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Israel’s Message to the World



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The message the outlawed Zionist state of Israel is sending to the world and international leaders through this barbaric and sadist attack on Gaza is clear: “Do not ever think of reconciling with the Muslim and Arab world. This will never happen on our account.”

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With a lot of naïve optimism roaming in America and the international arena for change after the election of Obama, many seriously thought that president-elect is capable as an individual, apart from the system he serves, of bringing change to the world and remedying the damage caused by the previous administration to the US foreign policy. They are still dreaming, and Israel wanted to make sure this dream never comes true.

These vicious attacks can never be justified on any human level. The only justification for this to Israel, is to make sure the relations between the US and the Muslim world of 1.3 billion people, and the Arab world in particular, remains severed. US interests with one fifth of humanity seems to be irrelevant to Israel when it comes to its own interests with the US.

It was that simple and they succeeded. Attack the innocent people in Gaza on a pretext of Hamas control of the area (assuming international tacit approval of ousting Hamas from power). The Muslim and Arab world will be enraged on the public level,  embarrassed on an official level, and will start looking up for the CHANGE the president-elect promised. The US feels (or does not feel) embarrassed, but still supports its so called only democratic ally in the region because it is the beacon of democracy and the free world, and to heck with the rest of the world. (Did I mention that the Palestinian people, even if you do not support their choice, also democratically elected Hamas earlier before the drama started?)

Muslims and Arabs do not see any CHANGE or any justice coming any time soon, even before Obama takes office (read his and his democratic party’s statements again), so they go back to the same camp of disgruntled people. This will ensure that hopes for reconciliation with the Muslim and Arab world do not happen during the term of any president any time soon.

It seems that Israel is seriously in doubt of its own legitimacy after all these years, and any reconciliation between the US and the Muslim and Arab world on this subject will hurt Israel on political and economical levels. It might bring real justice to the Palestinians. Israel is thriving politically on the American Jewish lobbying for its cause and survival, which no American politician dares to criticize without paying hefty political and career damage. In addition, economically, Israel lives off the annual billions of US taxpaying dollars in the form of US aid, long-term loans and evangelical good-well charities. All of this might come to an end if there is no need for an unconditional support to poor state of Israel.

The message is clear: “Do not even think of reconciling with them.” The ties and relations have to remain severed. Message came through, and we are back to square one.

“The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend; but in the end they will have (only) regrets and sighs; at length they will be overcome: and the Unbelievers will be gathered together to Hell.” Al-Anfaal 8:36

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Sh. Yaser Birjas is originally from Palestine. He received his Bachelors degree from Islamic University of Madinah in 1996 in Fiqh & Usool, graduating as the class valedictorian. After graduating, he went on to work as a youth counselor and relief program aide in war-torn Bosnia. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, where he teaches popular seminars such as Fiqh of Love, The Code Evolved, and Heavenly Hues. He is currently serving as an Imam at Valley Ranch Islamic Center, Irving, Texas. Sh. Yaser continues to enhance his knowledge in various arenas and most recently obtained a Masters of Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix, Class of 2013. In addition to his responsibilities as an Imam, Sh. Yaser is a father of four children, he’s an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, and a national speaker appearing at many conventions and conferences around the country. He is very popular for his classes and workshops covering a wide range of topics related to the youth, marriage, parenting and family life among other social matters related to the Muslim community. His counseling services, in office and online, include providing pre-marital training, marriage coaching and conflict resolution for Muslims living in the West.



  1. MR

    December 30, 2008 at 3:16 PM


  2. Abu Hossan

    December 30, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Jazaak Allaah khayr Shaykh Yaser.
    May Allaah help our fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, sons, daughters, nephews and nieces in Gaza. May Allaah instill in us the empathy for them like the empathy towards our families. InshaaAllaah, the end is close for Israel as Allaah does not allow injustice at this scale to flourish for long and the final outcome is for the righteous.


    December 30, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    As Salaamu Aleykum Shaykh Yaser,

    You have spoken the truth. The biggest enemy is “ourselves” when individuals speak the truth overcoming fear; it keeps the “hopes” not just of that individual but the people far beyond his/her imagination.

    When societies stop speaking-up they give a free hand to “oppression”, whether it’s in your home, community, country or the world.

    :Help you one another in righteousness and piety; but do not help one another in sin and transgression” Surah Al Maidah (5:2)

    Prophet SAS never stopped people from speaking up, as he gave them an opportunity to speak up so he can correct them if wrong or direct them in the direction better or positively reinforce them through encouragement to stay firm on the right path. Look at the incidence of an Arab Bedouin who urinated in the Masjid nabawi, how was his SAS reaction different than the other Sahaba. Look at the incidence of Badr when he SAS stood firm or Musa AS who did the same before the splitting of sea or Ibrahim AS when thrown in fire. They knew when to be firm and when to be soft and that is what is lacking in us, May Allah SWT help us in the understanding and guide us to what is BEST OF THE BEST in every second of our life, Ameen

  4. Dawud Israel

    December 30, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    “Do not be weak and do not grieve for you shall be elevated if you are true Mumineen (steadfast in imaan, obeying Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam, and having full conviction).” (Surah Ale Imran, 139)

    We need to keep our anger in check and channel it into duas and tahajjud.

    The Sahabas were more afraid of trial and tribulation during times of ease then they were in times of difficulty. Because they knew that Allah says in the Quran, “With every difficulty there is ease.” But when they were in times of ease, they knew a time of difficulty would soon be upon them. And yet even then they would remain firm in their faith- because Allah is their Lord, not just in times of prosperity and peace, but He is their Lord also in times difficulty. Their faith would not change and their state would remain the same in times of difficulty and in times of ease. And they would remain patient throughout those times.

  5. anony

    December 30, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    As-salaamu alyakum,

    Sheikh Yasir, when events like this happen either in Palestine, Egypt, Chechnya, Kashmir, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan what do we, who are living in America, UK, US, and or West Bank, Palestine do and cannot do?

    Shall we
    -Attend Protests, Write Letters of Protest, Do diggs, Do acts of Civil Disobedience?
    -Make Dua to Allah to have Allah deal with them as He sees fit?

    I know we cannot
    -Bring harm to the countries we are in due to the law and pledges we signed, seeing that it will bring harm to the lives, wealth, property of individual Muslims in those respected countries…

    What would the Sahabah do and how can we apply that to where and when we live?

    JazakAllah Khayr

  6. Ali Abd al Rahman

    December 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Allah hates oppression and injustice and He knows full well who is right and wrong and will repay each one their wages and will not wrong anyone.

  7. abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    December 31, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Takbeer!Allaho Akbar!
    Takbeer!Allaho Akbar!
    Takbeer!Allaho Akbar!

  8. Sadaf Farooqi

    December 31, 2008 at 3:25 AM

    anony – I know you did not ask me this question, but I’d like to answer it anyway. There are two things each one of us living in peaceful countries, becoming reluctant spectators to this mayhem, can do:

    – do excessive istighfaar
    – resolve to understand the Deen of Islam better, to act upon it, and convey it in the future to the best of our abilities.

    The reason why we should do this, is that today Muslims are being persecuted and killed in this way because we, as a whole, have stopped acting upon Islam and conveying it, as th earlier generations did. We let kufr and shirk go unnoticed but are quick to pounce on our Muslims brothers, to call them kaafirs, kill them on the basis of enmity, and to form sects; remaining pathetically disunited, even though the secular societies are able to put their ethnic/social/ political/religious differences aside to unite for the sake of their bigger, common good.

    I agree with gazacaust above, that Muslims have stopped standing up to stop oppression, even on a personal level. We are afraid to not just act upon Islam, but also to verbally or openly support those who DO act upon it. As a result, our brothers and sisters are paying the price in pockets all over the world, as the Jews and Kuffar mercilessly kill them without anyone there to stop them.

    Remember that the Prophet Muhammad [صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم] prayed to Allah that his ummah not be wiped out completely, ever, the way other Prophet’s nations were. Allah accepted his supplication, due to which Muslims today face the wrath of Allah (on them as a whole, not directed at those who died as scapegoats) in pockets of a few hudnred, here and there, all over the world. It is for this — saving ourselves from His wrath and hoping for His mercy – that each and every spectator of this mayhem who is Muslim, should repent sincerely to Allah and resolve to give up sins and walk upon the path of Islam, Al-Sirat Al-Mustaqeem.

    We should also pray for the forgiveness and martyrdom of those who have died innocently, and also more for those who have survived this bloodbath, but will be left with permanent scars on their persona’s as a result of being direct witnesses to the killing, and of having lost everything — home, family, — within a matter of seconds or minutes. Imagine their trauma and grief! May Allah be merciful to them.

    Allah knows best.

  9. Viva La Palestine

    December 31, 2008 at 3:29 AM


  10. AsimG

    December 31, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Israeli aircraft flattened a mosque, leaving only its minaret standing.

  11. AsimG

    December 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    I don’t understand how they can bomb a MASJID and a University and no one says a thing?

  12. darthvaider

    December 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    jazak Allah khayr shaykh yaser for this timely piece.

  13. Irfan

    January 1, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Bosnia is happening again under supervision of US and EU, totally approved genocide is happening again, radovan karadzic and ratko mladic (in this case zionist g’vmt) totally approved by EU and U.S. are doing genocide in Gaza.

    short history of Bosnian war

    Interesting, unlike Bosnia where all Muslim world helped, seems now Muslim world is silent ?!

    Also in the beggining of the war in Bosnia “peace makers” were pressuring Bosnian Muslims to stop fighting so it will be peace?! The same way Zionists and US want peace when kill all Palestinians. Insha’Allah they will not be successfull.

    But Bosnian Muslims resist and after that they almost won the war completly and then U.S. and international powers pressure Alija Izetbegovic to sign a Dayton agreement…

    May Allah help people of Gaza.

  14. abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    January 1, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    innalhamdolillah. bismillah.

    this excerpt from a New York Times article, January 1:

    Ms. Livni, speaking from Paris, again rejected the idea proposed this week by Mr. Kouchner for a 48-hour lull in the fighting for humanitarian purposes. “There is no humanitarian crisis” in Gaza, she said, “and therefore there is no need for a humanitarian truce.”

    what words describe the Israeli foreign minister, the woman who said those words? if “Jew” is one of them, then all Jews should weep for being her sister.

    i pray that Allah will turn her blood to boiling oil. if she burned in hell with only the same fire that her country has rained down on Gaza in the past week, still it would not be enough. and Allah Knows that the fire of hell will burn so much more hotly, and that once her flesh has burned away completely, she will be repeatedly revived to go through that pain again and again. her words, assuming the Times did not quote them out of context, are so much beneath the pale of decency that i cannot even find it in me to pray that Allah will guide her to what is better for her. if she fell down repentant to Allah tomorrow and took shahadah, and meant it, i would still never want to be in the same room as her.

    but for my fear of Allah, her words would suck from my heart any compassion for Israel. but these are her words, and the hell i pray for her, i pray Allah will still guide from her countrymen to the Straight Path.

    and i pray to Allah for the people of Gaza, the humans of Gaza, whom the Israelis butcher as though they were less than animals, whom the Israelis step on as though they were less than the ants that Sulayman alayhis salam’s army avoided, to whom the foreign minister’s published and public words deny humanity as callously as any lieutenant of Auschwitz’s denial that there had been any tragedy there.

    make dua in qunoot, encourage your masjid’s imams to do so, and pray to Allah to deliver the Gazans and all the Palestinians from the boot of Israeli tyranny.

  15. muslimahh

    January 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    As wr wb,

    ..and fight against the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) collectively[2] as they fight against you collectively(surah At-tawbah, verse 36)

    How can the Ummah be united? WHO & HOW will we be able to ‘collectively’ help :(

    I ask Allah swt to help ppl of Gaza & make the ummah united, Ameen

  16. RighteousServant

    January 5, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Salam, Quick question for Sheikh Yasir and everyone,

    It seems to me that there is a real scare among most of the Muslims(especially the “scholars”), not to speak against Isreal’s terrible attrocities, but are afraid to condemn the actions of Hamas when it targets civilian populations kiling women and children attacking schools and monastaries, when this goes against Islam, the Quran, the word of Allah, and the Sunnah of the prophet (pbuh).

    -Narrated in Abu Dawud the prophet (pbuh) said: “do not kill any old person, any child, or any woman.” In the Musnad of Imam ibn Hanbal: “Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship”.
    -In the Quran we are told to fight those who fight you, and if non-combatants are not fighting you then you can’t fight them, but Hamas repeatadly is breaking the Islamic law and TARGETING non-combatants.
    See Quran 2. 190 below; also 5:32, 6:151
    Translation by Sahih International
    2.190: Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.

    Palestine has the right to defend herself, but within the framework of the Quran and Sunnah!
    Comments and responses are appreciated

  17. RighteousServant

    January 5, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Within the framework of the Quran and Sunnah implies killing Isreali soldiers! and not infants or non-soldiers drinking cofee in Isreal.

    The “muslims” will not win unless they fight like Muslims and not like angry irrational beings devoid of the teachings of Islam in actions but full of Islam in lip service in fancy addresses to the world.

    By this I mean that the target for military operations are not non-combatants but the actually military that is killing innocent people! The planes and soldiers kill them! and do not overstep the boundaries set by Allah and His messenger.

    8:46 : And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.
    O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they shall strive hard in Allah’s way and shall not fear the censure of any censurer. That is the favor of Allah ; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.
    O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.
    Sahih International: There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.

  18. RighteousServant

    January 5, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    I can see why it may be hard for Muslims to attack the actions of Hamas when they are the only ones fighting for Palestine, because they are, however if we, as Muslims, are going to use the Furqaan(Criterion) for our decision making Islam(the Quran and Sunnah), namely what is right and just and good, and what is wrong evil and bad, then we should hold the Muslims more than anyone under this criteria and criticize and correct them when they make a mistake. Whether that Muslim will be ourselves our brother, or the fake weak and incompetent governments in the Middle East.

    We must correct ourselves before we take on our real enemies.

  19. D

    January 6, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    But they are pagan Khazars who were converted just the same as the Irish were converted. It is as ridiculous to call them “people of the Holy Land,” as it would be to call the 54 million Chinese Moslems “Arabs.” Mohammed only died in 620 A.D., and since then 54 million Chinese have accepted Islam as their religious belief. Now imagine, in China, 2,000 miles away from Arabia, from Mecca and Mohammed’s birthplace. Imagine if the 54 million Chinese decided to call themselves “Arabs.” You would say they were lunatics. Anyone who believes that those 54 million Chinese are Arabs must be crazy. All they did was adopt as a religious faith a belief that had its origin in Mecca, in Arabia. The same as the Irish. When the Irish became Christians, nobody dumped them in the ocean and imported to the Holy Land a new crop of inhabitants. They hadn’t become a different people. They were the same people, but they had accepted Christianity as a religious faith.


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