OnIslam.net

Gaza Holocaust: Muslims' Duties?

Question and answer details
Shadi
Gaza Holocaust: Muslims' Duties?
2008-03-04
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. In light of the current Israeli holocaust in Gaza, what are our duties toward our brothers and sisters who were out under fire for no crime?
Muhammad Muhammad Abu Laylah
Answer
Wa`alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.


All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Brother, thank you for your question and your care about suffering fellow Palestinians.  May Almighty Allah alleviate their pains and end the Israeli aggression.

In fact, the ongoing real holocaust on Gaza, which led to the killing of more than 125 Gazans and injured hundreds more, many of them children, is inhuman and cruel in the full sense of the word. It well manifests the Israeli aggression and violation of agreed-upon human rights and international conventions.

It is the Muslims' duty — along with all just peoples — to support the oppressed and extend a helping hand to the wronged. This should be done through aiding the victims and raising objection against the oppressors.     

In his response to your question, prominent Muslim scholar Dr. Muhammad Abu Laylah, professor of the Islamic Studies and Comparative Religions at Al-Azhar University, states,

Our duty is to support our brothers and sisters in Gaza with money and medicine, and to aid them through all legal means. Let us at least show our protest and objection against what is going on.

In fact, one wonders how it is forbidden to talk about the holocaust in Europe while a holocaust is committed against the Palestinians who have no army, no food, and no medical supplies.

Muslim scholars should be united together in condemning this massacre or holocaust and revive the sense of shame in people's mind against what is going on and awaken them and all free people in the world to stand against it, not only by words but also by action.

Banner