Some Victims of Brutal Oppression Are Now Brutal Oppressors! [Reflecting On The Affair of Some Amongst Banee Israa’eel In Our Era]


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

Allaah [The Exalted] said:

إِنَّ فِرۡعَوۡنَ عَلَا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَجَعَلَ أَهۡلَهَا شِيَعً۬ا يَسۡتَضۡعِفُ طَآٮِٕفَةً۬ مِّنۡہُمۡ يُذَبِّحُ أَبۡنَآءَهُمۡ وَيَسۡتَحۡىِۦ نِسَآءَهُمۡ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ كَانَ مِنَ ٱلۡمُفۡسِدِينَ

Verily, Fir’aun (Pharaoh) exalted himself in the land and made its people sects, weakening (oppressing) a group (i.e. Children of Israel) among them, killing their sons, and letting their females live. Verily, he was of the Mufsidoon]. [Surah Al-Qasas. Verse 4]

[وَجَعَلَ أَهۡلَهَا شِيَعً۬ا – and made its people sects]- Meaning: Different group that were organized and distinguished, and he utilized each group in that which he desired in his kingdom. (1) He made them into sects and different groups to serve him and they went along with what he wanted and obeyed him. (2) He made them into different distinct groups, dealt with them based on his evil desires and subjugated them as he wanted by means of his power and authority. (3) He divided them into different sects and they went along with him in everything he desired of evil and corruption, or he used some as a means to get others to obey him; or he made them into different distinct groups under his service and used every group in some type of work, such as construction, tillage, earthwork [drilling etc] and other burdensome work, and whoever did not work was beaten, so they served him by doing so; or he made them into sects and incited hatred and enmity between them, so that they do not come to an agreement [or become united in their stance against him]. (4)

[ إِنَّهُ ۥ كَانَ مِنَ ٱلۡمُفۡسِدِينَ – Verily, he was of the Mufsidoon]- Meaning: Those whose intention is neither to rectify the religious nor worldly affairs, and this was from his corrupt behaviour in the earth; (5) committing unlawful killing and being disobedient to Allaah. (6)

Allaah [The Exalted] said:

وَإِذۡ نَجَّيۡنَـٰڪُم مِّنۡ ءَالِ فِرۡعَوۡنَ يَسُومُونَكُمۡ سُوٓءَ ٱلۡعَذَابِ يُذَبِّحُونَ أَبۡنَآءَكُمۡ وَيَسۡتَحۡيُونَ نِسَآءَكُمۡ‌ۚ وَفِى ذَٲلِكُم بَلَآءٌ۬ مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ عَظِيمٌ۬

And (remember) when We delivered you from Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) people, who were afflicting you with a horrible torment, killing your sons and sparing your women, and therein was a mighty trial from your Lord. [Surah Al-Baqarah. Verse 49]

[وَإِذۡ نَجَّيۡنَـٰڪُم مِّنۡ ءَالِ فِرۡعَوۡنَ – And (remember) when We delivered you from Fir’aun’s people]: Meaning, from Pharaoh, the chiefs of his kingdom and his troops; and prior to that [يَسُومُونَكُمۡ – they were afflicting you with a horrible torment]: Meaning, mistreated and exploited them [سُوٓءَ ٱلۡعَذَابِ – with a horrible torment]: Meaning, with the severest punishment; [يُذَبِّحُونَ أَبۡنَآءَكُمۡ – killing your sons]: Meaning, out of fear that you will increase in number. [وَيَسۡتَحۡيُونَ نِسَآءَكُمۡ‌ۚ – and sparing your women]: Meaning, did not kill them and thus you found yourselves between being killed or humiliated through burdensome work, and allowed to live as if it was some favour given to you by the people who degraded you. This is the height of humiliation; but then Allah favoured them with complete safety and drowned their enemy while they watched and so that they might be pleased. [وَفِى ذَٲلِكُم – and therein]: Meaning, being saved, [بَلَآءٌ۬ – was a mighty trial], Meaning, a test; [مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ عَظِيمٌ۬ – from your Lord]. Therefore, this is one of those affairs that obligates on you to be thankful and fulfil His commands. (7)

This is the horrible and inhumane treatment Banee Israa’eel received from Fir’aun and likewise we know the inhumane treatment they received from the Nazis; but we find that some of them are the flag-bearers of oppression, injustice and callosity in our era. Everyone witnesses the barbaric manner in which some of them treat the Palestinians, especially attacking worshipers in Al-Aqsa during the month of Ramadan. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that over three-hundred people got injured when Israeli police recently entered Al-Aqsa and attacked Palestinians.

Likewise, some of them constantly desire to steal homes, distribute them to their people and displace Palestinians. They have been stealing land for nearly seven decades and any Palestinian who dares stand in their way either faces humiliation or physical harm. Even those who flatter them or turn a blind eye to their atrocities do not agree that they had the right to occupy East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and then annexed the entire city in 1980. This has not been accepted by anyone, but some of them give no concern to what others say due to arrogance and a desire to humiliate people. Allaah [The Exalted] said:

تِلۡكَ ٱلدَّارُ ٱلۡأَخِرَةُ نَجۡعَلُهَا لِلَّذِينَ لَا يُرِيدُونَ عُلُوًّ۬ا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَلَا فَسَادً۬ا‌ۚ وَٱلۡعَـٰقِبَةُ لِلۡمُتَّقِينَ

That home of the Hereafter [i.e. Paradise], We shall assign to those who rebel not against the truth with pride and oppression in the land nor do mischief by committing crimes. And the good end is for the Muttaqoon [pious]. [Surah Al-Qasas’Aayah 83]

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The home of the Hereafter is prepared for those who are humble for the sake of Allaah, and whoever humbles himself for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will raise him. (As for the haughty people), Allaah hates them and their destination is the fire – and Allaah’s Refuge is sought. Major Kufr and Bidah stops a person from the delight (found in the) truth and the guidance brought by the Prophets, and that which purifies the souls [i.e. makes the souls upright]”. [An Excerpt from Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ page 220]

If only they abandon arrogance and follow the path of Abdullah Bin Sallaam [may Allaah be pleased with him] who was from them, but accepted the truth and submitted to the path of the final Messenger, and he was a man of knowledge and humility. One day he walked in the marketplace whilst carrying a bundle of firewood, so it was said to him, “Has Allaah not given you enough wealth (to prevent you from) this?” He said, “Certainly; but I want to repel pride. I heard Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] saying, “The one with the weight of a grain of mustard seed of pride will not enter paradise”.

Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “This hadeeth is clear proof regarding the fact that pride is forbidden and that is one of the major sins. And because of this, a person is forbidden to characterize himself with pride-mocking at the people and rejecting the truth. Indeed, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] described pride in his statement, [saying]: “Pride is to reject the truth and belittle the people”- meaning: rejects the truth and does not accept it; mocks at the people and does not consider them to be nothing by looking down on them and raising himself above them- either due to his abundant wealth, high [social] status, lineage or due to other reasons. In this hadeeth, there is proof to show that a Muslim servant of Allaah- the sensible and smart one – guards himself, places himself in a situation that is pleasing to Allaah and disciplines himself with the Islamic manners. And when it is the case that the soul is weak and can be misguided, therefore Abdullah Bin Sallaam [may Allaah be pleased with him] desired to discipline his soul by carrying a bundle of firewood on his back or his head, even though he was able to hire someone else to carry it on his behalf; but he desired something that was very important and that was to repel pride from his soul, and place himself in a situation of humility, which Allaah loves to see from His slaves. [An Excerpt from At-taleeqaat Al-Maleehah Alaa Silsilah Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah. Vol 1. Page 269. Slightly paraphrased]

Muslim Rulers Condemn Their Aggressive Behaviour


[1: An Excerpt from ‘Al-Misbaah Al-Muneer Fee Tahdheeb Tafseer Ibn Katheer’. Slightly paraphrased]
[2: An Excerpt from ‘Fat-hul Qadeer 4/209’ slightly paraphrased]
[3: An Excerpt from ‘Tafseer Sadi’. Slightly paraphrased]
[4: An Excerpt from ‘Roohul Ma’aanee’ 11/64-65. Slightly paraphrased]
[5: An Excerpt from ‘Tafseer Sadi’. Slightly paraphrased]
[6: An Excerpt from ‘Zaadul Maseer’. Slightly paraphrased]
[7: An Excerpt from ‘Tafseer Sadi’. Slightly paraphrased]

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