Friday Prayer Sermons in Iraq
The USG Open Source Center translates Iraqi television’s roundup of Friday sermons on 16 June.
“Iraqi Television: Roundup of Friday Sermons 16 Jun
Iraq — OSC Report
Monday, June 19, 2006 T17:09:10Z
Document Type: OSC Report
At 0845 GMT Baghdad Satellite Channel in Arabic, reportedly sponsored by the Iraqi Islamic Party, carries a live relay of Shaykh Jamal Abd-al-Rahman’s sermon from the (Sunni) Dhi al-Nurayn Mosque, which mainly focuses on religious matters.
Within its 1700 GMT newscast, Baghdad Al-Furat in Arabic, a television station affiliated with the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), cites the representative of Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani, Shaykh Abd-al-Mahdi al-Karbala’i, imam and preacher of Al-Husayn Mosque in Karbala, as denouncing the “suicide attack” on (Shiite) Buratha Mosque in Baghdad, which had left dozens of worshippers “martyred” and “wounded.”
The channel cites Al-Karbala’i as saying that “terrorists” and “takfiri criminals” have added yet another “black day to their dark past.” Moreover Al-Karbala’i holds the US forces responsible for the deteriorating security in Iraq, adding that the “US forces” are obliged by law to take all the necessary measures to ensure the security and stability of Iraq.’