There was a failed attempt at a mass casualty terrorist attack in New York City on Monday, when 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah tried to detonate a homemade explosive device but succeeded only in severely wounding himself while causing minor injuries to a few other people.
While the liberal media sought to downplay the attempted jihadist attack, or place blame for it upon President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Ullah himself insisted that he had been inspired by the Islamic State group and its violently barbaric version of Islam.
But it isn’t just the militant Islamic State group or radical Imams in the Middle East inspiring Muslims like Ullah to commit atrocities in the name of Allah.
The Clarion Project recently reported on a fiery sermon calling for the death of all Jews by an imam based in a New Jersey mosque roughly five miles away from the failed New York City bombing.
“So long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews, this nation will be humiliated,” Imam Aymen Elkasaby proclaimed to the crowd gathered at the Islamic Center of Jersey City, three days before Ullah’s attack.
“As long as the Al-Aqsa mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will be humiliated,” Elkasaby continued, referring to the silver-domed mosque in Jerusalem that might be the most familiar feature of the city’s skyline.
“Allah, make us among your armies … Allah, we ask you to grant us martyrdom on the threshold of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth,” he stated, speaking of the Jews.
According to the Middle East Forum, Elkasaby is a fairly recent addition to the lineup of imams at the Islamic Center of Jersey City. He only began to deliver recorded sermons in August.
Interestingly, his fiery rhetoric has been viewed as somewhat out of place at what has been considered a fairly moderate mosque in the past, moderate enough that it just hosted an “Interfaith Gathering of Unity” in November, which Elkasaby himself attended.
Indeed, the mosque was considered so moderate and mainstream that its president, Ahmeed Shadeed, was the special guest of Democrat New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker at then-President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech in 2016.
Lest anyone dismiss this sermon calling for genocide of the Jews as an isolated incident or solely inspired by Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, at least two other American imams have been caught on tape calling for the same thing.
The Middle East Media Research Institute reported that Imam Mahmoud Harmoush of the Islamic Center of Riverside, California, delivered a sermon in July that called on Allah, and presumably his followers, to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers.”
Harmoush called for the Jews to be “destroyed” and to “turn them into booty in the hands of Muslims.” He also stated that “life will be meaningless” if Muslims don’t “resist and fight back” against the Jews in Jerusalem.
He expressly stated that, “Allah wants us to have jihad in our lives, no matter what and where we are and what is happening.”
“The conflict is not only in Palestine,” he said, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The Clarion Project also reported in July on a petition to fire another California Imam named Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis, California, who called for Allah — and again, the Islamic deity’s followers — to “liberate Al-Aqsa from the filth of the Jews” and “annihilate them to the last one.”
Shahin also stated that “the last day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews.”
To be sure, moderate Muslims in the area publicly recoiled at the sermon demanding genocide of the Jews, and played a key role in joining with Jewish groups to start up the petition against the decidedly anti-Semitic Imam, which compelled Shahin to issue a public apology for his controversial sermon.
That said, many aren’t buying his apology, and it must be pointed out that these calls for the genocide of all Jews are not emanating from some little known mosque in the Middle East, but prominent Islamic centers right here in America.
These men are representative of what Democrats and the liberal media would have us believe is the “religion of peace.” Doesn’t sound particularly peaceful to us.