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Lying, Hitting Your Wife and Jihad: Just Another Day in a Moderate Mosque
by Kim Edwards
In the small city of Sammamish, WA is an Islamic worship center that most people wouldn't even recognize as a mosque or anything other than a residential house in just another normal neighborhood. But what is being taught about Islam at the Sammamish Mosque should be brought to attention, not just in this small community, but on the national stage.
When I decided to research this mosque I was ready to find the ordinary and mundane, although as a self-taught student of Islam, I was prepared to find some things of concern and perhaps the truly hair-curling. What I discovered was a bit of both: a very ordinary and normal life of faith surrounding the dusty core of a 7th century barbarism, dusted off and polished up for a new life in the Pacific Northwest. This strange mix was all captured on camera and helpfully uploaded to the internet by Imam Wassim Fayed, a Sammamish Mosque trustee who holds regular workshops at the center. He is also one of the founding members of the Sammamish Muslim Association.
The two-hour video is a "Daawah Workshop" given by Imam Fayed on proselytizing to non-Muslims including instructions on the best ways to explain the "misconceptions in Islam." In this video clip, which comes about 15 minutes into the workshop, we are instructed when giving da'wah to tell the truth to non-Muslims. That sounds good, right?
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