Surprise! Clock Boy’s New School in Qatar a Hotbed of Radical Extremism

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 at 7:50 am

Now that the annoying Clock Boy’s 15 minutes are up and he and his very suspicious family have claimed they’re moving to Qatar, it’s worth having a look at where he’s allegedly matriculating. Thanks to David Reaboi for tipping us off this this Daily Beast article from this past summer.

That is clearly on display with the Qatar Foundation, an immensely wealthy charity Sheikha Mozah founded and oversees. Sheikha Mozah is the second wife of Qatar’s former emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who stepped aside last year, handing off power to his son, Sheikh Tamim. She is lauded as a reforming force in the conservative-minded emirate and her supporters cite her dedication to the education of girls. Some more hidebound members of the 2,000-strong Qatari royal family are known to resent Sheikha Mozah’s clout—as much as they do the risqué flash of her trademark red high-heeled shoes.

But the pull backwards also is obvious—even with Sheikha Mozah. Her foundation is set to host a series of religious prayers and lectures as part of a month-long annual Ramadan program to be held at the charity’s new lavish mosque in Doha’s Education City. The flier for the Ramadan events promises well-respected religious scholars but among the invited there figures a preacher who has described the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris as “the sequel to the comedy film of 9/11” and another cleric who says, “Jews and their helpers must be destroyed.”

So the Charlie Hebdo massacre was a comedy like 9/11 and Jews must be destroyed. Seems like a very tolerant place.

And another source of increasing Western frustration is how Qatar’s landmark mosques are used as platforms by hardline clerics. In February, The Daily Beast reported on how the Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Masjid Doha, the biggest mosque in Qatar, hosts preachers notorious for helping to provide the ideological underpinning of the extremism that has spawned al Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

Helped spawn ISIS? Awesome. Can’t wait until an even further radicalized Clock Boy triumphantly returns to America to help teach us about tolerance.

Weinberg notes al-Fawzan preached at the Education City mosque just one week after ISIS mounted a suicide bombing in eastern Saudi Arabia targeting a Shia mosque that killed 21 people and injured more than 100 others. Abdulaziz al-Fawzan is virulently anti-Shia and a few weeks before his sermon in Doha he declared on social media: “The history of the rafidha [derogatory term for Shia] is full of criminality and betrayal/treachery: wars and destruction, killing and assassinations, and conspiring with the enemies of the ummah, even to the point of poisoning and sorcery against those who oppose them, may Allah fight them, how deluded they are!”

On the day of his sermon in Education City another ISIS suicide bomber struck a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia. The toll was four dead. Abdulaziz al-Fawzan has also urged Muslims to “hate” Christians and explained the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami as divine retribution for resorts where “fornication and sexual perversion of all kinds are rampant.”

U.S. Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, who recently retired as coordinator of the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, has described al-Fawzan as “one of the worst.”

As raboi notes, not a single reporter will mention any of this.

Meanwhile, Clock Boy’s family is thrilled their little stunt worked so well.

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