A controversial preacher and critic of Islam will be in St. Cloud and other Central Minnesota cities this week.

Usama Dakdok, founder of the Florida-based Straight Way of Grace Ministry, will speak at 6 p.m. Friday at Granite City Baptist Church in St. Cloud. He will visit Little Falls, Burtrum and Avon earlier in the week.

Dakdok, a Christian who grew up in Egypt, travels the country giving speeches about his belief that Islam is a dangerous cult. He will give a presentation called "Revealing the Truth about Islam."

Dakdok told the Times that his message is that to know Islam, one needs to read the Quran, which he said does not teach love or peace. He called Islam a "savage cult" that teaches its followers to kill non-believers.

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