I know that humans are more important than rocks as stated in God’s doctrine… that is what we were told in the Holy Quran: “They ask you about the sacred month - about fighting therein. Say, "Fighting therein is great [sin], but averting [people] from the way of Allah and disbelief in Him and [preventing access to] al-Masjid al-Haram and the expulsion of its people therefrom are greater [evil] in the sight of Allah. And fitnah is greater than killing“, verse 217 of al-Baqara Chapter.
Therefore, I am one of those who believe that the Zionist crime taking place right now in threatening Al-Aqsa mosque, changing its nature, or working to knock it down is not only targeted at Al-Aqsa mosque… in my opinion, thinking in this way helps the Zionists complete their full crime against the Palestinian people and against all the human legacy opposing racism, aggression, and occupation.
Now, one definitely wonders: why has the Zionist state taken this step of targeting Al-Aqsa mosque in this timing in specific when the public image of currents of political Islam started to fade and falsehood of their ideology unfolded… including those who claimed to represent enlightened political Islam… also when an international, regional, and Arab cooperation began to stand against the Islamist terrorism and fight it as we see right now?
Why in this timing in specific has the Zionist state fueled this issue in particular that leads to reviving the Islamist argument saying that Al-Aqsa mosque – first Qibla to which Muslims used to turn at prayers, second holiest mosque, and place where Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, set off on his Night Journey of Isra and Mi’raj – is in danger?
I believe the answer is clear… we can start by saying that the Zionist state was not away from the establishment and reinforcing of that current so that the Arab nation and countries can fall into the mire of sectarian, doctrinal, and religious strife or Fitna… such a gloomy and deep mire where nations and peoples before fell into and kept fighting for hundreds of years until they wasted their energy and squandered their resources as known from history.
We can also relate this to what those Islamist terrorist groups became after the strikes they received in Egypt on the hands of the Egyptian army and police and due to the vigilance of its people… or in other Arab countries that stood alone or through international coalitions against this terrorism… and so a rescue scheme had to be drawn up for those groups so that they can remarket their ideology once again under the pretext saying: stop targeting the Islamic groups and go fight the Zionist state that does what it does to the holy Aqsa.
The answer could also be that the Zionist state means to embarrass Egypt in specific and put its regime and government in a difficult situation as what would be said and publicized for politically and in media is that the regime in Egypt has to take a decisive practical stance against the Israeli actions and must not just condemn them or call for restraint… and of course this practical stance requires giving the chance for the terrorist groups in Sinai to do what they can against the Zionist state… and that the Egyptian government should not only postpone any disagreement with the Islamist group Hamas, but also support it in every possible way including supplying it with arms so that it can take action against the Zionists and, in doing so, reduce the pressure over Al-Aqsa mosque.
There could be other more accurate interpretations than what I go for… but what I want to say here is that we – as civil powers in the Egyptian street in specific and the Arab one in general – should once again handle the conflict as it should be; a conflict between the right of independence and liberation against aggression and occupation… a conflict between the will of people seeking development and welfare and rejecting violence and war… against an aggressive colonial racist settlement movement which managed through aggression to occupy lands that do not belong to it and to seek support from its international colonial back in order to practice more aggression and keep flouting the humanitarian norms, international laws, and tens of resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and international organizations.
We have to catch our breath after being exhausted in engaging with political Islam currents and terrorist criminals… we were also consumed out of discussing issues it is time now to put an end to and take lessons from… atop of these issues is the political movement in Egypt since the 1919 revolution to July, 1952 revolution… and from July, 1952 to January, 2011 revolution… as going into arguments over disputed matters will do no good and will only increase the gap between constituents of the Egyptian mentality.
After catching our breath and having a careful look over the region’s map, we will find that the Zionist aggression is getting stronger… it has also found support in the mire of sectarian, doctrinal, and religious conflict we fell into… such support made the Zionist enemy stronger and allowed it to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants, however it wants fearing no Islamic or Arab reaction.
I believe we should relate what is happening to Al-Aqsa mosque to the essence upon which the Arab-Zionist conflict is based; a conflict between national liberation and racist settlement colonialism… including the intention of that colonialism to eradicate the cultural and civilization fundamental constituents of the country it occupies… since this conflict was and shall not be religious or doctrinal in any way.
Translated into English by: Dalia Elnaggar
This article was published in Almasry alyoum newspaper on July 26, 2017.
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