Shaikh discusses terrorism arrests

Sheheryar Alam Qazi, Raees Alam Qazi charged in terror plot

Published On: Dec 03 2012 06:16:27 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 04 2012 12:48:55 PM EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The founder of the Darul Uloom Institute, an Islamic training center in Hollywood, discussed what the arrests of two terrorism suspects means for the Muslim community in South Florida.

Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, and Raees Alam Qazi, 20, were arrested last week. Both are charged with plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors said the two are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Pakistan.

"When Muslims get involved in terrorism, the backlash is just as dangerous for the whole Muslim world," said Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed with the Darul Uloom Institute. "We will have to always be ready and prepared -- expect individuals who will use religion or use terrorism to get their agenda out."

Federal authorities said the investigation was still very active. But they offered few details about the plot, and information was scant in the three-page grand jury indictment released Friday. Authorities said the case was not an FBI sting operation but declined further comment.

The indictment alleges that the two provided money, property, lodging, communications equipment and other support for a conspiracy to obtain a weapon of mass destruction between July 2011 and this week.

It wasn't clear whether the conspirators actually did obtain explosives or what their potential targets might have been.

The brothers' family defended the two over the weekend.

Sheheryar Qazi recently worked as a taxi driver. Before then, he worked as a parking attendant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He also worked as a manager at a Dunkin' Donuts in Coconut Creek.