Zimbabwe mufti, retweeted by bombing suspect, condemns attacks

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The most recent tweet dispatched by 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a retweet of Muslim scholar Mufti Ismail Menk.

“Attitude can take away your beauty no matter how good looking you are or it could enhance your beauty, making you adorable,” Menk tweeted on April 17 and Tsarnev retweeted on his “J-tsar” handle

Friday, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Twitter account was identified, Menk, who is based in Zimbawe and studied in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, according to his Twitter account tweeted a quote about injustices perpetrated on the weak. “What destroyed previous nations was, when the elite perpetrated injustices they were not punished but when the weak did it, they were,” Menk tweeted.

Menk followed it up shortly thereafter with a clarification that the quote “is taken from the sayings of Prophet Muhammad pbuh [peace be upon him]”

About an hour later, Menk condemned the bombing attacks.

“I would like to very strongly condemn the bombings in the US and express condolences to the families. The perpetrators must face justice,” he tweeted.

Daily Beast correspondent Eli Lake, looking through a YouTube page that apparently belongs to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, found an affinity for Feiz Mohammad, “former boxer of Lebanese descent who now preaches an extreme version of Sunni Islam known as Salafism.” Feiz Mohammad called for the beheading of Dutch filmmaker Geert Wilders and for young Muslims to become holy warriors. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the second bombing suspect, was killed in a shootout with police Friday morning

The Daily Caller has reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a self-described “very religious” Muslim boxer.

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