Abdullah Rashid, previously known as Devon James Miller, is a 22-year old man from Georgia who recently moved to Minneapolis. These days Rashid is trying to invoke a so-called “civil part of Sharia Law. By doing so he is angering local residents as well as fellow Muslim leaders. Rashid:
“has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort.”
Rashid and his group, General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, are causing havoc in the community and local Muslim leasers are trying to break up the group and get Rashid to stop.
“What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Rashid has been seen sporting a uniform that said “Muslim Defense Force” and “Religious Police” and had two flags associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups.
In a recent interview, Rashid said he aims to turn Cedar-Riverside into a “sharia-controlled zone” where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that “non-Muslims are asked to respect” it. “People who don’t know me would say I’m a terrorist,” he said. “I’m someone who’s dedicated to Islam and trying to help the community all ways I can.”
Even the Islamic Institute of Minnesota has said that Rashid
“does not in any way speak for the Islamic Institute of Minnesota or the Muslims in Minnesota. We consider this matter as a dangerous precedent and a threat in our country and our way of life,” the statement said. “We ask our law enforcement agencies to consider this grave matter to protect Minnesotans.”
But that hasn’t stopped him from pushing his religious views through police tactics.