RALEIGH – When seeing news of radical Muslim imams preaching the kind of hateful, violent sermons that animate aspiring jihadists to become martyrs and kill innocent people in the process, one would assume that such is relegated to the Middle East, or perhaps in large urban centers with burgeoning Muslim populations that can lead to radicalization.
However, it is apparently happening in Raleigh, too.
“A third Muslim imam in the United States has been recorded citing an Islamic text that prophesies the killing of Jews by Muslims.
As with the other two imams, Abdullah Khadra, speaking at a mosque Dec. 8 in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area, was responding to President Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The video was obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, MEMRI.
Citing a familiar hadith, a collection of the sayings of Muhammad, Khadra said Islam’s prophet “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.’”
Khadra asserted that the Israeli cities of Haifa, Acre and Jaffa are “Muslim land.”
“May Allah destroy everyone who wants evil for Islam and Muslims,” he prayed.”
Raleigh, and the Triangle in general, is a growing and diverse area with an incredible influx of people from other states and other countries. With such impressive population growth and immigration, and the associated communities that take hold as a result, it makes sense that some segments of the relatively small, but growing, Muslim community are intent on bringing with them and preaching the violent militancy that appears through out the Quran.
While Raleigh is full of good and productive people of all backgrounds, the violent rhetoric emanating from this imam are not as extreme as you would like to think based on the sources.
“Commenting on the North Carolina imam’s remarks, Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer pointed out that the declaration is not a tenet of “extremist” Islam.
“This is the standard, mainstream religion. It’s a hadith in a collection that Muslims consider authentic,” Spencer wrote.
The hadith states:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) 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. (Sahih Muslim 6985)
Spencer said Muslims in North Carolina “don’t have a different version of Islamic texts and teachings from the version Muslims have elsewhere.”
“They have the same Quran, the same Sunnah. Why should anyone expect them not to teach the things these sources say?”
Spencer asked what American authorities are going to do “when they realize this is not twisted, hijacked Islam, but orthodox Islam?”
“Or will it be too late by then?” he asks.”
Obviously, one religious text can have a thousand different interpretations and adherents can live their faith in myriad ways that comport with modern times and respect individual rights.
But Spencer’s point is an important one – if Muslims the world over are inspired to kill by these teachings, what makes Raleigh immune to similarly destructive forces festering right under our noses?
Especially with the Triangle area’s plethora of soft targets and inexperience with the threat of large scale Islamist terrorist attacks, instigators like this imam, and his following, should be watched closely.
How literally does this congregation take these words? How many are at risk of taking it upon themselves to wage violent Jihad?
It was little more than 10 years ago that a Iranian-American University of North Carolina student, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, rented an SUV and mowed down students in a courtyard to ‘avenge the deaths of Muslims worldwide.’
This author shared classes with Mohammed – religious studies classes, ironically – and he was an unassuming, quiet, and seemingly nice guy. This author was also on campus the day he tried to murder innocent people in the name of Islam.
Mohammed’s family publicly disowned him for his actions, rightfully, saying that he was not raised on such hate and violence. But that’s the thing; you never know what disaffected youth is sitting in that Raleigh mosque just waiting to be part of something bigger.
Keeping tabs on those serving up violent religious messages in our own back yard is necessary to make sure Raleigh, and the Old North State at large, stay the First in Freedom, and avoid being the latest victim of radical Islam.