Orange County Imam Exposed

The following post was published earlier today at FouseSquawk in a slightly different form.

Imam Sayed Moustafa al Qazwini

Orange County Imam Exposed

“Israel created ISIS.”

Add another US-based imam to the list of all those so-called moderate imams who soothe us at interfaith meetings but are really not so moderate. Sayed Moustafa al Qazwini is a Shia imam in Orange County who is active at inter-faith meetings. I have seen and heard him speak on at least a couple of occasions. Now it is revealed that he gave a sermon in June in which he charged that it was Israel who created ISIS. Not only that, he has doubled down on the charge in recent days.

As stated above, I have heard Qazwini speak at least two times. In April 2012, he was part of an event at Marymount College in Los Angeles put on by several local Muslim leaders to defend sharia law. During the Q and A I was able to get a response directly from him when I asked why they were not condemning Islamic intolerance towards religious minorities in Muslim lands (and Europe).

Q: “We have heard a lot of talk today about hate and intolerance, but there is an 800 pound gorilla in the back of the room, and its name is hate and intolerance. It is not the hate and intolerance that may or not be directed to you, but the hate and intolerance that is being carried out by Muslims against religious minorities in Muslim countries — people being killed and their places of worship destroyed — from the Coptic Christians in Egypt, to the Christians in Pakistan, the Jews in Yemen, the Baha’i in Iran, the Christians in Iraq and the Christians and animists in Sudan. In addition, Jews in Europe are now experiencing the worst anti-Semitism since the 1930s. It has gotten to the point where they cannot walk the streets wearing Jewish garb lest they be insulted, spat upon or assaulted. Yes, some of the perpetrators are neo-Nazis and skinheads, but the primary perpetrators are young, male Muslim immigrants. ‘I am not attributing that to Muslims in America’, I said. ‘I don’t hate Muslims and I don’t know anyone in this room who does, but why do you never speak out against that hate and intolerance?’”

Qazwini was the first to respond. He said there were two problems. First of all, most of these countries are not free countries, and for the past eight decades, the Western superpowers, including the US, have supported these regimes. “Don’t blame Islam”, he said. “Don’t blame it on Muslims.”

Qazwini also said that he has been active on the UC Irvine campus for 17 years and every Friday, he speaks out against this intolerance.”

I also heard Qazwini speak in 2015 during an event dedicated to a discussion about violent extremism. It was held at the Pacifica Institute in Irvine, an organization run by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish dissident who lives in Pennsylvania and whom Turkish President Erdogan has accused of fomenting the attempted coup that occurred in Turkey (subsequent to this particular event). Once again, Qazwini responded to a question I posed about the campaign of genocide against Christians in the Middle East:

“During the q and a, I got the first question (beginning of the 4th video). I identified myself a Christian and referred to the t-shirt I was wearing that bore the Arabic character for “n”, which ISIS had been placing on Christian homes in Iraq and Syria identifying Christians (“Nazarene”), so that they could be killed.

I pointed out that a Middle Eastern Christian group in the US had adopted that symbol to bring attention to the plight of Christians, and I asked all of the panelists whether they would be comfortable wearing such a t-shirt to show their support for persecuted Christians.

The response was positive, Qazwini said he would be proud to wear it. Koca asked if I had the shirt in his size. One of the panelists ( I don’t recall whether it was Turk or Qazwini) stressed that he believed that Christians belonged in the Middle East and should not leave.) Siddiqi’s response was also positive, but I don’t think he actually answered the question of whether he would wear the t-shirt. (I can’t imagine seeing Imam Siddiqi in a t-shirt anyway.)”

Obviously, Qazwini knows all the right things to say to a non-Muslim audience. Yet, one thing I learned is that he will not blame Islam or Muslims for any of the horrors that are occurring around the world. Now this. It is so typical. Blame Israel for everything. Even ISIS.

9 thoughts on “Orange County Imam Exposed

  1. Personally, I find that ultimate responsibility is in the hands of those who act.

    The rest is cover.

    So where someone promotes hatred, that is his or her act.

    Where someone promotes a text which promotes hatred, that is their act, whether the text is religious or political or ethnic.

    The point you miss, is the point Imam Kazwini is making, he would not be in a position to stand and make it if it were already understood and corrected.

    Western powers have inflicted a heavy toll on his people, and continue to do so.

    The Arab people did not deserve this, must adapt to it.

    I have lived in the region, I know much of the faults and virtues, but western intervention on the current and previous scale was not deserved.

    Take the plank out of your own eye first before you remove the straw from another’s stands true, as hypocrisy serves no one, and hate breeds hate.

    Of course he can stand there and say as he does, every error you mention he is able to reflect it back onto yourself.

    There used to be borders to separate people’s differences, physical borders, and moral borders such as international convention on aggression .

    Where are they, or who destroyed them without an pre-accepted replacement ?

    • Two out of 10, you need more polish on a site like this, we have heard so many times over how Islam is never to blame, never accepts responsibility, always quotes Mecca and does Medina….

      • What are its virtues?

        A question worth repeating. Whatever supposed “virtues” that Islam has are regularly imposed by threat of violence (i.e., stoning, so-called “honor killing”, amputation or capital punishment).

        Sort of takes the “virtue” right out of Islamic claims.

    • “Personally, I find that ultimate responsibility is in the hands of those who act. ”

      “The rest is cover. ”

      Precisely, that is why we have stopped listening to what muslim imams say, because what they actually do reveals their true intentions. How do I know if a imam is lying about islam before a kaffir audience? Look and see if their lips are moving.

  2. “Don’t blame it on Muslims.”

    In her book, “Now They Call Me Inidel”, Nonie Darwish relates how, as a little girl, she had a young Christian girl over at her house when the loudspeaker fron a nearby mosque blared out a sermon called for the murder of Christians. Nonie described how she could not forget the fear that came to her friend’s face.

    No, that was not the British, not the Americans: Nasser was in power then, and he detested them both. It clearly was Islam.

    That scenario has been played out thousands of times in recent years in mosques. It is indeed Islam. This imam is a liar.

  3. Oh,come on! You think israel is an innocent little angel and it can do no wrong?!

    Why hasn’t ISIS EVER attacked israel? ANd why has israeli military medics helped ISIS fighters?

    It’s very evident israel TOGETHER with the U.S. founded ISIS and is continuing to fund it.

    I for one, am NOT one of those that says, “MY country right or wrong!” WHen my country screws up or just goes against ONternational Law or the Geneva Convention, OI WILL say so.

    • So, Nona,give us some sources for these charges against Israel. The US didn’t found ISIS, though. Stupidity and cowardice of the Exec branch under Obama helped make the mess. IOW, make your accusations specific – the old who, what, where, when and WHY.

      • Nona is a palindrome of Anon. Exceedingly clever! As for the rest of it, far less so.

        Btw, ISIS has claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, a rocket attack from the Sinai against the Dead Sea city of Eilat, and cross-border fire from Syria into the Golan.

        I do wonder what Nona/Anon’s country might be…

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