Shaykh Said Rageah (الشيخ سعيد راجح) was born in Somalia and in the late 80sn moved to North America. Rageah has a Bachelor’s in Islamic studies and a Masters in Shari’ah and he has had several posts over the years, including: founder of Masjid Huda in Montreal and Masjid Aya in Maryland, advisor for Muslim Youth magazine, and member in the Aqsa Association.
He is also the founder of both Muslim Magazine and Al Aqsa Association, and served as the Chaplain at both the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). He served as an Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto, the Chairman for the Journey of Faith Conference and as an instructor for the AlMaghrib Institute.
In a speech at Sakinah Community Centre (the video was published on January 28, 2015) Rageah argued that the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo satire magazine in Paris (January 7, 2015) were not carried out by Muslims and said that the allegations in this case are similar to those which were heard after the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The following is a an excerpt of Rageah’s speech(26:03-27:51):
“The United Nations received 55 thousands images of what happened to some of the Muslims in Syria, but they didn’t do anything about [it].
“But one person, three people, eight people, 12 people, all the people die, you have 50 presidents, 50 coming together, locking arms, marching. Is that for humanity? No (لا).
“I don’t believe, by the way, for the record, I don’t believe [that] Muslims did that. It does not make any sense and it is not for you to accuse us. It is not for the Muslims to say: we did it.
“I don’t believe a bit that Muslims have anything to do with that, because, Glory be to Allah (سبحان الله), September 11 , the building melted, but they found a Saudi passport, Allah willed it (ما شاء الله). What a miracle!
“You know here [in the case of Charlie Hebdo attack] they kill, you know, people, but miraculously the guys are so intelligent to assassinate 12 people, but he was so dumb to leave his document in the car? Allah willed it (ما شاء الله), May Allah bless you (تبارك الله).
“I mean, the amateur, you know, thief knows how to clear his mess and it is so unique that the media has files of these people, that the President of the country [France’s François Hollande], 45 minutes, he’s on the scene. He is not afraid that some of these cars are already bombed, you know, you know, is he not afraid? Is does not make any sense. But I dare a Muslim to say: we did it, because we did not.”
In 2008 Rageah was a speaker at the Islamic Awareness Week, which is held every year in Canadian campuses. At the end of his speech which dealt with methods to propagate Islam (Daawah), Rageah was asked how to answer questions regarding terrorist attacks committed by Muslims. The following is the transcript of Rageah’s answers:
“You should stay away from it, you should stay away from it, because if you open that subject it is an argument, it is a crazy argument, and I think that at this point most of the people in the West, in the West, most of them understand that what happened in September 11  was not a work of Muslims.”
[Question regarding the claim of responsibility taken by an Islamic organization].
“Well, in this case, actually, you can always refer them to websites, like which are done and designed by non-Muslim Americans like www.whatreallyhappened.com, the other side, they will explain to them in a way that maybe to hear from you they will not accept it.
“That what I did with my father in law. My father in law and the brother in law and especially the mother, they think that Muslims are terrorists and this, and when they hear from a non-Muslim explaining the situation that the plane in the Pentagon is not a work of a plane, they’re thus accepting this, but they did not accept this from me, nor from their daughter. they accept it from someone else. So you can always refer that to the websites that they made and the history that they talked about it way before it happened.”
In a speech at Assalam Mosque in Ottawa in 2012, Rageah called Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper “the enemy of Islam” because “he is the man who said… [that] the threat of this country [Canada] is Islamism.”
In previous speech (February 2012) at the University of Waterloo as part of the Islamic Awareness Week organized by the local Muslim Students Association (MSA) and partially funded by the university, Rageahimplicitly justified the death penalty for apostates and those who insult the prophets.
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