A radical Australian Muslim cleric who despises Harry Potter and preaches that rape victims only have themselves to blame had a fan in the Boston bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, posted a YouTube video of fiery Sheik Feiz Mohammad, who had encouraged children to become martyrs for Islam, it was reported yesterday.
In 2007, a British documentary called “Undercover Mosque” showed footage of him saying children should be “soldiers defending Islam.’’
He said, “Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid. Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom.’’
That year, Australian authorities looked into whether his lectures could be prosecuted for inciting violence, after the British show claimed that children were selling DVDs of his preachings in a mosque parking lot, Fox News reported.
Mohammad also spoke out against Jews, calling them “pigs’’ who “have got the most extreme racial pride in them.’’
He later apologized for the remarks.
In the rage-filled rant against Harry Potter, Mohammad said he had visited a house where six Muslim children were watching a Potter movie with their father’s approval.
“How can you allow your children to watch this?’’ the cleric thundered. “This film . . . glorifies, magnifies, promotes paganism . . . promotes evil.’’
“What does Harry Potter do and his devilish schoolmates, what do they do other than cast spells, learn magic, brew potions, learn how to tell the future.’’
The bombing suspect and the controversial sheik had at least one thing in common — both were boxers.
Born in Sydney in 1970 or 1971, Mohammad was a youthful boxer and also a teenage bodybuilder and horse trainer. He may have used drugs before he found religion and studied Islamic law in Saudi Arabia, ibtimes.co.uk reported.
He returned to Australia, founded the Global Islamic Youth Center and became a rising radical star.
In 2005, in a sermon about rape, the cleric told an audience that a victim has “no one to blame but herself. She displayed her beauty to the entire world.
“Strapless, backless, sleeveless, showing their legs, nothing but satanic skirts, slit skirts, translucent blouses, miniskirts, tight jeans: all this to tease man and appeal to his carnal nature.’’
It’s not known if the hardliner has any links to al Qaeda, but he has put sermons from its spiritual leader, Anwar al-Awlaki on his Web site, ibtimes.co.uk said.
His parents had emigrated from Lebanon, and Mohammad fled there in 2005 after what he called his “passionate’’ preaching stirred up controversy.
No one seems to know where he is now — although there are suggestions he might be in Malaysia or even back in Australia.
Regardless of his whereabouts, Mohammad continued to preach.
In 2010 he called a Dutch politician who opposed the Islamization of Holland “evil filth’’ and said, “Anyone who mocks our learning, laughs at the Islam and degrades it must enter death — decapitate him, cut off his head.’’
At one point Mohammad insisted he was misunderstood.
“I’m a passionate speaker, and that passion does not mean that I am a violent person, or that I am a hater,’’ he said.