The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland
(the Clonskeagh mosque in Dublin,
the largest mosque in Ireland)
is a reactionary, conservative mosque
that is apparently linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
It seems to be the main Muslim Brotherhood centre in Ireland,
and one of the main Muslim Brotherhood centres in Europe.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an extremist organisation devoted to the ideology of Islamism.
The Clonskeagh mosque
will clearly be of no help in the struggle against Islamism.
Rather, it is part of the problem.
I pose a number of questions on this page to the
If they ever answer, please tell me
The ICCI was built and funded by
the ruling family of
United Arab Emirates,
a country with an appalling
human rights record
("Laws prohibit criticism of the government, ruling families, and friendly governments").
Has the ICCI ever condemned the lack of freedom in Dubai?
Tell me here.
In 2007 the Clonskeagh mosque hosted two extremist speakers:
Salman Al Awda
or Salman Al-Aouda),
one of the
26 Saudi scholars
who issued the fatwa in 2004 calling for holy war against the Americans in Iraq.
"There is no doubt that the Jihad against the occupation is a duty of those who are capable of it."
And this man was let into Ireland!
He visited Clonskeagh in 2007.
The moderate Shia
Ali Al Saleh
said that this cleric had recently written an article in a Saudi newspaper
describing Shias as "non-Muslims".
supporter of suicide bombing against the Jews:
"Those young people who explode themselves to kill the Jews were not committing suicide but jihad."
He is banned from the UK and Canada.
Canada said he was a member of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
And yet he was let into Ireland.
And invited by the Clonskeagh mosque.
He visited Clonskeagh in 2006
Hussein Halawa was quoted
by Eoghan Harris in the Sunday Independent, 17 Oct 2004,
as saying he would like to see Ireland as an Islamic state.
on 31 Oct 2004
denying he ever said this.
"I have never made such a statement"
is not much of a denial.
I would like to see him go further and
state clearly that he is opposed to an Islamic state
because he believes in freedom of religion
for all, including atheists like me.
I don't threaten his religious freedom.
I want to be confident that he does not threaten mine.
[US diplomatic cable, 2005]
is sceptical about Halawa:
"Post welcomes Halawa's public statement
condemning the 7/7 attacks and terrorism in general, but
remains unconvinced that Halawa will take strong steps to
Despite Halawa's statement, and the
center's reputation as a moderate mosque in Dublin, we retain
some suspicions about his activities and can confirm that
there are known extremists that frequent ICCI".
Mary Fitzgerald in 2006
finds Halawa is apparently linked to the Muslim Brotherhood:
"Many Muslim Brotherhood members I met recently in Cairo asked me if I knew Sheikh Halawa after hearing I was from Ireland."
Norwegian media report in 2011
Hussein Halawa said homosexuality is a disease.
It said he supports the death penalty for activist gays.
Open question to Hussein Halawa:
Can you please state openly that you believe in freedom of religion,
including the right to be an atheist,
and including the right of a Muslim to convert from Islam to atheism?
In particular, you need to condemn the Islamic states that punish apostates.
And you need to explain why you have not condemned this before.
Let me know the answer here.
They do a great job of asking him
some hard questions.
Better than the mainstream media!
(I got the feeling they got some of the questions from this site.)
But he evaded the answers.
Little was learnt.
He can't speak English, so it is very hard to cross-examine his evasive answers.
He claims to condemn terror,
but does not condemn Palestinian terror.
He also seems vague on whether Muslims carried out 9/11 and other acts.
He revealed his anti-Israel prejudice
when he criticised Obama
for allegedly supporting Israel.
(If only that was true!)
He is asked about Sara Azmeh Rasmussen,
who the DCU person has actually been in touch with.
He claims the Danish cartoonists should be "held accountable"
in some vague, but threatening way.
We get vague honeyed words about no "compulsion" in religion.
But he never condemns the application of sharia law in Pakistan, Iran, Gaza, Sudan, Saudi Arabia or Egypt.
It seems highly unlikely that he is opposed to this.
The 'sheikh of death' must be barred,
July 17th 2005.
- "Yusuf al-Qaradawi is banned from entering the United States
and will soon be barred from Britain.
If Minister McDowell is serious about combating Islamic fanaticism here,
he must follow suit by ensuring that the "theologian of terror" is permanently prevented
from entering this State."
Europe's Fatwa Factories
by Soeren Kern,
February 3, 2011:
"The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) is the most influential fatwa council in Europe. Based in Ireland, the ECFR is chaired by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a demagogic Egyptian Islamic scholar, and an intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Qaradawi, who is also a spiritual advisor for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, has defended suicide attacks against Jews as "martyrdom in the name of Allah," and has been banned from entering Great Britain and the United States."
International Union of Muslim Scholars
issues a fatwa in
2004calling for the killing of American troops in Iraq.
Note that Ireland's good name is dragged into the mud by this vile jihadi group:
"Concluding a two-day meeting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the Dublin-based body said this kind of jihad does not necessitate a central command to organize military operations, but willing Muslims can do it on their own."
The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) at the Clonskeagh mosque is an outlet for the fatwas of Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi's IslamOnline
site produced these fatwas calling for death for gays and apostates.
Would the Clonskeagh mosque like to clarify its position on these fatwas?
[US diplomatic cable, 2006] says:
"In conversations with emboffs, key
integrationist Muslims and at least one journalist charge
that ICCI answers to Al Qaradawi.
In discussions with emboffs, the above-named
pluralistic individuals and others have accused Halawa and
other leaders at ICCI, and a smaller, more radical mosque,
South Circular Road (SCR) Mosque and notably its Imam,
Sudanese Yahya Al Hussein, of membership in the Muslim
Brotherhood. Despite the historical and political
connections that ICCI has with the GOI, other prominent
Muslims deem that its teaching is influenced by Wahhabism
with a close link to the ultraconservative Deobandi school of
Islam (espoused by the Taliban). One journalist in town
reported that other than in Qatar, the MB has its strongest
base in Ireland, and charged that Al Qaradawi "runs Islam in
When queried in a May 23 interview by emboffs
about the European role of MB, Halawa and Saleem failed to
clarify their position regarding the organization
... When pressed on Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, they
demonstrated loyalty to him by claiming that he is a model of
It says that some
members of the Clonskeagh mosque celebrated the kidnapping of Irish aid worker
by Iraqi jihadis
(She was then murdered by the jihadis.)
"When there are problems, such as when ICCI members
were known to be celebrating after Margaret Hassan was
kidnapped in Iraq, ICCI leadership attempted to disassociate
itself from the issue."
It says that some children at the
Clonskeagh Muslim school
mourned the death of
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
"when Ali heard that a small number of children
at the ICCI Muslim school were absent from school and visibly
sad when al-Zarqawi (a senior al-Qaeda member) was killed
in Iraq, the Imams at the various mosques worked together to
speak with the families and address the issue. Ali added
that the notion to mourn the death of al-Zarqawi is not
coming from the school, but instead from the children's
Ali Selim says he
does not believe
the London 7/7 bombings
were carried out by Muslims:
"events that happened in England - I personally haven't seen compelling proof
that that was done by Muslims."
Hot Press: "But the 7/7 bombers were Muslims!"
"In my understanding, I haven't seen proof that those who did that were Muslims."
He also expresses doubts about the standard theories of 9/11.
He says he is against violence,
but declines to judge Bin Laden as a terrorist, saying he would have to meet him and talk to him.
He declines to say that people should have the right to draw cartoons of Muhammed
in a free society.
He declines to condemn the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
He defends Sharia law if the majority want it.
He says about Iraq:
"all the Iraqi people describe themselves as fighting against the occupation",
which is nonsense.
How about all of the Iraqi army and police, who are fighting with the occupation
against the jihadis?
He says: "So they see that they have no other alternative",
which sounds like support for violence to me.
If not, clarify this here.
And they do have an alternative.
They don't have to fight allied troops.
They can simply vote for a party
that asks for the occupation to end.
Why didn't they?
The answer is because they don't want the occupation to end.
At least, not yet.
He never has doubts about his belief in an invisible supernatural being:
"Never! Never. Never. There is God, all the time.
I find it really very strange if someone believes - or even thinks
- that there is no Allah or there is no God."
Maybe he should read a bit more.
In short, he is at best a useless neutral in this global war.
He will be of absolutely no use at all in this conflict.
No other minority that I know of
threatens our ancient freedoms like this.
Only the Muslim community, apparently.
If there is any other minority
that has openly threatened our ancient freedoms in Ireland,
let me know here.
that Muslims are the major victims of violence worldwide.
non-stop killings by the jihad
all over the world, every day since 9/11 (every day since the start of Islam in fact),
"Look to the east or to the west,
or wherever you want to look,
you will find that it is only the Muslim blood being shed everywhere."
He refuses to condemn Bin Laden.
"Well, I don't know him.
Consequently, I can't say I respect or do not respect him."
Yeah, we know where you're coming from.
We understand you, even if Mary Fitzgerald doesn't.
Ali Selim, 10 Feb 2014, supports the Irish blasphemy law using some comical double-speak:
"Islam advocates freedom of expression.
According to Islam, God, angels, holy scriptures, prophets, disciples or companions and places of worship are to be protected by the state against any publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.
Islam is pro-freedom of expression
Mocking at religious values should not be tolerated."
Ali Selim, Jan 2015, shows his true colours again.
Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre,
Ali Selim threatens legal action if anyone in Ireland prints a cartoon of his alleged "prophet".
"definitely we will check the Irish law and if there is any legal channel against you, we will take it
you can't portray the Prophet Mohammed."
He comically adds:
"I am a great advocate of freedom of expression".
Actually, I think there is no legal action that any private citizen can take on this issue in Ireland.
Only the state can prosecute.
When asked to condemn Islamic terror, June 2017, Ali Selim condemns US and Israel.
See bottom of this article.
Open question to Ali Selim:
Can you state that
all Muslims in the world should have the right to freely convert
to any other religion, or to atheism,
Can you state that everyone in the world
should have the right to criticise Muhammed.
Can you state that everyone in the world
should have the right to draw cartoons of Muhammed.
Can you state clearly that Salman Rushdie has the right to publish his book,
even if you think it is rubbish.
Let me know the answer here.
Ali Selim of the Clonskeagh mosque supports the
blasphemy law, RTE, Prime Time, 12th January 2010.
And see part 2.
He welcomes the law, and threatens our freedoms more:
"I would be more delighted to see it going further and further.
But it has taken the first step" [to enslaving Ireland under sharia].
Talking about Islam, he says:
"We don't impose it on others",
but then hypocritically says:
"all that we ask others to do with it,
do not degrade it, full stop.""If you say something offensive about my prophet,
it's something that is definitely not going to be tolerated." Ali Selim, quoted on 14 Mar 2010:
"Thank you Ireland for the recent blasphemy legislation."
Is Dermot Ahern proud?
Heroically brave Norwegian-Syrian lesbian
Sara Azmeh Rasmussen
travels to Ireland and protests outside the Clonskeagh mosque, June-July 2011,
because it is the headquarters of the
European Council for Fatwa and Research,
which supports the death penalty for homosexuality.
(Norwegian newspaper), articles of June-July 2011 (see links below).
It seems this was only covered in the Norwegian media.
I did not hear about this in the Irish media at all!
I heard about it through an anonymous Internet tip off from Norway. (Thanks!)
Rasmussen (of course) got threatened:
"A mob gathered around me. They tore my sign from me,
called me a pig, spat on me and threatened me
A man threatened me. He said that of course I should be killed.
Then he repeated it three times with pressure on the word kill."
"Here in Dublin, many .. told me how sinful and unclean I am.
Some have said that I must be sent by the Jews and Zionists.
The woman who asked me to leave [said] that if I was born like this,
there must be a punishment for the sins that my parents have done.
It is precisely this attitude that creates the violent prejudices against gays in Muslim communities."
"General Secretary of Fatwa Council, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, agreed to meet Rasmussen on Tuesday, and told her that she was suffering from a disease".
"In the meeting with General Secretary of Fatwa Council on Tuesday, Rasmussen was told that she was suffering from a disease.
... For those who have a disease, I will not ask for the death penalty, said Sheikh Hussein Halawa to Rasmussen.
The Secretary-General, who stressed that he only gave his own view on the matter, explained that the question of the death penalty for gays was difficult.
He believes that homosexuality should be divided into three categories: those who are born so, those who have chosen it, and those who try to convert others to be gays.
[He said that] for those who want to push others to be gays, Sharia [requires] the death penalty."
Saying gays should be killed is no barrier to getting invited
to meet the
Lord Mayor of Dublin
at an "inter faith" event in Dec 2016.
The Lord Mayor said:
"I call on all to reaffirm our traditions of being an open society."
Bad luck for the gays, though.
Sara Azmeh Rasmussen burns the hijab, International Womens Day, Oslo, Norway, 2009.
Cool, stirring music.
It is a wonderful thing to be free.
Why does the left not support the liberation of Muslim women and gays?
"There is no such thing as democracy. Democracy is founded on principles of heresy. The ten principles of democracy constitute utter heresy: the freedom of religion, the freedom of belief - we have a punishment for apostasy
In Egypt, there are 80 million citizens, only five million of whom are
... They are a minority. A minority in a Muslim country has a certain status. Don't say everyone is equal. Don't tell me that every citizen enjoys equal and complete rights. Says who?! How can you possibly draw a parallel between the majority and a minority?
There are 70 million of us! So how can you talk to me about equal rights? Whenever I build a mosque, he deserves to build a church?! Says who?"
- Muslim Brotherhood fascist
Wagdi Ghoneim, Aug 2011,
attacks democracy and freedom of religion.
oppression of the Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Wagdi Ghoneim has repeatedly been invited
to the Clonskeagh mosque,
which is said to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.