April 25, 2013 |
Like finding new friends on Facebook or a great deal on EBay, it is easy to locate fiery, radical Islamist imams on the Internet who will guide the willing toward the path of bomb making, random slaughter and martyrdom. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber who died in a shootout with police a week ago, seems to have connected with a number of these firebrand theologians in exactly that way. Tsarnaev did not pick up his militant ideas at his local mosque. In fact, it is being reported that, on two occasions, Tsarnaev interrupted Friday prayer services at a mosque in Cambridge to criticize the speaker for being too liberal and accommodating.
April 23, 2013 |
An imam in the Toronto area came forward more than a year ago with concerns about one of the two suspects now charged with an alleged terrorism plot, an attorney who handled the tip said Tuesday. Toronto attorney Naseer Syed said the imam, who wants to remain anonymous, first came to him with his concerns about Raed Jaser, 35, who was arrested Monday by Canadian police. “The community has always struggled with, at what point does some behavior or activity or words cross a certain threshold?
February 19, 2013 |
A Muslim imam on Tuesday denied that money he sent to Pakistan was earmarked for terrorist activities in the latest trial to focus on the currency pipeline that officials say moves cash to groups planning attacks on U.S. interests. Hafiz Khan, 77, told jurors in a federal courtroom in Miami that he rejected the Pakistani Taliban and denied charges that he had sent at least $50,000 to the militant group in support of violent attacks. The defense has argued that the money was for humanitarian goals, including funding for a Muslim religious school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 |
At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment. "Yesterday we watched the best of seven.... Unfortunately we forget the big final; it's like that show 'One Life to Live,' " Imam Suhaib Webb says as sleepy boys and young men come to attention in the back rows. "There's no overtime, bro. " The sermon is typical of Webb, a charismatic Oklahoma-born convert to Islam with a growing following among American Muslims, especially the young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2011 |
Leaders of the Claremont School of Theology will announce Monday the gift of $40 million from an Arizona couple to help expand the Christian divinity institution into a university that will include training for Jewish and Muslim clergy. The donation from David Lincoln, a Claremont trustee, and his wife, Joan, is the largest ever to the 126-year-old theology school, which enrolls about 240 students in master's and doctorate programs in religion and counseling. The couple also gave $10 million to the school last year.
April 10, 2011 |
— The land of hockey, toques and the apology. Cast your eye a little farther down the list of things Canada has given the world (past zippers, Jolly Jumpers and five-pin bowling but well before Céline Dion) and you come to Canadian television. There was "The Beachcombers," "Due South," "Kids in the Hall" and "Road to Avonlea," but unlike Australia, the U.K. or Quebec, which have thriving industries, English Canada's approach to homegrown programming has been more tortoise than hare.