Muslim Scholar Hopes to Conquer the Vatican, Spain

St. John of Capistrano, with a Turk under his feet

From MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research institute), comes this clip from Dr. Subhi Al-Yaziji, Dean of Koranic Studies at the Islamic University of Gaza. Here’s what he says:

The conquest of Andalusia is an old dream, something Muslims proudly hope for and will continue to hope for in the future… We place our hopes in Allah and trust that the day will come when our triumph will not be restricted to Palestine. Our hopes go beyond that – to raise the banner of the Caliphate over the Vatican,the “Rome” of today, in accordance with the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad: “Constantinople shall be conquered and then Rome.”

Give it your best shot, pal.

Maybe this should be part of the next Muslim-Catholic dialogues?

H/T Weasel Zippers


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  • Dennis Mahon

    Not to be a sourpuss, but Muslims have raided Rome in the past — that’s why the Leonine Wall was built. Given the savagery of the massacre of Otranto (1480), I would not be so blaise’ about this threat.

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    There were also the Saracens in 846.

  • Me

    This is an honest statement of honest faith. This is not two-faced or insincere. Would that our Faith would be equally frank, instead of the post-Vatican II modernist posing of those ‘dialogues.’ Our life on earth is a test, is a horse race, and we should be running so as to win. This is not to say that we Catholics and those Muslims cannot both practice tolerance, as before the Council when freedom was not made a right even to those in error. We can tolerate error, and they can tolerate what they perceive to be error, and so it goes. But we cannot both be right. This is no different a dynamic than than the discussion that goes on in physics or chemistry or philosophy. Two contradictory prepositions cannot be equal and we don’t pretend that they are, we go on to prove which is useful, or results in better predictions of reality. So be it! Christianity is the blessed religion and its culture proves it! (Not much left of that, though. But perhaps if we kick off this equality lie, we can regain it!)
    Any two religions cannot be equal.. That’s life, and a source of great human dynamism, which modernism seeks to destroy by calling it instead a source of war. Modernism hates all the non-static systems, like the necessity of male female sexuality, preferring always closed, anti-life, static systems in the name of some kind of perverted justice. Modernists cannot bear the unjust inequality of up and down! Up and down should dialogue! Let’s form a committee.

  • Bob Atchison

    The raid in the 9th century got to the tomb of St. Peter in the Basilica. There are Christians who express similar dreams about Istanbul. The Russians were promised the city and the straits as victory spoils after WWI, but then there was the revolution and Russia pulled out of the war. That wasn’t so long ago.

  • http://none Clifford

    May God grant our prayers that Biblical Christianity will be spread to the Muslim world. Right back at you professor!

  • JwilliamT

    Yeah, but imagine all the people worldwide who will come to the Vatican’s aid in the event of an Islamic attack.. I remember contemplating a few days ago just how many Americans, not to count everybody else, would go help. Consider the percentage of the US military that is Catholic!