Monday, September 26, 2005

Friday Sermon in Saudi Arabia: "O God, give power to Islam and Muslims, humiliate unbelief and unbelievers"

When the Imam of a mosque in Saudi Arabia, on government controlled Saudi-TV, makes comments like the ones they made on Friday, you have to wonder what they are teaching when they are not in the public eye.

OK, you probably DON'T have to wonder.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia TV1 in Arabic and Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia TV2 in Arabic, official television stations of the Saudi Government, on Friday 23 September carry live sermons from the holy mosques in Mecca and Medina.

On this Friday, the sermons from the holy mosque in Mecca and the holy mosque in Medina deal with the month of Ramadan and Zakat (almsgiving).

After praising God and the Messenger, the imam calls on people to obey God and says that the blessed month of Ramadan is approaching. In this month, he says, the Koran was revealed and "the doors of Hell are closed and the doors of Paradise are opened." It is also the month of forgiveness and mercy for all Muslims, he says, adding that the month of Ramadan includes Al-Qadr Night (the night in which the Koran was revealed), urging people to stand by the poor, particularly in the month of Ramadan, and to fear God and have faith in Him as a away to forgiveness and Paradise. The imam cites relevant Koranic verses.

The imam also urges people to carry out their religious duties in an appropriate manner before it is too late.

In the second sermon, the imam warns people against indulging in entertainments, which, he says, derail people from worshiping and obeying God's orders.

Concluding, the imam prays to God: "O God, give power to Islam and Muslims, humiliate unbelief and unbelievers. O God, support those supporting the religion and disappoint tyrants, atheists, and the corrupt. O God, give safety and security to this country and the rest of the Islamic countries." He also asks God to support "the mujahidin" in Palestine and to give success to the Saudi leaders.

After praising God and the Messenger, the imam says that Islam is the religion of righteous people and that the justice of the shari'a is evident in the Koran and the Sunnah.

Zakat, he says, is one of the pillars of Islam and urges the rich to stretch their hands to the poor, warning that he who denies zakat is considered an unbeliever and will receive severe punishment on the Judgment Day, citing relevant Koranic verses.

In the second sermon, the imam deals with the same theme of Zakat.

Concluding, the imam asks God to strengthen Islam and Muslims, humiliate unbelievers, destroy the enemies of the religion, give safety and prosperity to this country and the rest of the Islamic countries, and grant success to the Saudi leaders. The imam also prays to God: "O God, improve the situation of our brothers in Palestine and Iraq. O God, have mercy on them, heal their wounds, and support them. O God, let them restore security and stability in their homelands. O God, protect their land and their homes by the Koran and the Sunnah. O God, save Al-Aqsa Mosque from the paws of the Jews."

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