“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Former New Yorker Samir Khan Behind Graphics Of New Al Qaeda Recruiting Magazine Inspire: Officials

A slick new Al Qaeda magazine written in English to lure U.S. jihadists may be the work of a former New Yorker with an eye for graphics – and a lust for American blood.

Intelligence officials see chilling similarities between a militant blog Samir Khan produced and the Internet-based magazine Inspire.

Khan landed on intelligence radar in 2007, when he was 21, after posting an Osama Bin Laden screed to the blog he maintained from his parents’ basement.

The blog boasted crisp graphics, an easy familiarity with American culture and attitudes, and a pipeline to hard-core rhetoric.

Fast forward to last month, when Al Qaeda put out Inspire, with the message that U.S. military action in the Arab world must be avenged.

The packaging spooked experts with its potential for recruiting Western youth. It also seemed familiar to those who track militants, like the Jawa Report blog.

“There were choices in content and how it was created that echoed what Samir Khan had done with his blog several years back,” said a federal source.

There were other clues that point to Khan.

The magazine mentioned the NYPD’s director of intelligence analysis, Mitchell Silber, and Brooklyn’s Yousef al-Khattab, a secular Jew who converted to Islam and joined a group Khan belonged to.

Khan has been in Yemen since October – and the mag was posted by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen branch with ties to American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki uses English to get his message out in the West.

If Khan is behind Inspire – with articles like “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” – he’s joined a trend that has intelligence officials worried.

Terrorist hunters have seen an increase in militants preaching jihad in English, and a corresponding uptick in terror plots involving U.S. citizens, experts said.

“The two trends surfaced at about the same time, 18 months ago: more U.S. citizens, Americans, involved in terror plots, and more hard-core jihad Web sites sending out their messages in English,” said Silber.

The recent blitz includes:

  • Faisal Shahzad‘s last will and testament, videotaped before he tried to blow up a homemade car bomb in Times Square and released last week by the Pakistani Taliban as a recruiting tool.
  • American-born Omar Hammami’s English-language recruiting videos for Somalia‘s Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab. In one, he addresses jihadists in the field while the narrator, possibly Hammami, spews anti-American hatred.”Gonna knock America down to her knees,” the voice rhymes in English. “Catch them in an ambush and watch them freeze.”
  • Accused Jersey jihadists Mohamed Alessa and Carlos Almonte had English-language screeds from Awlaki on their cell phones, and they reviewed copies of Hammami’s sermons before flying to Somalia to join Al Shabaab.

“Part of the push is to use English to shame people into taking action: ‘You fat American, can’t you get up off the sofa and do something to help your Muslim brothers?’” said an NYPD officer who has been tracking extremism on the Internet for eight years.

Khan was born in Saudi Arabia but his family moved to Queens when he was 7 years old. In 2007, he told the New York Times that he was a typical American kid until he turned 15 and went to a weeklong summer camp sponsored by the Islamic Organization of North America. He stopped dressing like his pals at John Adams High School in Queens, grew tired of IONA’s moderate tenets, and joined the more militant Islamic Thinkers Society, sources said.

His family moved to Jersey in 2000 and North Carolina in 2004, sources said. That’s when he started his blog, “Inshallahshaheed,” or “A martyr soon if God wills.”

Khan’s family in North Carolina refused to talk about him, and neighbors in his middle-class Charlotte neighborhood said they hadn’t seen him for months.

With Josh Lanier in Charlotte, N.C.


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