SERMONS IN PALESTINIAN MOSQUES.
Recent Anti-American Sermons from Palestinian Authority Mosques.
"... This mad Crusade is not merely a war against the Muslims. It is a campaign of hatred currently [being waged] against the great Islamic religion. [This campaign] is growing in intensity with the aim of distorting the character of Islam, and we have already warned about the dangers of this new Crusade two years ago. A book titled 'Al-Furqan Al-Haqq' (The True Furqan)
(The word furqan in Arabic, which means "salvation," is one of the names for the Koran. The book may be viewed at the Internet site: http://www.islam-exposed.org .has recently been published in the U.S., in Arabic and in English. It was distributed to bookstores in the U.S. and Europe, as well as over the Internet, and found its way to many foreign schools in Arab countries.)
"Unfortunately, we have not heard any reaction from the Arab and Muslim regimes; it is as though this does not interest them. This forged book, which was named 'The True Koran,' is not the Koran, nor is it the truth. Its aim is to cast doubt on the Holy Koran and on Muslim law and to drive the Muslims away from their religion. What is more, Satan's minions are plotting to replace the Holy Koran with this book... The book is the embodiment of a war of cultures and an ideological invasion against Islam and against the Muslims in a manner that is unambiguous, abrasive, and spiteful, in a desperate attempt to chase [the Muslims] away from the Holy Koran and to draw them away from their religion.
"Muslims! Nation of the Koran! Satan's minions, who prepared 'The True Koran,' planned to declare a new Crusade against Islam and against the Muslims, [which will be waged] through the employment of all manner of the harshest repression - political, economic, and military - against Muslims who stand firm in their faith and are faithful to their homelands.
"The infidel and arrogant United States will attempt over the next three years to weaken the greater Middle East by emptying the Arab region of all military and economic power and by changing the education systems. At the same time, [it will] strengthen Israel, militarily and economically, and will give it a free hand against the Arab countries. The '[Greater] Middle East' plan also includes the establishment of American media outlets and TV channels in Arabic throughout the region in order to force the Muslims to abandon the Holy Koran and to adopt the forged book, 'The True Koran.'"
Sheikh Ikrimeh Sabri, 'Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian lands' and the senior religious authority in the PA, December 3, 2004.
"Iraq and Baghdad are being subjected to a savage attack by the most arrogant, cruellest, and strongest country in the world today - the U.S. They acted like the Mongols - they burned everything they came across, destroyed sown fields, destroyed houses with people inside them, murdered children and men, and opened deadly fire on citizens...
"How similar is today to yesterday, when Palestine fell to the Crusaders and Baghdad to the Tartars [i.e., the Mongols]... Today the Arab countries are divided, the [various] governments are far apart, and are based on oppression and corruption and make use of a band of hypocrites who love falsehood and support corruption. These are virulent regimes that revile, hate, and oppress one another. These regimes are impudent with friends and allies. These are regimes that collaborate with the enemy and with foreign peoples. They have given up their rights, [and then ask their enemies to arbitrate, and ask for mercy from those who humiliated them and made them roll in the dust.
"The sad thing is that the Arab nation knows that the U.S. did not invade Iraq in order to liberate its people from an oppressive regime. The history [of the U.S.] proves that it has supported, and still supports, dictators and corrupt regimes in the Third World. Our governments and peoples know that the U.S. came in order to capture the oil resources and to help Israel obliterate whatever was left of the national spirit that called for the liberation of Arab lands from the occupiers. It also came in order to strengthen the power bases that support it and to intimidate countries that do not fall in line with it. The U.S. came under the pretext that it is fighting evil and spreading democracy and freedom, but everyone knows that the U.S. heads the list of evildoers in the world. There is no place left against whose citizens the U.S. has not fought, and it has already murdered millions. It declares that it is ceaselessly fighting terrorism, but it is the U.S. that is generating terrorism. This is state terrorism, which is far worse than any other terrorism..."
The Palestinian preacher Hayyan Al-Idrisi,in a Friday sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, on December 10, 2004:
"... The media recently reported that the U.S. intends to invade Iran... Iran is standing alone against the aggressive policies of the U.S., since the [Arab] rulers are looking out for their personal interests and not for the future of the Islamic peoples. The U.S. pronounced Iran, Iraq, and North Korea to be the axis of evil. It made good on its threats, conquered Iraq, stole its treasures, murdered its people, and tore its unity asunder... Iran must be strong and present hard-line positions, and must not give in to American hegemony, for if Iran grows weak it will become easy prey."
The Palestinian preacher Yusef Abu Sneina, in a Friday sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on December 17, 2004.
"Oh Muslims, the enemies of Islam are fighting us, our morality, our faith, our religion, our economics, our holy places, and our rights. Their tyranny does not prevent them from declaring their hostility towards Islam and the Muslims.
"Various articles have been published in the press about the declarations of many high-ranking enemies of Islam and enemies of this [Muslim] nation, who are planning how to eradicate Islam. One of them said: 'Islam can be eradicated only if the four [following things] are eradicated: The Koran, Al-Azhar, Friday, and the Hajj'... Why are they fighting the Koran? Because the Koran is the law of this nation and the source of its strength and glory. Why [are they fighting] Al-Azhar? Because it is the source of inspiration and knowledge, and it provides education to the Muslims and produces religious scholars.
"In a report of a U.S. committee which appeared a few months ago ... there is [a part] relating to war against Egypt. They fought the existence of the noble Al-Azhar, and the existence of the Mufti of Al-Azhar. Why is there a mufti in Egypt? Why does Al-Azhar have a sheikh? One is enough, that's [what was written] in the report... They are fighting the Friday, which is an opportunity for Muslims to convene, because they don't want Muslims to have a banner calling for Muslim unity [or for Muslims to have a chance] to gather, even in mosques.
"As for the Hajj, why do the enemies of Islam fight the Hajj and view it as an enemy? Because the Hajj is the greatest Islamic gathering on earth. [People] heed it not according to instructions from the U.S. and the West and not according to instructions from the Zionists, but according to the instructions of Allah, the Lord of Heaven and Earth."
PA preacher Ibrahim Mudeiris, in a Friday sermon broadcast on December 17, 2004, by PA TV from the Sheik Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA TV, December 24, 2004.
"The Jews are a cancer spreading in the body of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation, a cancer that has spread and reached the Arab institutions, the villages and the refugee camps. It has reached Arab and Islamic cities, where [they] make investments. This is an economic invasion. [They] are investing in South-East Asian countries which were destroyed as a result of corruption and defacement by the Jews and the Americans...
"The U.S. calls for liberty and democracy so much that we hate the word 'democracy.' We hate the word 'democracy' because it provides legitimacy to our torture and abuse... The honor of our brothers and sisters is being violated, the honor of women and youth is being violated, they are being tortured with electrical shocks and dogs. Entire villages have been destroyed, with all their residents, in the name of democracy and liberty. What the people of the Jahiliyya (The pre-Islamic era) did was much less severe than what is being done in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Muslim countries..."
Sheikh Mudeiris, in a sermon at the Sheikh Ijlin Mosque in Gaza on January 7, 2005,
PA TV, January 7, 2005.
"Slaughter the Jews!"
chant heard in mosques throughout Gaza on 25 November 1993 (Yediot Aharonot, 26 November 1993)
"Jerusalem is under occupation and the Moslems of the world should liberate it by jihad and put it under Islamic and Arabic authority. The jihad is not just a war jihad - we are talking about all means to get back Jerusalem."
Sheikh Akram Sabri, the Palestinian Authority-appointed mufti (Muslim religious leader) of Jerusalem, in an interview with the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat. (Al-Sharq al-Awsat, 7 April 1995; The Jerusalem Post, 3 May 1995)
"[Palestinians should] rise up with all their might against the occupation."
Sheikh Akram Sabri in a sermon at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque. (The Jerusalem Post, 14 June 1996)
"Whomever has occupied part of Palestine or Jerusalem faces jihad [holy war] until Judgment Day. Our destiny is jihad."
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, in the weekly Friday prayer sermon at Jerusalem's Al-Aksa Mosque, broadcast on the official PA radio station. (Voice of Palestine, 15 May 1998)
"The Al-Buraq [Wailing] Wall is part of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. I tell this to foreign reporters who refer to the Al-Buraq Wall as Jewish [property] because Jews call it the 'Wailing Wall' We stress that the Al-Buraq Wall belongs to the Muslims alone. This is not my personal view, but rather, that of Islam." From the Friday sermon at Al-Aqsa mosque by Sheik Iqrima Sabri, the Palestinian Authority-appointed Mufti of Palestine and Jerusalem. The Wailing or Western Wall, a retaining wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, dates to Herodian times, several centuries before the advent of Islam and the construction of Al-Aqsa Mosque on the mount. (Voice of Palestine radio, 12 June 1998. Translation courtesy of MEMRI.)
"O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists are the Jews, who have butchered our children, orphaned them, widowed our women and desecrated our holy places and sacred sites. They are the terrorists.
They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: 'Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them and will help you to overcome them, and will relieve the minds of the believers...."
“We shall not forget Haifa, and Acre, and the Galilee, and Jaffa, and the Triangle and the Negev, and the rest of our cities and villages. It is only a matter of time. The weak will not remain forever weak, and the strong will not remain forever strong... If we are weak today ... and we are not able to regain our rights, then at least we have to pass on the banner - waving high - to our children and grandchildren
"Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them and those who stand by them they are all in one trench, against the Arabs and the Muslims because they established Israel here, in the beating heart of the Arab world, in Palestine. They created it to be the outpost of their civilization and the vanguard of their army, and to be the sword of the West and the crusaders, hanging over the necks of the monotheists, the Muslims in these lands. They wanted the Jews to be their spearhead."
"Let us put our trust in Allah, close ranks, and unite our words, and the slogan of us all should be, 'Jihad! Jihad! For the sake of Palestine, and for the sake of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa (mosque)!'"
"...We will not give up a single grain of soil of Palestine, from Haifa, and Jaffa, and Acre, and Mulabbas [Petah Tikva] and Salamah, and Majdal [Ashkelon], and all the land, and Gaza, and the West Bank."
"...Allah, deal with the Jews, your enemies and the enemies of Islam. Deal with the crusaders, and America, and Europe behind them, O Lord of the worlds."
Excerpts from a Friday sermon in the Zayed bin Sultan Aal Nahyan mosque in Gaza, broadcast live on the official Palestinian Authority television. The speaker is Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, Member of the PA appointed "Fatwa Council" and former acting Rector of the Islamic University in Gaza, October 13, 2000.
"We haven't sacrificed enough yet to be worthy of liberating Al-Aqsa. To liberate Jerusalem, Salah Al-Din Al-Ayyubi made great sacrifices for a long time, and we have to sacrifice until Allah's victory is completed... Our campaign is definitely religious and emanates from belief, although we try to avoid this slogan. The current Intifada of the [Arab and Islamic] world is a religious outburst, because it relates to the Al-Aqsa mosque... The land of Palestine is not only Jerusalem; this land stretches from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. Naturally, the [Palestinian] problem relates to all of this land...")
On another occasion, elaborating on the borders of a future Palestinian state and the Jewish residents of Israel, he said, "From an Islamic point of view, it stretches from the Mediterranean to the Jordan [River]. It is Palestine in its entirety... all those Jews who came here from all over the world, must return
"Oh those who pray, you have brothers wrongly and aggressively jailed in America. They have been forgotten. They were charged with false claims about the bombing of the World Trade [Center] in New York. We, from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and on your behalf, demand the release of these prisoners, who are monotheistic Muslims." May 25, 2001, Mufti Sheikh Ikrimeh Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, PA Television.
"Shame and remorse on whoever refrained from raising his children on Jihad... Blessings to whoever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah; June 8, 2001, Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi, Sheik 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"...Oh lovers of Allah. After the leaders of the Jews declared the "Hell" plan (the plan to take over the Palestinian areas), we say: Yes, we accept the challenge, if this is the "Hell" plan. Then our dead [will reach] Heaven and their dead [will reach] Hell, Allah willing. This Jihad activity will continue, whether they like it or if it upsets them. Why do we complicate things. This is Jihad: Either victory or Martyrdom..."
"The states called the 'ring-states' [i.e. bordering Israel] - what are they good for? What are they worth? Do they protect us from the Jews, or do they [in fact] protect the Jews from the Mujaheedin in the name of Allah? We have said to them and we keep saying: 'Continue to guard your thrones and bellies, continue to protect your capitals, and let the Mujaheedin saturate this blessed land with their pure and untainted blood. Then, the Jews will see miracles from us.'"
"A young man said to me: 'I am 14 years old, and I have four years left before I blow myself up amongst the Jews.' I said to him: Oh son, I ask Allah to give you and myself Martyrdom...'"
"Oh lovers of Allah, we must state clearly: 'There is no difference between the National and Islamic [forces], we are all forces for the sake of Allah. We, the Muslims on this good and blessed land, are all - each one of us - seekers of Martyrdom. We do not know when the bombardments come. If the Jews only knew... that if they bombard us, the Arabs would bombard their villages and cities, they would hesitate a thousand times...'"
"We must all seek a role in the Jihad and the battle. We said and we still say: 'Even if we, the entire [Palestinian] people, stood in line and signed for the Jews that we want peace, they would not accept it. The Koran is very clear on this: The greatest enemies of the Islamic nation are the Jews, may Allah fight them...'"
"The Palestinian people should cure its wounds; we must forget our differences. There is no place for blood-vengeance. Our enemy is very clear. All weapons should be directed towards him. Why do we see weapons that are directed on one another?... All spears should be directed at the Jews, at the enemies of Allah, the nation that was cursed in Allah's book. Allah has described them as apes and pigs, the calf-worshipers, idol-worshipers... they have said that we are cockroaches and ants and that they should kill us, but we approach them with the words of Allah: '...Whoever wants to save himself, should enter to the true religion - Islam - and repent, and then there will be no problems between him and us, our rights will be his and his obligations will be ours. However, he who came to this land as an invader and did not enter the religion of Allah, should go back to the place he came from, or else, our spears will reach him, Allah willing.'"
"Oh beloved, the Jews want to throw us under a wall of despair [and claim] that we are destined to die. We say: 'We accept this challenge. Any one of us who dies, will reach Heaven, Allah willing. I ask Allah that we would meet him as Martyrs for his sake. I ask Allah that our dead will be in Heaven...'
"All spears should be directed at the Jews, at the enemies of Allah, the nation that was cursed in Allah's book. Allah has described them as apes and pigs, the calf-worshipers, idol-worshipers..."
"Whoever can fight them with his weapons, should go out [to the battle]; whoever can fight them with a machinegun, should go out; whoever can fight them with a sword or a knife, should go out; whoever can fight them with his hands, should go out; This is our destiny. The people who are the most hostile toward the believers are the Jews and the Polytheists... The Jews have exposed their fangs. Nothing will deter them, except the color of their filthy people's blood; nothing will deter them except for us voluntarily detonating ourselves in their midst. They have nuclear power, but we have the power of the belief in Allah..."
"The Prophet [Muhammad] said: 'The Jews will fight you, and [Allah] will establish you as rulers over them...' We blow them up in Hadera, we blow them up in Tel Aviv and in Netanya, and in this way, Allah establishes us as rulers over these gangs of vagabonds. The Jews fight you, but Allah will establish you as rulers over them. Until the Jew would hide behind a stone or a tree, and the stone or the tree would say: Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah, a Jew is hiding behind me, come kill him, with the exception of the Gharqad tree which is the tree of the Jews...'"
"In several years, Allah willing, we will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, to Jaffa as conquerors. To Haifa as conquerors, to Ashkelon as conquerors. We are certain that victory is near..."
"Blessings for whoever assaulted a soldier... Blessings for whoever has raised his sons on the education of Jihad and Martyrdom; blessings for whoever has saved a bullet in order to stick it in a Jew's head."
from the Friday sermon [August 3, 2001] given by Sheik Ibrahim Madhi at the Sheik 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, broadcastedon PA tv:
"…It is the duty of the Islamic nation to open the gates of Jihad, where its strength and honor lie. We are a nation that was given Islam and Jihad by Allah... S'ad bin Abi Waqqas tells the story of Abdallah bin Jahsh, who wished to launch a Jihad and never come back... He was hoping to get early [to Heaven] in order to meet the Prophet when he dies... Abdallah bin Jahsh said on the eve of the battle of Uhud: 'Oh Allah, bring me tomorrow an enraged and furious man and I will fight him for Your sake, and he will fight me, overcome me, and chop off my ear and my nose…'"
"When I meet with You [Allah] tomorrow, You will say: 'Oh Abdallah, what were your ear and nose chopped off for?' And I will answer: 'Oh my lord, for your sake and for your Prophet's sake.' And You will say: 'You have spoken the truth.'"
"S'ad bin Abi Waqqas said to his sons when the battle was over: 'Oh my sons, what Abdallah bin Jahsh did to spread Islam was much more superior to what I did. By Allah, when the battle was over, I found his ear and nose hanging on a string, and this is what he desired... Why? So he could meet Allah and say to Him: 'Allah, I fought the war of Jihad for your sake and for Your Prophet's sake' and when Allah would say to him: 'Show me your proof,' he would answer: 'the [chopped off] ear and the nose are my proofs.'"
"When the enemies of Allah, the Jews, may Allah curse them, mutilate [the bodies], and chop off organs - these organs will serve as evidence for our sons and brothers for whom Paradise in the high heavens is a place of refuge. [Even when] a martyr's organs are being chopped off, and he turns into torn organs that spread all over, in order to meet Allah, Muhammad, and his friends, it would not be [considered] a loss..."
"Yes, my believing brother, listen to the words of the Prophet to Jaber bin Abdallah who was sad after the battle of Uhud in which his father was killed...: 'Oh Jaber, why are you sad?' [Jaber ]said: 'My father was martyred and left me many children to take care of.' [The Prophet] said: 'Oh Jaber, I will tell you something that will take the sadness out of your heart... Oh Jaber, Allah spoke directly to your father without any mediation.' This is the honor given to our martyrs, the martyrs of the Islamic nation, who were killed due to their loyalty to Allah... The martyr is given an opportunity to ask one wish and Allah makes it come true..."
"He [Abdallah, the father of Jaber] asked for one thing: to return to this world in order to tell how lucky the martyrs are. In Heaven, he said: My Lord, I only ask to come back to the world and then to be killed [again] for the sake of Allah, [then] go back to the world once again, and be killed again for the sake of Allah, then go back to the world [for the third time] and be killed again for the sake of Allah."
"Allah said to him: 'I have ruled that no one would return to the world.' [Abdallah] said: 'My Lord, is there any good news for the Mujahideen who still follow the Prophet's way...?"
"Allah said to him: '...Do not consider those who have died for the sake of Allah as dead, but as alive, and as being provided for by their Lord.'"
"This good news... has passed down to our people who still make great sacrifices, defending the honor of the Islamic nation. The sacrifice of convoys of martyrs [will continue] until Allah grants us victory very soon. The willingness for sacrifice and for death we see amongst those who were cast by Allah into a war with the Jews, should not come at all as a surprise..."
"Oh believing brothers, we do not feel a loss... The martyr, if he meets Allah, is forgiven with the first drop of blood; he is saved from the torments of the grave; he sees his place in Paradise; he is saved from the Great Horror [of the day of judgment]; he is given 72 black-eyed women; he vouches for 70 of his family to be accepted to Paradise; he is crowned with the Crown of glory, whose precious stone is better than all of this world and what is in it…"
Excerpts from the Friday (August 17, 2001) sermon broadcast live on Palestinian TV from the Sheik 'Ijlin mosque in Gaza. The preacher is Sheik Isma'il Aal Ghadwan:
"Oh beloved of Allah... One of the Jews' evil deeds is what has come to be called 'the Holocaust,' that is, the slaughter of the Jews by Nazism. However, revisionist [historians] have proven that this crime, carried out against some of the Jews, was planned by the Jews' leaders, and was part of their policy... These are the Jews against whom we fight, oh beloved of Allah."
"On the other hand, [what is our belief] about the Jews? Allah has described them as donkeys who must carry the books of the Torah - but they have not carried them. Our belief, which is true, about the Jews is that Allah is angry at them. They are cursed with the curse of Allah in this world and in the hereafter. Therefore, we say to them out of friendship: 'Oh Jews, come to your senses, return to the true faith; you must convert to Islam...'"
"Our belief is that this war, between us and the Jews, will continue to escalate until we vanquish the Jews and enter Jerusalem as conquerors, [and] enter Jaffa as conquerors. We are not merely expecting a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital; we are heralding [the creation of] an Islamic caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital..."
"Oh beloved of Allah, as we always say: When the battles between the Muslims and infidels begin, the martyrs and the slain Muslims will reach Paradise... in contrast, those who die not for the sake of Islam, after the deliverance of the message of the Prophet Muhammad... will end up in the fires of Hell...
Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi in the Friday sermon in the Sheikh 'Ijlin mosque in Gaza on Palestinian Television, 21st September 2001
"...Oh, you who love Allah, in the Koran we read our Lord's words, that we must fight all the polytheists just as they fight all of you... Oh, you who love Allah... This [Muslim] nation has left the leadership of the human race to a handful of contemptible Jews and their assistants and was satisfied [with its position at] the tail of the convoy..."
"The Palestinian people has decided that this blessed Intifada would continue. We sacrifice as many prisoners, martyrs, and wounded as we can; we will continue the Intifada until the land of Palestine is liberated. We will not be satisfied with the mere establishment of a Palestinian state; the Muslim people of Palestine want to meet Allah and we are the soldiers of the Caliphate, that was announced by the Prophet [Muhammad]... Therefore, the Caliphate will be in accordance with the prophecy, in Al-Aqsa, in Jerusalem, and in its surroundings..."
"Oh, you who love Allah, the signs of the victory are many... Oh, you who love Allah, do not believe the joke of peace. By Allah, do not believe the joke of peace. Even if the Palestinian people here and in the Diaspora will stand in line and sign [on an agreement] with all ten fingers, and even with the toes of their feet, and we will say: 'We all want peace with you' - by Allah, they [i.e. the Jews] do not want peace..."
"Even if they slaughter all of the Palestinian people and the only survivors will be one single Palestinian baby girl and one single Palestinian baby boy, the baby boy will marry the baby girl and they will give birth to the one who will liberate Jerusalem from the defilement of the Jews."
"Victory is drawing near, but believe me, there is a secret resolution, decided upon by, unfortunately, many of the Arab and Muslim nations. While they [the Palestinians] sacrifice the last Palestinian child and the last Palestinian fetus, they [the Arab nations] will satisfy themselves with victories on the soccer courts, with music festivals, and with Arab and Muslim summits. Where are the summits, where are their decisions?... It was rightly claimed that a thousand verbal shells cannot compare to one shell made of iron. It was rightly claimed that what was taken by force will be regained only by the use of force."
"We must prepare ourselves in accordance with the religion of Allah and the Law of Allah. We must educate our children on the love of Jihad for the sake of Allah and the love of fighting for the sake of Allah."
"We welcome, as we did in the past, any Jew who wants to live in this land as a Dhimmi, just as the Jews have lived in our countries, as Dhimmis, and have earned appreciation, and some of them have even reached the positions of counselor or minister here and there. We welcome the Jews to live as Dhimmis, but the rule in this land and in all the Muslim countries must be the rule of Allah... Those from amongst the Jews and from amongst those who are not Jews who came to this land as plunderers, must return humiliated and disrespected to their countries."
"On the other hand, those Jews who are local and who have lived with the Palestinian people and with the locals from amongst the Christians - there is nothing bad with their living [amongst us] in harmony and peace. This is the kind of peace we understand. The Arabs and Muslims must speak, because our choice is the Jihad for the sake of Allah..."
"Oh, you who love Allah, there is no alternative to the true return to Allah. Victory will not come from the Kremlin, neither will it come from the White House decisions, or from Arab and Islamic summits. Victory is from Allah..."
"...Oh, you who love Allah, it is our duty to strive so that all our deeds will be [only] for the sake of Allah. Listen to the following precious story:"
"In one African country, a Muslim army was fighting against the Byzantine army. The number of the Byzantines was more than ten times the number of the Muslims... The Byzantine commander was Gregorius and his daughter was by his side. Gregorius' daughter said: 'My father, who are these, they are merely a handful, their number is small, no more than 15,000, who are they?' He answered her: 'These are the Arab horsemen.' She said: 'My father, give them to me as spoils.' And he had given her [their property's worth] as spoils, before the battle even took place. However, Allah wanted Gregorius killed in the battle and his daughter to be one of the captives."
"The commander of the Muslim army wanted to know who killed Gregorius, but nobody answered."
"This is how we should also act: Do, do, and do, but without talking."
"Who killed Gregorius? Gregorius' daughter said to the commander of the Muslims: 'I know who killed my father.' And when Abdallh Ibn Al-Zubeir passed next to her she said: 'Oh, commander of the Muslims, this is the man who killed my father.' [The Muslim commander asked him:] 'Oh, Abdallah Ibn Al-Zubeir, why did you conceal this from us?' What did Abdallah Ibn Al-Zubeir say in response? His words still echo in the ear of history. He said: 'Allah knows I killed him.'"
"Allah knows what we do and there is no necessity for humans to know this as well. With such noble values, the [Muslim] nation shall win..." PA employee, Sheik Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Madhi in a Friday sermon from the Sheik 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA Television, July 6, 2001.
"Allah, destroy the U.S., its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin. Allah, we ask you for forgiveness before death, and mercy and forgiveness after death. Allah, grant victory to Islam and the Muslims..." August 24, 2001, Mufti Sheikh Ikrimeh Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque, PA Radio.
“...I tell you, Oh beloved, that ever since Kamal Ataturk [founder of modern Turkey], this Jew who disguised himself as a Muslim - and there may still be in the Arab nation Jews who disguise themselves as Muslims... ever since he announced the end of the Islamic Caliphate in Istanbul - as some contemporary religious sages assert - the era preceding the end [of days] has began - the era of the military rule, the era of revolutionary rule. Allah willing, we are at the end of this era and Allah willing, the Caliphate will return, in accordance with the prophecy, and I pray that we will be among its soldiers..."
"Allah is almighty. Had He wanted - He would have beaten them. But He tests you in suffering. We must prepare the ground for the army of Allah that is coming according to the [divine] predetermination. We must prepare a foothold for them. Allah willing, this unjust state will be erased - Israel will be erased; this unjust state, the United States, will be erased; this unjust state, Britain, will be erased - they who caused this people's Nakbah [the 1948 'catastrophe']..."
"Oh beloved, we must be certain that victory will come. Shame and remorse on whoever refrained from raids [against the enemy] or refrained from preaching to himself [to raid]; shame and remorse on whoever refrained from raising his children on Jihad; shame and remorse on whoever hated his Muslim brother while loving one of the infidels; shame and remorse on whoever hid behind excuses that have no basis with Allah..."
"Blessings to whoever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever raided for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever put a belt of explosives on his body or on his sons' (body) and plunged into the midst of the Jews, crying "Allahu Akbar, praise to Allah, There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger."
"Just as the building collapsed over the Jews in their sinful dancing floor, I pray to Allah that this oppressive Knesset will collapse over the heads of the Jews."
"Allah, forgive us our sins; Allah, show us a black day for the Jews, like the day of 'Aad and Thamud; Allah, turn them into pillage for us; Allah, we strive for martyrdom for your sake... Allah, we strive for your mercy and your paradise..."
Sheikh Ibrahim Mahdi, from a sermon given in the Sheikh ‘Ijlin Mosque, Gaza on the 8th of June 2001 and broadcast on Palestinian Television.
"…Oh, beloved of Allah. [In the Friday sermon] two weeks ago, I bore in your name a blessing of love to the crowns upon our heads, [that is] to the Arab and Muslim rulers. Among other things, I said: 'Oh crowns upon our heads: If Sharon spat in your faces, what would you do?' Today I apologize for these words, because Sharon has not only spat on the heads of the nation, but also trampled us underfoot."
"We are convinced of the [future] victory of Allah; we believe that one of these days, we will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, enter Jaffa as conquerors, enter Haifa as conquerors, enter Ramle and Lod as conquerors, the [villages of] Hirbiya and Dir Jerjis and all of Palestine as conquerors, as Allah has decree… 'They will enter Al-Aqsa Mosque as they have entered it the first time…'"
"Anyone who does not attain martyrdom in these days should wake in the middle of the night and say: 'My God, why have you deprived me of martyrdom for your sake? For the martyr lives next to Allah'…"
"Our enemies suffer now more than we do. Why? Because we are convinced that our dead go to Paradise, while the dead of the Jews go to Hell, to a cruel fate. So we stand firm and steadfast, in obedience to Allah…"
"The Jews await the false Jewish messiah, while we await, with Allah's help… the Mahdi and Jesus, peace be upon him. Jesus's pure hands will murder the false Jewish messiah. Where? In the city of Lod, in Palestine. Palestine will be, as it was in the past, a graveyard for the invaders - just as it was a graveyard for the Tatars and to the Crusader invaders, [and for the invaders] of the old and new colonialism…"
"A reliable Hadith [tradition] says: 'The Jews will fight you, but you will be set to rule over them.' What could be more beautiful than this tradition? 'The Jews will fight you' - that is, the Jews have begun to fight us. 'You will be set to rule over them' - Who will set the Muslim to rule over the Jew? Allah… Until the Jew hides behind the rock and the tree."
"But the rock and tree will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, a Jew hides behind me, come and kill him.' Except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews."
"We believe in this Hadith. We are convinced also that this Hadith heralds the spread of Islam and its rule over all the land…"
"Oh beloved, look to the East of the earth, find Japan and the ocean; look to the West of the earth, find [some] country and the ocean. Be assured that these will be owned by the Muslim nation, as the Hadith says… 'from the ocean to the ocean…'"
"Oh Allah, accept our martyrs in the highest heavens…"
"Oh Allah, show the Jews a black day…"
"Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters…"
"Oh Allah, raise the flag of Jihad across the land…"
"Oh Allah, forgive our sins…”
Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi at the Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza City, broadcast live on April 12, 2002 by Palestinian Authority television:
"Oh Palestinian Authority, don't you see that you are tested once or twice a year? Then you don't learn or repent. Isn't it time yet to wage jihad, and call for holy war? . The agreements, which canceled jihad and disassociation from non-Muslims, should all be demolished. It's a call to close all embassies opened for the Jews in the land of Islam; it is call to end normalization with Israel.
"Muslim Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don't you enslave their women! Why don't you wage jihad! Why don't you pillage them!"
"People should know that Jews are backed by the Christians, and the battle that we are going through is not with Jews only, but also with those who believe that Allah is a third in a Trinity, and those who said that Jesus is the son of Allah, and Allah is Jesus, the son of Mary." "I am against America until this life ends, until the Day of Judgment; I am against America even if the stone liquefies. My hatred of America, if part of it was contained in the universe, it would collapse. She is the root of all evils, and wickedness on earth. Who else implanted the tyrants in our land, who else nurtured oppression?"
Sheikh Saad Al-Buraik, a prominent Saudi government cleric, a close associate of Prince Abdul Aziz Ben Fahd (who participated in the Saudi delegation that recently visited US President Bush) Delivered in a government mosque in the capital city of Riyadh, May 2002
"We love you Jerusalem, We love you Jerusalem, we will return to you oh Aqsa, and we will return to you oh Aqsa, we will return to you Haifa and Jaffa, Lod and Ramle, Nablus from which we were expelled. Oh Safed, oh all cities of Palestine and its villages, we will return to you with Allah's help. We will return to Ashdod and Ashkelon, and Harbiya and Na'aliya and all the cities and villages of Palestine, we will return to you as conquerors and liberators... If we hold onto our land, we will return to our country... Moreover, there is no solution to the Palestinian problem without the return of the refugees. The refugees were those who were driven out of their homes at gunpoint...
"..And here, I want to emphasize, oh people of Palestine, that our children, the fruit of our loins - we must protect them... The children need proper education because it is they who will lead the struggle after us, on the day when they will grow up and become strong and we will grow old. They are our children, who will conduct the battle after us." February 28, 2003, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, Khalil Al-Wazir Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"... Allah drowned Pharaoh and those who were with him. Allah drowns the Pharaohs of every generation. Allah will drown the little Pharaoh, the dwarf, the Pharaoh of all times, of our time, the American President. Allah will drown America in our seas, in our skies, in our land. America will drown and all the oppressors will drown. Oh, people of Palestine, Oh, people of Iraq. The Crusader, Zionist America has started an attack against our Iraq, the Iraq of Islam and Arabism, the Iraq of civilization and history. It opened a Crusader Zionist war against Iraq. If Iraq is defeated, if the nation [of Islam] is defeated in Iraq - this will be our last breath of life... This is a Zionist Crusader war. It is not I who say this, it was the little Pharaoh [Bush] who announced it when he stated that this was a Crusader attack... You all know about the slap in the face... March 21, 2003, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"If, God forbid, something happens to Iraq, the aggression and the Crusade will turn tomorrow against the Koran... God forbid, his second assault is on the Koran, [he wants] to change verses and to mess with Allah's book, to Americanize the region, Americanize the religion, Americanize the Koran, Americanize Muhammad's message... To my brothers in Iraq, to the President of Iraq, to the Iraqi leadership, to the Iraqi people... Strike, my brother; may your right arm, oh proud Iraq, be strong... strike Allah's enemies with it. Strike with it the enemies of humanity... from the pulpits of Al-Azhar and other mosques around the world, that any Muslim who does not stand by Iraq and support it against the American-British-Crusaders cruel attack... Allah, grant victory to the Iraqi army... Allah, defeat Americans... March 28, 2003, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Al-Hunud, Khalil Al-Wazir Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"No preacher or sermonizer has right to begin his words without blessing all our Shahids... The Jews cannot influence the actions of our youth and children. But for you, Allah has chosen Shahada... Allah had honored our youth... by choosing you and by choosing from among you the Shahids... Is the Shahid dead like other dead, which requires us to offer condolences and mourn with his family, friend and relatives? Or is the Shahid enjoying virtues and the ability to perform miracles, which gives us the right to congratulate the Shahid and his family?... We have the right to congratulate the Shahids' families, and not extend condolences and sorrow of our Shahids, if they [sacrifice themselves] to Allah... But the Shahid is spared the agony of death. This is one of the miracles of the Shahid. Is it not enough that the Shahid weds 72 black eyed [virgins]?... When the Shahid sees the grace of martyrdom May 2, 2003, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"Know that a Shahid [who falls] on this land is considered more than one Shahid someplace else. Yes, there are traditions that a Shahid here [in Jerusalem] is worth 70 Shahids in a place other than this good land..." August 15, 2003, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"Blessings to those who wage [Jihad] with their body... Blessings to our Shahids who sacrifice their souls easily for the sake of Allah... Blessings to the happy Shahids within the entrails of the green bird in Paradise. Blessings to the Shahids whose sins are forgiven with the first drop of their blood." August 22, 2003, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
"If we go back in the time tunnel 1400 years, we will find that history repeats itself... Byzantium represents America in the west... America will collapse, as Byzantium collapsed in the west... The Prophet [Muhammad] could, by means of unbroken ranks, conquer Byzantium, the greatest power compared to today's America - and this without a single martyr falling from among the Muslims... The Prophet could, by means of the unity of the Muslim ranks and its awakening, defeat the America of that time, as we will defeat America as long as it supports our enemy, as long as America insists on being against our people and against our cause and our holy places, and against our people and our leadership... Indeed, we consider America to be our No. 1 enemy... America is our No. 1 enemy, and we see it as our No 1 enemy...” September 5, 2003, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Mosque in Gaza, PA Television.
THE HAMAS CHARTER
Interviews with Hamas women
Hamas in its own words
A CRY FROM THE HEART
Has there ever been a peace process?
CAN ISLAM MAKE PEACE WITH ISRAEL?
WHY DID YASSER ARAFAT SIGN THE OSLO ACCORD?
The treaty of Hudabiyyah
The treaty between Saladin and Richard I
Peace? What peace?
Sermons in Palestinian mosques
The truth about Arafat and the Palestinians
Yasser Arafat over the years
Aid money used for weapons
Obituary of Yasser Arafat
Egyptian tributes to Arafat
Marwan Barghouti could succeed Arafat
Palestinian leadership should get real
Hamas on the 1967 borders
Arafat and the Viet Cong
The Hizbullah programme
The Gaza disengagement