The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a 22-year-old Georgia native is causing concern among both residents and Muslim leaders by policing the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood for violations of Sharia law, such as wearing the inappropriate dress or drinking alcohol.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) April 12, 2017
Faiza Mahamud of the Star Tribune reports:
Minneapolis Police received reports in February from concerned residents who saw [Abdullah] Rashid in a dark green uniform that said “Muslim Defense Force” and “Religious Police” and had two flags associated with ISIL and other terrorist groups.
“We’ve had conversations with community members that live over there,” said Officer Corey Schmidt, a police spokesman. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to deal with it, but it’s something we’ve been monitoring.”
Jeff Van Nest, an FBI spokesman for Minneapolis, declined to comment.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says CAIR isn’t on board with Rashid. “What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all,” said executive director Jaylani Hussein.
Some reaction from Twitter:
@StarTribune No sharia law. This is America.
— LisetteInBlue (@bookgirl8) April 12, 2017
@StarTribune At least here I have freedom to refuse religious laws…
— Kaleb Shades (@PendragonNews) April 12, 2017