The Blind Sheikh Wants to Go Home

Recent media reports (Al-Dostor, 11/3, p.2)  are saying that Omar Abdel_Rahman‘s health is declining.   Rahman is the former Mufti of Egypt’s Islamic Group and is currently serving a life sentence in a US jail for plotting to blow up tourist sites in the NYC area in the early 1990s.  Several Middle Eastern groups are trying (probably in vain) to have Rahman finish his sentence in a Middle Eastern jail.

The Islamic Group just issued a statement accusing Al-Azhar  (the official Islamic institution) of abandoning Rahman.  By contrast, they praised Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and the government of Qatar for trying to convince the US to let Rahman to finish his sentence in a Qatar jail but the Bush administration did not respond to the offer.  Doing so, according to IG would have allowed them to improve America’s image in the eyes of Arabs and Muslims.

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