By brother Nadeem Uz Zaman
Working on computers day and night, not to forget mentioning about my breaks in between which would involve lectures of Shaykh Ahmed Deedat raheemUllah, made me think and reflect about the current situations of our brethren and our relationships with our neighbors. In fact I’m inspired. There are a number of activities and legal efforts made to design a resolution for the Arab and Israel conflict. However, there is no effort, no activity made to establish or at least to initiate social, cultural, and human progress of our relations with Israel. We are in minority there, and our Muslim brethren are currently experiencing injustice, torture, discrimination stemming from different sources of the same land (Israel) or the other.
A) Israel was the “chosen one” of God:
But hey, this is to be brought to your attention. The same land, where people with power and might are carrying these atrocities were once “the chosen people” of God:
Now therefore, if ye will hearken unto My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all people; for all the earth is Mine (Exodus, Chapter 19)
O Children of Israel, remember My favor that I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the nations
(Qur’an, chapter 2, verse 47)
O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and fulfill My covenant [upon you] that I will fulfill your covenant [from Me] and be afraid of [only] Me. (Al Qur’an, chapter 2, verse 40)
“O Children of Israel”. Sounds good? Yes it does. Respectful, humble words from the Book of Arabs, (as they say) yeah? This explains and stands as a testimony about a beautiful and good relationship of Muslims and the Jews. Just go to the other side of the fence and see Jews are being addressed as:
For the LORD had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people‘. (Exodus, Chapter 33)
“You brood of snakes!” (Luke, Chapter 3)
Israel is said again and again, NOT to forget these favors unto them:
…….Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh; who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.(Exodus, Chapter 18)
And remember, We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: They set you hard tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your women-folk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord. (Al Qur’an, chapter 2, verse 49)
But why those favors upon Israel – because it was to be made the Kingdom of Priests and a Holy nation:
and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exodus, Chapter 19)
Israel was supposed to be a Kingdom of Priests, guiding us to the knowledge of God. This was the job given to the people of Israel and they are done with that job. Because, they say to be a Jew, you get to born as a Jew. So you Jews, the People of Moses, Children of Israel, were God’s “chosen ones”.
B) The same God, warns Israel:
Now, the same God of Israel, who preferred them to be above all nations, set the rules. For this is what He says if they did not follow Him:
And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins (Leviticus Chapter 26)
And the LORD shall bring thee back into Egypt in ships, by the way whereof I said unto thee: ‘Thou shalt see it no more again’; and there ye shall sell yourselves unto your enemiesfor bondmen and for bondwoman, and no man shall buy you. (Deuteronomy, Chapter 28)
This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment. (Isaiah 50)
God gave Jews, power and might, a blessed land, made it a nation people will be afraid of, a nation with over-abundant for good, for body and for their cattle and in the fruit of their land when He released them from the Egyptians. But if they go against what He taught them (God does not teach you killing and bombing) He will bring them back into Egypt and make them slaves and the slaves no man shall buy. He would rather bring some other nation over them:
The LORD will bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as the vulture swoopeth down; a nation whose tongue thou shall not understand. (Deuteronomy, Chapter 28)
C) Some of these Jews – Learned, Faithful, Sincere people:
As in Christianity, you’re given “salvation” on wholesale by just believing in crucifixion. Paul did not stop here. If you do not believe in Resurrection, your faith is in vain – says he. On a contrary, you are loved by God for your sincerity – and so you get salvation.
Words of praise for Jews did not stop there. God says in Holy Qur’an:
among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors. (Al Qur’an)
Of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] are a portion that stand (For the right): (Al Qur’an)
“Of the people of Moses (i.e., the Jews) there is a section who guide and do justice in the light of truth. (Al Qur’an)
Do you have any clue why is this generation of Jews (few of them) are humble and knowledgable? Where did they get this from? Qur’an answers:
They said: “Fear not! We give thee glad tidings of a son (Isaac) endowed with wisdom.” (Al Qur’an, Chapter 15)
and concerning the glad tidings of Ismael, God says:
So We gave him the good news of a boy (Ismael) ready to suffer and forbear (Al Qur’an, Chapter 37)
The eldest son of respected Abraham peace be upon him, respected Ismael peace be upon him whose descendant are the Arabs, is being prophesied in the Word of God, Qur’an as gentle, forbearing, humble and submissive. When it comes to Isaac (Ishaq) peace be upon him, the progenitor of the Jewish race, as a person endowed with wisdom, knowledge and intelligence.
D) Now, the “chosen people” are blamed by their own community:
These sincere people and truth about them is brought to us here by looking at the following examples, coming from the tongues of the Jews, themselves.
In the year 1989, on the 1st of January, Danny Ben-Tal, described as “a reservist in the Israeli Army,” during his latest tour of duty in Gaza where he thinks: “the battle (against the Palestinians) is already lost.” Reports the ‘Sunday Star, Johannesburg, on New-Year’s day, the following:
- “THE PALESTINIAN STATE ALREADY EXISTS, LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THAT. IT EXISTS IN JABALIYA AND SHATI, IN THE MOSQUES AND IN THE MIND.
- AT FIRST, THE INTIFADAH OPENED OUR EYES, SHOCKED SOME OF US INTO REALISATION BUT WHEN SO MANY ISRAELIS REFUSE TO RECOGNISE WHAT IS HAPPENING, WHAT GOOD WILL THAT DO
- THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR INDEPENDENCE, THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITY, THEIR PRIDE
- “WE CATCH A ROCK-THROWING CHILD, PROBABLY NO MORE THAN 12 YEARS OLD, IN HIS EYES I DETECT A CERTAIN PRIDE BEHIND THE FEAR OF WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO HIM SOLDIERS START SHOUTING: “HIT HIM, SMASH HIS HEAD IN, BREAK HIS ARMS SO HE WON’T THROW STONES AGAIN, TEACH HIM A LESSON.” THIS, FROM SOLDIERS WHO ONLY DAYS BEFORE HAD BEEN LAW-ABIDING AND GOD-FEARING CITIZENS OF THE STATE THAT WAS CREATED IN ORDER TO SHELTER JEWS FROM EXACTLY THOSE SENTIMENTS
- WE, MORE THAN ANY OTHER NATION ON EARTH, SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WHENEVER A YOUTH HURLS A ROCK AT ME, I CANNOT BUT FEEL GUILTY, IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WERE I IN HIS SITUATION I WOULD ALSO BE THROWING ROCKS. BUT HOW CAN I, A SOLDIER, TURN TO HIM AND SAY, ‘AS A JEW WHOSE PEOPLE HAVE KNOWN SO MUCH SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF OTHERS, I SYMPATHISE WITH YOU’?”
- WE ALL KNOW WHAT TO DO, BEHAVING FIRMLY, YET POLITELY, AS THE SITUATION DEMANDS. AND THE SITUATION SOMETIMES DEMANDS US TO BE SONS-OF-BITCHES.”
(As said by Danny Ben-Tal, Jew serving in the Israeli army)
God’s chosen people, who were released from the bondage of Egyptians, a nation which was chosen to be the Nation of Priests, a nation which was saved from the rule of the Pharoah, law-abiding and God-fearing people were chosen to shelter one another are now doing the same with which they have gone through. God-fearing became fearless eh?
E) The Prophecy: Islam will unite you all
Not to forget, how Egypt was once cursed by the same God of Israel:
The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink and thus the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water. (Exodus)
There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again (Exodus)
Now the same God of Israel is blessing Egypt. The ones who were freed from Egypt (Jews, Children of Israel), will be brought back to Egypt and will be one-third with Egypt and Assyrians (Lebanon, part of Jordan, and Syria)
“And the LORD will smite Egypt, smiting and healing; and they shall return unto the LORD, and He will be entreated of them, and will heal them.
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians* will worship together.
In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;
For that the LORD of hosts hath blessed him, saying: ‘Blessed be Egypt My people andAssyria the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance.” ( Isaiah, Chapter 19)
In that day shall Israel be the third – That is, the three shall be united as one people. Instead of being rival, hostile, and contending kingdoms, they shall be united and friendly; and instead of having different and jarring religions, they shall all worship the same God. The prophecy rather refers to the spread of the true religion, and the worship of the true God, than to a political or civil alliance. Now if they are to worship the same God, which God will that be? (as Christians, few Jews and Muslims differ on this) Let us study these cases:
CASE STUDY: “They shall worship together”
Case 1: If Jews are going to rule as per Judaism
- They will reject Jesus, peace be upon him
- They will reject respected Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him
Case 2: If Christians are going to rule as per Christianity
- They will reject respected Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him
- They will accept all those Prophets mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Jews)
Case 3: If Muslims are going to rule as per Islam
- They accept Jesus peace be upon him as “Christ”, the virgin birth and the miracles performed by him
- They accept Moses peace be upon him and all the prophets named in the Old Testament
In the words of Leopold Weiss: “IT BELONGS TO ALL WHO MENTALLY APPROACH IT WITH A HUMILITY BORN OF FAITH IN THE ONE GOD, AND PARTICULARLY TO THOSE WHO IN THE WORDS OF THE QUR’AN: “BELIEVE IN ALL HIS MESSENGERS MAKING NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN ANY OF THEM”.
Thus it is they who will inherit the Earth and achieve felicitation and success in this world and the hereafter, as quoted by Shaykh Ahmed Deedat raheemullah.
We can only worship together as “Muslims”.
This article is slightly abridged
Nadeem Uz Zaman is an Islamic artist and writer who is currently working on ‘on being a Muslim’ website project. He can be contacted as firstname.lastname@example.org
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