Extremism & Terror

Extremist Preacher at Boston’s Yusuf Mosque

On November 21, Sheikh Suleiman Salem will address the Yusuf Mosque in Boston, on the topic of “Their Struggles and Ours.”

Salem, however, has a history of expressing extremist rhetoric and promoting anti-Semitic material. On his Facebook page, Salem has circulated a violent nasheed (Islamic vocal music) titled “Du’aa for Gaza,” performed by Mishary Al-Afasy, the preferred nasheed singer of pro-jihadist groups.

Du’aa for Gaza calls upon Allah to “rescue the Muslims of Gaza…be their backer and ally…Take care of the oppressing Yahud [Jews] Defeat them and shake them…killers of Messengers and Prophets, Oppressors of the armless innocent. Oh Allaah, Liberate the Muslims of Gaza. … Strengthen Islam and the Muslims, and disgrace Shirk and the Mushrikeen [idolaters, apostates], and smash the enemies of this faith.”

Salem also works for the extremist Al-Huda television channel. Al-Huda is a hardline satellite broadcaster that also hosts preachers such as Bilal Philips, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing attempt, who describes the Taliban as a group of “innocent Muslim people” who did many “positive, good things” for Afghanistan; and Zakir Naik, who has expressed support for Bin Laden and advocates the killing of apostates and homosexuals.

Al Huda even describes the Islamic preacher Abu Usamah at-Thahibi as one of its “stars”. Thahabi, according to a report by the Centre for Social Cohesion, “advocates holy war in an Islamic state; preaches hatred against non-Muslims; that apostasy and homosexuality are punishable by death; and that women are inferior to men.”

Salem is particularly scornful of Western liberties. He claims that “Freedom of speech is a facade of a tool that is used inconsistently by those in power. … When the Holocaust or Jews are brought up for objective discussion, those individuals directly violate several laws in the US and across Europe and they’re labeled as Anti-Semites, or ‘inciters of hate speech.'”

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