Jerusalem - Key to Understanding the World Today
It should now be clear that this subject is particularly important for all those Muslims who must comment on, or respond to, the rapidly evolving awesome drama in Jerusalem. As long ago as 1974 the late Dr. Kaleem Siddiqui, founder-President of the Muslim Institute for Research and Planning in London, urged this writer to produce precisely this book that would demonstrate that Jerusalem is the key to the understanding of the historical process as it manifests itself today. The Qur’anic view that emerges from this book clearly establishes that it is not possible for anyone to truly understand the modern world unless one can also penetrate the reality of Jerusalem today!
The modern West wants an Islam to be adopted that will, among other things, accommodate the Jewish State of Israel and pave the way for Muslims to embrace it and make peace with it... This book has provided the Islamic response to that strategic goal of the West, a response that is based firmly on the Qur’an and the Ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). This book has revealed that there will never be peace at any time in the future between the true followers of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and the Jewish State of Israel, and that the true followers of the Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) will eventually triumph over the oppressor Israel and liberate the Holy Land of Israel’s oppression.
The most important of all subjects dealt with in the Qur’an that must be taught in Islamic educational institutions today is the subject of ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’. It is with this subject more than any other that Muslims can successfully respond to the present attack of the godless world which forces upon them such modification of the faith as would accommodate Israel. Professor Dr. Isma‘il Raji Faruqi, the distinguished Palestinian scholar of Islam who was assasinated because he was a thorn in Israel’s side, warned Muslims of this danger:
“The problem of Israel confronting the Muslim World today has neither precedent nor parallel in Islamic history. The Muslim World has tended to regard it as another instance of modern colonialism, or at best, a repetition of the Crusades. The difference is not that Israel is neither one of these, but that it is both and more, much more. Unfortunately, there is no Islamic literature on the subject. The need for this analysis of the problem is, therefore, as great as the present moment which calls upon the Arab World in particular and the Muslim World in general to accept Israel as an integral member of a world-of-Muslim-nations in Asia-Africa.”
(‘Islam and the Problem of Israel’, Islamic Council of Europe, London, 1980. ISBN 0 907163 025).
Dr. Faruqi was of the view that Israel constituted a danger to Muslims far greater than the danger posed by the Euro-Christian Crusades of the medieval age, or by the Euro-Colonialism of the modern secular age. Hence he rejected the call for the acceptance of Israel as an integral member of ‘a world of Muslim nations in Asia Africa’.
This book has made a humble attempt to complement Dr. Faruqi’s work by providing Muslim teachers, in particular, with the Qur’anic guidance as it pertains to Jerusalem and its destiny.
to be continued....