First-Ever Muslim Candidate For Governor Comes Unhinged Over Question About Sharia

By: Leo Hohmann |

Abdul al-Sayed to GOP opponent: ‘You may not hate Muslims but Muslims definitely hate you!’

Michigan’s first-ever Muslim candidate for governor, Dr. Abdul al-Sayed, took a shot at fellow gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck on Thursday that some Republicans are saying was below the belt.

Colbeck, speaking at a candidate’s forum in East Lansing, expressed his concerns about Sharia law and the extremist Muslim Brotherhood’s tactic of civilization jihad. Colbeck took exception with an article he says was planted by Sayed supporters in the left-of-center website Buzzfeed,  which painted Colbeck as a fringe extremist using “unfounded conspiracy theories” against Sayed.

Rather than address Colbeck’s concerns, Sayed called Colbeck a racist Islamophobe whom Muslims “definitely hate.”

Sayed, 33, the former public-health director for the city of Detroit, was on stage Thursday at the Michigan Press Association with several other Democrat and Republican candidates for governor running in the Aug. 7 primary.

Dr. Abdul al-Sayed, shown here with his wife, Sarah, is running for governor of Michigan as a Democrat.

Sayed refused to answer a question from the moderator about the Islamic legal system known as Sharia, other than to say that, if elected, he would uphold the constitutions of the U.S. and State of Michigan.

“I take [the Constitution] particularly seriously because it guarantees me two things. A, the right to pray as I choose to pray, and for me that means I put my face on the ground 34 times a day,” Sayed said.  “Some people choose not to pray at all. Then in Article Six it also tells us that no religious test should be held over someone wishing to serve under this Constitution. It’s an incredible document.”

Sayed leveled charges of racism and “white supremacy” at Republicans in general but saved his most severe critique for Colbeck, the one GOP candidate who has dared to talk about the issue of creeping Sharia in a state that has the country’s highest concentration of Muslims and has the nation’s first case of female genital mutilation working its way through the federal courts. Michigan also recently had a case involving a possible honor killing in which a 15-year-old Muslim boy in Farmington Hills allegedly pushed his mother to her death at a time when she was going through a divorce from his father.

Patrick Colbeck is running for governor of Michigan as a Republican.

Colbeck, an aerospace engineer and two-term state senator, said his concerns are not about individual Muslims. Rather, he worries about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and whose influence in the U.S. was spelled out in the Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, a document seized by the FBI in 2004 and presented as evidence in a terror-financing trial that sent five members of an Islamic charity called the Holy Land Foundation to prison in 2008 for funneling money to Hamas.

“This is one of those areas that got me ticked off in regard to the fairness of the media,” Colbeck told the audience Thursday. “They pitched this comment around my concern about the Muslim Brotherhood as a concern about Muslims in general. I love Muslims. It’s not an issue. The issue is about terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.”

After he berated Colbeck as a racist, and lectured the other Republicans on the panel for not condemning Colbeck as a racist and white supremacist, the normally cool-headed Sayed became visibly angry and showed he is not above expressing some hatred of his own.

“What frustrates me more is not that you have blatant racism on the part of certain people, but what frustrates me more is in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, is not when bad people speak out but when good people fail to speak out, and what I have not heard is the Republicans on this panel, decisively and swiftly call out this kind of Islamophobia, this kind of racism, in the context that they are wanting to represent the state that has the highest per-capita number of Muslim Americans in the country. Now you may not hate Muslims, but I’ll tell you, Muslims definitely hate you!”

Watch the full 6-minute exchange between Colbeck and Sayed in the video below:

Dick Manasseri, spokesman for Secure Michigan, one of the groups that has concerns about the incremental advancement of Sharia in Michigan’s Muslim enclaves, including female genital mutilation, honor violence and polygamy, said he was surprised to see Sayed come unhinged in response to a calmly-communicated concern by Colbeck.

“Dr. Abdul definitely lost his cool,” Manasseri said. “I think what we saw was an outburst. Abdul was not cool. Patrick is purposely trying to not make this his only issue, but when it comes up he’s not afraid to address it and Dr. Abdul showed he just can’t handle it. All he has in his bag of tricks is the canned response that everyone who asks about Sharia is a racist and an Islamophobe.”

Since Islam is not a race, and some of the most populous Muslim countries such as Syria and Bosnia are filled by Caucasians, the charge of racism is disingenuous at best, nonsensical at worst, Manasseri said.

Philip Haney, a counter-terrorism expert and retired member of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Targeting Center, said Sayed responded predictably.

The International Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal, in its documents and even its motto, is the worldwide establishment of Sharia law, not necessarily by violence but by using “the hands of the unbeliever” in Western societies, Haney said. In essence, they use the political systems and the freedoms, of speech and religion, to infiltrate and weaken a Western society “from within,” as stated in the Explanatory Memorandumauthored in 1991 by Brotherhood member Mohamed Akram.

Sayed served as vice president of the Muslim Student Association while attending the University of Michigan, and his wife Sarah served as president of the chapter. The MSA has long been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and is named as one of its front groups in the Explanatory Memorandum.

Haney said Sayed responded like a trained Muslim Brotherhood operative when confronted with the issue of Sharia at Thursday’s candidates’ forum.

“He did what those guys tend to do, which is to change the narrative whenever the issue of Sharia comes up and make it about racism and so-called Islamophobia,” Haney said. “But he showed his true colors there at the end. He’s not as slick as he thinks he is.”

Manasseri said one of the most revealing moments of the forum was how the other two leading GOP candidates – Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley – sat silently throughout the entire exchange about Sharia.

“He’s standing there on the stage attacking their party as white supremacists and racists. And the current attorney general and the current lieutenant governor have nothing to say about it,” Manasseri said. “The press is mostly silent. If the man’s head touches the ground 34 times a day, this is not a casual Muslim we’re talking about, this is a fundamentalist Muslim. I’m concerned now. The press should be asking him: How do you feel about FGM, what are your views on forced veiling of Muslim women and honor violence against women?”

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Patrick Colbeck has two decades of private sector experience as an aerospace engineer and was elected in 2010 to the Michigan State Senate. He was a senior design engineer with Boeing on the International Space Station. He also served as a systems engineer at the Department of Defense where he worked on advanced training simulation systems responsible for integrating these systems across the various branches of the Armed Forces.

Listen to Colbeck in his own words below. [Does he sound like a racist to you?]:


Leo Hohmann is a veteran journalist and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” 


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33 thoughts on “First-Ever Muslim Candidate For Governor Comes Unhinged Over Question About Sharia

  1. I am not an islamaphobe just because I am smart enough to know the goal of Islam is to convert me or kill me. Sorry, I will never vote for a Muslim for any office. Those who do are either blind or supporters of the Islamic movement.

  2. A few gems from “the book of peace”, from my very own Qur’an.

    “Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Qur’an 2:191

    “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” Qur’an 9:123.

    “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” Qur’an 9:5

    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Qur’an 3:85

    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”… Qur’an 9:30

    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Qur’an 5:33

    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Qur’an22:19

    “The unbelievers are stupid, urge the Muslims to fight them.” Qur’an 8:65

    “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Qur’an 3:28

    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” Qur’an 8:12

    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Qur’an 8:60

    “I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. Qur’an 8:12,

    “Those that deny Our revelations We will burn in fire. No sooner will their skins be consumed than We shall give them other skins, so that they may truly taste the scourge. God is mighty and wise. Qur’an 4:56,

    “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them. Qur’an 4:34

    “I will cast terror into the hearts of infidels, so strike [them] upon the necks [behead them] and strike from them every fingertip.” Qur’an 8:12

    Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

    – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”Qur’an (3:56)

    – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. Qur’an (3:151)

    – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…” Qur’an (4:76)

    And, don’t forget the boss:…

    Mohammed promised his followers seven heavens in which:

    They are to cohabit with demure virgins…as beauteous as corals and rubies…full-breasted maidens for playmates…in the gardens of delight…. They’re to lie face to face on jeweled couches, and be serviced by immortal youths…young boys, their personal property, as comely as virgin pearls…. We created the houris [dancing girls] and made them virgins, carnal playmates for those on the right hand…. We are going to wed them to dark-eyed houris. Qur’an 55:56; 55:58; 78:33; 56:12; 52:16-17, 24; 56:35-38; 52:20]

    And if you think you can trust a Muslim, look up “Taqiyya”. or “Kitman”. Your eyes will be opened to the truth.

    To all those who choose to share these quotes from my Qur’an: There will be those who will come back with some similar quotes from the bible. These people are the same PC warriors who will get us all killed. They just don’t get it that, yes the old testament has some nasty things in it. But do you see Christians flying planes into buildings,…NOW?…….slicing peoples heads off…NOW?……..Mutilating young girls genitals,…NOW………Throwing gay people off tall buildinggs………NOW?…….locking people in cages, and drowning them,…NOW,…..”Honor” killing their daughter because she was raped,.NOW?……Marrying 6 year old girls,….NOW?..etc,..etc. There are none so blind as those who REFUSE TO SEE. Carry on. Spread the TRUTH.

  3. If anyone on here is from Michigan please get out the vote and educate Americans on how Muslims are permitted to lie and will in order to gain political power. Please we can’t allow them to hold office as powerful as governor.

  4. The Muslim is lying since we all know what their agenda is and lying is the way to their goal besides gaining political office.

  5. I personally think all muslems should be sent back to iran or where the came from, then sink the continent. As far as shari law goes it is a bunch of bull shit.

  6. You cannot use your Religion as a weapon here, lady! It wont work. answer questions about this “governing Shari Law..” Answer the question or dont they let you read and interpret your books yourself? Hiding behind “racism” wont help. Shari is a government and not a race and Muslim is a religious order and not a race. I ask what religion are you? you say, “Muslim.” Muslim is a religion not a race. Asking about the ” government of Shari Law which is part of this religion, Muslim, is not a slanderous, intolerant, “racism” question. It is not a race.

  7. Yelling racism over a question about a Shari law is what she was told to do. She refused to answer because Shari law and Muslim religion are one. Shari Law is the Government of the Muslim religion. The religion and shari law are one. If you have a business in America you cannot refuse public service to the public due to a religion. WIth Shari law in tact you can refuse service due to a religion. WIth this they can then ZONE out anyone from their areas and cause internal problems like they do in their own land. Fight the fight Michigan!

  8. Here it is in a nutshell :
    1. Per the U.S. Constitution muslims may not be in this country or part of our political system because of Sharia.

    2. You came here, you obey our laws or thake you asses back to the dunes.

    3.Advise all your ppl that here in the U.S., rape of any woman is illegal, sex with animals is illegal ( and in some states still a hangimg offense), and Sharia is null and void here !

    4. We will be watching and waiting and you will be removed from office if found to be breaking any U.S. laws !!

  9. This man has to be lying. No true Muslim can take the oath of office if they adhere to the Sharia. Sharia and our Constitution are in no way compatible. You cannot swear to uphold and defend the Constitution if you also adhere to Sharia.

  10. I’m sure getting tired of hearing all these Islamic supremacist calling everything in America White Supremacist.

  11. No! I will never vote for any Muslim!! Never! Sharia is crewl and is so backwards to women!! All they want to do is hurt women! They respect nothing but what a man says! NO F’en WAY!

  12. I cannot understand how he can call Colbeck a racist and in the same sentence say that Muslims hate him. Isn’t that showing racism? Colbeck is only concerned about the people and making sure terrorists do not infiltrate the government. I have Muslim friends who have acclimated to the American Way and have said they do not believe in Sharia Law. They said if they did, they could not be friends with anyone who is not Muslim. It is not Muslim that he is against… it is The Brotherhood! Two totally different things.

  13. Go Colbeck! We will NEVER elect another Impersonator who pretends he’s not against America! :{(

  14. Once again someone confuses religion with race. Being against one’s religion is not being racist. The word racist has lost its meaning.

  15. WARNING! You elect this unhinged Muslim, you will pay dearly for it. Remember Barack Hussein? He came into office as a Messiah, to come to realize that he is a Chmeleon, he pretended to uphold the constitution, while destroying it. Besides he created the greatest racial disharmony in the U S. This guy is using the same play book. He says he will uphold the constitution, while destroying it. He will use the benefits of the constitution to advance his agenda. Another Chameleon.

  16. No Muslims should be allowed to be in any positions of power or elective office in the United States. Islam and Sharia Law are not compatible with the US Constitution and American culture. Islam is a military and political system masquerading as a religion so they can use the First Amendment against us. Muslims can lie to the infidel to promote Islam.Muslims will not assimilate into the American culture. Their goal is World Islam. American people need to wake up to the threat of Islam and the Muslim invasion of this country. Look at what has been going on in Europe with the Muslim invasion there.Let’s not let it happen here. Never vote for a Muslim.

    1. Read the history of the Barbary Coast Pirates and the War of 1812.
      Do not forget that the Qu’ran specifically gives Muslims a dispensation to lie to the infidels (any non-Muslim) in any matter that will benefit in the propagation of the religion of Islam and also to kill those who refuse to convert.

    2. I agree with you 110%. Muslim cells are located throughout US just waiting for opportunity to take advantage of “sleeping” Americans. WAKE UP before it’s too late!!! They should not even be here because as you stated “they will not assimilate into the American culture”. Certain Europe didn’t believe Muslim invasion would threaten their way of life, but it’s happened and it could happen here if we do not wise up. Study candidates prior to voting. Do not vote another muslim into our government, unless they sincerely give their heart to Christ, proving themself FIRST. Also don’t worry about being labeled islamiphobe or racist as muslims attempting to intimidate is mere manipulation by radical islam to try and destroy our freedom of speech. It’s already mandatory Quran be taught in OUR schools teaching OUR children THEIR political ideology. As you say as well, “Sharia Law is always at the heart of muslim political system masquerading as a religion”. America must return to and worship God, not a god in order OUR GOD continue to protect our great country.

  17. Sharia law is not compatible with the American constitution!! Everyone with any intelligence know that . Look at the laws that Sharia is upheld by they are unconstitutional.

  18. Why in the world would anyone want to elect a person, who has to stop what they’re doing to pray 34 times a day? I think a religious test, in order to be part of Governing anywhere in the US, should be allowed, if that religions beliefs directly contradict the Constitution.

    1. You would be correct in part, though not in whole, here is why:

      First Amendment Rights only protect the religious from exceptional abuses, that is being singled out because of the faith, like praying 34 times a day cannot be punished on any grounds, and prevents the government from establishing laws that give a faith exceptional permissions, like protection from being fired because praying 34 times a day causes unacceptable stoppages in your work that other employees do not cause. To that end, the provisions of a faith that break the law on this country are not protected by 1A guarantees, they are crimes hiding under the veil of faith.

      A politician supporting such unlawful behavior under the veil of first amendment religious protections is an agitator engaged in the support of unlawful behavior and aiding enemies of the state, Article VI cannot stand in their defense.

      1. Not that it matters, but he didn’t say he prayed 34 times a day. He said “I put my face on the ground 34 times a day”. Muslims pray 5 times a day, and when they do, they place their face on the ground multiple times. I’m not sure of the specifics or how that comes out to 34, but I believe that’s what he was referring to.

        1. ALL mooslum males are like this, short of temper, no room for opposing views.
          I wish I could put his face on the floor, it would only be once.

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