They wanted to kill Pamela Geller for blaspheming Muhammad, and they were confident that Allah would grant them the rewards of Paradise.
For these were devout, observant Muslims: Ismail Abdurrashid, an assistant imam at The Mosque for Praising Allah in Roxbury, Massachusetts, said that Usaamah Rahim was “a very pleasant young man. He had a firm understanding of the religion. Observant, very much so.”
“In Geller beheading plot, men ‘hoped to achieve martyrdom,’” by Chris Villani, Boston Herald, September 22, 2017:
An Everett man dismissed by his own lawyer as a fat, failed loner was the mastermind in a plot to behead conservative columnist Pamela Geller, his alleged co-conspirator testified yesterday.
“We hoped to achieve martyrdom,” Nicholas Rovinski testified in Boston federal court, referring to himself, defendant David Wright, who is facing terrorism charges, and Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim, who was shot and killed as he brandished a knife in a confrontation with police and federal agents in Boston.
Rovinski said the three men hoped “that by going forth with the beheading against Pamela Geller, that we would then gain martyrdom through our death. We had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State.”…