In a video clip posted by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Fairfax County, Va., says, "Every year, Allah tests humanity with the flu, but this doesn't seem to be getting the message [across] and the attention. So this year, He is sending something like the flu, even with less damage than the flu, but it has created more fear than the flu ever has."
"[Allah] tells us in the Al-Nisa chapter in the Quran," says Elsayed, "[that] because of the injustices of the people of the Jewish community, [He] made certain good things prohibited for them, because they turned away from the path of Allah."
"And, [the Jews] were taking interest, which is usury," he said. "They had [previously] been prohibited from taking interest, usury, and interest money from people."
"[They were also punished] for devouring people's money by wrong pretense," said the imam.
"[The Quran says:] 'And We have prepared for those disobedient ones among them severe and painful torment,'" he added.
"These are some of the violations that are still going on, not only by the former minor community in the Jewish people – but now it is practiced by almost every nation and every society, with no exceptions," he said.
"Instead of correcting [things], we are legalizing what [Allah] prohibited," said Elsayed. "Which means we are protecting disobedience. We are legalizing abortion – we are legalizing abortion on demand, not abortion with legitimate reasons. We are legalizing homosexuality. We are legalizing usury. These are all abominations [in the eyes] of Allah."
Towards the end of the video, the imam says, "In the capitalist system, we are enslaving everybody. Everybody is now subject to the whims of the capitalists. Those who have it are controlling those who do not have it. Whether it is militarization, insurances, insurance companies, the healthcare system is crumbling as we see it..."
"It is a wake-up call," he said. "It is Allah's reminder from Heaven to the whole Earth."
MEMRI noted that, in 2017, imam Shaker Elsayed "endorsed female genital mutilation, saying it prevents women from being 'hypersexually active.'"
Despite these teachings, among others, MEMRI said that "some U.S. politicians have visited and held events at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, including Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)."