In a lecture at the East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC) in Plano, Texas that was uploaded to YouTube on November 4, 2020, Pakistani-American scholar Sheikh Yasir Qadhi discussed responses by Islamic scholars to the recent beheading of French high school teacher Samuel Paty. He said that no reputable scholar would permit vigilante attacks such as this, and that a death sentence for a blasphemer may only be carried out by an Islamic court in an Islamic land. Qadhi added that MEMRI, which he called an "Islamophobic hate group," finds obscure and unknown Islamic scholars who express support for such acts and presents their views as mainstream Islam. The video was uploaded to EPIC's YouTube channel, as well as to Sheikh Qadhi's YouTube channel.
Sheikh Qadhi, who has studied at the University of Houston, at the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, and at Yale University, has had earlier sermons released by MEMRI. In a sermon delivered October 23, 2020, he called the beheading of Paty an "unfortunate incident" that is being used as a pretext for a "brutal" campaign in France against the Prophet Muhammad, and added that the French government and other Western leaders are hoping for more Islamist attacks so they will have an excuse to clamp down on Islam and Muslims (see MEMRI TV Clip 8401). On August 31, 2019, he defended antisemitic comments and sermons, and said that MEMRI "jumps on" any preacher who cites the hadith about the stone and the tree on Judgment Day, when the Muslims will kill the Jews, and that this killing of Jews is a prediction, not a prescription (see MEMRI TV Clip 7640).
In another Friday sermon at the East Plano Islamic Center, on August 17, 2018, Imam Hasam Khalil stated that women must submit to the command of their husbands, since this is a woman's path to heaven (see MEMRI TV Clip 6749).
To view the clip of Texas-based Islamic scholar Yasir Qadhi on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
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