The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2009 said, “(they), have followed with all sorrow and pain- what has occurred, and is still going on against our Muslim brethren in Palestine and specifically in Gaza. That which is [actions] of oppression, and killing of children, women and old people! And [it is] transgression on that which is sacred [innocent], and the destruction of infrastructure and institutions, and the terrorizing of innocent people. And there is no doubt that this is a crime and oppression on the rights of the Palestinian nation(1).
And at this sorrowful event; it is an obligation on the Muslims to be with their Palestinian brethren, and to help and aid them, and to make an effort to lift the oppression against them through any means which is of their reach so as to actualize the Islamic bond, and the ties of ‘Eeman.
Allaah The Exalted said: “The believers are indeed brothers [in Islamic religion].” (Al-Hujuraat: 10)
And He The Most Mighty, The Most Majestic said: “The believers, men and women, are Auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another” (At-Tawba : 71)
And The Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The believer to another believer is like the structure [like a wall] ; each part strengthens the other,’ and then he co-enjoined his fingers.” (Agreed upon)
And he (may Allaah’s blessings and good mention be upon him) also said: “The example of the believers in their relationship, and their love, and their having mercy upon each other; is like the example of one body part to the rest of the body; if one part is affected then the whole body complains of fever and pain.” (Agreed upon)
And he (may Allaah’s blessings and good mention be upon him) also said: “The Muslim is the brother of another Muslim; he does not oppress him, nor does he deceive him, nor does he give him up to the enemy, nor does he look down on him.” (Narrated by Muslim)
And help comprises of many things according to the ability, and depending on the situations whether it is intellectually or physical [things], or whether it is from the general Muslims through wealth, and food, and medicine, and clothing, and other things(2). Or whether it is from the Islamic Arab nations through making it easy and possible that the aid reaches them, and by taking a sincere position in regards to their [the Palestinian Muslims] matter, and by supporting their case in the gatherings, and seminars, and the international conferences:
And all of these are from the ways of co-operation upon good and piety which is something that is ordered- in the statement of The Exalted : “Help you one another in virtue, righteousness and piety” (Al-Maaida : 2)
And also from those ways is: to direct sincere advice to them [the Muslims in Palestine], and to direct them to that which is of good and of benefit to them. And from the greatest of those is to make du’aa(3) for them at all times so that their tribulation is lifted, and their affliction is raised, and that their situation is rectified, and that their statements and actions become good.
Upon this, we also advise our Muslim brethren in Palestine to have fear of Allaah The Exalted- and to return to Him, just as we advise them to be united; upon the truth, and to leave off divisions and splitting up, and not to give a chance to the enemy who has taken advantage of it and will continue to use it in enmity and oppression.
And we also encourage and emphasize our brethren to take the causes which will lead to lifting the oppression directed at their land while having complete sincerity to Allaah The Exalted in [those and all other] actions, and to seek His pleasure, and to seek His assistance through righteous actions, and prayers, and consulting the scholars and people of wisdom; in all their matters indeed that is a way of being facilitated [to that which is good] and establishment.
Just as we call on to the intellectuals in the world and the international meetings; to have an open look at this catastrophe with a look of insight, intellect, and equality so that the Palestinian community can be given its rights. And so that the oppression be lifted from it: such that they live in a honourable life. And at the same time we thank all -the nations and individuals- who have initiated in aiding and helping them.
We ask Allaah by His Beautiful Names and His Lofty Attributes; that He lifts the despair on this Ummah, and that He strengthens its religion, and to raise its statement, and to aid His allies, and to disgrace His enemies -and to return back their plots against themselves- and to save the Muslims from their evil, Indeed He is the Patron, and the One who is Most Able of all that. And may His blessings and good mention be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and also his family and his companions and those who follow them upon good; upto the Last Day.”
1) Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh in a jummah khutbah in 2002 said, “…Indeed waging war against the weak Muslims in Palestine is (Israeli) terrorism and oppression…” Ref: Fatwaonline.com
2) Shaykh Uthaymeen in the year 2000 in a jummah khutbah, advised the Muslims to donate money to ease the hardship of the Palestinians, with the strict condition that any such donations are passed on to those whom you know will permit it to reach the intended Muslims. Ref: Fatwaonline.com
3) Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said via paltalk in 2002, “It is obligatory upon the Muslims to make supplication for their Muslim brothers and to assist them with wealth. To assist them with wealth and supplication, this is what is obligatory, and this is what will benefit them.” Ref: Fatwaonline.com
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