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Op-ed (Part II)

The Road to Liberating Palestine

Check Part I: No Shortcuts to Liberating Palestine

To liberate Palestine, people need to liberate their minds first, purify their souls, Islamize their intentions, thoughts, and deeds, and form alliances with Almighty Allah, members of the Muslim community (ummah), and all the people of goodwill around the globe.

Central to the processes of building people (raising and cherishing new generations) would be Islamically-inspired excellent educational systems, good and independent governance, and myriads of short, medium, and long-term strategies as well as policies that would aim at creating conducive ecosystems for producing new cohorts and letting them operate freely and enthusiastically.

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In the process, a bold stance is expected to be taken against quick fixes, shortcuts, mediocrity, venality, and apathy. Every individual is to perceive himself as a servant of Almighty Allah and a soldier of His truth only.

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All other forms of servitude and struggle should be placed beneath these two, playing second fiddle to them.

Islam is a comprehensive code of life, overarching existence in its entirety. Put another way, a person just needs to become an exemplary Muslim and live an exemplary Islamic lifestyle. That is the crux of the matter and the ultimate originator of all causes.

It is to be remembered that the Children of Israel were not allowed to enter the holy land with enslaved minds and impure souls.

Doing so was possible only after 40 years in the wilderness after a new generation with liberated minds and refined souls was raised. Nor did Prophet Nuh wait for the deluge to act.

He made all the necessary preparations long before the promise of Allah came to pass, despite the multitude of challenges, most of which had been directed at Nuh’s pursuits, making them appear implausible and him looking foolish.

The Road to Liberating Palestine - About Islam

Conflict is the Last Option

These counsels in no way suggest that physical confrontations including wars will be desirable and so, a regular necessity. In passing, should military conflicts become unavoidable, so be it; there is nothing wrong or untoward in such scenarios.

Wars are honorable if fought for honorable purposes, especially if no other alternatives are left and evil is getting out of control.

However, what the above counsels suggest is that when Muslims become united, virtuous, and strong – individually and collectively, and in all aspects of society-cum-civilization building processes – their realms, and those of the world in general, will be filled with so much goodness that the forces of evil will not stand a chance to establish themselves, let alone thrive.

In the context of Palestine, if Israel is encircled by Muslim nations shaped in Islamic molds, under no circumstances will it be able to do what it normally does to the defenseless Palestinians.

Its devilish behavior will be easily curbed, and if it does not change, persisting in its monstrous activities, it by degrees could be neutralized and if necessary, even relegated to oblivion.

Altering the complete religious and socio-political landscape around Israel would render it a pariah par excellence, whose sheer existence will increasingly be untenable. It will become such an abnormality that it will be left with no choice other than to change or perish.

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About Dr. Spahic Omer
Dr. Spahic Omer, an award-winning author, is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He studied in Bosnia, Egypt and Malaysia. In the year 2000, he obtained his PhD from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in the field of Islamic history and civilization. His research interests cover Islamic history, culture and civilization, as well as the history and theory of Islamic built environment. He can be reached at: [email protected].