At least, according to the American-born Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki calls Nidal Hassan a hero. "He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people", writes Al-Awlaki.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/09) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today repudiated online remarks by a former Virginia imam praising Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 29 others in a shooting spree last week at Fort Hood in Texas.
The posting on the web site of Anwar al-Awlaki called Hasan a ?hero? and said American Muslim groups, like CAIR, that condemned the Fort Hood attack are ?hypocrites? and traitors to Islam.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
?As American Muslims said with one voice when this cowardly attack first occurred, no ideology could ever justify or excuse such violence. To call the alleged killer a ?hero? makes a mockery of every Islamic principle of justice. The twisted and misguided views in Anwar al-Awlaki?s posting are not those of American Muslims and do not reflect mainstream Islamic beliefs or sentiments.?
Immediately following the attack at Fort Hood, CAIR issued a strong condemnation of the deadly shootings and urged the nation to remain calm and unified.
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