Islamic Society of Boston Promotes Hardline Salafi Cleric at Worcester Islamic Center
The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) is promoting an event with Kamal El Mekki, a Salafist cleric notorious for his extremist ideas.
Mekki is due to speak on the 20th August at the Worcester Islamic Center. What might young Muslims who attend expect to hear?
Mekki advocates killing apostates – Muslims who leave Islam:
“The question is ‘Why is the apostate killed in Islam?’…if someone leaves their allegiance to their country they should be killed, so if they leave their allegiance to Allah nothing happens?
Tomorrow a group becomes Muslim, then the same day they leave Islam, towards the end of the day they leave Islam…so they tried to do that to deter people from becoming Muslim. It was a technique. Then…‘baddala deenahu, faqtuhulu,’ the one who changes his religion, kill him. How many people do you think pretended to be Muslim the next day? Zero. Nobody wanted [to] because there’s killing involved.”
Mekki defends slavery within Islam and claims homosexuality “is a desire … not a right.” He advocates killing adulterers (but advises other Islamic clerics not to discuss it so much) and beheading criminals.
He reserves most of his hate, however, for non-Muslims. He advises Muslims that “we do not want to resemble the kuffar [derogatory term for non-Muslims]”:
“As for the kuffar, the first thing is, why would you want to follow a people whom you know and you’re sure that their end will be in the hellfire?
This explains, you know, the idea of acceptance and explains why some Muslims congratulate the kuffar on Christmas even though it’s something horrific in Islam. But it has become normal to them, they’re accepting it now whether it may be through constant exposure to it or other reasons…so, following their ways and resembling them leads to their acceptance. And it leads to a kind of comfort between them, those who follow them and the kuffar.
We advise those Muslims to prevent their children from such celebrations and to explain why to them. Because a lot of times parents underestimate the level of understanding of their children. So they’ll give them ridiculous explanations, thinking that the kid won’t understand the real reason and that will just confuse the kid more. If they just tell them the evil of this celebration the child will understand that.”
The Worcester Islamic Center (WIC) has a troubled history. In 2011, WIC hosted a fundraising event for Aafia Siddiqui, who, a year earlier, was convicted of attempting to murder American officers in Afghanistan. Siddiqui has been described by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller as “an al-Qaeda operative and facilitator.”
At the fundraising event, Abdullah Faaruuq, a local imam involved with the ISB, told the crowd: “They say that she took up a machine gun while they held her captive in the other room and was ready to attack her captives. What a brave woman she is. … It is said that we’re trying to raise $30,000 tonight. I would say it’s better that we’ve raised your awareness and raised your ire, as your anger against a government who would level the charges that they have against this woman and they say she is guilty. I would say she’s only guilty of defending herself.”
In 2012, one of WIC’s former employees, Tarek Mehanna, was convicted of attempting to murder Americans and providing support to Al Qaeda. Mehanna had been a teacher at the Alhuda Academy, part of the Worcester Islamic Center, where he taught religion and science to Muslim children.
Following his arrest, however, WIC did not distance themselves from Mehanna. Quite the opposite, in fact. WIC organized fundraisers and rallies of support for Mehanna. Children at the Center were even tasked with drawing “Free Tarek Mehanna” posters.
There are other concerning links. Hamid Mahmood, a former imam at WIC, is the brother of Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the leader of Lashkar-i-Taiba, which masterminded the 2008 Mumbai Massacre in which terrorists murdered 164 people.
WIC’s Hamid Mahmood was deported from the United States in 2007, ostensibly because of visa irregularities. The Times of India has reported allegations, however, that, “the US discovered that he used to run a safe house for [Lashkar-i-Taiba] terrorists in Moon Chowk, Lahore, and that his imam activities in the US were all about teaching jihad to youngsters there.”