"It's significant that this sheik is willing to say this publicly," said David Reaboi, vice president for strategic communications at the Center for Security Policy. "Maybe he's savvy enough to know US media, for the most part, is allergic to understanding or even presenting what's said in Islamic societies in their shariah or Muslim contexts."
The comments are important "because it's incomprehensible divorced of its meaning in Islamic law," Reaboi said. "In covering it at all, the media is forced to try to explain what he's saying in Islamic legal terms—something they've gone through great pains to both avoid and obfuscate. The sheik, communicating this to both his followers and the wider Islamic world, is heard very clearly."