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|As-salaamu Alaykum, My questions are: Who inhabited Palestine in the earliest times and established Jerusalem? According to the Noble Quran, Allah (SWT) did promise the Children of Israel the holy lands; if so, what about the people who were living there? Were they to be sacrificed just as the Palestinians are now being sacrificed for the sake of Zionist Israel ? Again, according to the Noble Quran, the Children of Israel refused to obey Allah's commandments to enter the holy lands even though Allah (SWT) assured them victory as soon as they entered the lands; and they were punished harshly by Allah, when they disobeyed Allah’s commandments. Now, do they still have the right to claim the holy lands at anytime they desire? Are the Zionist movements in the 20-century justified from a religious perspective in massacring the people of Palestine to replace them with eastern European and Russian Jews, before, during, and after 1948, since Allah (SWT) did promise them the holy lands? Thank you and God bless you!|
Salam Dear Abu Zidan,
The name is also used for the territory now known as Palestine, which the Jews would prefer to call Israel. In the first book of the Bible we may read how Jehovah promised Abraham’s offspring the Land of Canaan:
“And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.” (Genesis 17: 8,9)
Abraham had two sons: the firstborn was Ishmael, the second, Isaac. The Arabs are the children of Ishmael and the Jews are the children of Israel or Jacob, the second son of Isaac.
The Jewish claim is that only the children of Israel deserve the Promised Land; because Ishmael’s mother was only a handmaiden of Sarah, the mother of Isaac.
“If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: but he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.” (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)
It is clear from the above passage of the Jewish Bible itself, that neither Ishmael nor his children can be denied their birthright; but the perverse racism of most of the Children of Israel made them adopt an unjust policy towards their brethren.
The special favor mentioned here is obvious in the fact that they were miraculously liberated from the bondage of Egypt, and were led to the Promised Land. And more importantly, they were chosen as the bearers of the Divine Message, meant for leading the people out of darkness to light. For this reason Allah appointed a number of prophets from among the Children of Israel.
Yet, despite all this, the Children of Israel were ungrateful to the All-Merciful; and instead of worshipping Him alone, they took to idolatry: They defiantly broke God’s commandments given in the Torah. They insulted the prophets and even plotted against their lives.
Allah Almighty admonishes them and tells them in Surah 2, verse 40, what means:
Here God speaks of the special covenant of the Children of Israel. Allah says that He has fulfilled His part of the covenant, and it is now the turn of the Children of Israel to fulfill their part. The verses following the above would make it clear how they were expected to fulfill the covenant. Surah 2 verses 41 – 43 say what means:
The point to be noted here is that from the very beginning of mankind on earth, Allah has been sending His prophets to guide humanity along the Right Path. Whenever the people deviated from Divine Guidance, prophets came to correct them and lead them back to the Path of Allah.
Thus after the time of Moses, when the Children of Israel distorted the Divine Message, many prophets came to them, of whom the most important was Jesus the Messiah.
The Holy Quran narrates how Allah Almighty saved Jesus from an accursed death on the cross. Obviously the Jews who rejected Jesus were transgressors who broke God’s covenant and forfeited the special favor of God.
But the Zionists who come from Eastern Europe for instance, want the people living in Palestine to vacate the land to give way to Jewish settlements, because God had promised the Land to them about 4000 years ago!
“There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed.”
This means that the Zionists are not prepared even to acknowledge the existence of the people who were born and brought up in Palestine, on the plea that they were not Jews. And at the time of the Balfour Declaration in 1917, only 7% of the 700,000 inhabitants of Palestine were Jews; the rest were Christians and Muslims.