Brooklyn Imam Calls for beheading of Egypt’s Sisi

A Brooklyn imam issued what seemed to be a call to behead Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi last Wednesday at an event sponsored by the pro-Muslim Brotherhood group Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice (EAFJ).


Report by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat/ VT Egypt Bureau

Sisi has led Egypt since a July 2013 uprising (deemed a military coup by Muslim Brotherhood). Following the popular uprising, El Sisi had toppled the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) government led by then-President Mohamed Morsi. (Watch video of  the mass protests in Egypt uprising 2013)

Brotherhood supporters in the United States have condemned the uprising and the ousting of Morsi, which was prompted by massive street protests all over Egypt against MB rule that was bent on turning Egypt into an Iranian-model of theocracy, a Sunni theocracy that is. Three years on, the MB members still demand Morsi’s reinstatement.

“Once people pledge allegiance to a Muslim ruler, it is forbidden to revolt against him and remove him, and if anyone removes him, he should be beheaded,” Islamic Society of Bay Ridge imam Sheikh Mohamed Elbar told the EAFJ gathering in Arabic. “Do you know who ought to be beheaded? Who should be stricken with the sword or hanged or detained? He, who came to fight, and not the legitimate president Morsi.”

The Investigative Project on Terrorism obtained a recording of the event, held at the Muslim American Society (MAS) Center in Brooklyn.

Elbar belongs to the International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by radical Muslim Brotherhood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi (a leading MB scholar based in Qatar who controls fierce mainstream media campaigns against Egypt via Aljazeera Satellite Channels)

Qaradawi issued a similar (Sharia derived) threat against Sisi on Al-Jazeera shortly after the 2013 uprising:

“If he, who has disobeyed the ruler, does not repent, then he must be killed. There is a legitimate ruler (in reference to Morsi) and people must obey and listen to him.”

Flyer of the Muslim American Society (MAS) Center in Brooklyn.

Flyer of the Muslim American Society (MAS) Center in Brooklyn.

Elbar’s mosque has a long track record of extremism dating back to the 1990s. Meanwhile, this is not the first time EAFJ was connected to threats of violence against Egypt’s military leaders.

In February 2015, EAFJ board members Hani Elkadi and Mahmoud El-Sharkawy, who appeared alongside Elbar and Sharaby at last week’s event, each posted a communiqué from the Popular Resistance Movement (PRM) which has launched attacks against Egyptian police and other targets (including military bases in Sinai).

It features an image of a blood-red map of Egypt with a fist superimposed over it. It claims responsibility for targeting two police cars. “God, martyrs, Revolution,” it said.

PRM claimed joint responsibility with ISIS’s Sinai Province for an attack near Cairo that left eight police officers dead last May.

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What infuriated the MB community in USA and their (violence-inciting) Imams even more, are the latest revelations about Egypt having sent military air support units to Syria in preparation for a large deployment early next year and its agreement to establishing a Russian (aerial) military base over its upper western coast.

The revelations come days after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed support for the Syrian regime’s military and his unflinching alliance with Russia’s war on terrorism in Iraq and Syria.


  • Cairo Scene
  • The New Arab
  • The Investigative Project on Terrorism



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6 Responses to "Brooklyn Imam Calls for beheading of Egypt’s Sisi"

  1. Bartered  January 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    If the IMAM is supporting the same tribe that rules Saudi Arabia I can see the vile contempt for ISIS. It would be nice to know how the run of the mill Iranian Shiite Imam feels about the whole ordeal. All he would probably say is: OPEN THE GATES TO PALESTINE AND STOP FLOODING THE TUNNELS WITH YOUR HUMAN WASTE!!!!!!

    • Bartered  January 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Did I right ISIS, I meant SISI.

  2. Trakkath  December 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    The religion of peace strikes again…

  3. JS  December 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    It’s always good to hear from you, Dr Ezzat. I am not surprised that yet another US-based imam is allowed to incite others to murder and assassination, and has not been charged with that crime.

  4. joetv  December 1, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Does anyone find it odd that this is news. The timing is suspect. Egypt’s support for the Syrian people and, Assad, coupled with AL Sisi’s decision to work closely with Russia should cause a thinking person to pause and question. What’s the goal? Could it be a green light for the MBA to call for civil unrest in Cairo? With Obama’s blessing. Huma Abedin?

    • Bartered  January 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      If Hillary were elected; Yes, to all your questions, for the obvious reason you stated at the end. Abedin’s relatives work out of and own a press conglomerate for the Muslim Brother Hood. I think she owned Clinton given the former Secretaries seeming lack of any sense.

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