Ariel Bradley wasn’t even the only Islamic jihadi from Chattanooga, Tennessee. On July 17, 2015, a fellow resident of the Chattanooga suburb of Hixson, Mohammad Abdulazeez, murdered four Marines at a Navy base in Chattanooga. This delighted Bradley, who wrote:
“Gifted this morning not only with Eid but w/ the news of a brother puttin fear n the heart of kufar [non-believers] n the city of my birth. Alhamdullilah [thanks be to Allah].”
By that time, Bradley was far from Chattanooga; she was living in the domains of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, and was calling herself Umm Aminah, that is, Aminah’s mother, after her two-year-old daughter, Aminah Mohamad. Six years later, Ariel Bradley is dead, and Aminah is being brought back to a United States that is even more riven now by the divisions and confusions that drove her mother’s life so wildly off course than it was when her mother made her fateful choices.
Ariel Bradley grew up in Chattanooga as a member of the Pentecostal
Church of God, and according to a man with whom she shared a home much
later, her parents zealously endeavored to “keep her away from materials
that would make her question Christianity,” even to the point of not
teaching her to read until she was almost a teenager. Not unexpectedly,
Ariel rebelled, running away from home when she was 15 or 16. Like so
many Americans today, she ended up adrift, searching for an identity and
a purpose. A friend characterized Ariel’s life as “a solar system
without a star, without a sun.” She got pregnant and had an abortion.
She got a lot of tattoos. She did a lot of drugs. She studied for her
GED but never got it.........To Read More.....