Hanafi Muslim Siege Ends in Washington D.C.

Hanafi Muslim Siege Ends in Washington D.C.

Hamaas Abdul Khaalis

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Hanafi Muslim Siege: Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and the 12 African-American Muslim terrorists he leads release the 149 hostages they have in the 3 Washington, D.C. buildings they took control of two days earlier: the District Building (city hall; now names the John A. Wilson Building), the B'nai B'rith headquarters, and the Islamic Center of Washington. The standoff between police and terrorists lasted for 39 hours.

The terrorists had two demands. First, they wanted police to turn over men who had been convicted in killing relatives Hamaas Abdul Khaalis. Second, they wanted the government to destroy the movie Mohammad, Messenger of God because they considered it sacrilegious.

Hamaas Abdul Khaalis is leader of the Hanafi Movement, a splinter group of the Nation of Islam. There were no casualties after the initial attack because police are patient. Rather than storm the buildings, they chose to let Muslim ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan, and Iran talk to the terrorists. The ambassadors read from the Qur'an, emphasizing the importance of peace in Islam. They managed to convince the terrorists that instead of defending Islam they were undermining it.

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Hanafi Siege in Washington: Part 1 (1977)

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