Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi to Lead Funeral Prayers Over Abdulrahman (Peter) Kassig in Fishers, Indiana

The interior of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus before it was damaged by the war

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaquobi, former preacher of the Grand Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, and one of the fiercest opponents of the terrorist group ISIS, will be leading funeral and Friday prayers at the Al-Huda Foundation in Fishers, Indiana over the soul of Abdulrahman Kassig, also known as Peter. Kassig, an aid worker who left his comfortable life in America to help the Syrian people, was brutally beheaded by terrorists of ISIS this week. Kassig’s parents, family, and friends will be in attendance at the prayer.

MW-CZ389_kassig_20141117121122_ZHKassig, 26, grew up in Indianapolis, and is the only son of Paula and Ed Kassig. He was captured in 2013 while on his way to Deir Ezzor, Syria. While in captivity, he converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

Al-Yaqoubi, a Syrian, was an early critic of President Bashar al-Assad, and was forced to flee the country soon after the 2011 revolution began, having called on the president to step down. He recently signed a fatwa and letter to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, affirming that it is a great sin for any Muslim to join ISIS. This letter has been co-signed by over 100 Muslim scholars. Furthermore, he recently told CNN’s Amanpour that ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is “going to hell” and that ISIS is the “most extreme group in Islam” and a “threat to the world” that must be eliminated. He has been an outspoken opponent of extremist groups and has called strongly for the protection of Christians, Alawites, Yazidis and other minorities.

“Peter Kassig is a hero to the Syrian people. He made the ultimate sacrifice to help those in dire need, and is the example of a true Muslim unlike the barbarians of ISIS whose brutality knows no boundaries,” said Kenan Rahmani, board member of the Syrian American Council.

The prayer will be held at Alhuda Foundation, 12201 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN 46038 and the sermon will begin at 1:10 PM. Alhuda Foundation invites visitors including friends and family of Abdulrahman Kassig to
observe the funeral service. Media and cameras are welcome inside the mosque.

  • Icebow

    Taqiyya whether or not intentional.

    • moraywatson

      Taqiyya is not intentional, it is reflexive.

      • Icebow

        It may be reflexive; its expression may or may not be intentional.

  • Blacksmith

    Friggin IDGIT! The world is full of people with their heads in the sand.

  • Just a thought

    Bad Muslim, good Muslim act, except the bad guy is the one NOT acting.

    It’s how they get the fox into the hen house. Once the “good” Muslim is in the door, he can make a place to accumulate bad guys to continue the act until the curtain comes down.

    So many falling for it. So little time left.

  • winniec

    ‘Hero’? I thought that the definition of ‘hero’ was someone who blows himself and shoppers to smithereens or a fellow who crushes at random ‘visible enemies’ of Islam…like women at a bus stop or someone who shoots and stabs Orthodox Jews in the back while they pray.

  • Dafuq? “While in captivity, he converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig.”

    I’m going to go out on a limb, if not a severed head, and suggest that that’s a conversion under duress, and that Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi would be doing the nice thing were he to just piss off with his dawa.

  • moraywatson

    Ignore the supremacists. Shrivel their egos.

  • DMB

    Maybe he thought by converting to Islam that if they killed him which they did he would get 72 virgins in paradise.

    • ntt1

      hell of a way to get laid.

  • ntt1

    If it comes from a muslim its is probably deceitful.