Friday Sermons Hail Intifadah, Iraqi Imam Appeals to Islamic Nation
- Friday Sermons Hail Intifadah, Iraqi Imam Appeals to Islamic Nation
27 Sep 02
[ Following is a roundup of Friday sermons carried by the news media of
Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Iraq, and
Qatar on 27 September 2002:
Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia TV1 in Arabic, official television
station of the Saudi Government, carries at 0920 GMT a live sermon from the
holy mosque in Mecca.
Shaykh Salih Bin-Humayd delivers the sermon, which he devotes to the
simplicity and tolerance of Islamic religion, citing verses from the Koran
and sayings from the prophet's traditions [hadith], and giving examples of
this simplicity on some aspects pertaining to prayers, fasting, giving alms,
and performing pilgrimage.
The imam then calls on Muslims to pursue this simplicity and tolerance
in raising and educating their children and dealing with others. He calls on
everyone in a position of high responsibility to be kind and tolerant toward
those under him.
The imam continues with the same subject in the second sermon. He says
that "strict" application of religion shows "ignorance." One negative
aspect, he adds, is that some people are very strict about minor aspects of
worship and ignore more serious sins, such as backbiting, envy, and
The imam concludes with a prayer to God to support Islam and Muslims,
humble infidelity and infidels, and deal with the "tyrants, atheists, and
all enemies of religion." He prays to God to support the "mujahidin in
Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya, and everywhere." He also prays: "O God, deal
with the usurper, occupier Jews. O God, unleash Your might on them, as it
cannot be deterred by criminal people. O God, we ask You to deal with them
and spare us their evils. O God, make fate turn against them."
Riyadh Kingdom Saudi Arabia TV2 in Arabic, official television station
of the Saudi Government, carries at 0925 GMT a sermon from the holy mosque
Shaykh Ali al-Hudhayfi delivers the sermon, which he devotes to the
subject of backbiting, saying it is forbidden in the Koran and the hadith,
as it corrupts the soul, sows evils, causes sedition, widens disputes,
generates hate and envy, and leads to hostilities between relatives and with
The imam continues with the same subject in the second sermon. He says
backbiting is a great sin and spreading rumors is the most vicious form of
The imam concludes with a prayer to God to support Islam and Muslims,
humble infidelity and infidels, and destroy the enemies of religion. He
prays: "O God, protect Muslims from the evil of their enemies. O God,
protect Muslims and Islamic countries from plotting by their enemies." He
also prays: "O God, unite Muslims, settle their disputes, guide them on the
right path, remove them from darkness to light, and support them against
Your enemy, and their enemy."
Sanaa Republic of Yemen Television in Arabic, official television
station of the Republic of Yemen, carries at 0901 GMT a live sermon from the
Grand Mosque in Sanaa.
Shaykh Akram Abd-al-Razzaq al-Ruqayhi delivers the sermon, which he
devotes to the current Muslim calendar month of Rajab, one of the four
"sacrosanct months" [al-ashhur al-hurum] in which fighting is forbidden and
occasional fasting is encouraged in preparation for the holy month of
Ramadan. The imam says that Rajab is also the month of the prophet's
night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascension to the heavens [al-isra
wa al-mi'raj], which, he says, will be the subject of his sermon next
Friday. The imam then dwells long on Friday, as an important holiday, which
Muslims must spend in personal cleanliness and prayer.
In the second sermon, the imam turns to current developments. In this
holy month of Rajab we must not forget those who are violating its sanctity
by attacking Muslims, he says, adding: "We must not forget the Jews and
Zionists who are occupying our land and spilling the blood of our brothers.
We must not forget that Muslim blood is being spilled, Muslim sanctities are
being violated, and Muslim holy places are being desecrated in Palestine,
and that children, women, and old people are appealing to Muslims for
support and assistance. They appeal to Muslim rulers, but no one comes to
heir aid and stops the injustice." He continues: "We must not forget the
United States, which is not satisfied with the death of 1 million Iraqi
children during the siege, but is making preparations and massing armies to
attack Iraq and kill more children and women."
The imam then hails the anniversary of the 26 September Revolution and
Yemeni unity and urges worshippers to give up "laziness and indifference"
and register for the upcoming parliamentary elections. "This is one of your
rights," he affirms.
The imam concludes with this prayer: "O God support whoever supports
religion and humble whoever humbles Muslims, and have mercy on the nation of
muhammad. O God, support our brother mujahidin in Palestine and everywhere.
O God, strengthen their hearts and wills and give them victory over their
enemies. O God, deal with the Jews and their supporters and Christians and
their supporters. Shake the land under their feet, instill fear in their
heart, and freeze the blood in their veins. O God, deal with them for they
are within your power. O God, unite Muslims and make them brothers in
whatever pleases You." The imam also prays to God to assist the Yemeni
president in whatever serves the wellbeing of the people and the country.
Amman Jordan Television Channel 1 in Arabic, official television
station of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, carries at 0940 GMT a live
sermon from martyr King Abdallah mosque in Amman.
Shaykh Dr. Abd-al-Nasir Abu-al-Basal, dean of the Islamic Shari'a
College at Al-Yarmuk University, delivers the sermon, in which he urges the
nation not to dwell on past glories, but deal with the tasks at hand. "Any
mistakes made today will be paid by future generations," he says, adding:
"God's victory is coming, and His promise is certain, but this will be
according to His universal rules. We must begin the change with ourselves."
The Koran is the teacher and guide on how to make this change, the imam
says, and then reads a list of guidelines. He says the Koran teaches us to
uphold the truth and admit error, learn from disasters, unite as unity is
power and disunity is weakness, defend national rights, and fear no one but
In the second sermon, the imam alludes to the upcoming anniversary of
al-isra wa al-mi'raj, which is due on Friday, 4 October, and the heroism of
Muslims in early Islam, saying other nations want to cow and humble this
nation, and therefore power is essential to achieve peace.
The imam concludes with a prayer to God to unite Muslims, support the
"mujahidin everywhere," and deal with the enemies of religion. He prays to
God to enable King Abdallah II and all Muslim rulers to govern according to
the Koran and the hadith.
WEST BANK & GAZA STRIP
Gaza Palestine Satellite Channel Television in Arabic, official
television station of the Palestinian Authority, and Gaza Voice of Palestine
Second Program in Arabic, official radio station of the Palestinian
Authority broadcasting from Gaza, carry at 0940 GMT a live sermon from
Shaykh Ijlin mosque in Gaza.
Shaykh Jamal Abu-al-Hanud delivers the sermon, which he begins by
alluding to al-isra wa al-mi'raj, saying it is unfortunate that the
anniversary is due without Muslims being able to go to Al-Aqsa Mosque to
mark this anniversary. Addressing this inability to go to the mosque, the
imam says do not feel sad, for the night will end and the chains will be
Turning to current developments, the imam alludes to the "difficult
circumstances, in which the oppressive occupier carries out his continuous
aggression," and says that the people must have faith in God and the justice
of their cause. "The will of this people," he adds, "is stronger than the
enemy's sophisticated weapons and military arsenal. The will of the
Palestinian people cannot be shaken. Their determination will not soften,
because God is with us and we have a just cause. God has willed that we
should be the people of steadfastness and sacrifice, as Palestine is the
gateway to heaven." He attributes that to the miracle of the night journey
and ascension to heaven from Jerusalem.
"Palestine," the imam continues, "is also the gateway of Arabdom and
Islam. It is the gateway of the Arabs and Muslims and its steadfast people
are defending their right to life and honor, as well as the honor of the
Arab and Islamic nation." He then makes an emotional plea to God to give
victory to the Palestinians over the "occupier enemy" and end the siege on
the people and the leader.
The imam says that the intifadah will continue until the achievement of
our national rights and establishment of the independent Palestinian state
with Holy Jerusalem as its capital. He says: "We steadfast Palestinian
people are not advocates of aggression or terrorism against anyone. The
Palestinian people call for freedom and the achievement of their usurped
rights. The Palestinian people aspire for the prevalence of a just,
comprehensive peace in the entire region so that everyone would secure his
right to life." He hails Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and the public
uprising in defense of the leader, which, he says, proves their love and
The imam says: "The message of the intifadah to our Arab and Islamic
nation on its third year is that we stick to the pledge to God and his
prophet and that we stand firm on rights and principles. We will not soften
or calm down. We will sacrifice our lives for you, O Al-Aqasa, O Jerusalem,
O Palestine." He appeals for Arab support and chivalry.
The imam continues: "The message of our intifadah to the whole world
and the United States, as it enters its third year, is that the Palestinian
people reject dictates from anyone. They reject outside and hostile
dictates. They are the ones who will choose their leader and leadership." He
says: "These people have the right to live and breathe the air of freedom in
their independent state. The refugees have the right to return to their
homes. We have the right to live like the rest of the world without
occupation, colonialism, and killing." The imam hails the Arab and Islamic
nations and says they can take action.
In the second sermon, the imam urges worshippers to fear God and know
that He watches their actions. He prays to God to stand by the Palestinians
in their siege and sacrifices for the sake of freedom. He hails Palestinian
mothers for sacrificing their sons for the cause of freedom. The imam makes
this appeal: "From this pure place, we appeal to the ulema of our Arab and
Islamic World and mosque imams, especially the imams of the Holy Mosque in
Mecca and the holy mosque in Medina, to pray to God to help us triumph over
our enemies, remove the siege on us and our leader, and attain our hopes."
The imam concludes with this prayer: "O God, deal with our enemies,
your enemies and the enemies of religion. O God, whoever wishes us, Islam,
and Muslim goodness, make him succeed in his good endeavor, and whoever
wishes us, Islam, and Muslim evil make his plotting destroy him." He also
prays for the unity of Palestinians.
Ramallah Voice of Palestine, official radio station of the Palestinian
Authority, was not observed to carry the Friday Sermon from Al-Aqsa Mosque
Damascus Syrian Arab Republic Radio in Arabic, official station of the
Syrian Government, carries at 0947 GMT a live sermon from Sa'd Bin-Mu'adh
mosque in Damascus.
Shaykh Abd-al-Razzaq al-Mu'min delivers the sermon, which he devotes to
the upcoming al-isra wa al-mi'raj anniversary. Contrary to its peaceful
name, the imam says, the month of Rajab is marked by death, destruction, and
massacres backed by world forces, "especially that country, which considers
itself a superpower." Yet, he adds, it is trying "by its weapons,
devastation, and threats to the world" to engage in an unprecedented
terrorism in history.
The imam refers to the miracle of al-isra wa al-mi'raj and says it
could also happen to God's subjects. He urges worshippers to pray deeply to
God for unity and protection and God "shall not allow the United States or
any other striking power on earth to dominate His subjects," he says.
Emphasizing Arab-Islamic unity, the imam says Arab and Islamic honor is
one. "Thank God, the nation is unanimous that any threat against any country
in the Arab homeland is a threat to the whole Arab homeland and to the whole
of the Arab and Islamic nation. We must emphasize Arab-Islamic unity,
activate it, and make it harmonious and cooperative. The Islamic World is
the natural extension of the Arab World. Arabdom is the body and Islam is
its spirit, as the late President Hafiz al-Asad said on this central issue."
Turning to mundane issues, the imam praises the development reform
program led by President Bashar al-Asad and calls for everyone's cooperation
for its fulfillment.
In the second sermon, the imam urges worshippers to fast in the month
of Rajab, and the following month of Sha'ban in preparation for the fasting
month of Ramadan.
The imam concludes with a general prayer for the wellbeing of the
Islamic nation. He prays: "O God, whoever wishes this religion and Arab and
Muslim countries goodness, make him successful and help him in his good
endeavor. And, whoever wishes this nation and Arab and Muslim countries
evil, plotting, problems, and sedition turn his plotting, problems, and
sedition against him, for You are Omnipotent." He prays to God to make
Muslims love and be tolerant to one another and all Arab and Islamic rulers
succeed in the wellbeing of the nation. He also prays for the success of
President Bashar al-Asad in the achievement of rights.
Baghdad Republic of Iraq Television in Arabic, official television
station of the Iraqi Government, carries at 0913 GMT a live sermon from
Abu-Hanifah mosque in Baghdad.
Shaykh Dr. Abd-al-Ghafur Muhammad al-Qaysi delivers the sermon, which
he begins by emphasizing that the faithful are always protected by God, and
therefore they must not despair of His protection and victory.
Turning to current affairs, the imam says we are saddened by the
present condition of our nation, as its enemies are lying in wait for it so
as to divide and dominate it. "Our enemy," he adds, "is vicious and cunning.
It will seize any opportunity to separate the people of one nation. It will
look for any opening to penetrate the nation. Therefore, whoever leaves a
crack for the enemy betrays God and his prophet. Whoever, allows the enemy
to penetrate through an opening under any excuse, serves the enemy and
betrays this religion, nation, and homeland and these principles and
The imam devotes the rest of the sermon to making this direct appeal to
the Islamic nation: "The enemy lurks and penetrates through hidden cracks.
And if the Muslim allows him a crack to penetrate through under any slogan
or name is considered a traitor. Therefore, beloved ones, the Islamic nation
must stand now in face of these savage threats and this US tyranny as one
man. We must resort to our religion. We must show our power. We must
consider God's shari'a regarding our nation and religion. The enemy has
massed its troops and planned its vicious intentions. It will not go back
unless it is repulsed by force. The force that will repulse the enemy is the
unity of this nation and the people of this religion everywhere.
"O followers of the beloved Muhammad everywhere, O followers of the
messenger of God, O those who believe in Allah as God, Muhammad, may the
peace and blessings of God be upon him, as prophet, and Islam as religion,
beware of the seriousness of the situation. Beware of the danger of the
aggression. The United States is not targeting Iraq alone. The United States
is targeting Islam. The United States is targeting the Arabs. The United
States is targeting the world. If it singled out a country and the nation
remained silent, it would move to another country.
"But, we in Iraq have sought the help of God, abide by God, and depend
on God. We wish that the aggression would not take place. But, if it takes
place, and our honor and soil were desecrated, we would die martyrs for the
sake of God. The land of pure Iraq, the land of the prophets, saints,
learning, and ulema shall not be defiled by the filthy, thanks to the strong
faith of this people, the power and capability of the wise leadership, and
the fact that the faithful leader has placed his trust in God. This is
reflected on all the people. We are strong with our faith, honor, and God,
Who cannot be overcome.
"If the damned ones tried their luck, they will not be able to touch
Iraq. They will only win disappointment and the curse of history. They are
following their whims and the Devil has nested in their heads. But, we pray
to God to make them go back on their aim and return to their sons. We also
call upon Muslims all over the world to stand in one rank in face of this
tyranny. They make all kinds of excuses, and every time Iraq refutes an
excuse, they resort to another. Here is their excuse, which they have been
drumming -- namely, the entry of the inspectors, who entered in the past,
spied, and harmed this country -- falling also from their hands. Here is
Iraq opening its doors before fair inspectors. We hope that this would be
the last excuse, but we doubt that, because their premeditated evil and
intentions have no end.
"But, we have adhered, abided, and depended on God. We pray to God
Almighty to spare our country of every evil, support us with His victory and
the devout sons of this religion."
The imam devotes the second sermon to a prayer to God for the support
of Islam and Muslims. He prays: "O God support our brother mujahidin in
Palestine. O God, support the intifadah people. O God, support the people of
Palestine. O God, support the children, whose limbs have been severed. O
God, support the women, who lost their children. O God, support the
prostrate old people. O God, support the tearful mothers in the land of
Palestine. O God, unleash your might on the criminal Jews. O God, disappoint
the Americans. O God, make their planning lead to their destruction. O God,
use Your might on them. O God, destroy them. O God, shake the land under
their feet. O God, save our country. O God, keep us safe in our land. O God
save us from the plotting of the plotters, the injustice of the oppressors,
and the evil of the evil doers." He also prays for God's support for the
leader of the faithful, Saddam Husayn.
Doha Television Service in Arabic, official television station of the
State of Qatar, carries at 0852 GMT a live sermon from Umar Bin-Al-Khattab
mosque in Doha.
Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric based in Qatar, delivers
the sermon. He begins by recalling the Islamic nation's past glories and
saying that despite its ups and downs, this nation will not die, "as it is
the nation that carries the last message to mankind." The factors of its
eternity are the Holy Koran and hadith, he says, adding that the other
factors are its devout ulema and "latent power," which only appears in times
adversity. "This latent power," he notes, "appeared in Afghanistan, when its
people resisted the biggest atheist power on earth and in history, the
Soviet Union, with their personal weapons. This nation's latent power also
appeared in the Palestinian intifadah."
Al-Qaradawi affirms that the nation can live, become eternal, and
challenge others if it knew the secrets of its power and eternity. First, he
says, is adherence to the Koran, hadith, and the shari'a. He adds: "The
nation, or the different regimes, have tried socialism, nationalism,
democracy, and revolution. But, all that did not help it. What helped it was
when it cried, Allahu Akbar, and marched behind the call of faith. The
shari'a must be understood correctly away from the extremism of the
extremists and the neglect of the negligent. It must be understood the
enlightened centrist way."
Second, he says, is following heavenly rules. "This universe," he adds,
"is run by these rules. Whoever works hard produces and whoever sows the
land reaps it, whether Muslim or infidel. The land cannot give its fruit to
a Muslim who has abandoned it. But it will give it to an infidel if he
handled it well. God cannot possibly make ignorance triumph over science,
chaos over order, backwardness over progress and disunity over unity. Our
enemies, the Jews, who occupied our land, violated our sanctities, and
spilled our blood work according to these rules. They planned, organized,
united, prepared their force, and benefited from world conflicts. They
studied and worked and their learned men met and planned. But, our nation
has not planned. Until when will we say we are the victims of foreign
planning? This nation must consider God's rules and know why nations triumph
or fail, rise or fall."
Third, Al-Qaradawi says, is unity and cooperation. Muslims, he adds,
must unite as one man, because if the nation is divided, if Muslims fight
one another, if some of them become agents for other powers, and if they
fear one another, the nation will become weak. What our nation suffers
today, he continues, is this big gap between rulers and ruled, and even the
rulers are separated from one another. "This nation," he pleads, "must
ignore all calls and agree on the minimum. This nation can only come
together if its program and aim is one. Its aim must be to please God
Almighty. It must make its course the adherence to Islam, the rules of
Islam, the morals of Islam, the values of Islam, and the manners of Islam.
It must not budge an inch from them."
In the second sermon, Al-Qaradawi notes that the Palestinian intifadah
has entered its third year and that Sharon, who pledged to liquidate it in
100 days, has failed. The intifadah, he says, continues despite "Zionist
tyranny" and "US arrogance" that supplies it with weapons and political
support. He goes on: "The intifadah is still deeply rooted. The Palestinian
people are still showing us miracles, heroics, and splendid operations every
day. We enjoy the intifadah, and are proud of it. Hail with me these
Palestinian people, these steadfast, patient, enduring, and steadfast
people. Hail their men, their women, their youths, their old people, and
their children. Hail all these people. Bless you, O people of Palestine."
Al-Qaradawi makes this appeal: "O heroic Palestinians, O steadfast,
patient, enduring and steadfast people, stick to your pledge. Do not
hesitate. Rest assured that victory is yours, God willing." He adds: "I call
upon my brother Palestinians to remain firm and not hesitate and move
forward and not retreat. I ask Abu-Ammar [Yasir Arafat] to learn the lesson.
What he said about his brothers, when he accused them of being terrorists
and their acts as crimes and terrorist acts, has not helped him before these
oppressive tyrants. Let him learn the lesson and let this nation also learn
Al-Qaradawi concludes with a prayer for the wellbeing of the nation. He
prays: "O God, support our brothers in Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya,
Afghanistan, and everywhere. O God, direct their shots, strengthen their
power, unite them on what is right, guide them on the right course, give
them final victory, watch over them, and protect them. O God, give them
victory over your enemies, the enemies of religion. O God, give them victory
over the aggressor, treacherous Jews. O God, give them victory over the
rancorous, plotting Crusaders. O God, give them victory over the fanatic,
oppressive atheists. O God, give them victory over all their enemies, the
enemies of religion. O God, we ask You to face them and spare us their
evils. O God, O revealer of the Book, mover of clouds, and vanquisher of
infidels, defeat them and give us victory over them."