by Mr. Irani
I think Aristotle summed it up best when he asked: What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. With that said, what does the Qur'an have to say about friendship? Let's take a look:
4.144 O ye who believe! Take NOT for friends Unbelievers rather than Believers: do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves.
4.139 Those who take for friends Unbelievers rather than believers. Is it honor they seek among them? Nay, all honor is with Allah.
5.51 O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) IS OF THEM! Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
5.55 Your (REAL FRIENDS) are (NO LESS THAN) Allah, His Messenger, and the BELIEVERS-those who establish regular prayers and pay Zakat and they bow down humbly in worship.
5.57 O ye who believe! Take not for friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport-whether among those who received the Scripture before you, or among those who reject Faith: but fear ye Allah, if ye have Faith (indeed).
5.82 Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning. Amd men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.
3.118 O you who believe! Take NOT into you intimacy those OUTSIDE your ranks. They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire for you to suffer. Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths. What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if you have wisdom.
53.29 Therefore SHUN those who turn away from Our Message and desire nothing but the life of this world.
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: DO NOT GREET the JEWS and the CHRISTIANS BEFORE they greet you and when you meet any one of them on the roads FORCE HIM to go to the NARROWEST part of it. Sahih Muslim Book 026, Number 5389: (Hadith)
Hmmmmmmmm, that doesn't sound very friendly!! Are there any exceptions?(as Allah is most wise, just and merciful) Actually, there is!
3.28 Let not the Believers take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than Believers: if any do that, shall have NO RELATION left with Allah EXCEPT by way of precaution that you may guard yourselves from them. But, Allah cautions you to fear Himself for the final goal is to Allah.
I think this verse sums it all up!!
3.110 You are the best of Peoples, evolved for mankind, ENJOINING WHAT IS RIGHT, FORBIDDING WHAT IS WRONG, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had Faith, ot were best for them: among them are some who have Faith, but most of them are PERVERTED TRANSGRESSORS.
More Quotes About "Palestine"
"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".
- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -
"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".
- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -
"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".
- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -
Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".
"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".
- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -
"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".
- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -
"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".
- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -
"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".
- Count Constantine François Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -
"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".
- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -
"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".
- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -
"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".
- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -
"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".
- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -