Birmingham mosque cleric accused of sexual harassment
From the Birmingham newspaper The Sunday Mercury
A CONTROVERSIAL Muslim cleric who was secretly recorded labelling women as “deficient” is being accused of sexual harassment at the Birmingham mosque where he preaches.
Abu Usamah At Thahabi, an imam at the Green Lane mosque in Sparkbrook is named in a website which claims to expose “sexual deviant preachers who prey on our Muslim sisters.” The site alleges that it has been contacted by at least two female victims of the US-born black convert.
And the Sunday Mercury has learned that Abu Usamah, 48, and born in New Jersey, has been banned from preaching at a mosque in Reading after the allegations came to light.
. . . last night a spokesman for the mosque, which was the subject of an undercover Channel 4 documentary in 2008, said . . . "we have been made aware of the website and note that it appears unable to back up these serious allegations with any proper proof.” He added Abu Usamah was a regular preacher at Green Lane and that he would not be commenting on the accusations.
In 2007 Abu Usamah was unwittingly filmed airing homophobic, misogynistic views, as well as fostering communal division. He declared that “we hate the people of the kufr (non-Muslims). We hate the kuffar”.
He also advocated the oppression of women, saying of young girls that “she should start hijab from the age of seven, by the age of ten it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her”. He justified these views with his opinion that “Allah has created the women, even if she gets a PhD, deficient. Her intellect is incomplete, deficient”.
Posted on 08/12/2012 7:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
12 Aug 2012
More or less mainstream Islam, as to hatred for the kuffar, and contempt for women as deficieint -- but here, taken deeply to heart, and expressed where those kuffar, or other Muslims who do not take Islam to heart, are apparently able to eavesdrop.
13 Aug 2012
Abu Usamah is revealing his own shaky and weak self-esteem: by denigrating women he feels superior, something that in reality he knows he is not.
This pathological trait is shared by all those male Muslims who similarly seek to disparage the sex that gave them birth and nurtured them as infants. But this hatred of women as inferior beings is not enough to sufficiently bolster the ego of the Muslim maleâ€”the hatred must be generalized further to extend to the Kuffar. In this way the Muslim male assures himself that he is a superior being, fiercely resisting all the evidence before his eyes that contradicts his pathetic belief.