Imam Ammar Shahin, of the Islamic Center of Davis, California, made his public apology just days after his vile comments caused an uproar throughout the country and around the globe.
The controversial Imam who openly called on Allah to “annihilate” all the Jews on the planet has finally apologized; saying he was “deeply sorry” for the pain he caused to the local Jewish community, according to CBS News.
“To the Jewish community here in Davis and beyond, I say this deeply, I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused […] I let my emotions get the best of me and cloud my better judgement. I said things that were hurtful to Jews, this was unacceptable,” Shahin told local Jewish and Muslim leaders during a press conference.
Shahin came under a week ago for a publicly available sermon where he wished for the massacre of the worlds Jews, asking Allah to “count them one by one and annihilate them.”
The Islamic Center initially defended Shahin’s comments, saying his words were inaccurately translated, and that he merely called for the “destruction” of the Jewish people.
“Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Imam Ammar Shahin told fellow worshippers […] Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them.”