April 20th, 2013
03:45 PM ET

Older brother in Boston bombings grew increasingly religious, analysis shows

By Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank, CNN

(CNN)–Tamerlan Tsarnaev appears to have become increasingly religious in the last three or four years, according to an analysis of his social media posts and the accounts of family members. But there is so far no evidence of active association with international jihadist groups.

In August 2012, soon after returning from a long visit to Russia, he created a YouTube channel with links to a number of videos. Some include sermons or interviews with radical preachers. Two videos under a category labeled "Terrorists" were deleted. It's not clear when or by whom.

Tsarnaev's YouTube channel had the address "muazseyfullah," which happen to be the names of two prominent militant leaders among Islamist groups in Russia's north Caucasus, an area that includes Chechnya and Dagestan. Seyfullah also translates as "sword of Allah."

It is possible that the account he created has at some point been interfered with, but there is no such obvious sign.

One video talks about his beliefs, prayers and ablutions as a good Muslim. He speaks about leading a meaningful life; almost the very last word is "peace." Another video is in praise of Muslim women who pray and dress conservatively.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses

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    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

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    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

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    May 3, 2013 at 11:14 am |
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    April 23, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  3. Saraswati

    We already knew this one was a community college drop out and now it turns out even Dzhokhar was failing classes from history to chemistry. The early stories of academic brilliance seem to have been greatly exaggerated and you have to wonder just how much trouble was caused by setting expectations that these mediocre kids would never achieve. The father insisting his 19 year old failing marine bio student son was a "medical student" implies lies were flowing freely. Not very bright kids given unrealistic expectations and set up to be the "losers" they then proved themselves so thoroughly to be.

    April 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • Science

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life................education is suppose to work ?


      April 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  4. Angel Moronic

    (echoing BootyFunk, Bob1Good: ) christianity, judaism and islam are cults – Proof positive that religion is bad for your health & other's!

    April 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • GinCas

      Exactly Right, Angelic Moronic! ALL religions are cults and all are detrimental to rational thinking and decision making.

      April 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      From your comments I can easily deduce Atheism is a religion.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  5. Reality

    Put this guy's imam in jail for inciting terror and horror in his mosque members!!!

    April 21, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  6. Bob1god

    Oh, almost forgot, go to bed kiddies, esp. u Chad!

    April 21, 2013 at 4:47 am |
    • Science

      Bob1god....................you nailed it !

      April 21, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  7. Bob1god

    Proof positive that religion is bad for your health & other's!

    April 21, 2013 at 4:45 am |
  8. clarity

    God is real. Jesus is the answer.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      god made us right after we made him.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Akira

      What reason would a good Christian have fore stealing a person's handle?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • Akira

      And before Dippy sees this: "fore" s/b "for".

      April 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  9. Bootyfunk

    christianity, judaism and islam are cults. ALL religions are cults. when a cult is accepted by society, it becomes a religion. when a religion has no more cult members, it becomes a mythology. christianity, judaism and islam are at step 2.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • lol??

      Where's Evolutionism?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i said religions.... not science. not sure of the difference?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Chad

      What investigation have you done into Judeo/Christianity that led you to the conclusion it was a cult?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Annnnnd the rolodex stops at a reliable stand-by...

      April 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i grew up in the Judeo/Christian tradition, so i've lived it. ALL religions are cults. read above. there is no difference between christianity and any "cult". the only difference is one is accepted by society and one is not. otherwise, what is the difference between a cult and a religion?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Akira

      Why did you leave out Islam, Chad?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Chad

      what I meant to ask was "What investigation have you done into Judeo/Christianity that led you to the conclusion it was a cult?"


      April 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • lol??

      Where's communalism? They have the Not-god.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you keep skipping my premise - ALL religions are cults. there is no difference between a cult and a religion except that it is accepted by society. so in answer to your question, christianity is accepted, so it is a "religion" - if it were not accepted, it would be a "cult". look at mormonism. it once had "cult" status, but it's now more accepted - and therefore a religion.

      Chad - what is the difference in your mind between a religion and a cult?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • Cult

      1. a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
      2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
      3. the object of such devotion.
      4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
      5. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
      6. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
      7. the members of such a religion or sect.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • lol??

      "i said religions.... not science. not sure of the difference?"

      Well, it started off with the Not-science. Somebody betrayed somebody.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Bootyfunk


      conversations, like life forms, evolve - get used to it.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • Chad


      I guess I wasnt clear: What investigation have you done into Judeo/Christianity that led you to the conclusion it was a cult?"

      April 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Answer

      Look at Chard.. pleading for everyone to not call his religion a cult.

      "Please don't call my religion a cult.. I don't like it when you do because I don't want it to be a cult."

      April 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Communalism

      No results found for communalism. Non-existent word. Non-existent word usage by lol?? deemed ridiculous.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Chad


      I'm sure you have some reason, some basis for calling Judeo/Christianity a cult.

      what is your basis?

      April 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • lol??

      What is Communalism? The Democratic Dimension of Anarchism by Murray Bookchin

      April 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Chad wrote: I guess I wasnt clear: What investigation have you done into Judeo/Christianity that led you to the conclusion it was a cult?"

      no, you were very clear. and so was i. but you keep ignoring my answer. seriously, i've answered you a bunch of times. christianity/judaism/islam are all religions AND cults. the word is interchangeable except for the view of society at large. relgions are accepted - cults are considered fake religions. both are the same except for the overall acceptance by society. christianity started off as a cult too. when the roman empire made christianity the state "religion," it was no longer a cult. the same romans that though of christianity as a cult then called it a religion.

      religion = cult

      now Chad, how about you actually answer: what do you think the difference is between a religion and a cult?

      April 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • #10, Chad Decoded

      10.One way to use this super endurance to your advantage is to keep posting the same questions over and over again even after they’ve been answered 50 times. Just pretend they haven’t been answered and act self-righteous about it. It’s really cool if you can ask this same thing on multiple threads and then claim it was never answered forcing people to waste time on the same thing over and over and over. When they refuse to play your game or you don’t like the answer add some sarcasm, but use an emoticon to soften it so they’ll know your snide remarks are all in good fun.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      basically, Chad, you don't have to investigate christianity to know it's a religion, right? christians themselves fully admit that christianity is a religion. my assertion is that since religion and cult mean the same thing aside from society's overall view of legitimacy, that christianity is a religion, which means it's a cult. there's nothing to investigate here. your question is invalid. religions and cults are the same thing.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • Answer


      Go have 'Rachel' assure yourself that your cult isn't a cult. Give yourself that goal in mind.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • lol??

      The original called out ones were small in number. Numbers seem important to the wurld. So one could say using the wurld's definition that Christianity started as a cult. Now that it is fully leavened, get out of the churches and get your groups small like cells. Why make it easy for the socies to confiscate your stuff and worse? No sense waving your carcass in front of the Beast.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol??, you've read Bookchin?

      April 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      if chad and lionylamb had a baby, it would be lol??

      April 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Akira

      Yeah, you must have, lol??, the anarchist shines from every post you make.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • lol??

      Heck no. But I read Barth, -–Giles Goat-Boy-–. That will about do you in. That was decades ago.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • lol??

      I knew you'd run Akira, you don't like goats.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol??, you read Giles, Goat-Boy? Really?
      My, my. You are an enigma.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:29 am |
    • Roger that


      This may come as a shock, but there were no Catholic or Baptist churches in the first century. What was forming into Christianity was at that time a cult. Like Bootyfunk was eluding, it will eventually be dismissed. Don't worry, you'll be worm poop long before that happens.

      April 21, 2013 at 2:32 am |
    • Science

      Chad is a TOOL

      It would be NICE......... but
      Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!
      The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic


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      April 21, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • GinCas

      @Bootyfunk; You hit the nail on the head, and don't waste your time on Chad. He apparently just likes to annoy others who are posting rational thoughts. Must just be a bored little fella with nothing better to do.

      April 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  10. Platypus Rex

    You pack a lot of unreadability in those few words.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      What's in a few words then rationalisms above the pars of common stock and trades verbalisms?

      April 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Akira

      Platypus Rex: don't try. You'll get a migraine.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  11. lionlylamb

    I Love One God who long ago gave Life upon the celestial cosmos, a beginning moment for living above the depths of the atomic cosmos wherein and upon, God and God's brethren all do live.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Platypus Rex

      Ah yes, back when Eurynome created order out of chaos. The Gods are indeed bountiful!

      April 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Platypus Rex,

      The plethora of God's brethren husbandry ways upon and within our body's atomic cosmologies will never leave us! Biologically grown we all are but as buildings wherein lives all God's brethren.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
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