An imam from an influential US mosque close to Washington, DC, with ties to 9/11 perpetrators, has been filmed denying the atrocities carried out by Hamas against Israel on October 7.
In a video published by the DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Sunday, Imam Farhan Siddiqi tells the congregation of Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque that he will not condemn Hamas’s actions because he has not been presented with any proof of what occurred.
On October 7, some 2,500 Hamas terrorists destroyed the Israel-Gaza border and poured into Israel, murdering 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and taking at least 243 hostages.
The events drew global horror, and Israel’s right to defend itself in the face of the attack was reaffirmed by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and the European Union, among others.
Despite this, the numerous eyewitness testimonies and the extensive footage from the rampage, including graphic evidence that was shared with foreign media outlets by the IDF in an attempt to combat a “Holocaust-denial-like phenomenon,” Siddiqi insisted in the video that he has yet to see proof of any Hamas atrocities.
“I don’t know what Hamas is doing,” he told his congregation. “I’m shown video clips, and then I’m also told that they’re beheading babies. I’m also told that they’re raping women. I’m also told that I’m also told that I’m also told, and when I go and I investigate these specific reports, I find out that they are lies.”
#ICYMI: Imam of D.C. Area Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque Farhan Siddiqi: Claims of Hamas Atrocities Are Lies; Muslims Were Accused of Terrorism Post 9/11, and Some of Our Congregation Are Still in Prison, Because “They Didn’t Agree with the Narrative” #Hamas #nine_eleven pic.twitter.com/PAMg5De9Nv
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Last Monday, Israeli security agencies published footage from the apparent interrogations of seven Hamas terrorists, in which they admitted to the atrocities they had been ordered to carry out inside Israel.
In one video, a person whose face is blurred said that gunmen were given instructions to kill everyone they saw, including beheading victims and cutting off their legs. He also said they were given permission to rape the corpse of a girl.
Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque came under significant scrutiny in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001, when it was discovered that two of the perpetrators of the attack, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour, had been attending the mosque for several months early in 2001.
In addition, one of the mosque’s Islamic Studies teachers at the time, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was later convicted of providing support to al-Qaeda and for his involvement in a plan to assassinate then-US president George W. Bush.
Drawing a link between his dismissal of Hamas’s attack against Israel and the aftermath of 9/11, Sidiqqi continued his sermon, saying that the reason the mosque was investigated during that time and the reason why its members were arrested was not because of their ties to the attack but because “we didn’t just agree with the narrative.”
“I swear by Allah that that is what I’m feeling now,” he said. “That we’re being pushed and being cornered. All that means is that Allah’s victory is near.
“We ask him to aid our brothers and sisters in Gaza. We ask Allah to preserve their wealth, to preserve their lives and to preserve their honor. We ask Allah to push away and to deflect this oppressive Israeli government.”