Mosque, 50 miles from the White House, honors a radical Islamist murderer in ‘religious’ ceremony

Maryland mosque 50 miles from the White House honored an Islamist assassin last Sunday as part of a ceremony that celebrates the death anniversaries of noted saints.

Islamic extremist Mumtaz Qadri was hanged in Pakistan last year after shooting the governor of the Punjab province 28 times in 2011 “for speaking out against the nation’s abhorrent blasphemy laws,” Judicial Watch reported.

The Gulzar E Madina Mosque in Pikesville, Maryland hosted the event that saw some extreme views being represented, according to Pakastani news outlet Rabwah Times.

“Whoever disrespects the Holy Prophet Muhammad is worthy of death, and even if disrespects indirectly he is still worthy of death,” said an unidentified speaker. “Even if someone asks for forgiveness it is not acceptable.”

A New Jersey-based Islamic scholar, Syed Saad Ali, praised Qadri as he denounced Muslims for not coming to his aid after being arrested.

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More from Judicial Watch:

A mosque situated about an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital recently held a ceremony to honor a radical Islamist who murdered a beloved political figure in Pakistan for publicly chastising the Muslim country’s blasphemy laws and supporting a Christian woman. The facility, Gulzar E. Madina Mosque, sits in the Maryland suburb of Pikesville, roughly 50 miles from Washington D.C. and a dozen or so miles from Baltimore. A Pakistani digital news publication covered the outrageous celebration and published a detailed account, including pictures and speeches delivered by radical clergy.

The event is officially known as an “Urs”, a Muslim celebration to commemorate the death anniversary of saints. In this case, the Maryland mosque was honoring an Islamist assassin named Mumtaz Qadri who shot the governor (Salman Taseer) of Punjab province in 2011 for speaking out against the nation’s abhorrent blasphemy laws. Qadri was the governor’s bodyguard and he shot him 28 times in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market in broad daylight, according to an international news report. He was charged with terrorism and murder by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan and was hanged in 2016. The execution ignited violent protests throughout Pakistan, where Islamist groups hailed Qadri as a hero. That’s hardly surprising for an Islamic south Asian country with an official law that bans the use of derogatory remarks about the holy prophet Mohammad. Violators are punished with death or life imprisonment.


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