The FBI busted Muhammad Dakhlalla and Jaelyn Delshaun Young for trying to join ISIS.
Jaelyn Delshaun Young was the daughter of a cop before she converted to Islam and renamed herself Aminah Al-Amiriki. Muhammad is the son of a Mississippi Imam from a family of Palestinian Muslim settlers living in the United States.
Dakhlalla’s father, Oda H. Dakhlalla, is the longtime imam of the Islamic Center of Mississippi in Starkville, Harmon said, and has previously been reported to be a native of Bethlehem, in the West Bank.The media is running all the usual stories about how shocked both families are.
Dakhlalla’s family is “absolutely stunned” by his arrest, said Columbus lawyer Dennis Harmon, who represents the family. He said Tuesday they have been cooperating with the FBI.Here's the stuff from the FBI complaint that the media is very deliberately leaving out.
Dakhlalla went on to state, "Aaminah (YOUNG) and I have our nikkah (Islamic marriage) approved by my father."
Young also discussed her nikkah to Dakhlalla. She confirmed that they had his father's blessing and she stated, "our nikkah will be this Saturday and in sha Allah will be in Dawlah (Islamic State) before end of July. Our story will be that we are newlyweds on our honeymoon."
Young allegedly praised the July 16 attacks at military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which four Marines and a sailor were killed. "The numbers of supporters are growing," she wrote.
Now this is not a clear confirmation that the father was aware they were joining ISIS, but he had to have known something was up.
Young and Dakhlalla weren't just getting their nikkah on for true love. They wanted to avoid escort issues. It was part of their plan for joining ISIS. It's unlikely that Young would have told her family, but it's certainly an interesting question whether the Dakhlallas knew anything.
Muhammmad appeared to have a good relationship with his father. He certainly wasn't rejecting his father for practicing a bad or flawed version of Islam. And that's telling too.