Jordanian Islamic scholar Dr. Ahmad Al-Shahrouri said on a February 15, 2023 show on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) that Arab and Islamic universities have "inferior" rankings because the Islamic nation has been spending too much money on archeology, tourism, and entertainment instead of on culture, science, and Jihad. He said that in the past, the Ottoman Caliphate would collect the jizya poll-tax from Western countries and the Europeans had feared Sultan Abdul Hamid, but that the weakness of the Islamic nation today has led to the occupation of Palestine. Later in the show, he claimed that the Zionists had "rejoiced and gloated" over the suffering of the victims of the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and he threatened that Zionists' end will come at the hands of Turks, Syrians, Palestinians, and Jordanians. He added: "Your days are numbered."
Ahmad Al-Shahrouri: "The rankings of our Arab and Islamic universities have become inferior because the Islamic nation has begun to spend money on archeology, tourism, entertainment, games, and singing — it spends on these things many times more money than it spends on culture, science, and jihad for the sake of Allah.
"The Ottoman Caliph — and this was not such a long tie ago — used to collect the jizya poll tax from Austria and other European countries which used to curry favor with him. Sultan Abdul Hamid used to influence France's policies, preventing it from putting on vulgar shows. They succumbed to his threats. They feared him, because he was strong, brave, and resolute. They knew that his rage could harm them. Today, however, since we relinquished all this, Palestine has fallen into the hands of others.
"We say to the leaders of the Zionist enemy, who rejoiced and gloated over the Turkish and Syrian people [after the recent earthquake]... We say to them: Your greatest war is coming. Your end will be brought about by this modest group of Turks, Syrians, Palestinians, and Jordanians.
"Your days are numbered. Laugh, rejoice, and gloat as much as you like — by Allah, we see your end right before our eyes."