Cii News | 28 Jumadal Ula 1437/09 March 2016

Amid reports that Zionist lawmakers are considering the banning of the Athaan, or the Muslim call to prayer, over loudspeakers in Palestine, the former Mufti of Jerusalem has told Cii Radio that Palestinians will fight tooth and nail to ensure that such plans never materialise.

The Israeli Legislative Affairs Committee was expected to vote this week on a bill banning Muslims’ call to prayer in 1948 Occupied Palestine.

After the bill failed to garner support of coalition partners, Habayit Hayehudi MK Moti Yogev took the bill off the committee’s agenda until further changes were penciled in.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that right-wing Israeli lawmaker still plans to resubmit the proposed law in a new form.

“We have refused and rejected that,” Mufti Ikrimah Sabri, one of the current Imams and Khateebs of Masjid al Aqsa told Cii Radio in an exclusive interview.

Mufti Ikrima Sabri

Recounting to listeners the milestone of the Islamic liberation of Jerusalem under the flag of Sayyidina Umar al Farooq RA in April 637, the Sheikh highlighted the significant calling out of the Athaan at that juncture from the walls of the city, by none other than the Muezzin of the Messenger SAW, Sayyidina Bilaal ibn Rabah RA.

“This was the first Athaan called out at Masjid al Aqsa,” the Mufti said.

“He (RA) called out the Athaan at the liberation of Makkah as well – so that Athaan which Sayyidina Bilaal RA gave, we will continue calling it out loudly, even if the authorities detest it. This is one of the landmarks and symbols of Islam, and no one can prevent us from it”.

Call of faith

In a separate interview with Cii Radio’s Ulama in Focus, researcher Dr. Saud Abu Mahfoudh painted a vivid picture of scenes in Jerusalem that accompanied Sayyidina Umar RA’s peaceful conquest.

“After a long journey of 42 nights – a long journey – as soon as he took the first glimpse of Jerusalem, he cheered Allahu Akbar,” he narrated.

Historians suggest the location where this profound call was made, is now called Jabal Mukabbir(The Mountain of Takbir) in the great Khalif’s honour.

Jabal Mukabbir

“He entered Jerusalem not with weapons, fighter bombers of guns, but with Takbeer: Allahu Akbar! This is a weapon. We begin our Salaah with Allahu Akbar, we move between Rak’aat with Allahu Akbar, we throw the stones in Mina with Allahu Akbar, we begin our Tawaaf around the Ka’bah with Allahu Akbar, we begin our Sa’ee with Allahu Akbar, we climb mountains with Allahu Akbar, we fight, with Allahu Akbar, we make peace, withAllahu AkbarAllahu Akbar is the secret word of the dignity of every Muslim,” Abu Mahfoudh proclaimed.

This glorious entry to Jerusalem, the researcher says, was coupled with awe-inducing sight of the 35 000 Muslim soldiers, who were laying siege to the city, all joining the Khalif in Takbeer.

Equally significant, he said, was the fact that it was on the occasion of this conquest of Jerusalem that Sayyidina Bilaal RA called out the Athaan for the first time since the demise of the Messenger SAW. Due to his extreme reverence and love for the Prophet of Allah, he had declined all previous request to raise the call to prayer prior to arriving at al Quds.

LISTEN to Cii Radio’s interviews with Mufti Ikrima Sabri and Dr Saud Abu Mahfoudh by clicking on the relevant names