by Khazran Khan
It sounds so absurd that present-day Muslims are unaware of the power they have to fight against the tyrants: the power of dua, the power of prayer, the power of repentance, the power of being a firm believer and true followers of the Prophet.
The problem of Palestine constitutes the greatest tragedy for the Muslim world. This is a frozen wound, which has engulfed many lives of innocents for ages in Palestine and Gaza.
Palestine is a nation, which is held in high esteems in Islamic history and has great significance for Muslims. Some of the major reasons for Palestine being of significance to Muslims are:
Allah has named it the Holy Land and the Blessed Land” in the Quran. It’s mentioned in Surah Al- Ma’idah ( 5:21 ):
“O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back (from fighting in Allah’s cause ) for then you will be returned as losers.”
It was the home of many Prophets and great men. Palestine was the birthplace of many Prophets including Hazrat Ibrahim, Ishaq, Dawud, Yaqub, Sulayman, Zakariya, Yahya, Isa and other companions like Irmiya, Maryam, Samuil, Talut, Uzair and Yusha.
Palestine is home to one of the Sacred Masjid in Islam, the Masjid al-Aqsa. Masjid Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam. It was the first Qibla for Muslims. Many references from religious books have been given with respect to this mosque. As mentioned in Sahih Muslim:
“Isa the son of Maryam (AS) would then descend, and their (the Muslims) commander (Imam Mahdi) would invite him to come and lead them in prayer, but he would say, “No, indeed some of you are commanders over each other as Allah’s honour for this Ummah”’. [Muslim]
It is the land where Isa (AS ) will defeat Dajjal, the anti-Christ as its narrated in Mu’adh ibn Jabal:
“The Prophet (ﷺ) said: The flourishing state of Jerusalem will be when Yathrib is in ruins, the ruined state of Yathrib will be when the great war comes, the outbreak of the great war will be at the conquest of Constantinople and the conquest of Constantinople when the Dajjal (Antichrist) comes forth.
It’s also narrated that Prophet Isa (AS) would then search for him (the Dajjal) until he would catch hold of him at the gate of Ludd (a village near Jerusalem) and would kill him.” [Muslim]
Palestine was the site of the miraculous night journey of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
It’s clearly mentioned in Surah al-Israa, chapter 17 Verse 1:
“Exalted is He, who took His Servant by night from Masjid Al- Haram to Masjid Al-Aqsa, whose surroundings we have blessed, to show him our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
Bani Isreal In The Quran
So many chapters and verses have been revealed in the Quran to enlighten the people about the inhumanity of Israel and its people.
The Jews, the people of Israel are cursed for killing their Prophets and disobeying Allah’s commands. Surah Baqarah [2:87] reads:
“ … But is it not that every time a messenger came to you, O children of Israel, with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant. And a party (of messengers) you denied and another party you killed. ”
Another verse from Surah Al-Ma’idah [5.32] narrates:
“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul of for corruption (done) in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whosoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”
Allah says in Quran, Surah Al- Ma’idah [5.78]:
“Cursed were those who disbelieved among the Children of Israel by the tongue if David and of Jesus, the son of Mary. That was because they disobeyed and habitually transgressed.”
Many narrations have been given in context to the people of Israel. One of the verses of Surah An-Naml reads:
“Indeed, This Quran relates to the Children Of Israel most of that over which they disagree.”
The Ongoing Inhumanity
Nevertheless to mention that the land of Palestine has undergone great turmoil for decades but all the heights of tyranny crossed in the past 11 days. The weapons of Israel ruthlessly killed the innocent Palestinians and their urge to control the holy Masjid Al-Aqsa has slaughtered generations.
The attacks on Palestine by Israel’s armed men are signs of that, a repetition of what happened earlier. The barbaric acts carried out by their forces against the Muslims of Palestine is totally heart wrenching. The false ideologies and their misconceptions on Haikal-e-Sulemani and Taboot-e-Sakina have blinded their eyes with the lust for power and dominance.
In recent clashes at Masjid Aqsa, nearly 300 people were injured and 36 lost their precious lives in an open fire by Israel’s army at the people. Overall more than 233 people were killed and nearly 1500 injured. The slain includes more than 60 children and a lot of women. Such heights of cruelty and oppression have surpassed all levels of shameful acts. Despite devastating conditions in Palestine, Muslim countries have kept their silence for years and speaking only at the time of oppression stands nowhere in their principles of humanity.
(Author is an engineering student. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Kashmir Life.)