By: Mohammed Zeyara
People protesting against Israel does not make them anti-Semites. Judaism and Zionists do not follow the same agenda. The prophet Mohamad respected his Jewish friends, visited them when they got sick and allowed the jews to practice their religion freely. The Jews are people of the book, and we carry no hard feelings towards them. It is the Zionists that are reflecting a horrible image about the Jewish community. Most Orthodox Jews are totally against Zionism and against an Israeli state in Palestine since day one. Labelling everyone as an “Anti-Semite” is foolish and sounds desperate for attention. Every time a person writes/shares a status against the brutal actions of the Zionist terrorists, that person will be labelled as an anti-semite? That’s just silly. If you have called someone an anti-semite because they were protesting against Israel, you need some education. Because clearly you’re the one who lacks some basic understanding.
If you heard these rude terms from your friends while protesting against Israel, do not let them bring you down and keep moving forward. You don’t need friends who think murdering children is okay anyway.
Question: What is the ruling for participating in protests, and if they are permissible, what is the proof?
Answer: Protests are a means by which the Muslim community makes its voice heard regarding a specific issue, to those in authority so they can act accordingly or respond to their concerns. In the modern age, this has become the main objective behind protests: informing governments about the concerns of the governed.
Islam as a faith welcomes protests according to the definition provided above, because they serve the Muslim community to make its positions known on issues. Especially if that issues pertains to a general benefit that affects Muslims or Muslim countries such as Palestine, in general, and Gaza, in particular.