Rana Ali Zohaib
There is a hot storm in Pakistan over the recognition of Israel. Anyone, whether a politician or an ordinary citizen, who speaks of recognizing Israel is considered a traitor. The people of Pakistan are divided into 2 groups over the recognition of Israel. 1st Part of that is behind the last words of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which also includes Prime Minister Imran Khan. The second group is those who think that the situation has changed a lot now, so there is nothing wrong with establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.
The issue of recognizing Israel became more protracted when a British Pakistani leaked the news on his Twitter account that a delegation had been sent to Israel by the Pakistani government in which he provided details of the delegation’s travel and Israeli government officials meeting details. The news was included in the headlines of the Israeli media and an atmosphere was created all over the world that Pakistan would soon recognize Israel. If it is just a matter of sending a delegation, then during the Nawaz Sharif era, Nawaz Sharif sent a 10-member delegation to Israel and tried to establish trade relations with them. Earlier, General Pervez Musharraf had repeatedly admitted that he had tried to establish diplomatic relations with Israel during his tenure and Israel itself wanted to establish relations with Pakistan. The division in Pakistan to recognize Israel has reached an aggressive level. The media industry is openly talking about recognizing Israel, which is undoubtedly a good move.
As I said earlier, the people of Pakistan are divided into two classes. Those who refuse to recognize Israel, in their defense, say that Israel occupied Palestine, the land of the Jews. “He who acknowledges Israel will become a disbeliever” (this phrase is stated with the hadith that it is written in the hadith while there is no such hadith in any book of hadith). The other side wants to establish possible diplomatic relations.
Putting religious self-interest aside for a moment, do we think that recognizing Israel can benefit us? And what are the disadvantages? For this, as a Muslim state, we must first know how Israel, which occupies Palestine, treats the Muslims there and how it treats the Palestinians today.
Israel is currently home of people of three faiths, or so to speak, in the war for power, with three religions at the forefront, including Muslims (Palestinians), Christians, and Jews (Israelis). Palestine was the birthplace and property of the Jews, which was conquered first by the Christians and then by the Muslims in the time of Hazrat Umar (RA). Muslims claim their right to Palestine because of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is our first kiblah, so this land belongs to Muslims. Christians say this because GOD called Jesus to Himself from this land and that place is there, so it is sacred to us and we (Christians) are entitled to this land. According to the Jews, this land is the holiest for them because it was their first and second temple. The first temple was built by Hazrat Suleman(A.S) which was destroyed by the Babylonians and the second temple was built by a Jewish sultan which was destroyed by the Romans. The temple which was destroyed by the Romans was rebuilt by Hazrat Umar (R.A) when he visited Jerusalem.
Images often depict of the Golden Dome, believed to be the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while Muslims and Jews jointly built that monument dates back to the time of Umar (RA) and was completed during the Umayyad caliphate.
The monument of Dom was built because from this one place from where the last Prophet (PBUH) started his journey of Miraj, flew towards the sky and at the same place Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) sacrificed his son Hazrat Ishmael (A.S) by the command of Allah. So the place became sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims as well. Its dome was made of 200 kg of gold which was given by the Sultan of Jordan. It is not actually a mosque but a sacred place. Only Muslims are allowed inside this dome. Jews cannot enter, they only stand outside in the courtyard and pray.
The Dome of the Rock (Golden Dome Monument) is controlled externally by Israeli security forces, while internal affairs, security and permits are still held by the Judeans and Palestinians. (Jordan lost to Israel in the 6-days war and then control passed to Israel). Jordans still have religious control of the Dome of the Rock. Muslims can enter Al-Aqsa Mosque at any time and offer prayers. The Al-Aqsa Mosque has a Friday set aside for Muslims to offer Friday prayers, while Jews worship at the wailing wall on Friday from sunset to Saturday evening, as well Christians in the church on Sundays.
Now the 1 thing to think about is that there is a city, in the same city there are also followers of three major religions and all three of them consider it sacred for themselves and they are absolutely right. But at the same time, it is surprising that even after the occupation of Israel, the three religions can enter and worship in their respective holy places and tourists from other countries can also enter. One thing that became clear from all this is that Jews and Christians believe as much as Muslims consider it sacred. Now we have an open book. What our thinking is about establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. First of all, let’s talk about religion.
Since Pakistan is an Islamic country and on what principles the Islamic State conducts ceremonies with a non-Muslim state, we have to look at the original constitution of the state of Madinah. We must carefully study and observe the issues that lead us to conclude on what basis relations with a Jewish state like Israel can be established.
The biggest obstacle to recognizing Israel is Pakistan’s religious parties. Recognition of Israel is not a matter of religion but of diplomacy. Diplomatic traditions and laws are followed by countries all over the world. Even if it is understood for a moment that Israel should not be accepted because of religious traditions, we must first look at what religious traditions prevent us from recognizing Israel. The biggest argument in Pakistan is that “Israel is a Jewish country; Pakistan is an Islamic country so we (Pakistan, Muslims) cannot recognize Israel.” Since Pakistan is an Islamic state, we also need to find evidence from Islam as to where in Islam it is written that the Islamic state or Muslims will not recognize the freedom of any Jewish country or Jews and whose order it is? … The answer is given to us by our beloved Prophet (PBUH) in shape of “Misaq_e_Madinah”. The Treaty of Medina was the first “Diplomatic Treaty” of any kind since the world was established, which the last Prophet of GOD made with the Jews, which took into account the religious freedom of the Jews, trade with the Jews. Matters were settled and the relationship was maintained. Relations and trade with the Jews were at their peak during the period of the Righteous Caliphate after the Holy Prophet. During his visit to Jerusalem, Hazrat Umar (R.A) ordered the construction of a temple for the Jews in Palestine, which has been mentioned above. If we look at the periods of the Umayyas and the Abbasids, we find that relations and treaties with the Jewish countries were very good, because in 637, Hazrat Umar (R.A) made a treaty with the Christians and Jews in Jerusalem, which Known as Hazrat Umar (R.A) Treaty. In order to recognize Israel, we must first acknowledge the religious freedom of the Jews, as our religion commands us. Israel did not occupy Palestine, but regained its occupied land, which was first occupied by Christians and then by Muslims.
Why is Israel important?
Why it is important for us to recognize Israel, we need to know a little bit about Israel. Pakistani textiles are very popular in Israel. Israelis import Pakistani clothes from other Arab countries. There is a lot of emphasis on education in Israel, the best education system in the world is found in Israel. The research center of the world’s largest company is in Israel. The world’s largest seawater treatment plant is found in Israel. The world’s first mobile phone is produced by Motorola Israel. The most movable homes in the world are built in Israel. The world’s 3,000 largest companies originated in Israel. The world’s largest diamond wholesale market is in Israel. Books are printed per capita in Israel. Israel is the only country in the world that grows 100 percent of its own needs. Israel has the technology to grow crops with less water. … There is nothing wrong with taking advantage of a country that joins the ranks of developed countries.
If the Pakistani government is willing to accept Israel conditionally, there is no abomination. If we look, this war is not ours (Pakistan). This is an Arab’s war. Imran Khan has repeatedly said that Pakistan will no longer fight anyone’s war, then why are we fighting the war of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan on the issue of Israel? Islamic countries, including the UAE and Turkey, have recognized Israel, and Saudi Arabia will soon. If the matter is stuck here that the Dajjal will appear from there, then the question is that when the Dajjal comes, will it not have an effect on Pakistan? Will he wait for Pakistan-Israel relations to be restored and he will get a visa? He could come to Pakistan and show himself. If Imam Hussain(A.S) can deny Yazid, then why do we care so much about the Dajjal? We need to believe in the strength of our faith. If it is a matter of inflicting atrocities on Muslims, then the most oppression of Muslims in the world is taking place in India, but we also buy tomatoes and onions from India. , Small wars continue on the border. Some are our martyrs, some of them are killed, but diplomatic relations are still in place. Then why not Israel?
Israel will not pressure the IMF against Pakistan, there will be no anti-Pakistan action, the Mossad and the ISI will remain in their respective areas, Israel will not try to build up India against Pakistan. The two countries will not take part in each other’s war; Pakistan will only talk on merit. Trade should be conducted in accordance with international laws. I think these are some of the key points that Pakistan should put before Israel.
If we look at history, we come to the conclusion that the Jews have never fought a direct war on the subcontinent, they have done business. After the formation of Pakistan, Israel stayed away from Pakistan due to its religious attitude. India is trading with Israel because India has recognized Israel. Pakistan did not recognize Israel, so Pakistan’s position that it supports India against Pakistan is useless and meaningless.
The decision to recognize Israel is obviously of government of Pakistan. But it is important to note that now is the time to take advantage of Israeli technology and money. Diplomatic relations with Israel should be good. This will enhance Pakistan’s development and give Pakistan a special place in the international community. I agree with Imran Khan that if Israel is recognized, it will be done for a greater purpose. Absolutely must be acknowledged.