Daniel Pipes on SJS:
Until his would-be murderous rampage, Taheri-azar, a philosophy and psychology major, had an apparently normal existence and promising future. In high school, he had been student council president and a member of the National Honor Society. A number of UNC students told the Los Angeles Times that he “was a serious student, shy but friendly.” One fellow student, Brian Copeland, “was impressed with his knowledge of classical Western thought, adding “He was kind and gentle, rather than aggressive and violent.” The university chancellor, James Moeser, called him a good student, if “totally a loner, introverted and into himself.”
In fact, no one who knew him said a bad word about him, which is important, for it signals that he is not some low-life, not homicidal, not psychotic, but a conscientious student and amiable person. Which raises the obvious question: why would a regular person try to kill a random assortment of students? Taheri-azar’s post-arrest remarks offer some clues.
He told the 911 dispatcher that he wanted to “punish the government of the United States for their actions around the world.”
He explained to a detective that “people all over the world are being killed in war and now it is the people in the United States[’] turn to be killed.”
He said he acted to “avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world.”
He portrayed his actions as “an eye for an eye.”
A police affidavit notes that “Taheri-azar repeatedly said that the United States Government had been killing his people across the sea and that he decided to attack.”
He told a judge, “I’m thankful you’re here to give me this trial and to learn more about the will of Allah.”
So he rented the largest SUV he could and tried to run down the people who'd befriended him for the last few years. Now he plans to use his trial for da'wa.
From the We're Gluttons for Punishment Department at The University of Central Florida in Orlando.
March 8, 2006 - Philadelphia, PA - PipeLineNews.org - On March 17th 2006 the Student Union of the University of Central Florida Student Union will be transformed into the Student Ummah, as it will be the venue for a Da'wa [Muslim proselytizing] event entitled "Returning to Our Rabb" [Lord] and supported by university funding
According to the posters on the Muslim Student Association website, the event aims to "teach Muslims the correct beliefs in relationship to our Lord, and also his (s.w.t.) relationship towards us. With this new information not only can we strengthen our faith- but also our Da'wah." [aggressive faith spreading]
This brazen exercise in jihad through conversion is being funding by the Student Government Organization.
No one at the administrative office, could say whether a Muslim effort to convert Christians and Jews was entitled to university funding, but one can easily imagine the protests which would have ensued had a Christian evangelical group announced an event at the university hosting Jerry Falwell. Yet the silence is this case is deafening.
The Muslim Student seminar will be presented by three "preachers of fundamentalism." - Ibrahim Dremali, Radwan Koualti and Yahya Abdulbary.
Dremali is the former Imam of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton whose present Imam, Muneer Arafat, admitted to being a member of a jihad organization while testifying during the al-Arian trial.
Dremali's ICBR has openly done fundraising for Hamas – a U.S. designated terrorist organization - via the Health Resource Center of Palestine which listed his brother as the “Gaza coordinator."
Under Dremali's leadership the ICBR has hosted fundraisers and speakers such as the now jailed Rafil Dhafir, whose Help the Needy 'charity' was closed down for illegally funneling money to Iraq, and Khalid Smaili, the director of Kind Hearts, a “terror charity" which was closed down last month by the U.S. Treasury .
Dremali is a documented radical Islamist, who completed his Islamic studies at the fundamentalist Al Azhar University.
Al Azhar U is probably best known for being the alma mater of Abdullah Azzam – bin-Laden's mentor.
It also serves as a headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dremali's mere presence at a Muslim student event aimed at instilling in Muslims students a duty to advance the cause of radical Islam, leaves no doubt as to the focus of the seminar.
Don't let this keep you away from the attractions, recruiting jihadis and aggressive da'wa in a public university about 30 miles from Disney World.
UPDATE: Right on cue, the UNC-grad, SUV-attack, da'wa-trial defendant writes a TV station. LGF: UNC Attacker: "Allah Gives Permission in the Koran..."
UNC Attacker: "Allah Gives Permission in the Koran..."
I'm sure renting SUV's isn't in there, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar.