Sudais Warns of Gaza Catastrophe

JEDDAH, 2 February 2008 — Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, an imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, yesterday cautioned Muslims all over the world that their Palestinian brethren in Gaza were facing a human catastrophe. The imam rebuked Western countries that speak profusely about human rights, freedom and democratic values for keeping mum on the continuing Israeli atrocities in occupied Palestinian territories.

Delivering his Juma sermon to the thousands of faithful who thronged the large mosque complex, the imam called for quick delivery of relief supplies such as food and medicine to the people of Gaza.

“Our brothers in Gaza are facing death and destruction, hunger and siege…After God, only you can boost their morale and save them from this trial,” Al-Sudais told Muslims all over the world.

“Help them, donate for them, especially in this harsh weather condition. They are living in dark without electricity, hunger and poverty. They don’t have water or food and medicine. The economic siege has made their lives extremely difficult,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted the imam as saying.

Al-Sudais said “the dangerous human catastrophe” being faced by people in Gaza was a new development in the Palestinian issue. He condemned the brutal Israeli blockade and called for quick and serious initiatives to open the border.

In a recent statement, Lynn Pascoe, UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, said the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is “extremely fragile” as a result of continued Israel closure of nearly all crossings into the territory.

There were special prayers for Gazans at several mosques across Saudi Arabia yesterday as imams invoked the Almighty to support the Palestinians against their oppressors and for a quick end to their plight. People in the Kingdom also exchanged text messages calling for the support of Gazans.

The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) recently announced an emergency donation of SR5 million to support the besieged Palestinians in Gaza.

“Muslims all over the world must come forward in support of the Palestinians, who are facing a campaign of starving and eradication,” said Dr. Saleh Al-Wohaiby, secretary-general of WAMY.

“The closure border passages in Gaza, preventing entry of humanitarian assistance to the sick, children and women, is one of the major crimes against humanity,” the WAMY chief said in a statement.

He called on businessmen, philanthropists and all Saudi citizens and residents to support the Palestinians. “Nobody can keep quiet after knowing the suffering of Palestinians as a result of power cut and stoppage of energy supplies.”

Don’t forget your muslim brothers and sisters around the world suffering at the hands of their oppressors; remember them all in your supplications, especially in the night prayer – in the last third of the night – when you stand before your Lord. Abu Hurayrah reported Allaah’s Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) as saying:

“Our Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the latter part of the night is left, and says: Who supplicates Me so that I may answer him? Who asks Me so that I may give to him? Who asks Me forgiveness so that I may forgive him?”, [Saheeh Muslim, No.1656]

Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh:

“Indeed waging war against the weak Muslims in Palestine is (Israeli) terrorism and oppression.

…today the Muslim Ummah was passing through a severe phase which requires it to take a close look (at itself) so that it can become a single Ummah defending and protecting it’s ‘aqeedah”.

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan:

“It is obligatory upon the Muslims to make supplication for their Muslim brothers and to assist them with wealth. To assist them with wealth and supplication, this is what is obligatory, and this is what will benefit them.”

Shaykh Ibn Baaz:

“It has been confirmed to us by trustworthy and reliable witnesses that the Palestinian intifaadhah (uprising) and those who have stood forth in this are from the most dedicated Muslims there, and that their jihaad is (an) Islaamic (one). This is because they are oppressed by the Jews, and that which is obligatory upon them is to protect their religion and themselves and their families and children and to drive out their enemy from their land with all they are able to of strength.”

Shaykh Ibn Baaz:

“Certainly, the Muslim(s) feel much pain and great sadness at the deteriorating situation in Palestine, with matters going from bad to worse, escalating in complexity as the days pass, such that it has reached where it has (today).

…and that which is worth mentioning here, is that the Palestinian issue is an Islaamic issue from the beginning (right through) to the end.”

Further fataawa regarding Palestine.

PLEASE NOTE: Terrorism is prohibited in Islaam, and these fataawa do not in any way or form imply it’s permissibility or acceptance. Rather, they provide qualified Islaamic legal rulings from the recognised Senior Scholars of Islaam to oppose those who have caused oppression by occupying Palestinian land.

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