Straight Talk about the Peace Process
Renowned Saudi Scholar Sh. Al-Hawali's
latest book offers a scholarly and straightforward analysis of the Israeli
is an Islamist writer-activist based in Houston
Posted: 7 Jamad-ul-Awwal 1422, 28 July 2001
Title: The Day of Wrath Author: Shaikh Safar al-Hawali [This book can be read at: http://home.swbell.net/jhaidar/0_preface.htm].
Israeli doves and hawks have the same objective,
i.e. the expansion of Zionist hegemony over the Arab and Muslim lands.
The subtitle of "The Day of Wrath", the latest book from Shaikh
Safar al-Hawali, is "Is the Intifadah of Rajab Merely the
Beginning"? The author takes the reader right into the meat of the issue
with the first chapter "The Intifadah of Rajab" where he quickly
dispels the notion that there exists amongst the Jewish peoples of Israel a
genuine opposition to the Zionist regime's oppression of Palestinians. His
opinion is that the metaphorical symbols of the peace-seeking (albeit trivial)
"dove" and ruthless, violent, attacking "hawk" that are so
often used by commentators to characterize the attitudes, agenda, and actions
of Jewish socio-political activists are no longer valid. In fact he boldly
proclaims that while the naive person may see these two, the dove and the
hawk, as two sides of a Zionist coin, they are in fact both one side of a
coin, having the same objective, i.e. the expansion of Zionist hegemony over
the Arab and Muslim lands but differing only in tactics and scheduling of this
"In the entire world there are no stranger opposing sides than within
the ranks of the Jews. You hear communiqués or read announcements and are
unable to tell whether they come from the hawks or the doves unless you know
the name of the speaker or his party. When you hear two Jewish leaders -one a
politician, the other a Rabbi- threatening the Palestinians and refusing to
cease Israeli expansion, your first thought is that they represent the hawks,
but when you learn who they are they are assumed to be doves. And when you
hear one of the hawks calling for the total annihilation of the Palestinian
then you know that the dove only disagrees with him concerning method and
Sh. al-Hawali suggests that the dove and hawk scenario is actually rooted
in Jewish logic and ancient traditions whereby different parties compete
against each other in "zealotry, excess, crookedness, and delay."
The parties give the impression that they oppose each other yet they are, in
principle, the same. The sparing and calculated maneuvering that goes on in
public under the guise of Oslo, Camp David, and Madrid, serves the dual
purpose of appeasing the already weakened and de-moralized subjects while
seeking to further isolate those who refuse to shake the bloodied hand of
unbridled concessions and false promises.
The current Intifada was fueled by a shrewdly planned stage of events. The
Arabs listened and watched as Yasser Arafat made concession after concession
to a stubborn Zionist regime that expressed little desire for compromise. Ehud
Barak, milking the role of "dove" for all its worth, tabled a deal
that would allow the Palestinian flag to fly at Al-Aqsa but would give the
Jews autonomy over the sky above and what lies beneath al-Aqsa. Barak knew
that while this was an unworkable scenario it would serve the interests of the
Zionists in the long-term. In the aftermath of the continuum of so-called
"peace talks", the hopeful Palestinian on the street and in the
stores and workshops grew increasingly wary of the negotiations. When the
Butcher of Sabra and Shatilla Ariel Sharon approached the Aqsa Mosque
obviously with the regime's foreknowledge and planning (he was accompanied by
over 2,000 Israeli troops), Palestine erupted. The world received a stark
reminder that, in the words of Sh. al-Hawali, "Jews are Jews. There are
no hawks or doves."
The Zionist state is the largest terrorist
organization in the world
Sh. Al-Hawali notes that one of the most significant features in the
current Intifada, is the replacement of nationalist slogans with Islamic
terminology. This he suggests is due to the resurgence of Islam in the region
and a growing acceptance that Islam remains as the only way forward. Under
Islamic Vision of Prophecy, the author draws attention to the speculation of
events and future calamities that is being carried out primarily by Christian
Zionists. The Jews and Christians are more consumed by this exercise in
prophetic interpretations than any other religious group. They have a large
number of proponents in the media, government, and virtually every influential
sector of the society.
Although the Bible and Talmud are unreliable sources for prophecy, Jews and
Christians support "prophecy" from these books with lies,
distortions and fabrications in order to manipulate opinion. This is
especially so regarding the future of Israel and the Intifada. Sh. al-Hawali
challenges us to raise the standard of the Islamic vision of prophecy to
counteract and expose the lies being spread by the Jews and Christians.
One of the most significant features in the
current Intifada, is the replacement of nationalist slogans with
"The reality of our world today which is recognized by many
intellectuals, is that it is possible for a terrorist organization in Europe
or Russia to demolish world peace completely, so why are we ignoring this huge
movement which has seized the minds of a third of the people in the most
powerful nation on earth, and which strives with all persistence to control
the affairs of this nation, and which expends all its energy to support the
largest terrorist organization in the world -the Zionist state?"
The author raises the ante in the next section of the book, False Messiahs.
Under this heading, Sh. al-Hawali warns of a growing cult-like movement in
America that has leaders who have convinced a great number of laypersons and
an increasing number of influential government officials that they are
inspired by God and or that God speaks through them. He exposes the core of
their beliefs as:
The establishment of the state of Israel as a precursor of the coming of
The peace process delays the promise of God.
All of Jerusalem must be under Israeli control.
Israel is blessed. Blessed are they who bless it, and cursed are they
who curse it.
The Palestinians (and the Arabs in general) are a pagan scum, and the
party of Gog and Magog.
The Millennial reign will soon commence, but only after believers are
suddenly caught up into heaven to meet the Lord while all the pagans are
destroyed in the battle of Armageddon.
It was the [Jewish] population problem that forced the Jews to the
It becomes quite apparent to the reader what the Muslims, not only in
Palestine, but all over the globe, are up against in the section, Has Anything
Changed?. Sh. al-Hawali indicates that any overtures towards peace made by the
Zionist regime are not due to changing world opinion or pressures from its
allies. After the Madrid conference Sh. al-Hawali said:
"The so-called peace process has not come about due to changes in
international conditions and the end of the stage of the Cold War, and in
harmony with the requirements of international accords, as it is pictured in
the Western media and its Arab retinue. These changes themselves only came as
a result of the fundamental cause of the changes, the Zionist plan for world
domination, especially in the Islamic world."
One very crucial problem that has always haunted the Zionist regime was the
population problem. How could a Jewish state survive and develop without
enough Jewish citizens? Many Jews did not buy the honey-dipped dream the
Zionist pioneers were hacking in order to boost immigration to Occupied
Palestine. Not enough Jews were willing to leave the comfort and relative
safety of their communities in the United States and Europe to live in a
fortified sun-baked enclave surrounded by a hostile enemy. Sh. al-Hawali
suggests that more than anything it was the population problem that forced the
Jews to the negotiations table:
"The Jewish State feared the rising tide of reverse migration, and the
failed attempts to promote procreation. Statistics appeared showing that for
every Palestinian Muslim martyr dozens were born to take his place.
Indisputable Israeli experience demonstrates that she is unable to eliminate
the opposition herself. For their annihilation she depends on her agents in
Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, and elsewhere."
"Therefore, it was necessary to fabricate a tactical movement in which
the Jews would withdraw from certain areas and surrender them to what is
called 'limited self-government,' so as to complete the greater strategic goal
in which they would give up geographical expansion in exchange for political,
economic and social penetration which more than one observer called: 'the
United States of the Middle East.'
Sh. al-Hawali systematically dismantles the
Zionists claim of a prophetic return and a dominion in Palestine by
drawing primarily from Biblical scripture and documented history.
"In this manner the opening of cultural, social and economic borders
and the announcement of the opening of political channels will lead to the
Jews becoming to the Middle East what they are to New York. The Muslims'
resources will become their buried treasure, their universities and cultural
institutions will become their dens, their financial centers will become their
marketplaces for their goods, and the general Arab population will toil as
laborers in the service of their Jewish lords."
In Jews are Jews the author purposely refrains from using Qur'anic evidence
against the Jews but instead relies solely on the religious texts of the Jews
to expose their rejection of God's servants, their hard-heartedness, and
In Indisputable Evidence the author relates the story of al-Aqsa in
chronological terms and refutes the Zionists claims by proving that the
prophecies are against them. The Biblical prophecies clearly describe the
House of Allah
, and a nation whom Allah
chose to multiply and make its faith
dominant over all other religions. However, Sh. al-Hawali makes an interesting
point that is rarely addressed in Islamic circles...namely the difference in
significance that al-Aqsa holds for the Muslim and for the Jew. He states:
"The Muslims, despite their ignorance of many of their special
characteristics and the divine blessings upon them, including this house and
facing towards it, do not see the relationship between Makkah and Jerusalem as
one of opposition or competition. Rather, it is the same relationship as that
between Muhammad -may Allah
's blessings and peace be upon him- and Moses and
Jesus -peace be upon him; a connection of love, brotherhood, and a single
goal. Although there is a difference between them in the level of favor
bestowed on the messengers and on the mosques."
"As for the Zionist fundamentalists, the matter is to them, decisive
and absolute: Jerusalem is the City of God, and the Temple is the House of God
mentioned in the prophecies. There is no choice, or idea, or even existence
for any other. In this way they have placed themselves in an extremely
dangerous position before the court of reality, which shows no favoritism to
anyone. Either what they say is correct, or else they are the worst liars in
the world, and the ones most deserving of that deferred punishment from which
there is no escape."
In the next five sections, The Return of the Jews and the Prophetic Gap,
The Prophecy of Daniel, The Abomination Of Desolation, The Entire Bible
Describes the Abomination, and Judgment not Reconciliation, Sh. al-Hawali
systematically dismantles the Zionists claim of a prophetic return and a
dominion in Palestine by drawing primarily from footnoted Biblical scripture
and documented historic events. The many contradictions existing between the
interpretations of prophecies and their application to current events
notwithstanding, the author points out that it was generally accepted by Jews
that these very prophecies used by Zionists today had already been fulfilled.
A great number of Jews, still today, do not dare to approach this opinion that
these prophecies are yet to be fulfilled. They consider this notion foreign to
Judaism and warn of dire consequences for embracing the false notions.
Sh. al-Hawali contends that this doctrine of un-fulfilled and false
prophecy has very peculiar origins. According to the author, the Zionist
movement was not born Jewish, but is actually Christian in it's origin and
development. The Jews at that time were secular and believed that the
prophecies were already fulfilled. It was later, sensing an opportunity, that
the secular Jews adopted the Zionist idea to further their aspirations.
"Because it was the Christian Zionist movement as represented in the
aforementioned fundamentalism that started the battle all over again, which
began and continues to circulate false interpretations of the prophecies,
which considered the establishment of the Jewish state as the prelude to the
coming of Christ, and which was thrilled by the failure of the peace process
and the beginning of the latest Intifada."
Sh. al-Hawali challenges us to raise the standard
of the Islamic vision of prophecy to counteract and expose the lies
being spread by the Jews and Christians.
In the last two sections of the book Sh. al-Hawali shows us how throughout
history, the causes of Allah
's Wrath have been repeated by one people after
another: These were the major sins of worshipping others besides Allah
's Messengers, rebelling against Allah
's commands, shedding
innocent blood, oppression, and the vices like enmity, plotting, cheating,
treachery, indecency, and maltreatment of the poor and widows. In answering
the questions; How will the Day of Allah
's Wrath come, and how will the
punishment befall Israel? He answers:
"The prophecies clearly describe for us these matters:
The attributes of the victorious army.
The collapse of the Zionist forces.
The fate of the strategic ally of the Zionist state.
The beginning or the new era will be with the announcement of jihad, and it
is our hope that this Intifada will be that beginning. But if it is not, it is
doubtlessly a preparation for it. Therefore, jihad must be announced and all
other slogans cease."