Texas Imam Tries to Walk Back Call for Muslims to Kill Jews
“says sermon wasn’t meant to incite violence”
A Texas imam is under fire for saying Muslims should kill Jews in a sermon. It’s a horrific message at any time of year but particularly during the holidays.
Arutz Sheva News of Israel reported:
Houston imam calls for Muslims to kill Jews
A Houston imam walked back a sermon in which he called for Muslims to kill Jews without specifically apologizing for his comments.
Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan of Houston’s Tajweed Institute earlier this month delivered what he called an “impassioned sermon,” according to a statement about the speech issued on Wednesday.
“I unequivocally affirm and uphold the dignity, sanctity and value of all human life, including – of course – people of the Jewish faith,” Al-Rousan said in the statement. “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. This is why as a person of faith and a religious leader, that I am mortified that an impassioned sermon I gave in light of President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is being seen as a call for the very things I despise.”
Al-Rousan had delivered his inflammatory speech on Dec. 8, two days after President Donald Trump announced the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews,” Al-Rousan said.
The imam also asserted in his speech that Jews “killed the Prophets and the Messengers of Allah.” He accused Britain of bringing Jews to Palestine, adding “So do not tell me that Palestine is the country of the Jewish people. No!”
You can see a video in the tweet below:
Houston Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan: ‘Good Tidings’ – Muslims Will Kill Jews On Judgment Day; ‘Do Not Tell Me That Palestine Is The Country Of The Jewish [People]’ pic.twitter.com/hK6EGuOyaw
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) December 19, 2017
This story has gone largely unnoticed in American media but it was reported by Mihir Zaveri of the Houston Chronicle:
In wake of criticism, Houston imam says sermon wasn’t meant to incite violence
A sermon delivered this month by a Houston imam that included references to killing Jews has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and local Muslim leaders, prompting the imam to say he doesn’t support violence.
In a Dec. 8 sermon, Imam Raed Al-Rousan’s detailed his interpretation of the history of Israel and Palestine, stating that Palestine is not the country of Jewish people and that one day Muslims will fight and defeat Jews there…
On Wednesday, the Israeli Consul General for six states, including Texas, decried the speech as racist and hateful. He said it was particularly shameful in a diverse city like Houston.
“We should not be tolerant towards hatred,” said Gilad Katz, the consul general. “Hatred should be met with a very strong fist of the law, and should be dealt with seriously.”
The ADL said Wednesday that the imam’s statement indicates he “doesn’t fully understand the ramifications of his sermon.”
Dayan Gross, regional director for the ADL in Houston, wrote in an email that Al-Rousan should apologize to the Jewish community and “through future actions, demonstrate he is committed to understanding why the sermon was an incitement to violence.”
It’s a bit difficult to swallow “wasn’t meant to incite violence” when he specifically called for killing.
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In unrelated news; one of the members of the same mosque has gone missing. His cellphone has been found smashed. /s
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“Religion of Pizzas”
Of course he’s not inciting violence. He’s just educating his community about normative Muslim teachings.
Namely: before Islam triumphs, dominates the world, and all becomes wonderful, Muslims must kill any Jews who are still around.
What misguided soul would see that as telling people to kill Jews?
It’s good that Muslims, the MSM, and lefties keep generally tell me that Islam is a religion of piece because, from the evidence presented to my eyes, I wouldn’t know otherwise.
“walked back a sermon” – Utterly ridiculous. Words, once uttered, take on a life of their own. There’s no returning them, so to speak, to the “nest.”
Here you go again, inciting Islamaphobia.
Of course with taqiyya we can’t ever really know what he’s walked back and what he hasn’t.
Right. How can any testimony they give in court be believed? Muslims lie as easily as they breathe.
So just who is Raed Saleh Al-Rousan? Is he a fifth generation American whose real name is Eddy Johnson or was he imported by the Lutheran Church?
please post disclaimer of Muslim Taqiyya lying
The ADL said Wednesday that the imam’s statement indicates he “doesn’t fully understand the ramifications of his sermon.”
The ADLs response is even worse than the original statement. It amounts to “well it’s not really a problem that you are inciting your mosque to kill all the Jews, it must be that you really don’t mean it.”
Then after the last one of the ADL are bleeding out, they’ll think to themselves “but we said the right thing, didn’t we?”
Actually I’d like to see the two groups in a cage match; Let the ADL members be armed with some stern words – very stern words! – and the Muslims with swords as is their custom.
The ADL doesn’t realize (or care) how offensive it is for a Leftist secular political organization to tell a religious scholar (Muslim, Christian or Jewish) that the ADL understands his religion better than he does.
Al Rousan will have (justifiable) contempt for the ADL, and he will use them since they are in his eyes, tools.
Oh, come on. I like a good pile-on as much as anybody, but I really think people should be criticized for what they say, not for what they don’t say. “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews” in not an exhortation to murder anyone. “When Judgement comes” is a Muslim colloquialism meaning “when monkeys fly out of my ass”… i.e., no time soon. It’s not all that obvious that this guy isn’t just wallowing in a poor man’s version of an end-of-the-world scenario, like the Book of Apocalypse but without the fancy visuals.
Now, were he waxing rhapsodic about the prospects of racking up a few houris by murdering some Jews, that would be different. And some imams have indeed sermonized about that very thing. But this goof doesn’t seem to be one of them.
It’s in the Koran, for one thing. He’s only repeating his foundational scriptures.
Neither believing Jews nor believing Christians can find scripture to support a call to go murder non-members in the end times or at any other time. (Despite what one may think about the book of Joshua, that was a one-time campaign for that particular time, not a timeless command.)
It’s not in the Koran. But it is in both Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, both considered by Sunnis to be very reliable collections of ahadith. (Shi’ites do not accept these collections and do not believe in this prophecy.)
“9:29. Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Unless Jews or Christians submit, they will be killed.
That’s not the prophecy this imam invoked.
tarheelkate: “He’s only repeating his foundational scriptures.”
Milhouse: “It’s not in the Koran. ”
SDN: Sura 9:29
Milhouse: Goalpost warp drive engage!
Wow. Another brazen liar.
tarheelkate: “It’s in the Koran, for one thing.”
The plain fact is that it isn’t. The sura you cited does not say what this imam did.
if this imam is a US citizen charge him with incitement to kill, Racism and anything else that applies.
If he is not a citizen kick the SOB out of the USA.
No excuse for allowing this ‘teaching’ which IS normative
3remember when they tried to spit on the graves of the 9/11 victims by wanting to build a MOSQUE there, again normative MUSLIM behavior.
This is not incitement. The definition of incitement is speech that is both subjectively intended and objectively likely to turn its audience into robots who will act imminently on it. Telling them what will happen at the End of Days is by definition not incitement.
Racism is not illegal, nor can it be.
Once he’s in the US he has the same constitutional right to free speech as anyone else, and he may not be penalized for exercising it.
We try not to argue with the uninformed, but readers passing through here looking for legal authority should understand this guy dont know what he’s talking about. (fake commentary!)
Try Hugh Hewitt on the subject:
Sigh. FineReport is not ignorant in this case, he’s deliberately lying. I know that because he links to Hewitt, who gives exactly the same definition of incitement that I just gave (which is hardly surprising, since it’s not at all controversial); he relies on people being too lazy to check, and just assuming that the link gives him some basis for disputing what I wrote.
Unfortunately this is not unusual behavior for FineReport. He’s profoundly ignorant and lies to cover it up.
At any rate, the law is exactly as I gave it. The three elements of incitement are that it must be (1) subjectively intended, and (2) objectively likely, that the speech will cause the audience to (3) imminently break the law. Advocating criminal behavior in a manner that leaves the audience free to make up their own minds whether to act on it or not, is not and cannot be incitement. And certainly, as in this case, preaching about what Moslems will do to Jews in the End Times cannot be incitement, even if both speaker and audience believe those times are themselves imminent.
And of course racism isn’t and can’t be against the law.
Of course. Naturally his call to kill wasn’t a call to violence.
I would go through the list of cognitive dissonance required by Islam but frankly after I put it together it made my head hurt and it made me want to hurl.
But, yes, yes of course.
I’m going to hurl now, like nobody has since Stalingrad.
“A Texas in an…” Whoever thought thecdayvsould come that such a phrase would even be thinkable.
The framers of the constitution never heard of Texas, but they did contemplate with complete equanimity the possibility of a Pennsylvania or Viriginia imam. They intended to protect “The Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahomedan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination”, and “not […] to accommodate any particular sect, but the inhabitants in general; so that even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”
And the right to advocate murder.
What comic do you get this stuff from?
And btw, the founding fathers did hear of texas. The first preconstitution convention was at Rex’s bbq, near what is now Dallas. George Washington, wooden teerh and all, had the ribs.
Yes, the right to advocate murder. This is not even slightly controversial. Everyone who knows anything at all about the first amendment knows it and does not dispute it. You yourself linked to a Hewitt article in which he acknowledges it.
That’s schumer/GOPe immigration for ya.o
Dann spell Czech. Imam.
Speaking as an outside observer, being neither Christian, Jewish, or Muslim; I would like to see what the reaction of our genocidal imam and the Left [including the MSM] would be if a Christian preacher gave a sermon saying:
“Judgment Day will not come until the Christians fight the Muslims. The Christians will kill the Muslims,”
I rather suspect that it would be treated somewhat differently than the statement of the imam.
Here’s the kill switch. Cite chapter and verse.
“Speaking as an outside observer, being neither Christian, Jewish, or Muslim; I would like to see what the reaction of our genocidal imam and the Left [including the MSM] would be if a Christian preacher gave a sermon saying:
“Judgment Day will not come until the Christians fight the Muslims. The Christians will kill the Muslims,””
For you too, sir. And when judgement day comes I hope and pray I will be judged as an individual.
You call this nazi animal ‘sir?’
I see no reason to be rude.
“…19Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20On the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.…”
I’ve not entirely gone off my nut when I decide not to commit suicide.
For the love of Allah it’s in there, but I can’t find the context.
What an ignorant POS.
He’s not ignorant. He know exactly what he is doing.
So does the.democrat/GOPe scum who let him in – and the media who covers for them.
Like people who call for Trump’s assasination, by this creep’s own philosophy, people who oppose his view have the moral right to kill him.
This is getting interesting.
No, they don’t. By his philosophy those who oppose Islam have no moral rights.
By the way, Happy New Year.
Um,I dont think you quite get the analysis.
In other words, do as he does.
This is what happens when you have a religious leader speaking about that which he does not know or understand.
Whether he meant to incite his followers to kill Jews and Christians or was merely making a declarative statement about the prophesied “end of the world”, he should still have considered that it could be taken either way. And, he was historically ignorant to boot.
Palestine WAS largely Israel [and later Israel and Judah]. It was dominated by a Jewish government and was largely composed of the followers of Judaism. Both Kingdoms were later overrun and became part of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, then the Babylonian Empire and the Persian Empire, various Islamic Caliphates, the Roman Empire, Egypt, the Ottoman Empire and finally the British Empire. It became the Nation Of Isreal in 1948. Nowhere in that list is any mention of the nation, kingdom or even housing subdivision of Palestine. Part of it was once Philistia, later called Palestina by the Greeks. It was a coastal area of Caanan south and west of Jerusalem inhabited by a seafaring people, the Philistines.
David Gerstman posted in Morning Insurrection:
David Gerstman: “A Texas imam “walked back” his call to kill the Jews. And last one of two California imams apologized for calling for death for Jews. What is it about Islam that leads towards such calls in the United States?”
I think it is a bit naive to accept their appologies, as the message has been received loud and clear by those for whom it was intended.
These appologies and walk-backs are pure Taqyya for the infidel to swallow.