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The Perils of Zionist Self-glorification and Insatiable Craving for Power

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

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim [may Allah have mercy upon him]:

The contrast between seeking righteous leadership and simply seeking leadership lies in exalting Allah’s command and being sincere in devotion to Him, rather than seeking self-glorification and pursuing personal desires hastily. The individual who is truly sincere in devotion to Allah loves that his Lord is obeyed and not disobeyed, loves that the statement “none has the right to be worshipped except Allah” is uppermost, all matters of the religion sincerely established for the sake of Allah, the people obey Allah’s command and refrain from what Allah has forbidden. He is sincere in his devotion to Allah and sincere in guiding others towards the path of Allah. He aspires to be a leader in the religion and supplicates to his Lord to make him a leader of the righteous, just as he follows the righteous. Hence, if this servant of Allah who invites others to the path of Allah loves to be respected, honoured, and loved by the people, and wishes to be followed so that they trust him and emulate the Messenger through his actions, it does not harm his desire for leadership, instead, he is commended for it. This is because the one who calls to Allah yearns for obedience to Allah and the worship of Him alone. He seeks to be a means through which people are guided to obey Allah, worship Him alone, and follow the teachings of the Messenger. As a result of this, Allah mentions and praises His chosen servants with the best characteristics and that he will grant them the best reward on the day of judgment, saying:

وَٱلَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبۡ لَنَا مِنۡ أَزۡوَٲجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّـٰتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعۡيُنٍ۬ وَٱجۡعَلۡنَا لِلۡمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the pious”. [Surah Al-Furqan. Ayah 74]

They beseech Allah to bless them with the comfort of the eye by making their wives and children obedient to Allah and to fill their hearts with joy by being followed by the righteous in their devotion and servitude to Allah. This is because a trustworthy leader in the religion cooperates with others in obeying Allah and His Messenger, and that is to call them to sound leadership in the religion whose foundation is based on patience and certainty, as Allah [The Exalted] says:

وَجَعَلۡنَا مِنۡہُمۡ أَٮِٕمَّةً۬ يَہۡدُونَ بِأَمۡرِنَا لَمَّا صَبَرُواْ‌ۖ وَڪَانُواْ بِـَٔايَـٰتِنَا يُوقِنُونَ

And We made from among them (Children of Israel), leaders, giving guidance under Our Command when they were patient and used to believe with certainty in Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). [Surah Al-Sajdah. Ayah 24]

Hence, in their supplication to Allah that He makes them leaders for the righteous people, is that He guides and grants them success, and blesses them with beneficial knowledge and righteous deeds without which sound leadership in the religion cannot be attained.

This stands apart from simply pursuing leadership as its seekers strive to acquire it to accomplish their objectives, such as self-exaltation, enslaving the hearts and attaching them to themselves, and assisting them in achieving their goals, while they remain superior and everyone else subordinate to them. The pursuit of leadership of this kind results in corruption, the magnitude of which only Allah can comprehend, involving rebellion, envy, transgression, enmity, oppression, trials and tribulations, prioritising self-defence at the cost of violating Allah’s rights, elevating those despised by Allah and demeaning those honoured by Allah. [1]

This is a current calamity unfolding before us, orchestrated by Netanyahu and Hamas as one of their strategic tools. Hence, before delving into any other matter, we urge you to read this enlightening article penned by Shaikh Abu Iyaadh [may Allah preserve him]:

To begin with, his intense desire to advance his interests is creating problems within the very population under his governance. Despite the loud demands from his people to immediately negotiate with reckless Hamas to secure the release of the hostages in Gaza, he persists in refusing to end the war. Instead, he cunningly employs the strategy of false promises, manipulating time to deceive the world. He sporadically allows aid to enter, only to cruelly withhold it at other times, all the while presenting his meagre efforts as a benevolent gesture. This calculated facade enables him to perpetrate his genocidal agenda more discreetly. The profound words of Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim regarding the pursuit of power without a sincere devotion to Allah are manifesting right before our very eyes. Netanyahu’s relentless pursuit poses a grave peril to the prosperity of both the Palestinians and his people, as it shamelessly places personal gain above the collective welfare. His quest for leadership is deeply entrenched in self-centeredness, devoid of the divine guidance that Allah has bestowed upon us to foster thriving societies through compassion and fair play, instead, it escalates conflicts.

Despite the fact that the Zionists and their predecessors have been the instigators of over seven decades of oppression against the Palestinians, it is important to acknowledge that Hamas’s approach does not align with the authentic Islamic methodology in the pursuit of victory for the Palestinian people, rather, they are a strategic tool in the hands of the Israeli right.

By transgressing against some non-combatants, reckless  Hamas  inadvertently provided him with an opportunity to advance his racist agenda against the Palestinians. This has resulted in their deprivation, indiscriminate killings, and the wanton destruction of vital infrastructure, all under the guise of self-defence. No one bestowed upon Netanyahu this recent malevolent mission of genocide except the audacious Hamas, who incited a despicable antagonist and venomous aspirant to power to hasten the shedding of Muslim blood. This serves as a poignant reminder of what Allah conveys to us about the esteemed prophet Musa [peace be upon him] when he reprimanded the one who sought his help twice. Allah says:

وَدَخَلَ ٱلۡمَدِينَةَ عَلَىٰ حِينِ غَفۡلَةٍ۬ مِّنۡ أَهۡلِهَا فَوَجَدَ فِيہَا رَجُلَيۡنِ يَقۡتَتِلَانِ هَـٰذَا مِن شِيعَتِهِۦ وَهَـٰذَا مِنۡ عَدُوِّهِۦ‌ۖ فَٱسۡتَغَـٰثَهُ ٱلَّذِى مِن شِيعَتِهِۦ عَلَى ٱلَّذِى مِنۡ عَدُوِّهِۦ فَوَكَزَهُ ۥ مُوسَىٰ فَقَضَىٰ عَلَيۡهِ‌ۖ قَالَ هَـٰذَا مِنۡ عَمَلِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِ‌ۖ إِنَّهُ ۥ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّضِلٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬
قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّى ظَلَمۡتُ نَفۡسِى فَٱغۡفِرۡ لِى فَغَفَرَ لَهُ ۥۤ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ
قَالَ رَبِّ بِمَآ أَنۡعَمۡتَ عَلَىَّ فَلَنۡ أَكُونَ ظَهِيرً۬ا لِّلۡمُجۡرِمِينَ
فَأَصۡبَحَ فِى ٱلۡمَدِينَةِ خَآٮِٕفً۬ا يَتَرَقَّبُ فَإِذَا ٱلَّذِى ٱسۡتَنصَرَهُ ۥ بِٱلۡأَمۡسِ يَسۡتَصۡرِخُهُ ۥ‌ۚ قَالَ لَهُ ۥ مُوسَىٰٓ إِنَّكَ لَغَوِىٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬

And he (Musa) entered the city at a time of unawareness of its people, and he found there two men fighting, – one of his party (his religion – from the Children of Israel), and the other of his foes. The man of his (own) party asked him for help against his foe, so Musa (Moses) struck him with his fist and killed him. He said: “This is of Shaitan‘s (Satan) doing, verily, he is a plain misleading enemy.” He said: “My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me.” Then He forgave him. Verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. He said: “My Lord! For that with which You have favoured me, I will never more be a helper for the Mujrimun (criminals, disobedient to Allah, polytheists, sinners, etc.)!” So he became afraid, looking about in the city (waiting as to what would be the result of his crime of killing), when behold, the man who had sought his help the day before, called for his help (again). Musa (Moses) said to him: “Verily, you are a plain misleader!” [Surah Al-Qasas. Ayaat 15-18]

Imam Ibn Al-Jawzi [may Allah have mercy upon him] said that one of the meanings of this statement [إِنَّكَ لَغَوِىٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ – verily, you are a plain misleader] means, “You are misled in fighting a person whom you are unable to repel his evil from yourself”. [2]

Hamas, in their reckless strategy, has offered solace to a beleaguered individual, allowing him respite from his domestic tribulations. This individual presides over a fractured society, deeply entrenched in his Zionist convictions. Within this society, one finds the self-proclaimed right-wing ultra-Orthodox religious Zionists, while others vehemently reject the notion of a Jewish state. Alas, the deranged constituents of his administration have shamelessly advocated for the annihilation of Palestinians, with some even demanding the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their ancestral land. Read below:

Some Views of Zionism’s Crackpots: [Yair Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert, Eli Yishai, Bezalel Smotrich, Tally Gotliv, Ben Gvir Itamar, Lehi, and Arieh King]

Despite these circumstances, Hamas serves as a strategic instrument through which Netanyahu and his far-right allies divert attention away from the extensive oppression endured by Palestinians for over 70 years.

In an attempt to divert the focus from the prolonged suffering of Palestinians, the Zionist media outlets have been fervently attempting to confine the discussion to October 7. It is frequently asserted by them that their nation-state is currently misunderstood, facing animosity from those they once considered allies, and even having arrest warrants issued against their leaders. They argue that the conflict was not instigated by them, but rather by Hamas. While it is true that Hamas acted recklessly and oppressed some non-combatants on October 7th, it was not their parents who initiated the conflict over 70 years ago. In addition, despite their significant political clout and the endorsement they receive from numerous influential individuals in America and Europe, they contend that there is a lack of substantial criticism directed toward their foes. They further claim that there is a strong sense of empathy towards Palestinians, as opposed to the scant empathy shown towards the populace under Netanyahu’s leadership, including those who are being held hostage.

To downplay the ongoing hindrance of trucks transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza, the Zionist reporters argue that Hamas should also be held accountable for looting aid trucks. However, even if there is concrete evidence that certain Palestinians have participated in such acts, it does not validate the deliberate starvation of others. They argue that the displacement of Palestinians from their homes is widely condemned, yet little attention is paid to the displaced or destroyed communities in northern Israel. Similarly, the lack of sufficient condemnation for the rape of Jewish women is concerning. While no form of rape can be justified, it is crucial to thoroughly investigate each case due to the history of exaggeration and falsehoods by Zionists regarding atrocities against them. Read here:

Whenever their acts of genocide are identified and calls are made for them to stop, they dismiss these calls as “irrelevant demands from anti-Semitic groups and organisations.” They then argue that the differential treatment of Jews is not a recent occurrence, but rather a story that dates back over 2,000 years, rooted in ancient animosity. Furthermore, they assert that anyone who accuses them of genocide is only exacerbating the global spread of anti-Semitism, as people tend to take such accusations seriously. However, in their state of self-delusion, they deny the validity of the charges against Netanyahu. Any country that proactively presents proof of their wrongdoings towards the Palestinians is branded as a centre for radical activities within their region, a promoter of anti-Semitic beliefs, and a sponsor of terrorism endorsed by the state, a negative influence on the international platform, and an ally of states and organisations that endorse terrorism.

Despite their role as the most oppressive colonialists towards the Palestinians, they assert that anyone who condemns their actions does so out of ignorance and lacks any practical means of enforcement. They argue that such condemnations only serve to empower terrorist organisations and undermine the foundations of international law and justice. This stance is not only a misstep but a direct insult to justice and morality, as well as a violation of their right to protect the citizens under Netanyahu’s governance. Their sole objective, they claim, is to eliminate Hamas!

Despite being the very individuals responsible for the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and subjecting them to relentless brutality for more than seven decades, Netanyahu and his Zionist comrades audaciously raise their voices, decrying unfair treatment and accusing others of treating Jews as inferior. Undoubtedly, the mistreatment of individuals based on their race or ethnicity is unequivocally immoral whenever proven. Read here:  Nevertheless, those residing within fragile glass houses should refrain from casting stones!

Accusing Netanyahu and his associates of wrongdoing is met with accusations of spreading lies, blood libels, and baseless claims against them. Despite the global awareness of the atrocities being committed, the Zionist media denies any indiscriminate bombing of Gaza and mistreatment of Palestinians. Those who label Netanyahu as a genocidal leader are accused of perpetuating classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, delegitimising, and demonising. The Zionists and their propaganda media exhibit troubling behaviour, aiming to overshadow or eliminate the substantial evidence of the suffering of the Palestinians, including the deaths of over 35,000 individuals, including nearly 12,000 women and children, the destruction of homes and hospitals, and the obstruction and manipulation of aid. Those who criticize them are labelled as promoting “moral equivalence”, while Netanyahu and his allies believe they are immune from any form of accountability. Their supporters argue that accusing Netanyahu of genocide is counterproductive as if preventing murder and safeguarding innocent civilians is somehow unhelpful.

Netanyahu’s sole focus lies in his unquenchable thirst for power and self-glorification, disregarding any aspirations for peace, dignity, fairness, and justice. His self-centered nature and disregard for others make him a wicked despot, and the consequences of his recklessness are witnessed by everyone. Nevertheless, the irresponsible actions of Hamas are being exploited once again as a strategic instrument by the Zionists to divert attention from the reality that the conflict dates back over 70 years, with the Zionists being the ones who instigated the conflict, seized Palestinian territory, and have been oppressing them ever since.

We ask Allah:
رَبَّنَا لَا تَجۡعَلۡنَا فِتۡنَةً۬ لِّلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
وَنَجِّنَا بِرَحۡمَتِكَ مِنَ ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ

Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the folk who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers). And save us by Your Mercy from the disbelieving folk.

Finally, let it be known that this response, in no way, condones the crimes committed by Hamas or others against innocent individuals. Please read the following article below:

[1] An Excerpt from ‘Ar-Rooh’ pages 487-489
[2] Zaadul Maseer Fee Ilmil Tafseer