Following are excerpts
from a public address delivered by Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi, which
aired on Al-Nas TV on February 21, 2012:
There is no doubt that one's devotion to Jihad for the sake of Allah
and one's will to shed blood, smash skulls, and chop off body parts
for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion constitute an honor
for the believer. Just having this notion in your heart is a mark of
honor, even if you do not actually wage Jihad.
The infidel countries
– the US and its allies – would not have dared to fight the Muslims,
to rape their wives, and to turn them into widows… They only dared
to engage in the daily corrupting of and fighting against Islam and
the Muslims when they saw that the Muslims did not even consider fighting
and conquering the [infidel] countries.
If the Muslims implemented
the words of Allah: "Fight the infidels near you, and let them
find harshness in you," and other Koranic verses, like the Verse
of the Sword, which deal with fighting the infidels and conquering their
countries, stating that they should join Islam, pay the jizya
poll tax, or be fought… Had the Muslims implemented this, we would
not be in our current state of humiliation.