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May 10, 2007
Imam Fouad Elbayly, Who Called For Death To Apostates Resigns From The Islamic Center of Johnstown
By Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer
May 10, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Imam Fouad Elbayly is stepping down two weeks after he issued a fatwa against an ex-Muslim critic of Islam, "If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death."
Elbayly also warned that there could be violence by his congregants at the Islamic Center of Johnstown "I'm trying to control my people here...I don't want them to get hot and cause trouble."
PipeLineNews.org brought the nature of Elbayly's terrorist threat to the public in a series of articles:
Pittsburgh Imam Justifies Killing Of Apostates, Threatens Violence Against Hirsi Ali
Will Imam Who Made Death Threats Be Allowed To Speak At Johnstown Campus Of University Of Pittsburgh?
In an unconvincing effort at damage control, the Islamic Center's lawyer Dennis J. Stofko wrote a letter to the local paper which claimed that, "The board and members of the Islamic Center of Johnstown were shocked and regret the comments made by Imam Elbayly…"
For his part Elbayly also offered a half-hearted apology - "I was mistaken in my understanding of that issue. I misspoke and I apologize" - which is understandable given that both he and the center might now likely be under the scrutiny of law enforcement.
Significantly, Elbayly has not publicly rescinded his fatwa calling for the Islam critic's death.
With or without Elbayly, the Islamic Center of Johnstown remains a security concern. It is a radical institution which practices jihad through conversion [da'wa], considering non-Muslims to be inferior until they accept Islam.
Declarations by the ICJ's attorneys or congregants that they do not share Elbayly's fundamentalism - now that he has been outed - strain credulity.
Contact information for the mosque appears on a hard-core fundamentalist web page[http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/youth/dawah_materials.html] which links to Islamist web sites that provide "a list of organizations where you can obtain Da'wah materials and books worldwide."
In addition to ICJ, the following groups also appear:
Al Haramain, whose operations were closed down by the US Treasury Department and Saudi Arabia for being "terrorist financiers."
The Islamic Propagation Centre International [IPCI] whose founder Ahmed Deedat has admitted to being funded by bin-Laden and boasted that he met him many times]
WAMY [World Assembly of Muslim Youth], MWL [The Muslim World League IANA [The Islamic Assembly of North America] all of which have been raided and members arrested in connection with the funding of terrorism.
While imam Elbayly is no longer the public face of the ICJ, the radical Islamist agenda of the Islamic Center of Johnstown remains and can not be mitigated by a lawyer's disclaimer or the now ex-Imam's ludicrous assertion that he "misspoke" regarding opinions he repeated several times.
Though the imam is now laying low Elbayly's "people" at the Islamic Center of Johnstown still might "get hot and cause trouble," like the kind that was being planned against Fort Dix.
ElBayly is cited in several articles saying Hirsi Ali is an apostate and deserves the death penalty:
This is what the papers wrote: Although the event passed without incident, Hirsi Ali was not a welcome guest to all in the community. Islamic leaders tried unsuccessfully to convince university officials to cancel her appearance, arguing that her attacks against Muslims are "poisonous." Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Islamic Center of Johnstown, feared her mere presence would incite violence. He said that in the eyes of the Islamic community, Hirsi Ali's rejection of her Muslim faith and "all of her lies" warrant a death sentence. He worried that someone would try to carry it out. "I'm trying to control my people here. I don't want people to get hot and cause trouble," said ElBayly, whose community includes an active core of about 30 families and a number of others who attend occasional services and programs. "We have no capacity to execute a sentence, but her sentence would be death for turning on her religion to make a profit and for speaking out against it."
Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali's appearance. "She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death," said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976.
Sunday I posted about the Pittsburgh imam who said that Ayaan Hirsi Ali must die for leaving Islam. Today, a Jihad Watch reader picked up a phone and called the imam.
I called the number and someone picked up and said hello. I said I was calling with regard to Imam Fouad ElBayly.
The person on the other end said, "Speaking." (!!!!) Me: Is this Imam Fouad ElBayly?
ElBayly: Speaking. Me: I understand that you called for the murder of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
ElBayly: Oh no no, that was not correct.
Me: I have the quote right here. You said, "She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death."
ElBayly: Yes, but that is not my word. That is the call of God.
Me: So you said that.
ElBayly: Before anybody gets into the relations with Islam [I couldn't type fast enough to type everything he said] … you don't get into the relationship with Islam […] what Ali did is called corruption on earth. It is worse than murder. She was disturbing the peace. That is not a peaceful life.
How many other Muslims in the US agree with him?
This is a question that we really need answered, sooner rather than later. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2834
Note that the Islamic Center in Johnstown PA whose Imam just called for death to apostates is listed as a da'wa (Islamic propagation center) together with groups like Al Haramain which was shut down at the insistence of the U.S. government because of ties to Al Qaeda. Da'wah Materials . http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/youth/dawah_materials.html Below is a list of organisations where you can obtain Da'wah materials and books worldwide:
Aisha Bawany Waqf - Pakistan
Bawany Islamic Literature (trust) Ltd.
Begum Aisha Bawany Waqf
3rd Floor, Bank House #1
M.A. Jinnah Road
Notes: It takes three months to receive books from them since they send by Sea Mail.
Alavi Foundation - US
500 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10110
Al Birr - UK
Various Free materials, including Qur'an copies
106 Church Road
Leyton E10 6NF,
tel: 0208 558 1328, fax: 0208 556 3355
Al-Muntada - UK
Contact them for a list of free materials
7 Bridges Place
London SW6 4HW
te;: 0207 736 9060
fax: 0207 736 4255
An-Nasr - UK
Leaflets on Islam and Science
8 Ledgers Road
tel/fax: 01753 550 788
Centro Islamico de Traduccionn (C.I.T.) - US
An organization which helps Spanish Muslims to get accurate information about Islam. To any Spanish speaking person who is interested in Islam, they distribute free Islamic literature in Spanish.
21 Oak terr. #6F, Somerville, NJ 08876 U.S.A.
Daar of Islamic Heritage - US
P.O. Box 831415 Miami,
IANA - US
601 S. LaSalle Building 6th Floor,
Suite K-213 Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) - US
166-26, 89th Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel (718) 658-1199
Fax (718) 658-1255
WWW URL: www.icna.org
Notes: For the Campus Da'wah Support program of ICNA, go to www.msa-natl.org/CDS/
Islamic Cultural Centre - UK
Books and Publications Department
146 Park Road
London NW8 7RG
0207 725 2210
Contact them for a list of FREE materials
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) - US
P.O. Box 669, 555 Grove St., Herndon, VA 22070-4705
Notes: Items related to Islamic management training, Islamization of Thought, etc. available.
Institute of Islamic Information and Education (III&E) - US
4390 N. Elston ave, Chicago, IL 60641-0129
Postal address: P.O. Box 41129, Chicago, IL 60641-0129 USA
Notes: Can order numerous pamphlets on Islam, etc.
Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America (IIASA) - US
8500 Hilltop road Fairfax,
VA 22031 USA
International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) - US
Regional Office for the Americas
P.O. BOX 8612, Washington, D.C. 20036
Islamic Center of Southern California - US
434 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90020
The Islamic Center of Southern California has books available at subsidized cost.
Islamic Center of Johnstown - US
P.O.Box 5192, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 266-6484
Fax: (814) 266-9371
Provides FREE books to the interested persons for Da'wah purposes. Recently published Dr. H. M. Baagil's book "Christian Muslim dialouge," It can be ordered from the above center for FREE distribution. Special offer for 100 copies is $110.00 Post Paid. Please send a personal/cashier's cheque, money order in the name of ISLAMIC CENTER OF JOHNSTOWN to the above address. Delivery within a few weeks.
Dawah Academy, International Islamic University - Pakistan
c/o Dr. Anis Ahmad, General Director
Dawah Academy, International Islamic University, P.O.Box 1485, Islamabad, Pakistan
Alharamain Foundation - Saudi Arabia P.O.Box: 92684, Riyadh 11663, Saudi Arabia
Notes: Free literature, are available in limited quantities, therefore please limit your request to one (1) order per person. Please be sure to give us your complete mailing address so that we may correctly respond to your orders either by post or E-mail. Any requests sent trough e-mails will be rejected, So please make sure to fill in the "Order Form" on the web page.
Islamic Information Foundation - Canada
8 Laurel Lane, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
B3M 2P6 Canada
Islamic Propagation Centre International - South Africa
PO Box 2439, Durban 4000, RSA
4th Floor, 124 Queen St., Durbon 4001, RSA
Phone: (27-31) 306-0026/7
434 Coventry Road
Birmingham B10 0UG
tel: 0121 773 0137, fax: 0121 766 8577
Their literature is absolutely free of charge. Comparative religion and various leaflets and books on Islam. You may have to pay for postage but that can be waived you can't afford it. Plus they provide you with nice and authentic Ahmed Deedat literature.
Khoe Foundation - US
89-89 Van Dyke Expressway Jamaica,
King Fahd Holy Qur'an Printing Complex - Saudi Arabia
P.O. Box 3561, Al Madinah Al-Munawarah Saudi Arabia
Distibutor of copies of the Holy Qur'an.
The translation is Yusuf Ali's, ann English-Arabic edition is an
updated translation by a number of committees headed up by the Ifta
Research and Guidance group in Saudi Arabia. The original Arabic
is also included. Various translations (Turkish, Urdu, Somali, Chinese, Peshto, Bengali, etc.) are available.
Contact a local Saudi Embassy or Consulate for more information.
The phone # of the Saudi Embassy is:
The department to contact is the Islamic Affairs Division.
They will ask you to fax a letter at the following fax #:
You may want to just fax them the request to simplify things. You can also write to them at:
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Islamic Affairs Division 601 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20087
URL: /www.iad.org - Islamic Affairs Division
They also have an on-line order form at info1.meem.com/iad/iadform.html
The Muslim Converts' Association of Singapore - Singapore
The Muslim Converts' Association of Singapore provides free Islamic publications for convert Muslims (ie. new Muslim brothers and sisters).
These publications can also be used for da'wah purposes. Those with genuine needs, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org (Mohamed Nassir, Executive Officer - Missionary). For more information on our organisation, please visit their website.
Muslim World League (MWL)
P.O. Box 537 Makkah Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Muslim World League - Office
191 The West Mall #1018, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5K8 Canada
Qur'an Account Inc. - US
c/o A.S. Hashim, M.D.
Free Islamic books to the LIBRARIES OF PRISONS ONLY:
Requests by chaplains for the free Islamic books to the libaries of prisons should be written to:
6407 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD 20852
Royal Books - US
P.O. BOX 742063, Houston, TX 77274-2063, USA
Office: 4100 Westheimer Rd, Suite 244, Houston, TX 77027, USA
Phone: (713) 621-8687 (Houston) or (512) 453-8613 (Austin)
Fax: (713) 629-9627
Al Talib (Muslim Student Association of UCLA Newspaper) - US
210 Kerckhoff Hall 308 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA
UKIM - United Kingdom Islamic Mission - UK
UKIM Dawah Centre
401-403 Alum Rock Road
Birmingham B8 1BR,
tel: 0207 387 2158, fax: 0207 383 0867
World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) Saudi Arabia
Branch office at Jeddah :
WAMY, P. O. Box 8856, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Tel. : (02) 689-1962 WAMY US:
P.O.Box 8096 Falls Church, VA 22041
Fax : 703-931-7253
Free Islamic materials (books and pamphlets) from World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). Also free copes of Qur'an
WAMY Headquarters at Riyadh :
Wamy, P. O. Box 10845, Riyadh 11443, Saudi Arabia
Tel. : (01) 464-1669/465-5431, from the other pamphlet :
Tel. : (01) 464-1663, 464-3281, Fax. : (01) 464-1710
WAMY UK: United Kingdom
46 Goodge Street
London W1T 4LU
tel: 0207 636 7010, fax: 0207 636 7080
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