10 April 2004
Imam Takes US to Task on Iraq
JEDDAH, 10 April 2004 — The imam at the Grand Mosque
in Makkah yesterday lambasted the United States and its allies
in Iraq for double-speak.
“Although they claim they are the advocates of reform
and freedom, they are in fact the forces of destruction and
devastation,” Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim said in an apparent
reference to the US-led occupation forces in Iraq.
his Friday sermon to thousands of faithful who packed the
large mosque complex, the imam asked how missiles and machine
guns could bring peace and freedom to the people of Palestine
and Iraq. “They promise them a comfortable life built
on torn bodies...They want us to believe that destruction
is reform, killing is life, disorder is order and injustice
is justice,” he added.
imam slammed the United States also for using its veto against
UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel’s
occupation of Palestine, contrasting the international outcry
over the killing of four security contractors in Fallujah
with the relative silence meeting Israeli actions in the occupied
can they consider the killing of four individuals a major
crime and ignore the killing of a whole nation?” Shuraim,
one of the imams at the Grand Mosque, asked.
imam said the Islamic world was passing through a difficult
phase. “The Muslim nation finds no refuge from the injustice
of the tyrant and international terrorism,” he said.
here for further fataawa regarding Iraq