MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Muslim leaders in Minneapolis are trying to stop a man who says his group is working to provide security and protect Muslims’ civil rights in a predominantly Somali neighborhood.
Abdullah Rashid says he has recruited ten young men to join the General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of Ummah to impose “the civil part of the Sharia law.” The Star Tribune reports Rashid has been telling people in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex — and, he’s approaching Muslim women to suggest they wear a jilbab, a concealing garment.
The Islamic Institute of Minnesota issued a statement Wednesday saying Rashid does not represent Muslims in Minnesota. Minneapolis police say they are monitoring the situation. Security at Cedar-Riverside Plaza has told Rashid he’s not allowed to patrol the neighborhood.
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