SB Shooter’s Mother Has Ties to Pro-Caliphate Islamic Group Operating in America
As the FBI continues to investigate the married jihadists who attacked a San Bernardino County holiday party on Wednesday and President Obama prepares to deliver an address to the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night, information has revealed links between the shooters’ family and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a radical Muslim organization that promotes the establishment of a global caliphate.
Rafia Farook, the mother of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook who lived in the home of the jihadist couple, was awarded a certificate of appreciation by ICNA.
The certificate was found when MSNBC reporters stormed the home of the killers in search of a scoop only hours after the FBI had left the scene.
Rafia Farook has not been named as a person of interest nor co-conspirator in Wednesday’s massacre when her son and daughter-in-law attacked his co-workers at a holiday party killing 14 and wounding many more.
The couple had assembled an arsenal of weapons and bomb-making equipment scattered among the toys of their six-month old baby, including booby-traps that failed to deploy against investigating law enforcement following the attack.
Tashfeen Malik, the wife, swore her allegiance to ISIS in a Facebook post even as the couple began the assault.
The ICNA, based in New York, is a traditionally conservative Muslim group that segregates male and female members, and has been associated with radical activities in the past. Family members have told authorities that Malik did not sit with, speak to or reveal her face to male relatives of her husband, Farook.
The Islamic Circle of North America supports the Muslim Brotherhood and promotes the philosophies of Jamaat-e-Islami a political party active in Pakistan, the homeland of Tashfeen Malik, with the goal of establishing a global caliphate according to its charter.
Despite issuing generic statement after the San Bernardino attacks, the group’s handbook states its goals clearly, calling for “the establishment of the Islamic system of life in the world, whether it pertains to beliefs, rituals and morals or to economic, social or political spheres.