Following are excerpts from a statement by Sheik Omar Raghba in the Yakubiya village of Syria, which was posted on the Internet on October 23, 2013.
Photographer: Go ahead.
Sheik Omar Raghba: Allah willing, Allah alone will be worshipped in the Levant, which will be ruled only by the law of Allah. The idols will be worshipped no more in the Levant, Allah willing.
We shall accept nothing but Allah, His religion, and the Sunna of His prophet.
Smashes the statue of the Virgin Mary that he was holding
Say: "Allah Akbar."
People around him: Allah Akbar.