We are witnessing Israel’s carpet bombing of Gaza, Palestine, in the aftermath of Hamas’s surprise invasion of Israel. So far, about 3,000 people have lost their lives, and 22,000 homes have been destroyed.
It is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to maintain hope, even in the most dire of situations. It was his Sunnah to act in ways that are wise and beneficial to the Ummah.
About 6.8 million Jewish Israelis and 6.8 million Palestinians live today in occupied Palestine and Israel. We pray that both are granted an equal right to freedom, dignity, and prosperity.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, prohibited killing civilians and non-combatants in war. SahihMuslim (Book 32, Hadith 28)
That principle became a part of Islamic law, which has never changed. This law is unilateral. It does not require the enemy to abide by it.
Based on these principles, we believe Hamas killing civilians is an un-Islamic act.
We hope Jewish religious scholars will also speak up that carpet bombing of Gaza is not acceptable in Jewish law.
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is based in Chicago, Illinois. He serves as the President of Sound Vision and is the founder of Justice For All. He spearheads initiatives aimed at preventing genocide, including the Save Uyghur campaign, Save India from Fascism, the Burma Task Force, and the Kashmir Action.