Hero Imams?

Authored by Khadija Khan via The Gatestone Institute,

  • More than 60 Islamic leaders and imams -- from France, Belgium, Britain, Tunisia, and of different Islamic faiths -- in a move that may be unprecedented, are touring Europe to denounce Islamic terrorism and to pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe by visiting many of the sites of terror attacks.
  • The idea seems to have shaken extremists to the core. They have been sending these imams death threats.
  • It is therefore high time, as mankind faces a crucial turning point, that people will pull together and support any voices of peace such as those of the marching imams, and restrain any hands that would try to sabotage their noble mission.

More than 60 Islamic leaders and imams -- from France, Belgium, Britain, Tunisia, and of different Islamic faiths -- in a move that may be unprecedented, are touring Europe to denounce Islamic terrorism and to pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe by visiting many of the sites of terror attacks.

It is ironic that while the "liberal" world has been busy in Canada lavishing millions on the "Foreign Terrorist Fighter" Omar Khadr, and in the US pampering extremists such as Linda Sarsour -- an apologist for ISIS and Islamist terrorism who calls for a "jihad" on the president, and whose tweets include racist comments such as "How many times to we have to tell White women that we do not need to be saved by them? Is there a code language I need to use to get thru?" -- that the press has largely ignored these courageous Islamic leaders. They have travelled from six major European countries and launched a peace march in Europe to show the masses that some Muslims, at least, do condemn terrorism and want nothing to do with terrorists who murder in the name of Islam.

Many consider their efforts a brave stand to win back the trust of those in the West who are justifiably angry about the recent wave of terrorist attacks in United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Israel, Germany, the United States and across much of the world.

These imams, from different Islamic faiths, have done an extraordinary job in unequivocally denouncing the terrorists by visiting the sites of terror attacks to pay homage to victims of terrorism in Europe.

Hassen Chalghoumi (pictured at center on January 8, 2015), the imam of Drancy Mosque in suburban Paris, is leading a peace march of more than 60 Islamic leaders and imams, to denounce Islamic terrorism and pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)

The idea seems to have shaken extremists to the core. They have been sending these imams death threats.

It is not only violent extremists, however, who pose threat to peace efforts and the West. At least what they do can be seen. Possibly more harmful are non-violent Muslims, such as Linda Sarsour, who, in order to prey upon naïve admirers of other cultures, continue to feed to the world a narrative of Muslim victimhood, apparently to try to whip up hostile sentiments.

Sarsour for instance, recommends launching a jihad against the current US administration by calling its members "white nationalists", "fascists", and "Islamophobes". She has also been sending her warm wishes to Assata Shukar, a woman who murdered an American policeman, then, after escaping from prison, fled to Cuba.

It is painful to see such people stoking the fire to support extremists -- especially while heroic imams go on a peace mission, only to face threats from extremists.

It is also painful to watch such extremists invoke well-worn words such as jihad and sharia -- words the meaning of which is known all too well in the Muslim world -- and then later try to paint these words -- presumably for gullible Westerners -- as symbols of warm-and-fuzzy non-violent "resistance".

Even though it is partially true that in Islam, jihad is considered a struggle against oneself to eliminate the evils within oneself, if you speak to anyone in the Muslim world and ask what jihad is, that is not the answer you will get.

There are hadiths [the deeds and saying of the Prophet Muhammad], taken literally by hardline Muslims, that order the need for jihad against infidels:

The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.... (Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985)


I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah, and he who professed it was guaranteed the protection of his property and life on my behalf except for the right affairs rest with Allah. (Hadith Muslim 30)

There are verses in the Quran that state:

And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. (Quran 2:191-193)

So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory - We will bestow upon him a great reward. (Quran 4:74)

What is not addressed is how a majority of Muslims have been radicalized over the years by extremist clerics who know nothing about peace. They have apparently adopted a literal interpretation of many versus to take over the non-Muslim world and impose on mankind an Islamic version of religion.

It is also ironic that extremists can take time from their busy schedules to send death threats to these peaceful imams, but never have any problem with people such as Sarsour -- perhaps because they are not in her cross-hairs and possibly share the same ideology.

Organizations that are supposedly "non-violent" such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), nevertheless represent an ideology, the sole purpose of which is to impose Saudi, Taliban, or Iran-like Sharia law on the world.

Both the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, as well as Britain's Islamic Relief and 80 other organizations, for example, were added to the United Arab Emirates' list of designated terrorist organizations in 2014. Presumably, all are the fonts from which violent Islam grows. Many on the list, such, as Hezbollah and Boko Haram, already are violent.

These views in Islam no longer have anything to do with the great mystic philosophers, such as Rumi, Saadi and Ibn el Arabi, who considered even the weakest soul an extension of Allah, thus demanding love and respect for all, and with no ambitions of ruling anyone or taking control of the world.

Anyone who is trying to sell Islam and Sharia, which represent an extremist ideology, as something non-militant, only exposes himself or herself as trying to fool the world.

It is also important to keep in mind that extremists consider peaceful Muslims apostates. Mansoor Hallaj for example, who was gruesomely tortured and executed, is a symbol of how these extremist Muslims have savaged anyone who tried to offer a "kinder, gentler" version of Islam.

The only reason that modern-day people -- from both East and West -- are aware of the violent aspect of jihad is that they have seen bloodbaths and massacres wherever the phrase "Allahu Akbar," "Allah is the greatest," was chanted.

Therefore, the word jihad in the current historical context can only trigger suspicion and anger against anyone who announces jihad as a wish.

Extremist Muslims have, in fact, played this game for decades in the West and also in the Muslim world. They have not only poisoned the minds of their own youths against other faiths, but are also preparing them to commit violence against people of other faiths in a bid to take over the world through "jihad".

Now they have realized that they may be starting to lose the game: many youths have started to question their activities while many governments in the West are running programmes to integrate the brainwashed young people into their societies.

The notion of "Us vs. Them" is beginning to fall apart and finally the world seems to be coming out of the decades-long chaos and cold war(s) that begin after 1940s.

It is therefore high time, as mankind faces a crucial turning point, that people will pull together and support any voices of peace, such as those of the marching imams, and restrain any hands that would try to sabotage their noble mission.


Grandad Grumps Tue, 07/25/2017 - 03:36 Permalink

Islam is being unfairly blamed for the Zionist/Wahhabist jihad. This should be obvious.

Zionists are given power by the ruler of this world, Satan.

... and it is all pre-packaged garbage for the consumption of the American people. At best, it should be simply ignored.

giovanni_f Grandad Grumps Tue, 07/25/2017 - 04:02 Permalink

how abouta) AIPAC touring the US and ME paying homage to all the victims of the wars it has been lobbying for?b) George W. Bush and Tony Blair and Madeleine Albright touring Iraq?c) Sarkozy, Cameron, Obama, (H.) Clinton touring Libya?d) German leftists Joseph Fischer and Gerhard Schöder touring Serbia?e) Victoria Nuland and John McCain touring Donbass?f) Bill Clinton touring Haiti?g) Mohammed bin Salman touring Yemen?h) Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke touring the 20 biggest trailer parks in the US?i) Narendra Modi touring the areas of dispossessed Naxalites and Indian farmers?j) Angela Merkel touring East Germany?

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GUS100CORRINA giovanni_f Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:44 Permalink

Observation: As far as ISLAM is concerned, Europe is CONQUERED!!! Europe for the most part is a spiritual wasteland. Sharia courts and mosques popping up everywhere. In fact, Churches are now being converted to mosques and it is accelerating.Europe through Jesus Christ under the BUS a long way back.Nothing to see here. America will be next if She is not careful.

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EddieLomax DetectiveStern Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:05 Permalink

I've worked with several Pakistani muslims, one of them was a nationalist and I respected his love of his own country (even if I thought it was a dump), he was a good guy.But two of them were nutters, one kept muttering about how Britain owed them a debt for having an empire (can we have our railroad tracks, building and the rest back then please?), he was a crap engineer too.And the other was sending emails around the office saying about how Israel was bad etc, and basically hated Jews (he would have been sacked if the boss wasn't worried about shrinking his tiny empire).  I remember him deliberately making a noise when we have the 2 minutes silence for 9/11, whatever you think happened there a lot good people lost their lives, this arsehole thought that was a good thing.So there are nutters out there, it only takes about 10% of the population to support something for that thing to take power, and in Muslim communities they really do believe the Koran is the truth.

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ScratInTheHat EddieLomax Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:27 Permalink

The problem with Islam is Mohamad! The man was a nutbag murderer and because of that it is easy for the borderline nutbags to go nuts and imitate the Prophet. So if you have Islam anywhere you will have terrorism. It’s never going to stop because it can and will be taken up as the borderline nutbags have life crisis. The entire religion is geared for it! The only way to get rid of it is to get rid of the Prophet. Tell me how that is going to happen?

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Theosebes Goodfellow ScratInTheHat Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:43 Permalink

~"The problem with Islam is Mohamad!"~If you have not read the Qur'an, the Sirah nor the Sunnah you do not understand a) who Mohammad was or b) what Islam is. There are no other texts that come close to explaining. These texts themselves describe Mohammad as a plaigarizer, an extortionist,incestuous, illiterate,a liar,a mass-murderer,a pedophile,and a pirate.The Sunnah claims that he was much worse, but that those "oral traditions" (about Mohammad), have been lost to time. The problem was Mohammad. The problem is Islam. http://prophetofdoom.netRead all of it.

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d2thdr Tue, 07/25/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

Beware. This is Taqqiyya. It means elephants teeth. Just for show. In India we have experience of this for over 1000 years. Do not trust these vermin.

Creative_Destruct Sanity Bear Tue, 07/25/2017 - 04:15 Permalink

"They have apparently adopted a literal interpretation of many versus to take over the non-Muslim world and impose on mankind an Islamic version of religion."Literally interpreting a document that was originally meant literally by Muhammed is intellectually honest and technically correct and shows the danger of this belief system, not to mention other belief systems where the same can be said.

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are we there yet Tue, 07/25/2017 - 03:53 Permalink

I tried to read some of the koran and found it a complete waste of brain cells. Imagine George Carlans quote 'my invisible guy in the sky is greater than your invisible guy in the sky'. A lot of delusional intolerant thought in the Middle East.

wow thats crazy Tue, 07/25/2017 - 03:55 Permalink

And why not they know they are going to breed those Euro's out of Europe!

Thats why Israel is working so hard to get the Palestinians out cause they would breed out the Jews eventually!

lew1024 wow thats crazy Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:13 Permalink

Hybrid vigor is a real phenomena, children of mixed parents are superior people, on average.Every race is a hybrid of earlier strains, every nation ditto, and every nation a multi-culture in its roots. Cultures have hybrid vigor, also, of course.Large complex systems evolve. Hybrids are a superior form of evolution.Basic systems understandings, a variety of which are biological-genetic.

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MPJones Tue, 07/25/2017 - 04:00 Permalink

The word 'islamophobia' is a linguistic abomination, a contradiction in terms or oxymoron really. The term 'phobia' implies irrationality, an irrational fear. Being fearful of, or even hostile to, an ideology that advocates killing or enslaving you is not irrational. Hence there is no such thing as 'islamophobia'. The word is a weasel word: avoid it.Documentation for the statement above here:http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx

MPJones meditate_vigorously (not verified) Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:14 Permalink

It certainly is a strategy employed successfully by the Left, including promotion of pseudo-sciences like psychology and sociology. Whether it is particularly Jewish I am not sure. It is always dangerous to confuse 'a Jew' with 'Jewish' - or make other similar sweeping jumps from a single individual trait to the properties of a group.

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Golden Showers Tue, 07/25/2017 - 04:28 Permalink

mMMMllaaaa! Im an Imom~Duuuh~You aren't responding to my Islam! Meh, Meh, mehhhhuh.Dayum. I've heard better raps from Russel Jones, aka ODB.Check the rhyme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBwAxmrE194For fun, I draw Allah sucking Bill Clinton's dick. Have a whole notebook of that shit. Often it involves Chelsea taking it in a three way with mommy and daddy and the "mystery man" Allah. Nothing like a ghost in a Black Cube to make me laugh. Then, when I get bored, I draw Allah on a My Little Pony, Pretty Pony. Allah clinking champaign glasses with Hello Kitty. All that shit.Sometimes, since Allah is so big I have to put a pumpkin on it and draw pictures of him with the queen of England, it's a past time.The thing is that I couldn't give a shit less about Allah. I really don't give a fuck about a too late dream catching warmonger. So fuck that shit.I just laugh at all you stupid mother fuckers who praise Allah because you all have your hand in the tip jar. The Allah cookie jar. The Allah bank savings and loan. You fucking imbeciles rub me the wrong way. And I don't give a fuck for you.Islam is a stepchild religion and I'm just going to say it like it is. Becasue I enjoy virtue, honesty, integrity, truth, and kindness. I don't lie. I don't steal. I don't kill. I don't want my neighbors wife. And I sure as fuck don't think that I am more important than my wife. And you know something? I'm tired of your stupid shit. I think you Muslims are a bunch of assholes. I think you are a bunch of murdering assholes. Which is nothing compared to your so-called Jewish handlers. And I think your Allah is a faggot. I think Yawheh is a murderous piece of shit, and I think that you can all go and solve your own problems.Not that I pick and choose. I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, not the son of Man. I believe in one True creator whom I will never understand who sent his son to this world to die to mirror us, to show us how stupid and greedy and full of shit we are. I believe that I cannot call it a name because I am blind, and I believe that if I thought I knew the truth of God I could never understand. I believe that the powers on this earth are corrupt. I believe that the son of man is the devil and I believe that the kingdoms of this planet are rotten to the core. All of them. So when some fags parade around in linen I don't give a fuck. When I'm dead, we'll sort it. But I'm not dead.I'm not dead.I'm defending myself. This is me defending myself. And I am not going to stop defending myself. What I'm seeing is some fucking assholes in bedclothes talking about some stepchild of man, creation of man, devil, called Allah, who mutilates his daughters, enslaves his women, murders men and is so afraid no one can draw a picture of him. What a fucking joke weak piece of shit!Where's Waldo?And the reason why you weak pieces of shit cotton to this low level henchman of filth is because it's egalitarian: You stupid fucking scumbag rapist pieces of shit have everything to hide in your black hearts you filthy ignorant step children of man. You scum. The most preachy among you are the most filthy just like the Catholic church and the other slaves. If the meek inherit the earth it is you. You are the meek. As white as your sheet you are meek. Can't even draw Nature. Fuckups!I am not dead. Because when I got here I started to grow a soul. Unlike you faggot cube worshiping ignorant pushovers. Why don't you wake up and stop being used as chattle? Why don't you stop demeaning and disgrasing your women and daughters and respect them? Why don't you grow a ball sack and protect your own? Why don't you begin to love Nature and all human beings? Why don't you shut up and put up? Why don't you stop thinking like niggers because God is stronger than an AK. Why don't you get out of my face? Leave me alone?It's your life. If you want to be stupid. If you cannot draw your god then you don't have one you stupid fuck. God is for all! For you. For me. Look around. Look at Nature. It's when dumb ass mother fucking wannabe bitches holier than thou get in my face YOU GET THE FINGER. Fuck you. Fuck off! I'm tired of your dumb ass shit. It belongs in the gay pride parade at the end of the line all you dumb ass muslim motherfuckers. Stop oppressing me. Get out of my face. Go coward together and leave me alone. I don't owe you shit.Take your handlers and your money jar in heaven and go fuck yourselves because I am here and you can't touch this. Bitches.

BritBob Tue, 07/25/2017 - 04:48 Permalink

About time.They need an authorized version of the Koran - like the King James bible purged some of the nonsense. And then there's Ye ole Ayatollah. He also supports Argentina's claim to the Falklands so I guess he believes in fairy tales : How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them? Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina: https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_ArgentinaYep, just another fairy tale.

LA_Goldbug Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:01 Permalink

Here is my interpretation of this.

"Hi folks, we want Peace and we hate Violence. Please let our People IN. There are only a few bad apples in there. Please don't worry, in 10 yrs. things will calm down and we will then start chopping your heads once we get control of your Laws."

Note how once upon a time pedo was bad, trans was bad, pedo-trans adopting children was bad. Now it IS GOOD.

We are ruled by people who think like this,

"The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War Hardcover – by Eileen Welsome "

Have a nice day.

I Write Code Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:27 Permalink

Don't want their supposed sympathy.  Want Islam cleansed, the Koran expurgated.  It's way beyond words already.  Perhaps this is a start, but there's a very long way to go.

EddieLomax miketv Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:01 Permalink

How do you organize a false flag suicide bomber attack?Seriously where is the rationing thinking here, there are thousands of witnesses to it, and no amount of money is going to be enough to convince someone to kill themselves.  But the promise of admittance into heaven with 72 virgin (goats?) certainly is.

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hutnela Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:49 Permalink

What?  No....! Thousands dead of this extremism.... you cant fix that with "i'm sorry" and a walk in the park. And for anyone that wants to blame the US... I was part of a security detail that took Provincial Reconstruction Team members around to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq. One of the guys use to carry a BACKPACK full of Iraqi Dinar for helping the locals. Within a few short years after we left, those Mf'ers were fighting again. These guys don't care what you do for them, war is all they know... they have been doing it for thousands of years. Furthermore, these Imams are more than likely being compensated (probably by soros) to try and gain the trust of westerners so they can continue their crusade. Nothing seems right about this article... something deeper is going on.

EddieLomax Tue, 07/25/2017 - 06:59 Permalink

So they're telling us Islam isn't violent, but their holy book instructs them to kill, behead and terrorize others.This is just more mainstream news crap, these loons wouldn't make a page in the local newspaper with their antics, what's next?  Nazi's who believe in Mein Kampf telling us they love Jews?

Blanco Diablo Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:12 Permalink

Islamists have built a powerful infrastructure of terror inside Europe's cities. These terror bases are self-segregated, multicultural enclaves in which extremist Muslims promote Islamic fundamentalism and implement Islamic law, Sharia -- with the Tower Hamlets Taliban of East London; in the French banlieues [suburbs], and in The Hague's "sharia triangle", known as "the mini-caliphate," in the Netherlands. These extremist Muslims can comfortably get their weapons from the Balkans, where, thanks to Europe's open borders, they can travel with ease. They can also get their money from abroad, thanks to countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These Islamists can self-finance through the mosques they run, as well as get "human resources," donated by unvetted mass migration coming through the Mediterranean.23,000 potential jihadists in the UK, 18,000 in Belgium, 10,000 in Germany, 15,000 in France. What do these numbers tell us? There might be a war in Europe "within a few years", as the chief of the Swedish army, General Anders Brännström, told the men under his command that they must expect.

any_mouse Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:01 Permalink

Another piece of crap from Gatestone. Note that the photo is from 2.5 years ago, Jan 2015.

Imagine if one was alive with the Internet in the days of Genesis and the genocides perpetrated by the Israelite Tribe were live streamed.

The monotheistic Gods of the desert dwellers are harsh masters.