In April, a Muslim scholar was invited to Husseini Islamic Center, a mosque in central Florida near Orlando to deliver a rant on women, sexual minorities, and the laws of Islam. Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar is a notorious anti-gay Islamic cleric who has called for the “compassionate” killing of homosexuals.
“Death is the sentence. We know. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about this,” said the sheikh in an eerily calm tone several months ago. “Death is the sentence.”
Central Florida’s Channel 9 Eyewitness News first reported on Sekaleshfar’s disturbing religious incitement:
Peversely, the sheikh believes that slaughtering gay people is “compassionate.”
:We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it’s the same. Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now," said Sekaleshfar.
It’s unclear if Omar Mateen was affiliated with the Hussein Islamic Center or if he had any contact with Sekaleshfar.
Mateen was, however, a devout Muslim beholden to the scriptural mandates of Islam. He reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS during the massacre in a phone call to police. The FBI suspects that he was motivated by jihadism.
In fact, Mateen was probed twice by federal agents, but let go after investigators determined that the evidence linking him to Islamic extremism was “inconclusive.”
Islamic “holy” texts explicitly sanction the execution of homosexuals.
See, for example:
Quran (7:80-84) - "...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.... And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)" Or this line: Quran (4:16) - "If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both.”
The Hadith, or the auxiliary jurisprudential text of the Quran that recounts the Prophet Muhammad's life, is far more uncompromising. Take for example: Abu Dawud (4448) - "If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death."
Strict Islamic purist groups, like ISIS, follow the letter of the law and carry about these Quranic mandates regularly. For months now, the Islamic State has publicly executed alleged homosexuals by throwing them off of ten-story buildings and then stoning their bodies.
It looks like the ISIS-brand of brutal anti-gay Islam is now being administered in the United States.