Shocking footage of children in a Philadelphia Islamic center has emerged that shows them saying that they would "chop off...heads" for Allah.
"The Muslim American Society (MAS) Islamic Center in Philadelphia posted the video to its Facebook page celebrating 'Ummah Day' in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang and read poetry about killing for Allah and the mosque in Jerusalem," Fox News reported. "One girl talks about martyrs sacrificing their lives without hesitation to conquer Jerusalem."
"We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation," another girl says. "We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture."
In a statement to Fox News, MEMRI wrote: "These are not isolated incidents; they are happening in major centers of the country – including in Pennsylvania."
Fox News added that MAS did not respond to a request for comment about the video.
The video sparked reaction online from some in the Muslim community, including Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, who tweeted: "We warn the West from what we fled from in the Middle East, but the West doesn’t want to listen. This is your next generation:"
Hassan Sajwani, an Emirati writer, tweeted: "I hope the world now realizes why did the #UAE back in 2014 designated #MuslimAmericanSociety @mas_national a terrorist organization ! This is what they preach kids as young as 5 yrs of age !!"
On MAS's website, the organization did condemn the recent anti-Semitic white nationalist terror attack against the synagogue in California and the organization did condemn the Islamic terrorist attacks last month in Sri Lanka on Christian churches on Easter day.
Here is MAS's statement on the Poway synagogue attack:
Muslim American Society condemns the terrorist attack that targeted a synagogue in San Diego. As worshipers observed the last day of Passover, a 19-year old white male started targeting and shooting members of the synagogue. This person is the same individual who attacked a mosque in Escondido, 9 miles away from the Chabad Synagogue of Poway. One person is dead and three are wounded, including the Rabbi.
“Hate has no place in our society. In an era where we’ve seen an increase in hate crimes, including rising Islamophobia and anti-semitism, we must stand tall together in solidarity.” said Ayman Hammous, Executive Director of MAS, “these acts of terror in places of worship and against humanity cannot become the norm.”
MAS strongly condemns this white supremacist attack and we call on our leaders to call this out for what it is, an act of terror meant to terrorize a faith community. Places of worship are sacred and human life is sacred. The Muslim community has faced acts of hate numerous times and we stand tall with the Jewish community who also faced similar acts of hate one too many times. “We know that our faith communities are resilient. We will bounce back stronger together,” says Ismahan Abdullahi, National Deputy Director of MAS PACE, “Hate is scared of love, for it’s the only thing strong enough to keep it at bay. This world can and must do better.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish community in Poway. We offer our sincerest condolences to all the families impacted by this tragedy. We urge all faith communities and centers to be vigilant and take extra precautions. Together, we will stand tall against hate.
Here is MAS's statement on the Christian churches in Sri Lanka:
The Muslim American Society (MAS) offers its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims of the bombings in Sri Lanka.
The bombings, which resulted in the tragic deaths and wounding of hundreds of congregants, Sri Lankans and tourists from around the world, took place during one of the holiest days in the Christian faith, Easter. MAS Executive Director Ayman Hammous said, “These senseless acts of violence do not accomplish anything other than drawing humanity into a state of chaos. We need to stand together as brothers and sisters in humanity, across all faiths, united against all acts of terror and destruction.”
MAS calls on all people to come together during these difficult times and stand for peace and justice for all.