Pious and scared: the Muslim who launched Ohio attack

Pious and scared: the Muslim who launched Ohio attack November 29, 2016

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the student who injured at least 11 people at Ohio State University yesterday morning before he was shot dead, claimed earlier this year that he was a pious and ‘scared’ Muslim.
The attack took place in the morning when Artan, 18, aimed his Honda Civic at a group of pedestrians, jumping the curb and colliding with them. He then exited the vehicle and began slashing pedestrians. By 9:53 am, less than a minute later, responding officer Alan Horujko had shot and killed him.
In an interview with the Ohio State student newspaper in August, Artan, a logistics management student, explained why he was scared:
I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media.

I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re going to just have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.

Just before the attack on Monday morning, Artan posted to Facebook lamenting the treatment of Muslims worldwide.

I am sick and tired of seeing [Muslims] killed & tortured EVERYWHERE… I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries… [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying [out] lone wolf attacks.
By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.

NBC News reports Artan was born in Somalia and moved to Pakistan with his family in 2007. He came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 2014.
While there have been no reports that Artan pledged allegiance to ISIS, the OSU attack came just two days after the terrorist group put out a call for would-be jihadis in the West to carry out attacks there by using weapons that would not attract the attention of authorities, such as knives or homemade explosives.

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  • AgentCormac

    ‘I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.’
    Actions, so they say, speak louder than words. Trump will have and absolute field day with this.

  • Brummie

    Religion poisons everything.

  • Paul

    The biggest killer of Muslims worldwide particularly at present is ummmmm other Muslims. Saudi and Iran both opposing muslim nations are fighting a proxy war in Syria.
    It is exceptionally repetitive and boring to constantly read of these people not just getting their facts wrong but also blaming the ‘west’ or others for their so called downfall. The islamic downfall is simple – it’s a Stone Age cult that the rest of the world passed by as it enlightened itself, saw better ways to behave and deal with what life offers.
    When in doubt blame others – seems to be the catch phrase of every religion.

  • Angela_K

    A “scared and pious” Somali muslim conforms to stereotype. Well done, you have made life more difficult for moderate Muslims – if there are such a thing.

  • Stephen Mynett

    A typical whining religionist, if it were not for the violent outcome of his grievances he would sound no different to all the “persecuted” Christians we hear too often.

  • My Rants

    “I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared”. So do the right thing, pray in private.

  • Steve

    So, not what the media portrays him to be, so he goes out and does the very thing the media portrays Muslims as doing. Wow. Great argument there.

  • jay

    This will be Hillary’s crowd as somehow Trump’s fault.

  • Since 1983, the United States has taken in 1.2% of the entire population of Somalia. This is America is ‘interfering in other countries.’ And this attack is the thanks America will always get from Muslims.
    I look forward to the day Muslims are free to be Muslims in Muslim nations – nations isolated by their own efforts from the rest of the planet. All religions are foolish and wrong, but Islam adds danger to the mix.

  • Looks like Trump was right after all. Only joking, lefties. This in fact has nothing to do with Islam, which is a Religion of Peace. At least, that’s what Barack Obumba and Hilary Klingon will say. Titter.

  • Robster

    The media are only reflecting Muslims as they are, if they behave badly, many do, the media’s reporting will reflect that. If they indulge in strange rituals to look/are kind of weird, that to will be reflected.

  • Laura Roberts

    As has been reported elsewhere, there have been attacks of all kinds (note that even the SLPC recognises “anti-Trump” incidents).
    If these statistics are in any way accurate, the lion’s share of violence is against non-whites. Personally I’d trust FBI statistics more than these, but it’s all we seem to have at the moment.
    On a related note, this strange video popped up on my Facebook feed:

  • John

    I understand his point about American and western interference in parts of what he considers to be the Muslim world – not that I accept the definition but it is how he has been mind-washed to think of it.
    I get the impression that Artan is not very bright.
    Surely, if he wants to stop US and western attacks on parts of what he perceives as the Muslim world, the people he targeted are the last people with any influence?
    If he targeted pro-zionist legislators and bureaucrats in the US his actions might make some sort of sense.
    Randomly attacking people in the street without having any idea as to how their deaths will influence policy is completely irrational and ridiculous in nature.

  • John

    Be very cautious about statistics and odd incidents.
    A mentally deluded woman sounding-off: so what?
    The figures cited show a decline after election day.
    We had similar behaviour in the UK after the Brexit vote.
    In both cases, the losing side seems to find it necessary to find other factors to explain why they lost other than that they failed to persuade the electorate to support them.
    They need to ask “Why?” and stop moaning about it.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘Fear’ and grievance are characteristic of ALL terror and militaristic aggression. This poor kid’s delusional paranoia dovetails perfectly with all the anti-immigrant Far Right movements in the West.
    If only we could lock them into the same cage, so that the (relatively) civilized portions of the Ummah could actually function in the grown up world.

  • John

    What is qualitatively different about these unintelligent and manipulable young Muslims is their belief that throwing their lives away for nothing actually achieves something.
    They are deluded into believing they will live in a state of eternal bliss after their lives are over – ludicrous.
    The people who benefit from them squandering their lives are the egomaniacs who perpetrate such beliefs.
    What is notable is that people like the son of Osama bin Laden never felt compelled to sacrifice their own lives.
    He obviously knew something that idiots like Artan did not – that their religion is simply untrue.
    Too late for Artan to learn that lesson now.