IT IS heartening to see Bruneian Muslims flocking to mosques and prayer halls throughout the country on Mon-day, July 14, 2014, to pray for the safety and protection of the Palestinians, especially those in the blockaded and bombarded Gaza. People from all walks of life, from children to elderly, thronged the mosques for the special mass prayers for the plight of the Palestinians in response to the call from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Muslims in the other parts of the world also performed prayers for the Palestinians and took to the streets to protest and condemn the brutal aggression of Zionist Israel. Protests were also staged by people of other religions in non-Muslim countries: a proof that people who truly have hearts and conscience are against the inhumane and barbaric acts of the Zionist Israel. If you don’t cry seeing the drama showing the innocent face of children, women and elderly people killed and homes razed to the ground by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, there must be something wrong with your heart. At least 224 people, two-third of them civilians and most were children and women, and more than 1,500 injured until yesterday.
With utmost honesty and sincerity, we must salute the Palestinians, especially the Gazans, for their steadfastness and determination in resisting and fighting persecution by the Zionist Israel and their full confidence towards Allah the Almighty’s love and protection. Gazans have shown the world they are the toughest and bravest human beings on Earth.
They have been living under extreme hardship under the inhumane blockade by the Zionist government of Israel. In the middle of this fasting month of Ramadhan, the Zionists with their state of the art weapons, fighter jets and war machines launched strikes after strikes against people armed only with stones, mediocre arms and ineffective rockets. Gaza has no planes, no tanks, no latest technologies, no guided missiles, but, for sure, they have Allah’s protection.
Israel’s military has intentionally targeted civilians, especially children, in a war they claimed to defend themselves from the people they have been colonising for decades. Houses, schools and public facilities were destroyed in strikes they said to demilitarise Hamas. Hospitals are short of medicines and other supplies due to the blockade, which has got even worse with Egypt closing the Rafah border crossing, the only gate to the outside world.
We strongly condemned the Zionist Israel’s persecution, practice of apartheid system and attacks on the Palestinians. We are also deeply concerned with the deaths the Zionist military has caused on Gazans. Israel might think that the massacre would crush the fighting spirit of the Palestinians. No! It was a big mistake. They would only awaken the people they tried to crush. They would only invite a more massive resistance that sends the ghost of fear to the Israelis. By using more sophisticated wea-pons, the Zionist Israel, actually, only display their fear of the Palestinian fighters.
The more they attack Gazans, the bigger their spirit becomes. Death is something feared by the Israelis, but for Muslims in general and the Gazans in particular, dying in jihad, war against the enemy of Islam, will only make them syahid (martyr), the best death which true Muslims dream of.
Allah says in Al-Quran: “And say not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah, ‘They are dead.’ Nay, they are living, but you perceive (it) not.” (Al-Baqarah 154), and “Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve.” (Ali Imran 169-170)
We need to clarify that Islam does not sanction waging war against the People of the Book as long as they do not stage aggression against Muslims or occupy their lands. But whenever any Muslim land is occupied by an enemy, just as the case with Palestine occupied by the Zionists who spread torture and violence on earth against the original inhabitants of the land, Muslims and Christians, rampaging through houses, raping women and killing innocent children, Jihad in this case becomes individually obligatory (Fardu `Ain) for all Muslims living in the occupied land, as well as for Muslims very close to them, to regain the land from the enemy.
Because the Israelis will not allow us to arm the Palestinians, we Muslims, as individuals and communities, are bound to do our best in this respect. The Quran says: “Allah puts no burden on any person beyond what He has given him.” (At-Talaq 65:7). We can offer many things to support our Palestinian brothers, including supplicating to Allah to help them because ‘supplication is the shield of a believer’. We can support them financially, as every one of us is asked to offer whatever amount of money we can in this cause as a sign of solidarity with these oppressed people. Also, we are to propagate their cause and make it known to everyone, especially as it is not the Palestinians’ own cause: it is the cause of Islam. May Allah hasten the victory of our beloved Palestinian brothers and sisters over the oppressors. Aamiin
We need to learn from our Palestinian brothers and sisters. Amid the hardship, living with very limited resources, under the cruel occupation and persecution, they have never given up. All the problems and difficulties only make them stronger and closer to their Lord the Creator. What makes the Gazans and Palestinian fighters so tough, headstrong and persistent? It’s because their strong love of the Almighty Allah, His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), His Book and their motherland, and their persistence in performing their religious duties. Israel’s bullets and missiles can never kill this spirit and eternal love.
Now, amid the biased reports by wes-tern media on the plight of the Palesti-nians, where has the so-called human rights champion (especially the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) gone? Where are you? You’re quick to condemn when one wants to implement the law of divine origin, Syariah, and no one was killed. When Gaza is being bombarded and children massacred under a systematic ethnic cleansing campaign by the Zionist Israel, what can you do? Don’t the UNHCR acknowledge the human rights of the Palestinians to live as free human beings?
Palestinians do not need your lip service. Ignoring the genocide in Gaza you only make UNHCR a joke to mankind.
UNHCR seems to have lost the high moral ground to lecture about human rights to anyone in the future.
The Brunei Times/Editorial
Fri, 18 July 2014