A professor at Rhodes College in Memphis who teaches a class on Muslim fundamentalism has become a “primary target” of ISIS, according to Commercial Appeal columnist David Waters.
“Now when I talk about ISIS and radical Islam, I become the subject of my own lecture,” said Dr. Yasir Qadhi, also a resident scholar at the Memphis Islamic Center.
ISIS has declared the Memphis cleric an apostate (murtadd in Arabic) and called for his assassination.
“The murtadd Yasir Qadhi condemned the assault on Charlie Hebdo,” ISIS declared next to Qadhi’s photo in Dabiq, the so-called Islamic State’s online propaganda magazine.
“There is no doubt that such deeds are apostasy. There is great reward awaiting the Muslim in the Hereafter if he kills these apostate imams.”
…(F)ew if any Memphis clerics have had as much global influence as Qadhi, one of ISIS’s most vocal and theologically grounded critics.
“That Yasir is a Muslim scholar should be worth more respect and endearment for him, considering he is one of us and lives among us,” said Dr. Nadeem Zafar, a professor at UT Health Science Center.
Qadhi has denounced ISIS in forums and publications in Europe as well as the U.S. He debunks ISIS ideology and calls it “McSharia.”
“They’ve constructed their own legal code to justify their crimes,” Qadhi said. “This band of death fanatics, this cult, is not just fighting America. They’re fighting everybody. They’ve killed more Muslims than non-Muslims.”
How does it feel to targeted by name by one of the world’s most dangerous and despicable gang? Qadhi said he is more honored and humbled than horrified. He sees it as a sign of ISIS’s inherent weakness.