Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hate sheikh Khalid Yasin’s “Islamic Hatred in the Heartland” tour continues in Columbus all this week

International hate sheikh Khalid Yasin, whose message of hate, bigotry and violence had been condemned around the world (for instance, the 2005 condemnation of Yasin’s views by Australian NSW Premier Bob Carr), will be spending the entire upcoming week featured at events all around Columbus. He will be hosted at several mosques affiliated with the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus (ISGC).

You might recall that Yasin appeared at an event in Dayton earlier this month for Masjid At-Taqwa at Sinclair Community College, and his appearance covered by Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN.

Just as a refresher, here are some of Khalid Yasin’s extremist views (covered in this previous post):

And here are some of his statements and positions observed by the Australian media as noted in a July 24, 2005, article in the Sydney Morning Herald (“Sheikh calls Prime Minister’s comments inflammatory”):

Sheik Khalid Yasin, the executive director of the Islamic Teaching Institute which is dedicated to the work of promoting Islam, told a large gathering of young muslims at Bankstown Town Hall in Sydney last week that muslims could not be friends with anyone who did not share their faith.

“They’re not your friend because they don’t understand your religious principles and they cannot because they do not understand your faith,” he said.

The sheik said young Muslims should not attend university because they would lose their direction.

“University is a gateway for deviation,” he said.

“You forget your Islamic direction. Now you have become compromised through some kind of intellectuality.”

The sheik told the Nine Network men whose wives disobeyed them should be beaten.

He quoted a verse from the Koran and translated it.

“Now specifically, if you take that word literally, it means literally, beat them lightly,” Sheik Yasin said.

“Beat them, like I would my child.”

He also said homosexuals should be killed.

“We don’t make any excuses about that, it’s not our law, it’s the Koran,” he said.

With that in mind, it’s interesting to see that Yasin will be leading both youth and women’s events while in Columbus this week. Also interesting is that he will be speaking at Ohio State University this week, despite the fact that he’s said that Muslims should not attend university: “The university is a gateway for deviation. You forget your Islamic direction. Now you have become compromised through some kind of intellectuality.”

Will it be CAIR-OSU, the Muslim Student Association, or both sponsoring his OSU visit?

Here’s his schedule for this upcoming week (courtesy of Basil Mohamed Gohar and Columbus Dawah):

Shaykh Khalid Yasin in Columbus this week (updated schedule)

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Assalaamu ʿalaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

Alhamdulillaah, our community is truly blessed to have with us Shaykh Khalid Yasin, perhaps best known for his powerful & inspiring lecture, The Purpose of Life. He will be visiting several locations throughout the community during his stay in the coming week, in shaaʾ Allaah. Please visit this page frequently as the schedule is being updated and finalized.

Saturday (May 24th, 2008)
Ibn Taymiya Masjid & Islamic Center (map)
7:00 PM Presentation

Sunday (May 25th, 2008)
Masjid Omar bin El-Khattab (map)
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Ladies only)
After Maghrib khaatirah (everyone)

Monday (May 26th, 2008)
Abubakar Siddique Islamic Center (map)
After Maghrib khaatirah

Tuesday (May 27th, 2008)
Masjid Oumar Al-Foutiyou (map)
After Maghrib khaatirah

Wednesday (May 28th, 2008)
Ibn Taymiya Masjid & Islamic Center (map)
7:00 PM Presentation

Thursday (May 29th, 2008)
Event at OSU (details still coming)

Friday (May 30th, 2008)
Masjid Omar bin El-Khattab (map)
Jumuʿah Khutbah @ 1PM
After Maghrib khaatirah

Saturday (May 31st, 2008)
Masjid Omar bin El-Khattab (map)
10:30 AM Youth Program
After Maghrib presentation

Sunday (June 1st, 2008)
Ibn Taymiya Masjid & Islamic Center (map)
7:00 PM Presentation

Will our self-proclaimed “interfaith” leaders, such as Abukar Arman and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio condemn ISGC’s promotion of this international hatemonger?

You know the answer as well as I do. . .

Oh, wait, Khalid Yasin is being hosted by Abukar Arman’s mosque three times this week. Nevermind.

Here are the links to the international media coverage cited above of Khalid Yasin’s campaign of hate:

Interview, Sunday Nights with John Cleary, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, September 7, 2003

Khalid Yasin in conversation”, The Religion Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio, September 10, 2003

Sheik calls Prime Minister’s comments inflammatory”, Sydney Morning Herald, July 24, 2005

Home Grown”, Sixty Minutes, Channel Nine, July 24, 2005

Marian Wilkinson, Anne Davies and Andrew Clennell, “Muslims unites — it’s time to disown terror”, Sydney Morning Herald, July 26, 2005

Tom Allard, “Koranic TV next step for radical sheik”, Sydney Morning Herald, August 20, 2005

Khalid Yasin: The New Voice of Islam?” (transcript), Sunday, October 9, 2005

Undercover Mosque” (transcript), Dispatches, Channel 4 [UK], January 15, 2007

Robert Spencer, “Guess Who’s Speaking at the Local Mosque”, Human Events, May 14, 2008

Patrick Poole, “Islamic Hatred in the Heartland”, FrontPage Magazine, May 14, 2008