Saturday, May 24, 2008

Khutbah Jumaat- Remembering 60 years of Nakhba

“Most glorified is the One who summoned His servant (Muhammad) during the night, from the Masjidil Haram to the Masjidil Aqsa, whose surroundings we have blessed, in order to show him some of our signs. He is the Hearer, the Seer” (Al Isra, 17: 1)

My brothers in Islam,

Last week, on the 15th of May 2008, Palestinians and the Muslimin Ummah have marked 60 years since the beginning of the Nakba, the events of 1948 that resulted in the liberation of the Palestinian land and the expulsion of its people by the Jews. But the Nakba is not simply an historical event of the past. It is a deliberate program, a process of occupation, transfer and genocide of the Palestinian’s national identity to create an empty land to be populated by Jewish immigrants. Thus, the land that has been opened by the second Khalifah of Islam, Amirul Mukminin Saidina Umar radhiallahu anh in the 636 Masihi, is now being shattered by the destruction and suffering of the Palestinians specifically, and the Ummah in general.

Members of the Jumuah,

Nakba has been translated into English as "catastrophe," "disaster," or "calamity”. That is the word that will always be remembered in the heart of Muslims who cared about Al Quds, or the Palestine issue. For the Israelis, they celebrate 60 years of their so called ‘independence’ with joy and happiness, indicating that it has been 60 years since they have arrived and gained the power in Al Quds. Meanwhile, deep inside the hearts of Muslims who are aware of this, signifies 60 years of suffering and violation to the third holiest land in Islam. This event occurred when the Zionist regime occupies the land illegally with the help of British and United Nation. The idea of the establishment of Israeli nation was originally made by a Hungarian journalist, Theodure Hertzl who is the founder of the Zionist movement. The existence of World Zionist Organisation (WZO), and its first international conference in Basle, Switzerland on the 27th August 1897, has opened a new era for the Zionist politics, which lead to the establishment of Israel. While British, whose a great alliance to the Jews, had declared the Balfour Declaration on 2nd November 1917, which guaranteed a nation specifically for the Jews. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Jews from Europe and Russia came and settled in Palestine, and by time, the land of the Palestinians was taken by them. The “Resolution 181” announced by the UN in 1947, tore apart the Palestinian land; 2/3rd for the Jews and only 1/3rd for the Palestinians, had brought the Palestinians further apart from their land.

The Muslims in Palestine are now crying and hoping, hoping that their brothers in Islam all around the world will come and save them from this disaster and liberation, similarly when the Crusaders got their feet on Al Quds on the 4th of July 1099, which had lead the killings of 70,000 Muslims without any mercy. If during that time, Salahuddin Al Ayyubi had come and rescued Palestinians on the 2nd October 1197 after 88 years of occupation of the Holy land. But now, where’s the Salahuddin Al Ayyubi of the ummah to save the Palestinians? Where is Umar Al Khatab, who had opened back Al Quds from the Kafiruns? The Muslims nowadays need leaders and saviours like them, and thus, we as Muslims should get back to the roots of Islam, which are the Al Quran and Sunnah. We should be aware and feel the need to get back together as an Ummah, and we should be freed from slavery to mankind, and only devote ourselves to Allah SWT.

My brothers in Islam,

Be aware that the Jews do not care about whoever their enemy is, whether they are babies, children, teenagers, the elders, man, women, perfectly healthy or even disabled people. This fact is also supported by Al Quran and history, when Jews even dared to kill the previous Prophets who even came among their own people. This was what happened to Prophet Zakaria and Yahya, and they even claimed that they also killed Prophet Isa AS. However, this event was denied in Al Quran in Surah An Nisa, 4, ayat 157.

And [for] their saying, "Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, ‘Isa, the son of Mariam, the messenger of Allah." And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them..”

Members of the Jumaah,

There are few actions that we can and must perform together in order to fight back with the Palestinians and win back Baitul Muqaddis. There are 3 main points that we should concentrate on, which is knowledge, spiritual strength and practicality:

For knowledge, we must learn and understand about the issues and history of Palestine, and also the Jews, because the understanding of these issues is crucial in gaining back Al Quds to the Ummah. For the spiritual, we must not feeling down and give up in gaining back Al Quds for the Ummah. Muslims should also live up the sense of belonging and caring for the religion and the Ummah, and also to get rid of the ‘Wahn’ disease as stated in the Hadis, which means “devoted to dunia and fear to death”. We should also feel the importance of Tarbiyah of ourselves and also towards Ummah. In terms of practicality, we can help by not supporting the Jews through not buying products and services that will contribute to the progress of the Jews. We must also donate to the Palestinians to help them in their fight against the Jews and also to lessen the burden and their suffering. We must also not forget the non Muslims in discussing the Palestine issue, as most of them felt the same like us in relation to the humanitarian awareness, as the same awareness and understanding can only be achieved through the natural human instinct to care for others.


My brothers in Islam,

What matters to Palestinians is that 60 years are too much, and that denial of the Nakba must come to an end. Let’s make this year a unique opportunity to break the cycle of denial, and join the handful of people who have already decided to stop being passive bystanders. This will require the collective effort and determination of solidarity movements around the world to instill awareness and campaign for an end of Nakba.

If the Jews are being motivated by their Kitab Thalmud, we as the Ummah Islam should be more motivated with the Al Quran gifted especially to us and upbringing the souls of the ummah with Al Quran. It is the best way to ensure that the Ummah revive and not being tortured and oppressed by our enemies.

Allahumma ya Aziz ya Muntaqim! Do unite our hearts with the bond of love and the sweetness of brotherhood, in order to achieve the Redha of You. Tighten our bond for us to defend the Holy Land Al Quds. Give us the righteous victory in the world and hereafter, and soften our hearts so that we could offer the best assistance to our brothers in Palestine, and make our lives as the people who live to free our beloved Palestine.

“Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dawud and 'Isa ,son of Maryam That was because they disobeyed (Allah and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds.” (Al Maidah, 5: 78)

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