Wagdy Abd el-Hamied Mohamed Ghoneim

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Wagdy Abd El Hamied Mohamed Ghoneim[A], normally shortened to Wagdy Ghoneim (born 1951) is an Egyptian-Qatari Salafi Muslim[1] preacher and writer. He was imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, California, in the United States, until 2005.[2] He was a fundraiser for the Toledo, Ohio based Hamas charity KindHearts.[citation needed]

In January 2005 Ghoneim left the US for Qatar, following his arrest for violating his immigration status. Bail was refused over concerns that his previous speeches and fund raising might have supported organisations such as Hamas. He was given a ten-year ban on re-entry to the country.[2]

In May 2009, he was placed on the British Home Office's list of "Individuals banned from the UK for stirring-up hatred"[3] for being "Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to foment, justify or glory terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs and to provoke others to commit terrorist acts."

Other countries that have refused admission to Ghoneim include Canada and Switzerland.[citation needed]


He said, prior to 30 June 2013 major protests, that who ever protests against the president Mohamed Morsi is a Kafir.[4] Ghoneim denounced Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after Morsi was toppled.[5]

The amputation of limbs for stealing is supported by Ghoneim[6]


^[A] : His name in Arabic text: وجدى عبد الحميد محمد غنيم; in IPA [ˈwæɡdi ʕæbdel.ħæˈmiːd mæˈħæmmæd ɣoˈneːm]; the initial name maybe transcribed as Wagdi, the middle name may also be transcribed as Abdelhamid / Abdel Hamid / Abd El Hamid. See Abdel.


  1. ^ Washington Institute: "Egypt's Elections (Part 2): Salafis Use Education to Campaign" by Jacob Olidort 30 September 2015
  2. ^ a b U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Press release 4 January 2005
  3. ^ "Home Office name hate promoters excluded from the UK". UK Home Office. 5 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "وجدي غنيم: الخارج على مرسي كافر ومتمرد على الإسلام - العربية.نت | الصفحة الرئيسية". Alarabiya.net. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
  5. ^ وجدي غنيم (2013-09-05), وجدي غنيم ~ كلمتى الى الملتقى الإسلامي فى نيجيريا | Wagdy Ghoneim To the Islamic Forum in Nigeria, retrieved 2018-03-22
  6. ^ "Clip #3182 Egyptian Cleric Wagdi Ghoneim in Support of Chopping Off the Hands of Thieves: Criminals Prefer It to Prison". MEMRI. August 10, 2011.