Destruction of the Israelites by Nebuchadnezzar II (Bokht an-Nasar)
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On January 15, 588 BC, the Babylonian tyrant, Nebuchadnezzar II (Bokht an-Nasar) laid siege to the holy city of Bayt al-Moqaddas to crush the revolt by the Israelite Zedekiah (Sadqiya), who had dared to side with Pharaoh Hophra of Egypt, despite being installed as king by Nebuchadnezzar during his earlier invasion of Judah. The Prophet of God, Jeremiah (Irmiya), had cautioned the evil Zedekiah against such an action that would only bring war, woes and destruction upon the Israelites, who disregarding the monotheistic laws of Moses had turned to a life of idolatry and vice. The 18-month siege ended on July 23, 586 BC with the fall of the city, which was plundered and razed to the ground, including Solomon’s Mosque for the worship of the One and Only God Allah.
Zedekiah, along with his followers attempted to escape, but was captured, made to see his sons put to death, before his own eyes were pulled out, and carried fettered as a captive to Babylon, where he remained a prisoner until death. Nebuchadnezzar, who transported almost all the population of Palestine to Babylon (Babel) in modern day Iraq, reportedly went mad for a period of seven years, as a result of divine affliction, during his reign of 43 years.