Samir Haddad, IOL Correspondent
prayers in Ramadan are a chance for Muslims to supplicate, ask for God’s forgiveness and even for earthly wishes, but
for a country suffering from insecurity, chaos and violence, invoking Allah’s wrath against foreign troops occupying
their homeland tops the list.
Muhammad (PBUH) used to pray for Allah at hard times more than usual. In Iraq now, what could be worse than occupation?”
Sheikh Nehad Hekmat Al-Habbori, the Al-Hadi mosque imam told IslamOnline.net.
further saw the US occupation, intensive Jewish and Christian presence in Iraq as the “worst catastrophe” that
hit the Arab, Muslim country.
imams (leading prayers) should make their supplications consistent with the hard times and difficult conditions Iraq and Iraqis
are going through.
should explicitly invoke Allah against the occupiers. The Prophet (PBUH) himself invoked Allah against the Jews and tribes
plotting against Islam.”
Omar Al-Shabib, imam of Al-Sa’don mosque, agrees.
suffers from occupation and a list of related diseases; hypocrites, spies, detainees, captives, bombardment and killing of
innocent children and women. We need to specify our supplications to Allah to mention all these crises during Tarawih prayers.”
of Fallujah have been unusually deserted during the Muslim holy month this year as people fled the city to avoid a reported
US massive onslaught, under the pretext of arresting Abu Mosaab Al-Zarqawi and his followers.
Support for MujahedeenOther Iraqi imams go even further
by supplicating explicitly for Allah’s support to be with the Iraqi resistance against US occupation forces.
openly pray for Allah to support the resistance,” Sheikh Fayek Al-Tikriti, Al-Yassin mosque imam told IslamOnline.net.
Allah support the Mujahideen and help them.”
peoples’ reaction when an imam does that, in light of the fact that the US forces and the ally the interim government
refuse to accept the presence of resistance. They rather refer to fighters as “militants, insurgents or terrorists”.
explicit supplications sometimes cause controversy among Iraqis.
prayers show great sympathy and approval. Their tears even run when I call for Allah to support the Mujahedeen,” Al-Tikriti
however, express their fears the mosque might be targeted by US forces.”
Al-Tikriti believes those fearful Iraqis are Iraq’s
performing the Tarawih prayers during the dawn-to-dusk fasting month, the Iraqi prayers burst into tears when supplicating
for Allah to end occupation of Iraq, support the resistance and save the war-ravaged country from daily bloody massacres.
Allah plunge the United States into decay and target it with punishment. We resort to You Almighty to protect us from their
evils and make their malicious aggressions backfire on them,” an Iraqi imam gave an example of how he invokes Allah
against the United States.
response to a question regarding supplications against non-Muslims during prayers, Muslim scholars had said that when imams
do supplicate, it is directed against the oppressors among non-Muslims and aims at those who launch war against Muslims
and against humanity.
Iraqi imams invoke Allah against those who collaborate with the US occupation.
Allah expose those who betrayed Muslims and the Iraqi people. May the Almighty make the enemies they sided with be the tool
for their punishment.”
imams supplicate for Allah to support the Iraqi resistance. “May Allah support the Mujahedeen and destroy the unfaithful
Iraqi towns, particularly Fallujah, come under almost daily attacks by the US forces under claims of searching for resistance
April, at least 700 Iraqis, mostly women and children, were killed and 1,500 others injured in Fallujah when the US occupation
forces imposed a tight siege on the town and intensified air strikes on its densely-populated areas.
September 18, Amnesty International blasted the US for its barbaric raids on Fallujah.