Not everything needs commentary; sometimes words just speak for themselves. For example, hear what Imam Ammar Shahin told an audience at Islamic Center of Davis, located across the street from the University of California-Davis, in his sermon on Friday:
Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that you inflict upon them, and the wonders of your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them.
Citing an anti-Semitic verse from the Hadith, Shahin added that “Allah does not change the situation of people until they change their own situation. The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews.’”
Shain then made sure to note that “We don’t say if it is in Palestine or another place,” making clear that Jews will be fought and killed everywhere.
It is hard to believe that Shahin, who is teaching the Muslim faith to impressionable students at a public university in America, is spewing this kind of hate about “the filth of the Jews,” whom Allah should “annihilate.” But there you have it. The relevant sections of the video, which was originally posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel, is reproduced below, courtesy of the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute.
“Fear and outrage” is how Michael Gofman, a student senator at UC-Davis, describes the reaction in the local Jewish community. In the last few years, Davis’ Jewish community has faced a spate of anti-Semitic incidents, including swastikas drawn on the Jewish fraternity house, and tires of Jewish students’ cars slashed.
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