An Immortal Victory of Islam and defeat of Zionist terrorism
By: Seyyed Ali Shahbaz
"Certainly We gave Moses the Book, and sent Prophets after him, and We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, manifest proofs, and confirmed him with the Holy Spirit. Is it not that whenever a Prophet brought you that which was not to your liking, you would act arrogantly; so you called some liars, and some you slew?" (Holy Qur'an 2:87)
It is clear from the Divine Wording that the reference here is to the ever-rebellious Israelites, who despite the abundant favours of God the All-Merciful, were not just ungrateful but transgressed all civilized norms by calling Prophets liars and even slaying several of them.
History is replete with the turncoat behaviour of the progenitors of modern-day Zionists. It will be tedious to recall how these faithless criminals took to the worship of a metal calf in the absence of Moses on Mount Sinai by conveniently forgetting their deliverance from oppression in Pharaonic Egypt; how cruelly they shed the blood of Zachariah, of John the Baptist, etc; how they ganged up with the pagan Romans to terrorize Jesus and those following the Virgin-bon Messiah – who could have been crucified if God had not miraculously lifted him to the heavens.
The Holy Qur'an, God's final and universal Revelation to mankind, in further exposing the Israelites in their true colours, says how this devilish brood belied the Last and Greatest of Divine Messengers, in spite of the manifest signs regarding him in their scriptures: "And when there came to them a Book from Allah, confirming that which is with them (the Torah) — and earlier they would pray for victory over the pagans (Arabs) — so when there came to them what they recognized, they denied it. So the curse of Allah be on the faithless!" (Holy Qur'an 2:89)
The Israelite tribes in Arabia – Banu Nadheer, Banu Quraidha, Banu Qainaqa, Banu Musta'liq etc – not just refused to accept the truth of Islam, but spared no plot to try to kill Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).
From the outset of his migration to Medina, they adopted a hostile posture towards him, in spire of the fact that as the Ahl al-Kitab (followers of a revealed book) he granted them privileges and expected them to aid his mission to spread the message of monotheism. Instead, they conveniently broke every pact they had concluded with the Prophet, and ganged up with the pagan Arabs against him.
The open instance of this unholy Arab-Israelite alliance was the march of the mighty army of the confederates on Medina – Battle of Khandaq – that ended in a decisive victory for Islam, thanks to the valour of the Prophet's cousin, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS).
The plots, however, did not cease. After their expulsion from Medina, most of the Israelites converged on the vast and arable region of Khaiber, situated some 150 km northeast on the road to Palestine and Syria, and began preparations for a final war to kill the Prophet and blot out Islam.
“Khai-Ber’ means a “fortified place". The region had several strong fortresses situated on rocky hills, numbering ten. The more fortified ones were seven: Naim, Qamous (on a hill of the same name and the most impregnable), Katiba, Shiqu, Natat, Watih and Sulalim.
On learning of the Israelite plot and aware of the evil designs of the Arab hypocrites in Muslim ranks, intending to act as the fifth column, the Prophet, on God's order, decided to end the threat once and for all.
In 6 AH, within the space of a week, six of the Israelite fortresses surrendered to the Muslims. Then Qamous was besieged. As the Muslims were busy for a month campaigning against other fortified strongholds, the Israelites laid waste the countryside in a bid to starve them. At the same time, Marhab and other dangerously-armed Israelite warlords repulsed every attempt of the Muslims by putting them to flight.
This caused frustration, if not panic, in Muslim ranks. The Prophet, however, was unperturbed, and he said (as recorded by all narrators of hadith and historians – e.g. Bukhari, Tabari, etc): “Tomorrow I will give the standard to a man who loves Allah and His Messenger and whom Allah and His Messenger love, one who is an intrepid attacker (Karrar) and does not flee (ghayra farrar); one who will stand firm and will not return till victory is achieved."
On the morning of Rajab 24, as some of the Prophet's companions thought that the honour would be theirs, despite their humiliating retreats of over a month, the Prophet said a phrase that has remained immortal: "Nad-e Aliyan, Mazhar al-Aja'eb (Call Ali, the Manifestor of Wonders)"
To the surprise of everybody, Imam Ali (AS), who was not part of the campaign because of sore eyes, was brought forth. The Prophet applied his saliva to his cousin's eyes and handed him the command.
To quote the Sunni scholar, Abdul-Haqq Muhaddith Dehlavi in his book Madarij an-Nubuwwah: “Then Ali started with the standard in his hand and reaching under the fort of Qamus, planted it on a rock. A Rabbi who was watching from the fort asked, ‘O standard-bearer! Who are you?' Ali replied, ‘I am Ali son of Abu Talib.' The Rabbi told the Israelites, ‘By the Torah, you will be defeated! This man will not go back without winning the battle."
Abdul-Haqq adds: “Perhaps that Jew was well informed of Ali's valour and had seen his praises in the Torah."
The rest is history. Imam Ali (AS) shattered the myth of invincibility of the Israelites by dispatching to the netherworld Marhab and other fearsome warlords. He then, aided by spiritual force and divine strength, leapt across the moat and tore from its hinges the door of the gateway
To quote Ibn Hisham in his Sirah, Abu'l-Fida in his History, on the authority of Abu Rafe’ who was present on the scene: "Once the battle was over, Ali threw away the gate, and it was so heavy that eight men from among us could hardly lift it."
The Messenger of Mercy granted clemency to the defeated Israelites. Their lands and movable property were left in their hands. They were allowed to practice their religion freely. In return for the protection they received, they were required to pay the Muslims part of the produce of their lands. The Battle of Khaiber is thus important, as for the first time, a non-Muslim people were made “Protected Persons" of the Islamic realm.
As for the phrase Nad-e Aliyan Mazhar al-Aja'eb it has continued to inspire the faithful in every age and era. Those in doubt should see how Lebanon's legendry anti-terrorist movement, the Hezbollah, has invoked the Manifestation of Wonders to defeat Zionist terrorism.