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IMAM APOLOGIZES FOR SERMON ATTACKING JEWS FOR ‘DESECRATING’ AL-AKSA

 

A California imam who accused Jews of “desecrating” the mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and seemingly called for their annihilation has apologized.

 

“I said things that were hurtful to Jews. This was unacceptable,” Ammar Shahin of Davis, California, said at a press conference Friday, according to a statement by the Anti-Defamation League, which welcomed the apology. “I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused. The last thing that I would do is intentionally hurt anyone, Muslim, Jewish or otherwise. It is not in my heart.”

A national Muslim umbrella group, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, had earlier denounced the sermon.

“We are disturbed deeply by the remarks of an imam from the Islamic Center of Davis during a sermon (khutba), which is meant to be a spiritual and uplifting speech before the congregational prayer every Friday. Instead, the sermon turned into a tirade against Jews by misquoting a saying (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad,” said the statement posted Friday by MPAC.

The sermon last week drew controversy after the Middle East Media Research Institute translated it and published a transcript. In MEMRI’s translation, Shahin calls on God to “liberate the al Aksa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the al Aksa Mosque. … Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one.”

The sermon referred to Israel’s temporary closure of the compound after three gunmen opened fire, killing two Israeli policemen, and the temporary installations after that attack of metal detectors. The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, and the third holiest site in Islam.

Shahin and his mosque have said that his intended reference was purely to the individuals shutting down the compound.

Other translators, according to a Washington Post report on Friday, said the MEMRI translation distorted the sermon, while saying that Shahin’s direct reference to “Jews” was nonetheless disturbing. Among Shahin’s critics was the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

These critics, along with MPAC, took issue particularly with Shahin for peddling an interpretation of the hadith — the saying of Muhammad — that casts Jews as villains in envisioning the end days. MPAC cited other readings of the hadith as envisioning harmony among the monotheistic religions.

The MPAC statement expressed frustration with MEMRI, an organization that has drawn fire from Islamic groups for what they say is its tendency to cut and paste Muslim pronouncements to cast them in the worst possible light.

“Groups like MEMRI exacerbate political divisions on the Middle East conflict rather than aim to reconcile differences,” the statement said. “In this case, it is doubly disappointing that an American imam used his pulpit to only provide more fuel for such groups to attack our communities writ-large.”

MEMRI has said it stands by its translation.

The MPAC statement noted that it also condemned the al Aksa closure — indeed, its statement on the matter was a lead item on the website’s front page as of Friday afternoon. It also noted the dangers both Jews and Muslims face in what it said was an atmosphere in the United States of increased hostility to minorities.

“Despite differences segments of our communities may have over foreign policy issues, we must stand together against destructive hatred in all its forms,” it said.

Seth Brysk, director of ADL’s San Francisco Office, issued a statement Friday, saying, “We welcome Imam Shahin’s apology and his clear recognition that hateful words have consequences. This is an important first step, but it is only the beginning of a journey that he needs to make in restoring confidence in his religious leadership and his understanding of the roots of anti-Semitism.”

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CALIFORNIA IMAM CALLS ON ALLAH TO ANNIHILATE JEWS

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In a July 21 lecture posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel, Muslim preacher Ammar Shahin spoke in English and Arabic about how all Muslims, not only Palestinians or Syrians, will be called upon to kill all the Jews on “the last day.”

In a video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Shahin also stressed that the Hadith (oral tradition of sayings attributed to the prophet of Islam) does not say where the final battle will take place. “If it is in Palestine,” for example, “or another place,” hinting at the possibility that such a battle could happen in the United States or Europe as well.

He also prayed that al-Aksa mosque be liberated from “the filth of the Jews.”

Born in Egypt and holding a B.A in Islamic Studies, Shahin traveled to the US in 1999 and obtained a degree in computer engineering. He is an instructor of the Zidani Islamic Institute which teaches Sunni Islam to the West.

Canadian police issue arrest warrant for anti-Semitic imam

Police in Montreal, Canada, have issued an arrest warrant for a Palestinian-Jordanian imam accusing him of willful promotion of hatred, following speeches that demonize Jews and use the Quran to call for their destruction.

The warrant follows a probe by Montreal police’s hate crimes squad, after a complaint by B’nai Brith Canada about a December speech at the Dar al-Arkam mosque during which Muhammad bin Musa al Nasrdescribed Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons.”

The imam then quoted from the Quran, saying at “the end of time … the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me – come and kill him!’”

The mosque allowed the West Bank-born imam, a prominent member of the hard-line Salafist movement in Jordan, where he lectures at the al-Ahliyya University in Amman, to deliver more than a dozen other speeches as well.

Michael Mostyn, the CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, told the Montreal Gazette, “Today, the Jewish community of Montreal can sleep safer, knowing that there is a price to pay for inciting violence against our community.

CEO of B’nai Brith Canada Michael Mostyn (courtesy)

“This incident and others like it demonstrate that anti-Semitism, especially in the guise of religion, remains a serious problem in Canada today.”

Bnai Brith has called for the extradition of the imam, whom it believes is in Jordan, although his precise whereabouts are not known.

While several Muslim groups have condemned the speech, the Dar al- Arkam mosque has not removed the original Arabic version from its YouTube channel, nor has it apologized, the Gazette said.

The complaint against Nasr was the second against a Montreal imam.

A video released in March by the Middle East Media Research Institute showed Sheikh Wael Al-Ghitawi in November 2014 delivering a sermon at the Al Andalous Islamic Center in the St. Laurent borough against the “people who slayed the prophets, shed their blood, and cursed the Lord …”

In February, a video from August 2014 released on YouTube showed a different imam from the mosque calling on Allah to “destroy the accursed Jews” and that they be killed “one by one.”

Montreal’s hate crimes unit is also reportedly looking to question a local rapper, Jonathan Azaziah (aka Madd Cold), who — according to B’nai Brith — uses his music to promote anti-Semitism.

Among Azaziah’s songs is one called “Death to Israel,” and another titled “Overthrow the Saudis.”

“We are pleased that the Montreal Hate Crimes Unit is taking this matter very seriously,” said B’nai Brith’s Mostyn.

“Azaziah has not only proclaimed his desire to murder Jews but encourages others to do the same. This is perhaps the most clear-cut case of incitement to violence against the Jewish people in Canada that we have seen in a long time.”

BERLIN MAYOR REBUKED OVER IMAM’S CALL TO KILL JEWS AND STONE WOMEN

 

A Danish Imam convicted for inciting hate after he preached for the extermination of Jews in Berlin during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014 appeared on Friday in the capital city at a radical mosque,catapulting the city’s mayor Michael Müller’s administration into a new round of criticism for failing to rope in Islamists who advocate lethal antisemitism.

 

Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail said in a fiery 2014 sermon at Berlin’s Al-Nur mosque: “Oh, Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews, they are no challenge for you.” He added,’Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Make them suffer terribly.”

The Lebanese-born cleric’s sermon was caught on video and triggered international criticism. Ismail was slated to speak on Friday at the African mosque, but was replaced at the eleventh hour by a Syrian imam who warned about spies within the congregation.

The Free Democratic party politician Marcel Luthe, who is a representative in the Berlin parliament, told the B.Z. paper: “The Senate [ Berlin mayor’s Michael Müller’s administration] learned nothing from the appearance of the Islamic terrorist preacher at the Fussilet and Al-Nur mosques and continues to not take seriously the stoking of terrorism under the cover of practicing religion. These types of appearances should be carefully monitored.”

Anis Amri,the Islamic State terrorist who murdered twelve people in a terror attack in Berlin in December, attended the Fussilet mosque. The Israeli citizen Dalia Elyakim was one of the victims of Amri’s Islamic-animated terrorism.

Luthe urged criminal penalties for incitement to hate in connection with such appearances.

Ismail was filmed in 2016 at the Danish Grimhøj mosque in Aarhus stating, “If a married or divorced women engages in fornication, and she is not a virgin, she should be stoned to death.”

The radical Islamist continued, “If someone violates their marriage, either man or woman, they commit adultery and their blood is thus halal and they should be killed by stoning. If the woman is a virgin, the punishment is whipping.”

The Grimhøj mosque announced its support for the Islamic State in 2014.

When asked by a B.Z. reporter on Friday what he (Ismail) meant with stoning and killing Jews, a companion of Ismail said the statements “were taken out of context. if the media were honest ,he would say something.” Isamil then laughed, according to the B.Z.

The B.Z.’s Til Biermann reported that nearly 100 people appeared on Friday expecting to listen to Ismail’s sermon. Women are not allowed into the prayer room where the men prayed.

The Christian Democratic Union city councilman Falko Liecke told the B.Z. that the Müller’s amdinistration must ban the mosque. “This hate and violence contradicts everything that we stand for.”

He said it is not the first time that extremists positions were spread at the African mosque. “It is one of the radical hot spots in Berlin.”

Jerusalem Post queries to the social democratic mayor Michael Müller were not returned.

In 2015, a Berlin criminal court fined Ismail €1,300 for inciting hatred against Jews at the al-Nur mosque, The court found that Ismail, 49 and a father of nine, had delivered a “hostile and hate-filled view toward Jews as a population group in Germany.”

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid blasted mayor Müller in June for permitting the Al Quds march in Berlin. Lapid wrote in a letter to the mayor:“The leader of Hezbollah, whose image was held aloft in your streets, delivered his Al Quds Day speech in Lebanon this week while crowds chanted ‘Death to Israel.’ When people march in the streets of Berlin holding up photographs of the leader of Hezbollah, they celebrate the murder of our families and of our children, they celebrate the attempt to destroy the fragile coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel. They celebrate terror.”

Lapid said, “Mr. Mayor, your decision to remain silent in the face of this incitement and hatred is a grave mistake. Allowing the glorification of terrorism in your city won’t appease extremists, it will embolden them.”

According to Berlin’s most recent intelligence agency report from 2015, there are 250 active Hezbollah members in the city. The report documented 70 Hamas members in Berlin.

Germany and the EU classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.

It is unclear why Müller’s administration has not clamped down on Hamas operatives . The EU and the Federal Republic designated Hezbollah’s so-called military wing as a terrorist entity.

Singapore deporting imam who spoke against Jews, Christians

(JTA) — An Indian imam in Singapore who was ordered deported after speaking against Jews and Christians during a sermon visited a synagogue to apologize for his remarks.

Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel pleaded guilty last week in a state court to a charge of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race for his remarks made at a mosque in January. He was fined $2,860, which he paid, and ordered deported, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement, the news agency AFP reported.

During a prayer session, the imam said in Arabic, “Grant us help against the Jews and Christians,” citing the Quran as his source, according to court documents, AFP reported.

“Recent events abroad have highlighted how the build-up of anger and resentment among different religious groups can lead to social friction and violence,” the Home Affairs statement said. “The government has the responsibility to act quickly and firmly to repudiate divisive speech, even if the course of action is sometimes difficult.”

On Saturday, the imam visited the Maghain Aboth Synagogue and apologized for his remarks. Rabbi Mordechai Abergel accepted the apology, the Straits Times reported. He also apologized on Friday to a gathering of leaders of several faiths, according to the report.

Abergel said the Jewish and Muslim communities here have a “very harmonious” relationship.

“This sends a message that these bonds are not affected, and we share so much more than what divides us,” the rabbi said.

In Trump era, imams and rabbis struggle to counter anti-Muslim hostility (VERY VERY VERY GOOD!!!!)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A year ago, when several dozen Washington-area Jewish and Muslim religious and lay leaders jostled for spots in a group picture, the mood was convivial.

The most novel item on the agenda for that November 2015 confab was bringing in non-Middle Eastern Muslims into the Jewish-Muslim dialogue. The meeting and the venue — an Indonesian-American Muslim center in Silver Spring, Maryland — helped “dispel the myth that Muslims are inherently of Middle Eastern descent,” a release said.

On Sunday, the meeting of the third Summit of Greater Washington Imams and Rabbis was better attended – 100 or so leaders were on hand at Tifereth Israel, a Conservative synagogue in the District of Columbia, about 30 more than last year – and the group picture was just as friendly. But in that anxious “we’re in this together” way.

Following an afternoon packed with tales of Muslims enduring taunts, vandalism and bullying in schools, the host rabbi, Ethan Seidel, sang a Hasidic melody to calm the rabbis, imams and lay leaders as they scrambled into place (“short folks in front!”).

What changed? The name some said they could hardly mention: Donald Trump, the president-elect.

“Think of the rhetoric of a person I won’t name,” said Ambereen Shaffie, a co-founder of the DC chapter of the interfaith Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, addressing the group after the photo shoot.

Shaffie described Thanksgiving break at her parents’ Kansas City home, when all 40 people in her extended family said they encountered hostility in recent months, from bullying in schools, where younger relatives were called “terrorists,” to a fire set on her parents’ porch, to a bullet through the window of a male relative’s home.

Imams, rabbis, and Jewish and Muslim lay leaders posing for a group photo at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2016. (Ron Kampeas/JTA)

She blamed Trump’s campaign, and his broadsides against Muslims. These included what an aide described as launching a database of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States, a pointed religious-based attack on the family of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in Iraq and Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11.

Similar tales of harassment and threats against Muslims abounded at the summit, an initiative of several local dialogue groups and the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

And throughout the event, the Trump impact was often implied, if not explicitly cited.

The first session broke the gathering into lunch groups, and participants found printouts on their tables asking them to discuss how Jews and Muslims should “respond to the present social and political climate.”

“Basically, they want us to react to the results of the last election,” said Dr. Ira Weiss, a physician who is involved in the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Greater Washington, tossing the printout back onto the table. “Some of what Trump said during the campaign was not only intolerant but dangerous.”

The coming-together, where rabbis and lay leaders represented the spectrum of Jewish religious streams, was “especially significant at a moment of increased bigotry, when both communities are feeling vulnerable,” Seidel said in the release announcing the summit.

Ambereen Shaffie of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom addressing a Muslim-Jewish gathering at Congregation Tifereth Israel, Dec. 11, 2016. (Ron Kampeas/JTA)

Police in Maryland’s Washington suburbs have reported a spike in vandalism, particularly in schools, that invokes Nazi imagery. Nationally, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have reported an increase in incidents since the election targeting blacks, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBT community and women. The latest FBI hate crimes report showed a 67 percent rise in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the past year.

In the roundtable discussions and in plenary sessions, participants struggled to pin down what they could do to ameliorate the current climate.

Participants described initiatives, like mosque and synagogue twinnings, that began after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when there was more of a national consensus that Muslims in America deserved protection from counterattacks. But these initiatives had been in place for years and had not prevented the acceleration of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.

What went wrong? Participants seemed at a loss to understand.

Rabbi David Shneyer said his progressive congregation, Kehila Chadasha, had a post-election meeting with a strong turnout – 50 members from a 100-family community – and that one of its conclusions was to “hold media more accountable.”

“What does it mean, holding media more accountable?” Seidel asked.

“I can’t explain at this point,” Shneyer said.

Some participants said the rabbis, imams and lay leaders needed to break out of their bubbles of mutual affection and travel to the America that had elected Trump.

“We need to reach out to communities where the likelihood of a difference of opinion exists at a higher rate,” said Abdul Rashid Abdullah, representing the National American Muslim Association on Scouting and sporting a scoutmaster’s shirt.

Abdullah said he had been raised a Roman Catholic and converted to Islam when he was 18.

“I came from a household that’s probably supporting Trump,” he said. “By God’s will, I’m not on that route – but I could have been.”

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, a senior fellow at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, outlined to the larger group what his lunch table came up with, including volunteering to register as Muslims should Trump make good on his campaign proposal to set up a national Muslim registry. (The ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, proposed the same idea last month at his organization’s plenary in New York.)

But Schwarz also voiced a sense of helplessness that permeated the discussion.

“There’s got to be a more proactive agenda to counter the way Trump has characterized Islam as radical,” he said.

“How do you get out of the vacuum?” a participant asked.

“Reverse freedom rides,” someone else said. “We take our bubble into the hinterlands.”

Some practical ideas emerged, including synagogue members appearing outside mosques during Friday prayers bearing signs expressing support, and setting up volunteer systems that would accompany children to school who had been subjected to harassment there.

Rabbi Jason Kimmelman-Block, the director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, spurred participants to sign his group’s petition urging President Barack Obama, before he leaves office, to dismantle the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, an existing structure that Trump could use to facilitate a Muslim registry.

Walter Ruby, the Muslim-Jewish relations director for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, said a 10-person steering committee would be chosen from those attending the meeting. Rabbi Gerald Serotta, the executive director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, circulated an outline of a rapid response system should hate crimes occur.

Shaffie said Muslims and Jews should set an example by broadening the current paradigm of “utilitarian” collaborations — joining in legal challenges, for instance — to establish deeper friendships. She described how the women in her group, the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, visit each other’s homes “when babies are born, when someone passes.”

“Loving someone else for the sake of God,” she said, is a means of “standing together as protectors, not defined by common victimhood, but a common heritage of dignity and love.”

Friends call slaying of imam near Queens mosque a “hate crime”; cops baffled

NEW YORK (AP) — The daylight slaying of a mosque leader and his associate set off fear and anguish among the Bangladeshi Muslim community in a New York City neighborhood and some say the killings appear to be an anti-Muslim hate crime.

But police say there is no evidence of that so far, a day into the investigation.

Mashuk Uddin just couldn’t believe it was true, shaking as he heard the news that his brother, Thara, a devout Muslim, had been gunned down alongside an imam, just blocks from their New York City mosque as they left afternoon prayers.

Police continued searching for answers Sunday morning in the killing of Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Uddin, 64, Saturday afternoon near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Queens.

And while investigators have not established a motive in the attack, a sentiment of fear has come over the neighborhood’s Bangladeshi Muslim community, who worry the slayings could be rooted in intolerance.

Imam Maulama Akonjee who was shot dead along with another man Saturday, August 13, 2016, as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in the Queens borough of New York after prayers. (Abdul Chowdhury via AP)

On Saturday, Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, of the New York Police Department, said there was “nothing in the preliminary investigation to indicate that they were targeted because of their faith.” Both men were wearing traditional religious attire and Akonjee was carrying about $1,000 in cash. The money was not taken during the shooting.

But on Sunday, neighbors who gathered on the quiet residential street where the men lived in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens said they just didn’t believe that could be the case.

“This was a hate crime. One hundred percent, there’s no doubt about it,” said Monir Chowdhury, who worshiped daily with Akonjee and Uddin.

Sandals mark the crime scene, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, not far from the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York, where the leader of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

He said he had moved to the community because of its large Bangladeshi immigrant population, but in recent months has been harassed by people shouting anti-Muslim epithets. In one incident, a man called him “Osama” as he walked to the mosque with his 3-year-old son. As the culprit remained at large Sunday, Chowdhury decided it would be best to drive to prayer services.

“I have no freedom,” he said. “A lot of neighbors said, ‘Hey, don’t take your kid with you.’ People, they just hate us.”

Chowdhury said he has felt the mood in the neighborhood change drastically in the last few months and blamed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for spreading what he believes is anti-Muslim rhetoric.

“This neighborhood is getting crazy because of this election and Trump. He hates Muslims,” he said. The imam had $1,000 in his pocket “and they didn’t take anything. I love this neighborhood and now I’m scared.”

Trump’s campaign said in a statement that it was “highly irresponsible” to blame a political candidate for the violent attacks.

People gather for a demonstration near a crime scene where the leader of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack as they left afternoon prayers Saturday, August 13, 2016. Police said 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and his 64-year-old associate, Tharam Uddin, were shot in the back of the head as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in the Ozone Park section of Queens. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Naima Akonjee, 28, one of the imam’s seven children, said she rushed to her parents’ home after the shooting. She said her father was a caring man who would call her just to check up on whether she had eaten properly.

Members of the Bangladeshi Muslim community served by the mosque said they want the shootings to be treated as a hate crime. More than 100 people attended a rally Saturday night and chanted “We want justice!”

Police said they were reviewing surveillance video showing the victims being approached from behind by a man in a dark polo shirt and shorts who shot them and then fled south on 79th Street with the gun still in his hand.

Police released a sketch early Sunday of a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses. Police said witnesses described the shooter as a man with a medium complexion. No arrests had been made by Sunday afternoon.

‘We blame Donald Trump for this’: Two dead including Queens imam in NY anti-Islam attack (VERY GOOD!!!!)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/we-blame-donald-trump-for-this-one-dead-and-one-injured-in-ny-anti-islam-attack/

 

Queens, NY imam and his assistant were both shot by a lone gunman on Saturday as they left prayer services at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in Ozone Park.

The New York Daily News reported that both men were shot in the head at around 1:50 p.m. in broad daylight. Police have not released the victims’ names, only reported that one man is dead and the other is seriously injured.

Outside the mosque a group of congregants gathered to grieve and commiserate.

“That’s not what America is about,” said resident Khairul Islam to the Daily News. “We blame Donald Trump for this…Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia.”

Witnesses said the two men were walking together when a single gunman walked up to them and opened fire. The shooter is described as “tall and dark-skinned, carrying a large handgun, and wearing a dark blue shirt and short pants.”

“People being shot in the head in broad daylight is unheard of,” said Millat Uddin, a 25-year resident of the neighborhood to the Daily News. “Killing people brutally, like they’re an animal.”

“All of a sudden I heard five shots,” said a witness, “I knew it wasn’t firecrackers. And then the commotion of the emergency (vehicles), and that’s when I knew…When I came here, they were doing CPR to both of the people on the ground.”

The two men were rushed to Jamaica Hospital where one was pronounced dead.

“For no reason,” said neighborhood resident and leader at another nearby mosque, Kobri Chowdhury. “He had finished his prayers…Somebody else with him. Just a pure, blind, hate crime.”

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m. EDT: Police report that the imam was killed and his assistant is in serious condition.

UPDATE, 6:13 p.m. EDT: Police report that the second victim has died as well. Here is an official NYPD statement about the shooting:


UPDATE 6:16 p.m. EDT:
 Police identified the imam as Imam Alala Uddin Akongi, 55, a married father of three.

UPDATE 7:42 p.m. EDT: The New York Post identified the second victim in the shooting as Thara Uddin, 64.

Child rape is “part of our culture” says Islamic preacher in Denmark

In Denmark, a prominent mosque has told their congregation that apostates, adulterers and any one who harms a Muslim should be killed. The Mosque chairman defended the sermons, saying, “we believe in Islam”.

Few days ago the Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus made headlines, when one of their imams defend child rape among recent migrants because it is part of their culture. .

in 2014, the mosque also appeared to declare support for the Islamic State (IS) terror group and again in 2015. However, local police later praised the mosque, claiming they were in fact discouraging young Muslims from joining the Jihad.

Nowadays, a new documentary by Danish broadcaster TV2 has reignited debate over whether the infamous mosque should be shut down. Radical preacher Abu Bilal Ismail (pictured above) was secretly filmed saying:

“If a married or divorced women engages in fornication, and she is not a virgin, she should be stoned to death”.

Continuing: “If someone violates their marriage, either man or woman, they commit adultery and their blood is thus halal [acceptable under Muslim law, ed.] and they should be killed by stoning. If the woman is a virgin, the punishment is whipping”.

In the clip, the imam advocates an “eye for an eye”policy. “If someone kills a Muslim, then they should be killed,” he says, before adding that anyone who leaves Islam (Apostasy) should also be murdered.

The mosques’s chairman, Oussama El-Saadi, who personal declared his support for IS last year, defended the comments and said the TV2 journalist was a “spy” who had tricked the Imam responsible.

“Our imam needs to answer what he has read on Sharia, when TV2’s spy asks him about Sharia. We can’t cheat and say incorrect things about our religion”, Mr. El-Saadi said.

East Jutland Police said on Twitter that they would “investigate the remarks further and determine if it is a punishable situation”.

AWESOME: Italy DEPORTS Muslim Imam After He Calls For TERRORISM

A imam in Italy named Abd al-Barr al-Rawdhi, made a speech inciting violence against Jews, and the Italian government determined that he was a danger to society and that he will be deported. His remarks can be heard in a film of his speech:

The imam said:

What is happening in Gaza indicates that it is a delusion to think that Palestine can contain the Jews as well as its people. Palestine cannot contain the Muslims and the Jews…The Jews should not be in Palestine and they will not remain there. Any Jew living in Palestine is an illegitimate occupier… He is a target of Jihad, and will end up in the garbage bin of history. … The Jews will not thrive and will not live in safety because they are the slayers of the prophets…Wherever the Jews thrive, corruption abounds.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano wrote:

It’s unacceptable to deliver a speech of clear anti-Semitic tenor, containing explicit incitement to religious violence and hate… For this reason, I have ordered his immediate expulsion from [Italian] national territory. My decision serves as a warning to all those who think that Italy is a place to preach hatred.

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