On March 27, as advertised by the Muslim American Society, the Friday sermon at the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cambridge mosque was given by a guest preacher, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. We do not know what he chose to preach at that sermon, but we are deeply concerned that he was invited, given his extensive background of deeply hateful teachings and ties to a convicted terrorist.
Qadhi is an acolyte of Ali al-Timimi, formerly an extremist imam at a Falls Church, Virginia mosque where government prosecutors claim he enjoyed “rock star status” among his young students. According to his indictment, after the space shuttle Columbia exploded in 2003, al-Timimi said to his supporters:
“This morning, the world heard news about the crash of the space shuttle. There is no doubt that Muslims were overjoyed because of the adversity that befell their greatest enemy…This way, God Willing, America will fall and disappear…[H]e whoever will try to raise the Jews, who are a nation that God covered with humiliation and deserved God’s wrath, will be afflicted with divine humiliation and wrath as much as he supports them…”
Al-Timimi was sentenced to life in prison for inciting his young followers to wage jihad against American troops in Afghanistan. In total, 11 young American men departed on his orders for the Pakistani terror training camps of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the group notorious for carrying out the Mumbai attacks.
Yasir Qadhi insists that al-Timimi is a moderate being persecuted by America’s Islamophobic government and proudly boasts of being one of al-Timimi’s first students during the 1990s:
“I personally owe a lot to Sh. al-Timimi, and I can say (with pride) that fifteen years ago, back in the early 90’s, he played an instrumental role in shaping and directing me to take the path that has led me to where I am today. I had the opportunity to be of the first batches of his students…”
While 11 of al-Timimi’s students went on to serve as soldiers in the anti-American Jihad, Yasir Qadhi went on to become a popular Islamic teacher, producing a collection of lecture series, video and audio albums of sermons, and an Islamic website. Given the beliefs of his own teacher, it is not surprising that the ideology Qadhi promotes is highly extremist.
In this audio sermon on the topic of the Jews, taped in 2001, Qadhi rehashes the common Islamist anti-Semitic meme that most modern Jews are descended from the Khazars and therefore have no right to the Holy Land of the Israelites. He goes on to deny the Holocaust and to insist that Jews are out to destroy the Muslims:
In another audio sermon, Yasir Qadhi delves into what Islam considers the most evil sin of all – “shirk,” or polytheism. Qadhi denounces Jews and Christians as polytheists (“Mushriqoon”) – claiming that only Muslims are true monotheists. Qadhi reminds his listeners that Allah demands that Jihad be waged against non-Muslims, a holy war during which the life and property of non-Muslims has no moral value and can be taken at will by the Muslim armies. He stresses that Allah considers non-Muslims the filthiest ‘substance’ in the world.
Similar sermons by Qadhi’s mentor al-Timimi played a major role in the radicalization of 11 young impressionable American men from Virginia, ruining their lives and putting many other lives in danger. We don’t want Qadhi passing on the same intolerant message to the children of our Muslim neighbors in Boston.