HOUSTON, Texas- A sermon by a local Houston Imam, given in the wake of President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has drawn criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, according to a report by
The ADL said in a statement, “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep concern at a dangerous and highly inflammatory anti-Semitic sermon delivered at a local mosque in which the Imam called for the killing of Jews.”
The sermon, which was posted on YouTube but has since been removed, was delivered by Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan at the Tajweed Institute in Houston.
Imam Al-Rousan released a statement about the sermon:
Regarding my sermon on Dec 8th, 2017 it must be understood that I unequivocally affirm and uphold the dignity, sanctity and value of all human life, including – of course – people of the Jewish faith.
This is why as a person of faith and a religious leader, that I am mortified that an impassioned sermon I gave in light of President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is being seen as a call for the very things I despise.
Toward repairing the damage from this, I hope to establish new and meaningful relationships with my neighbors in the Jewish community. I want to hear their concerns, learn from them and bring our communities closer together. I hope to work with them to alleviate any fears and to combat hatred in all forms, most especially anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry.
I believe that hatred can only thrive in climates of fear, anger and ignorance. Because of this, I welcome the opportunity to meet with Jewish leaders and other community leaders in the near future.
Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan of the Tajweed Institute