Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj, the de facto head of New York’s controversial Muslim Patrol, rejected a proposed peace agreement between a lieutenant of his patrol and a notorious member of the Bloods street gang.
In a dangerous meeting, Muslim Patrol lieutenant Ali Karim went to the home of Bloods gang member Big Infinite, father of the teen who was thrown against the fence surrounding Wahhaj’s mosque by a Muslim patrol member for insulting a Muslim woman.
It was this incident that started the feud.
Four Muslim bodyguards accompanied Karim to the evening meeting at a Gates Avenue duplex, while the Bloods had seven members in attendance. Two of the Bloods were reportedly armed.
For a week, Karim tried to get a meeting with an influential Bloods member to calm down the potentially explosive situation.
Had the peace deal been accepted, the Muslim patrol would have stopped policing Gates Avenue and Marcus Boulevard in Brooklyn, N.Y., home to a notorious faction of the Bloods gang. In exchange, the Bloods would have agreed to inflicting no further violence on members of Wahhaj’s Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, which is largely seen as the force behind the Muslim patrol.
At the sit-down, the Bloods originally demanded that Karim, who serves directly beneath Wahhaj, turn over the Muslim patrol member who roughed up the teen or at least give them his address. Only then, the Bloods stipulated, would violence against Masjid Taqwa (Taqwa mosque) and the Muslim patrol be suspended.
Karim dismissed that demand and asked for an alternative peace plan that would involve the Muslim patrol agreeing to stop sending their police cruisers (styled to look like New York Police Department patrol vehicles) into the Bloods’ neighborhoods.
Karim also told the Bloods that the Muslim patrol member who attacked the boy had been fired.
At the time, a inside source cultivated by Christian Action Network said of Wahhaj, “He’ll probably agree. For Imam Wahhaj to give that boy [the Muslim patrol member] up to the Bloods would be a great injustice towards Islam. Muslim blood is not to be shed by the kaffir [non-Muslims]. I think he’ll agree and tell the patrol cars not to go there. There’s no benefit to the Muslims. There’s not a mosque over there.”
Yet, when Wahhaj was informed of the proposed peace agreement, Wahhaj told Karim to give the former Muslim patrol member’s address to the Bloods.
Those close to Wahhaj believe the controversial religious leader rejected the agreement because he doesn’t trust the Bloods to keep their word and stop the violence.
“The Bloods can’t be trusted for anything,” said a source familiar with both the Bloods and Wahhaj.
Though the source disagreed with Wahhaj’s decision, he said, “Wahhaj believes sometimes you have to sacrifice the one to protect the whole. He’s got to protect his mosque members and he’s got to protect his [Muslim patrol] workers. And if that means someone has to go missing-in-action to achieve that peace, he believes that’s the right thing to do.”
The feud between the two groups began December 10 when an Muslim patrol member threw a teenage boy against a fence for allegedly “disrespecting” a Muslim woman in front of the Taqwa mosque. The boy happened to be the son of an “Original Gangster” (OG) of the Bloods.
A few days later, a Muslim man was severely beaten outside the mosque in a retaliatory attack.
Following the retaliation, Karim asked for a parley with the Bloods gang, which had labeled the mosque and Muslim patrol members as “food” for the gang’s notorious “dogs.”
Karim is second in command of Muslim patrol and responsible for hiring patrolmen, supervising the group’s marked patrol vehicles and assigning duties to “officers.” Karim does not hold an official title with the nonprofit organization, which has repeatedly been accused of trying to enforce Sharia law in the city.
At press time, Karim had not turned over the address of the ex-Muslim patrol member to the Bloods, hoping a better solution could be found.