Monday, August 3, 2009

NC Islamic Center was Warned About Terror Suspects!

Earlier this year NY politician Peter King stated that there was a lack of effort when it came to US Muslims and them cooperating with the authorities. Well it appears that case might just be a perfect example of this. In a past article Mosque leaders made these comments.

"A spokesman at the Islamic Center in Raleigh said he did not know the suspects...."

A leader from a Durham Mosque stated.

"In our dealings, we found them to be people of good moral character," said Hisham Heda, board chairman at the Durham mosque

But now a brave US Muslim has come out and said that he had personally warned the Mosque about the terror suspects and the Mosque leaders just swept it under the rug.

Acquaintance claims he warned Islamic Center of terrorism suspects
Aug. 2 6:38 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Humza Ismail, who lived in Raleigh for a brief period of time, claimed during a recent interview with CNN that he warned the Islamic Center of Raleigh about two Triangle men facing terrorism charges.

During the interview, Ismail said he worshiped at the same mosque as the suspects, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21. In group discussions, the men talked about suicide bombing, Ismail said.

"When it came to something like suicide bombing, they would say, 'If it's a benefit for the Muslims, then something like that can be permissible,'" Ismail told CNN.

"I could tell it was something they wanted to do,” he added. "They never indicated or said, 'We are going to make jihad overseas.'"

Hassan and Yaghi were among eight people with Triangle ties indicted on Monday on charges they plotted a series of terrorist attacks overseas and secured weapons and trained in North Carolina.

Ismail said he disagreed with views expressed by Hassan and Yaghi and raised concerns to officials at the Islamic Center of Raleigh. He said his concerns were overlooked by center officials.

“Those were his personal opinions,” Imran Aukhil, of the center at 3020 Ligon St., said Sunday in response to Ismail's claims.

Aukhil said he could not speak of any complaints against Hassan or Yaghi. However, he did confirm that several years ago the center filed a complaint against a person at the mosque with the FBI.

He said the center's officials believe that they have an obligation to report significant threats of violence.

"Rogue comments that are made by individuals are handled on a case-by-case basis. We handle every case, every violent crime or every threat as necessary,” Aukhil said.

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