MEMRI: Imam of New York's Islamic Center: The American attack against
Afghanistan is terrorism... This war will be the end of America...
Terror in America (18)
October 17, 2001
Al-Azhar University Representative in the U.S. and Imam of
New York's Islamic Center: The American attack against
Afghanistan is terrorism... This war will be the end of
America... If the Americans knew that the Jews carried the
September 11 attacks they would do to them what Hitler did
The Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Al-Gamei'a, the Al-Azhar
University representative in the U.S. and Imam of the
Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque of New York City, was
interviewed for the website www.lilatalqadr.com, an
unofficial Al-Azhar University site, on October 4, 2001.
Sheikh Gamei'a returned to Egypt after September 11 because
he was being harassed. Following are excerpts from the
Q: "What was the situation of the Muslims before the
incident (the September 11 attacks), and what are the
negative ramifications for Muslims?"
Gamei'a: "Before the incident, the situation of Muslims was
normal (in America). The federal government treated them
normally... But after the incident, things deteriorated.
All [commercial] activity with anyone found to be a Muslim
or an Arab was immediately halted, and the federal bureaus
stopped matters. Furthermore, he was thoroughly
investigated, and asked: 'Why did you come to America? What
is your connection to Osama bin Laden? What do you know
about the [Islamic] Jihad, Hamas, and Hizbullah
organizations?' Therefore, the Muslim feels imprisoned..."
"Following the incident, Muslims and Arabs stopped feeling
that it was safe to leave [their homes]... They stopped
feeling that it was safe to send their wives to the market
or their children to the schools. Muslims do not feel safe
even going to the hospitals, because some Jewish doctors in
one of the hospitals poisoned sick Muslim children, who
Q: "The media has reported firing on mosques and harassment
of Muslim women, and the situation has gotten so bad that
Arabs are murdered in the streets. What about harassment
you and your family have suffered?"
Gamei'a: "It's true. The Muslims are being persecuted by
the people and the federal government. This is the result
of the bad image of Muslims created by the Zionist media,
and of their presenting Islam as a religion of terrorism.
That is why the Americans have linked the recent incidents
to Islam. I personally have suffered; my home was attacked
and my daughters were harassed."
Q: "What did you do about this harassment?"
Gamei'a: "When a group of people attacked my home, I went
out to them and asked why they were doing this. They said
that because we were Muslims we were linked to terrorism. I
explained to them that what they were doing was uncivilized
and was, in effect, a twofold crime, you let the criminals
go free and attack innocents. This does not suit a modern
state and a modern people, and is opposed to human values."
"During my conversations with this group, it became clear
to me that they knew very well that the Jews were behind
these ugly acts, while we, the Arabs, were innocent, and
that someone from among their people was disseminating
corruption in the land. Although the Americans suspect that
the Zionists are behind the act, none has the courage to
talk about it in public."
Q: "Why can't they talk about it? It's their country, and
the Jews are a minority."
Gamei'a: "When I asked them whether they had the courage to
talk about it openly, they said: 'We can't.' I asked why,
and they said: 'You know very well that the Zionists
control everything and that they also control political
decision-making, the big media organizations, and the
financial and economic institutions. Anyone daring to say a
word is considered an anti-Semite.'"
Q: "Does this mean that the Jewish element played a role in
igniting the flame of fitna (internal strife)?"
Gamei'a: "The Jewish element is as Allah described it when
he said: 'They disseminate corruption in the land.' We know
that they have always broken agreements, unjustly murdered
the prophets, and betrayed the faith. Can they be expected
to live up to their contracts with us? These people
murdered the prophets; do you think they will stop spilling
our blood? No."
"You see these people (i.e. the Jews) all the time,
everywhere, disseminating corruption, heresy,
homosexuality, alcoholism, and drugs. [Because of them]
there are strip clubs, homosexuals, and lesbians
everywhere. They do this to impose their hegemony and
colonialism on the world."
"Now, they are riding on the back of the world powers.
These people always seek out the superpower of the
generation and develop coexistence with it. Before this,
they rode on the back of England and on the back of the
French empire. After that, they rode on the back of
Germany. But Hitler annihilated them because they betrayed
him and violated their contract with him."
"We saw these Zionists, just one hour after the event,
broadcasting on the BBC, the biggest media channel, that
the Arabs, and particularly the Palestinians, were
celebrating and rejoicing over the American deaths. [To do
this] they broadcast a video from 1991, [filmed] during the
Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. But Allah thwarted them when a
professor from a Brazilian university stated that the video
was a forgery, because she had a copy of it. These people
have a script prepared in advance, and they have the
ability to fabricate events in their favor."
Q: "What was the reaction of the American people?"
Gamei'a: "Unfortunately, this incident made the American
people hate everyone who is Muslim or Arab. What can you
expect when you think, first off, that fifty thousand have
died and the Arabs are celebrating? How would you feel as
an American? Of course you'd want revenge. This is what the
Jews plotted and planned. They used the Arabs to carry it
Q: "What proof could incriminate the Jews of involvement in
Gamei'a: "All the signs indicate that the Jews have the
most to gain from an explosion like that. They are the only
ones capable of planning such acts. First of all, it was
found that the automatic pilot was neutralized a few
minutes before the flight, and the automatic pilot cannot
be neutralized if you don't have command of the control
tower. Second, the black boxes were found to contain no
information; you cannot erase the information from these
boxes if you do not plan it ahead of time on the plane.
Third, America has the most powerful intelligence
apparatuses, the FBI and the CIA... How did [the
perpetrators] manage to infiltrate America without their
knowledge? Fourth, Jews control decision-making in the
airports and in the sensitive centers in the White House
and the Pentagon. Fifth, to date America has presented no
proof incriminating Osama bin Laden and Al-Qa'ida."
"If we take these things into account and look closely at
the incident, we will find that only the Jews are capable
of planning such an incident, because it was planned with
great precision of which Osama bin Laden or any other
Islamic organization or intelligence apparatus is
"I told the American officials that the American people
cannot, at this critical stage, know the real enemy who
struck at its heart if it does not awaken from its slumber
and stop blaming the Arabs and the Muslims..."
Q: "What about the American president's declarations that
the war that the U.S. is waging is a crusade?"
Gamei'a: "Herein lies the danger. As President Bush said,
this is a crusade against Islam and against Muslims, but
the American people are innocent in this matter, because
the war was planned falsely."
"This war will destroy everything. This is [the kind of]
war that the American president tried to avoid, when he
[tried] to take back what he said. He went to the Islamic
center in Washington and took back his words, but he did
this only after he incited the souls and revealed what
happened behind the scenes of American policy."
"For this reason, I advise every Arab and every Muslim
leader not to offer any aid whatsoever to the oppressing
superpower [to help it] attack Muslims, because this is a
betrayal of Allah and his Prophet..."
"On the news in the U.S. it was said that four thousand
Jews did not come to work at the World Trade Center on the
day of the incident, and that the police arrested a group
of Jews rejoicing in the streets at the time of the
incident... This news item was hushed up immediately after
it was broadcast... The Jews who control the media acted to
hush it up so that the American people would not know. If
it became known to the American people, they would have
done to the Jews what Hitler did!..."
Q: "Do you think that the American leadership will back
down from the decision to go to war?"
Gamei'a: "An American attack on Afghanistan will constitute
terrorism, as the U.S. did in Iraq and in Palestine... I
think that this war will be the end of America the
oppressor. I see America as the second 'Aad (in Islamic
tradition, 'Aad and Thamud were two Arab tribes that were
annihilated because they deviated from the path of
Allah)... The U.S. has the same traits as the first 'Aad:
it has skyscrapers and large factories. Allah will impose
on the people of the second 'Aad (i.e. the Americans) what
he imposed on the people of the first 'Aad, because they
are a people who are arrogant in their power, but Allah
will avenge himself on them."
Q: "What is the future of Muslims in America following
Gamei'a: "In every trouble there is some good. That's what
I always say. This incident urges people to come to know
Islam, now that it has been proven to the Americans that
they were deceived by the Jews... Allah has foiled [the
plot of] the Jews, who set a trap to try to distort the
image of the Muslims, and has proved to the American people
what the truth is. Therefore, I believe that the future of
the Muslims in the U.S. will be glorious."(1)
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