Washington, DC imam: ‘May Allah allow all of us to enter Paradise through the gates of Jihad’

“If Islam is under attack, then we should make sure that all of us are preparing and readying ourselves to be able to defend Islam in the way that it is being attacked. If there is a physical attack, then we should all be ready with martial training and self-defense training so that we can stand up for our rights and our dignity.”

He should be asked what he would consider to constitute an attack on Islam in the United States. But he won’t be.

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MEMRI excerpt:

“Washington D.C. Shi’ite Imam Dr. Sulayman Ali Hassan: May Allah Allow All Of Us To Enter Paradise Through The Gates Of Jihad – Jihad Can Be Physical, Intellectual, Financial, Or Martial,” MEMRI, August 27, 2021:

Washington D.C. area Shi’ite Imam Dr. Sulayman Ali Hassan said that all Muslims should strive to wage jihad and be prepared to defend Islam when it is attacked. He made his remarks in a Friday sermon delivered on August 27, 2021, at the Shahe Najaf Islamic Center in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., which also aired on the Islamic Center’s YouTube channel….Dr. Sulayman Ali Hassan is an American-born Shi’ite imam, and he spent ten years studying at a religious seminary in Qom, Iran.

Dr. Sulayman Ali Hassan: “Islam has emphasized that we should all be mujahid[een]. When the time calls for one type of sacrifice, we should be ready for that type of sacrifice. If Islam is under attack, then we should make sure that all of us are preparing and readying ourselves to be able to defend Islam in the way that it is being attacked. If there is a physical attack, then we should all be ready with martial training and self-defense training so that we can stand up for our rights and our dignity. If it is an intellectual attack, then all of us should be armed with the weapons of intellect and reasoning.

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“May Allah allow all of us to enter Paradise through the gates of Jihad.

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“Jihad can be through funding and Jihad can be through struggling in person. Both of them are needed and both of them are important.

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“Somebody who is al-ghazi, who is doing Jihad, in particular on the battlefield – you should consider their sacrifice and their struggle to be something that is important to you and pray for them and try to make their life easier, by helping their family, by helping those dependents of theirs, who may not have their father, their husband, or their person present for them. According to the hadith, Jihad is one of those things that brings a special grace of Allah, a mercy of Allah, and a fulfillment of prayers. This hadith is particular to those, who are in a military battle for defense of Islam, but that principle applies in general to all forms of Jihad. May Allah make us among the mujahideen for the sake of Allah, with our possessions, and with ourselves.”

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