UK tour organised for prominent American hate preacher
Former Christian preacher and Muslim convert Yusuf Estes is on tour throughout the UK this month, speaking in Blackburn (24 October), Cardiff Metropolitan University (27 October) and the University of Huddersfield (28 October). The tour is organised by GuideUS TV, an American television station founded and run by Yusuf Estes.
Estes is an extremist. He is a “National Chaplain” for the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi-funded NGO accused of financing terrorism all over the globe and which promotes extreme anti-Semitic and anti-Shia literature. WAMY publications include “Animosity Toward the Jews,” which lists the reasons for Muslims to hate Jews, including, “The Jews are humanity’s enemies: they foment immorality in this world.” In 2003, Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin thanked WAMY for its financial support.
On homosexuals, Estes has written, “Scholars of Islam have already made it clear what the position is on those who engage in homosexual activities,” and then encourages his followers to read the following fatwa:
In order to maintain the purity of the Muslim society, most Muslim scholars have ruled that the punishment for this act should be the same as for zina (i.e. one hundred whiplashes for the man who has never married, and death by stoning for the married man). Some have even ruled that it should be death for both partners, because the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said: “Kill the doer and the one to whom it was done.
On women, Estes insists that “women do have a responsibility to obey their men, whether their fathers, brothers, husbands or even grown-up sons,” and instructs Muslim men with disobedient wives to “roll up a newspaper and give her a crack. Or take a yardstick, something like this, and you can hit [her].”
On apostates, Estes writes: “Those who seek to convert people away from Islam into other faiths or to destroy the Islamic government would naturally be considered as traitors and then dealt with as such.”
Estes’ GuideUS TV is equally extreme in its outlook. The version of the Quran that it promotes, “The Noble Qur’an in the English Language” by Muhammad Taqi al-Din al-Hilali and Muhammad Muhsin Khan, has been described by Islam expert and Professor of Religion at San Diego State University Khaleel Mohammed as “more like a supremacist Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian polemic than a rendition of the Islamic scripture.” He gives the following example:
In the first sura … verses which are universally accepted as, “Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored, not of those who have incurred Your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray” become, “Guide us to the Straight Way, the way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who have earned Your anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).
Islam regards [a woman’s] role in society as [that of] a mother and a wife … According to Islam, the head of the state is no mere figurehead … This demanding position, or any similar one, such as the Commander of the Army, is generally inconsistent with the physiological and psychological make-up of woman in general … Some decisions require a maximum of rationality and a minimum of emotionality – a requirement which does not coincide with the instinctive nature of women.
Elsewhere, Badawi argues that it is the right of men to beat their wives (providing the face is not harmed).
Speaking alongside Yusuf Estes on the University of Huddersfield leg of his UK tour is Abdullah al-Andalusi, who describes his “political views” on his personal Facebook page as “Islamic – Caliphate” and claims that “democracy … doesn’t work.”