By Javeed Ali

Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatahu!

I am writing this letter from the valley of Kashmir with the hope that this message goes to all the Muslim scholars and clerics of the world who have been enjoined a responsible job of leading and preaching the Muslim Ummah.

I am not a religious scholar or a political activist. You are more aware about the religion and world happenings than me. I am writing this letter with an intention to request you to use your deep and profound knowledge for the better cause of Muslim Ummah and for the liberation of the blessed land of Palestine which belongs to Palestinians not to Zionist occupiers.

We are living in times where your mere ‘slip of tongue’ reaches even to the person sitting millions of miles away. So your selection of words can make or mar the Muslim Ummah. You have your share of followers. They listen to your lectures and sermons with the belief that you are guiding them on the right path. So their bright future prospects lies on your guardianship if it is in line with the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Holy Qur’an.

It’s crystal clear that you have a huge responsibility on your shoulders to take the Muslim Ummah on the path of righteousness and salvation. You should stop preaching the “British Shiasm” and “American Sunnism” which “is funded and backed by MI6, CIA and Mossad on the pulpit of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)”. This pulpit is not to serve the interests of America and Israel but for the Wahdat (unity) of Muslim Ummah.  

Holy Qur’an – the final revelation to mankind – has quite emphatically and unambiguously stressed the importance of unity and peaceful co-existence. “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not divided” (Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse No. 103). When the Holy Qur’an lays such strong emphasis on unity, how can those creating discord and spreading venom claim to be the true followers of Islam!

We are trapped in a distressing situation now. Very frequently we see clerics challenging each other for a Munazira (open debate) on trivial issues through social media. Our enemies are making plots against Islam and Islamic countries and we are wasting time on cursing each other.

The fault within us is that we listen more to that cleric who divides us than the one who unites us.

You are aware about the recent irresponsible and unjustified statement of US President Donald Trump. His unrealistic dream of recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem has come at a time when there are reports of some Arab countries are hand in glove with them. These Arab countries release some statements of condemnation just to hoodwink the Muslim Ummah. But you have to aware the Muslim Ummah that the rulers can sell their faith to global powers that be but we have to remain steadfast on the right path. We have to utilize all our available resources for the liberation of the holy land of Palestine and Al-Quds from the illegal occupation of Zionist forces. Palestine belongs to Palestinians and Inshallah it will be free very soon.

It is quite surprising that there was no mention of Jerusalem or Palestine in theFriday sermons at Makkah and Medina aftermath the Trump’s statement. 

The first thing in the pursuit of Palestinian cause is to force your respective countries to shut the US and Israeli embassies in your countries. Moreover, you should persuade the heads of your respective countries to call back the respective ambassadors from America and Israel and you can play a pivotal role in pursuing your followers why it is important to snap all ties with America and Israel. For the liberation of Palestine, everyone has to sacrifice like Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi who refused to compete with Zionist contender at Under-23 Wrestling World Championship in Poland. 

Mere statements won’t achieve anything for the Palestinian cause. Islamic countries need to take pragmatic steps now. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issues courageous statements but he needs to deliver on ground and close down the embassies of America and Israel in his country and call back his ambassadors from US and Israel. Other Muslim countries should follow the suit.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said, “If Saudi Arabia, our neighbouring country, stops bombing Yemen from tomorrow and stand up against Israel and relies on its own people, we do not see any barriers in front of improving our relations with them for the Palestinian cause.”

I urge Saudi regime to grab that opportunity as relying on America and Israel will yield them nothing. They will only use you as long as they need you and once they will achieve their ulterior motives, they will dump you.

We hope and wish that 41-Muslim countries’ Islamic Military Alliance led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman will back and support Hezbollah and Hamas for the liberation of Palestine and if not then we have every reason to believe that this alliance was made to serve the interests of US and Israel and not for the Islam.

Let me conclude with the wish and prayers that our religious scholars and clerics will use the pulpit of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) for the just cause of the Palestine and not for cursing fellow Muslims.

May Allah Almighty bless you all

-The author is a freelance writer and can be reached