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PRESS RELEASE: QUDS DAY: DAY OF THE OPPRESSED In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad and his pure Progeny
 Today being the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan, and as designated by Imam Khomeini (Q.S.) of blessed memory, is the International Quds Day in which we commemorate the plight of Muslims in Palestine and the oppressed globally.
 
It is a day set aside to remind the world the significance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and its continued desecration by the Zionists usurpers for decades. By staging peaceful marches, making speeches and distributing press releases, we are doing exactly the same with fellow Muslims and freedom lovers worldwide. Historical texts and the ahadith of the Prophet are full of numerous indications that it is the first Qibla (direction) of the Muslims, and other virtues associated with the Holy mosque. Al-Aqsa Mosque and its vicinity is central pivot to Islam just like the Holy Ka’abah and Mecca .
 
 The Holy mosque and its environs are now under the clutches of the Zionists of the illegal state of Israel . Mass massacre, demolishing of homes, target bombings and assassinations, as well as illegal detentions and imprisonments of Muslim Palestinians and non-Muslims alike by the Zionists have become the order of the day. The onslaught against Gaza and continued bombardment of the city and its people by the illegal state of Israel is still fresh on our minds. The world, Arab leaders and so called human rights groups have all kept silent to these brutal activities. The current peace plan of creating a separate Palestinian State is a clear deception by the Great Satan ( America ). Such deception and cover up led to the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan , while intimidating other Muslim countries such as Iran . The mass massacre of Muslims in Burma is another plot in that part of the world to annihilate the Muslim community for no just cause. We vehemently oppose the unjust killings of innocent people irrespective of their creed and belief.
 
How much longer will the Muslims stand by and watch these wholesome atrocities going on? The current Islamic awakening in North Africa and some Arab countries, despite attempts by the so-called Super Powers to hijack the mass movement, is a clear sign that Muslims can no longer watch helplessly as their rights and privileges are being plundered, and that Palestine will surely be liberated.
 
Here in Nigeria , we are also aware of covert operation by the illegal state of Israel and U.S. , in agreement Nigeria ’s security operatives, to suppress the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under Sayyed Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky(H) through various strategies. Part of the recent plot is the creation of faceless jihad groups, planting bombs, killing innocent people, to legitimize their tyranny on the Islamic Movement and the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria .
 
We therefore call on all Muslims and Non- Muslims to wake up from their deep slumber and reject any divisional tendencies by enemies of progress and unite. Let us shun all sponsored incitements and false propaganda in the name of religious sects, as well as inter-religious mistrust. This is the call of Sayyed Ibraheem Zakzaky(H). Muslims should give top priority to the liberation of Palestine and Quds, and uproot the humiliation of Zionists control from their lands.
 
O Allah we beseech you to help the oppressed and annihilate the oppressors throughout the world.”
 
Peace be upon those who follow the right path.
 
Signed: Aliyu Umar Tirmizi, Kaduna
 
(29 Ramadan, 1433 AH- August 17, 2012)