UK Muslim Scholars: “Israel” is an illegitimate state and Jerusalem will be the capital of the future Islamic Caliphate

We the undersigned do not recognise “Israel” as a legitimate state.

“Israel” must return the entirety of Palestinian land. Palestinians have no link to the holocaust and the crimes of the Second World War against the Jewish people.

We condemn the continued fascist Zionist oppression which has cost the Palestinian people their freedom, homeland and lives for over seventy years.

Islam does not promote anti-Semitism and Arabs are also a Semitic people. On the contrary, the second Caliph of Islam, Hadrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) took charge of the Church of the Sepulchre and commanded Muslims to take care of it and give Christians their full rights to worship which were curtailed prior by sectarianism.

The caretakers of this Church have been a Muslim family since the arrival of Islam in the seventh century. Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted in peace and security in Palestine, until the Zionist occupation ended the mutual tolerance that had existed for over a millennium.

Jerusalem will be the capital* of the Islamic Caliphate when it returns, Allah willing.

Signatories:

  1. Shaykh Asrar Rashid, Birmingham
  2. Maulana Muhammad Din Sialwi, Accrington
  3. Maulana Kamran Khan, Birmingham
  4. Imam Khalid Hussain, Leicester
  5. Hafiz Kasad Ali, Birmingham
  6. Maulana Shahid Barelwi, Burnley
  7. Maulana Haroon Raza, Birmingham
  8. Hafiz Ehsan Qadri, Sri Lanka
  9. Maulana Masud Qadri, Bolton
  10. Imam Adil Shahzad, Bradford
  11. Imam Zahoor Chishti, Oldham
  12. Maulana Naveed Ashrafi, Blackburn
  13. Imam Shahid Ali, Bradford
  14. Imam Sudagar Husain, Bradford
  15. Maulana Nizam Ashraf, Bolton
  16. Maulana Yasir Ayyub, Oldham
  17. Shaykh Danyal, Birmingham
  18. Maulana Aqeel Khan, Bolton
  19. Maulana Omar Shabier Naqshbandi, Netherlands
  20. Maulana Saad bin Sadiq, Birmingham
  21. Maulana Anis Ahmed, Birmingham
  22. Maulana Ibrar Shafi, Derby
  23. Maulana Sayyid Samdani, Bolton
  24. Maulana Haider Ali, Preston
  25. Maulana Nabeel Afzal, Coventry
  26. Shaykh Noorud-Deen Rashid, Luton
  27. Maulana Mohammed Bilal Naushahi, Bradford
  28. Imam Muhammad Husnain, Chesham
  29. Maulana Majid Abdul Rahman, Chadwell Heath
  30. Maulana Qasim Hussain, Luton
  31. Maulana Hafiz Arfat Ahmed, Luton
  32. Maulana Sajid Ali, Luton
  33. Imam Muhammad Nazim, Bedford
  34. Maulana Moqaddam Shahzada Naushani, Manchester

[Source: 5 Pillars website, 1st July 2019]

*Yunus Ibn Maysarah relates that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said,

هَذَا الأَمْرُ كَائِنٌ بَعْدِي بِالْمَدِينَةِ ، ثُمَّ بِالشَّامِ ، ثُمَّ بِالْجَزِيرَةِ ، ثُمَّ بِالْعِرَاقِ ، ثُمَّ بِالْمَدِينَةِ ، ثُمَّ بِبَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ ، فَإِذَا كَانَ بِبَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ فَثَمَّ عُقْرُ دَارِهَا ، وَلَنْ يُخْرِجَهَا قَوْمٌ فَتَعُودَ إِلَيْهِمْ أَبَدًا

“This matter (the Caliphate) will be after me in Madinah, then in Al-Sham, then in the peninsula, then in Iraq, then in the City (Constantinople), then in Bait ul-Maqdis (Jerusalem). If it is in Bait ul-Maqdis, its home country is there, and no people will be able to remove it, so it will return to them forever.” [Ibn Asakir, 368]