#1 Hip Muslim Moms group undone by D.C. Metro bomb plot10-29-2010, 08:01 PMHip Muslim Moms group undone by D.C. Metro bomb plot
By Tara Bahrampour
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 29, 2010; 2:13 PM
When Esraa Bani's phone started ringing Wednesday with news reporters on the line, she had no idea that an Ashburn man named Farooque Ahmed had been arrested for plotting to blow up Northern Virginia Metrorail stations, or that such a story could have anything to do with her.
But Ahmed's wife, Sahar Mirza-Ahmed, was a member of Hip Muslim Moms, a freewheeling group of 50 or so young mothers Bani had started. Suddenly, the coupon-clipping, playdate-arranging suburban mothers were thrust into the national spotlight, associated with a horrifying plot that, as they noted, could have harmed their own families.
"We all have family members who ride the Metro; we ourselves ride the Metro," said one Northern Virginia member who joined this year and did not want her name associated with terrorism. "So we're as scared as anybody else would be."
Bani, 26, who works for a nonprofit organization and was dressed Thursday evening in a stylish geometric-patterned tunic, started the group two years ago using a Meetup Web page as an alternative to the stodgier, older mom groups across Loudoun County.
"This area has tons of young Muslim professionals and their families," she said, sitting in her family room as her 2-year-old daughter played nearby. "They're really a new generation of Muslim Americans. We don't fit into the traditional groups."
Now Hip Muslim Moms is being disbanded - a victim of the relentless attention generated by Ahmed's arrest.
10-29-2010, 08:16 PM
Muslims have a serious PR problem globally. One would think that if they were really at odds with the Jihadists, they would make a more concerted effort to point that out. So far their approach has ranged from ambivalence to playing the victim. I am pretty sure that Jews, Christians, Hindus, etc. would have spoken with a singular voice and often in condemning what Muslims seem to shrug at."Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
11-03-2010, 05:44 PM
- Join Date
- Jun 2010
- Virginia, birthplace of Presidents, mostly good ones.
more likely theyre a money raising front group and they're feeling the heat.
11-03-2010, 06:18 PM
This is not the case with orthodox Jewish women I have known (who seem to run the roost) but may apply to radical Muslim husbands.
11-03-2010, 11:31 PM
11-04-2010, 01:36 PM
11-04-2010, 02:27 PM
The hip muslim women here wear clothes from Macys and maybe a hijab. The older ones wear black dresses and hijabs, like a muslim version of old greek women who wear black dresses and black headscarves.
A few in this area do the totaly burka thing, but they are mostly Somalians and other african muslims.
11-04-2010, 05:59 PM
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