Following are excerpts from an interview with Jordanian lecturer on religious law, Dr. Ahmad Nawfal, which was broadcast on Al-Majd TV on November 13, 2005.
Nawfal: The Jews dug 40 meters into the ground, and found nothing. There is no indication that a temple existed there. Brothers, they are making fun of you. Unfortunately, we are unwittingly legitimizing this nonsense of theirs. This is nonsense. This is heresy and blasphemy against God, history, human beings, and common sense. We, unfortunately, are being swept along with the tide. And then we write books that give them legitimacy. This is strange.
Sir, if David and Solomon were to return to life, these (Zionist) criminals would fight them and they would fight back. David and Solomon were among our ranks. If Solomon had a temple, we would be worshipping Allah in it. We would not be worshipping idols and polytheism in it, like they do.
Armageddon is a word in English, and it has become a film of global proportions. They have inflated it to the point that it has become an actual belief. There are now dozens of millions of pro-Zionist Americans who believe that the temple should be founded on the ruins of Al-Aqsa, in order to hasten the coming of the Messiah – as if Allah accelerates his timetable on the basis of human deeds. Thus, they want to hasten the coming of the Messiah by accelerating the destruction of Al-Aqsa and the building of the temple on its ruins.
Television host: How many people in the West are motivated by this belief?
Nawfal: Hundreds of millions.
Television host: Hundreds of millions.
Nawfal: Worse still, (they include) decision-makers. Reagan is one of those who believe in this, and now Bush has passed Reagan by light years in his belief in this. His campaign against us is not a transient, political issue. This issue is stuck in his head. It is their faith. Many pro-Zionist Christians are more extreme than Sharon, much more extreme.
They believe that the decisive global war will take place on the Megiddo Plain. The film gave it all different dimensions – different metaphors and symbols...They are too sophisticated to say it straightforwardly. No, they hint at it. But ultimately, they have managed to plant in people's minds the belief in Armageddon.
Nawfal: Roger Garoudy said: If we take the number of gas chambers and the maximal daily capacity of an oven, and multiply them by the period you Zionists, claim the Holocaust lasted – even if we multiply the number of ovens by the maximal (capacity), the figure is grossly exaggerated. The number of those burned (sic) was 600,000. You added another zero, and turned it into six million.