Why don’t the people of Palestine leave? They are being oppressed so much and nobody is helping them.

ⓘ Supported by Al Medina 313.



Islamic Text

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Kind

Short Answer

The strength and patience of our brothers and sisters in Palestine helps the Ummah in so many ways. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ predicted how people in that land will remain in their homeland despite the difficult circumstances. This is a great prophecy of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. The presence of Muslims in Palestine is a manifestation of this prophecy.

وَلَيُوشِكَنَّ أَنْ لَا يَكُونَ لِلرَّجُلِ مِثْلُ شَطَنِ فَرَسِهِ مِنَ الْأَرْضِ حَيْثُ يَرَى مِنْهُ بَيْتَ الْمَقْدِسِ خَيْرٌ لَهُ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا جَمِيعًا. قال الامام الذهبي: صحيح

The Prophet ﷺ said: There will come a time when an area of land, smaller than the reign of his horse, from where he can see Bayt al-Maqdis, will be more valuable to a man than the entire world. (Mustadrak Hakim 8553, Sahih according to Imams Hakim and al-Dhahabi).

In the Sahih Hadith above, we find an incredible prophecy of our blessed Prophet ﷺ. The Prophet ﷺ spoke about people remaining in the area close to Masjid al-Aqsa despite the hardship in doing so. The Hadith mentions that, even if a person has an incredibly small piece of land, which would make life very difficult, he will prefer to remain where he is.

This prophecy can certainly be witnessed today. Despite the intense suffering of our brothers and sisters in Palestine they remain there. That land is beloved to them. This benefits the Ummah as they are embodying and promoting a prophecy. Which is a proof of the veracity of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

Their presence in Palestine and refusal to be removed benefits the Ummah in many other ways too. They are protecting the holy sites present in those lands. Primarily al-Masjid al-Aqsa, but there are many other historical sites in Palestine too. If the Muslims were to leave, they would almost certainly be destroyed.

The faith and steadfastness they demonstrate is seen around the world. It astonishes many people who observe it and brings them closer to Islam. In recent months, so many people have become Muslim after observing the faith of our Palestinian brothers and sisters. So many Muslims have returned to a more comprehensive practice of Islam.

The situation of the Palestinian people also exposes the lies and hypocrisy of the media and politicians. Thus, people come closer to the truth and reality. They realise that they have been lied to when it comes to Islam and the Muslims. The media and politicians are amongst the biggest barriers to people gaining a true understanding of Islam.

We must support our brothers and sisters in Palestine in every possible way. They are suffering in so many ways. Despite this too many Muslims are silent regarding their plight. It is always obligatory to support the oppressed. This imperative is even more incumbent when the oppressed are benefiting the Ummah in such an impactful manner.

And Allah Most High Knows Best.

Answered by Shaykh Noorud-deen Rashid (14.02.24)