There’s a new development in the case of Sebastian Gregerson , who changed his name to Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl after converting to Islam, and was arrested at the beginning of August for stockpiling an arsenal of weapons allegedly to carry out a terrorist attack.
The imam, Suleiman Bengharsa, stands accused of helping purchase two AK-47s, seven rifles, handguns and ammunition, according to court records.
“Based on the totality of the aforementioned information and evidence, there is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of (the Islamic State),” an FBI agent wrote in January on an application for search warrant.
There, he advocates positions that are so extreme he regards Muslim-Brotherhood-linked organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as apostates.
In June 2016, he issued a fatwa that “anyone who supports CAIR, ISNA, MAS, or ICNA, or any organization affiliated with them in any way, is a kafir (disbeliever) and a traitor to Allah and His Messenger.”
His fatwa blasted these groups for allegedly promoting “the secular, divisive, corrupt, and immoral democratic system of government and encouraging Muslims everywhere to believe in and implement such beliefs,” since they willing to engage in the democratic process.
In earlier statements Anwar/Bergharsa has gone further, saying, “We are not living under the Khilafah [caliphate],” he said in a 2010 lecture recorded on YouTube “There is a big fitna [i.e. social unrest] going on, if you haven’t noticed. And much of the fitna is happening because we don’t have Khilafah. And then there are many people who don’t want Khilafah, because they want to continue being criminals so that their hands don’t get cut off.”
Bengharsa denied supporting the Islamic State. “No, no, no, that is absolutely untrue,” Bengharsa told The Detroit News. “It might appear that way. I am an advocate of the United States and the West getting the hell out of the Middle East and the Muslim world.”
“It’s ridiculous. All I can say is it’s ridiculous,” he said. “If this was the case, why haven’t they come to arrest me?”
He has not yet been charged with a crime and the investigation is ongoing.
Clarion Project covered Bengharsa/Anwar in the past. In an article written by guest author Sebastian Flynn, Flynn wrote, “Anwar wants total sharia according to the Saudi model, where the hands of thieves are cut off.”
Anwar/Bergharsa subsequently wrote to Clarion as well as to Flynn to complain about our coverage of him: