Malik M Aslam Awan
JERUSALEM is a sacred ancient city, mentioned in the divine books and promised by God Almighty to the believers. Since the foundation of Islamic state, the Muslim traders established their links with the inhabitants of the sacred city and in 636 AD-the reign of Hazrat Umar-(R.A) the Jerusalem was invaded and conquered and since then, for 450 years, it remained a part of the Muslim state, having almost 22 lakh square miles within its ambit. In 1095 AD the crusaders invaded Jerusalem and inflicted heavy casualties upon the inhabitants of the city and almost all the Muslim population and other communities of the city were mercilessly slain to horrible death. In 1187AD, Salah-ud-Din Ayubi recaptured Jerusalem from the crusaders and made them to surrender unconditionally. The inhabitants were allowed to live peacefully or move to any other place, they liked. Jerusalem is originally the abode of the Muslims tracing their origin from the era of Hazrat Musa (A.S). After the elimination of crusaders by the renowned and illustrious commander of Islam Salah-ud-Din Ayubi, Jerusalem remained under the Muslim reign for 800 years.
In the Second World War Hitler massacred almost seventy per cent of Jewish community and warned the world to be careful of the mischievous instinct of the rest of the Jewish community. He claimed that he could slain the whole Jews of the world but he has intentionally spared a few lakh to prove that whenever the world will get tired of the mischiefs of the Jews, they would remember and salute his wisdom. Since that time the Jewish community remained homeless and wandered here and there. America manipulated with the Jews and helped in their inhabitation in the territory; we name it as Israel. When the Arabs raised hue and cry about the illegal occupation of Jews, a Commission was constituted to probe the matter and this obnoxious practice continued to be repeated time and again despite the Arabs continued and incessant clamouring. After its unwarranted implantation in the heart of Arab territory, in 1948 Israel forcibly occupied western Jerusalem and in 1967 after a 6 days war illegally and forcibly snatched the eastern Jerusalem.
Donald Trump has announced to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem; the decision has caused serious unrest amongst the Muslims of Pakistan as well as the whole Muslim community of the world. The American President’s decision about its embassy in Jerusalem is tantamount to admit the Israeli claim that the Jerusalem is the integral part of Israel. Israel had deployed a large number of Jews in eastern Jerusalem, which is illegal as per international norms and despite hectic campaign of Israel to make the world believe that the eastern Jerusalem is a Jewish populated area and hence claims the Jewish proprietary rights. The world has not taken notice of the Israeli propaganda, being baseless and beyond ground realities.
All the divine books substantiate the fact, Jerusalem being Promised Land to the believers, which the believers inhabited since the age of Hazrat Musa (AS). In 2017 Trump announced a formula namely “Deal of the Century”, if implemented will ensure the transfiguration of Israel into Greater Israel and the Palestinians having small chunk of the Promised Land. World intellectuals condemned the Trump declaration and it could not be enamoured in world leaders. Muslim countries, amongst whom there exists a military alliance of 42 Muslim countries failed to exhibit a strong reaction. In case Trump declaration is implemented in letter and spirit, the Muslim community would be restrained to the position of migrants in their centuries old abode, their next generations will remain in constant disorder and in a besieged state. Trump declaration “Deal of the Century” expound in itself, drift towards the cherished goal of the Greater Israel, not befitting the Palestinian Muslims, curtailing them into negligible minority and make their coming generations enslaved. This scenario developed due to the negligence of Muslim states of the world that remained indifferent to the voice of the depressed Palestinians. Will history forgive the Muslim state rulers in their grave silence upon relentless injustice with their brethren unsheltered Muslims, upon whom Israel is inflicting the grave kind of barbarities and cruelties making the sacred territory bleeding to no end.
—The writer is a freelance columnist and independent analyst based in Lahore