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Abubaker's mosque preached hatred of Jews

A Canadian man killed in Chechnya attended a mosque in Vancouver where imams promoted holy war and compared Jews to monkeys and swine.

A Canadian man killed in Chechnya attended a mosque in Vancouver where imams promoted holy war and compared Jews to monkeys and swine.

Rudwan Khalil Abubaker was among a group of Chechen rebels killed by Russian troops earlier this month. Russian military officials identified the body by a Canadian passport and B.C. driver's licence.

In Vancouver, Abubaker's family lawyer, Phil Rankin, has called him a gentle man with an interest in soccer and music, and with no connection to violence or explosives.

But the mosque he regularly attended in Vancouver preached the virtues of jihad and hatred of Jews.

In one diatribe last spring following Israel's killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheik Younus Kathrada told his followers at the mosque, "We know what happened over the last week and how the brothers of the monkeys and the swine assassinated and murdered one of the heroes of Islam, the Salah al-Din of this day and age, Ahmed Yassin."

The lecture was posted on the Dar Al Madinah mosque's website.

In his lecture, Kathrada also said the enmity between Muslims and Jews will never go away. He lashed out at Muslims who say bridges should be built between the two religious communities.

He said there will never be peace, instead there will be an apocalyptic war.

"Then what will happen? Listen to the good news after that. The prophet ... says that the stone and the tree will say, 'Oh Muslim, oh slave of Allah, that verily behind me is a Jew. Then come and kill him,'" said Kathrada.

Rankin said no matter what was said in the mosque, Abubaker was no extremist.

"He was not subscribing to anti-Jewish views, he was not on a crusade, he was not going [to Chechnya] to even the score about Israel or anything else," said Rankin.

This summer, Abubaker and a friend went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, then to visit family in Dubai. He then headed for Azerbaijan to attend a friend's wedding, and wasn't heard from again.

Rankin, says Russian officials have refused to return Rudwan Khalil's body to Canada for identification and burial, claiming he's been buried in Chechnya.

Russia has offered a copy of the dead man's fingerprints, but the family has no fingerprints to compare with, adds Rankin.

The family wants the Russian government to at least supply a piece of the man's clothing, with some blood or DNA on it, to see if it matches.

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