Following are excerpts from a speech delivered by Hamas PLC Speaker Ahmad Bahr, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on September 5, 2010.
Ahmad Bahr: It is said that 'Omar [Ibn Al-Khattab] wished to become a martyr. It is said that one day, 'Omar addressed the people: "In the Garden of Eden, there is a palace – hear me well, brothers – with 500 gates. At every gate, there are 5,000 black-eyed virgins." Brothers, 500 multiplied by 5,000 is 2.5 million.
He said that only prophets may enter this palace. He looked at the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad, and said: "Blessings, oh Messenger of Allah. Only the prophets and the righteous may enter the palace." Then he turned to the tomb of Abu Bakr, and said: "Blessings on your martyrdom for the sake of Allah." Then 'Omar said: "Martyrs [enter the palace] too." Then 'Omar said, as if to himself: "Blessed be your martyrdom, oh 'Omar."
Ibn Hajar explicated a hadith, saying: When a man is having sex with his wife, he should be praying for a son who would wage Jihad for the sake of Allah. If this is the culture of the nation today, who will be able to stop it? Brothers, on the Night of Al-Qadr, bestowed upon us by Allah, I say to you: As long as we continue on this path, nobody on Earth will be able to confront the resistance, or to confront the mujahideen, those who worship Allah and seek martyrdom.
I say to you, loud and clear: the negotiations, conducted first in the US, then in Sharm Al-Sheikh, and wherever, are aimed at uprooting Islam and the resistance here in Palestine, in Gaza.