Publications & Statements by Imam

A Man of Faith, dignity, Sincerity and Service Meeting His Lord! Honorable Hajj Hussein Hamood!

A Man of Faith, Dignity, Sincerity and Service Meeting His Lord! Honorable Hajj Hussein Hamood!

Shared by Imam Elahi - "I witnessed the last hour of his life in this world before departing to meet the Divine. He opened his sharp and delightful eyes to me and everyone present in his room at the Beaumont hospital last night during our words of prayer and grace, and said goodby to us and to his beautiful, faithful and loving family!

God Bless your soul ya hajj Hussein. You lived with dignity and died with dignity.

انا لله و انا اليه راجعون

HAJJ HUSSEIN ALLY HAMOOD - Beloved son of the Late Hajj Ally Bu Naim Hamood and the Late Hajjah Teffaha Fawaz Hamood. Beloved Husband to the Late Hajjah Zahra Fawaz Hamood. Beloved Father of the Late Ally, Mohamed, Richard, Norman, Teffaha, Fatima, Sally, Mona, and Suzanne. Beloved Brother of the Late Hajj Mohamed Ali, Hassan, the Late Fatima and Hajjah Jamiela.

Five Flourishing Flowers Tragically Targeted by a Drunken devil, Driving Wrong Direction!

Five Flourishing Flowers Tragically Targeted by a Drunken Devil, Driving Wrong Direction!

The loss of five satisfied souls from one of the most faithful, artful and friendly families in our community in such a criminal assault, was the most unimaginable and painful disaster in history of our community.

Condolences to Cherri , Abbas and Hamadeh families. May the Heavenly Angels welcome our beloved Sayed Issam, Dr Rima, and their beautiful kids Ali, Isabelle and Giselle in His Heavenly Kingdom Ameen!

Let’s ask Congress to make America great again, by putting ban on alcohol again! Alcohol is the most dangerous kind of drug in this country. 

Drunk driving is the most deadly cause of traffic accidents in our country! 

This drug in general contributes to over 88000 of death cases and many cases of domestic violence, divorces, addiction, robbery, homicide and other criminal acts in our country!

Intoxication is an aggression against human intellect and should have no room in any civilized and faithful household!

O you who have faith! Indeed wine, gambling, idols and the divining arrows are abominations of Satan’s doing, so avoid them, so that you may be felicitous.(Quran 5-90)

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

7/26/18: Pompeo Poor Presentation on Iran! Trump'sThreatening Tweets!

Pompeo Poor Presentation on Iran! Trump’s Threatening Tweets!

Defending the Dictators and Crying for Democracy?

The secretary of State lecture addressing Iranian opposition in Las Angles disappointed thousands of Iranian-American scholars, leaders and activists in the US. Though they themselves may criticize the Islamic Republic yet they saw Pompeo presentation based on propaganda and fake news circulated on the opposition social media, rather than a deep analysis of Iran’s political facts.

As the highest diplomat at the State Department, people expect Pompeo to be a voice of diplomacy and dialogue, not a voice of war mongering and regime change.

Pompeo’s address was titled Supporting Iranian Voices!

The question is which Iranians?? Are the Iranians just those opposition guys who attended his lecture in Reagan library in LA or those 85 million Iranians who live in Iran?

If Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani and even president Trump are honest about supporting Iranian voices then let them put an end to the Iranians travel ban, economic sanction, supporting Iranian terrorist groups, since those people are the real victims of these immoral policies and practices.

To say “the goal of the United States was to work with its partners and to bring their imports of Iranian oil to “zero” is not supporting Iranian voices. Targeting Iranian banking and energy sectors brings more pain to the people rather than the government!

I also criticized Iran’s policies during Ahmadinejad administration, but admired Rouhani-Zarif diplomacy in resuming dialogue with the US and the historic nuclear agreement. Very disgraceful to punish Iranian government and people for choosing the path of peace and staying committed to their international covenants.

For Trump to attack any US accomplishments, just because done by Obama- Kerry administration is absolutely selfish and unfair. Unfortunately, this is how this world deceives and blinds human beings and takes them to the sleep of negligence, carelessness and irresponsibility.

If Pompeo cares about democracy and human rights in Iran, why then he is absolutely silent about dictatorship and violation of human rights in Saudi Arabia? Why not a single word about over 3000 people who were killed or wounded in Gaza by Israel? Not only silence but even absolute support for Ben Salman and Netanyahu!! How can he fight hypocrisy in Iran with hypocrisy about Iran?

This is an obvious case of double standards to support the worse dictators in the Middle East and at the same time cry for democracy in Iran only!

BTW how Trump-Pompeo forgot about 9-11? Where the terrorists came from? Iran?

To call Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists and accusing Iran of supporting them, then falling in love with Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which killed thousands of Iranians in years of terrorist attacks and even was on the State Department list of terrorist groups till 2012, and helped Saddam Hussein in his 8 years of war against Iran, don’t seem so diplomatic and dignified!

To bless Israel and Saudi to continue their war crimes and bombardments of Syria and Yemen and accusing someone else doesn’t make America great again!

What Pompeo calls it “Supporting Iranian Voices” is what Bolton calls it “regime change in Iran” that means another Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen! Is this really what the Iranians want?

Replacing solidarity, sovereignty, security and services with pain, poverty, chaos and catastrophe?

Mike Pompeo is the former CIA director; he has no excuse not to know the truth about Iran!

My humble suggestion is that instead of going to LA and talking with a group of opposition in exile totally disconnected from Iran’s facts and realities, arrange a meeting with thousands of educated Iranians, university professors and sincere political activists and discuss the ways in which the US can win the Iranians hearts and minds through good gestures, offering services and promoting dialogue and diplomacy rather than propaganda war, promoting more pain and pressure on the Iranian people and creating more anti Americanism in the world. 

Tromp entered the Oval Office to put America First, not Ben-Salman and Netanyahu First!

3/20/17: Message by Imam Elahi on Norooz

Happy New Spring, New Nature, New Life!
عید شما مبارک
The first day of Spring is called Nowrooz or New day is a traditional New Year in Iran and many other nations such as Afghanistan, Pakistani, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Azerbaijan and some other Middle Eastern and Asian countries!
United Nations does recognize Nowrooz as an international day of celebration and peace promotion!
Since Ahlul bait (as) blessed the Nowrooz, for the Shia Muslims Nowrooz is more than just a national holiday, it's also a day of prayer, peace, love, forgiveness and friendship!
This Nowrooz happened to be more joyous for corresponding the Birth Day of Lady of Light, Sayeda Fatima(SA) the daughter of of our holy prophet(pbuh)
The resurrection of nature is a reminder of final resurrection and responsibility of the entire humanity at the presence of the Lord when the righteous will be rewarded!
Let's pray for a new life for our world on this new Spring!
Let's promise to work together to clean this world from all those dusts and diseases of hate, fears, pains, greed, arrogance, ignorance, warmongering, terrorism and destruction, and to establish a new world based on justice, love, peace, cooperation and construction!
O God of wisdom and benevolence , God of might and mercy, God of peace and reconciliation, God of hope and forgiveness!
Please save our world O Lord from these crazy, chaotic conditions of hate, greed and destruction!
O Lord please answer the prayers of those poor, suffering, helpless people in war zones, stop the aggressors, help the hungry, the homeless, the refugees!
O Lord please replace this darkness of desperation with the light of love and protect those oppressed against those powerful politicians who have lost their human consciousness and blinded by selfishness, greed and desire for more money, power and domination!

اللهم يَا مُقَلِّبَ القُلُوبِ والأَبصَارِ يَا مُدَبِّرَ اللَّيلِ والنهار يا مُحَوِّل الحَوْلِ والأَحْوَالِ حَوِّلْ حَالَنَا إلَى أَحْسَنِ الْحال.

12/22/16: "Assassination of Russian Ambassador in Ankara: A Crime Against the Core Teachings of Islam!

Shared on Facebook by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi

"Assassination of Russian Ambassador in Ankara: A Crime Against the Core Teachings of Islam!

There are more than one statement from prophet Mohammad (pbuh) condemning harming ambassadors and diplomatic delegations regardless of their faith or political orientations.
The prophet didn't allow any harm even against the ambassadors of Musailema Al-Kadhab who had claimed false prophethood. He said a faithful would never kill anyone with surprise. The prophet said he hated someone who might kill a person who has been provided immunity regardless of his faith background.
What the Turkish policeman did was extremely disgusting! He committed an act of terrorism, betrayal of trust, breaking the promise of protection. It was extremely immoral, zero manhood and integrity. Coming from a policeman whose job is to protect the people makes it even uglier and more evil and disgusting.
The ambassador was the guest of that gallery, he was unarmed, and he had immunity from the Turkish government. Don't shoot the messenger!
In the past we condemned killing of Libya J. Christopher Stevens the American ambassador in Benghazi, we do take the same position today about killing of Andrei Karlov the Russian ambassador in Ankara.
We are against murdering any innocent anywhere in the world, being in Aleppo, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Myanmar, Egypt or in Germany, but why the Turkish terrorist was crying for Aleppo only? At least in Aleppo the buses are carrying even the armed terrorists to their destination of choice with peace and security? While Mevlut Mert Altintas barbarian bodies burned the buses aimed to evacuate the wounded and suffering people from the Syrian towns of Foua and Kefraya!
Are not the residents of those towns or even suffering people in Reqa Syrians? So why the Saudi and Israeli media are crying just for Aleppo?? Well one reason, their poppet terrorists were defeated in Aleppo! They don't care about Aleppo residents otherwise they would stop this criminal war and let 11 millions hungry and homeless Syrians get back home and start building their country again.
As a UN official said it took 4 years to destroy what was built in the last 4000 years as Aleppo!
Well one day this oppressive and unjust war will end and the sacrificing Syrians will build their country again inshaallah.
قال النبی (ص)
الایمان قید الفتک, لا یفتک المومن
وقال (ص) من امن رجلا علی دمه و ماله ثم قتله فانا بری منه و ان کان المقتول کافرا

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11-26-16: "Messenger Mohammad is Your Magnificent Moral Model!"

"Messenger Mohammad is Your Magnificent
 Moral Model!"

The Quran 33-21

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّـهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ!

Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi

Shared on Facebook- HERE

 A Little Reflection & Remembrance!


The man whose great soul ascended to the Kingdom of Heaven in a night like tonight lived on this earth only 63 years, yet every moment of his life became manifestation of miracles and extraordinary observations!

An orphan whose dad died before his birth, followed with the death of his mom few years later became an anxious, loving and faithful father for humanity!

Despite of going through all pains, persecutions, wars and violence by the pagans of Arabia, prophet Mohammad courageously and patiently continued his call, conveyed his message and left his ever lasting legacies before tonight spiritual flight!

Mohammad (pbuh) was a beautiful example for all, in his relationships with his Lord, his family, neighbors and finally as a merciful messenger for mankind!

Mohammad and his Lord!

So passionate about his prayers and times of connection with his creator. The calls for prayer were his most calming and peaceful periods of the day. He called the prayer the light of his eyes, the pillar and power of his spiritual life. At least one third of his night time was dedicated to meditation and recitation of the Lord's words!

Mohammad and Morality

Even before his prophet-hood, he was known as truthful, trustworthy, fair, forgiving, pious, patient and polite. He never lied, never broke his words, never used bad language in his entire 63 years of worldly life.

Mohammad and People

He used to respect people regardless of their race, religion and social status. He never hated, humiliated nor harmed anyone for any selfish reasons. He used to listen carefully and answer the questions and comments with short but calculated wise words with smile and courtesy. Once he visited a Jewish lady in neighborhood, who used to throw her garbage in front of the prophet's house and now sick and suffering in her house. She was shocked with the love and integrity of the prophet personality and declared her faith in Islam after that surprising visitation! He cared for people and used to reach out to talk and consult with them, despite of receiving revelation and guidance from God.

Mohammad and his Family.

Despite of being extremely busy with his daily Divine duties, challenges and struggles, he used to dedicate some time to his family, helping them at home, showing them his love and respect . Though his first wife Sayyeda Khadija was 15 years older than him, he loved her so much and he never married till she was alive and used to remember her and pray for her till the end of his life.

When the prophet died tonight, he survived with one daughter Fatimah who became the link of his progeny with blessing until today.

Mohammad and Personal life!

His care for cleanliness was amazing. He said cleanliness was part of his faith. Washing hands before and after eating, brushing his teeth all the times, putting perfume, stopping eating little before becoming full, dressing white clean clothes, staying silent unless he had to say something, very friendly and flexible, yet strong on his principles, kind and charitable, never saved money, shared all he had with the poor and the needy in every opportunity.

His life was an experience of faith, trust in God, practicing what he preached, expression of his integrity and setting a source of guidance and grace for humanity.

So sad and unfortunate that even after 1400 years from his departure from this earth, his person, personality and principles misunderstood by majority of the world population! What is even more unfortunate and heart breaking is that some of those who claim to love and believe in prophet Mohammad yet ignorant and brain washed and used by the people of power, greed, dictatorship, selfishness and sin, as tools of terror and bloodshed. They target the true believers of Mohammad and murdering them ruthlessly day and night. They have nothing to do with the merciful and moral religion of Mohammad.

Al-Qaeda, isis, Al-Nusra, Bokko Haram and their partners, supporters and trainers are spots of shames and crimes against prophet Mohammad, Muslims, Islam and the world.

Time to wake up and know the enemies who fuel the fire of hatred and make market for Islamophobia!

May God bless us with light of Mohammad and other Heavenly ambassadors of light and love such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus so we can be saved from this deep darkness of ignorance, injustice and immorality of our time!

Imam Elahi's speech in front of Saudi Embassy in Washington DC

Imam Elahi's speech in front of Saudi Embassy in Washington DC

  July 13, 2016
"As our nation is mourning the death of some Members of the African American community and also the death of 5 police officers in Dallas, let's have a moment of silence and prayer for them and all victims of brutality, violence and hatred!

Today we are here to condemn the desecration and destruction of the shrines of 4 holy imams in the holy city of Medina by the extremist Wahhabi's almost 90 years ago!

That disease of extremism has turned to the cancer of terrorism in the last two decades and has created many human tragedies in the Middle East and the world.

The influence of religious hatred and extremist ideologies have been advancing in the last few decades, financed by more than $75 billion of the Saudi Royal Family!

Taking advantage of poverty, ignorance and division in many areas, especially in the Muslim world, the oil dollars of Riyadh regime have played a big role in teaching hatred not only against Christians and Jews but also any Muslim group who disagreed with their extremist ideas!

The terrorist groups may carry different titles like al-Qaeda, al-nusra, Boko haram or Isis but all of them share the same mentality and ideology promoted, propagated, and practiced by the Saudi paid preachers and supported by rials of repressive regime in Riyadh!

They justify genocide in the name of Jihad, rape and sex slavery in the name of religion, they continue to commit unspeakable crimes started from beheading soldiers and biting hearts to crimes of cutting hands and tongues, burning people alive, to suicide bombings in mosques, market places, weddings, funerals!

It used to be in Baghdad, Beirut, Bahrain, Kabul, Cairo, Sanaa, Syria, Libya and Algeria but then it moved to Paris, Brussels and Bernardino and recently even to the territories of the main supporters of extremism in Istanbul and holy Medina in Arabia!

The Saudi princes and their Gulf State partners are using any tools of torture, terror to silence the nations tired of their tyranny and oppression and asking for freedom and justice!

While the kings and their princes live in their luxurious palaces with all pleasures and privileges, their people live in prisons and the hell of pain and poverty!

As I was driving from Detroit to DC with my family, we stopped by in a few plaza rest areas on our way, the cleanliness, security and services were what God desires for every nation on this earth! I compared this with my experience traveling between two holy cities of Mecca and Medina in my last pilgrimage couple of years ago!

Despite of trillions of dollars and income and charging the pilgrims for billions of dollars in the last few decades, still you cannot find one decent rest area in the most important road to Mecca, as late as last year thousands of pilgrims lost their lives in one Mena Area and even inside the holy mosque, this is a big shame for those warmongers in the House of Saud who are not capable of running a worship season with dignity and discipline!

The rulers of Riyadh who are imposing their dictatorship on their desperate people with iron and fire with zero respect for democracy, human rights or freedom of expression are now are talking about providing democracy to Iraq, Syria and Yemen? This is the biggest joke of 21st century! 

I want my fellow American citizens to know that those so called jihadists, extremists, terrorists and their trainers and sponsors in Riyadh don't represent the religion of Islam, they have hijacked our faith as groups like KKK have hijacked Christianity!

Based on the true teaching of prophet Mohammad terrorism is a serious sin in Islam

.المومن لا یفتک

  "A faithful can't terrorize anyone!"

Mohammad was a messenger of mercy for mankind. Islam is a religion of reason and responsibility, a universal message of peace, tolerance and understanding!  

We the main stream Muslims are the main victims of extremism and terrorism!

Mr. Trump- please stop rewarding the terrorists by considering them as representatives of the entire Muslim community and Muslim umma!

Please stop abusing Islam for election advancements!

How can you call those who break the sacredness of the holy month of Ramadan and kill the fasting and praying faithful inside the Mosques in Baghdad, Yemen and Syria as Muslims?

They are the worse enemies of our faith and American people should get a chance to realize and recognize that!

They are not speaking for Islam, they speak for Shatan, they use their money, media and military to bring more corruption, more crises, confusion and conflict on this earth as the Quran describes it perfectly in chapter number 2 verse 205

إِذَا تَوَلَّى سَعَى فِي الأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ فِيِهَا وَيُهْلِكَ الْحَرْثَ وَالنَّسْلَ وَاللّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الفَسَادَ (205
Another serious sin in Islam is to kill civilians and those who are not involved in battle, the terrorists and their supporters have been massacring non combatants day and night!

The Quran calls this a deceleration of war against God but they don't mind to do it, sadly they fight God in the name of God, they destroy Islam in the name of Islam!

They recruit brainwashed people and turn them into terrorists from everywhere they can! It was just last week in Paris that a high security Saidi official joined a terrorist organization called mojahedeen Khalq in Paris to express the solidarity of his government with an organization responsible for killing of thousands of scholars, students and innocent people in Iran and Iraq!   

It's time for our nation to wake up and understand the roots of both islamophobia and terrorism!

It's time to declassify those 28 pages and recognize the connection between the Saudi regime Takfiri propaganda and the terrorist tragedy of 9/11!

It's time for families of those 3000 people who died in 9/11 to be served with truth and justice!

America must stop the Dirty money of Saudi to buy people including some Congressmen and people in arm-industry!

The Saudi money already forced Dr. Ban Ki Moon to drop the Saudi government from a blacklist over the massacre of children of Yemen!

Now they are threatening to sell their US Treasury bounds if they were held responsible for their involvement in 9/11.

Interestingly the Saudi's Ambassador lies loudly, saying his government never uses language of threat and intimidation... liar, liar -pants on fire!

Mr. President you are known for your wisdom and leadership but also some big mistakes!

You mentioned that the biggest mistake of your presidency was the collapse of Libya.

I would say another big mistake was to authorize up to $60 billion arms to Saudi family!

Those weapons destroyed Yemen and were usedby so-called rebels who became Isis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the destiny of so many generations of today and tomorrow in the Middle East and Africa and changing life in the West and America!

How can our governments in the US talk about democracy and human rights while at the same time support oppressive regimes like the one in Riyadh?

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that it's women have no right even to drive!

How can our governments continue to support a country that not only people of book like Christians have no right to build a church but even other Islamic schools of thought like the Shia Muslims suffer from all kinds of harassment , hate, and murder!

What was the reaction of the White House about the beheading of Shaikh Nimr Baker alNimr and other innocents?

Is the punishment of peaceful religious or political expression, beheading?

When you met with the Saudi King , did you talk about the tragedy of human rights there at all or you left them with the impression that as long as they buy arms and make business out of blood everything is fine?

What has been the reaction to the removal of citizenship of Shaikh Isa Qasem by the brutal Allhalifa in Bahrain?

Shaikh Qasem was born in Bahrain and called for peace and unity all the times, he deserve to enjoy his life in his country more than an oppressive minority Allhalifa who didn't contribute any thing Bahrain but brutality, torture, killing and crime!

I am afraid that as long as American policy in the Middle East is based on oil and Israel only, there is no hope that America can contribute to democracy, election and respect for human rights at all!

Saudis and their Gulf state partners can't continue their kingdom with all this corruption, mess and misery in the Middle East without US protection, support or at least silence!

The Saudis feel that they have the back of Netanyahu and the Israeli Lobby in Washington DC and this is why they keep their influences and atrocities all over!

We as the Muslim community are ready to fight extremism, terrorism and their Takfiri books, and schools everywhere but we can't succeed if our governments keep supporting them directly and indirectly.

But we warn you that with allies like House of Saud, you don't need enemies!

We need to be open and honest with American people!

You can't win the war against Isis in Iraq while supporting al-Qaeda in Syria.

Playing the game of the enemies of my enemies are my friends has already cost so many American lives!

This destructive double standard must stop!

The message of President Obama in the beginning of his presidency was very promising, we hope in a short time left of his presidency we will witness more delivery, action and fulfillment!

We understand the president's limitations yet we expect more action than just ideas!

May God save our country from the evil of terrorism, extremism, islamophobia, hatred,violence and division!

May God save Islam from the hand of its hijackers, from the house of Saud and their cancerous and poisonous influences and actions in the Middle East and World!

رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَآ أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَالَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ ٱلْخَاسِرِينَ } [الأعراف: 23]

ربنا لا تؤاخذنا إن نسينا أو أخطأنا ربنا ولا تحمل علينا إصرا كما حملته على الذين من قبلنا ربنا ولا تحملنا ما لا طاقة لنا به واعف

08/20/14: Barbaric beheading of James Foley, a wake up call for the world

Barbaric beheading of James Foley, a wake up call for the world

- Message by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi
The beheading of American journalist, James Foley by the Islamic State was a cowardly crime that should be condemned by everyone. Mr. Foley is not the first victim of the crazy members of the so-called Islamic State. They have been massacring Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians and Izadis for months now without any mercy.
Our politicians don’t seem to learn from history. They supported Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and the result was the September 11th attack on America. Later, they turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia and Qatar giving money to Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, and the result has been chaos and misery to the entire Middle East. Now, they are ignoring the threat of extremists in Iraq and Syria and the result has been the heart-breaking and unbelievable brutal beheading of many including journalist James Foley, who was trying to do his job.
As a man of faith and spirituality, I love to speak about peace, prayer and forgiveness, but I cannot ignore justice. To be fair to the millions of families like the Foleys, who are affected by the evil doing of these barbaric animals, we must work together to bring these criminals to justice. More appalling, the Islamic State members are carrying out these heinous killings in the name of Islam and the Sunni tradition. The so-called Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi is one of the Hitlers of the 21st century, and he and his ignorant puppets are a shame to Islam and humanity.

It is time for our government to urge allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Turkey to stop supporting the Islamic State criminals with money, weapons and publicity. Instead, they should work together to eliminate these evil killers and support governments and groups that have been fighting these savages.
This is also a historic opportunity for Muslims and Christians to stand united against the threat of Islamic State and its members, the real enemy of God and mankind. Enough is enough!

07/28/14: Injustice the enemy in Gaza - Detroit News

July 28, 2014

Injustice the enemy in Gaza

From The Detroit News:

Article by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi

In addition to the many international crises, the Middle East, the center of the Abraham family, is on fire while two of the Abrahamic faith traditions are being hijacked.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the name of the Jewish state and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in the name of the Islamic state.

But Netanyahu does not represent the true teachings of Judaism, nor does Al-Baghdadi represent the true teachings of Islam.

Let’s focus on the Gaza situation.

Nearly 2 million men, women and children have been surrounded from the air, sea and land to live in a virtual concentration camp with no easy exit.

Living under occupation and oppression, deprived of any real security, services, sovereignty or life opportunities such as education and jobs, the citizens of Gaza are left with no hope for the future.

Israel does not show any interest in dialogue with Gaza leaders and has no interest in relations with the Palestinian Authority.

When Hamas called for a unity government with the Palestinian Authority last month, Netanyahu attacked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying, “He can have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas — he can’t have both.”

He said Israel would take “a number of additional measures” in response to the Palestinians’ “unilateral moves.”

More than 5,000 men, women and children of Gaza have been either killed or wounded in the first two weeks of Israel’s bombardment of residential areas.

More than 7,000 houses have been totally or partially destroyed. The area’s schools, hospitals, mosques, orphanages, stadiums, U.N. refugee camps and ambulances have been targeted.

Many people died under the rubble of their houses with no access to an ambulance or help.

The U.N. Human Rights Council considers Israeli’s actions to be violations of international law and to be war crimes, but it is quite clear that Israel will never cooperate with any U.N. investigations.

Israel has a mighty military, hundreds of nuclear missiles, laser-guided bombs and tremendous scientific knowledge. It has the unconditional support of the White House and Congress.

Having such a unique security position, why does the Israeli government react with fear, insecurity and frustration?

The real fear is not from Israel’s enemies, but from Israeli injustice.

What Israel is doing is not self-defense but self-destruction. NBC News reported that 58,000 Gaza children have suffered death, injury or homelessness in the first 10 days of the Israeli military operation.

To justify the Gaza genocide under the excuse of Hamas rocket attacks or tunnels is not acceptable, because Israel did not accept any chance for a political solution. International laws give the occupied people the right to resist by all available means.

To continue this brutal blockade and keep saying Gaza is not under occupation is an enormous joke.

For Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador, to say the Israeli army should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for unimaginable restraint in Gaza, is an insult to human dignity and intelligence. Dermer must apologize for such an attack on human integrity.

Even if Israel could win this war militarily, the price would be losing hearts and minds, starting with our State Department, which has already called the Gaza situation heartbreaking.

Mohammad Ali Elahi is imam of the Islamic House of Faith in Dearborn.

07/07/14: Imam Elahi Participates in Craig Fahle Show

July 7, 2014: Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi & Imam Mustapha Elturk participated in the Craig Fahle Show which aired today in Detroit on WDET 101.9 fm. Listen: HERE Both answering questions on Ramadan and Muslim life in America and so called sectarian tensions in the Middle East.

Local leaders from different denominations of the Islamic faith are working to find common ground and unity during the holy month of Ramadan. Imam Mohammad Elahi is a Shiite leader and head of the Islamic House of Wisdom, and Imam Mustapha Elturk is a Sunni leader and head of Islamic Organization of North America. Both imams co-chair the Imams Council of the Michigan Muslim Community Council. They recently reaffirmed a "Muslim Code of Honor" to jointly reject violence in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria.
Imams Elturk and Elahi say the Sunni and Shiite denominations receive a lot of media attention for their differences overseas, but they share more in common than many people realize.
"We share so many similarities," says Imam Elahi "We are all Muslim. We believe in one God."
Elahi says violent divisions between Muslims are a disease or poison in the Islamic faith. Elahi and Elturk stress peace and progressive collaboration among all Muslims.
"Another factor that's very important is the spirit of democracy we practice here in America," says Imam Elturk. He says he understands there are ethnic divisions in Muslim communities in the U.S. but he says there is no place for division in Islam. "We should be identifying ourselves as Muslims first."
Imam Elahi agrees.
"The definition of a Muslim is a person of peace," he says.