Sunday, 18 July 2010

Some Thoughts on Resistance

Some Thoughts on Resistance

by nahida the Exiled Palestinian
In an ideal world, one could fantasise and theorise about how life could or should be, and how one should deal with unfavourable circumstances.
But, in a world where aggression and extreme acts of violence are used to exploit, dominate and subjugate, the chances of survival of the abused person might be reduced to nothing, if he fails to shake off the aggressor who strangles him and threatens his very life.
The instinctive response of the person abused, oppressed, massacred, humiliated and dehumanized daily since sixty odd years cannot possibly be compared let alone equated with the savage attacks of his aggressor. To claim otherwise is a severe deviation from all moral and legal codes.

To equally blame and condemn both the victim and his aggressor, exposes a huge confusion with disastrous consequences, as it fails to take the necessary measures to stop the aggression.
While both can sometimes be equally violent- acts of aggression on one side and reaction of defence on the other, the first is a moral failure, the later is a moral obligation!
Consequently, there is nothing more helpful to the tyrant, than his victims being taught not to defend themselves when they are constantly oppressed and exploited.

"Concerning non-violence: It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself, when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks” Malcolm X.
The resolve of a violent conflict is determined by the ability and willingness to distinguish aggressor from victim, and then firstly to take the appropriate measures to stop the aggressor from committing more crimes.
Prophet Muhammed said: “help your brother whether he is an oppressed or an oppressor”, his bewildered and confused companions asked: “we understand helping him if oppressed, but how can we help him if he is the oppressor?” The prophet replied: “STOP him from his aggression and oppression

About those who condemn acts of armed resistance, worried about causing death to mass murderers, let us not forget that every day of delay during which their crimes are tolerated; in the illusive expectation that some sort of conscience would surface amongst the criminals, will only cause hundreds of thousands more deaths and perhaps irremediable destruction to the whole planet.
While we assume we are protecting lives, we are in fact protecting only the lives of the bullies and criminals, and CAUSING- though indirectly- the DEATH of far more innocent lives!

We are dealing with zionists, a people with totalitarian and racist agenda who would stop at nothing to further their plans. The damage that they have caused so far –in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, etc - with the use of WMD and illegal weaponry has caused environmental pollution for centuries if not millennia to come. They are not only involved in genocide, but also in biocide; they are a real threat to ALL forms of life on the planet.

I have no doubt that the Merciful God looks with tenderness, love, forgiveness and compassion at those who have been severely abused and brutalized, so much so that they are forced to react.
"Beware of the plea of the oppressed” prophet Muhammed asserted, “for he asks God most high only for his due, and God does not keep one who has a right from receiving what is due"

Our disapproval and condemnation must only be directed towards those who initiate aggression, oppress nations, and commit genocide.
From an Islamic perspective, those who suffer the risk of annihilation and extermination were given the permission to defend themselves (but NEVER to initiate aggression).

“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight back), because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid; Qur’an (22:39-40)

How could we condemn or pass a moral judgment on those who are being abused when they try to save their lives by pushing their abuser away?

Who are we to deny those who are burning under tonnes of blazing missiles their basic human right to fight for their survival?

Who are we to judge their re-actions or intentions, as they suffocate under deluge of white phosphorus and depleted uranium?

Who are we to moralise with them as they pick up the limbs of their babies and loved ones?

Did we not know that

A man

With a knife against his throat

Has the right

To push His butcher away!!


A thief comes to your home, kills some of your children, kicks some of them out, and locks you in the basement for sixty years, while he wreaks havoc in your house and land.

You attempt to get some attention of neighbours, you try to make some noise in the basement, and you throw some firecrackers out to your garden.

Neighbours come to see what’s happening, but they make it clear to you that you must stop your “acts of violence”. Then they declare that the only solution is to peacefully protest, and to try to negotiate with the murderer thief and to accept equal rights with the thief who occupies your house.

However the thief refuses to talk to you because you are a cause of “insecurity” to him, your looks and manners are “unpleasant” and your words are “insensitive to his feelings” and they “disturb peace, his peace”.

Finally the police intervenes, but only to arm the thief to his teeth and send forces to protect him! Apparently HIS “security” is more important than the safety of his victim.

After enormous efforts they manage to persuade him to talk to you.

At long last the thief agrees to talk to you, but he comes with a list of pre-conditions and demands, including:

No talks about your children, who’ve been kicked out

No talks about any room in the house

No talks about the torture of your kidnapped children

No talks about allowing you to use the bathroom upstairs

No talks about his eternal possession of your house keys

No talks about which corner of the basement he might give you
Furthermore, he demands that you respect the facts on the grounds, and should never ask to resolve the injustice by going back to how things were before he moved in 60 years ago.

Not only that, he demands also that you accept his “divine” right to stay in your house forever, and his right to control your water supply, electricity, food, and movement.

Then to add the icing on the cake, you are not supposed to complain or even mention your hurt and pain.

You must only be grateful, that the murderer thief would humble himself and talk to you!

I am intrigued to find out what would YOU do if you were in that bizarre situation? Would you accept giving your house with the thief and live in the basement?

If you say you do, would you please invite, to come and share your house with you, some zionists who colonised our homes, farms and land, and if they come fully armed I hope you would welcome them graciously.

If those who -from the comfort and safety of their homes- condemn the desperate Palestinians for their “extreme reactions” to extreme situations, would live by their word and do exactly what they want the Palestinians to do; namely offer their own homes to the zionists, that would be a breakthrough to solving our problem.

All we need then is few million of non-violence gurus to do themselves this ultimate act of sacrifice. This certainly will be an innovative approach for a peaceful resolution and a good lesson for us all.

We humans find it easy to moralise and pass judgements, but could we live by what we preach?

The ultimate challenge
I confess, we Palestinians
Don’t posses
Your excellent qualities
We lack so much compassion
And generosity
Unlike us, you profess
Lofty principles
And superior morality
Deep rooted ethics
And love of humanity
Invite the Zionists home
Give it all away
Teach us altruism
And live in a camp
Be our model
In self-sacrifice
Live as a refugee
Give them your land
And if they want more
Try to understand
If they kill your wife
Offer them your child
If they shoot your eye
Tell them you don't mind
For the sake of peace
You'd become blind
You've always been thoughtful
Selfless, loving and kind

As for killing innocent people, here are some thoughts:


As Muslims, we are advised NOT to allow our pain and outrage against the aggression, horrors and crimes to deviate us from justice and ethics.

"O ye who believe! be steadfast firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, Let not a group's hostility to you cause you to deviate from justice. Be just, for it is closer to piety. Be God conscious; for God is well aware of what you do." (Qur’an; 5-8 )


Qur’anic principles forbid followers of Islam from killing innocent people who are not actively involved in war. Muslims are even prohibited from cutting trees, demolishing homes and houses of worship, or causing damage to nature or environment.

"No soul shall be made to bear the liability of another." (35:18 )


In the zionist entity, children are the only civilians, every adult man and woman MUST serve in the army for 2-3 years, and they stay in the reserve until they retire. “Israel” is not a state with an army; it is an army with a state.


Hamas, as an Islamic Resistance Movement, theoretically and principally adheres to those principles, and respects them; however, the human factor, the incessant devastation, the constant trauma caused by chronic brutality and the never-ending killing of Palestinian children infuriates the most calm person and thrusts the most sane into outrage.

Despite all this, Hamas in no way does justify the killing of innocent children:

Hamas: Rocket attacks not aimed at Israeli women, children

“Gaza - The Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday denied targeting Israeli children and women with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.”

"Hamas doesn't mean to kill children with its rockets," spokesman Ismail Radwan told reporters in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in response to a statement made by al-Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who said Hamas' random rockets kill women and children in violation of Islamic law.

Radwan added that "the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians may involve some killing of children," accusing the Israeli army of "deliberately killing children, women and destroying houses and mosques."

“We are Freedom Fighters, not gangsters,” a senior Hamas official in Gaza told the AP. “Women and children are not a target for Hamas. They have never been a target and they will never be our target despite the daily killing of our women and children by Israel in cold blood.”

Hamas: rocket attacks not meant to kill Israeli children

Enough to look at the figures to see who is really targeting children:
124 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,441 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000.


Hamas has offered cease fire many times, Hamas has offered the ending of killing civilians on both sides, this was incessantly rejected and ignored by the zionist warmongers.

Hamas offers to renew cease-fire with Israel
Friday, June 16, 2006

Israel rejects Gaza cease-fire offer
Sep 21, 2007

Ehud Olmert rejects Hamas' offer of cease-fire in Gaza Strip

Olmert rejects Hamas cease-fire offer
Tue., December 25, 2007

April 25, 2008

Israel rejects Hamas cease-fire offer as humanitarian crisis deepens in Gaza
Fri Apr 25 08

Now, let us talk about Jihad

The zionist-controlled media has hijacked our language, and vocabulary and defamed our religion.

They drilled in people’s heads that jihad is a bad word that means killing or holy war, when the contrary is true:

Jihad is an Arabic word that means the endeavour to do your best to make this world a better one:

Any effort to help achieve that is called jihad, or struggle, going to school to learn is a form of jihad, being a mother raising children is jihad, spreading knowledge through teaching or writing is jihad, treating patients is jihad, looking after sick parents is jihad, also defending yourself when attacked is jihad, and struggling against oppression is jihad.

Any action that one undertakes in order to bring good to mankind is jihad

Life with all its ups and downs is jihad (struggle)

The highest form of Jihad, however, is the inner Jihad, an attempt to achieve Generous Temperament through a never ending inner struggle against one’s own arrogance, greed, and selfishness.

Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, declared "Verily I was sent to this World to define (and live by) the Generous Temperament."

According to him, the codes of Generous Temperament (makarem elakhlaq) are seven:

“Pardoning those who have oppressed you

Giving to those who have deprived you

Connecting with those who have shunned you

Benefiting those who have abused you

Counselling those who have deceived you

Forgiving those who have maligned you

Forbearing with those who have angered you.”

How misleading and dishonest is the false translation alleging that jihad would be a holy war then!

Contrary to common beliefs, the concept of holy war does NOT exist in Islam; it is a European concept from the days of the crusaders, and has absolutely no equivalent in Islam, it does however in the minds of the new crusaders as it seems, and in the sick minds of those who invaded our lands and murdered our people.

An attempt to translate the concept “holy war” could be something like “Harb Muqaddassah” which in Arabic is unheard of and even an absurdity! These words are NEVER used in our written or spoken language!!

By writing this, all I am doing is reclaiming my language back.

Of war and peace:

Of course, as mentioned earlier, Jihad could also mean defending yourself when attacked, and struggling against oppression.

The general rule is:

Fighting is never justified EXCEPT in cases of self-defence against Aggression (odwan), or resistance of oppression and Persecution (fitnah).

The Qur’an is explicit in its support for justice, human dignity and the right of self defence, that’s why I conclude with these quotes:

'You may fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not initiate aggression. God does not love transgressors.' (2.190)

"O ye who believe! be steadfast firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, Let not a group's hostility against you cause you to deviate from justice. Be just, for it is closer to piety. Be God conscious; for God is Well Aware of what you do." (Quran; 5-8 )

“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight back), because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid; (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,-(for no cause) except that they say, our Lord is God”. (22:39-40)

“God commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and antagonism: He advices you, that ye may be reminded.” (16-90)

"No soul shall be made to bear the liability of another." (35:18 )

“But show them forgiveness, and say "Peace!" and soon shall they know!” (43; 89)

“The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God”. (42:40)

'If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things.' (8.61)

“But God does call to the Home of Peace” (10-25)

“Ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the desires (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that ye do. Thus, have We made of you a nation justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves” (2-143)

“Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.” (7:199)

“It may well be that God will bring about love (and friendship) between you and those with whom you are now at odds.” (60:7)

“Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel evil with what is best: if you do so, he who is your enemy will become a close friend.” (41.34)

Nahida Izzat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee who has lived in exile for over forty two years, after being forced to leave her homeland at the tender age of seven in 1967, during the six-day war. She has a degree in mathematics, but art is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves hand-made things and so makes dolls, cards, and most of her own clothes. She also writes poetry, participates in written dialogues and believes in building bridges, not walls.

She started writing when her friends insisted she should write about her memories, experiences and feelings as a Palestinian.When she did it all came out sounding—she was told—like poetry! So she self-published two books: I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story.

Her dream is to return back home to a free and liberated Palestine.

If you like poetry and are intrigued by the notion of helping the Palestinian people and learning more, you can purchase Nahida's books, I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story by visiting:
I Believe in Miracles: a Collection of Palestinian Poems
ISBN 13: 9780954839109 | ISBN 10: 0954839102
£12.99 paperback Nahida Izzat (2004)
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