RNA – In an exclusive interview with Rasa News Agency, Sayyed Karar Hashmi, a Kashmiri seminarian in Qom, praised International al-Quds Day, which was initiated by the late Imam Khomeyni, the founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, as an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadhan to show support for the Palestinian people and to oppose Zionism and all of the arrogant powers.
The Kashmiri scholar said, “Israel is a wound that was inflicted on the Islamic world by the Zionists and the arrogant powers and this wound has been made deeper on a daily basis. Palestine has been facing some of the worst human rights violations. The Muslim world must unite instead of playing into the hands of Western powers. al-Quds Day is a day in which the destinies of the oppressed nations must be determined.”
Sayyed Hashmi added that Imam Khomeyni awakened the conscience of humanity to the issue of Palestine and made the people aware of the atrocities of Zionism. Due to this initiative, every year hundreds of thousands of people participate in the rallies in support of defenceless Muslims, especially Palestinians, across the globe.
He noted that al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the first qiblah of Muslims and it belongs to Muslims and added, “There is no disagreement among any of the Islamic jurisprudents that if a single part of the Muslim territories is ruled by the enemies of Islam, all Muslims must consider it their duty and obligation to make determined efforts to restore that territory.”
He emphasized that those who have been imprisoned in Palestine must not feel they are alone and added, “The men and women who are being attacked by the Zionists on the streets of al-Quds, the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian cities are not alone because we will stand with them until the last drop of our blood.”
Sayyed Hashmi called upon the United Nations, the leading world body, to declare Palestine an independent state with al-Quds as its capital, to immediately dismantle all of the illegal Israeli settlements surrounding al-Quds and in the West Bank, to release thousands of Palestinians, including a large number of women and children languishing in Israeli jails, to declare Israel a terrorist state and bring its officials to the International Court of Justice for their crimes and punish it accordingly.
In conclusion, he added, “This year, due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, people across the world must use social media networks to mark the day in support of the defenceless Palestinian people.”
Rasa News Agency