Just four days after Alton Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford, Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah scored a touchdown and assumed the Muslim prayer position in the end zone. The ensuing penalty is what has garnered the most controversy but an apparent affinity for the former Imam of the mosque Nolen attended may be more significant. Abdullah has touted Suhaib Webb via twitter and wrote a lengthy account of a Ramadan tour he took with his brother Hamza Abdullah.
To be clear, there is no evidence – nor is it being suggested – that Abdullah has any connection to Nolen or the Oklahoma mosque. There does, however, seem to be a connection to the radical Imam who used to preside over that mosque.
Less than two months prior to the Boston Marathon bombings, Abdullah tweeted a video of Suhaib Webb (h/t Ironic Surrealism). At the time, Webb was / is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), attended by the Tsarnaev brothers who committed the bombings. Prior to attending Al-Azhar University in Cairo in 2004, Webb was the Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC) mosque. Webb has spoken there as recently as 2013, as Shoebat.com reported.
In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, a man who claims to have attended the Oklahoma City mosque attended by Nolen implied Webb was extremely deceptive, as Shoebat.com reported. Among other things, ‘Noor’ said Webb stated he supported Palestinian suicide bombings but that it could not be relayed to the media. Something else ‘Noor’ attributed to Webb was his saying that Da’wa (spreading Islam) involved giving non-Muslims the opportunity to convert and that if they did not, the would eventually be killed.
As you’ll note in the video above, Webb says he loves everyone, even non-Muslims (apparently only if they convert to Islam, at which point they’re no longer non-Muslims).
While the video tweeted by Abdullah was recorded prior to the Boston bombings and obviously before the recent beheading, Abdullah’s judgment is certainly right to be questioned. It appears that the admiration for Webb is somewhat reciprocal. In 2012, both Husain and his brother Hamza – also an NFL player – were guest authors on Webb’s website and penned a six-part series about their “Ramadan Masjid Tour”. The first installment opens up with the following paragraph:
This is Husain Abdullah and I’ll be joining SuhaibWebb.com for the Month of Ramadan. I’ve been blessed with this privilege mainly because I’m a professional athlete but I’d like to think it’s because I’m a decent human being. I went to Washington State University and graduated in 2008 with a Sociology degree, then moved on to play football in the NFL from 2008-2011 with the Minnesota Vikings.
Here is a CNN News report about Abdullah’s trip to Doha, Qatar. IN 2011, Abdullah left the NFL to go on a Hajj to Mecca. You’ll note at the beginning of the report, viewers are told it’s presented by the Qatar Foundation:
Here is a news report on Husain Abdullah’s endzone prayer on September 29th. Did he know at the time that a man from the mosque Webb served as an Imam had beheaded an innocent grandmother four days earlier?