Posts Tagged ‘Imran Nazar Hosein’

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Sheikh: “The plan is to bring down the whole world of paper money”

December 21, 2012

Prominent Muslim scholar Imran Hosein has once again called for an end to fiat currencies, declaring that “paper money has already done its job of ripping off mankind.”

The remarks made in March, and uploaded to Youtube just recently, are the latest in a lifetime of rants against cash by Hosein, a virulently anti-Semitic graduate of Al-Azhar University who served as the de facto Muslim chaplain at the United Nations for 10 years.

Hosein believes that only gold dinars and silver dirhams used in the days of Muhammad have innate value.  He has falsely stated before, as in this video, that Jews “control the banking system,” and that “Zionists” can simply wipe out your bank accounts with the click of a button.  Hosein’s deep antipathy towards electronic banking (he loves talking about “invisible money” in “machines without minds”) feeds into Muslim fears, paranoia, and conspiracy theories.

How will Hosein’s “plan” to destroy paper money be achieved?  Does he mean that tangible money will simply be digitized, or does he have something more sinister in mind to bring down the Western currency system?

Keep in mind that Iran is actively engaged in cyber-attacks against major U.S. banks.  Recall that sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East may have played a role in the market collapse in 2008.  Remember that the 9/11 hijackers struck the World Trade Center, a locus of American financial might.

The Islamists are telling us their next objective:  “The plan is to bring down the whole world of paper money.”  Will we have the guts to listen and respond in time?

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Ahmadinejad: sanctions are sacrilege to Islam

October 1, 2012

From AGI (h/t Gates of Vienna) during Ahmadinejad’s visit to the U.N. last week:

New York – Iranian President Ahmadinejad has described sanctions inflicted on his country by the USA, the UK and France as a “sacrilege against Islam”. Speaking in New York where he is attending the United Nations Assembly, and where he spoke at a U.N. debate on the role played by legislation, Ahmadinejad said that sanctions against Islam “violate the rights and the freedom of nations.”

What is Ahmadinejad talking about?  Is he suggesting that sanctions are prohibited by Islam?  It’s an unusual argument, but he isn’t alone.  Watch this video uploaded to Youtube in March showing our old punching bag, Imran Hosein, who asserts that Islam does not permit economic embargos or the use of trade as a weapon.

Imran Hosein is very knowledgeable about his own religion, but what legal and religious basis do his comments have?  One old story supporting such a position may be that a rival tribe of Muhammad imposed trade sanctions against Muhammad’s clan, leading to widespread hunger and, according to one questionable account, the starvation and death of his wife Khadija—a woman of enormous personal wealth:

The other clans of Quraysh implemented a trade embargo on the clan of Banu Hashim, Muhammad’s clan. The embargo lasted for three years and many of the clan starved to death. Khadija, weakened by starvation, died during this time as did his beloved uncle and sole protector, Abu Talib. That was the year 619 CE, “the year of sorrows.”

But that tale turns out to be just another Islamic tear jerker that is contradicted by centuries of economic aggression that followed it.  How do Messrs. Ahmadinejad and Hosein account for:

  • The recent cyber attack against U.S. financial institutions by Iran itself?
  • The international boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel?
  • The economic sanctions adopted by the Arab League against Syria last year?
  • The Turkish prime minister’s call for “UN sanctions on Israel
  • Libya’s 2008 sanctions against Switzerland?
  • The recommendation from Hizbul Mujahideen to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to implement economic sanctions against India?
  • The 1973 Arab oil embargo?
  • The heavy tolls imposed by the Ottoman Empire along the Silk Road that forced Christopher Columbus to search for a water route to circumvent the Middle East to reach the Far East?
  • Perhaps most importantly from the standpoint of Islamic law and tradition, the higher customs duties imposed by Islam’s second Umar, a close companion of Muhammad, who engaged in, according to Islamic sources, something of a trade war against the Roman and Persian empires?

Far from being sacrilegious, sanctions appear to be rather well-suited to Islam.

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Hosein’s latest anti-Semitic money lending rant

February 19, 2012

Imran Hosein, the renowned Trinidadian “Islamic philosopher,” has spoken out once again against what he says is a “factual” description of Jews as evil money lenders.  During a remote Feb. 8 Skype interview by an Albanian imam, Hosein praised William Shakespeare’s depiction of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, then said money lending by Jews is “evil, it is shameful, it is disgraceful, it is sinful” before calling for a “riba-free economy.”  Listen to this one-minute clip, in which Hosein returns to one of his other favorite themes—the condemnation of paper currencies:

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Paper money “utterly haram”

September 18, 2011

Islamic “philosopher” Imran N. Hosein isn’t done talking about the evil of Western paper money.  During a live audio linkup from Trinidad to South Africa during Ramadan last year, Hosein lectured a Capetown mosque on the wickedness of “bogus and fraudulent and utterly haram paper currencies.”

Hosein argues that Western nations are “playing God” by creating money.  In order to protect the ummah (Muslim community) from this “storm” of infidel currency and shirk (Arabic for idolatry), Allah has metaphorically put the ummah to sleep in a cave.  Hosein concludes that, one day, the ummah will awake to a world that uses only gold dinars and silver dirhams.

Here’s a four-minute excerpt about the money.  Take a listen:

The full, bloated 72-minute lecture (covering everything from Muslim dress codes, last year’s floods in Pakistan, and the sinking of some island in Dubai) is here for those with enough patience to listen to this bizarre yet colorful Islamist nutjob.

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Jaw-dropping candor on the money jihad

September 2, 2011

Just when we think we’ve seen the creepiest Muslim scholar talking about money and Islam, we find another.  This guy is the most cartoonish yet.  When he starts rubbing his face lamenting the “disappearance” of money which is becoming, “electronic impulses in machines in banks, machines without minds,” I thought he would accidentally pull off his glue-on beard.

Jokes aside, be especially sure to watch the final three minutes of the video, because that is where the speaker, Imran Nazar Hosein (a Trinidad-born Islamic “philosopher“) discusses the religious obligation of Muslims to use their money for jihad.

In the segment above,  Hosein also presents a wide-eyed conspiracy theory against “the European Jews” claiming, “it is not an uncharitable statement to make—it is a factual statement—that the European Jews control the banking system around the world.”

Why is this video relevant?  1)  It helps explain the Muslim psyche and their opposition to Western banking.  It isn’t just that Western banks charge interest, the hated riba of the Koran.  It isn’t just that the Koran tells them that infidels cannot be trusted with Muslim money.  It isn’t just that the West uses paper, fiat currencies and that Muslims are transfixed by gold.  All those points are extremely important, but add their neurotic hatred of Jews to the list of reasons they seek to destroy and replace the Western banking system with sharia.

2)  The video also explains, in a very straightforward fashion, the desire of Muslim leaders and believers to contribute money to the obligatory jihad.  Hosein says at one point, “Had this not been in the Qur’an, oh they would sue me.”  Indeed…