Bani Isra'eel And The Prophet (S) Part 13

Developing Just Leadership

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Dhu al-Qa'dah 15, 1421 2001-02-09

Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa alihi ws sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Dear Committed brothers, dear committed sisters,

Allahs guiding and nourishing words tell us the following

وَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ مُصَدِّقٌ لِّمَا مَعَهُمْ نَبَذَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ وَرَاءَ ظُهُورِهِمْ كَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

And when an Apostle or a Messenger comes to them from Allah verifying what they have, a proportion of those who have been given scripture discard Allahs scripture and throw it behind their back as if they know nothing about it. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 101)

This ayah speaks volumes about the attitude, policies, behaviour and decisions of those who are presented with a Prophet from Allah. Even though this ayah came to describe a particular incident, it is equally applicable to analogous incidents. The Qur’an is not a book that is frozen in time and only meant to speak about events, issues and affairs that happened fourteen-hundred and some years ago, in addition to that, it analyses, penetrates, exposes and sheds light on equivalent issues and affairs that re-develop and recur in the lives of the generations of committed Muslims until the end of time and until Allah inherits the affairs of this world. This ayah details for us the frame of mind and how a contingent of scripturalists (those who received the Torah and the Injeel), were reacting. Allahs words and His Prophet put these types of people in a reactive mode. This is something you don’t see very frequently. They are always aggressive, they always claim to have the initiative, they are always breaking new grounds, almost as if the rest of us are behind- this is when we don’t have the initiative, are not at the frontlines and when we are not the vanguards. But Allahs Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) placed us at the cutting edge of events and so they now began to react.

وَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ مُصَدِّقٌ لِّمَا مَعَهُمْ

When a Messenger, comes to them from Allah authenticating what they have… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 101)

What do they do? How do they behave?

نَبَذَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ وَرَاءَ ظُهُورِهِمْ كَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

… they try to place this whole scripture behind them, as if nothing is happening- there’s no book and there’s no Messenger- they go into a mode of denial. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 101)

They want to believe and they want everyone else to believe that Muhammad doesn’t exist and this book that he claims is being revealed by God has no basis of truth to it. For those of you who don’t know, (and many of us are blank on these issues), during the first eighteen months in Al Madinah, when the Prophet established Islamic order and authority in Al Madinah, Yahud were keeping a low profile. They were not publicly placing themselves in an active position of hostility to this newly founded authority and order, (eighteen months- mark that in your mind), because everyone wants to delete the type of information that we can begin to make sense of, provided we know how to relate it to our facts and our worldly affairs. After the first battle the Muslims engaged in at Badr, Yahud began to make themselves known. During these eighteen months, Allah was revealing ayaat to the Muslims to have them raise their guard against these types of in-house potential enemies, because they were located inside Al Madinah.

When Allahs Prophet came to Al Madinah, three very significant things happened, among the many other things that are also important. These three very significant developments were:

  1. For the first time, the Muslims had a Masjid. During thirteen years of Islam and publicising Allahs words, the Muslims didn’t have a Masjid. This is unlike the way we think today- if we are a few people in a distant place, with no power, and we have no clout nor authority, everyone wants to build a Masjid. When the Prophet was in Makkah, there were very dedicated Muslims around him, and (in the language on the commoner), they went through hell, yet there was no Masjid. Why? Because Muslims didn’t have power, they didn’t have authority. If you don’t have power and you don’t have authority, you don’t need a Masjid- this is what the Prophet told us throughout thirteen years in Makkah. That didn’t mean the Muslims were not meeting- they were meeting- in Dar Al Arqam, but it wasn’t a Masjid. They had what we may call “sessions of learning”, but they didn’t have a Masjid. When the Prophet went to Al Madinah, he built the first Masjid, his Masjid- Al Masjid Al Nabawi, and many Masjids thereafter, but this only happened when the Muslims were in command or in-charge.
  2. The second thing that happened was the Prophet, along with the other power factions in Al Madinah, noteably the jews, entered into an agreement.
  3. The third remarkable thing that happened was the affiliation of Al Muhajirin and Al Ansar- the brotherhood between those who were dislocated from Makkah and those that became the supporters of the Prophet in Al Madinah, known as Al Muhajirin and Al Ansar respectively.

The jews entered into an agreement between them and the Prophet. This agreement guaranteed them their rights and their civic equality. But when they saw the Muslims defeat the mushriks at Badr, they began to express words and statements to the effect that they will no longer honour what they signed themselves to. So Allah in more than eighty ayaat of the first surah that was revealed in Madinah, began to raise the Muslim consciousness concerning these Yahud or rather those that overtly said that they were Muslims, those who verbalised Islam- do you think we don’t have these types of individuals in our world today?- Do you think you don’t find Muslims who come and say with their mouths that they are Muslims, but in fact, what they conceal in the depths of their minds and hearts is an opposition to the Prophet, the Qur’an, Allah and the committed Muslims? The status quo clergy-men want us to think that these types of people don’t exist any longer, as if these ayaat in the Qur’an was meant for a few people who would say something and contradict their verbiage with what they do. When these people have private meetings with their shayateen- who are these shayateen- these are the jews of Al Madinah. This is not what a few, (one or two individuals) are saying, this is what a body of tafseer and those who studied and researched these events said.

وَإِذَا لَقُوا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قَالُوا آمَنَّا وَإِذَا خَلَوْا إِلَىٰ شَيَاطِينِهِمْ قَالُوا إِنَّا مَعَكُمْ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُسْتَهْزِئُونَ

When these verbal Muslims are secluded with their shayateen, (with these zionist israeli type of jews), ie. in private, they say but we are with you. We are not serious when you see us with the Muslims, meaning with the Prophet, and the Islamic social order in Al Madinah- we’re not really part of that. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 14)

When did these munafiqs find company with the jews of Al Madinah? They found company with them after the mushriks were defeated at Badr. This is when the whole issue began to surface and it could no longer be concealed. Allah was bringing it to the attention of the combatant Muslims whose combat itself was exposing these types of elemants. That doesn’t mean that within these Yahud there were not individuals here and there who were ready to listen to what Allah had to say. Abdullah ibn Salaam Al Qaynaqa’i was one of them. He was a learned scholar of Yahud and after seeing and knowing the truth, he joined the Muslims. In the defeatist mind of today’s Muslims, they want to reverse the realities of that time and make us believe that the majority of Yahud in the world today are the equivalent of Abdullah ibn Salaam Al-Qaynaqa’e. As if the bad apples among Yahud are a very few, and the majority of them want peace with the Muslims. The fact of the matter is- anyone who is willing to be convinced with this type of propaganda and publicity is either ignorant of the history of Yahud or he knows the truth, but for some vested interest and for some selfish gain in this world, he doesn’t want to follow these facts to their obvious conclusion.

In today’s world, we have rulers, decision-makers, something called the Palestinian Authority, the Egyptian, the Saudi or the Jordanian Government- aren’t these the types that on the surface present us with an Islamic image? Don’t they pray in the Masjid, and fast during Ramadhan and do the other rituals that are required of a Muslim? Don’t they have closed/private/secluded/confidential/secret meetings with these israeli Zionist jews of today? What do they say to them in these meetings? For how many years have they been having these meetings, and what do they discuss? You would ask- all of these years, we’ve been listening to a summit here and a summit there, bi-lateral and multi-lateral conferences and meetings- what have they been talking about for these past thirty, forty, fifty years? Haven’t they been beating a dead horse for all this time?! And in the interim, we are supposed to believe and think that something called the Palestinian Authority or the Jordanian or the Egyptian or the Saudi or the rest are not saying “We are with with these israeli Zionist Jewish thieves of our possession, in the form of an illegitimate and illegal state.”

Remember, the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) was not at war with Yahud, he was at war with the establishment of Makkah, but as he pursued this war with the decision-makers of Makkah, Yahud began to surface. He entered into an agreement with them in Al Madinah, which they could not honour because of their historical and cumulative hostility to Allah and the Prophets. When the Prophet began to realise the amount of animosity they had, he called them to a meeting in the market of Qaynuqa in Al Madinah. Banu Qaynuqa was the only faction living inside Al Madinah, they weren’t in the suburbs as we would say today. Banu Quraida and Banu Nadhir were in the suburbs of Al Madinah. Banu Qaynuqa were in (what we call) downtown Madinah. So, he told all of these Yahud of Al Madinah to come to a meeting in the market of Banu Qaynuqa inside Al Madinah and they came. The Prophet said to them from the scripture you have and from the covenant you took with Allah, you know that I am the Messenger of Allah. Come to terms with this fact or else look at what happened to the mushriks in Badr. How did they respond to that? One of the leaders of Yahud by the name of Kaab ibn Al Ashraf stood up, (not in front of the Prophet, but in front of the rest of the jews in Al Madinah), and he said if the mushriks of Makkah were to wind-up the same way the mushriks at Badr wound up, meaning to be defeated and eliminated, then the earths interior is preferable to us than the earths surface- meaning we’re better off being dead than alive. These are supposed to be people of the book. If Muslims have a scripture, there’s supposed to be some affinity here, but it was precisely because Muslims have guidance from Allah that generated this type of behaviour and this type of statement from one of the jewish leaders in Al Madinah. Have the jews changed their skin? Have they gone through a transformation of fourteen-hundred years now to accommodate themselves with the Muslims of today? There’s nothing whatsoever that indicates it. Besides, what did the Prophet (may Allahs peace and blessings be upon him) do when a jewish leader came out with a statement like that? Not only did he express his and his communities point of view regarding the Islamic State in Al Madinah, but he also went to Makkah. Obviously, he wasn’t going to drink coffee and tea. He was going for more sinister and more aggressive purposes- the Muslims have tasted victory and Yahud in Al Madinah could no longer see the Muslims on a course of victory into the future, so something had to be done. They had to consolidate with the Mushriks of Makkah. Do you think when the Israeli Zionist Yahudis are defeated today, they are not working with the Mushriks to pre-empt an Islamic course of victory into the future? Are they not meeting with their counterparts in today’s world? Was the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) the type of Gandhi personality who would say we don’t want to follow up with this enemy of Allah? No! He brought together some Muslims- this is our history, and we are in the Islamic sense of the word proud of our history- and he said to them who can take care of Kaab ibn Ashraf- the loud mouth against the Muslims, a person who has a criminal, if not a genocidal policy within his sights? While all of this was happening the Yahudi community of Al Madinah was suggesting to the Prophet that he go to Al Quds. Imagine these Jews that say today “Jerusalem is their eternal and undivided capital,”- in order to take the sail out of the state of the Prophet, they were saying to him well, all the Prophets of God were the Prophets of Jerusalem, why don’t you re-locate to Jerusalem? Thats what they suggested to the Muslims who were building their power-base in Al Madinah when the Prophets leadership was uncontested. And, to pre-empt this type of mischief from these trouble-makers in Al Madinah, Allah instructed His Prophet and the community of Muslims, finally, to orient themselves in their salaah towards Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah which was still under what we would call “occupation”- it was still under the control of the Mushriks. As this propaganda was coming out of Yahudi quarters in Al Madinah, Kaab ibn Ashraf was busy cobbling together a military effort from Makkah against the Muslims in Al Madinah. The Prophet was not in suspense, he brought together some Muslims and said this person has to be dealt with. And what were the Muslims doing? Were they telling the Prophet, “No- Allah is Merciful, Allah will take care of it, we shouldn’t be doing anything. The only thing we should be doing is going to the Masjid and praying extra prayers during the night or fasting extra days during the week?” They didn’t say that to the Prophet. They volunteered and said, “If this has to be done, let’s do it.” So they thought of a plan whereby they would lure this potential Yahudi war criminal to a time and place where they would end his life. The initiative was in the hands of the committed Muslims- these were the vanguard of Islamic destiny. And they did, first they spoke to him, then they agreed upon a time, and then these four or five Muslims were able to lure him one night and take corrective action against him, before he was able to execute his war policy against the Muslims.

In our time and age, there’s an Ariel Sharon– a war criminal who is long overdue for Prophetic justice- why don’t we have Muslims who are capable of taking the initiative into their own hands? Remember, this is a person who was previously speaking about bombing (and if need be) with nuclear weapons. This is a Yahudi war criminal who massacred Muslims in Qibya, Egypt, Lebanon and who was responsible for Sabra and Shatilla, but where are the Muslims who are able to resuscitate the spirit and the objectives that were alive in the days of Allahs Prophet? When someone needed to be taken care of, Muslims took care of them. Today, there are the same equivalents of these Yahud who have to be taken care of, but if you think for a moment about the propaganda from the mimbar itself, you would be convinced that these Yahudis have vanished, but they didn’t vanish. When we speak about Kaab ibn Ashraf, why don’t the jews speak about this same person? We’re not speaking about some fictional character or a fictitious personality, this was a real war-criminal who the Muslims were able to bring divine justice to, on earthly terms. Why don’t they speak about him? Why do they bury him deep down, inside their own studies? They have encyclopedias, they have the media in their control in today’s world, why don’t they speak about his type? We understand why they don’t speak about him, because what type of point or idea are they going to express when they speak about him? We understand why they are hush-hush, but we can’t understand why Muslims don’t speak about such characters! -especially at times like these. This is the time to speak about them and to remind ourselves where these Yahud and their leaders were, how they wanted to take on our Prophet, the same way they want to take us on today. Why are we silent about it? Is there anything to hide? Is there anything to be low-key about? Is there any reason to keep a low profile about these issues and subjects? There’s nothing that warrants it, so how come we have our speakers and preachers silent about these issues? When the Prophet of Allah spoke to the Muslims about the Jews in Al Madinah, he told them to meet at Baqiyya Al-Gharqat. Why can’t the Muslims when they go to the umrah and the Hajj go to Baqiyya-Al-Gharqat where the Prophet assembled the Muslims of his time to speak to them about the Jews of Al Madinah? Why can’t the Muslims step out of this silent mode and go to Adhru’aat in the Northern parts of the Arabian Peninsula, to see where Banu Qaynuqa settled after having been forced out of Al Madinah due to their treachery of the agreement they signed onto with Allahs Prophet? Why can’t the Muslims go to Khaybar? Why is Khaybar off limits!? When Muslims go to the Hajj and the Umrah, why don’t we hear that they have also gone to where Yahud had been defeated at Khaybar? Why can’t this be done? Because you are going to have those who are going to protect Yahud and tell you this is a bid’a, so you can’t go to Baqiyya Al Gharqat, Adhru’aat and Khaybar. A bid’ah-what?! Is it a bid’a for us to remember where Muslims were victorious? And howcome this claim of being a bid’a serves the interest of the israelis today? These religious figures who are willing to serve the Israelis today should be put on notice, that everytime they pronounce the word bid’ah, they are serving their masters in Tel Aviv- in Occupied Palestine.

When the Muslims were successful in having their Islamic domain in Al Madinah, they were sovereign, free and independent. No-one was dictating to them, they weren’t inferior to the degree of saying we need our lobby in Byzantium and Persia. Today, we have a sovereign, independent and free area for the Muslims- we’ve had it for twenty-six years. Throughout these years, do you think these Yahud is are absent minded? Do you think they are not thinking about war crimes? Do you think they have not met with Makkahn establishment of our times and our days? Do you think people are not going to the Islamic Republic nowadays and saying to them with smiles on their faces that we are also committed Muslims and then, they don’t turn around and have their confidential meetings with Yahud, and say “No! We are not serious when we are with the Muslims.” Do you think they do not have their contingent of Munafiqun inside today’s sovereign, independent and free Islamic State? Do you think they are un-aware of the Islamic resistance in Southern Lebanon, Palestines and across the world and how it is related to the Islamic State in Iran? We are not living in a vacuum- they are aware of our internal thoughts. These people throughout history changed their religion- if it served them to become christians, these Yahud is became Christians and if it served them to become Muslims, they became Muslims. Yahud penetrated the last political expression of Islam and they destroyed it altogether in what is today Turkey. Do you think they are not entertaining those ideas if it serves their interests and purposes to become Muslims? But we say to them, “Even if all the Jews in Occupied Palestine were to feel one day that they cannot bear the pressure of the Islamic jaugernaut any longer and for convenience sake they say to us “We have become Muslims,” even if they say and even if they mean that they have become Muslims, they still have no right to occupy and take away the belongings, property and the homeland of other Muslims.” So they still have no way out, except to leave and to give back the possessions and property that they stole to its original owners. They’re not going to fool us even if they say that they have become Muslims. They know that the pressure is coming and they know from where the pressure is originating. And we have twenty six years to celebrate for the increase and the turning on of this pressure from its sources. Soon, we will have another Khaybar to celebrate and soon we will have another liberation coming our way (Insha-Allah). In the mean-time, whilst working towards that day, we rely utterly and totally on Allah to deliver us from their conspiracies and from their criminal thoughts- and our lives are dispensable for Allah.

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