In a sermon in Khan Yunis this part Friday, a cleric affiliated with Hamas called for “jihad for the sake of Allah”.
The sermon by Sheik Muhammad Abu Rajab aired on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV and was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
His comments were made following the killing of three top Hamas commanders in an Israeli airstrike.
“The Zionists gather, from all corners of the world, in Jerusalem and its environs. They occupy and plunder the land so that the promise of Allah will be fulfilled: "We have brought you in droves so that it will be easier to slaughter and kill you,’" charged Abu Rajab.
“Oh Zionists, you know this for a fact. You know this because your stay here is temporary. You live here, but your eyes are set on the airports,” he continued.
“Know that jihad for the sake of Allah is not dependent upon any individual. Otherwise, the spread of Islam would have ceased with the death of the Prophet. However, after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the light of Islam reached the borders of France and of China. Our jihad is not dependent upon individual people.”
“Oh scoundrels, let me deliver a personal message to you. This is a personal message to the commanders of the cowardly army. I have a boy, two and a half years old. Netanyahu and Yaalon, you have been encouraging this conduct in our children, so expect their wrath,” threatened Abu Rajab.
He also said that “we are preparing for you an army that you cannot match, and we await the fulfillment of the promise of Allah.”
“We loyal to the vow we made, oh Prophet of Allah. This is a pledge of allegiance to the death, oh Prophet of Allah. We have pledged allegiance to you and to the commanders of the jihad – to Deif, to Al-Attar, and to Abu Shamalah. We pledged before the commanders of the jihad and resistance to die for the sake of Allah,” declared Abu Rajab.