In a video posted on October 1 on the YouTube channel of Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham, England, Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, an imam at the mosque, criticized Obama and other world leaders for attending the funeral of Shimon Peres in "occupied Palestine." "Obama wore the Jewish hat, and he praised that war criminal," said At-Thahabi, who added that "Obama killed a lot of Muslims." In his lecture, which was dedicated to hiphop culture, the American-born Al-Thahabi criticized Western music, such as R&B, saying: "Music is one of the biggest weapons of Satan."
Following are excerpts
Abu Usamah At-Thahabi: Recently, Shimon Peres, a war criminal - he killed people and committed crimes against humanity, when he went in to Lebanon and killed defenseless Palestinians, who were in a refugee camp... He died the other day. The leaders of the world went to occupied Palestine, and they spoke and supported the situation. Some of them even wore the Jewish hat. The Jewish hat. Obama wore the Jewish hat, and he praised that war criminal. Some people come to me and tell me that I should support Obama because he is African American. I say: "Hey, Obama killed a lot of Muslims." We don't make our decisions based upon color and things like that. Our decisions are based upon the Quran and the Sunna. Anyway, had a Muslim leader died, they wouldn't have gone over there and put on a shemagh, a ghutra, or an imama. Why? Because they don't care about us. They don't care about us. So, Islamophobia is going to get worse and worse and worse, until the Kaaba is going to be destroyed, and it is not going to be there.
Any kind of music: Hollywood, Bollywood, the movies that we watch... That stuff that we listen to - not just hiphop... Some of those R&B songs that we grew up with - a little R&B - they be saying all kinds of stuff. The man is trying to show his love for the woman. He's trying to show that he loves this woman - not even his wife - so he says: "Heaven must be missing an angel, because you are down here, with me, right now." Can heaven miss an angel? That is a statement of heresy. So if a person is listening to that, and it makes him feel a bit... That is hypocrisy. That is what Imam Ahmad meant. When you listen to these songs... Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan - wherever you come from - music is one of the biggest weapons of Satan.