ICNA Embraces America’s Favorite Salafi Preacher

IPT News
August 1, 2012

Yasir Qadhi, billed by the New York Times as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam,” recently told one of the nation’s largest Islamic conferences that the Quran “destroys” American capitalism.

“Who amongst us would have predicted five years ago that this nation would despise and hate the very [economic] system that they used to claim was the reason for their success?” he asked hundreds at a session of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)’s national conference in late May. “Now the system has been destroyed and demolished. Now 99 percent of America is saying Occupy Wall Street.”

“This is a Pharonic society that we enjoy the pyramids, but you cannot enjoy pyramids without millions of slaves. And this is what this society has become,” Qadhi said, repeating a classic Muslim metaphor for a society filled with corruption. Although his speech was intended to introduce a Somali charity worker, Qadhi used his time to call for converting America and radically altering its culture.

Qadhi’s invitation to speak at the ICNA conference is puzzling, given the group’s campaign to cast itself as a moderate religious group whose values are fully compatible with life in America, and given Qadhi’s record of espousing a diametrically opposed viewpoint. The convention’s theme, “Defending Religious Freedom, Understanding Shariah,” mirrors a national public relations campaign ICNA is waging.

Qadhi didn’t limit his comments to attacking America’s economic system. He argued that had the Muslims engaged OWS protesters, they might have taken control of the movement and made huge gains in converts.

“Brothers and sisters, where were we at the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement to simply tell them, ‘Oh fellow Americans, our lord has told us in the Quran that this system is not a good system, that this system will collapse?” he said. “This Ayah [Quranic verse] is the strongest Ayah criticizing the capitalist system as it exists in America. In five words, Allah demolishes this version of capitalism.” His calls were greeted with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” and excitement by the crowd.

As the dean of academic affairs for the United States’ largest Muslim academic institution, Memphis-based AlMaghrib Institute, Qadhi’s words reach more impressionable minds than most other American clerics. AlMaghrib partners with mosques, student organizations, and larger organizations nationwide to provide a conservative education for young Muslims. With this powerful influence, the preacher sets the standard for America’s young Muslims, particularly on controversial issues like gender roles and Muslim/non-Muslim relations.

While the Times described Qadhi as “uniquely deft at balancing the edicts of orthodox Islam with the mores of contemporary America” and as someone who only used to “spout a harder line,” several of his recent statements show that the charismatic preacher hasn’t changed from his hardline Salafi roots.

In a video posted to YouTube last November, Qadhi advocated Saudi Arabian-style restrictions on Muslim women in the United States to protect them from Western “wolves and predators.”

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IRAN PREPARING MAHDI’S SPECIAL FORCES

by REZA KAHLILI

The Quds Forces, a special Iranian unit of thousands of operatives tasked with exporting Iran’s Islamic revolution, are being told to step up preparations for terrorism for the coming of the last Islamic messiah and the destruction of the West.

Ali Saeedi, the Iranian supreme leader’s representative to the Revolutionary Guards, emphasized during a Friday sermon in Tehran that the Islamic republic must directly confront America so that the necessary environment is created for the reappearance of Mahdi, the Shiite’s 12th imam, who will kill all infidels and raise the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.

 “In three points of history, God directly confronts the will of unruly humans in which, of course, the Right will overcome the False,” Saeedi said, according to the Sepah News, the Guards’ official publication. “The first point in history was during the era of pharaoh, the second era was Bani Abbas, and the third is our current era in which it seems that God has willed us to enlighten the world with the coming of Imam Mahdi.”

Saeedi, “Many of the signs [necessary] for the coming have taken place during the previous years; however, the main sign will take place right before the coming.”

There are five levels of readiness that have to be prepared for the coming, he said: “Individual readiness, the readiness for creating the environment, systematic readiness, the readiness in the region and the international readiness. This means Occupy Wall Street must take place, the Americans must lose hope with the Democratic Party and others, and lose faith in the U.N., while at the same time the unraveling in the Middle East, which was not ripe before, must have taken place before the coming.”

This is the first time a high-ranking Iranian official has stated on the record that the Quds Forces are not only involved in the region, but also internationally for a final confrontation with the West.

“The Revolutionary Guards are one vehicle for preparation for the coming, and in the current Islamic Awakening [the Arab Spring] in the region and on international arena, the Quds Forces play a major role in preparing the readiness of the human force needed for such an event,” Saeedi said. “The chief commander of the Guards and the supreme leader’s representative are tasked for preparing the individual readiness, regional readiness as well as international readiness for the coming.”

In another Guards’ weekly publication, Sobhe Sadegh, a front-page analysis explains that the opening of Iran’s geopolitics and the empowerment of its Islamic power are a reality in which Iran’s influence has expanded not only in the region, but also in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Asia and even in Europe and America.

As was the fall of socialism and the Eastern bloc, the analysis promises, so will be the fall of the capitalism and liberal democracy.

The analysis refers to the statements of the founder of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini:

  • “I say with all certainty that the 21st century will be the century of Islam.”
  • “I say with all certainty that Islam will conquer all key entrenchments of the world.”
  • “I say with all certainty that Islam will defeat all world powers.”
  • “I say with all certainty that the 21st century is the century where the oppressed will be victorious over the oppressors.”

Read more at WND

 
Reza Kahlili translated this Iranian video about Islamic prophecies of a coming messiah and the destruction of Israel:

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