Ramadan Jihad Massacre at Orlando Gay Club

by CLARE M. LOPEZ June 14, 2016

"First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people," goes the jihad rallying cry. This year's warning came first, as it always does, from an Islamic terror spokesman, the Islamic State's Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. On 21 May 2016, he released a statement entitled, "That They Live by Proof," that called for Ramadan attacks against "kuffar everywhere," but specifically called on Muslims to target "civilians...[in] America and its allies of the Jews, Crusaders...and against all of Your enemies."

Ramadan began on 6 June this year and runs until 6 July. The first to be attacked were in Israel, on 8 June, at the Sarona Market, an upscale food and retail center in central Tel Aviv. Two gunmen killed at least three and injured another five before being captured by police and taken into custody. That the next target was a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL should have surprised no one. Homosexuality is a capital punishment crime under Islamic Law (shariah). This is why the Islamic State is seen throwing gays off the tops of tall buildings-they believe they are obeying the will of Allah. Within Islam, there is broad consensus among authoritative scholars, based on widely-cited hadiths, about the obligation to impose the death penalty on gays. Further, mainstream Islamic doctrine obligates Muslims to take personal responsibility for the enforcement of shariah in the doctrine of "enjoin the good, forbid the evil" that derives directly from the Qur'an.

As if any more warning were needed, the United West warned in April 2016 about the Hussein Islamic Center in Sanford, FL that invited one Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, to speak during the 2016 month of Ramadan. Sekaleshfar, a Shi'ite cleric, has posted a number of his earlier lectures online. In one of them, from 30 December 2013, he spoke explicitly about the shariah obligation to impose the death sentence on homosexuals: "Death is the sentence. We know there's nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence ... We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it's the same, out of compassion, let's get rid of them now." Please note that as a scholar of Shi'ite jurisprudence, Sekaleshfar cites here to the exact same shariah that holds homosexuality to be a capital crime in the Sunni schools of jurisprudence.

The Muslim killer at the Pulse night club in Orlando, FL has been identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, an American citizen born in New York of Afghan immigrant parents. He was married for a time, but his ex-wife said he became increasingly abusive and beat her (indeed, as commanded in Qur'anic verse 4:34). Some years ago, Mateen made the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the umrah, which takes place at other times of the year from the hajj. He is reported to have made a 911 call before the attack, in which he pledged bayat to the Islamic State. He also is reported by eyewitnesses to have been yelling "Allahu Akbar," as indeed required for an Islamic jihad attack. The Islamic State subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq News Agency while jihadis celebrated on social media. In other words, in every respect, Mateen seems to have been a devout, practicing, shariah-adherent Muslim, possibly connected in some way, formal or otherwise, to the Islamic State.

Unfortunately, the FBI didn't seem to understand any of that when it questioned Mateen in 2013 and again in 2014 because of reports he'd been associated with Islamic terrorists, including one who carried out a suicide bombing in Syria. According to media reporting, the FBI even opened an investigation into Mateen but later closed it when they failed to understand the indicators and warnings his profile should have presented to them. As now-retired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower Philip Haney has tried so hard to warn, because of the Great Purge throughout the ranks of U.S. national security agencies, officers like him were forbidden to pursue Islamic terror leads or learn or use accurate language to describe jihad or shariah as motivating ideologies for Islamic terror. In his new book, "See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad," Haney explains how the Muslim Brotherhood's penetration of U.S. defenses and successful influence operations have effectively neutered U.S. law enforcement efforts against jihadis like the San Bernardino shooters or Mateen. In place of evidence-based investigations, the Obama administration willingly worked with Muslim Brotherhood advisors to implement the ‘Countering Violent Extremism' policy that explicitly avoids anything that would connect Islamic doctrine, law or scriptures to Islamic terror. As Muslim Brotherhood front groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) or the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) begin to step forward in coming days, as they already have begun to do, ostensibly to condemn the Orlando Jihad Massacre, they too, must be held to account to repudiate the explicit elements of Islamic doctrine that hold homosexuality to be a death sentence crime.

On a final and very disturbing note, Mateen has now been identified as having been an employee of a Florida-based security firm, G4S, that, according to Judicial Watch, has a DHS contract to transport illegal aliens from the Mexican border inland to resettlement throughout the U.S. He worked for G4S since 2007 and was currently employed at the time of this shooting.

The Orlando Ramadan Jihad Massacre is the largest mass shooting ever to take place on U.S. soil. Before there is another or possibly worse attack, U.S. national security leadership must face up to the reality of the Islamic jihad assault that has been launched against us. A new national security strategy must be written and implemented that identifies the enemy threat doctrine as Islamic Law - shariah - and takes immediate, pro-active steps to counter its jihadist, supremacist elements and deny them any further ability to operate in the United States.

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       Clare M. Lopez is the Vice President for Research & Analysis at the Center for Security Policy


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