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The mother of Isis fighter, Abu Sa d al Trinidadi
(Shane Crawford), says there is nothing to fear as her
son was never coming back to T&T.
The mother, who was not named, was speaking
during an exclusive interview with CNC3 s anchor Golda
Lee Bruce. The interview aired during last night s 7 pm
She expressed disappointment that her son s was
identified by local media as Crawford and thought the
article should have referred to him as al Trinidadi.
"The people there have families here and we don t
know if there could be any repercussions," she said.
Asked if she knew where her son was and if they
were in contact, she replied: "He is in Syria. We send
voice messages to each other. He never said what he
is doing there. He is in contact with his sister."
Asked how she feels that her son has joined Isis given
the photographs that were printed in the article, the
mother replied: "I can see it can be that way. I don t
know. Allah is the judge. I don t know if it is right or
wrong. I don t know if he is doing an honourable thing."
Asked if she believes that those were all his words
in the article, she said: "Some of it were his words but
some of it I m still pondering but knowing my son, his
belief is his belief and if he has something to say he
Crawford s mother described him as a kind and loving
child, who was best from birth. "He is a very brilliant
child. When he sat his SEA exams he got five trophies.
He got five or six subjects.
"He went to university where he did extra mural
classes in foundation and drainage and he got an A.
He is brilliant, loving, caring and family-oriented. Every-
body portraying him as a big criminal but they don t
know anything about him," she added.
Months after Crawford left T&T to join Isis, he asked
Muslim brothers from the mosque that he attended in
central Trinidad if they wanted to go with him.
The response he got was a positive one but only
because the brothers in the mosque thought that he
(Crawford) was joking.
According to a Muslim brother from the mosque
that Crawford attended, who wished not to be identified,
it was only until Crawford went missing from mosque
attendance, it was later disclosed to them that he had
really left T&T for the Middle East for training and
enrolment in the Islamic
Crawford grew up at
Charles Street, Cunupia,
and during a visit there
yesterday, the T&T
Guardian was informed
that his family moved out
of the area after they sold
the plot of land and
wooden structure they
One of the neighbours,
who wished not to be
identified, said the family
was well known in the
area. "They were very
poor but lived a humble
life and troubled no one."
The neighbour said she
adding: "I remembered
him perfectly going to
school, neatly attired and
well-mannered. He is a
very handsome guy and I
never knew him to be
involved in any alcohol or liming on the block or even
with girls. He seemed always focused on the positive
Asked if she was shocked to hear he had left T&T
to join Isis, the neighbour replied: "It is a shock. yes."
A close childhood friend of Crawford, who also wished
not to be identified, said he knew the family to be going
to the Baptist Church.
"We all went to church together and I remembered
playing with Shane in the yard, marble pitch and other
games we used to play back then. He was always a cool
fella," he added.
Asked if he was shocked to hear that his childhood
friend was now an Isis fighter, Crawford s friend replied:
"Yes, but I believe that maybe he was influenced by
an older close relative because he had converted to
Islam way before Shane and he was always out of the
country in Iraq and Dubai following Islam.
"Presently, I am hearing that the relative is in Egypt.
Everyone has their choices at the end of the day and
if this is his, well let s all respect that."
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A majority of local Muslim leaders,
including the Jamaat al Muslimeen s,
have flatly rejected the call by T&T Isis
fighter Abu Sa d Al Trinidadi (Shane
Crawford) for sympathisers, including
within the Muslim community, to attack
Christians and local institutions.
Al Trinidadi s bid was part of Isis
latest propaganda attempt in its July
magazine where fighters from different
countries mounted Isis "Break the
Cross" lobby, targetting Christians, bid-
ding for holy war. This followed attacks
in several western countries.
Inter-Religious Organisation member
and ASJA deputy head, Haji Abzal
Mohammed, said: "Islam and the word
Allah mean peace. The Prophet never
"Non-violence is more powerful than
inaction and shouldn t be confused with
this. People are having the wrong con-
cept of Islam and creating a situation
worldwide where all Muslims are being
painted with the same brush. It s fright-
ening. I presented a sermon on non-
violence last week. All mosques should
have the same and it should also be
done via the media.
"People who say they are Muslims
are creating a big problem for the Muslim
community globally as Islam doesn t
preach violence. To learn Islam you must
read the right books. If you use a book
by a so-called scholar who preaches
violence, what happens? The mosques
must teach youths what Islam stands
for or people will poison their minds."
IRO head, Harrypersad Maharaj, said:
"Regardless of who it is, people don t
need to attack based on religion. IRO
preaches respect for one another and
we need to do that rather than dis-
criminate. We are privileged and for-
tunate to have in T&T s constitution
freedom of worship.
"I have great confidence in our pro-
tective services, though at times you
feel they lapse but at the moment of
need they are fully capable of fulfilling
and they deserve our continued sup-
"I still have concerns following bomb
threats in recent months. I think every-
thing should be taken seriously and
measures instituted to deal with it."
Archbishop Joseph Harris is overseas.
Most graphic portrayal of Muslim
rejection of Al Trinidadi s call came
from Muslimeen leader, Yasin Abu Bakr,
who sputtered: "He going insane? My
sister lives in the Catholic Church.
He saying I should kill my sister? He s
talking absolute nonsense which I con-
demn in the strongest terms. We will
defend our Christian brothers and sis-
ters against any kind of attacks. I have
a moral duty to do so."
Bakr added: "I m sure the responsible
people in Isis would condemn his state-
ment. His mother is a Christian. I know
Bakr, however, questioned some
views that T&T nationals who went to
Syria to access Isis but who didn t get
to enter and hadn t been into combat,
shouldn t be allowed back home.
"Aren t they T&T nationals?" he asked.
Muslims reject Isis fighter's
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Mother of Trini terror fighter:
Don't fear my son,
he's not coming back
who now fights
for Isis under the
name Abu Sa'd al
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