Younus Abdullah Muhammad
A Muslim extremist who earlier warned that TV’s “South Park” creators should be “afraid for their lives” for insulting Islam’s prophet Muhammad now says that yesterday’s car bomb attempt in Times Square will be just the beginning of a new wave of terrorist attacks.
Younus Abdullah Muhammad, author of RevolutionMuslim.com, told WND senior reporter Aaron Klein on New York’s WABC Radio that America should “absolutely” expect more jihadi violence in New York City.
When asked if the Times Square attack was aimed at the offices of nearby Viacom, which owns the “South Park” series, Abdullah Muhammad deflected the question to condemn U.S. foreign policy instead.
“It was a retaliation for what your government is doing overseas,” Abdullah Muhammad said. “If you want to continue killing civilians, then you’re going to get many incidents that resemble what happened yesterday.”
As WND reported, RevolutionMuslim.com last month warned there is a “very real possibility” that “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will end up murdered like Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker killed by an Islamic extremist in 2004 after making a film critical of Islam.
The website then issued a statement pointing out the Islamic punishment for mocking Muhammad is death, prompting Klein to ask if such words constituted incitement.
“We do not condone nor condemn terrorism,” Abdullah Muhammad answered. “There is no relation between our organization and these attacks.”
Still, Abdullah Muhammad predicted, “There will be a lot more terror attacks in the Unites States. Probably you should bring your imperial overstretch home before you’re destroyed. … Stop trying to police the world. Nobody likes you people.”
The full interview can be heard below:
Most of the testy interview consisted of a debate over whether Abdullah Muhammad’s words constituted incitement to violence.
“Where did I tell somebody to go blow somebody up?” Abdullah Muhammad challenged, asking Klein to then explain how his words could be taken as encouraging the New York City bomb attempt.
“If I said that ‘probably’ you would be murdered,” Klein explained, “and then I put out a five- or six-paragraph document on why you should be murdered – which is what you did about the ‘South Park’ creators on your website – and then a week later somebody independently tries to murder you, then yes, I should be held responsible and you should be held responsible.”
In turn, Abdullah Muhammad argued, “We made a prediction before the ‘South Park’ episode was even aired, and then we made a clarifying statement that said, yes, under Islamic law, if a person insults the prophet it is permissible for them to be killed. But we are not saying that the creators of ‘South Park’ should be killed; we are saying that we are conveying what is permissible under shariah law.”
Abdullah Muhammad also told WND last month that his site was not issuing threats against the “South Park” creators but was pointing out the Islamic punishment for mocking Muhammad is death.
“As for the Islamic ruling on the situation, then this is clear,” read the statement from Abdullah Muhammad’s site. “There is no difference of opinion from those with any degree of a reputation that the punishment is death. Ibn Taymiyyah a great scholar of Islam says, ‘Whoever curses the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – a Muslim or a non-Muslim – then he must be killed …’ and this is the opinion of the general body of Islamic scholars.”
The site called for Parker and Stone to “understand the tastelessness of their portrayal, apologize and reflect on the words that follow.”
The site, however, stated, an apology “might not remedy the situation, but it would go a long way toward turning this situation from a gaping wound into an ugly scar.”
After their initial threats, WND asked whether Stone and Parker should fear for their lives. Abdullah Muhammad replied, “Isn’t that what the post said? That there will probably be some form of retaliation.”
RevolutionMuslim.com is known for its support of the ideology of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.
In February 2009, WND reported the website issued a series of videos targeting the New York headquarters of Chabad, a Jewish outreach movement, just two months after the group was rocked by a deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.
Videos posted on the website also asked viewers to “give the Islamic message” to Yeshiva University, a Manhattan-based Jewish college, as well as “Jewish Federation buildings all over the U.S.” in response to the institutions’ purported funding for Israel amid its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The apparent threats resulted in a New York Police Department investigation and a beefed-up police presence outside the Chabad headquarters.
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