During 2017 American Imams were documented reciting in mosques anti Jewish prayers.
In his Friday, December 8, 2017 sermon titled “Our Duties Towards Al-Quds [Jerusalem]” at the Tajweed Institute’s Houston, Texas branch, the institute’s imam and founder Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan reminded his congregants of the good tidings promised by Allah in relation to Al-Quds and its future liberation from the occupation of the disbelievers .
In this context he quoted the famous hadith on the final future battle against the Jews. “My brothers, the Prophet Muhammad brought the good tidings, when he said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, [which] will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him. This is the promise of Allah.” He added: “The hour [i.e. Judgment Day] will not start until Muslims fight the Jews there, in Palestine.”
An excerpt from Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan’s clarifying statement on February 16, 2018: “I have been in touch with many Islamic scholars and Muslim leaders who have helped me understand how my sermon can be seen as a call for violence against Jews. I must restate that I do not believe in violence, and will not allow any speech in my presence that threatens any group of people, Jews, Christian, or any other group.”
In a Friday sermon delivered at the Islamic Center of Davis in northern California on July 14, 2017 the center’s Egyptian-born Imam Ammar Shahin recited a supplication against the Jews. Here are excerpts from this supplication: “The] prayer is the strongest weapon that Muslims have. By Allah, brothers, it is stronger than the weapons of the Jews, the deceit of the Jews, and their wickedness… Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews… Oh Allah, count them one by one and destroy them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them. Oh Allah, destroy them and do not spare their young or their elderly. Oh Allah, show us the black day that You inflict upon those who occupy Palestine. Oh Allah, show us the wonders of Your ability that you inflict upon them. Oh Allah, turn Jerusalem and Palestine into a graveyard for the Jews”
An excerpt from Imam Ammar Shahin’s clarifying statement on October 22, 2017: “Religiously and a personal belief, I have never or will – not now, not in the future, and not in the past – have called for the genocide of any group – not the Jews, not the Christians, not the atheists, not the people without belief, or never. Not just because to please anyone, because the religion commands so.”
In his Friday sermon on December 8, 2017 at an unidentified mosque in the Raleigh, NC area, Imam Abdullah Khadra said: “ The Prophet Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews until the rocks and the trees will speak: Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me. [The continuation of the well-known Hadith is that the rocks and the trees say: ‘Come and kill him.’]… May Allah liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the hands of the aggressors and the occupiers. May Allah destroy everyone who wants evil for Islam and Muslims.”
An excerpt from a statement by the Islamic Association of Raleigh: “The Islamic Association of Raleigh strongly condemns terrorism. We stand arm and arm with our fellow Americans in renouncing any twisted mindset that would falsely claim to justify acts of senseless violence.”
Imam Karim AbuZaid is the director of religious affairs at Al-Minhaal Academy in South Jersey and is spearheading the construction of Colorado Muslims Community Center (Dar Al-Tawheed), a new complex in Aurora, Colorado.
Here are excerpts from Karim AbuZaid’s sermons/ lectures in 2017:
Place: The Islamic Society of Augusta, Georgia
Publication Date on YouTube: December 9, 2017
Title: “Jerusalem: Allah’s gift to His Slaves”
Karim AbuZaid: “Unfortunately, this [Muslim control over Jerusalem] lasted for a little bit, then it’s taken away from us through a promise that was given to the Jewish people by [Britain’s] prime minister called [Arthur] Balfour… [Arthur] Balfour is a human being who gave a promise [a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’]. [Donald] Trump is a human being who made a promise [recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel]. We have a promise from Allah. We have a promise from Allah that this land [Palestine] will come back to the [Muslim] believers to the Muslims, to salves (ibad) of Allah, to the slaves of Allah. It is certain. I swear by Allah, [wallahi] it is certain and they believe in it. I swear by Allah, [wallahi], they know it is going to happen. I swear by Allah, [wallahi], I have no doubt it is going to happen. And if you doubt this then you have to go back and check your belief in the oneness of Allah [tawheed], your belief system, your faith [aqidah]. You have to check that. Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He [subhanahu wa taala], you know like Joshua called upon the sun. He said to the sun: Stay still. You know that we believe that the rock, the rock will call upon the believer, but look how it will call him: Ya Abdallah, Oh slave of Allah, come! Behind me is an enemy of Allah. The rock will help you to do this.”
Note: Karim AbuZaid quoted a segment of the following hadith: “Abu Huraira reported Allahs Messenger as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: “Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.”