I extend an urgent call for prayers in light of the current global turbulence. The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel has resulted in the tragic loss of civilian lives, including women, children, and the elderly.
Islam unequivocally forbids the killing of non-combatants, a directive that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has explicitly and firmly proscribed.
There exists a prevailing narrative, corroborated by some evidence, that Hamas instigated this conflict, leading to the indiscriminate killing of Israeli civilians. While the Israeli military has also been culpable of similar transgressions against innocent Palestinians, Muslims are duty-bound to adhere to Islamic tenets. Each party is accountable for its own actions, and alternative peaceful avenues could have been pursued.
The actions of Hamas are highly reprehensible and have inflicted considerable damage. Conversely, the current measures taken by the Israeli government are equally perilous. The situation appears to be at an impasse, with an alarming potential for the loss of innocent lives. The Israeli government has threatened to obliterate Gaza entirely, and they have already initiated this by launching numerous bombs, reducing the city to ruins.
Recent developments indicate that over a million people are being advised to evacuate Gaza. Some have already begun to leave. The United Nations, albeit tepidly, has voiced concerns that this would constitute a human rights violation, urging Israel to reconsider.
If the world perceives Israeli civilians as innocent, then the same courtesy must extend to Palestinians. The perpetuation of double standards by major powers has exacerbated global unrest and conflict. These powers have sidelined justice in favour of severe actions against Palestinians. Media outlets often disseminate misleading images and reports, further fueling the flames of war, adhering to the rule of “might is right”.
After World War I, the League of Nations was established with the aim of preventing future conflicts but failed due to its inability to enforce justice. This led to World War II and the loss of over 70 million lives. The United Nations, created with similar objectives, is also failing to achieve its goals.
Muslim nations must awaken from their slumber and unite. They should set aside their differences and work collaboratively towards establishing justice and peace. Unity among Muslims will amplify their collective voice against oppression.
The only genuine weapon at our disposal is prayer. Therefore, we must pray:
- “Come me to a word equal between us and you.” (The Holy Qur’an, 3:65)
- “This is God’s command.”
By adhering to these principles, we can eradicate global disorder. Prayer is not merely a spiritual exercise but a potent instrument against conflict and injustice. In a world teetering on the brink of chaos, perhaps it’s time we heed this call.