6 Muslim Imams Removed from US Airways flight at Minneapolis – St Paul International Airport


Here is a sure fire way of getting escorted off a plane in a post 9-11 world, stand up and start praying to Allah.   The six Muslim scholars returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American USairwaysImams Federation were removed from US Airways Flight 300 bound to Phoenix. Passengers on the flight raised concerns with the flight crew when the 3 of the Imams stood up on the plane and said their normal evening prayers. And we are supposed to take your word for this? Standard custom getting on to a plane is to find your seat and fasten your seat belt. Sorry if that does not conform with you. However, who flew airplanes into the Twin Towers, The Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania?

“They took us off the plane, humiliated us in a very disrespectful way,” said Omar Shahin, of Phoenix. The six Muslim scholars were returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation, said Shahin, president of the group. Five of them were from the Phoenix-Tempe area, while one was from Bakersfield, Calif., he said. Three of them stood and said their normal evening prayers together on the plane, as 1.7 billion Muslims around the world do every day, Shahin said. He attributed any concerns by passengers or crew to ignorance about Islam.

No, maybe its your ignorance regarding a post 9–11 world. Maybe its the ignorance of Islamofascists perverting Islam. If these Imams want to blame anyone, they need to look no further than those that attacked the US on 9–11 and continuously spread terrorism throughout the world in the name of Islam.

Shahin expressed frustration that _ despite extensive efforts by him and other Muslim leaders since even before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks _ so many Americans know so little about Islam.

“If up to now they don’t know about prayers, this is a real problem,” he said. (Breitbart)

There is a saying … “when in Rome”. There is no way that passengers aboard an airplane will tolerate 3 Muslims standing up and praying at some designated point and time. Sorry. If you can not understand that after 9–11, then who is ignorant?

Much more from the Gateway Pundit.

The men were chanting ‘Allah, Allah, Allah,’ as they were transported down the jetway.

Also posting on the flight incident is The Dread Pundit and The Jawa Report, was the Minneapolis incident a set up? 

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  • Comments

    30 Responses to “6 Muslim Imams Removed from US Airways flight at Minneapolis – St Paul International Airport”

    1. Robots on November 21st, 2006 3:52 pm

      take action

      ask questions later

      good job, i say

    2. para2legal on November 21st, 2006 4:02 pm

      Gees, to be scholars they aren’t too smart. Why didn’t they book flight times so as not to interfere with prayers? This is simply a test to see if non-muslims will conform to THEIR practices.

    3. Richard on November 21st, 2006 4:17 pm

      Maybe this question betrays ignorance on my part, but is there a universal language of prayer among Muslims, or were the prayers done in English? Or are we to assume that the six were Arabic, or of Arabic background?

      Why is it that only three of the six were standing? And were they requested to sit down, and did they refuse to do so?

    4. Scrapiron on November 21st, 2006 4:36 pm

      A little investigation has turned up the spokesman of the group as a member of a terrorist organization. This is just a little more pushing by the terrorists with the assistance of the terrorists organization CAIR to get the Americans to relax and stop watching them. Keep watching them, someone will always smell the rats. If passengers keep a sharp eye on all Muslems they will prevent the death of thousands. We accepted them once and along came 9-11, never relax again.

    5. dennisintn on November 21st, 2006 4:37 pm

      i guess they didn’t hear about 9ll. i guess they haven’t heard all the plans the islamoterrorists have for obliterating the u.s. i guess they’ve never heard of the book “how to win friends and influence people”. i don’t think that book recommends forcing your views and conventions on other people. i guess these muslims would have been calm, cool, and collected if some white guy went screaming down the aisle hollering “bomb, bomb, bomb”. just a wee bit of common sense seems to have been called for here, and it evidently wasn’t available.

    6. kay zee ess on November 21st, 2006 5:39 pm


      I say no harm, no foul. To err on the side of caution is just fine with me. They suffered no indignities that I wouldn’t be willing to subject myself to under these difficult times.

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    8. Minnesota Dad on November 21st, 2006 6:27 pm

      Just on the news….the guys were standing up and chanting…”Allah, allah, allah.”

      You know, if I was flying on a flight and a bunch of Arab guys start chanting to Allah I would either get off the flight, or get them off the flight. Looks like the right thing was done.

      The humorous kicker on the deal is the lead Imam was a US Airways Platinum Cardholder! He showed off his card on TV. They kicked off one of their better customers in the name of being safe. Bravo US Airways…..unfortunately, they are probably now going to be a target for a ‘jihad’.

      Break out the phoney protests in the streets of the middle East! Burn the CEO of US Airways in effigy! Jihad! Jihad! md

    9. dennisintn on November 21st, 2006 6:39 pm

      act like a fool, get treated like a fool. sounds reasonable to me.

    10. Kat_gram on November 21st, 2006 7:19 pm

      If I was on a flight where this happened, I would have been very afraid. Who knows what the other passengers would have been capable of ? If the door was open, I would have made a run for it. If not, I would have tried to tackle them and bring them down. I am a fiesty Kat.
      In the current environment we live in, they are lucky to be alive and uninjured.

    11. Maggie on November 21st, 2006 7:28 pm

      They did the right thing,,, if they live in the USA, they should have known this kind of thing should and will be taken seriously.

    12. Skyboxx on November 21st, 2006 7:29 pm

      Sorry, but blind Imams and praying muslim fanatics are what many say were behind the attacks of 9/11.

      Old irish women didn’t do it. Sorry for the inconvenience, but

      GOOD JOB. Send a message. When on a plane, we cannot take chances due to some of their own.

      If “they” want equal treatment, give us the bad guys. Stop terrorism. I have to be searched now on nearly every flight because our government says so, due to 9/11.

      Welcome to America Imams; get used to it. Your fanatics brought this on.

      Good job to all officials. If they don’t like it they can take a bus!

      God Bless the USA!

    13. Mortella on November 21st, 2006 8:48 pm

      I also think it is long past due for a bit of stereotyping and racial profiling in this instance where the terrorists are almost always young Arab or Middle Eastern males.

      The PC thing to do is often just plain stupid as in this case and plays right into their hands.

      France has had 4000 policemen injured by
      “disparate youth” which translates to Muslims just this year. And they still lack the cajones to even name the offending party.

      I surely don’t want us to become like France and most of the EU and terrified in our own country. Kick their butts off every time they start this provocative behavior. And if they get this urge to pray in flight again, permanently ban them from all domestic flights in this country.

    14. yoyo muffintop on November 21st, 2006 9:05 pm

      3 Arab looking guys stand up and pray to Allah while on a plane – same thing as yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater.

    15. Carpe Noctem on November 21st, 2006 9:15 pm

      I just can’t get Devo out of my brain this month.

      “Step on a crack, break your Imams back! :)


      I’m with Mr. Skybox on this one!

      Sorry Achmed Al-bin Salami, people are gettin’
      killed these days by people who look & behave
      just like you. Expect some delays, & try not
      to act like a moron. If ya don’t like
      it CATCH A BUS, weasel nuts.

    16. molly on November 21st, 2006 9:18 pm

      Let them rag{{edit}} walk not fly. I will not get on an
      airplane idf one is aboard. I get off and I have held
      up a fligh because they had to remove my luggage. They
      have no power to refrain me from getting off the plane
      before takeoff. Normally I look at the boarders before
      I get on, however they will remove my luggage still
      If I refuse to board. These rag{{edit}} have no right to
      smell each others butts while praying. I would not be
      allowed to pray a Chridtian prayer in the waiting room
      without being asked to go outside. I applaud the Airline.

    17. Scared Monkeys on November 21st, 2006 9:42 pm

      It is a rather amazing concept that Muslims refuse to assimilate or obey any rules or laws that everyone else has to in the US. Are they some how special?

      When one blows up 4 planes and kills close to 3000 innocent people who are only guilty of going to work or traveling on a plane … they wonder why when they stand up on a plane people take notice.

      The mere fact that air marshalls are on a majority of flights and we have the restrictive rules are a direct result of what event? Hmmm …


    18. Wil Morat on November 21st, 2006 9:57 pm

      For the last comment –

      So since humans were responsible for 9/11, we should be wary of any human doing anything, right?

      Such simplified logic isn’t really even logic – just rhetoric.

    19. Kate on November 21st, 2006 10:16 pm

      These guys did this to make a point. Airports have gone out of their way to make available prayer rooms for the convenience of Muslims (and others). BUT, the arrogance of these clerics led them to plan this incident, to cause unrest on the flight.

      The incident was handled correctly. Their names should now be added to every airport’s high security list, if for no other reason than inciting fear and intimidation in airline passengers!

    20. daveinboca on November 21st, 2006 10:22 pm

      The coverage by national media on tonight’s broadcast news [ABC & NBC] that I watched did not mention the connection of the Imam Shahin to a Hamas “charity.”

      What a surprise!?!

      Also, their refusal to accept the seats they were assigned makes it appear that they were acting as agents provacateurs, attempting to create a “cause celebre” to arouse radicalism in quiescent Muslims in the USA.

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    21. joe bear on November 21st, 2006 10:35 pm

      (I never Thought I could agree with YOYO,but this could have been handled better.I had to, fly between a Sunni Cleric and A Shite cleric.I found out that they hated each other more.Oh yes,I had to taste the Filet,to see if it was pork.No Problem

    22. iggy1 on November 21st, 2006 10:59 pm

      I lived in Saudi Arabia as a child about 22 years ago because my dad worked for an oil company. I remembered being on a train, and when it was the traditional time to worship, the train stopped and the only the men went outside with their little rugs and prayed. After that they returned on the train and the train continued its way. I do find that it was strange from this recent plane incident that these students just started praying in the middle of the plane. Also other Muslim friends that I have known have always went to a private place to worship.

    23. R-squared on November 21st, 2006 11:11 pm

      Sand{{edit}} are sand{{edit}} and these jerks were trying to prove a point. They certainly accomplished their mission. Act like a jerk and be treated accordingly. It’s really too bad they didn’t resist being removed from the aircraft so there would have been an excuse to shoot them. What the hell has happened to our country and our planet? Have we all gone mad with political correctness?
      I think so.

    24. Mike on November 22nd, 2006 12:28 am

      they are lucky the air marshall did not use them for target practice,

    25. Richard on November 22nd, 2006 11:17 am

      What we know of this event is shaped by the language in which it is reported. Minnesota Dad, in post #8, said he heard on a report that they were CHANTING “Allah, Allah, Allah.”

      Now, that word to me makes a much different impression than the report from the Islamic group, wherein it was said that they were SAYING their prayers.

      I don’t have any objection to anyone praying … but if I were in a plane, in the air or preparing to take off, or whatever, and three people stood up and started CHANTING something like that, I’d be thinking it was all over.

      Suppose someone were to tell us that they were YELLING AND SHOUTING “Allah, Allah, Allah.” Even worse.

    26. Janet on November 22nd, 2006 12:20 pm

      I tend to believe that this incident was staged to further an agenda …. an agenda to fore politically correct American to again grant Muslims special rights …..

      My husband’s Muslim co-worker concedes that these six Muslim scholars would have been the first to have been offended and complained if they had been subjected on public transportation to a group of charasmatic Christians praying aloud.

      My neighbour travels extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Britain. He has yet to hear a Muslim praying aloud on any public transportation ….. bus …. train … plane …. even thirteen hour flights.


    27. Jon on November 22nd, 2006 4:52 pm

      if this doesn’t stop, the airlines are going to have to put floor belts on the cabin floor……

    28. nurturer on November 22nd, 2006 6:19 pm

      This appears to typical for this mentality, that we as Amercian Christians, are expected to accomodate the ways of the minority for fear of being labelled intolerant. Personally, I am intolerant of the intolerant and that intolerance seems to excel with clowns like these guys. They’re lucky they didn’t take an old fashioned ass whooping from post 9/11 passengers.

    29. slogmonster on November 24th, 2006 11:04 pm

      I must say this does seem to have been staged because I read at cbs’s website that 3 of them said their evening prayers at the airport before the flight. Why couldn’t the other 3 have done the same?

    30. USpace on March 18th, 2007 1:28 pm

      We have to refuse to be intimidated, if someone makes someone report them for weird behavior, then that person should be sued by the passengers for causing them distress with their behavior.
      These Imams were faking and goofing on the passengers, and were probably trying to get tossed off the plane just so they could play the victim card and go to court and make a scene. Any judge who allows this is garbage.

      absurd thought -
      God of the Universe says
      pretend to be terrorists

      scare people on a plane
      get thrown off claim racism

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