July 11, 2022 Special Dispatch No. 10075

Danish Imam Mundhir Abdallah, Who Received Six Months' Suspended Sentence For Hate Speech After MEMRI Translated His 2017 Call For Killing Jews, Slams Saudi Decision To Have Muslim World League Secretary Muhammad Al-Issa Deliver Key Hajj Sermon, Saying: Al-Issa Prayed In Auschwitz For The Souls Of Jews Killed In The 'Alleged Holocaust' And Called Jews And Christians 'Our Brothers'

July 11, 2022
Special Dispatch No. 10075

In a July 9, 2022 Eid Al-Adha sermon in Copenhagen, Hizb ut-Tahrir-affiliated Danish Imam Mundhir Abdallah criticized Muslim World League Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa for having prayed for the souls of the Jews who had perished in Auschwitz during the "alleged Holocaust."[1]He also criticized Issa's call for friendly Muslim-Jewish and Muslim-Christian relations, and called him, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and UAE President Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan the "immoral enemies of Allah." Abdallah also weighed in on a recent shooting at a Copenhagen mall by a mentally ill man, saying that most Westerners are mentally ill. The sermon was posted on Imam Abdallah's YouTube channel.

MEMRI has been monitoring Imam Mundhir Abdallah since 2015. In a March 2017 sermon at the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen, Abdallah called for murdering Jews; the sermon was translated and published by MEMRI.[2] Following the release of the MEMRI TV clip of his statements, members of the Danish government denounced the sermon and called for a Justice Ministry investigation. The clip was widely covered by European media; all the reports quoted or cited MEMRI and some embedded the MEMRI TV clip.[3] In May 2017, he was accused of calling for the killing of Jews.[4] He was indicted for hate speech in July 2018 and was found guilty of hate speech on February 8, 2020, receiving a suspended sentence of six months.[5] Subsequently, a March 22, 2021 BBC article on Denmark's legislation restricting non-European populations cited and embedded an image from the MEMRI TV clip.[6]

On February 8, 2020, Abdallah said on Lebanese TV that the Jewish community and the Israeli Embassy, which he referred to as the embassy of the "entity of the Jews," had filed a police complaint against him after Danish media sources "distorted" the MEMRI translation of sermon he had delivered in which he said that a rightly-guided Islamic caliphate should wage a real war to uproot Israel and liberate Palestine. For more on Imam Abdallah, see clips No. 6013, No. 6033, No. 6689, No. 6695, No. 7407, No. 7805,  No. 9134, No. 9394.

Below is the clip and translation of Imam Abdallah's July 9, 2022 sermon in Copenhagen.

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Mundhir Abdallah: "Racism is deeply rooted in [the West's] history, culture, and policy. If the [Copenhagen mall shooting] was not carried out for racist and terrorist motives, [the West's] killing of half a million Iraqi children was perpetrated for racist, criminal, and terrorist motives.


"Mental illnesses are part and parcel of Western culture. This is not surprising. Most of them are mentally ill. If they were not mentally ill, would they do what they did in Iraq and Afghanistan?


"That sinner Muhammed bin Saud [MBS]... I am saying this for the sake of history... He forced the Muslims yesterday, on the Day of Arafah, to pray behind a man who is a sinner. Some people pronounced that man a heretic. I do not care whether he is or is not, but that man, Muhammad Al-Issa... Those accursed immoral and criminal sinners call themselves 'Muhammad'... 'Muhammad' bin Salman, but he is an immoral enemy of Allah. 'Mohammed' bin Zayed, but he is an immoral enemy of Allah. This 'Muhammad' Al-Issa is also an immoral enemy of Allah. He prayed over [the souls] of the Jews in Auschwitz, in Poland, the [venue] of the alleged Holocaust... He went there and prayed for the [souls] of the Jews.


"That criminal whom they imposed on the people as an imam also calls for normalization of relations with the Jews. He describes the Jews and the Christians as 'our brothers.'"


[1] For more about Issa, see MEMRI TV clips nos. 7755, 7772, 7760, and 7859.

[3], May 11, 2017;, May 11, 2017;, May 11, 2017.

[4], May 11, 2017.

[6], May 11, 2017.

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