Earlier this month Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan of Houston’s Tajweed Institute delivered a sermon in which he called for Muslims to kill Jews.
The Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) was quickly on the case. Last week it translated and distributed the lunatic’s sermon, in which he declared:
Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews.
Al-Rousan, according to this report, is now singing a different tune:
I unequivocally affirm and uphold the dignity, sanctity and value of all human life, including – of course – people of the Jewish faith.
Those words were in a statement issued the week by the imam, who continued:
Al-Rousan said he hoped to speak with Jewish leaders in order to:
I must also state in no uncertain terms that I am absolutely and completely opposed to and disgusted by all forms of terrorism, all terrorists, and I oppose anyone who would commit, call for, or threaten violence against civilians.
This is why as a person of faith and a religious leader, that I am mortified that an impassioned sermon I gave in light of President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is being seen as a call for the very things I despise.
Establish new and meaningful relationships with my neighbors in the Jewish community.
The local Anti-Defamation League said that his statement was an indication that:
He doesn’t fully understand the ramifications of his sermon. We would like to see Imam Al-Rousan unequivocally apologize to the Jewish community for his highly inflammatory sermon and through future actions, demonstrate he is committed to understanding why the sermon was an incitement to violence.
A statement issued by leaders of Houston’s Muslim community said the imam’s sermon was:
Deeply problematic and does not represent the views or sentiments of the Houston Muslim community.