The following are excerpts from a Friday
sermon delivered by Palestinian Authority Imam Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi
at the Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza City, broadcast live on
April 12, 2002 by Palestinian Authority 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
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…'"
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'…"
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…"
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…"
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
accept our martyrs in the highest heavens…"
"Oh Allah, show
the Jews a black day…"
annihilate the Jews and their supporters…"
raise the flag of Jihad across the land…"
forgive our sins…"