Saturday, October 23, 2004
This is one of the most insane pieces I've seen from Arab Press (AP) and that says a lot. Frankly I can't see the difference between this AP article and this Al Qaeda article. (Hat tip: LGF)
Reporters from The Associated Press visited mosques around the world Friday to take the pulse of the faithful at a time of upheaval in Islam. They found believers who, for all their cultural and geographical diversity, share an anger over Iraq and the Palestinians [sic] and a feeling that their religion is under threat from the West.
"Muslims are getting united now," said Mamdouh Habbal, a 61-year-lawyer attending prayers at Cairo's majestic Al-Azhar mosque. "Unfortunately, they're united in one thing: hatred toward America. Even an old man like me, it has hit me. And I've never known hatred my entire life."
As the sun rose over mosque after mosque across the globe, the muezzins waited for their shadows to gather at their feet, then one by one climbed into minarets, picked up microphones or simply lifted their voices to issue their call: "God is great! I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger. Come to prayers, come to salvation..." As they do every week, hundreds of millions of people responded to that call Friday.