Imam calling for Jews to be killed in sermon at Montreal mosque draws police complaint
And get this, the "larger Larger Muslim community wants apology from mosque and wonders why controversial imam was invited to preach".
That's hilarious, isn't it?
A Montreal mosque is facing a police complaint and rebukes from the larger Muslim community after a video of an imam delivering a sermon in which he asks for Jews to be killed surfaced online.
The sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city's Saint-Michel neighbourhood on Dec. 23, 2016. The video was posted to the mosque's YouTube channel three days later.
The imam in the video is Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr — he was reportedly an invited guest of the mosque.
In the video, the imam recites in Arabic the verse: "O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."
CBC independently verified the speech and its translation.
The controversial verse comes from a religious text known as a hadith, which interprets the words and actions by the Prophet Muhammad.
The hadith in question deals with end times and tells how stones and trees will ask Muslims to come and kill Jews hiding behind them.
The video was brought to the attention of B'nai Brith Canada, which filed a complaint with Montreal police on Monday.
The organization said it is totally unacceptable that a mosque would allow this to go on.
"This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalization," said Harvey Levine, regional director of B'nai Brith in Quebec. "It's against the law and has to be stopped," he said, adding that the complaint was filed with the Montreal hate crimes unit.
The president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, wants to know why the imam was invited. He says the mosque should apologize. He added that the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque is not one of the more than 40 institutions the council represents.
Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects told CBC Montreal's Daybreak Thursday that he was also mystified as to why the cleric was invited to preach.
"I do not understand how this person was invited to come and give a sermon and spread this hatred in Montreal against any community," he said.
The hadith is one of more than 100,000 that are written in many books, some of which are considered authentic, while others are not, said Asali.
"To use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself," Asali said.Hadith are classified as strong (sahih), good (hasan), or weak (daeef).
The verse the Imam was quoting is Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 791.
That means it is considered a STRONG Hadith.
In other words, the Hadith the Imam quoted is considered reliable by Muslims.
Indeed, this Hadith is quoted in the Hamas Charter.
The head of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, has invited a Fatwa on his head for having criticized Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr.
It will be interesting to see what happens from here. Likely, the Muslims of Montreal will attempt to sweep this under the rug and deal with it in private. But just as likely, the more devout Muslims who actually do adhere to real belief in their scriptures, will shout down the less devout.
In other words, extremism will ultimately rule the day.