Chicago Islamic Center

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The center says it serves hundreds of Muslims.

The Chicago Islamic Center, also known as the At-Takaful Islamic Society, says it serves hundreds of Muslims and has a full-time Islamic school for children.[1]

In July 2014, Imam Mohamed Elimam repeatedly preached that Muslims should wage violent jihad to destroy Israel and that paradise awaits those who die fighting the enemies of Islam.[2]

Imam Elimam explicitly told his audience that violent jihad must be waged against Israel and refers to the fighters in Gaza (Hamas) as “the resistance:”

  • “Return to the battle of jihad in Palestine.”
  • “Oh, those of you who want to wage jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, true mujahideen, hasten to Palestine.”
  • “Paradise belongs to you, oh martyrs, oh fighters, oh mujahideen, oh our beloved Gaza and wounded Palestine.

The objective of this jihad is not to stop Israeli military action in Gaza, but to eliminate the state of Israel and to force Israeli Jews to leave the area.

  • “Global Zionism is unadulterated evil besetting all people.”
  • “The enemy [Israel] was placed in the midst of the Arab nation…in order to be a thorn in the side of the Arab and Islamic nations. May Allah pull this thorn out, and stick it down their throats. May they be sent back to their countries in shame and disgrace, Allah willing.”

Elimam’s advocating of violent jihad is not just about Israel. He says that Muslims are required to participate in jihad against perceived enemies of Islam in general and those who do are rewarded with Paradise, preaching:

  • “Know that ‘Paradise lies beneath the shade of the swords.’”
  • “(The Koran says): ‘Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can, to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own, and others besides them, whom you do not know, but Allah knows.’”

[1] “About,” ICC website, https://www.icconline.org/about/

[2] “Chicago Imam Encourages Jihad Against Israel,” Middle East Media Research Institute, July 31, 2014. https://youtu.be/UygWCY1PuxA?list=UUpBvIBfZ-foo5ZbLH5O0N4g