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Silence and Action: Exploring Arab Nations’ Response to the Palestinian Crisis through an Islamic Lens

Islamic scholars and leaders have long stressed the duty of Muslims to advocate for justice and peace. The silence of Arab nations contradicts this fundamental Islamic principle. It is incumbent upon these nations, as bearers of the Islamic faith, to raise their voices against oppression and work towards a peaceful resolution in Palestine.

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Introduction

The silence of several Arab countries in the face of the Palestinian crisis has sparked debates not only in political spheres but also within the Islamic community. This article delves into the reasons behind the silence of Arab nations from an Islamic perspective and explores what they should do instead, in accordance with Islamic principles of compassion, justice, and solidarity. 

Islamic Values of Compassion and Justice:

Islam, as a religion, emphasizes compassion, justice, and solidarity with the oppressed. The Palestinian people, facing prolonged conflict and suffering, embody the essence of these values. Arab nations, guided by Islamic teachings, have a moral obligation to speak out against injustice and advocate for the rights of their Palestinian brothers, sisters and children.

Challenges Faced by Arab Nations:

While Islamic teachings call for solidarity, Arab countries face challenges that inhibit their response to the Palestinian crisis. Geopolitical complexities, economic constraints, and fear of escalation often lead to silence. However, Islam encourages believers to overcome these challenges and stand firmly for justice, even in the face of adversity.

Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the believer among the people of faith is like the place of the head to the body. The believer feels pain for the people of faith, just as the body feels pain for the head.”

Historical Context:

Arab countries have a history of supporting Palestine, both politically and financially. However, the dynamics have shifted over the years due to geopolitical changes and evolving regional alliances. The Arab-Israeli wars and subsequent peace treaties have significantly influenced these relationships.

Geopolitical Considerations:

One reason for differing levels of support is the diverse geopolitical interests of Arab nations. Some countries prioritize their relationships with Western powers or regional stability, leading to cautious approaches in their support for Palestine. Balancing their own interests with the Palestinian cause often complicates their stance.

Regional Alliances:

Arab countries are part of complex regional alliances. Alliances with countries that have strong ties with Israel can influence their stance on the Palestinian issue. Maintaining these alliances sometimes leads to limited support for Palestine, as nations navigate delicate relationships with multiple stakeholders.

Islamic Duty to Speak Out:

Islamic scholars and leaders have long stressed the duty of Muslims to advocate for justice and peace. The silence of Arab nations contradicts this fundamental Islamic principle. It is incumbent upon these nations, as bearers of the Islamic faith, to raise their voices against oppression and work towards a peaceful resolution in Palestine.

Islamic Action Items

  1. Diplomatic Initiatives: Arab countries can engage in diplomatic efforts, rooted in Islamic principles of peace and justice, to mediate between conflicting parties. Islamic teachings encourage dialogue and peaceful resolution of disputes. 
  1. Humanitarian Aid: Providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians is not just a gesture of charity but a fulfillment of the Islamic obligation to assist those in need. Arab nations can enhance their support for humanitarian efforts, ensuring that essential resources reach those affected by the conflict.
  1. Educational and Interfaith Initiatives: Islam promotes knowledge and understanding. Arab countries can invest in educational initiatives that promote peace, tolerance, and coexistence. Interfaith dialogues can bridge gaps and foster harmony among different communities.
  1. Islamic Solidarity: Arab nations can unite in solidarity with Palestine, showcasing the strength of the Islamic ummah (community). Joint statements, initiatives, and collective action can amplify their impact on the international stage.
  1. Seeking help from Seerah: It’s high time that we start learning seerah of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh and follow his footsteps. Learn how he helped his companions during the worst adversities. Even when he wasn’t in a position to help them, he gave them the glad tidings of paradise. Learn, contemplate and practice the teachings of prophet Muhammad pbuh

Conclusion

In the light of Islamic teachings, Arab countries are called upon to break their silence on the Palestinian crisis. By embracing the principles of compassion, justice, and solidarity, they can advocate for the rights of the oppressed and work towards a just and lasting resolution. Through collective Islamic action, Arab nations can not only fulfill their religious obligations but also contribute significantly to the cause of peace and justice in Palestine. We Muslims shouldn’t forget that we’ll be held accountable for our silence. This may also be a test for us, the ummah of prophet Muhammad pbuh, how we help and try to ease the adversity of our brothers sisters and children. Doesn’t your heart soften when you hear the cries of the children in Gaza? Doesn’t It gives you goosebumps to see them dying. I am urging the powerful Muslim leaders to come out of their shells and aid their brothers and sisters in Palestine. And not only the leaders but we as muslims who may not be in a position to help our brothers and sisters financially, give them your prayers and duas, perform qiyam ul layl for them. Don’t forget their cries are reaching the sky and above and so is our silence. 

O Allah, help and protect the people of Palestine. O Allah, ease their pain and suffering. O Allah, bestower of Mercy, bestow your mercy on them. O Allah, open people’s hearts to give in this time of crisis. O Allah, help those who are in need, wherever they may be. Ameen! 

References:
– The Arab states that openly and unabashedly deal with Israel – TRTworld
Hadith Source: Musnad Aḥmad 22877

About the Author
Ayesha is a student from Hyderabad, India, pursuing BA LLB. She has been a passionate writer for 6 years and has been writing articles on various topics, especially Islam. She aspires to become a great Islamic author and orator, God-willing.

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