Jews and Muslims unite to condemn hate preacher
Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, above, has sparked an investigation into a Montreal mosque in which he delivered a sermon advocating the killing of Jews.
According to this report, his sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood and was later posted on YouTube.
In the video, the imam says in Arabic:
O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.
Part of the phrase references an Islamic hadith, which interprets the words and actions by the “Prophet” Mohammed.
The video was brought to the attention of B’nai Brith Canada, which filed a complaint with Montreal police on Monday.
The organisation said it is totally unacceptable that a mosque would allow this to go on.
Said Harvey Levine, Regional Director of B’nai Brith in Quebec:
This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalisation. It’s against the law and has to be stopped.
He added that the complaint was filed with the Montreal hate crimes unit. Montreal police confirmed they received a complaint, but would not provide any more information.
The President of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, wants to know why the imam was invited. He says the mosque should apologise.
He added that the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque is not one of the more than 40 institutions the council represents.
Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak yesterday that he was also mystified as to why the cleric was invited to preach.
I do not understand how this person was invited to come and give a sermon and spread this hatred in Montreal against any community.
The hadith is one of more than 100,000 that are written in many books, some of which are considered authentic, while others are not, said Asali.
To use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself.
There are mosques in Montreal, the imam said, that embrace more extremist messages.
These people, not only do they show hatred towards non-Muslims, they even show hatred to us Muslims.
Levine said this is the second complaint against a Montreal-area mosque filed with the Montreal police’s hate crime unit in just over 40 days.
He said the police are still investigating that first instance but says they are not taking action quickly enough.
This is totally unacceptable. We want to know why the hate crimes unit has not done something to date yet. This person should be arrested and charged for hate crimes.
CIJA Quebec, an organisation that advocates for the Jewish community, said it has a close relationship with the Montreal police and has been following the two complaints.
Said David Ouellette, deputy director for CIJA Quebec:
We know the Montreal police are seriously and diligently investigating these sermons.
He added the group believes the police are close to completing their investigation of the first complaint.