Some Distinctive Features of Islam

THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 16 THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE By A.R. Mughal The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a symbol of the Muslim renascence in in modern times. The Jews no doubt are at present the “Sacred Cows” of the United States of America. We often hear talk of the strong Jewish lobby in the U.S. Lobby is perhaps an insignificant word and in fact an understatement. It is the entire media which is at the back of the Jewish people. A sizeable portion of the American resources are annually earmarked for sustaining the ‘eye for an eye’ doctrine of the Jewish State. The discretion rests entirely with Isreal whether on certain occasions it is a ‘million eyes for an eye’ or even worse than that. Western diplomacy perhaps believes in making things worse before they could be made better. To contain or preferably to dis- lodge the evil Jewish influence on matters pertaining to human rights of the Arab occupied areas, it is essential that a common stand on the highest level should be established by the world Muslim Com- munity. Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih IV in a recent Friday Sermon highlighted the need for such a step without wasting valuable time in holding conferences from time to time in various Arab Capitals. Mere conferences will do nothing for the participants and less than nothing for the poor Palestinians now being crushed under the iron heels of their Jewish oppressors. The Jews as a community are fear-mongers and fright-pedlars. They only understand the language of force. Repeated appeals to the United Nations or some half-hearted resolutions in the Security Council will never bear fruit. The Jewish State has been wrong about more things more times than any other modern state. There are many things that the Jews do not like. But what is more important is that they indulge in unilateral actions where patience and diplo- macy could be more effective. The major question is! who is going to draw the line — thus far and no further? Both the super Powers are not interested in drawing this line. There are only the following alternatives:— a) The Muslims should keep cool and let events take their own course. b) The world Muslim Community should forge a United front and wage a relentless war of attrition against the Jews to the bitter end. 17 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS As mentioned already Hazrat Khalifa-tul-Masih IV has indica- ted the direction towards which the Divine Finger is pointing. Let the Muslims take heed, shed their internecine differences, and forge a United front against the Jewish aggression. In the meantime, the Ahmadis should keep themselves in readiness to make sacrifices for the just cause of our Arab brothers. Said Hazrat Khalifatul-ul- Masih IV: “The Battle of Badr, was won in the prayer tent of the Holy Prophet (Peace and blessings of God be on him). Let us start our jehad with prayers. When the time comes the world will find the Ahmadiyya Youth in the front ranks of the fighters.” The Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims. It is a part of our sacred heritage. Let the Jews entertain no doubts about it. The Temple of Solomon was annihilated by the Romans. Let no one prescribe the wrong cure for the wrong illness. What was destroyed by the Romans could not now be built on the site of a Mosque which has catered for the spiritual needs of billions of Muslims during the last 1400 years. Nobody can rewrite past history. It would be a sacrilege. / have, by the sheer grace of God, and not on account of any merit of my own, been accorded a full measure of the bounty that was bestowed before me on the Prophets and Messengers and the chosen ones of God. It would not have been possible for me to be granted this bounty had I not followed the ways of my lord and master, the pride of the Prophets, the best of mankind, Muhammad, the chosen one, peace be on him. Whatever I have been given I have been given by following him and I know through true and perfect knowledge that no man can reach God except by following the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, nor can anyone arrive at a full understanding of God except through him. (Haqeeqatul Wahi,, p. 68) THE PROMISED MESSIAH