A viral video shows the imam of an Islamic center in Virginia advocating female genital mutilation to prevent “hypersexuality” in girls.
Shaker Elsayed, the imam of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, gave a lecture on child rearing and family life in May, describing female genital mutilation (FGM) as the “honorable thing to do” for young girls, because it prevents “hyper-sexuality.”
Shaker Elsayed, Imam of Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Fairfax County, VA, Endorses FGM: It Prevents Girls from Becoming Hypersexually Active https://t.co/DoMtvQHz9G
“You see in societies where circumcision of girls is completely prohibited, hyper-sexuality takes over the entire society, and a woman is not satisfied with one person, or two, or three,” Elsayed said.
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WHO estimates that more than 200 million women alive today have undergone the procedure.
Dar Al-Hijrah has been labeled “the 9/11 mosque” by critics. Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter at Fort Hood in 2009, attended the mosque in 2001 at the same time 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour were regulars when Anwar al-Awlaki – who later joined Al-Qaeda – was an imam there, according to the Associated Press.
The mosque’s phone number was also found in the Hamburg, Germany, apartment of Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a planner of the 9/11 attacks, according to the congressional joint-inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.
Anwar al-Awlaki, a former imam at the Virginia mosque, left the country after the 9/11 attacks to become an Al-Qaeda leader.