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Has the use of white phosphorus in occupied Palestine ever been attributed to Zionists?

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Allah [The Exalted] said:

وَإِذَا قُلۡتُمۡ فَٱعۡدِلُواْ وَلَوۡ ڪَانَ ذَا قُرۡبَىٰ‌ۖ

And when you testify, be just, even if (it concerns) a near relative. [1]

When you testify by way of a statement to judge between people, differentiate between them in a discourse, and speak regarding matters and circumstances, be just in your speech, adhere to truthfulness regarding those you love and those you hate, be fair and do not conceal what needs to be made clear because it is forbidden and tantamount to injustice to divert (from justice and fairness) when speaking against the one you hate. [2]

To begin with, the mass murder in Gaza is not an accident; rather, it is the result of the actions of a Zionist/far-right administration that takes joy in annihilating innocent civilians in the name of collateral damage and self-defence. Likewise, no sane person would condone Hamas’s crimes against the civilians who live under the authority of the Zionists. Read the article by Shaikh Abu Iyaad [may Allah preserve him]

Second, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Zionist army has recently been accused of using white phosphorous in Gaza; however, they’ve responded to this by saying “Currently we are not aware of the use of weapons containing white phosphorus in Gaza, but rather such a claim is unequivocally false”.

Description of White Phosphorus:

Whoever researches will come across the following:

Toxic and wax-like, white phosphorus burns at temperatures above 800 degrees Celsius (about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit), hot enough to melt metal. White phosphorus is the material of choice for militaries to construct smokescreens because of its capacity to start quickly spreading fires and produce thick smoke over large distances which usually lingers for seven minutes. Weapons carrying white phosphorus are hard to put out; they will keep flaming until the phosphorous is completely burned or removed from contact with oxygen. White phosphorus contains compounds that, if absorbed by the body, can burn skin all the way down to the bone and cause malfunctions in the liver, kidneys, and heart, among other organs. There are two effects of the burns: the burn itself, which is typically quite deep and severe, has a local effect, and the second effect is metabolic, which can be fatal for the patients. Heart failure can be caused by abnormal potassium levels, which are a symptom of metabolic diseases. White phosphorus can rekindle if it comes into contact with the skin again since it is sticky and can adhere to a variety of surfaces, including clothing. Additionally, breathing in the fumes can be fatal, and they can cause significant eye irritation and light sensitivity.

Therefore, even if a person were to argue that “Phosphorous is no different from petrol reacting to a lighted match, and that what differentiates it from chemical weapons is that its reaction is not directed against the human physiology”, we ask them whether someone can claim not to be held liable if he pours petrol in another person’s house or city district and then throws a lighted match in the area, causing death and destruction?! Therefore, can someone similarly argue that they should not be held accountable if they spread white phosphorous around a person’s home or city district and then set it on fire with firearms?! Rather, even if a person committed an act for which he truly deserves the death penalty under Islamic law, it would not be permissible to punish him through burning or fire. Imam Al-Bukhari [may Allah have mercy upon him] stated: “Chapter: Not to punish with Allah’s punishment”. Ikrimah reported that Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn Abbaas, who said, “Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, ‘Don’t punish (anybody) with Allah’s Punishment”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari 3017]

As a result, it makes no difference whether white phosphorous is permitted by anyone regardless of their expertise because only the final infallible divine revelation [The Qur’an and authentic Sunnah] as understood and implemented by the Sahaabah is the source through which what should be considered lawful or unlawful during military conflict is decided, not the views of any war-monger, war-criminal, racist or organisation that seeks victory for its allies at any cost or exclusively on the basis of “the ends justify the means.” Therefore, we wait for a Fatwa from the Senior Salafi Scholars that justify the use of this chemical!

Third, the Zionist military cannot deny the fact that it has used white phosphorous in the past as stated in the Jerusalem Post as follows:

However, as for the recent claims -[the specific events after 7/10/23] -that Netanyahu’s army of Zionists are using it again, this is still being investigated, so we’ll wait for the reliable and unbiased investigators and experts – among Muslims and non-Muslims – to produce a final report. We neither negate nor affirm until the affair is finalised, but what remains a fact is that the Zionists did use white phosphorous in the past.

Finally, every oppressor who uses these barbaric methods reminds us of what has been stated in Surah Al-Burooj. Allah said:

قُتِلَ أَصْحَٰبُ ٱلْأُخْدُودِ
ٱلنَّارِ ذَاتِ ٱلْوَقُودِ
إِذْ هُمْ عَلَيْهَا قُعُودٌ

Cursed were the People of the Ditch, (the large ditch with) the fire, given fuel (in abundance). While they were sat over it (watching those whom they punished by burning). [3]

Imam As-Sadi [may Allah have mercy upon him] said: This is the greatest type of tyranny and heart-heartedness because they combined disbelief in Allah’s Ayaat and wilful opposition to them, waging war against its adherents and torturing them with this torment, which the extremely heart-breaking, whilst they are present and throwing them into it. And the fact is that they did not take revenge on the believers except due to a characteristic for which they are praised, and by way of which they attain happiness (in this life and the next), which is that they believed in Allah. [4]

Imam Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “They saw the fire burning these people while sitting and joking as if nothing was happening, and Allah’s protection is sought (against this behaviour). This is tyranny that a person sees a human being burnt with fire while he reclines on his couch and is distracted by the conversation and does not care”. [5]

[1] Translator: Shaikh Abu Iyaad. NobleQur’an

[2] An Excerpt from Tafseer as-Sadi. Slightly paraphrased


[4] Tafsir As-Sadi

[5] Tafsir Juz Amma