BY RYAN MAURO
A shocking video has been posted online showing a Muslim-American in the Houston area pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in front of a police officer while being escorted away from a mosque.
The video was uploaded September 21 by a man who goes by the names of Abdul-Rahman Baghdadi or Houston Baghdadi.
Baghdadi describes himself as an “Islamic Chaliphate [sic] State Fact Reporter” and identifies his locations as Houston, Las Vegas and Chicago on Twitter. He sent out a tweet describing himself as an “early student,” indicating that he may be a recent convert to Islam.
The video shows Baghdadi wearing pro-Islamic State attire at a mosque with a friend. The mosque is not specifically identified but is referred to by the acronym of “ISGH,” presumably the Islamic Society of Greater Houston.
The footage shows a police officer arriving at the mosque and a Muslim man complaining about Baghdadi. As he is escorted away, Baghdadi turns to his partner and requests, “In front of the police officers, will you please record this?”
He then raises his hand and pledges allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group (more commonly known by the acronyms of ISIS or ISIL). The officer responds, “I don’t know what that means.”
“He’s the caliph of the Islamic State,” Baghdadi explains as the police officer walks away.
Baghdadi writes that the Muslim man in the footage “kicks me out constantly for NO REASON Even when I didn’t wear what I was wearing [the logo of the Islamic State].”
Another incident at the ISGH mosque was also recorded and uploaded. It shows an enraged man telling Baghdadi to never return to the premise and that he will be charged with trespassing if he does.
Baghdadi also uploaded a series of videos on October 12 showing a confrontation at the El-Farouq mosque in Houston. It begins when he approaches Muslim schoolchildren eating lunch and corrects them for eating with their left hand, a violation of sharia law. A man immediately intervenes and says he is calling the police. Baghdadi tells the cop that he was joking and meant no harm….