The following are
excerpts from a sermon delivered by
PA Minister of Religious Endowments Mahmoud Al-Habbash,
which aired on Palestinian Authority TV on January 7, 2010.
I will talk about one notion – the notion of resistance. Today, we
are standing on the land of a village in Palestine, which may only be
a small village, but is a village of resistance – resistance in the
true sense of the word, which we want to understand... What is Jihad,
and what is resistance? When people talk about Jihad, what do they mean?
What is the meaning of Jihad in Islam? And what is the meaning of resistance
in Islam? We must understand this.
The literal meaning of
"Jihad" is the exertion of efforts – exerting your efforts
and investing your energy. Jihad for the sake of Allah means exerting
your efforts in order to elevate the word of Allah – whether these
efforts are mental, physical, financial, or verbal.
In this, the words of
the Prophet Muhammad are true: "Wage Jihad against infidels or
the polytheists with your money, your souls, and your tongues."
Wage Jihad against the polytheists with money. When you use your money
for the sake of Allah, in defense of the religion of Allah, of the Muslims,
of their countries, and of all that is sacred to them – you are a
mujahid for the sake of Allah. When you sacrifice your soul and
invest your energy in defense of the religion of Allah, the Muslims,
their countries, their mosques, their holy places, and their honor –
you are a mujahid for the sake of Allah.
Some people believe that
Jihad means nothing but bearing arms and fighting the enemy. This is
indeed Jihad, but it is not the only Jihad. There is the Jihad of the
word, the Jihad of money, the Jihad of resistance, and the Jihad of
defense. This is what we need to understand about the meaning of "resistance."
Resistance does not mean that we should bear arms, whether the time
is right or not. It is wise to bear arms at a time when we should bear
arms, and to lay down our weapons when we should lay down our weapons.
We must choose... In
our resistance to our enemy – to the Israeli settlement in our land,
for example, and to the Israeli aggression against us – we must choose
the means and the methods that will grant us victory, be to our benefit,
and minimize our losses.
Brothers, we must understand
that resistance assumes many forms, and that Jihad assumes many and
varied forms. We have no right to reduce this notion into a single form,
or into several forms, without the others. All forms of resistance are
honorable and necessary. However, we must exercise wisdom and reason
when we use the appropriate means, which are suited to our circumstances,
our capabilities, and our needs, when it comes to resistance and Jihad.
Jihad continues to Judgment
Day. Brothers, nobody – whoever he may be – can ever abolish Jihad
or say that it has come to an end. Jihad continues to Judgment Day.
Someone once said in a political debate: "I am ready to declare
an end to Jihad." This concept is wrong. Nobody has the right to
declare an end to Jihad.
However, Jihad assumes
different forms, paths, and methods, in accordance with the circumstances,
in accordance with the capabilities and needs of the nation, in accordance
with the needs of the people, and in accordance with the reality of
the Palestinian people today. Brothers, it is all resistance. We are
all conducting resistance, but logic and reason require that we give
priority to certain methods at certain times, while postponing other
methods. Reason, national interests, and Islamic interests make this
necessary for us.
There is not a single
one of us who does not participate in the resistance. We all participate
in resistance. Even a woman who sits at home, raising her children,
is conducting resistance, because she is preparing the ammunition of
the future, and the builders of the future – the future of this people
and this country.
We have one enemy. All
our arrows and all our efforts should be aimed in a single direction
– to conduct resistance against the settlement and the occupation,
and to repel the Israeli injustice done to our people.
Those who instigate problems
and disputes here or there – disputes with Egypt, Jordan, or any other
Arab country... This is not in the best interests of our Palestinian
cause. Brothers, the only one who benefits from this nonsense is Israel
and the Israeli occupation. Nobody benefits from the instigation of
problems with Egypt except for Israel and the Israeli occupation. Therefore,
any hand that is raised against any Palestinian, against any Arab, against
Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, or any other Arab country, must be chopped
off, because it violates the law, the national consensus, and the values
of our religion, which says: "Fight all the polytheists as they
fight you all."
It is inevitable that
the day will come when we will fly the flag of our independent Palestinian
state over every inch of our soil and over the minarets and the domes
of Jerusalem, Allah willing.