By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
When a senior Hamas leader recently warned the rootless and unrepresentative clannish leaders of the UAE and Bahrain – as well as the cultish Wahhabi regime of Riyadh – that history will never forgive them for their treason against Islam and the betrayal of the Palestinian cause by setting up diplomatic ties with the Zionist usurpers of Bayt al-Moqaddas whose only interest is to seek a military foothold near to Iran, he made analysts recall the fate of traitors over eight centuries ago during the 88-year occupation of parts of the Levant by the European crusaders.
Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the Hamas Resistance Movement’s Political Bureau in an interview with the Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal published on Monday, said the Arab states that made peace with Israel will be the ultimate losers in view of the expansionist nature of Zionism.
It is interesting to note that twelve days ago on October 2 was the 833rd anniversary of the liberation of Bayt al-Moqaddas and Palestine from the tentacles of the European Crusaders by the Kurdish king, Salaheddin Ayyoubi (Saladin to the West), who despite his several drawbacks is chiefly remembered for quashing the conspiracies of the traitorous Muslim leaders of his days in order to ensure victory for the Ummah.
In those days of open and fluctuating borders when mainland Iran had no frontiers with the illegal ‘Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem’, Iranians did not lag behind in the defence of Islam by participating in the campaign for the liberation of Bayt al-Moqaddas.
As a matter of fact, sappers from Khorasan showed their great skills in mining the impregnable ramparts of the occupied city, while fellow Iranian warriors joined the Kurds, the Turks, and the Arabs in liberating Qods and thwarting the European crusader design to make further inroads into Islamic lands, while the Egyptian fleet cut off all escape routes by sea for the Crusaders.
Emadeddin Isfahani, who was official chronicler at that time, describes the victory as: "This joyful news spread far and wide, bringing perfume to Rayy (today a suburb of modern Tehran) and to the evening conversation at Samarqand. It was welcomed with enthusiasm and its sweetness surpassed candied fruits and sugar. The world of Islam was ready and adorned for a festival to celebrate the liberation of Bayt al-Moqaddas.”
It is worth noting that the 88-year occupation of Qods and Palestine bore similarities to the current 72-year Zionist usurpation, such as Europeanization of the Islamic city and the treason of the local Muslim rulers, who like certain Arab regimes of our own days, carried on commerce, pleasure and intrigue with the Crusader occupiers to the extent that Qods was given up as a lost cause by the Muslims, while the usurpers – like the Zionists of today – thought that their rule was as good as permanent.
So pathetic had the affairs become that Abul-Mzaffar Abiverdi, an Iranian poet living in Abbasid Baghdad of the 12th century composed a stirring elegy in Arabic in order to awaken Islamic conscience. Part of his poem reads:
"To shed tears is a man’s worst weapon when swords stir up embers of war;
"Sons of Islam behind you are battles in which heads roll at your feet.
"Dare you slumber in the blessed shade of safety, where life is soft like orchid?
"Must the foreigner feed on our ignominy, while you trail behind you the train of a pleasant life?
"When sword points are red with blood and at the hammering of swords on lances the hairs of children turn white.
"This is war and the infidel’s sword is naked in his hand, ready to be sheathed again in man’s necks and skulls.”
Such literary eloquence which bears a striking resemblance to the current situation in Gaza and the rest of Palestine finally stirred Muslims into action, until the Ummah launched a united campaign to drive out the crusaders.
Could the Islamic World emulate this epic?
Definitely, if they knit their ranks; and this is what the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (RA) meant when he called on Iranians and world Muslims to get together remove the cancerous tumour called Israel.
So, despite the treason of the rootless regimes in our neighbourhood, we ought not to be dismayed for bringing about the end of the Zionist entity, which is surviving on borrowed time while the clocks tick fast towards its doom, as prophesied by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.