A hopeful sign


A crack in the wall; Muslim worshippers shouting down anti—American "sermons" by Imams. The counterterror blog reports:

From the Al—Siyasah newspaper (received June 6):

"The Imam of al—Jabiriyah preached against the Americans and the Worshippers shouted 'O' Allah, make America stronger!"

"The Al—Siyasah newspaper has received news that several mosques in Kuwait have begun to exhibit a new phenomenon manifested in the rejection by worshippers of extremist prayers expressed by some of the Imams during their Khutbah [friday prayer].  These prayers included invitations to fight the Americans and to become more hostile towards them.  An example of this [phenomenon] was when Nabil al—Awadi, who is an Imam at one of the mosques in the southern region of Al—Surrah, began preaching against the Americans in his last Friday Khutbah.  As a result, the people at prayer cut off his speech and demanded that he stop talking.  Additionally, the worshippers at the mosque of Aisha Shabib in the Al—Jabiriyah neighborhood shouted, 'O' Allah, make Islam and America stronger' in response to what the Imam of that mosque had said during friday prayer about America and the current war [in Iraq]."

Ed Lasky   7 11 05