January 11th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Al-Awlaki's father says son is 'not Osama bin Laden'

Sanaa, Yemen - His anguish apparent, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki told CNN that his son is not a member of al Qaeda and is not hiding out with terrorists in southern Yemen.

"I am now afraid of what they will do with my son, he's not Osama Bin Laden, they want to make something out of him that he's not," said Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

As recently as Sunday, Yemeni officials including provincial governor Al Hasan al-Ahmadi claimed that al-Awlaki was hiding out in the southern mountains of Yemen with al Qaeda.

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  1. Aiysha

    I would love to see and hear what will be said when Our great Majestic being comes to have us give an account for all that we have done in the earth Good and bad. Since its ok for people to think these days that letting satan try to run things is alright .And When Someone comes with truth they are always labeled as terriost for some reason. Sure its ok to try and downgrade a religion if it speaks out against the true wrongs in this world." NOT" I know that this world has become to shall I say moderate when it comes to Allah,God,Jehovah The name you Prefer When everthing He says Don't do the world seems to be doing it. So I say Let the liars haters And jealous enviers perish with all there wicked ways. And The True God Men And Women Stand!!!!!!!!!! For I'm with The ones That Really Do hear His Voice When He Speaks. And if you don't like it Who cares Just don't label me a terriost for speaking TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Truth

    Clearly this is the reason why religion must and will be destroyed by the United Nations. Muslims and so-called Christians are far removed from God or any form of truth. God is not full of hatred. He is impartial. He is a loving God.

    People posting here justifying their religion are worshipers of Satan. This is made clear by the hatred of their words. You are the reason that there is no peace in this world. Satan has you wrapped around his finger.

    January 17, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Zakiyyah Rasheed

    You are quoting a translation from Arabic to English. Before you quote a small sampling which may be incorrect, you should first have the correct translation of Arabic. Also, you must study the religion, first. Islam means Peace & Muslim means one who submits to the Will of God. There are a lot of misrepresentations of Islam in the world, even by so called indigenous Muslims. Many Muslims born in so called Muslim countries don't actually know true Islam, they are following their culture.
    True Islam is not to fight unless you are attacked. Also, one cannot attack or kill innocent people, especially, women, the elderly & children. Also, Muslims who commit suicide are not forgiven by God & are to be condemned to Hell on the Day of Judgment.
    It behooves you to learn what you are talking about before submitting some translation of Quranic Arabic, which most Arabs cannot read or understand, less know, you.

    January 16, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Muhammed

    #Abdulameer! I'm really in doubt that is your real name. But anyway!
    It's real good you have so vat knowledge of Islam and Quran. But it's just a pity that you make all these studies with a biased approach, i.e. to digrace Islam. I wish you had made an unbiased approach.
    Maybe all those statements and verses you quoted are right. Many of them exist in Quran and are said by the prophet, yes. But those who see them immediately get a negative idea of islam, which I suppose is your exact intetnion here. But just remember this, the same prophet who has said all these, has also given a very important instruction that people like you intentionally ignore, "do not be the one who starts wars first".

    January 16, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. leif

    Mr Abdulameer, the first two lquotes could have come out of the mouth of a Christian. Apparently the way to heaven is through Christ..which means you have to be a Christian. Islam and Christianity are not that far apart in the ideological rhetoric. As much good religion does, it does just as much to seperate all of humanity. Man's written version of God is pretty scary. I mean the God of the Old Testament to the Israelites to kill everybody Joshua 10:22-23. There is nothing new in this Clash of Civilizations...or perhaps I should say rClash of Religions

    January 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abdulameer

    Wow, Giovanui is both a racist and an anti-Semite! Way to go, bro'!

    January 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Giovanui

    Funny Sammu since the old testament was written by God and not the new one....at the council of nicea if you know anything all the books that was used by the true followers of Jesus got casted aside by white people who killed Jesus...funny how the same people who condemned Jesus to death and the white romans who killed him got to write the new testament...and then Paul who his whole life fought againts Christinaity had a vision by himself with no witnesses and then he has the power to absolve the 7th commandment alhtough Jesus specifically siad that I've not come to change what was brought down before me...so how does Pual who says Jesus in a vision on his was to Damacus have the right and Jesus preached in the marketplance and not alone behind close doors...then I'm to believe in the version that eerily is the same as the pagan religions at the time...read about Hindiusm and the ancient pagan egytian religions...God is three...born from virgin birth and free of sin...please get educated...you people are all dumb. I just thanks God that I have a brain and I believe in common sense...not books written by men (new Testament) where they add lib and revise every humdred years or so including defintlye words not from God...like the one in Leviticus that says you can own slaves as long as you purchase them from another nation....any God who says that is not my God. and there is hundreds more exapmles of that...like the BS white dove...figures it was written bu anglo saxons when the real Jews were clearly black and not these Zionist devils who are simply the Pharissee of our times. PEACE

    January 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sammu

    I am just suprised that Moslims claim Islam as true religion. Jewish and Christian books were written by different authors over many decades and centuries. Christians bielieve that fulfilled all he had promised in Old Testament and Jews are still waiting for a mesiah. Moslims base their religion somewhat on old testament and becuase of one vision to Mohammad all the writings of old and new are obselete. Jesus and his deciples warned of false prophets who talk about visions and stated many will follow. New testamanet clearly states that no new book should be added to holy book. Then how can muslims claim theirs is holy book because Mohammad had a dream. Jesus also warned Devil will come as an angel of light leading many astray.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jay Money

    It is lovely to see such arguments without any hate involved. I believe America is moving forward. I used to see so much hate comments on blogs related to Islam. Nowadays, I think people are actually using their common sense. Hopefully people do wake up and just live life the way without the devil encouraging to be a bigger person than the other. We all know that does not prove anything. Hate only creates more destruction, so if you really want peace, be nice!

    January 15, 2010 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Abdulameer

    Steven Smith writes: "Secondly the only reason the Civilized countries of the world are mounting an offensive in Afghanistan is because a sick evil man took advantage of basically a peaceful theology (Islam)"
    Basically peaceful ideology???? Which planet are you living on? Standard sharia law says: "Jihad means to make war on non-Muslims". That is peaceful? How about these from the Koran and Muhammad:
    FROM THE KORAN:

    –“ the (only) religion (acceptable) before God is Islam." (3:19)
    - " If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him." (3: 85)
    - “You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind.” (3:110)
    - The unbelievers among the people of the book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. (98.6).
    - Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
    –The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    - Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    - It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    - Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    - Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    - Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    - The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. (4:76)
    - We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    - I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

    FROM THE SAYINGS OF MUHAMMAD:
    - Muhammad said to the Jews: "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    - Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' "
    - Mohammed said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, " None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me." (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
    - Mohammed said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." Vol. 9:57
    - Mohammed said, " No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir" (infidel). Vol. 9:50
    - Muhammad said: "Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, …"

    Real peaceful, eh?
    How about this:
    “The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy.”
    This was written by Abul Maududi, perhaps the most popular, prolific and influential Islamic write of the 20th century.
    How about this:
    Ayatollah Khomeini, the most important Moslem leader of the 20th Century, said: "Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies.... Islam says: whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! the sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and Hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim."
    Peaceful ideology, eh?

    January 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arie Bouma

    Unless followers of extreme Islam understand 'THE LOVE OF GOD AND LOVE FOR OTHERS' they will remain the true evil ones.
    Victims of a GREAT DECEPTION.
    A sad example of life in a broken world.
    Arie

    January 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steven L Smith

    Rajjab, first off just like there is no boogy man in western culture, there is no Zionist evil plot against Islam. Please grow up. Secondly the only reason the Civilized countries of the world are mounting an offensive in Afghanistan is because a sick evil man took advantage of basically a peaceful theology (Islam) and bent it to wage an unjust terrorist strike at America. In case you did not know there are ~ 5,000,000 practicing muslims in America, free and able to live their lives as a constructive part of the american culture. Under threat from no one. If you want the offensive to end in Afghanistan please help bring this idiot and the other followers of his out of hiding to face the justice of this world, I am sure Allah (or God as he is know to most of the rest of us) will exact his justice after.... But just as there is freedom of speech and I respect is as much as anyone, Hate speach is not protected. so be careful how far you spread these lies and misconceptions and what you ask of others to do in the name of hate speech. If Al'Walki's father is correct and his son is unjustly accused in this plot then I suggest he go to the mountain region where is son is in hiding and beg him to come out and clear his name, if indeed he is innocent he has nothing to fear... as you will know we do not indiscriminately kill innocent people (unlike some suicide bombing idiots that parade out under the banner of osama and kill innocent woment and children that happen to be shopping in a market)... enough of this, al qaeda should lay down it's arms and assist in the travesty that has befallen Haiti. that is where help is needed. that would be the true measure of if indeed they are interested in doing God's work!

    January 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abdulameer

    So, Rajjab, you don't need noone but Allah, eh? Well, for you to become a civilized human being, you need a lot more than that! You are a hate-filled anti-Semite, a violence-prone religious bigot. You do not belong in a civilized society.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rajjab al Ghashiyyah

    Why you people for once in your lives dont be real everyone knows abt the evil of zionists and noone is accusing them of doing terror especially under muslims an this medias always are calm when it comes the w\question abt the zionists,freemasons or illuminati even they are the same but with little differences which it means it is an allience between jews and xtians against Islam ex:the crussaders and zionists when Salahud-deen Ayoobe won their allience and the newest one when zionist invented the "world wars" and killed alot of innocent people there were a few jews mainly orthodox and all of the others where from the other nations but not jewish-zionists and the "west" invaded the Muslin World or the middle east-north Africa ex:France-north africa, Britain -Islamic Asia and the massacred killed persecuted alot of muslim people but nowhere that is written for genocide becoz they were muslims and the zionists reached they interests from their false prophecies abt the promised land and abt the secrets of Solomon(Sulayman a.s) accusing him for making magic which was untrue bcoz he denied and punished everyone who used that kind of illusions and etc. the jinns-devils were under his control under he died. andaslo do not forget the occupying of Palestine and also there persecuting people and killing them to leave their homes to the zionists but one people dont forget that Isa (Jesus) will come in human body and not like a prophet but just like a ameer of the mujahideens and will fight the zionist leader Dajjal and will kill him with his own Sword and their followers so maybe really u think that u are wining but no you are just lying your self ALLAHU AKBAR!!! WE DONT NEED NOONE BUT ALLAH s.w.t

    January 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steven L Smith

    Crucial in this discussion is that no one on the al qaeda side of the question ever respects the rights of their victims. Even when an islamic group enjoys the freedoms available to them in a democratic society they speak to the destruction of that society. Islamic countries even moderate ones, treat religious groups other than islamic as second class citizens. I have experienced this first hand in Malaysia. when will the world wake up that Political Correctness in the face of islam is a mistake and unfortunately until moderate voices surface in islam that are able to withstand the fundamentalist backlash there will not be a path to peace with this group. the world has better things to do with it's resources then expend them ridding it of extremists, like helping to feed the poor, helping to rebuild Haiti and solving the problems of health and sickness that confront the needy around the world.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. Kenneth Quinn

    A. Smith: "There are probably a large number of DOD officials that do not want this man captured alive and placed into a US courtroom where he would tell his side of the events regarding Maj. Hasan and the Nigerian Muslim bomber."

    They shouldn't. If he gets killed, he will become a martyr. If he is captured and convicted, he will languish like Ramzi Yousef and everybody will forget about him.

    We need him alive.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    From all that has been reported, on his son's activities, he is certainly just as bad as Osama Bin Laden.

    Parents, of course, are always forgiving of their children, even when they commit the worst of atrocities.

    January 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Filipe

    A.Smith,

    You"re probably right. Why would anyone want to spend time and money on feeding, supporting and defending him??

    After all, if there is "his side of the events regarding Maj. Hasan and the Nigerian Muslim bomber."-- that only goes to prove that he was involved in their terrorist activities and is involved in ongoing terrorist activities.

    There's enough evidence pointing at what this guy is and what he does that grade school child could connect the dots!

    January 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. A. Smith, Oregon

    Of course the father of Anwar al-Awlak is concerned, he doesn't want his son shot in the back by some CIA mercenary. There are probably a large number of DOD officials that do not want this man captured alive and placed into a US courtroom where he would tell his side of the events regarding Maj. Hasan and the Nigerian Muslim bomber.

    January 12, 2010 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  20. Abdulameer

    Why is it of any importance what Awlaki's father says? Of course, he will defend his son. So what? The real question is to what extent Awlaki represents Islamic doctrine. One way to decide that question is to look at Islamic doctrine. Here is a sampling of that doctrine:
    FROM THE KORAN:

    –“ the (only) religion (acceptable) before God is Islam." (3:19)
    - " If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him." (3: 85)
    - “You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind.” (3:110)
    - The unbelievers among the people of the book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. (98.6).
    - Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
    –The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    - Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    - It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    - Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    - Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    - Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    - The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. (4:76)
    - We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    - I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

    FROM THE SAYINGS OF MUHAMMAD:
    - Muhammad said to the Jews: "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    - Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' "
    - Mohammed said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, " None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me." (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
    - Mohammed said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." Vol. 9:57
    - Mohammed said, " No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir" (infidel). Vol. 9:50
    - Muhammad said: "Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, …"

    January 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |