The annual pro Iranian Islamic Al-Quds Day Rally in Toronto was held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 in solidarity with the Palestinian people and with messages opposing Zionism and Israel’s right to exist.
The rally started with a recitation of the first 8 verses of Surah Al-Isra (The Night Journey) in Arabic and English, which deal with the severe punishment Allah will inflict upon the Jews:
“In the name of God, in the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the merciful, Glory be to Him, who made His servant to go on at night from the sacred mosque to the remote mosque, of which We have blessed its precincts. We have showed him some of Our signs. Surely, He had the Hearing, the Seeing.
“And We gave Musa the Book and made it a guidance for the Children of Israel saying not take other protector besides Me.
“The offspring of those whom We bore with Noah. Surely, he was a grateful servant.
“And We have made known to the Children of Israel in the Book. Most certainly you will make mischief in the land twice, and most certainly you will behave insolently with great insolence.
“So when the promise for the two came, We sent over you our servants of mighty powers. So they went to and from among the houses, and it was a promise to be accomplished.
“Then We gave you back the turn to prevail against them and aided you with wealth and children and made you a numerous in band.
“If you do good, you do good for your own soul; and if you do evil, it shall be for them. So when the second promise came, We raised another people that they may bring you to grief and they may enter the mosque as they entered it the first time, and they might destroy what ever they gained ascendancy over with utter destruction.
“It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you. And if you again return to disobedience, We too will return to punishment, and We have made Hell, a prison for the unbelievers.”
An article on a website Crescent International, “a publication of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT)” headed by Imam Zafar Bangash, one of the organizers of Al-Quds Day rally in Toronto, provides an interpretation of these verses. According to the article, Allah promised His believers that the rule of Jews in Palestine will eventually come to its end by the Muslims. The following are excerpts from the article:
“Shaykh As’ad al-Tamimi concludes that no effort to make peace with Israel will ever succeed… Basing his arguments on Qur’anic verses, he asserts that Palestine will be liberated by Muslims under the banner of Islam alone… This only is the time in their history that the Jews enjoy ‘increased resources’ and fighting man-power. As the Jews will not ‘do well,’ their state will be eliminated by the Muslims once again…
“The author strengthens his argument by quoting a Hadith [Saying of the Prophet] from the authoritative collections of Bukhari and Muslim, that the Prophet Muhammad said:
“‘The Day of Resurrection will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews to the extent that stones and trees will call out, “Muslim, O servant of God, there is a Jew behind me come and kill him,” All (trees) will say this except the tree of al-Gharqad [a species of thorny tree still preferred by the Jews in Palestine] because it is one of the Jews’ trees!’…
“The author covers many other smaller subjects of interest and controversy in the world of Islam as he moves to argue his central point that the state of Israel is not permanent and that Muslims alone will demolish this aberration in history.”