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I’m sure we’ve all heard by now of the latest ‘JFK Terror Plot.’

I’m afraid I’m somewhat fuzzy on the details myself, and have no idea what to think right now. The first thought that popped into my head when I heard of this was, “I hope it’s not a Muslim.” False hope. And now all I can think of is that we Muslims are going to get an even harder time now than we already do. Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah. :(

The Facts (or at least, what the media is saying are the facts… and Allah knows best):

  • The plot: Destroying JFK airport (and more) by blowing up a jet fuel artery that runs through several neighborhoods.
  • The alleged suspects: Four men charged, 3 arrested; all from the Caribbean (Trinidad and Guyana). And, of course, they’re all Muslim.
  • Items of interest: The reason the guys were charged and arrested was because of a drug dealer-turned-paid informant who ‘infiltrated’ the group. I don’t know about you, but I find this extremely suspicious – reminds me of what happened here in Canada, when the 17 young guys were arrested at the behest of 2 informants (Mubin Shaikh and another unknown man).
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“A convicted drug dealer who agreed to pose as a wannabe terrorist among a shadowy group now accused of plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport secretly fed information to federal investigators in exchange for a lighter sentence.”

Suspicious much?

I am soooooo sick of all these ‘terror plots’ being ‘discovered’ and ‘foiled’ every few months. It’s come to the point where all we can expect from it is more hassles for Muslims, more rabid hatred spewing from the gutter mouths of people on FOX, CNN, and random people on the street… and you eventually get sort of hardened, desensitized to it. You stop caring about the potential danger (or at least, I do… :S), just heave a sickened sigh, and flip the page/ change the channel/ check out another blog.

Anyway, here’s a good article on the issue…

Experts Cast Doubt on Credibility of JFK Terror Plot

If anyone else has something to say about this, please do comment!

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Zainab bint Younus (AnonyMouse) is a Canadian Muslim woman who writes on Muslim women's issues, gender related injustice in the Muslim community, and Muslim women in Islamic history. She holds a diploma in Islamic Studies from Arees University, a diploma in History of Female Scholarship from Cambridge Islamic College, and has spent the last fifteen years involved in grassroots da'wah. She was also an original founder of MuslimMatters.org.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Yasir Qadhi

    June 5, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    A good tongue-in-cheek article on how to foil a terrorist plot:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nora-ephron/how-to-foil-a-terrorist-p_b_50474.html

  2. doobiedoo

    June 5, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    I tend to think that all these “terror plots” are just complete fabrications used by the Bush administration as propoganda to support their War on Terror and to prove to the American people that he is saving them. It also helps draw attention away from Bush’s mini/major problems and scandals. It reminds me very much of what the government did with the “everbody is a communist” propoganda they used to put out. Incidently this newest JFK plot foiling coincided pretty well with the military judge at Gitmo dropping all charges against that guy who used to drive Osama BL around. Its amazing how government news releases of new plots always coincide some kind of Bush problem.

  3. Abu Noor Al-Irlandee

    June 5, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Excellent article…Thank you Shaykh Yasir.

    I am really stunned at the continuing inability of the government to uncover any real plots.

    With all the resources devoted to anti-terrorism, this is the best these people can do?

    If there weren’t so so many people suffering, it would be funny.

    How long can they cry wolf at these press conferences before no one believes them. Look into what they’ve done to Jose Padilla and what it was based upon if you want to be physically sick. Then think what has any Muslim individual or group done to come to Mr. Padilla’s aid.

    Think of all the brothers at Guantanamo. What they have done to Muhammad Salah here in Chicago. All the charities shut down without any proof or evidence at all. Imam Jamil Al-Amin.

    The list goes on and on.

    At the same time, we have Muslim orgs either overwhelmed by the amount of cases and lack of resources or just scared because of the relentless attacks on them so that have to rush to condemn whoever the government accuses rather than coming to their aid.

    As I said, I really am not sure what the government’s strategy is. If there really are, as everyone tells us, so many Muslims plotting to carry out such attacks, how come they can’t find any of them and instead they spend all their time and resources ‘creating’ these plots and spouting all this nonsense?

    As I said, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what to do, but Muslim organizations have got to realize that there is a war/political struggle going on here and it is not against terrorism. We all condemn terrorism, but in terms of this other struggle, in terms of what is really going on, one cannot either ignore it or not take a side.

    The reason I say it is a “war/political struggle” is that we have to realize that this is not being conducted like a criminal issue. People are being arrested, killed, persecuted not for any crimes they may have committed and not for being terrorists, but for their religious and political beliefs. This is not a case of a few individual mistakes but this is a systematic, organized campaign.

    When people are political prisoners or prisoners of war, the issue cannot be handled in the same ways as if they were accused criminals who just need the right to a fair trial.

    The implications of this for the mainstream Muslim orgs and their strategy of being super-Americans are important and possibly complex.

    We have to stop allowing the government to separate us from people simply by accusing them of “terrorism”. The government has just named CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT has co-conspirators in terrorism for aiding Hamas so I hope that these orgs will realize it does no good to try to placate these people.

    Without losing focus on our larger goals, we have to let the government know we will stand by members of our community in the fact of such accusations. And especially when what they are being accused of is nothing to be ashamed of.

    When the government first announced it was banning humanitarian aid to Hamas, large numbers of Muslims should have held a big press conference and publicly donated to Hamas for purely humanitarian purposes and challenged the government to arrest all of us.

    If we don’t take such a stand, they will continue to pick us off one by one, and we will continue to try to separate ourselves from the accused, hoping that somehow this will save us.

    Allaah knows best.

  4. Unique Muslimah

    June 5, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    That’s the perfect way to say it: I get desensitized too! I think everyone does because it’s like it’s not a war, so we don’t see bombs or troops marching around, but at the same time there is this hidden fear, like a ghost running after us trying to scare us everytime we think it has dissappeared. It’s really hard, I know, but keep patient, be an example to these people through your faith as a Muslim and show them that this isn’t Islam! We’ve been hijacked!

  5. southernmuslimah

    June 5, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Assalaamu Alaikum,

    I also can’t help but think to myself every time:
    Please don’t let it be people who call themselves Muslims.”
    I know it is shallow but these UN-Islamic terrorists are making life much harder for us normal muslims. I agree with Unique Muslimah. We have to go out everyday and through our daily actions and interactions prove this is not Islam and those terrorists do not speak for us or represent us.

    May Allah make it easy for us. ameen

  6. Unique Muslimah

    June 6, 2007 at 5:12 AM

    southermuslimah, I always think the same too! :( May Allah help us

  7. Mujahideen Ryder

    June 6, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Sh. Yasir that was great! JazakAllah khair!

    See you at ICNA! :-D

  8. Salafiya

    June 6, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

    I dunno, I don’t think it was that big of a deal. Nothing happened and when I went to college, I wasn’t even thinking about how people would react.

    (truth be told, I actually even forgot about it – maybe that’s because of my lack of interest in CNN, the supposedly ‘least-biased major news network in America.’)

    Anyways, when I went back to college, no stares (at least, no more than usual =P ). I did have one strange guy ask, “Hey, how are you doing?” – at the same moment my brother walked in. Now that was a sight to see.

    Back to my point I was trying to make (my mind is always filled with things I want to say): whatever happens, happens for the best. Alhumdulillah ‘ala kulli hal. Don’t be worried about how the kuffar will treat the Muslims. Allaah is our Wali. =D

  9. Salafiya

    June 6, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Also another point….be careful of what you call Muslims. Ya3nee….it’s one thing for the media to say something – and it’s another for a Muslim to say about another Muslim (who we don’t know much of besides what the media has told us – and we all know how the media distorts everything negatively for the Muslims). Yes, judge by the apparent, but how much is apparent to us? Not much.

  10. Andrea

    June 7, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    “I am soooooo sick of all these ‘terror plots’ being ‘discovered’ and ‘foiled’ every few months.”

    So you’d rather they succeeded???

  11. Amad

    June 7, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    You obviously don’t know what single quotation annotation implies, do you Andrea?

    As for the answer, if the plot was REAL, VIABLE, and not set up or framed, then of course we would never have it succeed? Who wants his own home to be hit? America/Canada or whatever home country we reside in.

  12. Judge Dredd

    June 19, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    “I am soooooo sick of all these ‘terror plots’ being ‘discovered’ and ‘foiled’ every few months.”

    “So you’d rather they succeeded???”

    Andrea, is that an Italian girl’s name?

    Anyway, would you rather that the Zionist idiots in the secret service carry on inventing new threats?

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