Local media is reporting that a Florida Islamic organization is promoting the speaking visit of a Muslim scholar known for his anti-Semitic and anti-gay positions as well as his support fort suicide bombings in Israel. According to the WFTV report:
Jan 6, 2017 Several mosques in Central Florida are getting ready to host events supporting Syrian refugees.
Channel 9’s Field Sutton found out the Muslim scholar who will be speaking at one of the events has a history of making anti-gay and anti-Jewish remarks.
Leaders of the Islamic Society of Central Florida told Eyewitness News that they were unaware of Dr. Mohammed Al-Nabulsi’s history, but they also said they’re firmly committed to restricting him to the topic of rebuilding war-torn Syria.
Al-Nabulsi has said in videos posted online that ‘homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty.’
‘I’m a little concerned that the LGBT community is not a little bit more outraged,’ said Randy Ross, former Orange County chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. ‘In my opinion, he’s actually hiding hate under the cloak of religion.’
Al-Nabulsi is speaking Saturday at the Albir Educational Center in Osceola County. Leaders at the center never returned Sutton’s phone calls. But at the Islamic Society, Imam Muhammed Musri offered a full explanation.
‘We would not welcome any person or organization that will bash any group,’ Musri said.
He said after the Pulse nightclub attack, he hopes the visiting scholar no longer feels the way he used to feel.
‘If he does, then it gives us the opportunity to discuss and maybe challenge those views and maybe change minds or hearts,’ Musri said.
Alan Kornman is going to the speech in Osceola County to see what happens.
‘Just bringing someone preaching this message to Orlando is disrespectful,’ Kornman said. “
In January 2014, the GMBDW reported that two US organizations tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support infrastructure were sponsoring a US tour of Al-Nabulsi. As we reported at that time in April 2001, Dr. Al-Nabusi posted his thoughts on “martyrdom operations in Palestine” in which he writes that although he is not a mufti, he makes clear that he approves of the following rulings of religious scholars (translated from the Arabic):
- That the bombing of the Muslim mujahideen themselves against the occupiers is a legitimate resistance, the greatest jihad in the cause of God.”
- That suicide bombings are also acceptable in Islamic countries “under occupation.”
- That Jews are the “most inferior and most evil of peoples and the greatest enemies of Allah and of Islam and its people.”
Dr. Al-Nabusi also wrote that there is no such thing as an Israeli civilian and that as such, all Israelis are legitimate targets of suicide attacks which, in his opinion, should be called “”martyrdom operations” in line with rulings by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.
In April 2011, Dr. Al-Nabus appeared on Hamas TV and supported the death penalty for homosexuals.
The Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) has its own ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas including most notably that according to county real-estate records, the ISCF is owned by the North American American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the custodian of a large number of U.S. mosques and Islamic centers and which is tied to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In addition, the ICF is known to have sponsored major conferences featuring a large number of participants tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
Additionally, a video available online (time 4:00) purports to show a 2009 fundraiser hosted by the ICF featuring Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society attempting to raise funds for the Viva Palestina organization a UK registered charity known to have been under investigation by. UK authorities and which is associated with its founder George Galloway, a long-time supporter of Palestinian and UK Muslim Brotherhood causes. The organization has organized several convoys of humanitarian aid to Gaza including the first convoy where Galloway was reported to have handed cash and three cars to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah and the second convoy where Galloway met again with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah. Previous posts have discussed Galloway’s trips to the U.S. in conjunction with the convoys including another March 2009 visit to the US where he participated in a Northern Virginia fund-raising event in which Muslim American Society leader Mahdi Bray was also scheduled to appear.