Last week the Muslim community of Mobile, Alabama was shaken by the arrest of two 25 year old Muslims, Rasheed (aka Randy) Wilson and Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair.
Abukhdair, a US citizen of Arab decent, had lived in Cairo, Egypt since 2007. While in Egypt he befriended Rasheed Wilson in 2010 through the internet and offered to help Wilson, a husband and father of two, make Hijra to a Muslim country. Shortly afterwards, Abukhdair’s status as a foreigner and a student of the Arabic language became an attractive prospect to both American and nervous Egyptian intelligence, and the latter abruptly arrested him, along with many other foreign students and journalists, during the tumultuous months that led to the Arab Spring uprising.
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