Following Dr.James White’s “Interfaith Dialogue” with Muslim Iman Yasir Qadhi in January this year and for which he has been widely criticised, including by us (see our previous post “Of James White, Yasir Qadhi and Monty Python…”) it appears that he has dug in his heels, dismissed his critics legitimate concerns and made it clear that he fully intends to engage in yet more “dialogues” with Yasir Qadhi.
Yasir Qadhi (full name Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi) is a Sheikh, which is an honorific title in the Arabic language, and an Imam which is an Islamic leadership position.
He was born in the USA but moved to Saudi Arabia when aged 5.
He returned to America after graduating from high school and at the age of 17, he became influenced by the Salafi teacher Ali al-Tamini. Salafism is an ultra-conservative reform branch or movement within Sunni Islam. Jihadi Salafi groups include Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab.
Qadhi returned to Saudi Arabia in 1996 (hence our labelling him the Sheikh of Araby,) and he was there, working and studying for 9 years, returning to America in 2005.
The Salafi teacher who influenced him, Ali al-Tamini, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 in the UK for inciting terrorism.
In 2010, Yasir Qadhi stated that jailbird al-Tamini “played an instrumental role in shaping and directing me to take the path that has led me to where I am today.” (end of quote)
And this is the man that Dr. James White intends to engage in future “dialogues” with!