I posted last week about the Pope’s invitation to Jewish and Muslim clerics to join him for prayers in the Vatican. Several readers pointed out that every Islamic prayer contains a call for Allah to destroy the infidels, sometimes including specific mentions of Christians and Jews.
The event duly took place, and the guest imam performed his duty as expected. One of the Vatican functionaries who was present is fluent in Arabic, and his translation of the Arabic prayer was reported on a Catholic website. A summary of what happened was published earlier today at Politically Incorrect.
Rembrandt Clancy has translated the material from PI, and includes this note:
I thought it was significant that such a frank presentation can be found on a Catholic site, and as far as I can see, it is the first news out on this latest papal dialogue.
See the bottom of this post for an embedded video of the prayers said in the garden at the Vatican.
The translated article from Politically Incorrect:
11 June 2014
Vatican: Imam prays for Victory over Unbelievers
Rome: At the recent prayer meeting for peace in the Holy Land, an Imam prayed in the Vatican for “Victory against the unbelievers”. The publicist, Hamed Abdel-Samad, in contrast to the gullible Gutmenschen all over the ideal-world with their multiculti ideology, speaks fluent Arabic. And above all, he knows the Koran extremely well. He writes on his Facebook page: “In the garden of the Vatican the Muslim cleric concluded his prayer with the Koran verse: “May Allah help us to victory against the unbelievers”.
10 June 2014
On Monday the Arabic news network Al Arabiya made public an excerpt of the meeting in the Vatican. The caption read: “Imam quotes the Koran for the first time in the Vatican”. The video with Arabic subtitles shows an Islamic cleric praying. However Al Arabiya gives no information about the Koran verse nor do they provide any concrete content.
On Tuesday Hamed Abdel-Samad, who was born and raised in Egypt, confirmed his [Facebook] entry of Sunday. He writes that Vatican Radio disputes that the Muslim cleric prayed for victory against unbelievers. Then he quotes Sura 2:286 of the Koran which ends with the words: “You alone are our protector. Give us victory over the unbelievers” [English translation from N. J. Dawood]. Upon request, Abdel-Samad confirmed that he followed the ceremony on television. He says he understands Arabic and knows the quoted verse from the Koran well: Perhaps the Sheik meant well, because in the verse it also says that all prophets are equal. In conclusion he writes: it also shows, however, how problematic Koran quotations are for the legitimation of peace.
The historian and author Michael Hesemann confirms on his Facebook page the statements of Hamed Abdel-Samad. The Muslims had “cunningly deceived” the organisers, he writes. Apart from the harmless prayers which he submitted, the Imam began to quote from the second Sura of the Koran, in which Allah is implored to grant victory over the unbelievers. Hesemann explains Radio Vatican’s disclaimer by the fact that no one there knows the Koran or speaks Arabic. The statements of the Imam are however documented in video footage and are verifiable. In conclusion, Hesemann expressed his thanks to those who had helped him in the disclosure and he hopes that this “deceit” will contribute to seeing through Islam.
When will our princes of the Church and the press finally face reality and regard Islam for what it is: A perfidious concoction of lies, deception and contempt for mankind in the garb of religion?
[Translator’s note: Michael Hesemann is also known for his writings and lectures on Catholic themes, and has been featured on the German Catholic medium, KathTube.]
Video of the event: