Friday, February 16, 2018

Virginia Imam Shaker Elsayed Encourages 'Armament,' 'Lining Up' For Jihad

Virginia Imam Shaker Elsayed Encourages 'Armament,' 'Lining Up' For Jihad: The Enemies Of Allah Already Call Us Terrorists, So Let's Give Them A Run For Their Money – Archival

Speaking at an event held by the Ethiopian-American Muslims of the Washington metropolitan area on January 26, 2013, Imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center said that the Muslims had three sources of power – faith, unity, and armaments – and that "the world only fears those who fight back." The event was held at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, to mark the "year long anniversary of the peaceful Ethiopian Muslims' movement for religious freedom, equality and justice in Ethiopia." Also in his speech, Imam Elsayed said that Muslim men "are last if anything is being distributed – except if it is arms for jihad. We are the first ones to rush and run to defend our community and defend ourselves."
To those "afraid to line up against [the enemies of Allah] because they may call us terrorists," Elsayed said that they consider Muslims to be terrorists anyway. "Well, give them a run for their money... Make this title worth it. And be a good Muslim," he exhorted his audience.
The event was billed as aimed as a "show [of] our support to the peaceful struggle of the Muslims in Ethiopia as well as a condemnation of the violent government repression against them." After Elsayed finished speaking, one of the organizers clarified: "Imam Shaker is not advocating for armed struggle in Ethiopia. He is just simply giving us a lesson." Elsayed's speech was posted on the YouTube channel of the First Hijrah, a community of Ethiopian Muslims in Washington, DC, on February 13, 2016.
Imam Shaker Elsayed has also endorsed female genital mutilation, saying that it prevents hypersexuality in girls (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 6043 Virginia Imam Shaker Elsayed Endorses Female Circumcision (FGM): It Prevents Girls From Becoming Hypersexually Active, May 19, 2017). He has argued that no agreement can be reached with the Jews because they "will not deal with you fairly and squarely,"  and that history proves that "it is in the genes, it is in the blood" (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 6057 Virginia Imam Shaker Elsayed Against Peace Process With The Jews: It's In Their Genes And BloodJune 2, 2017). He has stated that the "children of Israel" killed the prophets Zachariah, John the Baptist, and Elijah, as well as many others, and that they claimed to have killed Jesus (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 5989 Sermon At Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, VA – Where Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Awlaki Was Imam On 9/11 – By Imam Shaker Elsayed: The Children Of Israel Slayed Prophets, Tried To Kill Jesus, March 29, 2017). On the subject of the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in Manhattan in November 1990, Shaker Elsayed was quoted by The New York Times as having said, "It was not a violation [of Islamic law], in the sense that Kahane adopted a position against all Arab and Muslims. He put himself in that category."[1]

The Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, in Falls Church, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, has been attended by a number of known jihadis. On Septemer 11, 2001, the late Yemeni-American cleric and Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-'Awlaki was an imam there. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, an American convicted of providing material support to Al-Qaeda as well as of conspiring to assassinate President George W. Bush, also attended the mosque,[2] as did Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and two of the 19 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour.[3]

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