He pointed out that the number of hijackers on 9/11 was also .... (drum roll) ... (wait for it) ... NINETEEN! There's a lot of speculation that this was intentional and there was no 20th highjacker, no matter how many people confess to it. Hard to say much one way or the other without woo-woo hats and conspiracy theories, but I found out there is more to this than I'd thought. [stay calm, I haven't converted to islam, lol]
This guy Rashad Khalifa didn't just write a book, he started a whole cult, Aside from his lysergic logic and tortured translations, the guy was a scam artist from way back, according to people who knew him. Luckily I didn't, so I can't prove that, but it sure fits with the everything else we can prove, like with court records.
When he's 43, married, with two kids, his building manager is going out of town, so he claims he has friends interested in renting an office and he borrows the keys. Then he advertises for volunteers for a research study on human auras, and when a 16-year-old girl shows up, he tells he to undress, feels her up and rapes her. The judge heard evidence on this for three days and ruled there was enough evidence (in 1979, when such cases were routinely dismissed) that he should stand trial. He admitted he was guilty and copped a plea.
Does that sound like a prophet of god? Well, yeah, actually it does. Fucking underage girls seems to be a prerequisite. At any rate, he started with the Nineteen crap in 1973, did the rape in '79, claimed to be a Messenger from God by 1988, and it gets worse. His fans are called the Submitters, and there are a lot of them. Here is the Chapel Hill terrorist explaining why he drove an SUV into a crowd of his fellow students:
“In the Qur'an, Allah states that the believing men and women have permission to murder anyone responsible for the killing of other believing men and women. I know that the Qur'an is a legitimate and authoritative holy scripture since it is completely validated by modern science and also mathematically encoded with the number 19 beyond human ability. After extensive contemplation and reflection, I have made the decision to exercise the right of violent retaliation that Allah has given me to the fullest extent to which I am capable at present.” source
_________he was murdered by other moslems in 1990. [ I tried to find an adjective to go there, but what fits? Ironically? Deservedly? Fortunately? Hilariously? Insert whatever you think fits.] He insisted that the hadith are no good, and he even revised the koran to make his numbers come out right. Using the standard debating techniques of the Islamic world, the Muhammad Commandos of Sector 5 stabbed him 19 times because they disagreed about the truthiness of the Hadith. Oh well.