Qatar Sermon:"Aggressor Jews and their wicked Crusader allies"
[FBIS (US Government service) Translated Excerpt]
[With thanks to www.mideastweb.org/mewnews1.htm ]
Doha Qatar Television Service in Arabic, official television station of
the State of Qatar, on 20 February 2004 at 0858 GMT carries a live 60-minute
sermon from Umar Bin-al-Khattab Mosque in Doha.
Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric based in Doha, delivers the
sermon. He praises God and thanks Him for "having honored us by the best
of books and the best of prophets." Islam, he says, "has guided people to
the right path," urging Muslims not to boast about themselves. Jews, he
says, have claimed that they "are God's chosen people," calling on Muslims
"to pursue virtues as a way to salvation in this life and in the Hereafter."
He says people always talk about money, women, profits, and loss, but say
nothing about death and the hereafter. Young people, he also says, learn
the names of actors, actresses, and singers by heart, while they do not know
anything about the prophet's companions, stressing that animals are better
than these people.
In the second sermon, the imam turns to politics, saying that the land
of Al-Aqsa Mosque "is still revolving in a vicious circle." He says: "Blood
is shed, sanctities are violated, homes are demolished, trees are uprooted,
and farmlands are leveled. Nevertheless, we are sitting back with folded
arms." Regretting the imbalance of power between Israel and the
Palestinians, the imam says: "Some people say that the Arab-Israeli conflict
is no longer an Arab-Israeli conflict but is a Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Israel has everything. What do Palestinians have? They have nothing but
their souls, which they sacrifice by blowing themselves up for the sake of
their religion, homeland, sanctities, and cause. Therefore, some people
consider them terrorists and criminals, who should be fought and resisted.
Palestinians defend their right. They have no warplanes, tanks, missiles,
or weapons arsenals, like those of Israel. Israel is backed by American
money, American weapons, and American veto."
Regretting the fact that the 1.3-billion Muslims in the world have no
political, religious, or ideological leadership, the imam says "we have no
choice but to appeal to God to unite this nation." Condemning the
assassination of the former Chechen president in Doha last Friday, he says
Qatar hosts "oppressed people, who are expelled from their countries or who
cannot return to their countries." "Regretting the incident, he expresses
hope that Qatari investigators "will find the killers."
In conclusion, the imam prays to God: "O God, support our mujahidin
brothers on the land of Palestine. O God, strengthen them, unite them, and
help them score a victory. O God, turn against the arrogant, usurper,
unjust, aggressor Jews and their wicked Crusader allies."