“Glory be to the One Who took His servant Muhammad by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose surroundings We have blessed, so that We may show him some of Our signs. Indeed, He alone is the All-Hearing, All-Seeing.” (The Qur’an, 17:1)
In the month of Rajab, years earlier than the Hijra, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to the heavens throughout the “night journey”, or al-Isra wal Mi’raj. We commemorate this miracle yearly throughout the blessed month of Rajab. Allah in describing His miracle of al-Isra wal Mi’raj bestowed glory to Jerusalem, and Palestine extra broadly. We can use its anniversary to resume our dedication to the land of Palestine and its freedom from oppression. To nurture love for His holy land, for our brothers and sisters grounded in our Holy land, allow us to discover how Allah has emphasised His love for Palestine, its folks, and its liberation.
Palestine is a Holy land in Islam
Islam is a religion and a lifestyle that has been shared and practiced worldwide. Some components of the Earth carry a deep and memorable legacy of Islam, and Palestine is revered as an vital land since the starting of time. Palestine is a land of blessings, prophethood, and the house of the “second mosque.” Muslims confronted Jerusalem when providing their prayers for years throughout the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ till they had been instructed to face Makkah after the hijrah.
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The companions of the Prophet ﷺ exemplified their dedication to Palestine once they fought to defend it throughout the reign of Omar. Many companions, specifically Ubadah bin As-Samit and Shadaad bin Aus, had been even buried there. Political leaders after the interval of al-Khulufa’ al-Rashidun and all through Islamic historical past organized and fought to maintain oppressors and invaders out of the holy land. The ethnically Kurdish, Muslim sultan Salahudeen al-Ayyubi led the heroic wrestle towards the crusades and Baybars historic battle towards the Mongols at Ain Jalut.
A portrait of Salahuddin al-Ayyubi.
Israel is the latest kind and trendy international try to beat Palestine. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1924, David Ben Gurion, the major nationwide founding father of the State of Israel and its first Prime Minister, coordinated army and colonial assist with the British imperial state to start the expulsion, occupation, and ethnic cleaning of Palestine and its folks. The official creation of Israel in 1948 was marked by the Nakba, or mass exodus of greater than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their houses throughout this time.
The mass exile of Palestinians is an try to empty the houses and land of Palestine to create space for European Jewish individuals who migrated en masse from round the world, practically half from Europe, to colonize these stolen houses and occupied lands. In addition to the bodily exile of as many indigenous folks to uproot, fracture, and destroy their communities, settler-colonial tasks goal indigenous tradition and faith to erase the oral, behavioral, non secular, and immaterial features of their life-style. Israel has, since its inception, tried to interrupt the spirit of Islam in Palestine and Judaize the land – establishing Judaism as the major and superior spiritual and cultural custom even amongst a multiethnic, interfaith inhabitants.
Bans towards the Islamic name to prayer, desecration of historic Muslim cemeteries, restrictions by means of age limits on who can pray in Al-Aqsa in concern of youth gatherings and uprisings, the focusing on of mosques in Gaza throughout bombing campaigns, makes an attempt to take management of Masjid Al-Aqsa, to call just a few examples, are the methods by which Israel tries to subjugate Islam and Muslims in the holy land.
On February 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Zionist from Brooklyn, massacred 29 folks and injured over 100 in Masjid Al-Ibrahimi in al-Khalil, or Hebron, throughout the Fajr prayer in the month of Ramadan. This assault was additional weaponized by Israel as a pretext to segregate the mosque and take the holy website from Palestinian management. Palestinians react and have at all times reacted strongly to Zionist assaults on Islamic heritage. The second intifada, or rebellion, sparked after Ariel Sharon, the 11th Prime Minister of Israel, had entered the holy mosque and acknowledged, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.” These acts of violence alone, with a separate tier reserved for the slaughter of Palestinian males, girls, and kids in Gaza, in addition to the indefinite siege that starves, cages, and kills Gazans to this present day, are sufficient to shake the coronary heart of each Muslim from any background and reveal the warfare towards the political and non secular id of Palestinians.
How will we follow Brotherhood for our Ummah in Palestine?
Brotherhood is a core precept of Islam. Muslims worldwide have rights over each other just by the nature of our shared perception system and relationship as brothers and sisters in Islam. We should deal with each other nicely, assist each other in the direction of the fact, information one different towards wrongdoing, and extra. The Quran discusses brotherhood in Islam as a blessing and unity as an obligation, and it was exemplified in the approach the companions of the Prophet Muhammad handled one another.
“The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy upon them, for Allah is Almighty and Wise.” (The Qur’an, 9:71).
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ stated,
“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5665).
The Islamic custom echoes the notion that injustice wherever is a risk to justice all over the place. Muslims have collectively at all times understood their obligation to assist their brothers. In one other hadith, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ stated,
“Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. The people asked, “How should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet ﷺ responded, “By stopping him from oppressing others. (Sahih al-Bukhari 2444).
Solidarity, as we perceive it at this time, is a vital part of advocacy. We have seen vital strides in attaining justice for others by means of solidarity campaigns. Apartheid South Africa is a primary instance of what occurs once we stand for oppressed folks round the world. In 1959, the Anti-Apartheid Movement launched to place an finish to the system of institutionalized racial segregation, and inside years tangible actions had been being taken towards the apartheid state.
There is nobody singular approach to stand in assist of others. As Muslims in the United States, we should be inventive and authentic in creating options to the issues our ummah faces. We should acknowledge our obligation to assist our brothers round the world by means of each means doable, as folks positioned in a privileged place in the West. There are a variety of initiatives for nearly any and each trigger – the group Justice For All advocates and educates on totally different plights of minority Muslim populations in India, Burma, and East Turkestan. Stand With Kashmir is a worldwide citizen motion group dedicated to ending the army occupation in Kashmir. American Muslims for Palestine is a number one training and advocacy group that has labored for over a decade to shift the tide on Palestine; to proceed to extend American public assist for Palestinian rights and opposition to unconditional U.S. assist for Israel. To become involved in the work, you’ll be able to observe these organizations and assist volunteer and advocacy calls.
We can make investments and change into part of the work totally different American organizations are doing to advocate for our brothers overseas, and likewise donate on to organizations on the floor offering humanitarian support straight. Beyond the command to assist the oppressed in normal, Muslims have a particular command to assist the folks of Masjid Al Aqsa.
Islam is a religion of activism. Justice is a basic precept in Islam and is rooted in spirituality and God-consciousness. The Holy Quran instructions us to be “upholders of justice and witnesses before God” and states that, “God commands justice and fair dealing” (The Qur’an 16:90). We have to be simply with ourselves and people round us. We should stand towards evil and oppression.
The Prophet Muhammad states, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith” (Hadith an-Nawawi, 34, 40).
This hadith tells us that an individual can not simply stand again and watch as acts of injustice happen. An instance of holistic justice is the significance Islam provides to caring for those that are helpless, each bodily and financially.
It is with the understanding of those three ideas, the significance of Palestine in Islam, brotherhood, and justice, we’re propelled to assist and stand by our Palestinian brothers and sisters. And as individuals who stay in the United States, our duty is even higher. The United States is the largest supporter of Israel which signifies that we’ve got an enormous potential for creating efficient change. One means by which we are able to act on such change is by supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions marketing campaign. Such a marketing campaign calls upon customers, neighborhood organizations, and governments to withdraw their assist for firms complicit in Israel’s numerous human rights violations. Such a marketing campaign has been supported by outstanding intellectuals, politicians, and human rights teams all through the world. It is important that Muslims be concerned in this vital pursuit for justice.
God relays in the Quran, “And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.” (The Qur’an 51:55).
In this month as we bear in mind al-Isra wal Mi’raaj, the Night journey of our prophet, we should recommit ourselves to preventing for justice in this land. To encourage your self and others by additional exploring this situation, remember to be part of Aqsa Week held throughout the final week of Rajab, between March 6-12. Officials associated to al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem have praised this initiative organized by American Muslims for Palestine and Friends of al-Aqsa, which is able to include quite a lot of digital actions and academic classes to foster the love of al-Aqsa in the hearts of Muslims worldwide.
Mark your calendars and observe American Muslims for Palestine on Twitter and Facebook to be notified of the upcoming digital occasions to attend for Aqsa week.