Jordan Muslim Cleric Hate

Imam kills Christian writer charged over anti-Islam cartoon


Jordanian writer, Nahed Hattar was shot dead by a suspected Islamist gunman today Sunday, September 25th, outside the courtroom where he was due to stand trial for insulting Islam by sharing a cartoon on Facebook. Hattar was arrested in August for sharing a cartoon on Facebook showing a bearded man in heaven smoking, lying in bed with women and calling on God to bring him wine and cashew.

“It mocks terrorists and their concept of God and heaven. It does not infringe God’s divinity in anyway” Mr Hattar said the cartoon was intended to mock jihadists and their twisted interpretation of Islam but Jordan’s government charged him with insulting the faith and “provoking sectarian rifts”. The writer rejected the charges and planned to fight the case. “I am mocking the terrorists and their conception of hell and heaven,” Mr Hattar wrote shortly before his death. “I’m not insulting the supreme Allah, at all, on the contrary, I’m against the type of God that the terrorists worship.”

The gunman was arrested at the scene has been identified as Riyad Ismail Abdullah, a 49-year-old imam who recently returned from making the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Mr Hattar’s family immediately blamed Jordan’s government for failing to protect the writer, saying the decision to publicly charge him with offending Islam had made him a target for Muslim extremists. “We hold the Ministry of Interior responsible,” said Jamal Attar, a cousin. 

“This is the first assassination in Jordan that targets a person over nothing but his opinion, for freedom of speech. The prime minister was the first one who incited against Nahed when he ordered his arrest and put him on trial for sharing the cartoon.” the victim’s cousin Saad Hattar said. ” Jordan’s government condemned his murder, calling it an “ugly crime” and promised “investigating the incident and holding the criminal accountable for his offense” May his soul rest in peace.

Al Qaeda Theorist Tells Islamists Not to Emulate Mandela

Says South African leader was an ‘infidel’

The Washington Free Beacon
BY: Bill Gertz
December 11, 2013

A Jordanian-based Islamist cleric urged jihadi terrorists last week not to emulate the late South African leader Nelson Mandela because he is an “infidel” and was given awards by major world powers.

The cleric, Eyad Qunaibi, is western-educated and regarded by U.S. officials as a prominent jihadist ideologue who supports the al Nusra Front, the main al Qaeda rebel group in Syria.

Qunaibi warned Muslims against viewing Mandela as a model, according to a partial translation of a 10-minute video posted to YouTube Saturday.

Qunaibi also criticized Arab news media for giving extensive coverage to Mandela, who died Nov. 5th.

Mandela’s opposition to racism and discrimination “should not be the reason to describe him by Muslims as an icon of freedom or to take him as a model for Muslims,” Qunaibi said.

Qunaibi said Mandela is not a model for Muslims because he had received awards from “tyrants and killers” and “merchants of war,” including Russia, the United States, India, Turkey, and Libya.

He said the Soviet Union gave Mandela the Lenin prize after Moscow had killed 1 million people in Afghanistan and was killing Muslims in Russia’s Chechnya.

India’s government also gave Mandela an award and Qunaibi criticized Delhi for killing Muslims in Kashmir, while he said Turkey awarded Mandela a prize after “seizing the freedom of Muslims in Turkey.”

Qunaibi then criticized Mandela for receiving an award from former President George W. Bush during the conflict in Afghanistan and while the United States supported Israel, which he said had carried out the 2002 massacre at a refugee camp in the West Bank.

Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi also gave an award to the late South African leader, he said.

According to the cleric, Mandela’s slogans did not match his actions.

Mandela “should not be taken by Muslims as a model for them” because doing so would be contrary to monotheism and Islam, Qunaibi said. He said any Muslim who regards Mandela and other “infidels who do not believe in the Prophet Muhammad,” as a model demonstrates a lack of understanding of Muslim history.

The videotape ended with Qunaibi stating that while he was not attacking Mandela, he advised jihadists not to regard him as a model.

Qunaibi was arrested in 2010 on terrorism charges and in 2012 a Jordanian court found him guilty of charges related to recruiting jihadists to join al Qaeda and given a suspended five-year prison term.

Evidence in the case revealed Qunaibi was linked to raising money for Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the Jordan Times reported.

Tim Furnish, a counterterrorism specialist, said Qunaibi’s advice is not limited to jihadists but is meant for all Muslims.

“It boils down to this: No matter how many good deeds an infidel does (and, remember, Mandela was baptized Christian–Methodist), he is still ranked below a Muslim as a human being, according to the Quran and the Hadiths,” Furnish said in an email.

“Qunaibi also blends theology with modern politics by adducing Mandela’s connections with the likes of the Bushes and al-Qadhafi–thus doubly sullying Mandela’s reputation in Muslim eyes,” he said.

“This whole line of criticism is aimed at the conflation of Muslim and Third World/Nonaligned interests (as the Iranians are sometimes wont to do), making clear that Qunaibi sees only Islam as the answer and only Muslim role models–and preferably Muhammad and the Muslims of his time–as worthy of emulation and guidance.”

At a memorial service in South Africa Tuesday, President Barack Obama praised Mandela, a former communist who advocated violent revolution, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century.”

“Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement—a movement that at its start held little prospect of success,” Obama said. “Like [Martin Luther] King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice.”

Obama in a 15-minute speech also compared Mandela to Lincoln, who he said held his country together when it was threatened with disintegration.

Mandela was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party. He spent 27 years in prison on sedition charges for opposing the apartheid government before being released in 1990. He became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

Many of Mandela’s ANC followers engaged in terrorist attacks against black political opponents, including the practice of “necklacing”—killing people by placing a gasoline-filled tire around their necks and igniting them.

As a result of his advocacy of using violence, the human rights groups Amnesty International did not recognize Mandela as a political prisoner or “prisoner of conscience.” However, in 2006 the group gave him an “Ambassador of Conscience” award.