May 15th, 2011
07:28 AM ET

U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links

Miami (CNN) - Two South Florida imams and a third family member were arrested Saturday on charges of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said.

In addition, three others in Pakistan were also indicted on the same charges.

FBI agents arrested Hafiz Khan and his son Izhar Khan in South Florida, the department said. They are expected to make their initial court appearance in federal court Monday.

Another of Hafiz Khan's sons, Irfan Khan, was arrested in Los Angeles and will appear in court there.

Also charged are three Pakistani residents: Ali Rehman, Alam Zeb and Amina Khan. Amina Khan is Hafiz Khan's daughter, and Zeb is his grandson.

Read the indictment (pdf).

Read the full story here about the arrested imams.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Beth

    Good respond in return of this query with genuine arguments and
    explaining the whole thing concerning that.

    May 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Islam, God and the Shining Light of Love
    God is love," the New Testament teaches, and Muslim theologians would respond, "But of course." The problem is that we are not God. As Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God " (Mark 10:18). There is no authentic love but one, that is, God. This is tawhid, the assertion of divine unity that is the foundation of Islamic thought.


    May 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  3. Muneef

    It is a shame for America to be afraid of Islam
    Senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on relations with West, Mubarak, bin Laden
    E.E.: Please, America is a powerful country, it is a strong country. It is a shame for America to be afraid of Islam or Egyptians or democracy or the will of the people or choice of the people. The America which we know is an America of values, not an America of troops, of arms. America that exports values to the whole world, not bombarding Afghanistan or Iraq. That is the America which we respect and the America which we want to live with.


    May 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  4. Adelina

    @Artists: Soviets did that and North Koreans are doing it. You atheists have no respect for human life because you have no reason to. Stupid secular Americans learned nothing from history or current world affairs.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  5. Adelina

    Artist, denying one's own sinfulness is the worst condition for human soul and mind and mentality. It leads to evil insanity. I like Christianity because it alone embraces reality regarding mankind as it is and provides real salvation.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Artist

      If only we could round up the christians and muslims and build more arenas. Until then we must live with the ignorant masses.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Muneef


    May 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Muneef

      Blame it on Islam;
      Islam as a Religion has been forced now to pay for what American politicians had sown into earth. The genuine peaceful muslims have been polluted by those created and many innocents are being harvested among those created ones ...!!!  
      Old Investment was scapegoated for the sake of the new investment that is being created to replace it....!!!

      Listen & Watch this;
      "Lets be careful with what we sow because we will harvest".(US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton).

      May 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Reality

      What Islam has sown over the centuries:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) – Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  7. Artist


    @Lee: Jesus has saved everyone who trusted in Him because He is God. The only Hope mankind has. That includes you. You only need to believe in Jesus and start living the new life He will give to you.
    Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
    As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
    • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
    • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

    May 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  8. Adelina

    I hope American prisons have Bibles. May God save this family through Jesus.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • lee

      that'd be a first. Far as anybody has proven, Jesus hasn't even saved a nickel.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Adelina

      @Lee: Jesus has saved everyone who trusted in Him because He is God. The only Hope mankind has. That includes you. You only need to believe in Jesus and start living the new life He will give to you.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  9. John Richardson

    Eagerly awaiting the list of donors.

    May 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • BG

      You like lists? Here's a list for you. All 504 pages of it, so it takes a while to load.



      May 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  10. Reality







    Added details upon request.

    May 15, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • Logic

      @Reality, once again, you say there never was Gabriel. You must add 'probably' before 'never'. Because, like I've told you time and time again, there is no proof Gabriel never existed.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Reality

      Using logic, history and rational thinking when discussing angels aka fa-iries and/or tinkerbells and/or "pretty, wingie, talking thingies".

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.


      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."
      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."
      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      May 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • bp

      Logic you said- once again, you say there never was Gabriel. You must add 'probably' before 'never'. Because, like I've told you time and time again, there is no proof Gabriel never existed.

      that is not Logic since prooving somethng does not exist is an illogical argument.
      May 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |

      May 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
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