Black, Muslim, guns: Did the FBI just let a Black child die to build a case?

Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj (Image Source: Clayton County Police)

Something bad happened on a tiny makeshift compound in the New Mexico desert and it ultimately ended in death. As previously reported by rolling out, an Atlanta area man named Siraj Wahhaj, 39, and his disabled 3-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, left Georgia sometime in December. Wahhaj had not informed the boy’s mother that he was taking the child to New Mexico and ultimately a warrant was filed. But while the boy’s mother and detectives in Georgia did not know where Wahhaj and his son were, the FBI and local law enforcement had known for several months.

Siraj Wahhaj and Lucas Morton Atlanta Area men accused of holding women and children on compound (Image Source: Taos County Sheriff’s Office)

According to CNN, the FBI had labeled Wahhaj a possible Muslim extremist because of his father who is Imam Siraj Wahhaj of the North American Muslim Alliance. Imam Wahhaj was the first Muslim to offer opening prayers before the US Congress in the House of Representatives. But he also was a character witness on behalf of the Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka The Blind Sheikh, the mastermind behind the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Imam Wahhaj had posted messages on the group’s Facebook page seeking help locating his grandson in the months that he was missing.

Sisters Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, (left)  Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Jany Leveille, who also goes by the name Maryam (Image Source: Taos County Sheriff’s Office)
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.