Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Imam as Role Model: ”Jews are Dirty and Gays Should Die”

“Jews are dirty and gays should die” is one message that the American Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick preaches to his followers. This religious figure has recently been invited by the largest Muslim youth organization in Sweden (Sveriges Unga Muslimer) to speak at their conference in Stockholm, which will be held from April 2-5.

Per Gudmundson, an editorial writer at the national Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet writes in his blog that when the Imam was supposed to speak recently at King’s College London and other British universities he was boycotted by the organization “Outrage!" who called him “anti-Semitic and homophobic”. The organization referred to his statements in the program “Voice of Islam” by Triangle Television (Auckland) in which he states;

•    AIDS is caused by the “filthy practices” of homosexuals
•    Homosexuals are dropping dead from AIDS and “they want to take us all down with them”
•    The Islamic position on homosexuality is “death”
•    Homosexuals are “sick” and “not natural”
•    “Muslims are going to have to take a stand [against homosexuals] and it’s not enough to call names” (this last point comes close to an implied threat of violence).

In an MP3 recording which can be found on the homepage of “Outrage!” he even goes as far as stating that homosexuals should be executed.

In another audio recording Abdullah Hakim Quick further denounces (about 3.50 minutes into the video)  the “filth” of Jews (Yahood) and kaffirs—non-believers—by for example saying “May Allah clean and purify Al-Aqsa from the filth of the Yahood (Jew).

The Swedish Muslim youth organization received 2.2 million Swedish kronor during 2009 from Swedish taxpayers directed via the youth board (ungdomsstyrelsen).

The chairman of the organization RFSL- The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights has unsuccessfully tried to convince the Muslim youth movement to withdraw the invitation of the Imam.
According to the Muslim youth movement, Abdullah Hakim Quick “never has held any homophobic views”.
Still, on Swedish national Radio (SR)  Hakim Quick mentions in an interview from the homepage “Enjoy Islam” that "One of the most dangerous groups in society is the homosexuals."   

The purpose of the conference to which the Imam is invited is to provide role models for the Muslim youth in Sweden. It is highly disturbing to find that this hate-inciting Imam will provide guidance and encouragement to many young Swedish Muslims. The youth organization has posted a message on their homepage in which they claim that they have been subjected to anti-Muslim actions and that when they contacted Hakim Quick received the answer that “he doesn’t stand for these opinions and he, as well, has been subjected to anti-Muslim forces. At the end of the message the youth organization states clearly that “they will not cave in to the anti-Muslim bloggers and will hence not cancel Hakim Quick’s visit to the conference”.

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