by Gail Rubin
I rubbed my eyes and blinked several times when I read these words from the recent Bet Haverim Statement on the Imam Sermons: “He has publicly taken a clear anti-violence stance, and has rejected genocide against any people”. And then I was reminded of what Alice in Wonderland went through when she visited that magical underworld once again, but this time as a teenager, with no memory of the events except for what she could recapture in her dreams. She confesses; “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland).
While Alice confronted fanciful characters, we here in Davis are encountering our own underworld of all too real frightening characters. to which far too many wish to assign benign motives. Take for example the young woman with the sign on Sunday, Oct. 22 2017’s Children of Abraham walk with the Imam. This UCD student and mosque worshiper (she identified herself as such), stood in front of the mosque defending her imam with a vile sign that reads: “Stop Worshipping Satan & Glorifying Hitler You Jews”. (Photo: https://www.facebook.com/DavisAgHate).
I never saw anyone from the mosque rebuke her for that vile sign, nor ask her to remove it.
Here is another impossible thing to believe. On that Sunday solidarity march, Imam Shahin gave a speech to the Children of Abraham group assembled in his house of worship, in which he said: “I have not ever, not now, not in the future or in the past, ever said anything anti-Semitic or called for the genocide of any group, not the Jews, not the atheists, etc.”
Taqiyya is a judicial term when a Muslim is allowed, under Sharia law, to lie.
This is a bold-faced lie. Dissembling at its most hideous end-game. On July 14 and July 21 his own mosque taped and posted his clear, concise statements calling for the annihilation of the Jews. The words were clear in English; they were clear and concise in Arabic. Remember, when the story first broke, he did not deny the words, but instead tried to soften the blow by claiming he meant “destroy” not annihilate. His supporters claimed it was all the “Zionists” (read Jews) fault for mistranslating. When that failed, his handlers at CAIR (a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated group and
unindicted co-conspirator in the federal “Holy Land” prosecution against Islamic entities funneling money to the terrorist organization Hamas) groomed him to issue a non-apology “apology” for hurt feelings, but not for the ideology expressed.
In January of 2017, he brought Imam al-Nabulsi to speak at the Davis mosque, wherein al-Nabulsi called “Jews the worst enemies of God” and further stated that homosexuals should be subject to the death penalty.
Earlier this year, Shahin taught a course based on the ideology of Imam Abd Al-Wahab, the founder of Wahhabism, supporter of suicide and martyrdom operations against the “non-believer”. He taught this class on campus at UCD to the Muslim Students Association. (a tax-supported public university).
The Davis mosque is owned and operated by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). NAIT was used to funnel money to Hamas per the Holy Land federal prosecution. The Omar Masjid mosque in Paterson, N.J. attended by Sayfullo Saipov, the New York Jihadist that recently killed 8 with a truck, is owned and operated by NAIT. The Riverside, Ca mosque that was attended by the husband of the suicide-Jihadi couple that killed 14 in San Bernardino was also owned by NAIT. In fact, some 27% of US mosques are owned and operated by NAIT, a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate. ( http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=7423).
The statement issued by Bet Haverim is based on magical thinking. What Imam Shahin has said publicly (taqiyya) does not match the facts. He has called for genocide. He has called for incitement against the Jewish people.
So, what is it exactly you wish to embrace? What is the “common ground”? How is his saying “it ain’t so” make it “so”?
Most spiritual traditions require actions and deeds of repentance to truly transform. Did he take a trip to Auschwitz or to the Simon Wiesenthal Center to learn about genocide? Did he step down from the pulpit and take a sabbatical to transform his mind and heart, and do some good deeds of repentance?
He is who he is. He is steeped in radical ideology. He has studied at and continues his affiliations with very hateful and radical institutions: research the Zidni Islamic Institute and the Islamic University of Minnesota.
Well-meaning people speak highly of the “Muslim Hands” group that embraced the congregants at Bet Haverim. But who are they? Do they embrace pluralism and democratic values? Muslim Hands is a Hamas-front charity raising money for Jihad. Hamas seeks to eliminate secular democracies and replace them with a radical Islamic state. https://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/tag/muslim-hands/ . If the Davis Muslim Hands group is not affiliated with the above, then let us hear them disavow Hamas and support for Islamic Jihad.
The facts are not pretty. But they are what they are.
If you truly believe in religious pluralism, human rights, minority rights, dignity for all human beings, then walk with the Muslim Reform Movement. Learn about Tawfik Hamid, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Raheel Raza, Shireen Qudosi, etc. https://muslimreformmovement.org/
To learn about Muslim Reformer Shireen Qudosi’s work, click here:
But for G-d sake, don’t walk with Imam Shahin!
I imagine that if Alice in Wonderland found herself in Davis, her poetic parodies might read like this:
If David Duke said “Kill the Blacks”,
Would you walk with him to church and back?
If Imam Shahin said “Kill the Jews”,
Would you follow him to the pews?