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The Ummah under siege - Masjidul Aqsa
The Ummah under siege - Masjidul Aqsa
Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala informs us in verse 73 of Surah Al-Anfal:

"The enemies of Islam are protectors of one another: Unless you protect one another, there will be tumult, oppression and turbulance on earth."

Yes, they are indeed protectors of one another. Allah forbid, I honestly and truly do not incite hatred, but merely want to make you aware of the facts that are unfolding right before our very eyes and humbly ask that all of us assess the realities of the ongoing situation confronting the Muslim Ummah all over the world. Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala by way of the Most Glorious and Holy Qur'an teaches us what we, as an Ummah should do to avoid the snares and pitfalls that are being laid for us by the enemies of His Deen and the enemies of His Beloved Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

The manner in which the Most Holy Qur'an educates us is truly amazing. Sometimes it speaks to us directly, sometimes it teaches us by way of our own experiences and sometimes it places us in direct confrontation with our avowed enemies. We are all aware of the ongoing atrocities being committed by the zionist authorities in Palestine and the grave danger facing our Beloved Masjid-ul-Aqsa - first Qibla of the Muslims.

International opinion as manifested in the United Nations will once again be willfully ignored by the unrepentant zionists and their supporters who maintain that the daily killings of Palestinians are justified because the lives of the heavily armed zionist soldiers are being threatened by stone throwing Palestinian youths. However, this is not the time to comment on the Kuffar controlled United Nations and its one sided role when it comes to dealing with or protecting innocent Muslim lives.

What I would like to bring to your attention is that there appears to be an obvious parallel for comparison. In India, the Babri Masjid has been coveted, desecrated and burned down to the ground by an extreme sect of racist Hindus who claim that the Mosque stood on the site of the temple of Rama. We can see the similarity between the two claims. The Jews claim that Masjid-ul-Aqsa is built on the site of the temple of Solomon, and, the Hindus say that the Babri Masjid is on the site of the temple of Rama. After a great deal of research it is extremely doubtful that the idol god that the Hindus refer to as Rama ever existed as an historical personage. The situation with Masjid-ul-Aqsa is very much the same when we study the history of the area.

What we Muslims are now concerned with is why Muslim heritage of historical and sacred places of worship in particular are now under siege by the avowed enemies of Islam . Why has Muslim life become so cheap and the shedding of innocent Muslim blood an everyday occurance? Why is it that the honour of Muslims is so easily violated without any one blinking an eyelid to bring this madness to an end?

The parallel between the claims of the zionists and the Hindus should be the motivation to shock us into the realization of what we will face the world over and that is something we all have to take stock of right now.
There is a Hadith in which is enshrined a prophecy of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam when he envisaged a time when other nations will conspire together against the Muslim Ummah and converge on them like hungry wolves sensing the feebleness of their prey. Then one of the Sahaba asked:

"O Rasoolullah! Are we going to be fewer in numbers at that time?"

Our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam replied:

"No! you will be like the froth which surfaces on the surface of the water at the time of a flood....of no endurance...of no value...and of no consequence or effect. And Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal will remove from them the fear of you and He will instill in your hearts 'Wahn'.

Then one of the Sahaba asked: "O Rasoolullah! what is meant by Al-Wahn?"

Replied our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam:

"When my Ummah will love the material life more than the life of the Aghirah."

Indeed, it is just natural to love life and to fear death, but what our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam meant by this was that a time will come when his Ummah will be so engrossed in pursuit of name and fame, amassing material wealth and the joys of the Dunya that they will forget that they are going to die some day. There are those who will not care to sacrifice all the values, all the noble and wholesome things that Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen has decreed for us. People will be mainly concerned with their bellies and their greatest desires will be the consumption of food. Their minds will be obsessed with their wealth, position, status and honour and their religion will be of what they possess in terms of money and material wealth. Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal reminds us that amassing wealth will occupy those people up to the moment when they are actually laid in their Qabars in verse 1 to 8 in Surah At-Takathur:

"The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things). Until you visit the graves. But nay, you shall soon know (the reality). Again, you shall soon know with certainty of mind, (you beware) you shall certainly see the fire of Jahannum" Again you shall see it with certainty of sight. Then, shall you be questioned that Day about the joys that you indulged in."

Mankind may be engrossed in the joys and luxuries of the worldly life till death approaches, then he looks back on a wasted life, insofar as provision for the Akhirah is concerned. It means to hate death and to forget it as if one was going to live forever, as if there is no day when we will meet our Glorious Creator and Sustainer to give an account of our actions. If we are all honest with ourselves, this is the state of our lives and this, my beloved brothers and sisters is reality.

The avowed enemies of Islam have openly acknowledged their intense hatred for the Ummah. They are not shy, ashamed or scared of asserting and reiterating their hatred. They brazenly admit to their evil plans of wanting to demolish Masjid-ul-Aqsa and erecting in its place what they claim to be the Temple of Solomon. This has been announced, it has been declared, and it is the strategy and the policy of the zionists since Al-Quds was stolen from its inhabitants and handed to the Jews of the world. The Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an teaches us a great deal about the murder, oppression, repression, subjugation and humiliating others and is by no means a new characteristic of the Bani Isra'eel of today. The Glorious Qur'an confirms their brutality, about their hard and stony hearts, about their eagerness to spread corruption, and their labours and artifices to start and maintain wars.

Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has confirmed all these facts to us in the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an, but do we read it with an open mind? If we all try to read the Most Holy Qur'an with understanding and not just with our lips, we may learn to anticipate the injustices that lies in store for all of us. Rest assured my beloved brothers and sisters: these events are not new, but, what is new are the circumstances, the situations under which we as Muslims are going through at this particular juncture in the history of our nation. Our enemies have succeeded in a strategy of pitting us at each others throats. They have succeeded in drawing us to a wrong battle in the wrong place for wrong reasons.

Unfortunately, we allow ourselves to be led by the nose. We are undermined and influenced by others whom we consider friends. Our ideas, our policies, our minds and our directions are shaped by the policies and interests of our enemies. It has never happened before that Muslims were slaughtered in the holy precincts of a Masjid. Yes indeed - these are indeed very sad and tragic times for the Ummah of Almighty Allah's Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. But, it is not too late because if we truly call ourselves Muslims, we may still be able to repair the damage.

Masjid-ul-Aqsa is no less important than Al-Baitul Haram in Makkah and this is gleaned from the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an and from a statement of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. As Muslims, we have to awake from our deep slumber and try to think as Muslims, and believe me, if that thought is ever triggered in our hearts and minds, a way to stop the rot in Al-Quds will Insha'Allah be found. With regard to Masjid-ul-Aqsa, Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen said referring to the Meraj - the night journey of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam in verse 1 of Surah Bani Isra'eel:

"Glory to Allah Who did take His servant for a journey by night, from the Sacred Mosque (Al-Kaaba) to the furthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa), whose precincts We did bless - in order that We may show him some of Our Signs. For He is the One that hears and sees (all things)."

So, we can see, both Mosques are spoken off as Blessed Shrines and Holy places for the Ummah of Almighty Allah's Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. It is not without purpose, or without reason that the Meraj of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam that the two Mosques were combined. Almighty Allah in His Plan, and His Wisdom always invites us to reflect and to contemplate on the lessons from anything that He institutionalizes for us. Our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam in one of his statements recounting those places which a Muslim should visit as a religious rite, named Masjid-ul-Haram in Makka, Masjid-un-Nabawi in Madinah and Masjid-ul-Aqsa in Al-Quds. We learn from this statement that our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam placed these three Holy sites with great importance..

Resolution of the status of Al-Quds is very serious and only Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal knows what grand design for this Noble and Holy Sanctuary and the area is being contemplated by those who by sheer strength of armaments and weapons of mass destruction and technological superiority wish to impose on Muslims a 'fait accompli'. One thing however is certain, the zionists and their supporters are determined to demolish every vestige of Islamic civilization in the area. These enemies of Islam plot and plan and Almighty Allah too plans and Allah is the Best of Planners.

Let us ask ourselves the one big question. If anyone dares to desecrate Masjid-ul-Aqsa, what will stop them from desecrating Al-Baitul Haram or Masjid-un-Nabawi? If on the other hand, we let the True Spirit of Islam penetrate the innermost recesses of our hearts, it will Insha'Allah be sufficient to get rid of the Muslim leadership who continue to serve their lords, their masters and their protectors in Washington and Whitehall. We should not delude ourselves that the West is trying to prevent the spillage of Muslim blood. Nor should we fall into the trap in acknowledging that all of us are after all only 'bloody Muslim terrorists' in their opinion.

The London "Daily Express" recently published an article by a journalist who asked: "Who are these Muslims anyway, they are not worth the sacrifice of one single European or American soldier. We must annihilate them in a fight to protect our lifestyle". That is exactly what most of them think and this, my dear brothers and sisters, is the true fact that we Muslims have to remember. They are not in our midst to protect or maintain equity nor because they respect any of us. They are there because they want to protect their own interest.

Our interests as Muslims is to hasten and try to minimize the damage which has already taken place and open our hearts and minds to Almighty Allah's Grace and Blessings. As Muslims we should not despair and admit to weakness for that is only an excuse to do nothing. Let us pray in the words of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an as shown to us in verse 5 of Surah Al-Mumtahana:

"Our Allah! Make us not a test and trial for the unbelievers, but forgive us, Our Allah! For Thou are the Exalted in Might, The Wise."

Islam is the Din of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and can never ever be extinguished. Islamic ideology is alive and it is this truth that is having an unbearable effect of the enemies of Almighty Allah who are slowly but surely being driven to great despair. The Muslim nation must march on and strive without fear,sacrificing everything to regain our lost heritage. Let us honour our obligations as true Muslims and carefully differentiate between what is tolerance and what is neglect and be steadfast and sincere in striving for Almighty Allah's Cause so that He may be pleased with us and grant us success over our enemies.

"O you who believe! Persevere and be patient, Hold fast and strengthen each other, and be God-fearing, so that you may prosper."

(Moulana Abdul Hamid Lachporia Saheb,Canada)