During a Friday sermon at the Islamic Center of South Florida, Imam Hasan Sabri criticized U.S. President Trump's "Deal of the Century" as "treason," and said that Palestine in its entirety is Islamic land. "If a land is occupied or plundered, it should be liberated from its occupiers and plunderers, even if this leads to the martyrdom of tens of millions of Muslims," he said. The sermon, delivered on October 12, 2018, was posted on the ICOSF YouTube channel. For previous sermons by Imam Sabri, see MEMRI TV clips 6558 and 6540.
Imam Hasan Sabri: Oh servants of Allah, know that Allah wants each and every one of you to be a man with a cause, rather than an animal in human form. A true human being rises above his urges and needs, and adopts principles that he never relinquishes, regardless of the circumstances – non-negotiable principles for which he lives and dies. That is a man with a cause. Take the Palestinian cause, for example. It is not being plotted against with a deal they call "the Deal of the Century." Why do they call it a "deal"? Because whoever is involved in this treason is not a man of principles. These are peddlers, not men with a cause. All they want are positions and jobs. That is why for them, the cause is nothing but a deal, a matter of give and take. For them, it is nothing but a deal. But what is the position of a believing Muslim about the Palestinian cause? That Palestine in its entirety is Islamic land, and there is no difference between what was occupied in 1948 and 1967. There is no difference between this village or that village, this city or that city. All of it is Islamic waqf land that was occupied by force. The responsibility for it lies with the entire Islamic nation, and the [Palestinians] should benefit from this land. If a land is occupied or plundered, it should be liberated from the occupiers and plunderers, even if this leads to the martyrdom of tens of millions of Muslims. This is the ruling, and there is no room for discussion or concessions.