized, in addition to weapons, including of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islam international terrorist group outlawed in Russia.”
According to the prosecutor’s office, “during Islamilov’s detention in his office in the house of worship on December 12 FSB officers discovered an automatic pistol, a handgun, three ball cartridges, a fragmentation hand grenade, a fusee for hand grenades and 737 grams of TNT.”…
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