US-Based Imam Prays that ‘Allah Destroy the Zionists’
On Thursday, a Texas-based imam called for Israel’s destruction in a recorded prayer posted to his Facebook page.
While Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh did not mention President Trump’s proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and starting the process of moving the US embassy there, the imam’s call seems to be a clear reaction to it.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism translated Elsabagh’s Arabic chanting.
“Our Lord. Help holy Palestine,” Elsabagh said. “… Oh Allah, be with your oppressed worshippers in Palestine, Oh Allah, destroy the Zionists and their allies, and those who assist them, and those who allowed them into the abodes of the Muslims. By Your Power, Oh mighty one, Oh Mighty one, through Your Power and Might, Oh Allah deflect them with what You will, and however You will, for You are omnipotent, and with a response omnipotent.”
“Oh Allah save [Al Aqsa] from the hands of the accursed violators, whom you have cursed in every Book, and cursed them through every prophet,” he said in conclusion. “Oh Allah destroy them.”
Elsabagh is listed as the head of the ISF Islamic Institute in Garland, Texas, and is featured as a koran reader on many Internet sites.
The video drew several comments of “amen, amen,” according to a Facebook translation. One came from Said Abbasy, a New York-based Muslim Brotherhood supporter. Abbasy mourned the death of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman — considered the spiritual guide for the 1993 World Trade Center bombers.
“Oh God,” Abbasy wrote on Facebook, “take vengeance on those who wronged him.”