Pakistani Muslim tells why he joined the Zionist Movement

 

Pakistani writer Noor Dahri pens an Op-Ed on why as a Pakistani Muslim he decided to join the Zionist Federation of UK, and why other Muslims should follow his example.

 

– Why I Joined the Zionist Movement

By Noor Dahri

 

It was 30th of March, 2016, when I was invited by the Zionist Federation of UK and it was the day when I acquired honorary membership in the Zionist Federation. I received mixed responses from different social circles and schools of thought, especially from the South Asian community. My own Pakistani community was surprised and mortified when I proclaimed my adherence to Zionism. I received various texts and social media messages from Muslim communities across the globe. Most of them welcomed my brave and courageous step to grasp the truth and some people asked queer questions regarding any anti-religious elements in Zionism especially for the religion of Islam. In response to their contrasting questions, I adopted the following way of discourse:

1) Why did I join the Zionist Movement being a Muslim?

First of all, I need to ask a very exclusive question before an answer to the above question, which is what is Zionism? In fact, Zionism is a political reclamation movement to establish a separate, safe and inviolable state for the world Jewish community in Palestine. This movement was extremely crucial for the Jewish people, to settle them down in a secure place from the worst persecution of the European and the Middle Eastern peoples. Before the Zionist Movement, there was still persecutions, pogroms, genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people all around the world. Before the establishing of the Zionist Movement, the Jewish community was abandoned and helpless and the Zionist Movement gave them an aspiration, provided them a political platform to increment their lawful voice and a social support. The Zionist Movement was the national liberation movement of the Jewish people and its main goal was to the return the Jews to Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel). The world history shows us the huge religious, cultural and social persecution of the Jewish people before the creation of the Zionist Movement in 1896 by Theodor Herzl.

Photo Credit: Noor Dahri

The Zionist Movement is an authentic national movement of the Jewish people in the world. There are many people of various religions who joined a political branch of Zionism in solidarity with the Jewish people and in support of Israel. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was an enormous figure from the history who was pro-Israel and pro-Zionism because he has seen great persecution against the black community in the US and all around the world. He experienced racism first hand. Every person who suffered racially and religiously would understand better what the objectives of Zionism are. The Zionist Movement is as a supportive liberation movement such as Martin Luther’s African-American civil rights movement and Nelson Mandela’s Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary Movement and like many other revolutionary or solvation movements for their nation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr always supported Israel and Zionism throughout his life: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews; you are talking anti-Semitism.”

I was not the sole Muslim who joined this the Zionist Movement; there are numerous Muslims in history that also joined this movement in consensus with the Jewish community and in support of Israel. I joined the Zionist Federation in the UK because I believe that the Jewish community needs more support for their cause, they need someone, who campaigns for peace between the Muslim and the Jewish community, someone who can descant with the Pakistani community for them and someone who can educate their people about the reality of Israel and Jewish people. I then decided to become a part of the Zionist Federation, which is a great honour for me.

 2) Zionism is against Islam and Muslims!

There are many conspiracies against Zionism and Zionists in the world. So many people blame Zionism for every wrong that happens in the world and one of their claims is that Zionism is against Islam and the Muslims. These accusations are totally baseless and flimsy because those who accused Zionism are heedless of Zionism and its history. The history of Zionism started from 1896 and it was principally focused on the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people. There is no such agenda in Zionism against any religion, particularly Islam or Muslims. The Zionist Federation has never provided any shelter for religious haters or supported any anti-religion movement.

20% of the Israeli population consists of non-Jews and most of them are Arab Muslims. Muslims are living in peace and harmony under Israeli law and there are about 400 Mosques in Israel, which are protected by the Jewish state. This is the beauty of Zionism. Zionism has never encouraged religious violence. There is no any example of the Zionist Federation providing a platform against Islam or Muslims. The Zionist Federation always denounced terrorism, whether it is a political or a religious terrorism.

There is freedom of speech and freedom of religion for Muslims in the state of Israel. Muslims live in the only democratic country in the Middle East without fear and persecution. We cannot find any religious discrimination against Arab Israelis in the Jewish state. Muslims have more rights than any other Islamic country in the Middle East. One of the foundations of Zionism is, settling the country of Israel as an expression of practical Zionism. Very well-known Muslim political figures not only supported Israel but provided assistance in recognition of the Jewish state of Israel.

3) Islam and the Quran is against Zionism!

One very essential thing people need to understand is that Zionism is the latest political nationalist movement of the Jewish people and it has nothing to do with Islam, the Holy Quran or Muslims. It was a political movement for the creation of Israel and in support of the Jewish people. After establishing the Jewish state of Israel, it became an advocacy movement for Israel and for the Jewish people.  If people are refereeing this phenomenon to Israel and the Quran or Jews and Islam, then I can give you many examples that Israel belongs to the Jewish people and Jews belong to Israel only. Furthermore, the Quran itself defended Jews and their land of Israel.

According to British-based Imam Muhammad Al-Hussaini, traditional commentators from the 8th and 9th century onwards have uniformly interpreted the Qur’an to say explicitly that the Land of Israel has been given by God to the Jewish people as a perpetual covenant. Hussaini bases his argument upon the Qur’an in which Moses declares: “O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has prescribed for you, and turn not back in your traces, to turn about losers.” Quran 5:21

This is a concrete proof that this land was never been a historical land for Muslims ONLY and the Jewish community has a divine right on this consecrated land according to the Holy Qur’an. I fully concede with the statement of Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, a pupil of the Grand Mufti of Cairo, in which he stated: “The Qur’an itself grants the whole Land of Israel to the Jews, so that any opposition to the Jewish state is an offense against Allah.”

According to the Islamic point of view, this land belonged to the people of Israel (Bani Isarel) and Muslims must follow the Qur’anic teaching by accepting the truth and embracing the Jewish community especially the Jews of Israel. People must do a comprehensive research about the Faisal–Weizmann Agreement, in which Emir Faisal, who later became the king of Syria and then Iraq supported the Jewish state. King Faisal made an agreement on the 13th of January, 1919 with Chaim Weizmann, the Chairman of the World Zionist Organisation in which he stated:

We Arabs… look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our delegation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through; we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home… I look forward, and my people with me look forward, to a future in which we will help you and you will help us, so that the countries in which we are mutually interested may once again take their places in the community of the civilized peoples of the world.

Emir Faisal, a son of the King of Hejaz, conditionally accepted the Balfour Declaration based on the fulfilment of British wartime promises of development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Zionist Federation is not a secret society or a hidden organisation but an open advocacy platform for the Jewish people and the Jewish land of Israel. The Zionist Federation’s mission, objectives and projects are open and bright for the world. The Zionist Federation is a political organisation that educates people of the world about the lifestyle of the Jewish people, which is no different from the rest of the world and they support those who have affected by the wave of terror.

Conclusion: 

My main objective in joining the Zionist Federation is to unconditionally support my Jewish brothers and sisters. Through this political and advocacy platform, I will educate my Muslim, particularly my Pakistani community to stand firm with the Jewish community who have endured for thousands of years. I need to raise awareness within my community for what they examine through western or Arab media is not accurate and they must research in order to find out the actuality which is hidden under Arab politics against the Jewish community.

We must raise our voice in solidarity with Israelis who are the most peaceful and intelligent nation in the world. They have very great skills in every educational field especially in science and the latest technology. We Pakistanis are suffering from terrorism and from violent extremism for decades and the only option to defeat this monstrous ideology is to make good ties and relations with those whom we considered our enemy. Israel has never remained our enemy and always seeks good relations with Pakistan. Every Pakistani who visited Israel changed his/her view about Israel. It is not against our religion or culture to support our Jewish cousins and we must open our arms to embrace our cousins and the nation of the Prophet Moses (PBUH).

 

My thanks to Noor Dahri for his permission to re-publish his article.

View original JerusalemONLINE publication at:
http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/world-news/the-israeli-connection/op-ed-why-i-as-a-muslim-joined-the-zionist-movement-20415

 

ABOUT the Author:

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Noor Dahri is an independent researcher based in London, UK.

He has studied Counter Terrorism from International Institute for Counter Terrorism ICT- Herzliya, Israel.

 

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Postscript:

IsraelandStuff added links to complement and further support Noor Dahri’s article.

Secondly, the onslaught of bile, hate-filled comments, all libel and none fact-based, were not published below. Instead, I chose a few to respond to.

17 comments

  1. Saira zafar says:

    Well…. what about the poor souls that are being targetted daily in palestine? Jews can never be our cousins! We hate israel and we hate people supporting israel…. my brother hope ALLAH guides you and me amin

    • and there you have it… hate controls, blinds and rules you, and so many millions like you.

      The ONLY people ‘Israel targets’ are either criminals or terrorists (regardless of religion, nationality or gender)….just like all the other countries. Israel is always taking steps to end the conflict between Jew and Arab, but, alas, Arab rulers have exploited the conflict for their own agenda.

      If the Palestinian cause was so just & true, why the need to constantly deceive & lie?
      What are the purposes of ‘Pallywood‘ and BDS… that is being made illegal in many countries already?

      How is it that in Gaza, that has zero major industrial or agricultural exports, there are 1700 MILLIONAIR€$?
      How is that in 10 years, the 2 top Hamas leaders have become BILLIONAIR€$?

      How is it BOTH Arafat AND Abbas have ALSO become BILLIONAIR‎€$?

      I understand your anger at Israel, and the steps it has taken because of the non-stop violence and terrorism directed at it….
      BUT….
      If you have to “hate” someone…hate the Arab leaders that continue the incitement that feeds and maintains the conflict….so the leaders can get fatter and richer on everyone’s misery.

      • Mubeena says:

        What about all the woman and children killed for innocence?? Made to b refugee,died of hunger do u call Israel humanity?

        Something really fishy going on here.

        • War is Hell. Each innocent life lost is a tragedy, regardless of age or gender. Those who became refugees in 1948 left because of the arrogance of Arab leaders who ordered entire villages to make way for victorious Arab armies what would rid the land of Jews. Well, that didn’t go according to plan.
          But the lack of humanity came from Arab leaders again, who used the refugees as political pawns against the Jewish State, by keeping them in squalor, refusing them citizenship and denying them jobs & education in professional vocations, while perpetuating the refugee status on generation upon generation. This inhumane decision has ONLY been directed against the ‘Palestinians’ and NONE of the other dozens of refugees across the globe. WHY???
          In the meantime, every Fatah & Hamas leader has become billionaires and their families & clans millionaires.

          As to weather Israel is a humane state or not, depends on which “truth” you accept. A “truth” based on Taqiyya and deceit, that’s used to maintain the conflict, or a truth based on THIS <---CLICK

  2. tc says:

    May Allah guide you back to the deen, you have lost the plot an intellegent person would not come to these conclusions after doing research!! honestly may Allah guide you back

  3. Fatima Altaf says:

    Seriously? Muslims are living peacefully under Jewish law? What else are you going to tell me? The moon is made of green cheese? Can you not see how Palestinians are being murdered every day without any verification or justification. Even minors and old people walking down the street are all
    of a sudden attacked and shot down by Israeli terrorists. Not to mention how many innocent children the terrorist Israeli Army has bombarded and killed in Gaza and the West Bank over the years.

    • lol….
      ” Palestinians are being murdered every day without any verification or justification.” < --Propaganda lies. Pure Fiction

        “Even minors and old people walking down the street are all of a sudden attacked and shot down by Israeli terrorists.” < --MORE Propaganda lies. More Fiction

      As far as “innocent children the Israeli Army has bombarded and killed in Gaza”. Unfortunately, that part is true.
      That only happens when Israel is forced to defend itself against the rockets Hamas shoots into Israeli cities as part of its never-ending “resistance” & “armed struggle”, since Hamas doesn’t accept Israel’s right to exist.
      BUT, If Hamas was to send their children to safety, as Israel does to ALL of it’s citizens…INSTEAD of using them as shields to protect Hamas targets & terrorists, it WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED!!!

        In Israel, ALL the underground shelters are made to protect ALL of it’s citizens.
        BUT in Gaza, they are ONLY for Hamas terrorists. < --- This should open your eyes.

    • Phil Pat says:

      You are one of those obviously kept in the dark (literally)and fed copious amounts of hate. I understand that hundreds of years of this fed to you will be hard to see through, but in this age of technology and transparency surely you could make even the most basic investigations yourself and find ‘a truth” which is far away from what you are fed. The only point of contention I have is, where does Israel see its borders in the future ?? Just how “big” is the Zionist Dream ??

      • History has answered your question, starting with the agreement to accept the 1948 Jewish State that’s half the current size. Israel expanded as a RESULT of defending itself after being attacked, in 1948, 1967, and again in 1973. BUT, it’s imperative to acknowledge that lands gained from being attacked in 1973 were returned for peace with Egypt (except for Gaza that they forced Israel to keep as a condition of the Peace Treaty).

        I know the indoctrination agenda against Israel is that Zionism seeks to expand. But again, History proves Israel has not expanded from any AGGRESSIVE acts….only as a result of defending itself in a war it did not start.

  4. EvenEzer says:

    Islam’s doctrines of deception
    by Raymond Ibrahim, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst|October 2008

    War is deceit

    … permitted deceit in three situations: to reconcile two or more quarreling parties; husband to wife and vice-versa; and in war (See Sahih Muslim B32N6303, deemed an “authentic” hadith).

    War is eternal

    … according to all four recognised schools of Sunni jurisprudence, war against the infidel goes on in perpetuity, until “all chaos ceases, and all religion belongs to Allah” (Quran 8:39). According to the definitive Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill Online edition): “The duty of the jihad exists as long as the universal domination of Islam has not been attained. Peace with non-Muslim nations is, therefore, a provisional state of affairs only; the chance of circumstances alone can justify it temporarily. Furthermore there can be no question of genuine peace treaties with these nations; only truces, whose duration ought not, in principle, to exceed ten years, are authorised. But even such truces are precarious, inasmuch as they can, before they expire, be repudiated unilaterally should it appear more profitable for Islam to resume the conflict.” …

  5. Sahan says:

    Well then, if that is the case, name me few Jewish intellectuals, and let me know if they are from Israel or else where. Thanks.

  6. Islam says:

    Why has Google taken Palestine out of the map?

    Why is it soo difficult for Muslims to go Palestinian?

    How do the settlers of Israel have more superior then the Palestinian.

    Why don’t any Palestinian life matter.

    If the Jews where neglected around the world, who said they can make home in Palestine.

    How can the Israeli military be scared of an Palestinian with no gun or tank.

    If you do something wrong then to cover that one wrong you need to get involved in 99 wrong things . As they say to cover a lie you need to lie 99 times .

    If you ant doing anything wrong then you also don’t need guns against civilians.

    But any way it’s all not clear. Nice article but not convinced.

    I think it will be better to Wright an article about the British weather. It will be more helpful and mind blowing.

    If you really want people to know what you aim is then don’t do it online as it will radicalise children and young people.

    Any how life is short so live it the way you want.

    You only get on chance.

    If you fall don’t pull others with you . The world is big place . Enjoy IT but don’t destroy it .

    Hope to see you all in heaven or from heaven

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