A community reacts: Area Muslims call for youth engagement, education following local’s alleged subway bombing

A community responds: Local Muslims and Bangladeshis on Tuesday debated what actions the groups should take in the wake of their fellow community member Akayed Ullah’s alleged subway bombing on Monday.
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Religious leaders must not disown the Brooklyn man who last Monday allegedly ignited a bomb in a tunnel linking two subway stations, but instead recognize his connection to the Islamic faith and better educate young worshippers, argued some local Muslims who gathered at a Kensington restaurant the day after the incident.

“He is Muslim, he belongs to us. He did something wrong, and saying he doesn’t belong to us doesn’t solve the problem,” said local Sirajul Islam. “Many don’t provide proper Islamic education to their children, but when it comes to condemning this and finger-pointing, they’re experts.”

More than 100 people attended the event, including members of Kensington’s Masjid Nur al-Islam mosque, where the suspect — 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah — sometimes prayed, according to a congregant.

“People in the mosque have seen him,” said Maruf Alam. “I may have seen him. He’s a very quiet kid.”

Local religious leaders need to more actively engage young Muslims in their communities because youths here have unfettered access to ideologies that can corrupt their understanding of the faith, another attendee said.

“Islam is not for killing people so you can go to jannah,” said Kensington resident Abdul Hamman, using the Arabic word for heaven. “Our youngsters do anything here. There’s no freedom back home, but freedom has a limit. We need to watch what they are watching and doing.”

But others at the meeting argued that local Muslims and Bangladeshis should not collectively accept blame for Ullah’s alleged act of terror, because he acted alone when committing the crime.

“You don’t have to say, ‘Nobody I know supports terrorism,’ because this is not our mistake,” said Kazi Fouzia, who heads South Asian activist group Desis Rising Up and Moving. “Nobody can target us. We are okay as a Bangladeshi community and proud.”

Another local firmly rejected the possibility that area Muslims share the radical view of Ullah, who told investigators he set off the bomb in support of the Islamic State.

“As Muslims we never accept or support it,” said Kensington resident Mohammad Khan.

And one speaker expressed concerns about how community leaders will broaden their outreach to further the anti-extremist message preached at the session, which two New York Police Department community affairs officers, reps from the city’s Commission on Human Rights, and local pols including Assemblyman Robert Carroll (D–Kensington) and Councilman Brad Lander (D–Kensington) also attended.

“This was largely attended by older men in the community — no women, no young people — and it wasn’t advertised,” said Shahana Hanif, Lander’s Bangladeshi-community liaison.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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Rashida from Flatlands says:
"Local" muslims?? These are all foreign people!
Dec. 18, 2017, 3:20 am
Marya from Brooklyn says:
People can't seem to understand if the birthrate was unreasonably high back when they were born that their own parents' generation is to blame for their troubles.
Dec. 18, 2017, 8:41 am
Tommy from Brooklyn says:
As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:
United States — Muslim 1.0%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1%-2%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%

At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:
Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.
They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. (United States ).
France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad &Tobago — Muslim 5.8%
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings) . Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons).
Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 10-15%

After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:
Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:
Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:
Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:
Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:
Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 99.9
Dec. 18, 2017, 11:34 am
Tyler from pps says:
It's almost like Tommy copy-and-pasted that from somewhere.

It's almost like these specious claims came from a long chain of copying-and-pasting.... that may have "originated" from any number of self-published "books" available online. Not sure who plagiarized first, so it's hard to tell who actually wrote this crap.

Great stocking stuffers, right?
Dec. 18, 2017, 11:46 am
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
First, I credit the local Muslim leaders quoted in the article for not pretending that terrorism like this has “nothing to do with Islam,” as we are so often told. It has everything to do with Islam. Terrorism is very Islamic, and terrorists are carefully copying the example Mohammed and his followers set when they created the religion. Mohammed engaged in multiple violent attacks on non Muslim populations. The are well documented in the Koran and the Hadiths, which are the foundational documents of Islam. The problem that the local Muslim leaders quoted do not address is just that; Islam was founded and spread through violence, and these terrorists are simply imitating Mohammed. More “Islamic education” will lead to more violence, not peaceful behavior. Unless these leaders are creating a new form of Islam (which their religion does not permit and the explicit penalty in Islam for such an attempt is literally death), their efforts will fail. The only peaceful Islam is found with nominal believers who don’t follow Mohammed’s teachings and example.
Dec. 18, 2017, 12:58 pm
Take a look from MT says:
The Quran page that the guy is holding up in the photo seems anti-semitic (note last sentence in translation).
Dec. 18, 2017, 12:59 pm
Marya from Brooklyn says:
To a degree, I am able to follow Tommy up through the 5% these days, as much has changed about Muslims immigrants in recent years. Pass the 5% the progression of numbers is perverted in relation to consequence and place. Immigrants tend to eventually assimilate in the States. This is somewhat sorrowful, as it detracts from the sparkle of this place.

What has changed? They're now denying themselves fiqh, as though the Ottoman Empire had never happened.
Dec. 18, 2017, 1:07 pm
Melissa says:
Dec. 18, 2017, 3:11 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
The early “revelations” that Mohammed claims to have received contradict one another. The early revelations were generally peaceful, as Mohammed sought in the initial stage in Mecca to closely mimic Christianity and present a peaceful face. When that approach failed to bring converts, Mohammed fled with a small band of followers to Medina, where he claimed to receive new revelations to engage in warfare and violence to spread the faith. That violent, warlike Islam is the religion we know today. Because Islam claims that the Koran was a revelation from God, Muslims cannot admit the obvious, that the Koran is inherently contradictory. Instead, Moslem scholars invented the doctrine of “abrogation,” whereby the earlier peaceful passages are essentially “canceled out” by the later warlike passages. When an Imam trots out peaceful passages from the Koran after an Islamic terror attacking, invariably he is quoting a passage that has been abrogated.
Dec. 18, 2017, 4:15 pm
Melissa says:
Perhaps conflict is justified, as we've not yet mastered sustainability.
Dec. 18, 2017, 9:34 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
To "Take a look from MT":
No, it's not anti-Semitic.
Dec. 19, 2017, 11:30 pm
Jim from Carroll Gardens says:
The Bangladeshi who botched his mass murder explosive in the subway tunnel came here as a chain immigrant. He not only didn't assimilate, he became radicalized in the seven years here and said he wanted to kill Americans to pay back for what this coubtry has done to "my country," Bangladesh. Chain migration is insane and welcomes terrorists, as does the "diversity lottery" that brought us the Muslim who killed all those people biking on the West side at Halloween. Tha k God we're discontinuing both outrageous programs.
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:07 am
Tyler from pps says:
I guess "chain migration" is also a problem for the Irish and east asians too? Or just people from the middle east and countries south of Texas?
Dec. 20, 2017, 12:04 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:
@ Tyler

Are the Irish, East Asians and people from countries south of Texas blowing innocent people up in the name of Allah?
Dec. 20, 2017, 4 pm

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