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Palestine: Why is it Happening?


We are all witness to what is happening in Palestine – deplorable, despicable, shameful, horrific and completely avoidable if only some good sense could prevail on all sides. Naturally we, the common people, Muslim or not, are anguished, perplexed and confused about why among those that have power, there is so much apathy and even active complicity with the aggressors and such a lack of sympathy for the oppressed.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) made laws of success and failure in this life. These are as foolproof and as incontrovertible as the laws of physics, also established by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). These laws must also be learned and taken into account if you want to succeed. For example Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) said about being influential, victorious, powerful and leading people:


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And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabireen (those with staying power). 8:46.

Now keeping this basic principle in mind – that this world runs according to the laws of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and if you want something you have to follow that law; du‘ā’ without a strategy or a strategy while disobeying Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) won’t work – let us see what is happening in Palestine.

Historical Overview

To understand this we have to go back in history. Jews were persecuted all over Europe, both in Eastern (Russia) and Western Europe for centuries. The pogroms of the Tsars of Russia or the Final Solution of Hitler are all historical events – as deplorable, despicable and tragic as what is happening in Palestine today and has been happening for the past sixty years. Ironically, the only place where Jews were not persecuted was in Muslim lands, under the Ottoman Empire and earlier rulers. But it appears that memories are short and gratitude is a forgotten art.

Hitler’s genocide of six million innocent people was the final straw after which Europe could no longer hide its discriminatory policies against Jews. Meanwhile Jews in Europe, though Semitic originally, became very European and a great number today have little to do with their Semitic origins and are, racially speaking, European. This is important to remember in order to understand the events that unfolded after World War II and the birth of the State of Israel.

Europe accepted its culpability in the genocide of Jews at the hands of Hitler, but its centuries old prejudice against Jews wouldn’t allow it to do what would have been honorable, just and logical – give them a homeland in Europe. Carve it out of Germany which was responsible for their genocide, thereby making the German people rightfully pay the price of silently supporting Hitler and his goons. Neither did the European ruling America and Russia accept their collective guilt in allowing six million innocent people to die and therefore grant a homeland to the displaced Jews in America or Russia.

Events of history always favor those who are prepared to take advantage of them. The seeds of Zionism were planted in 1896 by Theodor Herzl, long before the Holocaust. He lived in Austria-Hungary and wrote about the need for a ‘Jews only’ state – erroneously referred to as a Jewish State. Herzl founded the Zionist Organization in 1897. Israel was formed by mostly atheist Zionists whose purpose was to create a state for ethnic Jews, not to create a theocracy; a state for Jews, not a Jewish state. Zionism is a political ideology, not a theology, and has nothing in common with Judaism.

There is a very interesting conversation between Arthur Balfour, UK’s Foreign Secretary, and Chaim Weizmann, the representative of the Zionist Organization, which took place in 1906.

During the first meeting between Chaim Weizmann and Balfour in 1906, Balfour asked what Weizmann’s objections were to the idea of a Jewish homeland in Uganda (the Uganda Protectorate in East Africa in the British Uganda Programme) rather than in Palestine. According to Weizmann’s memoir, the conversation went as follows:

Mr. Balfour, supposing I was to offer you Paris instead of London, would you take it?”

He sat up, looked at me, and answered: “But Dr. Weizmann, we have London.”

“That is true,” I said, “but we had Jerusalem when London was a marsh.”

He … said two things which I remember vividly. The first was: “Are there many Jews who think like you?”

I answered: “I believe I speak the mind of millions of Jews whom you will never see and who cannot speak for themselves.”

To this he said: “If that is so you will one day be a force.”

Two months after Britain’s declaration of war on the Ottoman Empire in November 1914, Zionist British cabinet member Herbert Samuel circulated a memorandum entitled, “The Future of Palestine” to his cabinet colleagues. The memorandum stated, “I am assured that the solution of the problem of Palestine which would be  much the most welcome to the leaders and supporters of the Zionist movement throughout the world would be the annexation of the country to the British Empire”.[1]

The Jews themselves were sick of Europe and Europeans and the growing anti- Semitism, and had been actively planning for an independent country for Jews in Palestine. Their worst fears came true with Hitler’s horrific holocaust which was directed not only against the Jews, but also against Gypsies and other so-called non-Aryan people. But the Jews by far exceeded all other ethnicities for the number of lives lost. The holocaust is one of those events in the history of mankind which one wishes had never happened, but also illustrates how those who are prepared can take advantage of the worst calamities and turn them into opportunities.

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Mirza Yawar Baig is the Founder & President of Yawar Baig & Associates. He is an international speaker, coach, trainer and facilitator, specializing in leadership in family businesses.



  1. Hyde

    August 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I’m still waiting for some dare raise an eyebrow about the role of Saudi Arabia in all this. We all know that the house of Ibn Saud is one of the biggest supporters of wars against Gaza.

  2. M

    August 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    There are so, so many pieces on this website covering the Palestinians, yet none, none on the massacre and rape of minorities at the hands on Muslims in Syria & Iraq. Absolutely nothing on that!

    There are Yazidi women being sold into sexual slavery, but you are not writing about any of it! Where is your humanity?

    This goes to show, your website does not give a sh*t about non-Muslims who are being killed by Muslims, you just do not care at all. Where is your humanity?The other article asked why prayers for Gaza are not being answered, and included the social & political hypocrisy of Muslims as a reason. Yet even after identifying the hypocrisy amongst Muslims, you still refuse to give coverage on the brutal killings of minorities at the hands of Muslims in Syria/Iraq, in favour of yet another article focussing on the Palestinian cause.

    I am not saying not to cover the Palestinian cause, but when pages upon pages are written about it by Muslims, and yet not a single page is written about what is happening to Yazidis in Iraq (even though the treatment they are receiving at the hands of ISIS is much more brutal then what the Palestinians are suffering)- it makes you wonder. I think this highlights the hypocrisy of Muslims (including your website) perfectly!

    You only rally when Muslims are suffering – and not just any Muslims, only Arab Muslims generally (I mean if you really cared about all Muslims equally, the coverage you give to the suffering of Muslims in CAR, the Rohingyas, northern Nigeria etc. would be equal to the coverage you give to the Palestinians. I can only remember a minimal number of articles published on those issues, compared to the pages upon pages dedicated to Palestinians. If you did indeed care about all Muslims equally, then there would be 10,000 strong weekly demonstrations against the treatment of Rohingyas in major cities around the world, with Muslims being a strong contingent. Of course none of this happens. Only for certain Muslim causes, would Muslims protest in such force (read Arab Muslim causes because you don’t care about blacks or Asians).

    So forget about your lack of humanity & empathy with non-Muslim suffering, you don’t even care much at all about Muslims suffering worldwide! You do not care about black and brown Muslims, and you are certainly silent about the suffering of non-Muslims- you only care about a very, very small subset of humanity.

    Until the day Muslim Matters’ coverage of the plight of Yazidis & the plight of Rohingyas is anywhere near equal to the amount of coverage you give to Palestinians, this website will remain a case in point about Muslim hypocrisy!

    • soob

      August 12, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      There are two videos of lectures by sheik waleed basyouni which sums up the atrocities of ISIS. But I agree I’d like to hear more about what is happening to other Muslims even C.A.R, china etc. aswell as non-Muslims. But how do you chose, literally everywhere has some kind of problem. Gaza is unique in that the people have nowhere to run.


  4. Talibeilm

    August 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Jazakallahu khayran katheera. This was an eye opener for me
    Barakallahu feek.

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  6. Samy Merchant

    August 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Salams, brothers and sisters.

    You will ONLY understand this conflict when you see it through the prism of ZIONIST theology. Yes! Zionism is a theology, with its roots in Judaic texts. And because it is a theology, it has fervent appeal for its followers. (“Aqeeda” ties people!) Zionist theology is based mostly on the Talmud but justification for it can be found even in the more moderate Torah. The Torah says:

    Zephaniah 2:4 “Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins. At midday, Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted”

    Isaiah 13:9 “See, the day of the Lord is coming, a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.”

    And according to Talmud theology:

    Jalkut Rubeni gadol 12b “The souls of non-Jews come from impure sprits and are called pigs.”

    Coschen hamischpat 425 Hagah 425. 5 “It is the law to kill anyone who denies the Torah.”

    Baba Kamma 37b. “The gentiles are outside the protection of the law and God has exposed their money to Israel.”

    It is IMPOSSIBLE for Zionists to make peace with the Palestinians. Zionist theology REQUIRES them to “uproot” the “sinners” (ie Palestinians.) In fact, the Moshiach, the Zionist Messiah, cannot come until this happens.

    ***Below is the link to a video which illustrates what I am saying. In this video, the Lubavitcher Rebbe is prodding the Zionist Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to hasten the Moshiach’s coming. Netanyahu knows his theology only too well, and what is required of him!


    Of course, our Gazan brothers and sisters, the pride of Islam, are throwing a spanner in the works, Al-Hamdolillah

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