From Conservative Tribune: Islamic cleric Roshan Zamir Abbassi, a spokesman for the ar-al-Uloom al-Islamiya of America mosque where San Bernardino terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik prayed, claimed after their deadly attack earlier this month that he barely knew the couple, but new evidence suggests otherwise.
According to the New York Post, the FBI discovered that during a two-week span in June, just around the time that the Chattanooga terrorist attack occurred, Abbassi and Farook exchanged at least 38 text messages.
Moreover, other members of the mosque said Farook frequented the mosque at least three times a week to pray and study. He also spent his time there memorizing the Quran, an act that requires being proficient in Arabic, a language that Abbassi just happens to teach.
Abbassi also reportedly attended a celebration at the mosque last year for Farook and Malik’s wedding.
Yet Abbassi claimed to barely know the couple. He also argued that Farook was not radicalized at the mosque and that the Muslims there only teach peace.
“In Islam, we are against innocent killing,” he told reporters. The evidence belies this claim as well.
During an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly in early December, Homeland Security Department veteran Philip Haney explained that prior to his investigation into Islamic terrorism being shut down, he discovered that Abbassi’s mosque has ties to the ultra-orthodox Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat, which is itself reportedly brimming with jihadists.
Also, the San Diego mosque where Abbassi’s brother, Mohammad Sabir Abbassi, serves as a trustee and English teacher is the same mosque that was previously headed by deceased al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist planner and recruiter whom Farook was reportedly a big fan of.
While this new flurry of evidence does that necessarily prove that Farook was indeed radicalized at the mosque, the fact that Abbassi lied through his teeth about his mosque’s glaring connections to Farook and his wife does make us wonder.
H/T Fox News