Following last Monday’s horrific terror attack in Manchester, Based Imam Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi appeared on Australian television to skewer the liberal narrative that Islam has nothing to do with extremism.
“How do these young people get radicalized?” asked the Sunrise host.
“We need to be very realistic when dealing with this matter,” began Tawhidi, who has frequently come under fire from his fellow Muslims for his pragmatic view of the religion.
In reference to Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi, Tawhidi continued, “you have a 22-year-old who gets radicalized over two, three sermons, within a Friday mosque gathering.”
“Now, this age, is an age when someone would expect people to be going out, having fun, but no we have a large number of youth that are being radicalized.”
“This happens because of the books that we have – the Islamic scriptures that we have,” continued Tawhidi. “They push the Muslim youth to believe that if you go out there and you kill the infidel how you will gain paradise.”
When Tawhidi’s fellow panelist, Dr. Jamal Rifi, countered this, the former declared, “do not lie to the Australian nation.”
The conversation proceeded to get rather heated, to put it mildly.
See the clip for yourself below.
This is not the first time Tawhidi has put his basedness on display.
To the contrary, Tawhidi has called for Islam to reform.
As alluded to previously, Tawhidi has actually been threatened for his truly moderate views. The Daily Mail reports that not-so-moderate Muslims actually forced Tawhidi into hiding last month (see the threatening Facebook post below).
“It’s been extremely serious in the past few weeks,” he reportedly said at the time. “Before they were just actually wanting to intimidate me and now they’re coming after me.”
Tawhidi is the official Imam of the Islamic Association of Australia. Learn more about him and his views here.
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