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Union of Muslim Scholars: Supporting Palestine duty on all Muslims

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IMUS) has called on Muslim nations to end the siege on Gaza and “the suffering of the Palestinian people.” [1]

The organisation headed by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi said:

“It is the duty of all Muslims to support the Palestinian people with everything they have been given.” [2]

Published on Monday, the statement comes as Israeli tanks and aircraft indiscriminately shell Gaza, believed to be the most densely populated place on earth.[3]

Earlier this month, Israeli soldiers slaughtered more than 65 civilian demonstrators wounding a further 3,188 as they peacefully protested the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

The mass killings sparked the latest missile fire from resistance fighters who have taken credit for retaliating with the heaviest barrage of rocket fire since the seven-week war in 2014.

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Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz warned that the fire from Gaza had pushed them to “the closest point to the threshold of war” since Operation Protective Edge four years ago.[4]

The conflict in 2014 claimed the lives of almost two and a half thousand Palestinians, including 547 children who were massacred by the invading Israeli forces.[5]

In response to Israel’s most recent civilian killings, the statement issued by IMUS stated: “The union condemns and criticizes in the severest of terms the savage crimes perpetrated by the invaders against the Palestinian people as they are great crimes against humanity.” [6]

The press release goes on to urge Muslim countries in the region to “break the oppressive siege” which has caused “the suffocation and excessive suffering” of the people of Gaza, as they are denied their “most basic human rights.”[7]

The crippling siege on Gaza which began in 2007 when Hamas was elected into power is enforced by land, air and sea with the steadfast support of Egypt’s coup leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.[8]

In its conclusion, the statement signed by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and IMUS Secretary General Sheikh Ali al-Qaradaghi implores Muslims to “actively stand up against the Zionist military action on the borders of Gaza…with all the funds, resources and means they have,” [9] before quoting two verses from the Qur’ān:

 “O you who have believed, if you support Allāh, He will support you and plant firmly your feet.”[10]

“…And Allāh will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allāh is Powerful and Exalted in Might.”[11]

However as the threat of war looms, and the stances of leading Arab nations towards the Israeli invaders range from policy implementation on their behalf to amicable backroom talks, it seems more than likely that Gaza will once again stand alone.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] http://iumsonline.org/ar/ContentDetails.aspx?ID=8529

[2] http://iumsonline.org/ar/ContentDetails.aspx?ID=8529

[3] https://www.middleeastobserver.org/2016/07/12/pcbs-reports-gaza-strip-is-the-most-densely-populated-place-on-earth/

[4] https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-israel-palestinians-sirens/gaza-militants-launch-barrages-across-border-israel-hits-back-with-air-strikes-idUKKCN1IU0C3

[5] https://issuu.com/dcips/docs/ope.awarwagedonchildren.160415?e=12369226/12365904

[6] http://iumsonline.org/ar/ContentDetails.aspx?ID=8529

[7] http://iumsonline.org/ar/ContentDetails.aspx?ID=8529

[8] http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-building-sea-barrier-beach-north-gaza-strip-Lieberman

[9] http://iumsonline.org/ar/ContentDetails.aspx?ID=8529

[10] Quran 47:7 Sahih International

[11] Quran 22:40 Sahih International

About Ahmad Jomaa

Ahmad has an MA in International Relations and a BA in Journalism. He has a wide range of media experience having worked in broadcast journalism and written for several online and print publications. He is an active member of Islam21c's Middle-East Current Affairs Team.

2 comments

  1. I am a Muslim, but I support Palestinians because I’m a human being.
    As a human, I hate to see savage brutality visited upon defenceless people.
    It seems all the more revolting when it is a clear plan to wipe out millions of people so as to steal the land they are living on.
    Not a quick clean theft, but a slow, deliberately sadistic extermination of an entire people, inflicting the maximum possible torture, cruelty, destruction and suffering.
    All the more repellant to be dressed in fancy words of justification and backed by powerful greedy governments without the slightest regard for anything but money to fuel their own continuation.
    This is raw evil, and it is the duty of every human being to stamp it out, before it chews up the last of our brothers and sisters and turns its attention on the rest of us.
    I’d say supporting Palestine is a duty on humanity.

  2. The Peacekeeper

    By replying to the Illegal Slaughtering of the Palestinians who ever since The Jewish Population was given a part of Palestinians Legally Owned but Forcefully made to give up Some of their Lands by the then Western alliance.
    It’s now going to be almost 71 years since the Illegal Occupation started. Some of the Hardcores among The Jews will never Relinquish any of Confiscated or Illegally Occupied parts of Palestine with the knowledge that America will support them come what may.
    The Truths will come out, when, I can never Foretell as I am not Blessed with that sort of Power. I am one of many who can only Mourn the Illegal killings not only in Gaza or the West Bank, but, also for the Thousands displaced or maimed or even killed without Warning for The Muslims around the World.
    I’ve felt and do still feel Sadness running throughout my Body whenever I read of Wars which are indeed destroying our God’s Given Planet ” TO LIVE & LET LIVE “.
    As Human beings we should aim to invite all Rulers to at least come to common Terms with one another in order to Facilitate Dialogues to put away our Differences while working on Common Terms Agreeable with All Peace Seeking Parties.

    I seek forgiveness from God – The Unique, The Forgiver, who is very much aware of the Fate of The Disloyals, of Occurrences in the World’s. Please Allah – ( swt ), Lead us towards the Straight paths as you’ve done to our ancestors. Protect us from Evil doers. Ameeeeeeeeeeeeen.

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