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Hanafi Muslim Siege Begins in Washington D.C.

Hamaas Abdul Khaalis

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Hanafi Muslim Siege: Led by Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, 12 African-American Muslim terrorists take control of 3 Washington, D.C. buildings: the District Building (city hall; now names the John A. Wilson Building), the B'nai B'rith headquarters, and the Islamic Center of Washington. Two are killed and 149 hostages are taken. The standoff between police and terrorists will last for 39 hours; on March 11, all the hostages will be freed.

The terrorists have two demands. First, they want police to turn over men who had been convicted in killing relatives of Hamaas Abdul Khaalis. Second, they want the government to ban and destroy all copies of the movie Mohammad, Messenger of God because they consider it sacrilegious.

Hamaas Abdul Khaalis is leader of the Hanafi Movement, a splinter group that broke off from the Nation of Islam to pursue a more orthodox form of Islam. A primary reason why the standoff doesn't result in more casualties is that the police are patient: instead of storming the buildings, they have Muslim ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan, and Iran talk to the terrorists. The ambassadors focus on reading from the Qur'an, emphasizing the importance of peace in Islam in order to convince the terrorists that instead of defending Islam what they are really doing is undermining it. This approach works and the terrorists all surrender.

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Hanafi Siege in Washington: Part 2 (1977)

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