Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon at Al-Shahid Mosque, Khartoum, Sudan, delivered by Sheik Abd Al-Jalil Al-Karouri. The sermon was broadcast on Sudan TV on September 2, 2005. Sheik Al-Karouri
: From this mosque we send a message conveying our best wishes to America. If America wants to maintain what is left of its civilization, it must free itself, as we say in Sudan, from the curse of the Jews. Our Koran says that this (Jewish) nation is accursed - those who have incurred Allah's wrath. The curse of Israel has afflicted America. In the south of the US.... The state (sic
) called New Orleans is no longer "new" at all. Four-fifths of this state is underwater, like the relation between land and sea in the world. The insurance companies are asking for over 20 billion dollars to cover what the people of this city or this state insured. Now it has become poor. I was pleased to hear that some Islamic countries have sent a message to America, saying they want to help. "We alternate these days between the people." I hope that Sudan would do the same. Sudan has a lot to offer. Even if we have a shortage of grains, we have a lot of meat. We can offer America sheep, so that it can choose sheep that don't have Mad Cow's Disease. They like that kind of food. At the very least, we could repay the donors part of what they give us all the time.
All these are signs. If people want their countries to prosper, they must make peace with Allah and avoid disputing Allah and His prophet.