After President Trump declared that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, an imam at a Texas mosque objected and said, “Trump was mistaken.”
According to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, the founder of the Tajweed Institute in Houston, delivered a sermon on December 8th in which he said:
“My brothers, the Prophet Muhammad brought the good tidings, when he said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, [which] will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him … This is the promise of Allah.’”
That passage is contained in the collection of quotes by Islam’s prophet known as the hadith, which is an official source aside from the koran. Clearly, “kill the Jews” is a core teaching of Islam and mandated by Muhammad himself.
However, Al-Rousan was forced to “retract” the message after pressure form the Anti-Defamation League who called his sermon anti-Semitic and inciting to the Jewish community.
The imam released two statements hoping to backpedal his way out of the controversy and had the gall to say he was “mortified” that others had misinterpreted his sermon — a sermon based on the texts of his own religion — and believed he supports “the very thing I despise:”
“Regarding my sermon on Dec. 8th, 2017 it must be understood that I unequivocally affirm and uphold the dignity, sanctity and value of all human life, including – of course – people of the Jewish faith. I must also state in no uncertain terms that I am absolutely and completely opposed to and disgusted by all forms of terrorism, all terrorists, and I oppose anyone who would commit, call for, or threaten violence against civilians.”
The Islamic leader has vowed “to alleviate any fears” in the Jewish community by working with them to “combat hatred in all forms, most especially anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry.” You can bet that won’t include ripping out the offending pages from his so-called holy book. Jews would do best to avoid allowing this madman anywhere near their community.