Palestinian cleric Nidhal "Abu Ibrahim" Siam said in an address at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that was uploaded to the Internet on September 19, 2019 that democracy, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, property rights, and personal freedom contradict Islam, and he said that anybody who leaves Islam must be killed for apostasy. Siam went on to criticize the "hidden agenda" of certain women's groups in the West Bank, saying that their "shameless" and "disgraceful" slogans of "my body, my property" and "body and honor are two different things" are an evil and criminal attempt to kill the Islamic nation by lying to Muslim women and telling them that what women do with their bodies is a matter of personal freedom that nobody should interfere with. In addition, Siam said that an Islamic state would safeguard the chastity and purity of Muslim women and use da'wah, which he said will be spread by means of Jihad for the sake of Allah, to explain to "infidel women" about chastity and that what people say about the oppression of Muslim women is nothing but lies meant to destroy the Muslim family.
Following are excerpts:
Nidhal "Abu Ibrahim" Siam: The idea of democracy includes liberties, like the freedom of religion, which allows one to follow any religion one wants. It also includes the freedom of expression, the right to property, and personal freedom – one is free to do with himself whatever he wants. All this contradicts Islam. Islam – or rather, the Islamic state – does not force people to convert to Islam, but whoever converts to Islam is prohibited from renouncing it. If one returns to his previous religion, then he is an apostate and must be killed. This is our religion.
Two weeks ago, a girl from Bethlehem died – or was killed, only Allah knows. In the wake of the incident, many women's groups in Palestine – and more specifically in the West Bank – have exploited this incident to promote their hidden agenda and their covert, unspoken truths. One of their shameless, disgraceful, and flagrant slogans were the slogans "My body, my property," and "Body and honor are two different things!" What does this mean? They want to send a message to Muslim women that their honor has nothing to do with their bodies, that whatever they do with their bodies has nothing to do with their honor, that honor means having a good reputation, generosity, and lofty moral values, that what women do with their bodies is their personal freedom, and that nobody should interfere in this. This is an evil and criminal premise that is meant to kill the Islamic nation. Through this premise, they want to destroy our societies.
The Islamic state will save the whole of humanity. It will save [all] the nations. It will deliver people from worshipping creations to worshipping the Creator, from the injustice of [other] religions to the justice of Islam, and from the tyranny of [other] religions to abundance in this world and the Hereafter. This political entity, the Islamic state, will be the one that will safeguard the chastity and purity of Muslim women. Through da'wah – which it will spread by means of Jihad for the sake of Allah – it will explain to infidel women the meaning of chastity and purity of women in Muslim countries. It will explain that [Muslim] women do not suffer injustice, and that all the things that are said about the oppression of [Muslim] women are nothing but lies that are meant to destroy the Muslim family.