Sunday, October 24, 2004

Quotes from Muslims around the world during Friday prayers

FOX23 -- NEWS: "Quotes from Muslims around the world during Friday prayers


"Muslims learn in Ramadan how to struggle against the forces of evil in their own selves, in the society around them, and in the world at large." - Mohammed Najam, delivering the sermon at Al Omari mosque in Gaza City, Gaza Strip.

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"We came from the city of mosques to thank you for standing by our side and to convey a letter from Fallujah residents that they will fight the infidels until the last drop of blood." - Sheik Faisal Hussein, a cleric from Fallujah, Iraq, addressing a Baghdad mosque.

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"I want a strong Muslim community and Islamic unity. ... I pray one day there will be Islamic rule in the countries now under occupation of non-Muslims. But we don't want explosions and terrorism. Islam condemns anybody doing these things." - Juma Khan, a 34-year-old truck driver after praying in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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"Every Friday we hear nice words, but what happens on the ground is completely different. Muslims don't stick to the teachings of their religion, even in trade, which has turned into cheating and forgery." - Ahmed al-Saleh, a 23-year-old law student in San'a, Yemen.

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"The sermon was very good, but there was something missing in it. The sermon was not enflaming as it should be. The sheik wanted to cool us down, while we need somebody to enflame our feelings, to feed our enthusiasm and patriotism." - Shaima Al-Nuaimy, a 24-year-old government employee at the Mother of All Battles Mosque in Baghdad.

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"The month of Ramadan is the month people can get closer to God, provided they appeal to God honestly. We have to control our tongues and avoid harming others, close our eyes to what we should not see, avoid disturbing others in any way we can and be kind to people under our order." - Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of Iran's Guardian Council, in a sermon beneath a giant tent at Tehran University.
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