According to the media…Saied Farouk was a devout Muslim… so his actions could reflect on the Muslim community here so I can understand why there is an official statement to disavow this attack on the part of the Muslim community.
The events yesterday are close to my home… and I used to work at the Regional Center in San Bernardino some years ago.
I do feel it’s likely Farouk was somehow “radicalized”… It’s important to remember though that Islam has various groups and some are opposed to taking innocent lives. I’m reminded of a statement by Ali ibn abi Talib condemning taking innocent lives…
*“Beware of the sin of shedding blood without religious justification and sanction because there is nothing quicker to bring down the Wrath of Allah, to take away His Blessings, to make you more deserving of His Wrath and to reduce the span of your life than to shed innocent blood. On the Day of Judgement Allah will first attend to sins of bloodshed carried out by man against man. Therefore, never try to strengthen your power, position and prestige by shedding innocent blood. Such murders instead of making your position strong will not only considerably weaken it but may also transfer your power totally, taking it away from you and entrusting it to somebody else.”
(Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh)