A 13:10 minute video featuring a sermon delivered by Sheikh Abu Noor al-Maqdasi, a Palestinian imam, at Ibn Taymiyah Mosque in Palestine on Friday, May 19, 2006, and titled: ?The Cutting Sword in Defense of the Leaders of Jihad,? was recently distributed to several jihadist forums. Sheikh Abu Noor speaks passionately and loud, his voice often cracking, as he speaks in praise and defense of mujahideen commanders and leaders, Usama bin Laden in particular, and chastises those who criticize the Emir of al-Qaeda. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Mullah Omar and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri are also amongst those the sheikh defends, calling them and their mujahideen a ?new, devout pulse,? standing against the ?criminal country? of America. He states: ?We have America, with its armies, ships, airplanes, tanks, and with its riffraff and rabble, using force and casting terror… This believing group, this steadfast Mujahid group will teach them that the believing group will rather receive a strike of a sword with glory, than a strike of a whip - with humiliation?
The sheikh notes in his sermon that there are three people who act and speak against the mujahideen, describing each and their common factor in criticizing Usama bin Laden. Some call bin Laden a ?dissenter,? others say he has no affiliation with the Palestinian cause (to which Sheikh Abu Noor calls them ?drunks?), and another group questions how the Arab and Islamic Nation is to be ruled by a person who ?lives only in caves and caverns in Afghanistan?. Sheikh Abu Noor states: ?The echo of a true word is heard by everyone whose hearts contains a speckle of belief,? and he believes that those of the ?devout, believing group? loathe the hypocrites, infidels, cowards and traitors, and love those who have faith and religion. On this latter, the sheikh speaks of his love for bin Laden and the mujahideen, and speaks with them as a collective: ?We will not deviate from Islam and we will not accept any compromise. We still hate compromising until eternity.?
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