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Published On: Fri, Jul 17th, 2015

Tennessee shooter: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez praised jihad, Obama won’t say ‘terrorism’

Just as Gen. Paul Selva made headlines for omitting ISIS from the list of threats to America, a gunman in Tennessee murders five and injures others as he showers a Marine recruiting office with bullets from an AK-47.

The FBI identified the deceased gunman in the Thursday attack on military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

Witnesses saw Abdulazeez spray a hail of bullets at the glass doors of a military recruiting center in a strip mall. Then the gunman, who according to a law enforcement official was driving in a rented silver Ford Mustang convertible, moved on to his next target more than seven miles away: a Naval reserve center.

There, he rammed into a gate at some point during his shooting rampage and was eventually killed by police, a U.S. official said.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez  photo/ Facebook

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez photo/ Facebook

While links to ISIS or another terrorist group have not been confirmed, several ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts tweeted about the shooting, praising Abdulazeez.

An ISIS-related account tweeted “O American dogs soon YOU will see the wonders,” and used #Chattanooga.

Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait, became a US citizen after coming to America in 1996. He lived in Colonial Shores, where two women were taken away in handcuffs within hours after the shooting.

He also said in that post that life is “nothing more than a test of our faith and patience,” adding:

It was designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire, and to rank amongst them the best of the best and worst of the worst. Don’t let the society we live in deviate you from the task at hand. Take your study guide, the Quran and Sunnah, with strength and faith, and be firm as you live your short life in this prison called Dunya. Allah (SWT) says live for this life and the hereafter according to their length. Rasulullah says the life on this world compared to the hereafter is like a drop compared to an ocean.

Brothers and sisters don’t be fooled by your desires, this life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to allah may pass you by. Take his word as your light and code and do not let other prisoners, whether they are so called “Scholars” or even your family members, divert you from the truth. If you make the intention to follow allahs way 100 % and put your desires to the side, allah will guide you to what is right.

The second post was called “Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men.” He wrote about the Prophet’s Sahaba, or companions:

We often talk about the Sahaba (RA) and their Ibada. We talk about their worshiping at night, making thikr, reading quran, fasting, sala. But did you ever notice that in one certain period towards the end of the lives of the Sahaba (RA), almost every one of the Sahaba (RA) was a political leader or an army general? Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah.

So this picture that you have in your mind that the Sahaba (RA) were people being like priests living in monasteries is not true. All of them towards the end of the lives were either a mayor of a town, governor of a state, or leader of an army at the frontlines. The Sahaba (RA) were very involved in establishing Islam in the world. Their mission was to establish Islam and live it. …

We ask Allah to make us follow their path. To give us a complete understanding of the message of Islam, and the strength the live by this knowledge, and to know what role we need to play to establish Islam in the world.

President Obama spoke from the Oval Office and may be attacked by critics as he called the attack a “heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals, who served with great valor, to be killed in this fashion,” but refused to use the term “terrorism.”

The President added that “we have to make sure we have all the info necessary to make an assessment of how this attack took place.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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  1. John smith says:

    Joe there is around 2 billion Muslims in the world! More than Catholics but just under Christians as a whole! What you say is false very false!

  2. Peter says:

    Its always good to see that ANYONE get their hands on a AK-47 and just start shooting….A big thank you to the GOP and the NRA for making this country a more violent, miserable sewer to raise a family.

    • Ray says:

      Dylann Roof + gun + hatred = racism
      Abdulazeez + gun + hated = gun control problem

      The logic is still astounding

  3. Joe says:

    We should al be aware that this radicalization can happen to anyone following the Islamic ideology (which is not purely a religion). We would do well to view islam as a wounded, dying animal animal fighting to the death because it is cornered and dying. Islam is spiritually and morally bankrupt and, make no mistake, it is collapsing.

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