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Cambridge - Mosque: Boston Bomb Suspect Had 2 Outbursts In Last Year

Published on: April 22, 2013 07:04 PM
Last updated on: April 22, 2013 09:45 PM
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In this May 4, 2009 file photo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, fights Lamar Fenner of Chicago, in the 201 weight class, during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament. APIn this May 4, 2009 file photo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, fights Lamar Fenner of Chicago, in the 201 weight class, during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament. AP

Cambridge - When preachers told congregants at a mosque in November that it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate U.S. holidays such as the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, a man who would later be a suspect in last week’s the Boston Marathon bombing stood up to argue, the mosque said.

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Monday told about that outburst by Tamerlan Tsarnaev and provided more details on a second one two months later that the group had previously described.

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The group said in its statement that Tsarnaev, who was pronounced dead on Friday after a shootout with police, was not a member of its Cambridge mosque but sometimes attended Friday services and daily prayers over the last year or so. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, who was captured Friday and charged Monday with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, showed up sometimes for prayers, the group said.

Two U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Monday that the brothers were motivated by religion but appear not to be tied to any Islamic terrorist groups. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Both mosque incidents happened after the older brother returned from a months-long trip to Russia last year. An aunt there said he was studying Islam but struggled to fit in.

The troublesome behavior first came in November, just before Thanksgiving, the mosque said. At a weekly prayer, a preacher gave a sermon saying it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate American holidays. Tamerlan Tsarnaev stood up and argued that “celebration of any holiday was not allowed in the faith.”

The preacher met with Tsarnaev and discussed the issue after the service.

In January, the mosque said Tsarnaev had a similar outburst.

This time, the sermon included praise for Martin Luther King Jr., and this time Tsarnaev shouted, calling the preacher a “non-believer” and “hypocrite” who was “contaminating people’s minds.” Congregants shouted back at him, telling him to leave, and he did.

Later, volunteer leaders of the mosque met with him and told him that he would not be welcome at service if he interrupted again. The group said he continued attending sometimes and did not cause any more problems.


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 Apr 22, 2013 at 08:41 PM Balaboos Says:

Only thing I can say....If that wasn't a red flag, I don't know what is??

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 Apr 22, 2013 at 09:55 PM yaakov doe Says:

He said " stood up and argued that “celebration of any holiday was not allowed in the faith.”

Haven't we heard our own saying the same about the national holiday of Thanksgiving? Certainly we can't observe Januaryb 1st and October 31st.

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 Apr 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

And when imams at the Mosque praised Martin Luther King Jr. Tsarnaev called them kufirim. So they tossed him out.

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 Apr 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
yaakov doe Says:

He said " stood up and argued that “celebration of any holiday was not allowed in the faith.”

Haven't we heard our own saying the same about the national holiday of Thanksgiving? Certainly we can't observe Januaryb 1st and October 31st.

"our own" don't appear to be killing people in the furtherance of that ideology

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 Apr 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM LionofZion Says:

Sounds like the kind of mosque I would Daven at.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 02:13 AM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #1  
Balaboos Says:

Only thing I can say....If that wasn't a red flag, I don't know what is??

If that's a real red flag then I have to notify the FBI about some of the guys I knew from yeshiva days who would mock me for celebrating Thanks Giving or watching July 4th Macy's and BBQ as mingling with goyim and their holidays.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 05:38 AM A. Says:

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LionofZion Says:

Sounds like the kind of mosque I would Daven at.

Thanks, LionofZion, for making my day! :D

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Reply to #4  
Reb Yid Says:

"our own" don't appear to be killing people in the furtherance of that ideology

That is an excellent point!

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
enlightened-yid Says:

If that's a real red flag then I have to notify the FBI about some of the guys I knew from yeshiva days who would mock me for celebrating Thanks Giving or watching July 4th Macy's and BBQ as mingling with goyim and their holidays.

That is exactly the point, Islam is a religion of worshiping death, both of themselves and others. It is Molech, pure and simple. The religion itself leads to terrorism, period.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 01:37 PM yonasonw Says:

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Balaboos Says:

Only thing I can say....If that wasn't a red flag, I don't know what is??

Really now? I have read more than one such Yiddishe "red flag" right here...preaching that Chareidim have no connection to Yom HaShoah.

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