This month, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Catholic Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath intends to visit and declare “solidarity” with Shia Association of the Bay Area (a.k.a. Saba Islamic Center), a staunchly pro-Iranian regime organization based in San Jose, California.
|Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath|
|Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi)|
Another mullah, Hamza Sodagar, lectured repeatedly at Saba between June 2010 and August 2013, even after in 2010 when he outlined there five horrific methods for executing gay men:
“If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One, the easiest one maybe: chop their head off. That’s the easiest. Second, burn them to death. Third, throw them off a cliff. Fourth, tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth, a combination of the above.”
|Excerpt from Hamza Sodagar's speech at Saba Islamic Center|
Ironically, neither Sodagar nor Sekaleshfar have an obligation to make such controversial remarks in the West only because Shiite Islam requires its adherents to practice Taqiyya, Arabic for dissimulation, to avoid harm by opponents of the faith. Nevertheless, mullahs loyal to the school of thought of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and founder the Islamic Republic of Iran, neglect to keep to themselves statements that can only frighten and enrage the Western public. Indeed, it is such mullahs who are the driving force behind the growing anti-Islam sentiment in the West.
And perhaps Bishop McGrath did not read about Jafri’s father-in-law, Mohammad Zaki Baqri, an extremist cleric also based in Toronto. Baqri reportedly called the Jews "inhuman" during a protest in Canada in 2014, and infamously shouted “Death to Zionism” during a speech on Quds Day at Saba Islamic Center in 2008. Quds Day is commemorated on yearly basis at Saba during the last Friday of the month of Ramadan as mandated by Ayatollah Khomeini.
|Mohammad Baqri (a.k.a. Zaki Baqri)|
In truth, Shia Association of the Bay Area is not reaching out to the Catholic Church and Bishop McGrath because it admires Christians. It does not. Dr. Mazhar Khan, a co-founder of the Association made it that much clear during a speech at Saba in 2011. Nor is Saba reaching out to the Catholic Church because it has abandoned its allegiance to the Iranian regime or its pro-Hezbollah stance.
The hard truth is that Saba wants to clean its tarnished name with the the Catholic Church’s and Bishop McGrath's good names.