Muslim Terror Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki Liked to Cavort With Prostitutes in Posh D.C. Hotels

The Koran warns followers of Allah that:

Islamic law prohibits sexual relations under the broad heading of zina (fornication). … [M]ale and female fornicators are to be flogged 100 times.

Those are the parts that the late terrorist (cheer)leader Anwar al-Awlaki didn’t bother reading, I guess. The FBI, in its investigation of al-Awlaki, tracked down a bevy of prostitutes who spent a little quality time with the man. The New York Post has the story, with a picture of al-Awlaki handling a big weapon, under a textbook tabloid headline: Qaeda Ho-ly roller: Terror cleric shot his load with DC prostitutes.

When he wasn’t preaching against America, terror-linked imam Anwar al-Awlaki was frequently hiring $400-an-hour hookers at posh DC hotels, newly released FBI documents reveal.

Awlaki, who delivered radical sermons at a mosque near Washington and ultimately met his end in a 2011 US drone strike in Yemen, paid thousands of dollars for at least seven hooker romps, according to interviews the prostitutes gave FBI agents.

He was apparently a little on the cheap side, too:

Awlaki paid a hooker $220 for oral sex while wearing a condom, then wanted more, but ended up squabbling over the price.

The reason we (belatedly) learn all this is because

The feds were preparing to arrest Awlaki and charge him with taking prostitutes across state lines — a rap usually reserved for pimps — possibly for leverage in a broader counterterror effort. He left the country in 2002.

No word on whether he married the hookers first. Don’t scoff — under Shiite Islam’s common practice of nikah mut’ah, it’s fine for a man to have as many short-term marriages as he pleases. Short-term can mean 15 minutes. The john groom pays his bride a mahr — a dowry — and after they consummate the sacred bond, it automatically expires at an agreed-upon time.

Voilà: Allah-approved prostitution, no muss, no fuss.

Of course, when it comes to sexual sin, al-Awlaki is in good company. We know that Osama bin Laden was an inveterate fapper, and that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta frequently coked and boozed it up with his live-in stripper girlfriend.

Paragons of virtue, all.

(image via FactReal)

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.

  • m6wg4bxw

    The Jewel of the Nile!

  • Ross Thompson

    So, the FBI were planning to arrest him on a trumped-up charge that they admit wouldn’t normally be used against non-pimps, except that he expressed political opinions that the Government disapproves of.

    I guess that justifies murdering him without trial or due process. Or even being charged with a crime. After all, we can’t have people who hire prostitutes (especially if their religion frowns on sex outside of marriage!) walking around being alive. And we all know that sometimes trials find people to be innocent, so obviously, we can’t take that risk.

    I bet if we dig even deeper, we’ll find out that he littered, and maybe even jaywalked! I mean, how can such an evil ma be allowed to not be murdered?

  • Mario Strada

    I guess if their fundamentalists and our fundamentalists ever ally, they’ll find they share many more things aside from a desert god.

  • edgar ayala

    I am more worried about the U.S’ drone usage which has killed a high amount of innocent people over what another religious hypocrite preaches but doesn’t practice.

  • Fred Rightsaid

    Hmph, somehow I find trouble giving a crap about an Islamist extremist meeting his death.

  • Ross Thompson

    Advocating that an invaded people has the duty to fight back makes him an extremist? Objecting to his people being bombed indiscriminately, and then the aggressors repeatedly lying about it makes him an extremist?

    The First Amendment clearly states that expressing a political opinion is legally protected, even if the Government disapproves of it. No-one has ever presented any evidence that he’s done more than exercise his right to free speech, but everyone “knows” that he must be a bad guy who deserved to be killed, because we’re good guys who don’t kill people for no reason. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree is a tiny bit circular.

    If he really was a Muslim extremist who’d committed crimes worthy of being executed for, why not put him on trial (in absentia, if necessary) and convict him with all the due process the Fourth Amendment says he’s entitled to?

  • Ewan

    Good that we got this from the FBI, rather than someone with any sort of axe to grind; why – if they weren’t a source of such unimpeachable integrity, one might even doubt the veracity of this story.

  • Grady

    Just another reason to Hate Muslims, right Mehta?
    By the way, didn’t some FBI agents get caught with whores last year, of was that the Secret Service?

  • Grady

    That’s the ticket!
    Preach the Hate, brother.
    Soon this will be a real Hate Site.
    Stormfront….move over losers.

  • Grady

    I love Haters.
    They are so predictable.

  • RobMcCune

    Always making pop culture refrences.

  • RobMcCune

    No, that’s Mario, try posting when you have your delusions under control.

  • m6wg4bxw

    Are you a Hater prognosticator? Regardless, why share this dubious information with me?

  • Terry Firma

    I agree with you one hundred percent on that score. It’s even more outrageous that a separate U.S. drone killed al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son days later. No trial or judicial oversight necessary, apparently, and America sleeps on.

    But that does not change the fact that fundies like al-Awlaki may be called out on their cold-blooded advocacy of terrorist murder, as well as on being hypocritical douches when it comes to the sexual mores they preach but don’t practice.

    If I’d written something about Ted Haggard doing meth off the taint of a gay prostitute, I doubt you would disapprove of the post. This is the same thing. Hypocritical cleric engages in the behavior he publicly condemns. It will always be one of my favorite topics.

  • Terry Firma

    The FBI released these records when forced to by a FOIA request. The feds were hardly champing at the bit on this one. What would be the point? The guy’s been dead for awhile, and already forgotten by most.

  • Ross Thompson

    Again, saying that a invaded populace should fight back to defend their homes, or that people dropping bombs on weddings and funerals should be held accountable is “cold-blooded advocacy of terrorist murder”? If it was America that was invaded, would you still hold to that definition?

    If you think I’m misrepresenting his position, please educate me; what has he said that qualifies as “cold-blooded advocacy of terrorist murder”?

  • Ross Thompson

    While we’re on the subject, it’s worth mentioning that the Supreme Court decided in Brandenburg v. Ohio that advocating terrorist murder is explictly protected as political speech by the First Amendment, so (even if you’re right) he’s committed no crime. And had he committed a crime, the Fourth Amendment requires that he be tried with due process.

    Honestly, I don’t care what he’s said to have done, no possible crime can justify extrajudicial assassination by a country that claims to obey the rule of law.

  • DougI

    An American can fuck all the hookers he wants, that still doesn’t justify Obama having him and his son assassinated without a trial. I tend not to buy the bullshit when a government throws some “sex scandal” (although this sex was consensual and not a scandal) in an effort to justify their behavior.

  • DougI

    So the government has the right to assassinate someone without a trial if they merely label him an extremist? Who needs trials, we can trust our government and we should blindly accept everything they tell us. Anyone who disagrees is disloyal to our government and is an extremist.

    It wasn’t that long ago merely being an Atheist could get you in trouble with the government as you could be labeled a Communist and black listed, deported (even if you’re an American citizen), or who knows what else.

  • DougI

    For some reason US policy to fight terrorism is to engage in terrorism which creates more terrorists therefore we have to up our terrorism. America’s list of terrorists includes 300 million Americans who need to be spied upon in our to protect our Constitutional freedoms like the right to be free from unreasonable searches.

  • Ewan

    What would be the point? Seriously? It’s like you’ve never even heard of propaganda. It might be true, it might not be, but the FBI simply isn’t a credible source.

  • Terry Fima

    I don’t know who you’re arguing with. I said we may CALL him out. Not we may TAKE him out.

  • Terry Firma

    Read up on the release of the documents. And on what a FOIA request means.

  • Terry Firma

    No, his murder wasn’t justified, and I never said it was. What’s justified is calling fundies out on their hypocrisy. No matter what subsequently happens to them.

  • DougI

    I don’t have a problem with calling out fundies or insulting them, killing them for merely being obnoxious is another matter. The NY Post isn’t exactly a credible news source either.

  • SeekerLancer

    It’s nice that the hypocrisy and likely lack of legitimate religious belief among religious leaders isn’t something unique to Christian pastors.

  • WoodyTanaka

    But your point assumes the truth of what the FBI is claiming. And the only source we know of supporting these allegations is the same government that assassinated him. It is, in my mind, equally as likely that it is a lie, given the absolute lack of credibility on the part of the government. Without independent evidence, a skeptic should refrain from believing this tainted source.

  • Ross Thompson

    But is it even hypocrisy? Has he actively spoken out against prostitution, or do we just assume that every religious believer accepts 100% of what their holy books states without question or nuance? Would you be equally keen on calling out Catholics for their hypocrisy if they got divorced, or Jews if they ate a bacon sandwich?

  • Ross Thompson

    If I’d written something about Ted Haggard doing meth off the taint of a gay prostitute

    The difference is that Haggard made his career railing against drug use and homosexuality; so far as I’m aware, al-Awaki has never spoken out about the evils of prostitution. But, because the Koran says that prostitution is wrong, he must believe that and is therefore a hypocrite. I’m sure you know this story better than me, though, and can point to specific examples of opposition to prostitution. I’m kind of surprised that you didn’t incluse them in the article, though.

    If you’d written something about a Christian preacher who had never expressed an opinion of homosexuality being caught having gay sex, and labelled him a hypocrite on the grounds that all Christians believe everything it says in the Bible (and all interpret it in the same way), therefore he must be anti-gay, I’d be equally critical.

    Especially if said Christian preacher had since been murdered by the government for acts that are not actually illegal; it would feel as if you were trying to justify that murder by proving that he was a bad man. I know that you’ve explicitly disavowed this interpretation in the comments, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Next time you write an article like this, I’d recommend you make that point in the article itself rather than the comments.

  • Burpy

    Well, this article didn’t get the warm reception it’s author was expecting. I too find it difficult to laugh at a person who was murdered for expressing an opinion about the endless and unjust “War on Terror”. I like to think I would feel the same if that person were Ted Haggard or Benny Hinn.

  • edgar ayala

    Ah yes, the Christian nation with the endless wars and other oxymorons, like our nobel peace prize president.

  • Joel

    Allah can’t see through closed Hotel doors……….. He really isn’t much of a Ghod… so it’s OK!

  • alconnolly

    Change “meeting his death” to assassinated without trial” which actually conveys the reality, and if you still have trouble giving a crap, you may as well not give a crap about any aspect of our constitution or the principles of freedom in general.

  • theshiningfool

    Important point: Al-Qaeda (and Awlaki) are (were) Sunni. They would absolutely not engage in Shiite doctrinal practices.

  • Cortex_Returns

    I suppose you’d also write a similar post on Martin Luther King, Jr.? The FBI supposedly had evidence of him participating in orgies, too.

    Or maybe it’s kinda distasteful to dance on the grave of someone who’s been assassinated. I dunno.

  • Gus Snarp

    It’s just that the government who provided the information didn’t murder Ted Haggard and his son by firing missiles into his neighborhood and taking along any innocent bystanders.