Khalid Yasin is in the Netherlands again. I attended two earlier meetings with him. His style can be seen as a combination of Malcolm X (in his later days), Evangelical preachers and Salafi preachers. He is also a controversial figure as a quick scan on several websites such as Salafi Burnout (here and here) and SheikhYermami.com, tells us. These allegations may or may not be true, I have been to his lectures now two times (and plan to go more often) and his style is certainly not apologetic it is more like confrontational. Most damaging I think for his reputation to non-Muslims was the Channel 4 documentary Undercover Mosque (part two) You can find a transcript of the first documentary here, with the following quotes:
Yasin: We don’t need to go to the Christians or the Jews debating with them about the filth which they believe. We Muslims have been ordered to do brainwashing because the kuffaar they are doing brain defiling. You are watching the kaffir TV and your wife is watching it right now and your children are watching it and they are being polluted andthey are being penetrated and they are being infected, so that you come out of the houseand your children come out of the house as Muslims and come back as kaffirs
Sh Yasin: This whole delusion of the equality of women is a bunch of foolishness….
There’s no such thing
Yasin: Missionaries from the World Health Organisation and Christian groups went into Africa and inoculated people for diphtheria, malaria, yellow fever and they put in the medicine the AIDS virus, which is a conspiracy
The second documentary shows footage of a DVD in which Yasin states:
At least I say, we Muslims should have that kind of power all over the world.
And about Shari’a in Saudi Arabia:
and then people can see, people without hands, people can see in public heads rolling down the street, people can see in public people got their hands and feet from opposite sides chopped off and they see them crucified, they see people get punished they see people put up against the pole ?.. and because they see it, it acts as a deterrent for them because they say I don’t want that to happen to me.
The problem I must say with these quotes is that they are completely taken out of context. Viewing the DVD’s from which these quotes are taken, do lead to a better understanding of where his convictions come from (which doesn’t mean you have to agree with him and you still may find at the way he states it offensive). You can obtain the videos that feature in the documentary at his website: Changing the world through Da’wah, Some Advice to the Muslim Woman and from another website also Jihad or Terrorism? and(from part two) Building a Muslim Community. Read also Yasin’s response to Channel 4.The following is an excerpt:
Your allegations of my statements on a DVD, titled “Building a Muslim Community”, and I must say allegations, because, in every lecture, writing, or communication of any kind, there is something called the “context”, which can only be appreciated when someone objectively, sincerely, and intellectually, forms an opinion, after making a comprehensive and thorough examination.
I want to remind you, that capital punishment, including, but limited to: decapitation, lethal injection, firing squad, gas chamber, electrocution, and hanging by the neck, has been, and is still resorted to by Governments and States throughout the modern world as both a punishment and a deterrent for criminal behavior in the society. It is not a practice limited to Muslim countries, whether past or present.
Whatever statements I made in that lecture was aimed at reforming the Muslim people, the Muslim society, and the Muslim world, to know that Islam is not merely a system of religious rituals and theological observances, but is a comprehensive system of Law and Justice, legislated by Almighty
God, and adjudicated by the Sovereign Islamic State, when there exists such a state.
Due to historically documented conspiracies between criminal Muslim States and the immoral empirical ambitions of countries like Great Britain (as the United Kingdom was referred to at that time) and the United States of America, the legitimate ambition to have and sustain a Sovereign Islamic State in the world, has been almost completely annihilated and in most Muslim countries today, criminalized.
If you call yourselves educating and alarming the UK society about radical, Saudi-based intolerance and extremism, why are you using my alleged words “to Muslims”, “about Muslims” and the reformation and development of their countries and societies, to make your bastardized point? I have visited Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah, and yes, I have learned some Arabic there, but does that make me a purveyor of what you characterize for your illicit media purposes as a “Saudi – based theology based upon intolerance, separatism, and extremism?
Suppose you or some other “good Christian visited Ireland, and studied their language, would that itself an indictment of your support for what used to be at one time, the very criminal, intolerant, separatist, and extremist Irish Republican Army? Of couse not! So why the double and blatantly hypocritical standards? I am not, and have never been a supporter or a promoter of Saudi Arabian government policy or religious rhetoric, and most objective intellectuals in the world of multi-media would know that, except you and your ignorant Islamophobic colleagues.
As for the alleged promise of the bookstore in the Islamic Cultural Centre at the Regents Park Mosque, to stop selling my DVD’s based upon your now very infamous “Dispatches Series”, titled: “Undercover Mosques”, if they made such a promise,(which I have no evidence that they did) that would have been very shameful, cowardly, unIslamic, and unconstitutional!
Firstly, because that bookstore is privately owned, and secondly, because it is the constitutional right of every person in a free and democratic society like the United Kingdom, to express any view they wish, so long as it is not politically seditious, inciting hatred, promoting violence, maligning or attacking any lifestyle or religion, or seeking to commit or conspire to commit, any act of terrorism. I can say without the leastreservation – I have never, and will never knowingly support or advocate any such behavior!
In the previous Dutch lectures Yasins message was calling Muslims to return to Islam, set a positive example and have an active (or even activist) attitude and at the same time conservative about particular values in society. He has a broad following (certainly not only people one would call ‘salafi’ – whatever that label means nowadays) and a broad international network of volunteers (that includes a few Dutch Muslims). You can find his website on Challenge your soul.
Netwerk, a program on Dutch television did an interview with him earlier this evening.
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You can watch the whole program here, but also on my Youtube channel (only the part with Yasin). In general I don’t think the program is bad, but there is an error in translating 6’15” (youtube video). When Yasin says: ‘As a Muslim you have the right to say: Islam is a better way” the latter part is translated as ‘Islam is superieur’ (Islam is superior).
NOTE: Subtitles is not something Netwerk is directly responsible for. Such tasks are usually, as the case is here, done by external companies.