US Muslim Terrorist Who Planned ‘Mall Murders’ Was a Teacher

Israel National News (Link) - Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (October 22, 2009)

The arrest of a Massachusetts teacher of religion in a Muslim school for planning mass murders at malls and targeting American soldiers overseas has caused shock throughout the US. The suspect, an Egyptian-American named Tarek Mehanna, was arraigned in court Wednesday.

He was arrested and charged last year for lying about his ties with Daniel Maldonado, a Muslim convert who wanted to join al-Qaeda in Somalia. Prosecutors said that Mehanna also intended to kill, maim or kidnap two senior executives in the White House, both of whom no longer are in office. No other details of the targets were released except that they never were in any danger.

One of his co-conspirators is an American now living in Syria.

Disclosure of his plans follows by one month the arrest in Texas of a Jordanian teenager who plotted to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. An American court recently indicted an American resident of Afghan descent for planning a chemical bomb attack.

An ordinary guy

Boston area newspapers and the Associated Press quoted friends of Mehanna that was an ordinary American who never could be imagined to be a terrorist. His father said he did not believe his son was guilty.

Two weeks ago, FBI Director Robert Mueller warned, "These cases illustrate not only the threats, but the challenges presented by the self-radicalized, homegrown extremist. For the last several years, we have picked up intelligence that al-Qaeda has made a concerted effort to recruit Europeans and Westerners understanding that they can fly under the radar in terms of passing through border controls.� 

A New York Daily News editorial warned Thursday morning, �Violent Islamic extremism has begun to thrive in the nurturing soil of our free and open society.�

Muslims complain

Muslim leaders and the Muslim man-on-the-street have expressed fears of a backlash and have argued that Muslim terrorists are a minority and are not a product of Islam. Mainstream Muslims feel threatened. "Being a Muslim in America today is not easy," Dallas businessman Hadi Jawad, told the Dallas Morning News. "We feel under siege. There is open season on our faith. Muslims are painted with a broad brush."  

He added that there is a good side to the backlash. "It might rest on the Muslim community to reach out ... to show that we are just as average and just as mundane as everyone else," Jawad said. "We have the same aspirations, to get a good education, to take care of the poor and needy. The same issues that everyone else has, we have."

A close friend of the Jordanian who was arrested for plotting to blow up the skyscraper commented, �I don't think everybody is going to turn out to be a terrorist. I just really don't want to be friends with someone that tried to kill thousands of people. And I don't care what religion they are."

While I agree that not all Muslims are terrorists, does it not strike anyone that almost all terrorist are Muslim? What about the fundamental foundation of Islam makes reality this way?

Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985
(Muhammad said:) "The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him..."

Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 84, Number 59
Allah's Apostle (Muhammad) said, �I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: �None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.�

Surah 9:29
Fight those from among the people of the Book, who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor hold as unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have declared to be unlawful, nor follow the true religion...
Surah 47:4
When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads.
The Qur'an, 5:88-92
"The most gracious has betaken a son!" Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! At it in the skies are about to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, that they attributed a son to the Most Gracious, for it is not consonant with the majesty of the Most Gracious that he should beget a son.

Sura 112:2,3
God is the Eternal! He begets not and is not begotten!

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Acts 13:33
God ..hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

1 John 2:22,23
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

1 John 4:1-11
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

And this is the difference in the foundational messages of Islam and Christianity. But before the meek inherit the earth, they will be persecuted by those filled with hatred for God and His ways of love.

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.