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Lying, Hitting Your Wife and Jihad: Just Another Day in a Moderate Mosque

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Posted on April 18 2011 5:29 pm
Kim Edwards is citizen journalist who writes at Not My Prophet. You can also follow her on twitter at @Kim_AE.

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In the small city of Sammamish, WA is an Islamic worship center that most people wouldn’t even recognize as a mosque or anything other than a residential house in just another normal neighborhood.  But what is being taught about Islam at the Sammamish Mosque should be brought to attention, not just in this small community, but on the national stage.

When I decided to research this mosque I was ready to find the ordinary and mundane, although as a self-taught student of Islam, I was prepared to find some things of concern and perhaps the truly hair-curling.  What I discovered was a bit of both: a very ordinary and normal life of faith surrounding the dusty core of a 7th century barbarism, dusted off and polished up for a new life in the Pacific Northwest.  This strange mix was all captured on camera and helpfully uploaded to the internet by Imam Wassim Fayed, a Sammamish Mosque trustee who holds regular workshops at the center.  He is also one of the founding members of the Sammamish Muslim Association.

The two-hour video is a “Daawah Workshop” given by Imam Fayed on proselytizing to non-Muslims including instructions on the best ways to explain the “misconceptions in Islam.”  In this video clip, which comes about 15 minutes into the workshop, we are instructed when giving da’wah to tell the truth to non-Muslims.  That sounds good, right?

Transcript:

Don’t say anything that in front of Allah on the (day of judgement) you’re gonna regret. If you can’t say the truth because it’s gonna incriminate you or put you in a bad spot, better not to say anything. But if you’re able to say it, then say it, inshallah.

So the Imam wants his followers to tell the truth, but he makes it absolutely clear to only tell the truth if it won’t “incriminate you or put you in a bad spot.”  It is a little unnerving when this very unassuming and seemingly nice man starts talking about concealing “incriminating” aspects of his religion from non-believers.  Maybe this imam needs a lesson on Islam himself since every time we hear about anything negative regarding Islam the media and intelligentsia come out to assure us that Islam has been “hijacked.”

Could it be that this imam knows something about his religion that the MSM doesn’t know or just isn’t willing to say?

Moving along in the video workshop we come to the lessons on the “Misconceptions in Islam,” including the misconception that “Islam oppresses women.”  The Imam starts off the discussion asking the audience how they as Muslims will explain that women are not oppressed in Islam when it’s in the Qur’an that men can hit women.  Gee, that’s a great question, let’s go to the video to find out.

When is it okay to hit a woman? —>

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