VIDEO STATEMENT AND APOLOGY
PRESS RELEASE 2
I would like to address the controversy around my sermon from December. 8th.
I must start by saying to anyone that I have offended or to whom I have caused to be uncomfortable or afraid, that I sincerely apologize without any qualification.
I have been in touch with many Islamic scholars and Muslim leaders who have helped me understand how my sermon can be seen as a call for violence against Jews.
I must restate that I do not believe in violence, and will not allow any speech in my presence that threatens any group of people, Jews, Christian, or any other group.
I also remain hopeful that I will find partners from the Jewish community and the larger faith community so that we can build meaningful relationships.
Finally, myself and the Tajweed Institute will always be open to any ideas that bring people together to benefit our society at large.
Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan
Director of the Tajweed Institute
PRESS RELEASE 1
Regarding my sermon on Dec. 8th, 2017 it must be understood that I unequivocally affirm and uphold the dignity, sanctity and value of all human life, including – of course – people of the Jewish faith.
I must also state in no uncertain terms that I am absolutely and completely opposed to and disgusted by all forms of terrorism, all terrorists, and I oppose anyone who would commit, call for, or threaten violence against civilians.
This is why as a person of faith and a religious leader, that I am mortified that an impassioned sermon I gave in light of President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is being seen as a call for the very things I despise.
Toward repairing the damage from this, I hope to establish new and meaningful relationships with my neighbors in the Jewish community. I want to hear their concerns, learn from them and bring our communities closer together. I hope to work with them to alleviate any fears and to combat hatred in all forms, most especially anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry.
I believe that hatred can only thrive in climates of fear, anger and ignorance. Because of this, I welcome the opportunity to meet with Jewish leaders and other community leaders in the near future.
Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan of the Tajweed Institute