DREW ZAHN A Philadelphia Muslim leader is in jail today and another wanted for attempting to usher in Islamic law in their mosque – with a machete.
According to police, on July 14, the amir and imam of the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia accused a 46-year-old mosque member of stealing money following the early morning prayer service.
Investigators say the two Muslim leaders then dragged the alleged thief to the rear of the property and attempted to enforce Islam’s Shariah penalty for robbery: namely, dismemberment.
“They threw the victim to the ground and held his right arm against a log,” Police Lt. John Walker told reporters. “One of the offenders grabbed a machete from inside the mosque and struck the victim near his wrist.”
Walker explained the 2-foot machete “cut through his skin and cut his tendons, but didn’t make it all the way” because the blade was dull.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the unnamed victim was taken by paramedics to the Philadelphia’s Mercy Hospital and will require reconstructive surgery to repair his wrist. Police, meanwhile, were reportedly able to execute a search warrant and find the machete they believe was used in the attempted maiming.