In Pennsylvania, kids are psyched to help out Allah. A really good way of helping: head removal.
That’s right: According to Fox News, “The Muslim American Society (MAS) Islamic Center in Philadelphia posted the video to its Facebook page celebrating ‘Ummah Day’ in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang and read poetry about killing for Allah and the mosque in Jerusalem.”
It was a veritable panoply of pious and provocative promises:
One girl talks about martyrs sacrificing their lives without hesitation to conquer Jerusalem. … “We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation,” another girl says.
And to…uhhh…top it off:
“We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture.”
Children in Philadelphia Muslim Society: We Will Sacrifice Ourselves for Al-Aqsa; Will Chop off Their Heads, Subject Them to Eternal Torture pic.twitter.com/6ySfz0Ylel
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 3, 2019
That seems a bit harsh.
Watchdog group Middle East Media Research Institute told Fox there’s more where that came from:
“These are not isolated incidents; they are happening in major centers of the country – including in Pennsylvania.”
Oddly, the Muslim American Society recently condemned the killings at San Diego’s Chabad of Poway synagogue (here, here, and here) and Christian churches in Sri Lanka (see the statements at the bottom of this article).
That’s good…but what in the world??
Imam Mohamad Tawhidi had something to say about the youngsters ready to commit murder via divine decapitation.
First, a bit about IMT, from his book The Tragedy of Islam: Admissions of a Muslim Imam:
Imam Tawhidi ended his relationship with the Iranian regime and continued his studies in the Holy Cities in Iraq. In 2014, ISIS conquered large parts of Iraq’s territory and murdered members of Tawhidi’s family. In 2015, Imam Tawhidi began to gradually call for reform within Muslim societies. His views have been broadcast on international media and have been met with both criticism and praise.
In this book, Tawhidi takes you on a unique journey detailing the highlights of his life that prompted his transition from an extremist into a reformist. He then emphasizes the theological, jurisprudential and historical difficulties of Islamic thought and Islamic governance, including insights that have never been published before.
Celebrated as the Imam of Peace, Tawhidi’s international activism against Islamic extremism has earned him a nomination for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards.
Here’s Tawhidi’s cautionary — and disturbing — reaction to the Pennsylvania Punishers:
We warn the West from what we fled from in the Middle East, but the West doesn’t want to listen. This is your next generation: https://t.co/3zeU2PFSfa
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) May 3, 2019
The drive to exterminate a group of people may seem an impossible contagion to take hold in a land founded upon life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But one need only look to Germany — less than 100 years ago — to be reminded that hate may be the faster-spreading cancer compared to love.
Of course, genocide isn’t really about hate. Nor is religious killing. It’s about something much worse: dehumanization. The death of empathy and feeling. And that is most certainly a disease from which we appear to be suffering already — just see here, here, and here.
We need more people like Imam Mohamad Tawhidi to stand up. And we need Muslims in political positions of power to join in. Where are they with this? Will they condemn it with the fervor of the Left’s nonsensical portrayal of Trump and the Right as murderous psychos (here, here, here, here, and here)? Because I don’t think those kids in the video are simply using figures of speech.
And all of them are set to become powerful adults who hold to the beliefs of their youth.
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MAS Statement on the Chabad of Poway Shooting:
Muslim American Society condemns the terrorist attack that targeted a synagogue in San Diego. As worshipers observed the last day of Passover, a 19-year old white male started targeting and shooting members of the synagogue. This person is the same individual who attacked a mosque in Escondido, 9 miles away from the Chabad Synagogue of Poway. One person is dead and three are wounded, including the Rabbi.
“Hate has no place in our society. In an era where we’ve seen an increase in hate crimes, including rising Islamophobia and anti-semitism, we must stand tall together in solidarity.” said Ayman Hammous, Executive Director of MAS, “these acts of terror in places of worship and against humanity cannot become the norm.”
MAS strongly condemns this white supremacist attack and we call on our leaders to call this out for what it is, an act of terror meant to terrorize a faith community. Places of worship are sacred and human life is sacred. The Muslim community has faced acts of hate numerous times and we stand tall with the Jewish community who also faced similar acts of hate one too many times. “We know that our faith communities are resilient. We will bounce back stronger together,” says Ismahan Abdullahi, National Deputy Director of MAS PACE, “Hate is scared of love, for it’s the only thing strong enough to keep it at bay. This world can and must do better.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish community in Poway. We offer our sincerest condolences to all the families impacted by this tragedy. We urge all faith communities and centers to be vigilant and take extra precautions. Together, we will stand tall against hate.
MAS Statement on Sri Lanka:
The Muslim American Society (MAS) offers its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims of the bombings in Sri Lanka.
The bombings, which resulted in the tragic deaths and wounding of hundreds of congregants, Sri Lankans and tourists from around the world, took place during one of the holiest days in the Christian faith, Easter. MAS Executive Director Ayman Hammous said, “These senseless acts of violence do not accomplish anything other than drawing humanity into a state of chaos. We need to stand together as brothers and sisters in humanity, across all faiths, united against all acts of terror and destruction.”
MAS calls on all people to come together during these difficult times and stand for peace and justice for all.
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