Special Dispatch - Palestinian Authority/Jihad and Terrorism Studies, No. 370
April 17, 2002 - From MEMRI
Friday Sermon on
Palestinian Authority TV
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 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
"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 is a Palestinian Authority employee.
 Palestine Television (Palestinian Authority), April 12, 2002.
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