Wednesday, January 14

Muslim Scholars on Gaza - 1

I found four, very interesting, statements written by Muslim scholars, thinkers and academics regarding the situation in Gaza,

Nearly two weeks ago, Muslim Scholars of Holy Mecca, wrote this statement (Arabic) regarding the War on Gaza. As far as my knowledge goes, it was the first real statement that came out of any 'Islamic authorities' (religious institutions, symbols and such) regarding a war against a Muslim people. By real I mean it did not only condemn the war.

Here is a quick translation of the statement:

By The Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

The Statement of Holy Mecca Regarding The Situation in Gaza

03-01-1430H [January 1st, 2009]

All praise due to the Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace on the noblest of prophets and messengers - our prophet Mohammad, and his family and companions.

To Proceed,

The horrendous crime that is currently taking place by the Zionist State towards our Palestinian brothers in Gaza is one episode in a long series of crimes that has been continuously practiced by Jewish people since the occupation of the Muslim lands of Palestine. It follows a sinful, unjust siege that has lasted for nearly two years, in which Palestinians were banned food, medicine, electricity and all basic human needs. This resulted in the death of so many innocent, harmless souls, which revealed to everyone the true nature of these criminal Jewish gangs; a confirmation of the God’s saying ((How can there be such a league, seeing that if they get an advantage over you, they respect not in you the ties either of kinship or of covenant? With fair words from their mouths they entice you, but their hearts are averse from you; and most of them are rebellious and wicked.)) [Holy Quran 9:8]

The Muslim Scholars of Holy Mecca are bound by religious duty - as Allah Almighty obliged those who posses knowledge to spread it, not hide it - and by their duty of brotherhood towards the civilians of Gaza. As such, and due to the increasing severity of the situation, it has become necessary that they clarify the following facts:

FIRST) This struggle that is carried by the Islamic resistance which is embodied by the elected Palestinian government [referring to the 2006 elections], The Islamic Resistance Movement – HAMAS - and all other Islamic resistance movements on the lands of Palestine is an undoubtedly legal form of [defensive] Jihad. And hence, to support those Mujahideen with money, weapons, media and supplication is a religious obligation on everybody according to their capacities. The biggest portion of this duty lies on the shoulders of the governments of Islamic states. The refusal to support those Mujahideen by whoever is capable of that, let alone conspiring against them, is indeed the greatest shame.

SECOND) All Arab and Islamic governments must rush to support the legitimate elected Palestinian government in Gaza and any Islamic resistance groups with all forms of political, military and economic support. It is an obligation to exert all possible effort to lift the prejudice on the Palestinian people in Gaza, especially an obligation on the Egyptian government to hold responsibility towards supporting our people in Gaza through opening its borders permanently and indefinitely - the Rafah crossing point in particular - for the transport of all necessary provisions.

THIRD) All Arab and Islamic Governments must publicly withdraw from all peace initiatives that are currently on the negotiation table with Israel, and withdraw any established peace accord with the Zionist enemy. All those according should be disregarded after this brutal attack on our brothers in Gaza.

FOURTH) We recommend our brothers – scholars and imams of mosques all around the world – to speak a word of truth in support of our brothers in Gaza, to continue their supplication in all congregational prayers, to clarify to people what Islam says about such situations, and to make this war the topic of all Friday sermons until Allah Almighty would bring this ordeal to an end.

FIFTH) All Muslims must continue to support their brothers in Gaza through donations of blood and money as well as continuing supplication, and try to stop the spreading of the propaganda of the enemy’s media. It was reported with authentic narration that the messenger of Allah – may peace and blessings be upon him – said “Any Muslim who abandons another Muslim in a situation where the latter’s pride, honor and safety is jeopardized, shall be abandoned by Allah in a situation where he needs His support. And any Muslim who supports another Muslim in a situation where the latter’s pride, honor and safety is jeopardized, shall be supported by Allah in a situation where he needs His support.”

SIXTH) We have already seen a great deal of patience, steadfastness and pride in our brothers in Gaza so far, so we only urge them to continue in that spirit, to sincerely seek support from and depend on Allah Almighty alone. Allah says “Indeed, Allah is with the pious ones who restrain themselves, and those who do good.” [Holy Quran 16:128]

We ask Allah Almighty to end the miseries and ordeals on our brothers in Gaza, to give them victory over the enemy of Allah and their enemies; He is indeed capable of everything.
May Allah bestow peace and blessings on our prophet Mohammad, and his family and companions.

The Undersigned [a list of 25 Meccan Muslim scholars]