By Gulam Ali Gulza
Al-Quds is a serious concern for Muslim Ummah for two reasons. Firstly, it is an established fact, in the light of Qur’an and the Sunnah, that if a nation is illegally occupied and oppressed; its lands and resources grabbed by force, then it becomes an obligation for Muslims to help the oppressed as far as possible and raise voice against the tyrant occupying force.
Al-Aqsa mosque, the foundation of which was laid by Prophet Sulayman (AS), was the “Qibla-e –Aw’wal of Muslims, who used to face towards al-Aqsa Mosque for congregation prayers before the Prophet (SAW) directed them to face the Ka’aba. Besides, Prophet Mohammad (SAW) left for Me’raj(travel to heavens) from the same mosque. Thereby, al-Aqsa mosque, known as Baitul Muq’qadus or al-Quds has a very exalted position for Muslims world over. It has now been continuously besieged by tyrant Zionist regime of Israel for seventy years now.
The above facts emphasize upon all Muslims to stand united and strive for the liberation of al-Quds from the illegal occupation of Zionist Israel; the illegitimate state created illegally by colonial Britain, in 1948, after a portion of land from Palestinian was snatched by intrigue whereupon the Jews from various parts of the world were made to settle and gradually the other parts of land belonging to Palestinian was grabbed by coordinated plots including military operations conducted by the help of US and Britain.
In spite of the fact that the UN has, a number of times, through its resolutions restricted Israeli regime from illegal settlement activities in occupied territories but the huge construction projects on the West Bank are in progress for many years now.
After the Camp David agreement, neighboring Egypt never ever objected to the settlement activities of Israel. People of Palestine, in general, and particularly, the people of Gaza Strip continuously crumble under hardships as Gaza has been turned into a prison; devoid of any conditions for living. Amidst shameful silence of Arab monarchies and dictatorships, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country that has always upheld the cause of Palestine in all regional and international forums and rendered moral, diplomatic, and humanitarian support to the Palestinian people. The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has intensified the “Intifada” for many years now and it is only the Islamic Republic of Iran that stands firm in their support.
To recoup from failures, Israel and America have entered into a new phase of an encounter with resistance Axis. Unilateral Pull out of US from JCPOA and relocating its embassy to Quds on the Naqbah Day coupled with Saudi Arabia’s open efforts towards polarization of Ummah into Shi’a and Sunni camps upon the issues of Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen; besides open support for Zionist regime against Iran means on one side to push Palestinians to wall and make them accept any disgusting deal to forget their right to live with dignity and give up any claim on al-Quds. The deal shall be openly supported by Arabs; particularly by Saudis that need Israel’s support to save their monarchy.
Muslims all over the world need to realize that they are one Ummah. The Quran and the Sunnah have laid clear emphasis on Muslim unity; based upon the fundamental principles of belief in Tawheed (Oneness of Allah), Nabbuw’wah (Prophethood) Aakhirah(Resurrection) Qibla and Quran. The model of Islamic State established by Holy Prophet(SAW) established in Medina shall always serve a guide to establish Khilafah (Caliphate) for there is no space for Malukiat (Monarchy) in Islam; indeed a root cause of the sufferings of Ummah. In every Muslim country, Muslims ought to strive for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on the basis of Quran and Sunnah, determined by the principles of Ijtihaad. Today, Iran is the only country where the establishment of the Islamic rule from 1979 is a success story; resisting every plot of arrogant powers and their stooges. Other Muslims nations should not turn hostile towards her but should seek guidance in their endeavors in establishing an Islamic Government in their respective countries.
The leader of the Islamic revolution and the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Imam Khomeini (RA) had instructed Muslims to celebrate the last Friday of Ramadan as Yom-e-Quds (al-Quds day) which is commemorated world over by Muslims to whatever school of thought they belong to. It can prove to be as a powerful deterrent against American hegemony and Zionist designs for engulfing the whole Palestine including al-Quds.
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