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Hamaas Khaalis

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Hamaas Abdul Khaalis (AKA Ernest McGee) is the founder of the Hanafi Movement in the United States in 1968. Khaalis, had been the Nation of Islam's first National Secretary and a friend of Malcolm X. He had converted to orthodox Islam and founded the Hanafi Movement with money donated by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. On 9 March 1977, Khaalis and about a dozen of his followers armed with shotguns and machetes seized control of seized the District Building [city hall], the B'nai B'rith building, and the Islamic Center, in the District of Columbia. Khaalis said they were seeking revenge for the murders of Khaalis' family members by Black Muslims in 1973. They held 134 hostages for more than 39 hours, they shot Washington DC city councilman Marion Barry in the chest, and they shot a radio reporter dead. The standoff ended and the hostages were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations. The Hanafis were convicted and sentenced to long terms in prison. Khaalis died at the Federal Complex Prison in Butner, North Carolina on November 13, 2003. He was 81 years old.  ( Wikipedia article )

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