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1) Characteristics of oppressors.
2) Qualities of the oppressed.
3) The Struggle Between Truth And Falsehood.
4) The Pharaohic phenomenon.
5) The steadfastness of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and his companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, while propagating Islaam.
6) Merits of Islaam.
7) The Israeli aggression.
All praise is due to Allaah Who granted might to His slaves through His religion and promised them victory. Also, He warned the oppressors of an evil end. May His blessings and peace be upon Muhammad, the leader of the guided and the model for the grateful. I testify that there is no deity except Allah, with Whom there is no associate. I testify that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger who established His religion. He left absolutely no excuse to anyone because he conveyed Allaah’s message as clearly as daylight. May the blessings and peace of Allaah also be upon his righteous household, his companions and all those who follow in his footsteps until the Day of Judgment.
Slaves of Allaah! I advise all of you and myself to be fearful and conscious of Allaah. I also warn you all and myself against disobeying His commands. Allaah says that which translates to: “Whoever does righteousness, it is for his (own) soul; and whoever does evil (does so) against it. And your Lord is not ever unjust to (His) servants.” (Fussilat: 46).
Allaah the All Mighty says that which translates to: “Indeed, Pharaoh exalted himself in the land and made its people into factions, oppressing a sector among them, slaughtering their sons and keeping their women alive. Indeed he was one of the corruptors. And we wanted to confer favour upon those who were oppressed in the land and make them leaders and make them inheritors.” (Al-Qasas: 4-5).
O Muslims! O you who are protecting Jerusalem and its surroundings! These short verses describe the two very different paths that one may take in life.
The first path is that of the oppressors, transgressors and those that spread corruption and mischief on earth. This was exemplified by the oppressive ruler who thought that he had the ultimate power and control - and forgot that he would face the certain destiny (death) just like all other humans.
The second path is of the oppressed who are in no position to resist and confront tyranny and oppression. Nevertheless, they rely on the power of Allaah because they firmly believe that He supports His slaves and the oppressed. He is The Supporter of the Muslims who have neither power nor strength, but they depend on Him and are not terrified by the power of the oppressors. This is because they are certain that Allaah supports the believers, and that the disbelievers have nothing to support them.
O Muslims! O brothers in faith everywhere! Thus do these verses clarify the nature of the struggle between truth and falsehood, belief and disbelief, good and evil and justice and injustice. They also illuminate the characteristics of the battle between the materialistic power with its oppression and aggression and the nation which holds on firmly to its religion, principles and its right to convey its belief in order to eradicate the oppression of mankind, whom Allaah honoured over all other creatures. Allaah says that which translates to: “And we have certainly honoured the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with (definite) preference” (Al-Israa’: 70).
O Muslims! The Pharaohic phenomenon with all its misguidance, oppression, evil and slighting and belittling the truth and its people is a recurring phenomenon throughout history. It is the same phenomenon that insisted on its enmity against the message of Islaam which was brought by the best of all creatures, Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. He was sent to deliver people out of darkness and misguidance, to the guidance and light of Islaam. He came to save people from enslavement to other human beings, to being slaves of the Lord of all creatures.
The one who observes the life of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam realises the struggle he went through, the oppression he suffered and the steadfastness he and his companions had for the sake of this religion. The unjust siege in Shi’b Bani Taalib (an area in Makkah), which the disbelievers of Makkah enforced against the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and his companions, forced them to eat grass and leaves. They were under siege only because they refused to give up their faith and were steadfast on what they believed in. This level of commitment and faith made them worthy of the support of Allaah, He granted them might, gave them power and authority and established the Islamic state for them. From this they were able to spread justice and mercy throughout mankind.
O Muslims! The present pharaohic phenomenon with its oppression persecutes the believers and dominates the affairs of weak nations. Oppressive countries headed by the United States of America are leading a hideous colonisation campaign through political, economic and military means. They form different coalitions under various slogans, such as ‘Fighting International Terrorism’. The present coalition that includes many countries from all over the world, including Arab and Muslim countries, was actually formed to fight Islaam. These countries are violating human rights and international treaties, although they claim to be upholding and defending them.
O Muslims! We must unite our ranks to face this oppressive campaign that seeks to colonise the Muslims, our countries, cultures and principles. We must intensify our efforts to protect our nation. If we continue to be weak then we will not be able to face this oppressive materialistic power which has outlined the nature of the current phase of its campaign.
O Muslims! Our religion treats and tackles our problems, preserves human rights and prevents oppression. In a Qudsi Hadith, Allaah says, “O My Slaves, I made oppression forbidden upon Myself, and I made it forbidden between you, so do not oppress one another”.
All praise is due to Allaah Who guided us to The Straight Path. May the best peace and blessings be sent upon our Prophet who was sent as mercy to mankind. May peace and blessings also be upon his family, companions and all who follow his guidance until The Day of Judgment.
O Muslims! Silence from the Arab countries accompanied and facilitated the formation of this new international coalition. Meanwhile, the Israeli aggression against our Palestinian nation continues. This is an unsuccessful attempt to eradicate our identity, stop our resistance and force us to waive our legal rights.
This is a pure and sacred land. Allah blessed our ancestors, this generation and our successors to be among those who are its inhabitants and protectors of Al-Aqsaa. Allaah blessed it and its surroundings. It was the location for the incident of Israa’ and Mi’raaj which is a part of every Muslims belief. It was the first Qiblah and was built second after the Haram in Makkah. Presently, Al-Aqsaa is suffering a siege imposed on it and Jerusalem, through which people of the West Bank and Ghazzah are forbidden from visiting it or even coming close to it.
All these attempts are to prevent the Muslims from performing Salaah in Al Aqsaa, and replace it with what they claim is the ‘Temple of Solomon’.
Our nation which is protecting Al-Aqsaa will continue the struggle despite the siege, killing and imprisonment. Even though they are facing Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles which invade their villages and cities in order to terrify them, our nation will continue to protect its sacred places and remain steadfast - regardless of the level of sacrifice required of them to do so.
O Muslims! Let us continue to persist in facing this enemy. Victory is coming soon, and ease comes after hardship.