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Dr. Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Moussa

Wrong Dr. Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Moussa?

Board of Governors

Italian Muslim Association
 
Background

Employment History

  • MOSQUE OF ROME
  • University of Cairo
Web References
Pro-terror, racist imam expelled from Rome
www.amislam.com, 8 June 2003 [cached]
The young imam [Moussa] called for an Islamic holy war with words such as: "O Allah, cause the Muslim fighters to win in Palestine, in Chechnya and in every other part of the world.
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"If the leaders of the League will publicly dissociate themselves from the imam [Moussa] of their mosque and publicly ask the University of al-Azhar to fire and replace him -- the Secretary [Sheikh Palazzi] of A.M.I. [Italian Muslim Association] says -- this will concretely prove that the Italian section of the World Muslim League is disassociating itself from extremism and fighting it, thus cooperating with the project conceived by Interior Minister Pisanu.
Consequently, Palazzi says that formal declarations are not enough: "I hope that the leaders of the Italian section of the World Muslim League can benefit from this opportunity, since it is clear that -- in case this imam [Moussa] is not replaced soon -- their determination in fighting extremism will surely become extremely doubtful".
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Some of them defend Moussa, such as Reeda, imam of a small mosque in the Esquilino district (of Rome), and accuse the newspaper edited by Ezio Mauro ["La Repubblica"] of "trying to discredit Islam", while others, such as the secretary of the U.C.O.I.I., Roberto Hamza Piccardo, say: "No comment.
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The one who does not underestimate the dangers of the sermon of that imam [Moussa] -- which the Vice President of the [Italian] Senate, Roberto Calderoli, defined as "incitement to terrorism" -- is Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Secretary of A.M.I. [Italian Muslim Association], a moderate Muslim organization, known for its anti-fundamentalist, pro-American and pro-Israeli stands.
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"Taking what that imam [Moussa] preaches into consideration -- Palazzi says -- the solution is simple: Abdel Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa is an ideologue of suicide terrorism, and we, the moderate Muslims, are asking the Italian branch of the Muslim World League to dismiss him, and asking Minister of Interior Giuseppe Pisanu to consider whether there exist the conditions for his [Moussa's] expulsion from Italy".
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"Taking what that imam [Moussa] preaches into consideration -- Palazzi says -- the solution is simple: Abdel Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa is an ideologue of suicide terrorism, and we, the moderate Muslims, are asking the Italian branch of the Muslim World League to dismiss him, and asking Minister of Interior Giuseppe Pisanu to consider whether there exist the conditions for his [Moussa's] expulsion from Italy".
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LA PADANIA: Do you suppose that such a call to holy war would come from the imam [Moussa] of the main mosque of Europe, the only one which the Italian government recognizes as an official seat of Islamic worship?
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But if an organization which declares to be moderate hosts in its mosque an extremist imam [Moussa], then the situation is different: Either fire him [Moussa], or Pisanu must expel him [Moussa] from Italy.
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But if an organization which declares to be moderate hosts in its mosque an extremist imam [Moussa], then the situation is different: Either fire him [Moussa], or Pisanu must expel him [Moussa] from Italy.
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A man [Moussa] who preaches suicide terrorism cannot have a role with such responsibility [Imam of the Grand Mosque of Rome] in a democratic western country.
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The imam [Moussa] does not understand the Italian reality very well, and that is the reason why a journalist who understands well both the Italian and the Egyptian mentality should have never been provocative by asking questions which are conceived in order to gain a good title of your cover page.
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Other leading representatives of the Muslim community say that the words of the new imam [Moussa] reveal how necessary it is for Italian Muslims to have religious leaders who understand the reality of the country in which they live, and can preach on the base of that understanding.
"What Moussa says is simply unacceptable, especially in a place such as Italy", says Zoheir Louassini, director of Arabroma.com, a site which express the positions of secular Arab intellectuals.
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"What we need -- he [Pallavicini] says -- is a team of Italian imams: That is the only way to free ourselves from ideology and fanaticism, from an Islam like the one which inspires the imam [Moussa] of Rome, very different from the one which inspires us".
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"Taking the declaration of that imam [Moussa] of the mosque of Rome in due consideration one must say: Even if only fifty percent of what Magdi Allam wrote yesterday on the front page of 'La Repubblica' is true, there is only one solution left. Abdel Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa is an ideologue of suicide terrorism. We, the moderate Muslims of Italy, ask the World Muslim League to dismiss him [Moussa] from the mosque, and ask Italian Minister of Interior Pisanu to expel him [Moussa] from Italy as persona non grata".
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LIBERO: Could you foretell this u-turn of the imam [Moussa] of the largest mosque in Europe, the only one recognized as an official Muslim place of worship in Italy?
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In any case, if a newly-appointed imam plays the extremist, the music is different, especially when that imam [Moussa] comes directly from the University of Cairo, where preaching fanaticism has become daily fare.
LIBERO: How does the music change?
PALAZZI: It changes in the sense that either the administration of the mosque fires him [Moussa], or [Italian Interior Minister] Pisanu must expel him from Italy.
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During the past days the Board of Governors of the Italian Muslim Association (A.M.I.) officially asked Pisanu to expel from Italy the imam [Moussa] of the mosque of Rome.
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Palazzi says, "...we oppose the decision to appoint as imam of the mosque of the Capital a young bachelor [Moussa] who has just completed his University classes, a man who does not follow traditional Sunni belief, but rather follows the militant extremism inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood sect, a man who is a supporter of suicide terrorism according to the theories of Yusuf al-Qaradawi".
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Those who want to inform public opinion about the danger represented by that imam [Moussa] are probably on the board of the mosque itself".
In other words, that imam [Moussa] is opposed by Italian Muslims who do not accept such extremist preachers coming from the University of Cairo. He [Moussa] is opposed by Italian Muslims who oppose support for suicide terrorism.
Since they [moderate Italian Muslims] are not able to directly fire him [Moussa], it was necessary to create a scandal, and to put the Egyptian authorities on the spot.
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It was consequently discovered that the position of imam of the largest mosque in Europe was not entrusted to a moderate scholar, but to a recently-appointed young bachelor [Moussa] who accepts the ideology of suicide terrorism characteristic of the "Muslim brotherhood" and spread by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, that the position of imam was entrusted to a preacher characterized by the most violent Jew-hatred, a man who also legitimizes so-called "honor killings".
Moderate Muslims of Italy consider this situation totally unacceptable: Preaching in support of terror is not acceptable in a small prayer halls in suburbs or small towns. Preaching in support of terror should be even less acceptable in the main mosque of the Capital, a mosque which in administrated by what according to Italian law is a "Moral Entity".
For this reason, on June 8 the A.M.I. Board of Governors made a double request: We asked the Italian branch of the L.M.M. to disassociate themselves from the extremist imam [Moussa] and to fire him, and we asked Minister Pisanu to consider declaring that imam [Moussa] persona non grata, and to expel him from Italy. For this reason, on June 8 the A.M.I. Board of Governors made a double request: We asked the Italian branch of the L.M.M. to disassociate themselves from the extremist imam [Moussa] and to fire him, and we asked Minister Pisanu to consider declaring that imam [Moussa] persona non grata, and to expel him from Italy.
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Essential parts of press releases circulated by the Board of Governors of the Italian Muslim Association on June 8, 2003, concerning the contents of the Friday sermon (khutbah) delivered by Dr. Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa at the Mosque of Rome on June 6:
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"We blame the decision of those who appointed to a position of responsibility -- such as that of imam of the mosque of the Capital -- a young bachelor [Moussa] who has just completed his University classes, a man who does not follow traditional Sunni belief, but rather follows the militant extremism inspired by the 'Muslim Brotherhood' sect, and who is a supporter of suicide terrorism propounded in the theories of Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
"We know perfectly well that in Egypt anti-Sunni extremism has begun to seriously affect the once glorious and moderate University of al-Azhar as-Sharif. We proclaim that such supporters of suicide terrorism must not be tolerated in a place of worship on Italian territory, in a place of worship which is administrated by the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy, a "Moral Entity" according to the Italian law.
"During his sermon, Dr. Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa dared to declare that 'A marriage between a Muslim and a Jewess is today it is forbidden'. This caused a serious shock to listeners, who heard his [Moussa's] open d
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