Ohio State Muslim Attacker Was Afraid to Pray In Public


The suspect in Monday’s attack had stated a few months ago that he was uncomfortable praying in public when he came to Ohio State University as a new student, because there were no prayer rooms.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, a Somalian refugee, was listed in the Ohio State’s online directory as a student majoring in logistics management.   Monday he plowed his car into a crowd of students, then jumped out of the car and started hacking people with a butcher knife before campus police shot him dead.  It is now reported that 11 people were injured.

OSU’s school newspaper, The Lantern, had published an interview with Artan on August 25, where he said he was a Muslim, but “it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”

Below is the full transcript of the Artan’s quotes in The Lantern interview:

“I just transferred from Columbus State. We had prayer rooms, like actual rooms where we could go pray because we Muslims have to pray five times a day.

“There’s Fajr, which is early in the morning, at dawn. Then Zuhr during the daytime, then Asr in the evening, like right about now. And then Maghrib, which is like right at sunset and then Isha at night. I wanted to pray Asr. I mean, I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”

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