From the relative safety of Yemen, Anwar al Awlaki posted the following on his website (disabled overnight);
“Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the
contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own
people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it
doesn’t exist. Any decent Muslim cannot live, understanding properly his duties towards
his Creator and his fellow Muslims, and yet serve as a US soldier. The US is leading the
war against terrorism which in reality is a war against Islam. Its army is directly invading
two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest through its stooges.”
“Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and
Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In
fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if
his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.”
“The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American
community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either
make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the
former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning
“The fact that fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed.
No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims
today have the right - rather the duty - to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed
soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims.
The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against the
Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy.”
“Allah(swt) says: Give tidings to the hypocrites that there is for them a painful
punishment - Those who take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek
with them honor [through power]? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely. (al-Nisa
“The inconsistency of being a Muslim today and living in America and the West in
general reveals the wisdom behind the opinions that call for migration from the West. It
is becoming more and more difficult to hold on to Islam in an environment that is
becoming more hostile towards Muslims.”
“May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance and steadfastness and we ask
Allah to accept from him his great heroic act. Ameen"
Now we know how thin-skinned the ummah is and having a critique like this from an imam must be devastating to their already low self-esteem. But the responses are NOT aimed at the praise the former Dar al-Hijrah mosque imam bestowed upon brother Nidal. No, these muslims felt the need to defend their honor and refute the scurrilous hypocrisy accusation. And they do it by attacking his character and distancing themselves from any connection they may have had with the imam.
"As we understand the teaching of the scriptures, our mission and method as Americans of faith is to enrich our society with service, wisdom and beautiful preaching of God's love and mercy to all of mankind.
"We openly denounce the statement of Mr. Al-Awlaki as posted on his website. During Mr. Al-Awlaki's short employment at our center, his public speech was consistent with the values of tolerance and cooperation. After returning to Yemen, Mr. Awlaki now claims that the American Muslims who have condemned the violent acts of Major Hasan have 'committed treason against the Muslim Umaah [community] and have fallen into hypocrisy.'
"With this reversal, Mr. Al-Awlaki has clearly set himself apart from Muslims in America. We continue to send our condolences and prayers for recovery of all the victims of this godless act."
This from CAIR;
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today repudiated online remarks by a former Virginia imam praising Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 29 others in a shooting spree last week at Fort Hood in Texas.
The posting on the web site of Anwar al-Awlaki called Hasan a “hero” and said American Muslim groups, like CAIR, that condemned the Fort Hood attack are “hypocrites” and traitors to Islam.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “As American Muslims said with one voice when this cowardly attack first occurred, no ideology could ever justify or excuse such violence. To call the alleged killer a ‘hero’ makes a mockery of every Islamic principle of justice. The twisted and misguided views in Anwar al-Awlaki’s posting are not those of American Muslims and do not reflect mainstream Islamic beliefs or sentiments.
Yep, the ummah has collectively condemned Nidal Hasan for the jihadi attack. Well, everyone but Duane.