Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Egyptian child preacher Assem Al-Askari, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on November 25, 2011:
Assem Al-Askari: Whoever rules Egypt should know that he will rule a new people. We remain the same individuals, with the same names, but we no longer have the same culture or mentality. Our capital in terms of culture and awareness has grown, even among the children, by Allah. With my own eyes I have seen and with my own ears I have heard kindergarten children chanting: "The people want to topple the regime." Some of them chant: "The people want to reform the regime" and other slogans.
Today, we know our rights and our obligations. We will not allow a torrent of theft to take place any more, and we are prepared to sacrifice our souls and our blood.
We'd like to convey a message to the next president or ruler: Be warned, and look around you. Haven't you seen that among the kings and presidents, one was executed by the occupation, another was kidnapped by his own people, yet another fled, leaving his people behind, and another was imprisoned by his people's decree?
Know that the day will come when you will face Allah, and you will be asked about every deed, great or small.
[We must] thwart the civil strife, which the Jews and the Americans are constantly plotting against a fine and fearless people.
One day, there is civil strife between the Muslims and the Christians, and another day, there is civil strife between the army and the people.
Oh the West, we are not backwards, as you allege. We have changed. Indeed we have.
Rest assured, oh Egyptian people, that Egypt will never die, and that it is a land of security and peace. I believe my Lord. He said: "Enter ye Egypt in safety, if it pleases Allah." A land mentioned in the Koran, the book recited until Judgment Day, will never die.
Our role as a people is to elect the one who will reform [Egypt], for our vote is a pledge, for which we will be held accountable by Allah. Let us all shout in unison: "The people wants a just ruler. Yes, the people wants a just ruler."
Don't you agree with me?