Five Horrific Methods for Executing Gay Men Outlined at Pro-Hezbollah SABA Islamic Center of San Jose, California

By Lee Kaplan

This year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Catholic Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath (Twitter: @BishopMcGrath) 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

Many observers of SABA view Bishop McGrath’s undertaking with alarm, as the Association’s activities and members have been persistently linked to extremism and illegal activities. Indeed, SABA and its imams, including Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck) and Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi), have been shown to staunchly support Hezbollah, an international terrorist organization based in Lebanon and controlled by the Iranian regime.

Rafic Labboun

Perhaps it is unknown to Bishop McGrath that Labboun was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and prosecuted for credit card fraud in a scheme to enrich himself as well as fund Hezbollah. Labboun was convicted, but after his release from prison he violated his probation and fled to Mexico and Belize, where he used a dead baby’s identity with the help of local Hezbollah operatives. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chased Labboun and, with the help of Mexican counterterrorism forces, apprehended and returned him to the United States.

Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi)

And perhaps Nabi Raza Abidi neglected to inform Bishop McGrath that in 2011 the Obama administration denied him re-entry into the U.S. due to his dedication and loyalty to the Iranian regime. Indeed, Abidi remained stuck outside the U.S. for several months, until his attorneys forced the hand of the Obama administration with a court order.

Farrokh Sekaleshfar

Nor does Bishop McGrath know that SABA has hosted numerous imams who publicly berated the LGBT community. Farrokh Sekaleshfar, infamous for proclaiming, “Death is the sentence” for homosexual men, was a frequent speaker at SABA between May 2012 and December 2015. 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.
Hamza Sodagar

How do these cruel rulings pronounced at SABA differ from those of the Islamic State (a.k.a. Daesh, ISIL and ISIL), except that they are even more extreme?

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.

Asad Jafri

Sodagar and Sekaleshfar are not the only mullahs who took on the LGBT community. Asad Jafri, another extremist mullah based in Toronto, Canada, also visited SABA repeatedly between January 2008 and December 2014. While at SABA, Jafri made a point of attacking the lesbian activist Irshad Manji, characterising her as “disgusting.” Obviously, Bishop McGrath did not listen to Jafri’s lectures, although they are readily available at SABA’s YouTube channel.

And perhaps Bishop McGrath did not read about Jafri’s father-in-law, Mohammad Zaki Baqri, an extremist cleric also based in Toronto. Baqri 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)

Zaki Baqri happens to also be a close relative of Nabi Raza Abidi, as both mullahs hail from the same village, Alipur in Karnataka, India. Baqri, like the other mullahs who lecture at SABA, was invited to the Silicon Valley-based Islamist center by Abidi. Baqri visited SABA frequently between October 2005 and July 2013.

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.

Lee Kaplan is an investigative journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.