An imam residing in New Jersey who was the source of two violently antisemitic sermons over the last month is set to be sent for “retraining,” according to the president of the Islamic center where he serves, The Algemainer informs.
Ahmed Shedeed claimed that Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby, an imam of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, is set to meet with “interfaith scholars” who would “consult with and retrain him,” after he delivered sermons in which he called for the killing of Jews and attacked the west for having made Muslims the “tail-end of all nations.”
“This is like sending someone to rehab,” Shedeed, the Islamic Center’s president, told The Algemeiner.
“The scholars will help him to learn to deal with these issues,” Shedeed said – adding that Elkasaby had spoken “in the heat of the moment” after U.S. President Donald Trump declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6. Shedeed also stressed that Elkasaby was a graduate of the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo, which he described as “one of the major universities in the Muslim world facing terrorism and violence.”
On December 8 the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), released a sermon made in which, Elkasaby declared, “So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains a humiliated prisoner under the oppression of the Jews, this nation will never prevail.”
“Allah, wreak vengeance upon the plundering oppressors!” the imam continued. “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.”
Elkasaby also invoked a common Islamist trope about Jews in his December 8 sermon, describing the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City as being “under the feet of the apes and pigs.”
“I’ve heard that expression many times,” Shedeed replied after he was questioned about Elkasaby’s use of an Islamist term to insult Jews.
“Any Muslim who uses that phrase, he misunderstands the Qu’ran, he is not knowledgable, and I told this to the imam,” Shedeed said. At the same time, he added, the imam was talking to an audience from a variety of backgrounds, “and everyone can receive what he says in different ways.”