Abu Usamah

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Abu Usamah at-Thahabi is an Imam at Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham, England.[1]

An American national, he converted to Islam and studied at the University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, an Islamic school popular with converts and international students.[2]

Controversies[edit]

According to a report by the Centre for Social Cohesion, at-Thahabi "advocates holy war in an Islamic state; preaches hatred against non-Muslims; that apostasy and homosexuality are punishable by death; and that women are inferior to men", following an undercover recording of him preaching to his congregation which featured in a Channel 4 Dispatches episode on radical Islam at British universities.[3] During the documentary, at-Thahabi also expressed his support for Osama bin Laden,[4] and defended his right to freedom of expression, saying: "If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?"[5] At-Thahabi also stated that "He (Osama bin Laden) is better than a million George Bushs, he's better than a thousand Tony Blairs.[6]

In 2012, At-Thahabi was accused of sexually harassing Muslim women.[7]

At-Thahabi was invited to speak at events held by University College London's Islamic Society on 1 February 2008 and 6 September 2009.[3] He was invited to speak at the same venue on 30 November 2009, but the event was cancelled due to pressure from gay rights and anti-extremism campaign groups.[8] In February 2013, he was invited to speak at the University of Reading, but the event was cancelled by the university after threats of violence.[9]

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