Jalal Abualrub chose Richmond, Virginia to open the Islam Life Center. He picked the area because it is is centrally located between other Muslim communities on the East Coast. The center will offer Islamic studies for children aged 10-16, a bookstore, and an Internet radio station, Islam Life Radio. Eventually, Islam Life Radio plans to be housed in a dawah, or center for proselytizing. “It will not be a mosque,” says ILR’s chief executive Abu Hudhayfah Edwards.
The origin of Islam Life Radio reaches back to the aftermath of 9/11, when Abualrub was a guest speaker at Texas State University. There he met the youngest host of ILR Taufique Aziz. Aziz was sitting in the audience and was soon “hooked” calling Abualrub a “father figure.”
Abualrub adheres to Salfaism, a branch of Islam that follows a strict, literal interpretation of the Q’uran. ‘Salafi’ translates to “righteous predecessors” placing emphasis on the first followers of the prophet Muhammad.
When discussing free speech issues, Abualrub said, “I’d say you have no right to portray or mock Muhammad, or any prophet — I don’t consider that freedom of speech.”
Here’s a smattering of the Islamic teachings Abualrub hopes to “transmit” to his listening audience (see blogger Bo Gardiner for source information):
04 October 2006, by Jalal Abualrub
… Just like the Old Testament, Islam condemns the apostate to death, “He who reverts from his religion, then kill him“; [an authentic Hadeeth collected in as-Silsilah as-Sahihah 487]. This is the Law of Islam and we certainly believe in it.
02 June 2014, by Jalal Abualrub
Who has any right to contradict the Prophet of Allah, …who says, “He who reverts from his religion, then kill him”?… Muslims should be strong and stand behind every part of their law, if they seek Allah’s Help and Support that is.
[Slaves] may be lawful, if they are captured while fighting the Muslims and defending the disbelievers. Allah entitled the victorious Muslims to take captives. Later, they may sell the captives and thus they become servants to anyone who buys them under certain rights and obligations…
11 March 2006
This is because Allaah has declared that Jews and Christians are disbelievers in His Book… Allaah’s curse be on them… “Those who disbelieve among the People of the Book and the idolaters will abide in the Fire of Hell.” [al-Bayyinah 98:6]
24 November 2010, by Jalal Abualrub
In Islam, Christianity is rejected and those who believe in it are considered as true disbelievers. There is no praise for Christianity in the Quran… Allah (I) declares that the only accepted religion to Him, is Islam… Prophet Muhammad (r) declares that any Christian or Jew who hears about him, but does not believe in him, will enter Hell… [T]he Quran declares all religions, except Islam, to be false religions, and their followers of being failures. These Ayat are very clear in their call to Jews and Christians to become Muslim to avoid Allah’s anger and wrath. This is the only way they can attain peace.
…We cannot take any more public peace, humanity, jobs, business, security, health or wealth from Christians.
Image taken from video screenshot.