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.'”