Muslim community leader reacts to Al-Qaeda indictments

Imran Malik

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Tonight we spoke to Imran Malik, the president of board of directors for the Noor Islamic Center.

As a Muslim, and key leader in the Muslim community, he once again is hearing of the alleged terrorism of other Muslims.

He says it’s breaking his heart.

“It really saddens us that a faith that is so beautiful, just like Judaism, Christianity, Islam is an Abrahamic faith tradition as well,” he said. “It just bleeds our heart that we are allowing these ideologies of terrorism and hate crimes to hijack that beautiful essence.”

Federal agents scoured years of emails and communications between the four named defendants to allege they were funneling money to top Al-Qaeda operative Anwar Al-Awlaki who preached for violent jihad against the west until his death by an American Hellfire Missile in 2011.

“It gives a lot of satisfaction to us you know that our law enforcement agencies like the FBI, the DHS, the police departments in general are there keeping vigilance and keeping very active and monitoring such activities and keeping them in check, and it gives us all a sense of safety and security and that is we believe America is all about,” Malik said.

The four allegedly tried to help fund Al-Qaeda by signing up for credit cards, then racking up withdrawals with no intent on ever paying it back.

They were doing it, according to years of emails, for their faith.

“It’s a shame,” he says, “The essence of the faith is allowed to be hijacked by these ideologies and people with a political vendetta and agendas are convoluting the actual essence of the faith.”

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