Abdullah Rashid is a convert to Islam, once again illustrating what we have noted many times, that converts to Islam often display a fanaticism less often seen among those who were born into Islam.
This may be in part because they approach the Islamic canonical texts, the Qur’an and Hadith, essentially at face value, without any mitigating cultural prism, and those texts exhort Muslims to live according to Sharia and wage war against and subjugate Infidels under the hegemony of Sharia.
Young Rashid embarrasses the Muslims in Minneapolis, and it’s easy to see why. He wears a silly “Religious Police” uniform. He is calling for adherence to the Sharia in ways that they are not doing. Yet his wife maintains that he “loves Islam” and he claims to have attracted a following of sorts: he “said he has enlisted a group of 10 men, ages 18 and 25, to help him patrol the area” and make sure Sharia is being obeyed. If that claim is true, authorities would do well to reflect upon how Rashid has managed to do that. Could it be that his vision of Islam and Sharia is not as singular and strange as this Star Tribune implies it to be?
The Muslim community’s opposition to him doesn’t necessarily mean that they oppose Sharia or even the idea of religious police, which exist in Sharia states, notably Saudi Arabia and Iran. They just oppose this eccentric arrogating to himself that role in a place where even the existence of such a police force is not yet opportune.
“Minneapolis Muslims protest ‘sharia’ vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area,” by Faiza Mahamud, Star Tribune,
April 13, 2017:
A man trying to impose what he calls “the civil part of the sharia law” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders.
Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort…