What happened to a Texas imam proved once again that Islam is an intolerant religion – even in secular matters.
Either toe the line or you’re out.
Dr. Nidal Alsayyed, religious director of the Islamic Society of Triplex in Beaumont, Texas, announced Monday that he supported Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim refugees entering the United States.
“We American Muslims need to be sincere to our religion and to the country we are living in,” he told local station 12 News Now. “Peace comes before religion.”
He reiterated his position on national TV Wednesday night.
The following day, Alsayyed was out.
“Don’t get me involved in any political games in the name of religion. I am not here a political man,” he told KDFM News.
Yet, it was his political opinion that caused him to lose his position as imam.
“Sadly, it’s Clinton versus Trump,” he said.
“I think any future candidates, presidents who do not support the fact that we need to be more safe and more cautious about whom to bring into this country, whether a Muslim or not,” Dr. Alsayyed said.
He insisted his comments had everything to do with peace and safety and nothing to do with politics, adding that Trump’s comments are in line with the Islamic religion.
“The text of the holy Qur’an says the loss of one life is equivalent to killing the whole mankind,” he said.
The mass shooting in San Bernardino by Islamic terrorists helped to gel his opinion on the matter.
“But the way it happens when you see this mass shooting and you see some people coming with such a very peaceful background and all of the sudden the intelligences themselves, the agencies are not able to figure out what’s happening, why all of a sudden this guy or this girl or that lady open fire and kill 15 people, because American Muslims are not doing their job in the country. So we need to stop, we need to stop taking new ones until we fix the existing situation,” Alsayyed said.
He soon discovered that he wasn’t the only local imam to lose his position over politics.
“I came to know this morning from some close contacts and friends over 102 Imams, religious people in Houston, were fired and forced to basically leave their jobs, leave their mosques only because they did not get along with the political agenda for their board members,” he said.
Alsayyed told the station he accepted the position in order to help young people understand Islam.
Watch this excerpt from the interview, via 12 News Now. Watch the full interview by clicking here.