‘It’s time we woke up and became human beings for real…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, is frequently visited by those who wish to pay respects to victims of the Holocaust. But on Sunday, the site may have received its first visit from a Shia Muslim Imam.
Imam Mohamad Tawhidi of Australia took to Twitter, posting a photograph of him wearing a black t-shirt with the hashtag “#WeRemember.” The post went viral across several social media platforms.
Tawhidi said he did it to take a stand against anti-Semitism.
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) February 3, 2019.
“This is where millions of Jews were killed during the Holocaust,” he said, posting photos exhibiting the horrific conditions inside the camps.
“This is just one of the areas where the horrific crimes took place. It’s very important that the message goes out that this never happens again—that the atmosphere for this is never created again …”
Tawhidi, who was born in Iran, has dedicated his life to Islamic reform and halting the trend toward Islamic extremism. But he admits that growing up, he was raised to hate Jews.
“I was someone who hated the Jews and the Jewish nation,” he said. “It’s time we woke up and became human beings for real.”
In the same video, he harshly criticized progressive U.S. congresspeople who have recently drawn criticism for anti-Semitic statements.
Tawhidi said Congress should “not be a platform for Islamist members of the American government to preach their hate against the Jewish people.”
In addition to making inflammatory statements, both have come out as vocal advocates of the boycott-divestment-sanction movement to undermine the Israeli economy.
“Ilhan does not believe that the Jewish people or the Jewish nation has the right to exist … shame on her and shame on those who voted for her and are staying silent,” Tawhidi said. He added that the U.S. government should “not allow these people a platform.”
Tawhidi said he was the first Shia Muslim to visit Auschwitz.
However, it was unclear whether this meant representatives from other Islamic denominations may have visited previously.