Faisal Shahzad was brainwashed by hate speakers such as Dr Zakir Naik, Ahmed Ludhianvi and Ansar Abbasi who misinterpret the Quran to spread hate speech and violence.
The Quran is a message of peace for all humanity. To misinterpret and misuse the Quran to spread violence and mischief tantamount to blasphemy. Seen from this angle, all proponents, supporters and apologists of the Taliban and Al Qaeda are blasphemous to the Quran. By misusing Islam and the Quran, they have thrown themselves outside the pale of Islam and must be treated as apostates (murtid) and aliens (kharijis) to Islam.
Here is a most recent example of how the Taliban and Al Qaeda brainwashed an educated young Pakistani (Faisal Shahzad, an immigrant to the US) convincing him that killing innocent human beings was consistent with the teachings of the Quran. (Abdul Nishapuri)
“If I’m given 1,000 lives I will sacrifice them all for the life of Allah,” he said at the start of a statement that lasted several minutes. “How can I be judged by a court that does not understand the suffering of my people?”
Mr. Shahzad — brought into the Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs and wearing a white skull cap — had instructed his attorney not to speak, and U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum told prosecutors she didn’t need to hear from them.
That left Mr. Shahzad and the judge free to spar over his reasoning for giving up his comfortable life in America to train in Pakistan and carry out a potentially deadly attack in the heart of Times Square.
“You appear to be someone who was capable of education and I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Qur’an wants you to kill lots of people,” Judge Cedarbaum told Mr. Shahzad after she announced his mandatory life sentence.
Mr. Shahzad, a 31-year-old former budget analyst from Connecticut who was born in Pakistan, responded that the “Qur’an gives us the right to defend. And that’s all I’m doing.”
Afterward, the head of the FBI’s New York office, Janice K. Fedarcyk, cited evidence that Mr. Shahzad hoped to strike more than once.
“Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people and planned to do it again two weeks later,” Ms. Fedarcyk said in a statement. “The sentence imposed today means Shahzad will never pose that threat again.”
Calling himself a Muslim solider, a defiant Mr. Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts.
He admitted that the Pakistan Taliban provided him with more than $15,000 and five days of explosives training late last year and early this year, months after he became a U.S. citizen.
For greatest impact, he chose a crowded a section of the city by studying an online streaming video of Times Square, the so-called Crossroads of the World, prosecutors said.
On May 1, he lit the fuse of his crude, homemade bomb packed in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, then fled on foot, pausing along the way to listen for the explosion that never came, court papers said.
A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the sport utility vehicle and alerted police, who quickly cleared the area. The bomb attempt set off an intense investigation that culminated two days later with investigators plucking Mr. Shahzad off a Dubai-bound plane at a New York airport.
Prosecutors had introduced a dramatic video of an FBI-staged explosion they said demonstrated how deadly Mr. Shahzad’s bomb could have been.
The FBI bomb — an identical vehicle fitted with 115 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel, three 11-kilogram propane tanks and two 19-litre gasoline canisters — blew up with a force that ripped the vehicle in half. The explosion caused a giant fireball that overturned and shredded four other cars parked nearby in an open field, obliterated about a dozen dummies posed as pedestrians and shot fiery debris hundreds of feet in all directions.
At sentencing, Mr. Shahzad claimed the FBI’s interrogation had violated his rights. He also warned that attacks on Americans will continue until the United States leaves Muslim lands.
“We are only Muslims … but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you,” he said.