The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine has issued a religious edict banning Palestinians from leaving PA controlled territories. Many young Palestinians are seeking greener pastures overseas. Taking into account the wanton killing and rampant corruption in the area, who can blame them?
“Muslim Religious Ban on Leaving Israel,” by Hillel Fendel for INN:
“There is much talk these days in our land of Palestine about emigration, and especially among the young, and this because of the difficult security and economic situation, and out of a desire to find a living in other lands. Expression of this can be found in the rush to the gates of the embassies and consulates of the Western nations with requests for visas in order to reside permanently in those countries…
“Based on [the ruling of the prophet Muhammed and his friends], emigration from the blessed lands to live permanently in other countries is not permitted in terms of religious law. The people living in these areas must remain in their places of residence, and not leave them to infiltrators and conquerors, and they will thus perform an act of honor, and will be a support for the Al-Aqsa mosque… and will merit the good tiding of the prophet…
“Regarding temporary travel to other lands for the purpose of study and work, this is permitted as long as there is a determination to return and live in the blessed lands after the stage of study and work.”
INN adds that PA officials reported last November that in the preceding four months, foreign and Arab diplomats had authorized the entry of 10,000 PA residents to their countries, and that another 45,000 emigration requests were under similar consideration.
The ruling states: “emigration from the blessed lands to live permanently in other countries is not permitted in terms of religious law.” How does this affect Palestinians already living abroad? Will they have to return? How can they not?
Muslims living abroad must be able to reconcile their foreign domicile with the edict. If Europe or America can ultimately be turned into a “blessed land,” dar al-Islam, then nobody has to return home.
In effect, the edict has a twofold meaning: don’t leave — but if you do, bring Islam with you.