UC Merced stabber Faisal Mohammad carried a handwritten manifesto that included the names of his targets, a vow “to cut someone’s head off” and as many as five reminders to “praise Allah,” but law enforcement authorities insist that neither terrorism nor religion were motives in the attack.
According to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, Mohammad indicated in his manifesto that he was upset because he had been kicked out of a study group.
“There was nothing to indicate he was doing this because of Allah, or because he was going to be rewarded with 72 virgins, or because of ties to a terror group,” Warnke told FoxNews.com. “He appeared to be a devout Muslim, on the strong side of the belief.”
The manifesto has not been released, but Warnke expects it to be within the next few days.
Mohammad’s intended bloodbath began around 8 a.m.,when he burst into his classroom with an 8-inch hunting knife. Police said it would have continued – and possibly claimed lives – if he hadn’t been interrupted by a construction team, and then shot dead by police.
“There was a gruesome statement he made about wanting to cut someone’s head off and kill two people with one bullet, and he planned to shoot the police,” Warnke said. “He did not have a firearm with him and didn’t seem to have a lot of experience with firearms because he thought he could kill two people with one bullet. He reminded himself in the list to raise the gun slowly. He scripted everything out in chronological order.”
So to sum up: Mohammad planned to repeatedly “praise Allah” throughout his knife attack (which happened to coincide with the stabbing intifada that has been going on in Israel), cut off someone’s head, and lure the police into an ambush — all while smiling like a maniac.
But he didn’t have an official ISIS membership card or mention the 72 virgins in his manifesto — so no terrorism here. Just an “angry young man.”
Oh yeah — one more thing.
The weird smiling. It has its roots in Muhammad’s teachings: Ibn Taymiyyah, quoting the prophet of Islam, said: annal dahooq al-Qattaal. English: I am the one who smiles when he kills.
Another Hadith states:
…I will put the sword into the sheath and the chest, I will not fear anybody and I will smile when I kill and that wherever there is any sign of human or animal footsteps (i.e. life) my sultan (authority) will reach there. (2)