By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (ANS – May 6, 2016) — An Islamic university in Minnesota is alleged to be led by a man who espouses writings in the Hadith that have motivated Muslim terrorists to kill Jews and believes Sharia [Islamic] law should supersede man-made law.
Waleed Idris al-Meneesey is the president and chancellor of the Islamic University of Minnesota (IUM), located in Minneapolis.
He also serves as an imam at a Bloomington, Minn. mosque where at least five young men left the U.S. to fight with ISIS and al-Shabaab, according to a report by John Rossomando, senior analyst at The Investigative Project on Terrorism.
“During a sermon in November 2015, al-Meneesey referred to the Hadith, a saying from Islam’s prophet Muhammad, describing how Jews had been punished by God repeatedly for “corruption,” Rossomando notes.
In the sermon, al-Meneesey said, “God Almighty has promised them (the Jews) destruction whenever they cause corruption.” History will repeat itself, he added.
“The Prophet related that in the Last Days his Umma [people] would fight the Jews, the Muslims East of the Jordan River, and they [the Jews] west of [the Jordan River] … Even trees and stones will say: O Muslim, this is a Jew behind me, kill him…”
Jerusalem “remained in the hands of the Muslims until it fell into the hands of the Jews in 1387 AH , and has been a prisoner in their hands for 34 years, but the victory of God is coming inevitably,” al-Meneesey declared.
IUM has other radical affiliations. “IUM also professes to serve as the official representative of Sunni Islam’s most important institution – Al-Azhar University, which has grown increasingly radical – in the U.S. and Canada,” Rossomando notes.
IUM’s curriculum offered to American students endorses many practices used by ISIS.
These include: killing a Muslim who does not pray, one who leaves Islam, and prisoners and infidels within Islam. It allows gouging their eyes and chopping off their hands and feet, bans the construction of churches and allows discrimination between Muslims and Christians and Jews, according to Rossomando’s sources.
In 2007, al-Meneesey wrote that Muslims should not participate in non-Islamic courts that do not follow sharia law, particularly those in the West guided by “man-made” law.
“The authority to legislate rests with Allah alone,” al-Meneesey wrote. Muslims who adhere to secular law and refuse to follow the sharia are infidels. Classical interpretations of the sharia say that apostates should be killed, Rossomando notes.
Al-Meneesey’s Islamic Center and his youth and family Center are claimed to have produced at least five people who left to fight for ISIS or al-Shabaab.
Photo captions: 1) Graduation ceremony at IUM. 2) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com), a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also co-host for “Widows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, which is airred on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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