The double death of "the Palestinians" - Part 1

The kufaar are successful in this life, Muslims are successful in the next life. It's as simple as that. When Muslims sever themselves from the next life, they set their humanity free. They have something to lose here and now, and all the world is better for it. That's the whole story. That's it.

The double death of "the Palestinians" - Part 1
Jihad Al-Muqaddas terrorists, Jerusalem, 1947

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The conjuring up of what we today know as the “Palestinians” is well attested in the literature. My purpose here is to explore the interplay between the religious and the political motivations for the Palestinian jihad against Israel, and how those motivations have come to haunt this “nation.” What follows is less of a history and more of an attempt to understand one particular aspect of Palestinian psychology, and how other Arabs relate to that psychology.

We aim to smash modernism in government and society. In Palestine our first duty as Muslims is to crush Zionism, which is Jewish modernism.[1] It is our patriotic duty. The Qur'an commands it.

Thus spake Hassan Al-Banna, the founder and Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, in 1948. Note that this fascist Grandmaster did not say, our first duty as Muslims in Palestine... For the Arab Nazis in Cairo, Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and, indeed, Jerusalem,[2] it was not the business of the Muslims of Palestine to crush Zionism, but the sacred duty of all Muslims to crush Zionism in Palestine. In other words, it is obligatory on all Muslims in the world to wage jihad against Israel. That notion lives on in the sentiments and utterances of the Palestinians, such as Abdurrahman Zaidan of Hamas “it is it the duty of every Muslim Palestinian to redeem the land through jihad. It is the duty of every Muslim, not only Palestinian, to redeem this land.”

"Redeem this land," means, “Drive them out from where they drove you out. Though killing is bad, persecution is worse than killing” (Qur’an 2:191). Muslims see any non-Muslim action against them, for whatever reason, as persecution. Non-Muslims have no reason to complain about Muslims killing them, because what those non-Muslims do is worse. "Drive them out," does not mean "establish a Palestinian state," it means establish an Islamic state.

“The faith of a Muslim is tested by belief in the hereafter. One cannot be genuinely Muslim until one believes in the unseen and still to be experienced next life. …It is the true life that every soul should try to reach safely. …This earthly life is too short and worthless, and it is no more than a passage to real life in the hereafter.”[3]

In madrassa we were taught to aspire to success not in this life, but in the next life. Some who took that lesson to heart joined Tablighi Jamaat and badgered the rest of us with, “Do you want success in this life, or in the next life?” Modernity, success in this life, is the consummation of innovation, and Al-Banna was not the only one onto that; Muhammad was, too. By scrupulously avoiding innovation, novelty and deviation from tradition, Muslims improve their chances in the Akhirah, the Afterlife. The prophet of Islam exhorted his followers to remain faithful to the Qur'an and the example of his life so as to avoid innovation and thereby secure their good deeds for the next life.

The best of the speech is embodied in the Book of Allah [the Qur’an], and the best of the guidance is the guidance given by Muhammad [the Sunnah]. And the most evil affairs are their innovations; and every innovation is error. (Sahih Muslim 867a)
If anyone introduces an innovation, he will be responsible for it. If anyone introduces an innovation or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (in religion), he is cursed by Allah, by His angels, and by all the people. (Sunan Abu Dawud 4530)
Allah will not accept any fasting, prayer, charity, Hajj, 'Umrah, Jihad, or any other obligatory or voluntary action from a person who follows innovation (Bid'ah). He comes out of Islam like a hair pulled out of dough. (Sunan Ibn Majah 49)
Al-Jazari, Book of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, 1206.

Of course, it would be nonsense to suggest that Muslims do not innovate, but almost everything about their religion militates against innovation. In fact, to call someone an innovator is an insult. If Islam had the respect for improving this life that the pagan Greeks displayed, Muslims would be celebrating a pantheon of inventive genii as positive role models, rather than the murderers children are now taught to look up to. That Muslims have to make so much of the 12th/13th-century mechanical engineer and inventor Badi’ al-Zaman Abu-‘l-‘Izz Ibn Isma’il Ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari, commonly known simply as Al-Jazari, says more about the dearth of inventors than about Al-Jazari's genius.

Some Muslim apologists will object that the Islamic injunctions against innovation apply only to matters of religion. Some translators will even insert "(in religion)" into the holy texts. This objection or "clarification" falls on two counts, firstly, by Islam not being merely a religion, but a "complete way of life", as Muslims sometimes boast, and by hadiths that warn against innovation in what any non-Muslim would see as clearly not matters of religion, such as: