In a fiery sermon delivered only a day prior to twin terror attacks that rocked Copenhagen and left two dead, a Danish imam rejected calls for interfaith dialogue, instead urging “ideological conflict” with anyone who rejects Islam.
In a video posted February 13 and translated into English by Washington, DC based media watchdog group Middle East Media Research Institute, Imam Hajj Saeed is seen delivering a sermon at the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen in which he seems to call for “war against the Jews.”
There is no known connection between Saeed and Omar El-Hussein, the gunman suspected of killing Danish filmmaker Finn Norgaard at a free-speech event on Saturday, and later targeting the city’s main synagogue where he killed 37-year-old guard Dan Uzan.
In his sermon, the imam claimed calls for interfaith dialogue are actually a guise to draw Muslims away from their “true religion.”
Rejecting a conciliatory approach toward other religions, the imam recalled Muslim prophet Muhammad, who waged war against his Jewish neighbors rather than engage in dialogue with them.
“Did he call for closer relations, harmony, and dialogue with them, in the manner of the UN and of those who call to reconciliation Truth and Falsehood? Or did he call upon them to worship Allah? When they violated their pledge and did not accept this call – well, you know what he did to them… He waged war against the Jews,” he said.
Also taking aim at the United Nations, Saeed told worshipers the organization was established in order to “fight Islam, to destroy the State of Islam, and to draw the Muslims away from their religion.”
“Allah has made laws that regulate our relations with [non-Muslims], if we live in their countries. The so-called interfaith dialogue is not part of these laws,” the Imam told worshipers.
He also called for an ideological conflict in order to “present Islam as alternative to their bogus culture, which has hurled them into the abyss of depravity and corruption, and which has reduced them from humanity to the level of beasts.”
According to MEMRI, the sermon was posted by the Scandinavian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a pan-Islamic political organization active in some 40 countries around the world, running its Scandinavia chapter from Copenhagen.
The video could not currently be found on their website.