If a Muslim prays in a mosque and nobody sees her, does Allah still hear her prayers?
That question might seem more urgent than rhetorical for a certain Bosnian immigrant after Dr. Arshad Shaikh, the president of the Muslim Association of Greater Rockford (MAGR), told the Rockford Register Star on February 9 that “It would be possible for someone like Jasminka Ramic, the 42-year-old former Rockford woman accused of sending money to terrorist groups, to have worshipped” at the Rockford mosque. However, Shaikh went on to say, “there are no membership records that connect her.”
Shaikh wasn’t president of MAGR in December 2006, but his response to the indictment of Ramic on charges of sending money to a Bosnian Muslim who funneled it to ISIS was reminiscent of the one offered by Shpendim Nadzaku, the imam of the Rockford mosque at the time the FBI arrested 22-year-old Derrick Shareef for attempting to purchase grenades he intended to use on families shopping for Christmas presents at Rockford’s CherryVale Mall. “No one in the community has any clue as to who this person is,” Nadzaku told the Washington Post. Shareef, he said, was “completely anonymous.”
Dr. Shaikh, of course, may be telling the truth about Ramic (and there is no reason to doubt that what he said regarding the existence of membership records is technically...