By Shabbir Hassanally*
Malcolm X, not someone that is ordinarily connected to the Palestinian struggle. However, on February 21, 2017, at the Sixth International Conference on Supporting the Palestinian Intifada, in the opening speech, the Leader of the Muslim Ummah, invoked a prayer for the martyr, Malcolm X.
When examining this - and indeed every word spoken or written by the Leader - one must understand that these words are not just random or used as a means of scoring points or pushing propagandist agendas.
These are words of complete Truth, Wisdom and Guidance. These are words that emanate from the most sacred of inspirations.
Therefore, when we see Imam Khamenei mentioning the Martyr Malcolm X, this has great depth and purpose. A question that does come to mind is why? Why mention Malcolm X at a conference about Palestine? Why invoke his martyrdom as the headline of a speech at a conference about Palestinian Resistance? What is the purpose of this? What does it mean?
To understand, we must first examine the Palestine issue, and how it touches every facet of humanity. We must understand that there is a universality of struggle – multiple battlegrounds in a war of Good against Evil.
The world is facing an unprecedented threat from one of the most insidious oppressive entities; an entity that has infected every facet of humanity. From the laypeople to the academics, from the mothers to the infants, from the politicians to the activists and more besides.
In the UK and other parts of the western world, it is illegal to even question any part of the Zionist narrative, be it related to events pre/post World War 2, or any otherwise. Asking these questions leads to one being labelled “anti-Semitic” or worse yet a “terrorist sympathiser” or even a “terrorist”.
This control is not so much physical as it is psychological. The default human manner is that of questioning and curiosity, however, in this world, these have become major vices, activities that are discouraged, frowned upon and generally considered negative. Those who insist on questioning are sidelined by the mainstream and talked about as “conspiracy theorists” or “crazy people” and the like.
To understand how this has come to be, one must look back in history to the feudal times, where the masters would essentially enslave their “subjects”. Forcing them to plough the field, harvest the crop, milk the cows and so on all for a pittance, and in many cases on their own land; but all for the benefit of the Feudal lord. The idea of resisting or questioning the Feudal Lord was an anathema and one that almost certainly would lead to the questioner being punished brutally.
In such a time, the worker – or serf as they were called – had no rights, no property. Anything he felt he owned could be taken from him without notice, rhyme or reason at the whim of the Feudal Lord; and woe betide the one who spoke up or resisted. Said person would have the most horrible of fates.
Now fast forward to our time, to the time of the Martyr Malcolm X, to more than 50 years since the occupation of Palestine, Arabia and many parts of both the region and the world by the Zionist project. Are the population any more than mere serfs? Are they not serving the banking overlords, the corrupt politicians, world government bodies such as the United Nations and the like? Are the population free? Off course not.
Looking around the world, we see that the people of the world are victims of a Feudal system with a different name. What should have been the rule of the people by the people for the people has been corrupted into a neo-Feudal system, with the people once again relegated to a state of bondage. The name of democracy is used as a cover to legitimise a system that bears no resemblance to what Plato called “democracy”, but is closer to his definition of oligarchy – a system wherein the rich subjugate the poor.
So how does this tie-in to Palestine, to Malcolm X, and above all to the speech of the Leader? It is about connections, seeing through the fog, it is about continuity and universality of Guidance.
What Imam Khamenei is teaching the people of the world, when he mentions events and calls out entities; this is no different to what was done by the Prophets and Imams, and indeed, is a living manifestation of the Quran.
In Quran, God says:
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So, follow not [personal] inclination, lest you are not just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” – Quran 4:135
This is what the Leader is saying, doing and indeed living. He is working to move humanity towards Justice, towards the real Truth. This is the same as what the Prophets did, be it Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Moses or Muhammad. This is the same as what the Imams did. They provide universal explanations and guidance towards the true path of God, the path of salvation. The path of falling into the Love of God and complete reliance on God.
When we look at the Zionist project, we can see clearly that this project has permeated every corner of society, from the holy of holies to the most corrupt of the corrupt; every organ of society is infected by Zionism – though it might not necessarily be referenced by that name. The idea of the family, the cornerstone of society is being targeted, the idea of helping your fellow human when he/she needs help is being targeted. Human decency is considered harmful and essentially a sin.
Listening to the words of the arrogant and Zionist politicians clearly reveals a key component of this wicked ideology - the idea that truth is rendered false, and that falsehood is promoted as truth.
This is not something new and has happened since the dawn of time. The Prophets and Imams have always pushed towards making resistance, confronting the lies and deception, and working tirelessly to ensure that the Truth is always kept paramount.
We look at the UN when they cry their crocodile tears for the building of settlements by the Zionist entity, or the use of terrible chemical weapons by DAESH and other Zionist proxies; we see the Western powers complain and writhe when the more resistive countries – such as Iran, Russia, etc. - make their honourable resistance and expose the lies. When we see the Takfiri entities such as Saudi Arabia raised to the pinnacle of what is called “human rights”, the masks that try to cover the reality, are exposed and laid bare for all to behold.
Through all of this, as people start to read and hear the words of the Leader, when they see him speaking on Palestine, but mentioning Malcolm X, when he speaks of an economy of resistance, when we see the societies of resistance, a simple and inspiring Truth becomes clear; that this leadership, that this idea of Wilayah, doesn’t just provide a political solution, but that it provides a universal solution, a universal rope of God, a rope that if adhered to, will prevent humanity from being fragmented. A rope if adhered to will ensure the adherent the promised success and victory.
This mentality, this line, is universal, equally applicable in the East as in the West. It tells us that this movement generates a strength that can overpower the “most powerful army in the middle east”, yet at the same time shows such great compassion towards the oppressed. It tells us that this mentality is built on and indeed inspires Love, real Love.
This Love; sees no borders, be they geographical, cultural, ethnic or otherwise, this love is divinely nurtured between people as promised in Quran:
“Muhammad is the Messenger of God; those who are [truly] with him are firm and unyielding towards all deniers of the truth, [yet] full of mercy towards one another.” - Quran, 48:29
In the face of such a compelling movement, the enemies – those who deny the Truth - have but three choices – join the movement and caravan of Love, move out of the way, or face complete defeat.
The freedom of Palestine and humanity, is in the hands of us all, if we stay firm, hold fast to the rope of God, and fall in Love with God, then we can be certain,” those who ally themselves with God will be successful” (Quran, 58:22)
And from Allah comes all Tawfeeq.
*Shabbir Hassanally is a software engineer, and an Islamic Scholar, having studied in the Islamic Seminary of Qum. He contributes to various outlets as a political analyst. He is currently also the editor in chief of the Wilayah News website (http://www.wilayah.info). Mr. Hassanally lectures at various Islamic Centres from time to time and is currently working on a book on the commonalities between Zionism and Wahhabism – from a political and hegemonic perspective, as well as examining historical parallels between these two cancers infecting humanity. He also consults on subjects related to human rights, activism, Islam, anti-sectarianism, and Islamic politics, economics, the Palestine issue and issues effecting Muslims across the world. He was also one of the early members of the Global March to Jerusalem (GM2J) and looked after the website for the group.
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