December 29, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1291

2022 Editor's Picks: Top MEMRI TV Clips From The Sermons By Imams In The West Project

December 29, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1291

The following is a collection of MEMRI TV clips from the MEMRI Sermons By Imams In The West project in 2022. Producing such content is very costly, and your help allows us to continue our vital work of supporting counterterrorism efforts in the U.S. and throughout the West. We are very grateful to those of our valued readers who have already donated this year, and ask those who have not yet done so to please consider making a tax-deductible donation now.

The following are selected MEMRI TV clips from The Sermons By Imams In The West Project in 2022, on a variety of topics.


#9616 – Michigan Islamic Scholar Usama Abdulghani: Khomeini Trained The Youth To Be 'Giant Killers,' Like Soleimani, Nasrallah, Al-Muhandis; Islam Is Supreme

Usama Abdulghani, an Iran-educated Shi'ite Islamic scholar based in Dearborn, Michigan, said in a lecture delivered at the Hadi Institute Youth Community Center in commemoration of Ayatollah Khomeini that Muslims should have the goal of establishing Islam's supremacy, and not just having a "seat at the table" or stopping Islamophobia. He elaborated that Islam is inherently supreme, and he said that Khomeini had "changed history" by getting Muslims to embrace Islamic principles. He explained that Khomeini had taught that the biggest victory is "training the youth," and that Khomeini's students including IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi PMU Deputy Secretary General Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah were all trained to be "giant killers." In addition, he said that Muslims should preserve Khomeini's legacy by building "resistance communities" wherever they are. For more about Usama Abdulghani, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 9602.


#9787 – French Islamic Scholar Facing Deportation Hassan Iquioussen: Jihad Is The Pinnacle Of Islam; Those Who Do Not Fully Commit To Islam Will Be Discarded By Allah (Archival)

French Islamic scholar Hassan Iquioussen said in a lesson  posted on January 14, 2013, to an account named "foundiba" on Daily Motion that "armed Jihad against the external enemy" is the pinnacle of Islam, and he called on his audience to fully "commit" to Islam. He told his audience that they must not place this world above Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and Jihad, and he said that Muslims who do not "commit" are "discarded" by Allah. In addition, he warned: "Don't think that Islam will stop because you do not want to commit." The Morocco-born imam is facing expulsion from France.


#9475 – Hawthorne, California Imam Hamdy Sadek In Friday Sermon: The Jews Gave The Prophets A Hard Time, Then Killed Them; Oh Allah, Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque From The Malevolence Of The Jews!

California imam Hamdy Sadek prayed: "Oh, Allah, purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the malevolence of the Jews," in a Friday sermon delivered at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne, in Hawthorne, California and posted on the mosque's official YouTube account on March 11, 2022. He said that Allah had warned the Prophet Muhammad that the Jews would be given the chance to attack him after Allah changed the prayer direction to the Kaaba, in Mecca, and that some "weak Muslims" would also be affected by the "media of the Jews." Sadek added that the Jews gave the prophets a "hard time" and killed them.


#9678 – Danish Imam Mundhir Abdallah Slams Saudi Decision To Let Sheikh Muhammad Al-Issa Deliver Key Hajj Sermon: Al-Issa Prayed In Auschwitz For The Souls Of Jews Killed In The 'Alleged Holocaust,' Claimed Jews And Christians Are 'Our Brothers'

In an Eid Al-Adha sermon in Copenhagen, Hizb ut-Tahrir-affiliated Danish Imam Mundhir Abdallah criticized Muslim World League Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa for having prayed for the souls of the Jews who had perished in Auschwitz during the "alleged Holocaust" (for more about Al-Issa, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 7755, 7772, 7760, and 7859). Imam Abdallah also criticized him for calling for friendly relations with Jews and Christians. In addition, Imam Abdallah said that Al-Issa, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and UAE President Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan are "immoral enemies of Allah." When speaking about a recent shooting at a Copenhagen mall by a mentally ill man, Imam Abdallah added that most Westerners are mentally ill. The sermon was posted on July 9, 2022 to Imam Abdallah's YouTube channel. In July 2018, Mundhir Abdallah was indicted in Denmark for calling for the murder of Jews in a 2017 sermon  translated and published by MEMRI. For more information about Abdallah, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos.9394, 9134, 7407, 6689, and 6013, and read the full MEMRI report here.


#9944 – Nation Of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan: The Talmud Was Written By Satanic Jews; The Jews Are Our Enemy, They Use Us As Tools, Slaves (Archival)

On November 17, 2022, the Nation of Islam shared on its Facebook page an excerpt from a lecture by leader Louis Farrakhan originally delivered on June 1, 2013. In the lecture, Farrakhan said that he focuses on the Jews more than other "problems" faced by the black community because they are the "open enemy" of black people and are using them as a "tool and a willing slave." He referred to the Jews as the "synagogue of Satan," and he said that "Satanic Jews" wrote the Talmud. He added that if the Jews choose to follow their rabbis rather than the word of God, then they have chosen death for themselves and their descendants.


#9315 – Texas Islamic Scholar Abdulrazzak Junaid: Feminism Aims To Enslave Women In Capitalist Society; Islam Has Given Women Their Rights At A Level No Western Society Can Match

American Islamic scholar Abdulrazzak Junaid said in a Friday sermon delivered at the Mesquite Islamic Center in a suburb of Dallas, Texas that the idea of feminism aims only to "enslave" women in capitalist societies. Junaid explained that this means that women must work for their bosses and make money instead of caring for their children. Junaid added that it is Islam that gave women their rights and that dignifies them "at a level no Western society can match." The sermon was posted on the Mesquite Islamic Center’s official YouTube channel on January 14, 2022.


#9357 – Canadian Islamic Scholar Bilal Philips: During Operation Desert Storm, We Persuaded 3,000 U.S. Troops In Saudi Arabia To Convert To Islam; We Took Them To Watch Beheadings; Some Would Later Use Their Expertise In The Bosnian War (Archival)

At the "Peace Conference Scandinavia," which was held in Oslo, Norway in March 2010, Canadian Islamic scholar Dr. Bilal Philips, who currently lives in Qatar, delivered a lecture titled "Da'wa in Desert Storm." Philips, who lived in Saudi Arabia in the early 1990s, recounted his proselytization efforts as part of a group of Muslims who preached Islam to U.S. troops deployed to eastern Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Philips elaborated that he had even taken troops to watch public executions and shari'a punishments. "Some heads were chopped off, some hands were chopped off," he said. According to Philips, 3,000 U.S. troops converted to Islam as a result of these proselytization efforts, which he said were conducted with the consent of U.S. authorities. He then claimed that some of the converted troops moved to Bosnia after being discharged, and lent their military expertise to the Bosnians in the Bosnian War. A video of the 2010 speech was posted on Bilal Philips' official YouTube account on February 6, 2022. According to the description, Peace Conference Scandinavia was held in Oslo on March 27-29, 2010.


#9417 – Texas Imam Yasir Qadhi: Why Is A Ukrainian Soldier Who Blew Himself Up To Prevent Russians from Crossing A Bridge Presented As A 'Martyr' By The Media? In Any Other Circumstances He Would Be Portrayed As A Suicide Bomber

Texas Imam Yasir Qadhi said in a Friday, March 4, 2022 sermon at the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas that the West has a double standard since it regards Ukrainians opposing the Russian invasion to be freedom fighters, while considering Muslims fighting Western occupation in the Middle East to be terrorists. He asked how come a Ukrainian soldier who blew himself up to prevent Russians from crossing a bridge was "valorized," while in the "same incident" in other situations he would have been considered a "suicide bomber." Qadhi also said that it is hypocritical that foreign fighters who volunteer to fight on behalf of the Ukrainian resistance are glorified while volunteers to fight Western invasion are jailed. He qualified that he was never an advocate of "those types of religious movements," but that he also had never said that "those types of people in those lands" are doing anything wrong. Qadhi asked: "When a foreign country invades you, what do you expect the locals to do?" He said: "We are not justifying terrorism, but who gets to define what is terrorism?"


#9479 – Boston Imam Abdullah Faaruuq: America Is A Terrible Place, Unlike Sudan Or Afghanistan, Where Women Have The Sense To Cover Themselves

Boston Imam Abdullah Faaruuq delivered a Friday sermon at the Islamic Society of Boston, in Cambridge Massachusetts, on March 18, 2022, in which he said that America was a "terrible place." He said that women in America do not "have the sense" to cover themselves like women in Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, or India. Faaruuq also said that America is a land where "disobedience to Almighty God is the norm" and gave the examples of gay marriage and transgenderism, commenting: "You can chop it off, put it on. You could do whatever you want." Abdullah Faaruuq is the Imam of Mosque Praise Allah in Boston, and he has ties with convicted Pakistani-American terrorist Aafia Siddiqui. For more information about Faaruuq, see MEMRI TV Clips nos. 6832 and 6832.


#9495 – Puerto Rican Imam Ben Shaban Praises Perpetrator Of Tel Aviv Terrorist Attack: This Was A Man Who Was Worth 1,000 Men; He Single-Handedly Made Tel Aviv Stand Still; Men Like This Will Liberate Palestine, Restore The Muslims' Honor

In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on April 8, 2022, Palestinian-Puerto Rican imam Ben Shaban praised Raad Hazem, the Palestinian terrorist who killed three Israelis and injured several others in a shooting in a Tel Aviv bar the previous day. Citing a hadith from the Prophet Muhammad, Shaban said that Hazem was a "real hero" and a man who was worth 1,000 men. He explained that after the shooting, Hazem escaped and was pursued by 1,000 "Zionist soldiers" while 350,000 Israelis hid in their homes. Referring to the early-morning mosque shootout in which Hazem was killed, Shaban said: "He ascended [to heaven] as a martyr, after praying the fajr [morning] prayer." In addition, Shaban said that men like Hazem are destined to liberate Palestine and restore the honors of the Arabs and the Muslims. Imam Shaban is originally from East Jerusalem and lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to his Facebook account.


#9602 – Michigan Islamic Scholar Usama Abdulghani: Israel Wants To Take Over The World; The Zionists Are Animals, Baby-Killers – The Palestinians Have A Right To Stand Up To Them

Usama Abdulghani, an Iran-educated Shi’ite Islamic scholar based in Dearborn, Michigan, said in a lecture delivered at the Hadi Institute Youth Community Center that Israel is an "apartheid state" that seeks to span from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and then to take over the entire world. He said that if it could, Israel would be carrying out its policies in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, and Bahrain, and he explained that Israel believes that other people are "subhuman" and must accept living like animals or be "dealt with." In addition, he said that the Palestinians have a God-given right and duty to stand up to the Zionist "animals" and "baby-killers." The video of the lecture was uploaded to the Light of Guidance YouTube channel. Abdulghani was born in Washington, D.C. and studied in Qom, Iran for several years. For more about Abdulghani, including about his praise of IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 7284 and No. 8073.


#9643 – Australian Salafi Scholar Abu Ousayd: The Apostates Who Claim Islam Permits Homosexuality Should Go To Hell – Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death; Hindu Cow-Worshippers Are Mocking Muhammad, We Must Boycott Indian Products

Australian Salafi scholar Wissam "Abu Ousayd" Haddad said in a June 10, 2022 sermon  posted on the Instagram page of Al-Madina Dawah Centre form Sydney, that Muslims who claim that homosexuality is permitted in Islam are "sick people" and apostates who should go to Hell. He said that Muslims should not hide from the fact that homosexuality is punishable by death according to Islamic law. In addition, commenting on the recent controversy sparked by an official from India's ruling BJP party who "insulted" Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, Abu Ousayd called on his audience to boycott Indian products because the "worshippers of cows" are making fun Muhammad. For more about Wisam Haddad, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 9483 and the MEMRI JTTM reports from February 28, 2022 and August 4, 2020.


#9663 – Canadian Imam Younus Kathrada: Homosexuality Is An Abomination; Oh Allah, Bring Annihilation Upon The Plundering, Criminal Jews!

In a Friday, June 24, 2022 sermon at Muslim Youth Victoria, Canadian Imam Younus Kathrada described homosexuality as an "abomination, an immorality, an indecency, a shameful deed," and he spoke about the severe punishment of the people of Sodom. In addition, Kathrada played for Allah to annihilate the "plundering" and "criminal" Jews, and to make the Muslims rejoice by returning the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim control. The sermon was posted on the Muslim Youth Victoria YouTube channel. For more about Younus Kathrada, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9570, 9050, 8409, 8289, 8003, 7896, 7534, 7098, 6950, and 6906.


#9428 – NY Imam Ibraheem Al-Hoori: For Women, Subservience And Obedience To Their Husbands Is An Act Of Religious Worship; Islam Is The Solution To The Oppression Of Women

American imam Ibraheem Al-Hoori said in a Friday sermon at Masjid Ahlul Quran Wa Sunnah in Queens, New York that men are leaders over women, that husbands run the marriage and household, and that it is an act of religious worship for women to be subservient and obedient to their husbands. He explained that men are looked down upon today, that they are "scared to talk like this," and that "feminist men" try to "gather the women" when they speak in mosques because women have money. Al-Hoori also said that there are women who are oppressed throughout the world, and that the solution to this oppression is to practice Islam. The video of the sermon was uploaded to the mosque's YouTube account on March 4, 2022.


#9330 – D.C. Imam Abdul Alim Musa: The Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Crisis Was Set Up By The Zionists, Just Like 9/11, To Give Muslims A Bad Name

Imam Abdul Alim Musa, the Director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington D.C., said in a Friday sermon  uploaded to the As-Sabiqun DC YouTube channel on January 21, 2022, that the Colleyville, Texas synagogue hostage crisis was "arranged" by the Zionists in order to give Muslims a bad name. He said that 9/11 was also a Zionist plot, and he argued that Muslims do not have the ability to carry out such attacks. For more about Imam Abdul Alim Musa, see MEMRI TV clips no. 9308, 9067, 5869, 5762,and 2326.


#9305 – Michigan Islamic Scholar Sheikh Ahmad Jibril: Capturing Muslim Women Used To Be Considered A Declaration Of War, Led Muslim Rulers To Eradicate Towns; Aafia Siddiqui – An Icon Of Muslim Women Held Unjustly In Prison

On September 18, 2021, a video was uploaded to a YouTube channel called "Shaikh Jibril" in which Michigan Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril praised Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is serving an 86-year prison sentence at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas for attempted murder of U.S. military personnel and who is known for her post-9/11 affiliation with Al-Qaeda and Islamists. Sheikh Jibril said that in the past, capturing women was considered a declaration of war, and that Muslim leaders would "eradicate towns off the face of the earth" when such a thing happened. He said that Muslims should never abandon their brothers or sisters in a time of need, and that Siddiqui is an "icon for the plight of Muslim women held unjustly in prisons all over the globe." In addition, Sheikh Jibril said that the Islamic justice system is just and moral, while in the American justice system, a jury comprised of "crackheads" and "meth addicts" convicts people. Furthermore, Sheikh Jibril said that U.S. authorities remove Muslim children from their homes in order to turn them into polytheists. The Shaikh Jibril YouTube channel is purportedly managed by Sheikh Jibril's students.


#9995 – UK Islamic Scholar Asrar Rashid: Hitler Did The Jews A Favor – They Capitalized On Europe's Sympathy To Come To Palestine; There Is A Plan To Rebrand Jihad As Radicalism, Terrorism

British Islamic scholar Asrar Rashid said in a June 19, 2022 lecture at the South Birmingham Central Masjid that Adolf Hitler had done a "favor" for the Jews, who "capitalized" on European sympathy after World War II in order to come to Palestine. He said that the Jews had "held all the politicians in their pockets," and that the Communists in Russia were mostly Jews and had permitted Jewish emigration to Palestine in order to create a Jewish majority there. Later in the lecture, Rashid criticized the United Nations for only condemning Israel without taking action against it, and he said that it would not be surprising if the UN building is moved from New York to Jerusalem "in the near future." In addition, he said that there is a foundation inside the UN building that worships Satan, and that there is an "end goal" to pacify Islam by "rebranding" Jihad as radicalism and terrorism. For more about Asrar Rashid, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 7607 and 6370.

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