A Libyan imam on Friday called on his mosque’s congregants to “detonate our wrath” upon the West and “stab them in their main artery… their economy” for disgracing the Muslim prophet Mohammad in the controversial anti-Islam video “The Innocence of Muslims.”
He also prayed that Allah would “destroy the rancorous Christians and the corrupting Jews.”
The film, whose trailer emerged on the Internet last week, sparked a firestorm of protests across the Muslim world. A few days before the preacher spoke, a Libyan mob torched the American embassy in Benghazi, killing the American ambassador and three others.
In a speech broadcast on Libya’s Al-Hurra TV, and recorded and transcribed by Memri (the Middle East Media Research Institute) a Benghazi preacher bemoaned the mockery of Islam’s revered prophet, saying it was the final straw in the crimes committed by the West against Muslims.
“We remained quiet when they butchered the elderly. We remained quiet when they slaughtered the children. We were restrained when they violated the honor of women. All that is left is the mocking of our Prophet.
“How can we not boycott anyone who attacks our beloved Prophet?” he asked rhetorically. He then called on Muslims “to adopt a firm stance, and to detonate our wrath upon them, with deeds they will not be able to ignore.
“Let us stab them in their main artery, the secret behind their power. Let us stab them in their economy,” the preacher exhorted.
Invoking the name of God, the preacher closed by entreating Allah to “destroy the rancorous Christians and the corrupting Jews.”
The broadcaster of the speech, Al-Hurra describes its mission as providing “objective, accurate, and relevant news and information to the people of the Middle East” in order to promote “democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives available in the region’s media.”