Friday, April 28, 2017

USA: Local Ahmadiyya Muslim community reacts after Dayton man arrested for allegedly trying to join ISIS


"There is nothing that ISIS is doing, performing, or presenting to the world that can come close to what true teachings of Islam are, that is to fulfill the rights of your fellow citizens."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | US desk
Source/Credit: ABC 22 Now
By Kelly May | April 27, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - FOX 45 spoke with local leaders in the Islamic community after a man living in Dayton was arrested at the Cincinnati airport trying to flee to join ISIS.

A criminal complaint against Laith Waleed Alebbini was filed in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The complaint states that Alebbini had only been in the Dayton area since March 1, but had visited an area mosque.

"It impacts our community negatively obviously, but this is an opportunity then for us to explain," said Abdul Shahid, president of the Ahmadiyya Community.

At the Fazl-I-Umar Mosque in Dayton, FOX 45 showed Shahid a picture of Alebbini.

Shahid said he did not recognize the suspect who is facing up to 20 years in federal prison.

But Shahid said, "At this point we see lots of misguided souls, lots of misguided understanding when it comes to Islam."

Shahid said it's groups like ISIS that hold his community closer to their faith, one that Shahid said is truly peaceful at its core, opposite of what ISIS teaches.

"There is nothing that ISIS is doing, performing, or presenting to the world that can come close to what true teachings of Islam are, that is to fulfill the rights of your fellow citizens."

According to the criminal complaint, “Alebbini said that he went to a mosque and found anti-ISIS literature being distributed, and that ALEBBINI took the brochures to his car and then threw them in a garbage can.”

Shahid said he doesn't believe it was his mosque cited in the court documents, but said his community polices itself for signs of radicalization.

"Although if [Alebbini] would have been here we would have given him not only the literature, but supporting philosophy and supportive reasoning behind why Islam is a peaceful religion."

Shahid said although news like ISIS recruiting in Dayton negatively impacts the Muslim community, he sees it as an opportunity to talk about the issue of cutting off ISIS resources.

"It's kind of unheard of and unthinkable that these savages that are living in the middle of nowhere in a war stricken area somehow have communication with the world open, and can exchange materials and can still recruit people from Dayton, Ohio, how is that possible?" Shahid said.

The Fazl-I-Umar Mosque at 637 Randolph Street, opens its doors to the public every Wednesday at 6:30 for "Coffee, Cake, and True Islam," to engage in open discussion about the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.





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