By Javeed Ali
International Quds Day is an important day for humanity. It is the day to express our solidarity with the oppressed people and demonstrate the resentment against the oppressors. It is the day which breaks the back of Zionist forces and their allies. It is the day of persecuted ones against the tyrants. It’s a day of remembering Quds (Jerusalem), the entire Palestine, and the catastrophe and calamity that was brought upon them with the creation of the State of Israel.
Quds Day was founded by the revolutionary leader of Islamic Republic of Iran late Imam Khomeini (R.A.) and laid the solid foundation for the freedom struggle of Palestine which is illegally occupied by Israel. It is commemorated every year on the last Friday (Jumut-ul-Vida) of the holy month of Ramzan and is also designated as Youmi Quds. Quds Day was initiated by Imam Khomein (R.A.) in 1979 after he established Islamic system in Iran.
The Israeli forces are killing, bombarding and torturing the innocent Palestinian people in a planned manner. Palestinians are struggling against the forced and illegal foreign occupations since last 6 to 7 decades and Israel is using every possible oppressive method to suppress the voice of helpless people.
The first Qiblah Muslims prayed towards is Al-Aqsa mosque or “Bait-ul-Muqqadas” (Holy place) which is now in Jerusalem (Quds). Most of the prophets of Allah were appointed in this city. This is one of the most blessed places in the world and was the first Qiblah (direction) of Islam. Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) with Ahlulbayt (A.S.) and companions used to say their prayers facing towards its direction. Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) offered his prayers facing Bait-ul-Muqqadas for thirteen years when he was in Mecca then for seventeen months after emigration to Medina. The foundation for Bait-ul-Muqqadas has been laid by Prophets of Allah Almighty and they used to spend their sacred life there besides offered their prayers there also. Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) has said that Masjid-ul-Haram in Mecca is the first mosque that was constructed in the world and then Bait-ul-Muqqadas was the second mosque which was build 40 years later after the establishment of Masjid-ul-Haram. According to the Holy Quran and Islamic traditions, Al-Aqsa Mosque is the place from which Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) went on a spiritual night journey (Shabi Meraj) during which he rode on Buraq, who took him from Mecca to al-Aqsa. Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) tethered Buraq to the Western Wall and prayed at al-Aqsa Mosque and after he finished his prayers, the Angel Jibril (A.S.) traveled with him to heaven, where he met several other prophets and led them in prayer. There are traditions regarding Bait-ul-Muqqadas 1. Whosoever visits Bait-ul-Muqqadas with lot of zeal and religious fervour then he or she will enter the heaven. 2. If anyone will offer two Rakats of prayers in Bait-ul-Muqqadas then his sins will be pardoned, his heart will always stay attached to Allah Almighty and he will keep reciting the eulogy of Allah Almighty. 3. Whosoever gives alms to destitute people in Bait-ul-Muqqadas will save himself from the fire of hell. It is well established fact that Quds is an important part of Islam and its liberation from the Zionist Israel is paramount for Islam. Therefore, whole Muslim Ummah leaving apart their sectarian differences should unite under one umbrella and fight for the Palestine freedom struggle with greater energy. Quds Day is a unique opportunity for us to unite under one platform and we should provide all the resources available to us for the just cause of Palestine.
Quds Day is not only aimed for Palestine but it is also meant for all the oppressed nations. It is the day to oppose all the oppressors including the notorious oppressors America, Israel and their allies. It is the day to reenergize ourselves to fight against the falsehood. It is the day which demarcates between the right and wrong. The righteous ones do support Quds Day rallies whole heartedly but the hypocrites oppose it by tooth and nail as they prove their friendly relations with America, Isreal and other Zionist forces. They don’t permit Quds Day demonstrations and always create hurdles and try to sabotage it. At times, they attack it through their paid mercenaries like they did in Quetta, Pakistan on 3rd September, 2010 when 60 participants of Quds Day rally were martyred in a suicide attack by terrorists. Moreover, the Nigerian Army who are subservient to the Zionists and to prove their loyalty to masters, perpetrated a bloodbath of peaceful participants in the Quds Day rally at Zaria, Nigeria on 24th July, 2014 which claimed the lives of 33 peaceful pro-Palestinian protesters including the three sons of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. So it is crystal clear now that the Israel along with its master America and their collaborators are the biggest enemies of Islam and anything which goes against their stand, they thwart it with all their available resources. It is very unfortunate for the Muslim World that some Arab countries are hand in glove with the America and Israel to persecute Muslims all over the world. Recently Donald Trump, the President of US was conferred accolades in the holy land of Hijaz despite the fact that the US policies are always formulated against Islam particularly against the oppressed people of Palestine.
Supreme leader of Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamanai has predicted in 2015 that “God willing, Israel will cease to exist in next 25 years”. He further said that America is Grand Satan (Shaitan-i-Buzurg) which is evil to humanity and Islam. He further reiterated to chant slogans like “Marg Bar America”, “Marg Bar Israel” (Down with America, Down with Israel) on Quds Day and it should reverberate the atmosphere throughout the world. He stated that these slogans are not against the people of the respective countries but against the policy of the concerned authorities. Israel along with its masters America with full backing and support from Pro-Zionist Arab countries started crises in Iraq and Syria through the the ISIS (Daesh) terrorists to trammel the freedom struggle of Palestine. The Resistance Movement of Lebanon Hezbollah who had earlier defeated Israel in 2006 had made a blueprint to liberate Quds and Palestine from the clutches of Israel but it was impeded by Israel and its associates who orchestrated a civil war in Syria and turmoil in Iraq.
23rd June, 2017 (Jumut-ul-Vida) is the day of remembering Quds (Jerusalem), the entire Palestine, and all the oppressed people of world including Kashmir, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and so on. All the Islamic Scholars and Imams of the Masjids should highlight the issue of Masjid Al-Aqsa which is under the illegal and forced occupation of Jewish forces in their Jumma-tul-vida sermons and organize special prayers for the liberation of Palestine from Israel. After Friday prayers, peaceful demonstrations should be held all around the globe to press upon international community to liberate Palestine from the illegal occupation and give befitting reply to Israel that Palestine is not alone. Everyone with with heart should participate in these rallies as it the religious obligation to confront the oppressor and stand with the oppressed people.
I want to conclude with the slogan, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free”.