Who Stole the Peace from the Holy Land?
Posted: 27 Rajab 1421, 25 October 2000
On Saturday 30 September 2000, Muhammad Jamal Al Durra, 12, went
with his father to buy a car. "He asked me to help him with his homework," said
his mother. "Then I dressed him in nice clothes to go with the new car." On the
way back, they were trying to cross the street towards their house in Breij Refugee Camp
when heavy shooting started from the Israeli military post on Al Shuhada junction. They
tried to hide behind a cement block, half a meter high. "He stayed close to me,
clutching me from my back while I was trying to keep him away from the bullets," said
his father. "But one bullet hit him in the leg. I started screaming and crying,
hoping that the bullets would stop, but to no avail."
An ambulance driver tried to reach them. The Israelis shot him
in the heart killing him instantaneously. The shooting continued for almost an hour.
Finally, bullets came from the small space between the cement block and the wall on their
backs, killing Muhammad.
Later a reporter found hundreds of bullet casings from the area
surrounding the cement block. Five bullets hit Muhammad, half of whose head was missing,
while eight hit his father.
Muhammad Al Durra was not the only young victim of Israeli brutality.
Nearly 52% of those killed and injured were children. Among them was Ala Badran, 12. He
was on his way to his uncle's house in Kalandia near Jerusalem airport.
Suddenly, an Israeli soldier pointed his gun at him, shooting directly
in Ala's eye. He lost his eye. More than two dozen children have been hit in the eye like
him during the recent protests. "The bulls-eye is the Palestinian eye,"
says one reporter.
Who can shoot a child like this? Only a very cruel and evil person,
who has lost all his humanity. The soldiers and settlers in the Zionist state are such
This latest wave of bloodshed was meant to silence Muslim protest over
the desecration of Al-Aqsa by Ariel Sharon, a terrorist, who is also a political leader in
Israel. This is an old Israeli tactic. Some fanatics violate Al-Aqsa. When Muslims
protest, Israeli soldiers attack them to "restore peace." Peace is a greatly
misused word in Palestine!
On 8 October 1990 a fanatic group called Trustees of The Temple
attempted to lay down the foundation stone for the Temple they want to build in place of
Al-Aqsa. When Muslims protested, Israeli soldiers shot them, killing 20 and injuring 115.
No Muslim can tolerate the sacrilege of Al-Aqsa.
Al-Aqsa is mentioned in the Qur'an: "Glory to (Allah) Who did
take His servant for a Journey by night from the Masjid Al-Haraam to the Masjid Al-Aqsa,
whose surroundings We did bless." [Al-Israa 17:1]
Israa (Night Journey) and Mairaj (Ascension) refer to two of the many
miracles of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. During the night of Israa,
Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was taken from Makkah to Al-Aqsa, where he
led all the previous prophets in salat (prayers). After that he ascended to heavens where
Allah gave him the gift of the five daily prayers.
Al-Aqsa was the first qibla (during the entire Makkan period and the
first 17 months in Madinah), before the command came declaring Ka'ba as the new qibla. The
reward for praying at Al-Aqsa is 5000 times the reward for praying in another masjid.
The third holiest place in Islam, Al-Aqsa refers to a 35-acre compound
that contains the Masjid Al-Aqsa, the Dome of the Rock, and a large number of other
historic sites for Muslims. At the center of the Dome of the Rock lies a huge irregular
rock from where ascension took place.
The entire compound is sacred. That is why it is also known as
Al-Haram Al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary. For centuries it was a center of worship and
teaching. Countless Islamic scholars lived and taught here.
Zionism is an extremist political movement that started in Europe.
Zionists think that it is okay for them to kill the Palestinians and forcibly take their
land. They also want to destroy Al-Aqsa and replace it with a Jewish Temple.
They say that three thousand years ago, the Temple of Solomon stood
there and they must restore it now. That "Temple" (actually it was a mosque
built by Sayyidna Sulaiman, alayhi salam, in the same way that Sayyidna Ibrahim alayhis
salam built the Ka'ba) was destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar in 586 BC and again by Emperor
Titus in 70 CE. Qur'an mentions these destructions as punishments for Jews for their
For 500 years this area lay in ruins. When Muslims came here in 636
C.E, they cleansed it and built the mosque. They restored what Sayyidna Sulaiman, alayhi
salam, had built.
One Orthodox Jewish group known as Neturei Karta (Friends of
Jerusalem) admits the Quranic account: "Before the Almightly gave us the Holy
Land 3260 years ago, He made these conditions: If we will abide by the Torah (Jewish
religious law), it is ours, if not, we will be expelled. Alas, we sinned and were exiled
from the land.
The Zionists stole the name of "Israel" and have no right
to speak in the name of the Jewish people."
Nevertheless, the Zionists continue with their plans. There have been
many attempts to destroy Al-Aqsa. In 1967, four days after Israel occupied it, excavations
were started under Al-Aqsa in the name of "research." Of and on, they continue
today. In 1969, a fanatic set it on fire and the Israeli forces cut off water supply to
hamper efforts to extinguish the fire. There also have been several attempts to bomb
The Problem is Religion?
Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Does it mean that
there should always be bloodshed there? The answer of history is: No.
Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 636 CE during the time of second
Khalifah Sayyidna Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu. It was a bloodless victory. In 1099 CE crusaders
conquered it. They slaughtered the Muslims and Jews. Great Muslim Sultan Salahuddin Ayyubi
reconquered Jerusalem on Friday, 27 Rajab 583 AH, (2 October 1187 CE), restoring peace,
honor, and justice.
Under the Islamic rule both Christians and Jews lived in peace. Their
lives, sacred places, and properties were protected. All that was shattered at the
beginning of this century when Zionists started their activities with the help of their
Neturei Karta agree: "Jews used to live in Palestine in peace and
harmony until the Zionists came, antagonized the Arabs, rebelled against them and usurped
According to the Torah the land should be returned to them."
The world is waiting for another Salahuddin Ayyubi to restore peace
and justice to the Holy Land.