By Javeed Ali
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!
I am writing this letter from the valley of Kashmir and I hope this message goes to all the Muslim clerics of the world who have been enjoined a sublime job of leading and preaching the Muslim Ummah.
I am not a religious scholar or a political activist. You are more aware about the religion and world happenings than me. I am just writing this letter with an intention to request you to use your deep and profound knowledge for the better cause of Muslim Ummah and for the liberation of the blessed land of Palestine which belongs to Palestinians not to Zionist occupiers.
We are living in times where your mere ‘slip of tongue’ reaches even to the person sitting millions of miles away from you. So your selection of words can make or mar the Muslim Ummah. You have your share of followers. They listen to your lectures and sermons with the belief that you are guiding them on the right path. So their bright future prospects lies on your guardianship if it is in line with the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Holy Quran.
Its crystal clear that you have a huge responsibility on your shoulders to take the Muslim Ummah on the path of righteousness and salvation. You should stop preaching the British Shiasm and American Sunnism which is funded and backed by MI6, CIA and Mossad on the pulpit of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). This pulpit is not to serve the interests of America and Israel but for the Wahdat (unity) of Muslim Ummah.
Holy Quran, the final revelation to mankind, has quite emphatically and unambiguously stressed the importance of unity and peaceful co-existence. “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not divided” (Surah Aali Imran, Verse No. 103). When the Holy Quran lays such strong emphasis on unity, how can those creating discord and spreading venom claim to be the true followers of Islam?
We have got trapped in a distressing situation now. Very frequently we see different clerics challenging other clerics for a Munazira (discussion) on trivial issues through social media. Our enemies are making plots against Islam and Islamic countries and we are wasting time on cursing each other.
The fault with us is that we listen more to that cleric who divides us than the one who unites us. For instance, Yasser Habib who is a paid agent in Shia attire and is fully backed by MI6 in UK. He always spits venom against the Sunni brethren and the same stuff is circulated through social media and is used by the clerics in Sunni attire backed by CIA to foment hatred against the Shia brethren.
You are aware about the recent irresponsible and unjustified statement of US President Donald Trump. His unrealistic dream of recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem has come at a time when there are reports of some Arab countries are hand in glove with them like Saudi Arabia. They will release some statements of condemnation just to hoodwink the Muslim Ummah. But you have to aware the Muslim Ummah that the rulers can sell their faith to America and Israel but we have to stay steadfast on our right path. We have to utilize all our available resources for the liberation of holy land of Palestine and Quds from the illegal occupation of Zionist forces. Palestine belongs to Palestinians and Inshallah it will be free very soon as predicted by Imam Khamenei.
You might be knowing that there was no mention of Jerusalem or Palestine in the Friday sermons at Makkah and Medina aftermath the Trump’s statement.
The first thing in the pursuit of Palestinian cause is to force your respective countries to shut the US and Israeli embassies in your countries. Moreover, you should persuade the heads of your respective countries to call back the respective ambassadors from America and Israel and you can play a pivotal role in pursuing your followers why it is important to snap all ties with America and Israel. For the liberation of Palestine, everyone has to sacrifice like Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi who refused to compete with Zionist contender at Under-23 Wrestling World Championship in Poland.
Mere statements won’t achieve anything for the Palestinian cause. Islamic countries need to take pragmatic steps now. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan makes beautiful statements but he needs to deliver beautifully on the ground. He needs to close down the embassies of America and Israel in his country and call back his ambassadors from America and Israel. Other Muslim countries should follow the suit.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said, “ If Saudi Arabia, our neighbouring country, stops bombing Yemen from tomorrow and stand up against Israel and relies on its own people, we do not see any barriers in front of improving our relations with them for the Palestinian cause.”
I urge Saudi regime to grab that opportunity as relying on America and Israel will achieve nothing for them. They will only use you as long as they need you and once they will attain their ulterior motives then they will dump you.
We hope and wish that 41-Muslim Countries Islamic Military Alliance led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman will back and support Hezbollah and Hamas for the liberation of Palestine and if not then we have every reason to believe that this alliance was made to serve the interests of America and Israel and not for the Islam.
Let me conclude with the wish and prayers that our religious scholars and clerics will use the pulpit of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) for the just cause of Palestine and not for cursing fellow Muslims.
May Allah Almighty bless you all.
-The author is a freelance writer and can be reached at [email protected]