The crocodile tears and feeble protests of the Arab regimes and Palestinian groups will not undo half a century of treachery. As US President Trump threatened to, and then actually did declare that it is time to officially recognise al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist entity, the Palestinian and Arab leaderships suddenly remember how important this blessed land is, singing its praise and stating that red-lines are about to be crossed.
Yes, Al-Quds is a blessed land, with its Masjid Al-Aqsa, the first Qibla of the Muslims, and the place of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) night journey.
Therefore, any claim of love of the sanctity of Al-Quds requires the call to liberate all of it from the occupation of the Zionists, not for it to be divided into eastern and western parts.
When the Fatah Movement was formed in the mid-1960’s, it declared that it will form a resistance to liberate Palestine from the East to the West, but this slogan soon evaporated and it surrendered the river in the East, the sea in the West and all the territory in between.
Hizb ut-Tahrir issued a leaflet in 1964 which publicly warned that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), of which Fatah was a part, was an extension of an American plan to establish a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank and it would ultimately recognise the Zionist entity. It wrote:
Praise be to Allah Who blessed us with Islam and Who made our yardstick for actions the Halaal and Haraam, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be on the Prophet Mohammed, whom Allah sent with guidance and whom He made the Master of all Messengers and the Last of Prophets. It has been proved beyond any doubt that the objective of establishing the Palestinian “Liberation” Agency (Organisation) which is headed by Ahmed Al Shukairee is to separate the West Bank from Jordan and to establish an independent entity in it which will form another state that does not contain Al-Quds or Bait Lahem (this was before the King of Jordan surrendered the West Bank)… This goes against what Allah has ordered of unity of all the Muslim land. Therefore, the objective of this “Liberation” agency is to commit a major sin, a Haraam act and a horrendous crime.
Hizb ut-Tahrir maintained its consistent stand based upon the Islamic Shari’ah in tens of leaflets issued throughout the nineteen sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and until now, explaining the objective of establishing these Palestinian factions and how they are but agents for the colonial states.
When Hamas was formed it also declared that it will form a resistance and liberate Palestine from East to West. Then Hamas also accepted the idea of having a Palestinian state within the 1967 territory along with the Zionist state over almost all of Palestine.
In 1991 Hizb ut-Tahrir warned that America’s objective was for establishing a state in part of the West Bank and Gaza linked to Jordan through a federal or confederate union after an interim period, during which an interim self rule Palestinian government will be formed with administrative independence, while the zionist entity will still have authority and be responsible for the foreign policy and security. The party also warned that America is aiming to make the Arab states sign a peace treaty and then normalise the relationship with the occupation.
It is better for the Muslims that Palestine remain occupied by the Zionists for tens of years than to sign a peace treaty with them by which they would forsake the holy land.
The crusaders occupied Palestine and established crusader kingdoms for two hundred years, but the Muslims did not make any peace treaty nor did they give up a single inch of the occupied Muslim land to them as the Arab rulers and the Palestinian leaders want to do today. The Muslims continued to fight the crusaders until they beat them and drove them out of all the Muslim land that they occupied. They freed Jerusalem and the land of Palestine from them and destroyed the kingdoms they established in the land of Ash-Sham.
The recognition of the two states in Palestine, whether Al-Quds is united or divided, will not make the Zionist entity legitimate in Islam.
Fatah, Hamas and rest of the Arab and Muslim regimes are not representative of Islam and Muslims, but they are a small part of the convoy that deviated from the way. However, Palestine is a blessed Islamic land belonging to the Islamic Ummah.
Al-Quds is the whole of Al-Quds, not only its eastern part, according to the decrees of the colonialists’ United Nations. The whole of Palestine, including Al-Quds, is not feudal land belonging to Fatah or any other Palestinian faction, so that they may sell it away to the enemy, whenever they wish. Nor does it belong to the corrupted regimes in the Muslim world, that they may also sign it away to the Zionists in submission to their Western masters. Palestine is Holy Land as decreed by Allah in His Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Noble Messenger. Moreover, it is Islamic land handed to Umar Ibn al-Khattab with the surrender of the Christian people, so that he could establish over them the justice of Islam.
This is Palestine; its solution does not lie in extending a hand of cooperation towards America and negotiating a two-state solution with the Zionist State. Any handspan of Palestine occupied in 1948 and any handspan of Palestine occupied in 1948 are both the same in the view of Islam.
The red-lines that Erdogan and Abbas now speak of were crossed a century ago in 1917, when the British colonialists hatched their despicable plan to divide the Muslim lands, destroy the Khilafah (Caliphate), and “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”
Verily we depend upon Allah and act upon His commands, and verily Allah is worthy to be depended upon and quick to fulfill His promise.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لَا تَخُونُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ وَتَخُونُوا أَمَانَاتِكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
“O you who have believed, do not betray Allah and the Messenger or betray your trusts while you know [the consequence].” [Al-Anfal: 27]
Media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain
6th December 2017