Bilal Philips

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Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
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Philips in August 2010
Born Dennis Bradley Philips
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Era Modern
Occupation Islamic preacher
Religion Islam
Denomination Salafi
Movement Salafi movement
Notable idea(s) founder of Islamic Online University
Alma mater B.A. - Islamic University of Medina
M.A. - King Saud University
Ph.D. - University of Wales
Website www.bilalphilips.com

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, born Dennis Bradley Philips, is a Canadian Muslim teacher, speaker, and author who lives in Qatar.[1] He appears on Peace TV, which is a 24-hour Islamic satellite TV channel.[2][3] He considers himself a Salafi who advocates a traditional, literal form of Islam.[4]

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

Philips had encountered Islam several times in his travels, but the book that won him over was Islam, The Misunderstood Religion by Muhammad Qutb, the younger brother of Sayyid Qutb.[5]

He received his B.A. degree from the Islamic University of Medina and his M.A. in ʿAqīdah (Islamic Theology) from the King Saud University in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, St. David's University College (now University of Wales, Trinity Saint David). There at the Lampeter Campus he completed his 1993 PhD thesis, Exorcism in Islam.[6]

Islamic Online University[edit]

Philips founded the Islamic Online University in Qatar.[7] On his website Philips writes that distant learning is becoming an effective tool by which ordinary Muslims may learn their faith.[8]

Controversies[edit]

Philips came under criticism in Britain for seeming to condone suicide bombers.[9] He said of suicide bombing: "When you look at the mind of the suicide bomber, it's a different intention altogether ... The [enemy] is either too heavily armed, or they don't have the type of equipment that can deal with it, so the only other option they have is to try to get some people amongst them and then explode the charges that they have to try to destroy the equipment and to save the lives of their comrades. So this is not really considered to be suicide in the true sense. This is a military action and human lives are sacrificed in that military action. This is really the bottom line for it and that's how we should look at it."[10]

Philips also said that there is no such thing as rape in marriage.[9][10] He argued that a woman is obliged to give herself to her husband and that the husband may not be charged with rape.[11]

In 2007 Philips was banned from entering Australia on the advice of national security agencies.[12]

In 2010 Philips was banned from entering the UK by home secretary Theresa May for holding "extremist views".[10][13]

In April 2011, Philips was banned from re-entering Germany as persona non grata.[14]

In 2012, Philips was banned from entering Kenya over possible terror links.[15][16][17] Philips was named by the US government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[12][18][19][20]

In 2014, armed officers raided Islamic institutions in Prague, detaining 20 people during Friday Prayer at a mosque and a community center, and arresting the publisher of a book authored by Philips entitled "The Fundamentals of Tawheed".[9] Law enforcement officials claimed the book "incites xenophobia and violence". A spokesman for the Czech police, Pavel Hanták stated that he did not want to help promote a book that disseminated racism, anti-Semitism and violence against what it called "inferior races." Philips defended his book stating that there was “no place for racism” within it.[9]

In June 2014, the Bangladeshi intelligence service ordered Phillips, who had come to Dhaka to give lectures, to leave the country.[21][22]

In September 2014, Philips was arrested[23] in the Philippines for “inciting and recruiting people to conduct terrorist activities.”[24][25][26] He was expected to be deported by Philippine immigration authorities after police arrested him in southern Davao City.[25][27][28] Eddie Delima, an immigration officer in Davao stated: "He’s classified as undesirable because of his extremist views and possible link to terrorist groups".[25][26] The director of the Philippine National Police in Southern Mindanao, said Philips is being questioned for his possible links with terror groups including the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).[23] He was deported from the Philippines back to Canada.[29][30]

In the April 2016 issue of Dabiq Magazine, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, declared Philips to be a murtadd (or apostate)[31] and threatened to kill him for denouncing ISIS.[32][33][34]

One of Philip's works entitled "The Fundamentals of Tauheed" has been described as "extremist" by the United Kingdom prison service. As a consequence, this book has now been removed and banned from prisons.[35][36]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerard McManus. (2007-4-4). Radical sheik refused entry for Islamic talks. Herald Sun, retrieved December 13, 2007
  2. ^ "Ofcom investigation into Peace TV | The Jewish Chronicle". Thejc.com. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ ""Controversial imam Bilal Philips says banning him won't stop his message"". The Globe and Mail. September 15, 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-05. If Salafi means that you’re a traditionalist that follows the scripture according to the early traditions, then yeah. I’m not a modernist. I’m not a person who makes his own individual interpretations according to the times 
  5. ^ J. M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, p 51. ISBN 1597976938
  6. ^ WorldCat library listing: Exorcism in Islam (Book, 1993) | University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Lampeter Campus
  7. ^ Marloes Janson, Islam, Youth and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama'at, p 251. ISBN 1107040574
  8. ^ Jocelyne Cesari, Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States, p. 287. ISBN 0313336253
  9. ^ a b c d "Muslim Leaders Denounce Police Over Raids in Czech Capital". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  10. ^ a b c Mark Townsend. "Stockholm bomber's mosque website carries links to extremist preacher | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  11. ^ "Islamist hate books inquiry call". Channel4.com. 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  12. ^ a b "John Howard Bans Islamic Leader". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  13. ^ Gilligan, Andrew. "Hizb ut Tahrir is not a gateway to terrorism, claims Whitehall report". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  14. ^ DPA/The Local/mdm. (2011-04-21). Islamist preacher ordered to leave Germany. The Local, retrieved August 6, 2011
  15. ^ "Kenya deports Jamaican over terrorism links". Nation.co.ke. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  16. ^ "Controversial Canadian Muslim preacher Bilal Philips deported from Kenya over security concerns". News.nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  17. ^ "Kenya : Cleric suspected of terror links deported - Standard Digital News". Standardmedia.co.ke. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  18. ^ Gilligan, Andrew. "Inextricably linked to controversial mosque: the secret world of IFE". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  19. ^ "Why does the BBC air Islamist propaganda?". The Spectator. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  20. ^ J. M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, p 72. ISBN 1597976938
  21. ^ "Bilal Philips forced to leave Dhaka - New Age | New Age". Newagebd.net. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Islamic teacher linked to terror groups arrested | The Manila Times Online". Manilatimes.net. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  24. ^ Reuters Editorial (2014-09-10). "Philippines to deport Canadian Islamic teacher over terror links | Reuters". Uk.reuters.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  25. ^ a b c "Controversial Canadian Muslim preacher accused of inciting terrorism and arrested in Philippines | National Post". News.nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  26. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  27. ^ "Philippines to deport Canadian Islamic teacher over terror links". Dailymail.co.uk. 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  28. ^ "Canadian preacher linked to terrorists found in Davao". Rappler.com. 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  29. ^ "Philippines deports Bilal Philips". Muslimvillage.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  30. ^ "Controversial imam Bilal Philips says banning him won't stop his message". The Globe and Mail. 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  31. ^ "Kill the Imams of the West" (PDF). Dabiq 1437 Rajab (April - May 2016). Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (14): 16. Retrieved 2016-04-30. Jamaican ally to Canada, Bilal Philips, has – like the rest of the apostates mentioned herein ... 
  32. ^ Goodsteinmay 8, 2016, Laurie (8 May 2016). "Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS' Anger". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  33. ^ Halevi, Jonathan D. (13 April 2016). "ISIS names two Canadian imams in a new hit list" (1). CIJNews. CIJNews. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  34. ^ "ISIS Magazine Targets Sunni 'Apostates'". Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  35. ^ Titheradge, Sajid Iqbal and Noel (2016-07-28). "'Extremist' books remained in prisons despite warning". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  36. ^ "Prison authorities fail to remove Islamist, homophobic, anti-Semitic books distributed in UK jails". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  37. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2002), The Purpose of Creation, Delhi, India: Islamic Book Services 
  38. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (1992), The True Religion Of God, Delhi, India: Islamic Book Services 
  39. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2006), The Fundamentals of TAWHEED (Islamic Monotheism), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House 
  40. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2000), Tarikh Al-Madhahib Al-Fiqhiyah: The Evolution Of Fiqh: Islamic Law & The Madh-Habs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; Third Edition (2000) 
  41. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2007), Usool Al Hadeeth (The Methodology of Hadith Evaluation), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (2007) 
  42. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Usool at-Tafseer (The Methodology of Qur'anic Interpretation), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (2005) 
  43. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2006), Tafseer Soorah al-Hujurât: A Commentary on the 49th Chapter of the Qur’an, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (2006) 
  44. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2007), The Clash of Civilisations, Birmingham, United Kingdom: Al-Hidaayah Publishing & Distribution 
  45. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (1996), The True Message of Jesus Christ, Sharjah, U.A.E.: Dar Al Fatah Printing, Publishing & Distribution Co. Llc. 
  46. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (January 1, 2002), The Purpose of Creation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Islamic Book Service 
  47. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Funeral Rites in Islam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd Edition 
  48. ^ Philips; Jones, Abu Ameenah Bilal; Jameela (2006), Polygamy in Islam, India: Islamic Book Service 
  49. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (April 2002), Islamic Studies: Book 3 (Bk. 3), Denver, CO 80239 U.S.A.: Al-Basheer Publications & Translations 
  50. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Islamic Studies: Book 1, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House, 2nd edition (2005) 
  51. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Islamic Studies: Book 2, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (2005) 
  52. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2005), Islamic Studies: Book 3, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (2005) 
  53. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2004), Islamic Studies: Book 4, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (2004) 
  54. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2007), Arabic Grammar Made Easy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A.S. Noordeen 
  55. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2007), Arabic Reading & Writing Made Easy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A.S. Noordeen 
  56. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (1996), Salvation through Repentance, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House; 2nd edition (1996) 
  57. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2003), Dream Interpretation According to the Qur'an and Sunnah, Delhi, India: Islamic Book Service 
  58. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2008), The Possession of Izzan, Malaysia: Dakwah Corner Bookstore 
  59. ^ Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal (2008), The Exorcist Tradition In Islam, Birmingham, United Kingdom: Al-Hidaayah Publishing & Distribution 

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