Resilience of Insurgencies in Iraq: transcript of Abdullah Janabi's sermon in Fallujah, Friday January 17th 2014
I am preparing a book on the resilience of insurgencies in Iraq and Burma. In this context, I have been following the demonstrations in Fallujah since July 2013. Here is the transcript yesterday's sermon by Sheikh Abdullah Janabi. Much has been written about Fallujah in the past weeks, much of it inaccurate and plain untrue. Janabi's speech brings complexity to the sectarian issue of post-Saddam Iraq.
"We demand unity in our stand and standing with the people during hard times.
We are also warning that taking stands along party lines is treason to God and his prophet. We all know too well how the occupying entities who were present on our terrain with their secularism, work to divide our people and make them doubt their own beliefs. This is why modern day occupation is more sinister and cruel as they have brought parties that do nothing for us all the name of Islam.
It has been 10 years and the people have been making their demands peacefully. Unite and strengthen your stand, this is the breaking point and they are asking for this. Choose those who are strongest, trusting and loyal to represent us on all our life issues related to our city. Dear people, choose those from among you to represent you and do not seek the advice or opinion of anyone. There are people among you who belong in the highest levels of greatness.
We must stand up for our tribal and familial roots. This is about dignity and those who enjoy humiliation are cruel. We cannot accept the humiliation of our tribal dynasties and weakening their strong chestedness. They are our brothers and we will warn them and advise them but if they refuse to listen, then I among us, will be the first to stand up and fight as our religion is clear.
Those who call themselves moderates and conservatives, what happened to you, we were brothers and friends. Why have you sold us out before and after the occupation. Why do you still remain to be called Abdulla al Janobi. I ask for Rafaa al Esawi and this so called conservative who referred to me as the cunning rodent- it's ok he calls me a cunning rodent (Person in background says that its him, his family and his whole tribal dynasty that are rodents). I am willing to be on the media with all these guys and stimulate the public conscience. I am asking all of you in the name of God that if I am ever to be a traitor and guilty of treason and disloyalty to all of you that you shame me in front of the world.
We have to know one another and always strengthen our relationships with one another.
Lastly, our message to the world, so let the world hear. When Fallujah revolted has anyone been killed by us? No. Have we engaged in a murder campaign. No. But I swear to the Al Mighty that in the Ministries and government offices, they are taking our men and raping them and saying that they would do the same to their sisters so they better admit to their crimes. I swear to the Al Mighty that these guys are not Al-Qaeda or affiliated with any political parties and admitted to things they did not do under torture, some have resulted to the point of death.
People, we need to gather everyone from every area and every inch of our city and province and stand in solidarity and take matters in our own hands. We need to save our Fallujah from any poison from all parties that hurt our dignity and principles for the past 10 years. People if we do not stand for our city, for our dignity and our tribes, the police and military will kidnap our wives and sisters and bring them to Maliki personally for his enjoyment."
Saad Bin Abe Waqas Mosque