MEMRI/Canadian Imam Zafar Bangash: It Is Time To Pick Up The Stones, Stone Homosexuals To Death; Muslims Cannot Coexist With The Jews And The West (Archival)

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Canadian Imam Zafar Bangash: It Is Time To Pick Up The Stones, Stone Homosexuals To Death; Muslims Cannot Coexist With The Jews And The West (Archival)

MEMRI/March 04/2019

At an April 1996 conference at an unknown location, Pakistani-born Canadian Imam Zafar Bangash praised Imam Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie as the “first direct challenge to the West’s political hegemony” because, according to him, the publishing of The Satanic Verses was a carefully calculated attack against Islam that Muslims should not tolerate. He said that Muslims cannot coexist with the West because they violate all of Allah’s commandments. He gave the example of Western girls, who he said commit adultery and fornication at the age of 10 and 12 right in front of their brothers and fathers. He also criticized the West for being “proud of being homosexuals,” and said: “It is time for us to pick up the stones to stone these people to death for [this] abomination… Allah imposes [this responsibility] upon us.” In a different speech from the same event, Bangash told the audience not to be surprised by the behavior of the Jews in Israel because they are the same Jews that murdered the prophets of Allah. He said that there is something wrong with Muslims who treat the Jews as friends, and he assured the audience that the Jews, Christians, polytheists, and infidels will “spare no effort” to ruin Muslims because of the hatred that they harbor against them.

During another conference at an unknown location that took place sometime in 2000, Bangash said that he was communicating with mujahideen who were fighting against the Russians in Chechnya and called on the audience to support them, saying: “Our responsibility is that we help them financially and extend help to them materially so that [they] will remain steadfast.” Imam Bangash is still active today and preaches at the Islamic Society of York Region in Ontario. He is the director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) and is on the editorial board of Toronto-based Crescent International alongside U.S.-based Imam Muhammad Al-Asi (see MEMRI TV clip no. 6675 Al-Quds Day Sermon by Imam Muhammad Al Asi in Washington D.C.: The Zionist Colonialist Force Must Be Dislodged, If Necessary with Non-Peaceful Means, June 21, 2018, and MEMRI TV clip no. 1264  Iranian TV 9/11 Special: Western Experts Say Both 9/11 And Pearl Harbor Were Planned by the American Administration, September 10, 2006). Crescent International’s website says that it is an ICIT publication that promotes a “global Islamic movement perspective on current affairs based on the ideas of Dr. Kalim Siddiqui.”

https://www.memri.org/reports/canadian-imam-zafar-bangash-it-time-pick-stones-stone-homosexuals-death-muslims-cannot

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1996 – “The Satanic Verses Represented An Assault On The Muslims In A Manner Which If The Muslims Had Not Stood Up To Resist, Would Have Opened Up The Revered Personality Of Islam To All Kinds Of Ridicule And Degradation”

Imam Zafar Bangash: “It is those innocent people – children, women, men, young and old – who are being slaughtered and killed through a process of genocide that they call sanctions.

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“But I believe that even all of these things pale into insignificance compared with the fitna [discord] that they tried to impose on the Muslims through The Satanic Verses.

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The Satanic Verses represented an assault on the Muslims in a manner which if the Muslims had not stood up to resist, would have opened up the revered personality of Islam to all kinds of ridicule and degradation.

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“It was a carefully calculated policy to assault to very foundations of Islam.

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“It was for this reason that when Imam Khomeini’s fatwa was issued, it was the first direct challenge to the West’s political hegemony, that the Muslims are not going to stand up and allow their revered personalities to be brought down to the level of Hollywood and the filth that they are putting out around the rest of the world.

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“Also, there is a confusion in the minds of some Muslims who think that the Christians are ahl al-kitab [the people of the book], today’s Christians and Jews and so on, and therefore they are our cousins and so forth. First of all, I would like to ask those of my brothers and sisters who think that way to tell me whether the original book that was revealed to either Moses or Jesus – does anybody have a copy of that book? The original book, not the distorted version that they keep on changing every so many years.”

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“It Is Not Time To Live In Coexistence With Them – It Is Time For Us To Pick Up The Stones To Stone These People To Death For The Abomination That They Are Committing”

“If you do not have a copy of the original book, then these people cannot be considered as ahl al-kitab, because there is no book that we are talking about to which they belong.

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“And today, you look at the West – they are not only violating each and every commandment of Allah, but they commit every zul [injustice] every shirk [polytheism] and every crime that any nation on the face of this Earth committed throughout history. Can we have coexistence with such people?

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“Their own children in the West are drug addicts. Their own girls – their own daughters and sisters – go around at the age of 10 and 12 and commit fornication and adultery in front of their brothers and their fathers, and they feel proud of this fact.

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“They are the ones who feel proud of being homosexuals.

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“Everywhere, whether you go to America, or you go to Europe, or you go the Israel, or you go to other parts of the world, they commit this abomination and they feel proud of it. My brothers and sisters, it is not time to live in coexistence with them. It is time for us to pick up the stones to stone these people to death for the abomination that they are committing.”

Crowd: “Allah Akbar!”

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Imam Zafar Bangash: “It is this responsibility that Allah imposes upon us. My brothers and sisters, I invite you to this challenge. I invite you to this struggle that lies ahead for us, that we confront this jahil [ignorant] civilization, that we consign it to the dustbin of history where it belongs, so that we make the word of Allah uppermost, as promised by Allah, and work towards it so that Allah will choose us as being his chosen servants through whose hands and through whose effort this will be brought about.”

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1996 – “The Jews Killed [The Prophets], So Why Should We Expect Them To Treat Us Any Better?”

“The president of the United States, the prime minister of Britain, the chancellor of Germany, the president of France, and so on and so forth, and the kings and other lesser breeds, were all there to pay their respects to 60 Jews that were killed in Palestine.

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“And Muslims are supposed to be the terrorists, and they deserve collective punishment.

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“Well, we never saw the Zionists go and blow up the houses of Baruch Goldstein.

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“They did not go and demolish the home of Yigal Amir, who murdered their own prime minister.

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“But you know, we as Muslims must know that this can be expected from these people. We shouldn’t have any illusion about it. The reason being that Allah has told us in the Quran that these Jews murdered even the prophets of Allah. Did they not kill the Prophet Zachariah, and John [the Baptist]? The Jews killed them, so why should we expect them to treat us any better? I think that we will be remiss if we think that these people are going to be our friends. We must not be under any illusions that people who cannot be friends of Allah and His prophets can be friends of the Muslims, because if they are going to be our [friends], then we must examine our own iman [faith] – then there is something wrong with us, because Allah tells us that you cannot expect any friendship from these people.

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“These people – the Jews, the Christians, the mushrikeen [polytheists], and the kuffar [infidels] – will spare no effort to ruin you, and they will do everything in their power to hamper your activities, including harmless activities like holding a conference. They will do everything in their power to hamper your activities, and yet Allah warns us and he says that what they utter with their mouths, what they say on their television screens, what you hear on their radio stations, what you read in their newspapers… Allah says that that is nothing. What they conceal in their hearts towards you is much greater. The hatred that they have towards you is much greater, so we as Muslims have to be conscious of this fact, and if we are conscious of this fact, and we understand their nature, and our responsibilities, then God willing, we cannot go astray.”

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2000 – “About Ten Days Ago, We Received A Message From The Mujahideen In Chechnya – We Are, Of Course, Communicating With Them On The Internet”

“About ten days ago, we received a message from the mujahideen in Chechnya. We are, of course, communicating with them on the Internet. We had sent a message to them: ‘Please tell us what we can do for you.’ And the message that they sent back is really very revealing. We thought that perhaps they will say: ‘Please do some fundraising for us, send us medicine, send us weapons…’ They said: ‘We ask our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world to remember us in their prayers.’ Can you imagine the spirit of these people? They don’t want you to give them weapons or money – of course, it is our obligation to give them that help, but they only want us to remember them in our prayers.

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“God willing, no power in the world can defeat them, least of all these gangsters who are ruling in Russia. But my brothers and sisters, I ask you – it is important for us. We have an obligation. We have to fulfill our responsibility, and Allah expects us to do that. Our responsibility is that we help them financially, we extend help to them materially, so that these brothers will remain steadfast, so that these brothers will be able to continue the struggle, because I am quite confident and I am quite sure that there will be jihad in Chechnya so long as there is even one Chechen alive.”

Canadian Network Cancels Muslim TV Show After Jewish Group Complaints
Jerusalem Post/March 04/19
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Canadian-network-cancels-Muslim-TV-show-after-Jewish-group-complains-582426
The Canadian VisionTV network, owned by ZoomerMedia, pulled from its airwaves a TV series titled Muslim Perspectives after a campaign by B’nai Brith Canada.
A spokeswoman for ZoomerMedia confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the show was pulled due to the complaints, but declined to elaborate further.
The show was hosted by Imam Zafar Bangash, a controversial religious leader who has come under fire in the past for his inflammatory statements. Bangash, who is a fervent supporter of the Iranian government and a regular on the state-run Press TV, is the director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought and the president of the Islamic Society of York Region. He has referred to Zionists as “satan,” “racists” and “parasites” and called for Palestine to be liberated from the Zionists and for Israel to be abolished.
Bangash has also reportedly incited against homosexuals, and opposed the expansion of gay rights. Episodes of Muslim Perspectives included discussions of Hezbollah rockets destroying Israel, and claims that Israel was working with the US and Saudi Arabia to wage war and control geopolitics.
A spokeswoman for ZoomerMedia confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the show was pulled due to the complaints, but declined to elaborate further.
VisionTV is a “specialty channel that airs multi-faith, multi-cultural and trusted family-friendly programs,” the network states, which aim to “educate, inspire, entertain and express a diversity of perspectives.”
As recently as Friday, Muslim Perspectives was listed as a current show on the VisionTV website, but as of Monday it no longer appeared. The show was described simply as a “half hour Islamic TV series.”
On Sunday, B’nai Brith Canada welcomed the network’s decision.
“Muslim Perspectives, starring radical imam Zafar Bangash, will no longer be able to poison the minds of impressionable viewers with antisemitic conspiracy theories and anti-Israel rhetoric,” wrote B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn in an open letter to supporters. “Thanks to you, our loyal supporters, as well as the principled actions of the broadcaster, Muslim Perspectives will no longer be able to promote content that encourages division between the Muslim and Jewish communities rather than fostering dialogue.”Last week, the Canadian Jewish group circulated a petition calling for the show’s removal. The petition claimed that the show, and a linked magazine, promotes “hateful content targeting members of minority groups such as the Jewish and LGBTQ communities.”Last year, B’nai Brith said, VisionTV agreed to review all episodes of Muslim Perspectives before they aired, after complaints over their content. But after further complaints and the recent petition, the network canceled the show entirely.