The following are excerpts from a sermon given by Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Yaaqub, which aired on Al-Nas TV (Egypt) on December 29, 2009.
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"The Nation of Islam was Created to Remain to the End of Time, Strong and Dominant"
Muhammad Hussein Yaaqub: "The nation of Islam is here to stay. We should make this notion grow within our hearts. Our nation was not created to fulfill a role and then disappear, like the nations before us, which were created to exist for a while, only to be annihilated. No, no. The nation of Islam was created to remain to the end of time, strong and dominant.
"Our nation will never die. It will not be annihilated. We have seen our nation undergoing worse events then those we witness today. We ache [for] the disintegration, the loss, and the eradication of Iraq, but Iraq has undergone crises that made the Euphrates River flow red with blood, and another time, flow black with ink, because of the books of the Baghdad Library which were thrown into it.
"We have witnessed the racial cleansing in Bosnia and in Kosovo. Despite this, the Muslim race has been cleansed of the filthy blood of polytheism and the polytheists.
"The Jews are our enemies. Allah will annihilate them at our hands. This is something we know for certain. We know this for certain – not because I say so, but because Allah said so: 'You shall find that the people strongest in enmity to the believers are the Jews and the polytheists.'
"For the Islamic nation, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is like a banner on the battlefield. I have read the works of many preachers and scholars, who said that if you wanted to discern the state of the nation at any given time, you should look at Al-Aqsa. The state of Al-Aqsa reflects the state of the nation. Whenever the nation was strong and its banner was flying high, Al-Aqsa was in the hands of the Muslims. But whenever the nation went through a period of weakness and collapse, Al-Aqsa was in the hands of non-Muslims.
"Today, the nation – its young, its elderly, its men, its women, and its children – are prepared to be martyred at the gates of Al-Aqsa... The nation in its entirety."