In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You).

This statement is being issued on the 07th of December 2017 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject.

سُبۡحَـٰنَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ لَيۡلاً۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ إِلَى ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡأَقۡصَا ٱلَّذِى بَـٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهُ ۥ لِنُرِيَهُ ۥ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِنَآ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡبَصِيرُ

[17:1] Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.

Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is one of the most holiest cities of Islam and we agree with the MCB that this sends a clear message of hostility to the Muslims around the world.  This is not a Middle east or an Arab-Israeli issue but it is an issue which affects over a billion Muslims, worldwide.

We also echo the sentiments of Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury), “The status quo of the City of Jerusalem is one of the few stable elements of hope for peace and reconciliation for Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Holy Lands. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

We also note that the local churches in Jerusalem have advised President Trump to maintain the International status of Jerusalem.

We put forth that this step by the Trump Administration is in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2008) and 2334 (2016) which stated:

…Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace…

Unequivocal support for Palestinians:

It has been a 100 years since the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s Declaration. Palestinians have been denied justice in their own homeland, since. Despite International condemnation, the abuse of Palestinians, illegal settlements and their murder has carried on unabated by the state of Israel.

We, along with the British and International community remain committed to the cause of Palestinians who are being oppressed in their homeland. We call upon the British and the International community to standby and assist the Palestinians and put measures in place to immediately stop the human right abuses being carried out in the Holy lands.

From Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem:

We were deeply disappointed to hear of President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognising it as the capital of Israel. This is a tragic and regrettable decision by the US Administration and a serious blow to the peace process. The Muslim world and the Palestinians have trusted the Americans to be nonpartisan in the peace process and this is a hammer blow to the American credibility. This will only embolden those in Israel who are opposed to the peace process and delivers no benefit to any side. It is in the interests of both Israel the Palestinians to stay committed to the peace process, to stay the course and to continue to make progress. It will also destabilise the Middle East and subsequently the world.

Violation of UN Resolutions

We would like to assert that the decision by the Trump administration is in clear violation multiple UN resolutions such as 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2008) and 2334 (2016), some of landmark resolutions are as follows:

United Nations Security Council Resolution 252 (1968)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 252  states:

Deplores the failure of Israel to comply with” General Assembly resolutions 2253 and 2254, considers Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem “invalid”, and calls upon Israel “to rescind all such measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any further action which tends to change the status of Jerusalem

United Nations Security Council Resolution 267 (1969)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 267 states:

Recalls resolution 252 and General Assembly resolutions 2253 and 2254, notes that “since the adoption of the above-mentioned resolutions Israel has taken further measures tending to change the status of the City of Jerusalem”, reaffirms “the established principle that acquisition of territory by military conquest is inadmissible”, “Deplores the failure of Israel to show any regard for athe resolutions”, “Censures in the strongest terms all measures taken to change the status of the City of Jerusalem”, “Confirms that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel which purport to alter the status of Jerusalem, including expropriation of land and properties thereon, are invalid and cannot change that status”, and urgently calls on Israel to rescind the measures taken to annex Jerusalem.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 271 (1969)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 267 states:

Expresses grief “at the extensive damage caused by arson to the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem” on August 21, 1969 “under the military occupation of Israel”, reaffirms “the established principle that acquisition of territory by military conquest is inadmissible”, “Determines that the execrable act of desecration and profanation of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque emphasizes the immediate necessity of Israel’s desisting from acting in violation” previous resolutions and rescinding measures to annex Jerusalem, calls on Israel “to observe the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and international law governing military occupation”, and condemns Israel’s failure to comply with previous resolutions.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 298 (1971)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 298 states:

Recalls resolutions 252 and 267 and General Assembly resolutions 2253 and 2254 concerning Israel’s measures to annex Jerusalem, reaffirms “the principle that acquisition of territory by military conquest is inadmisasible”, notes “the non-compliance by Israel” of the recalled resolutions, deplores Israel’s failure to respect the resolutions, confirms that Israel’s actions “are totally invalid”, and urgently calls on Israel to rescind its measures and take “no further steps in the occupied section of Jerusalem” to change the status of the city.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 446 (1979)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 446 states:

Affirms “once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention … is applicable to the Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem”, “Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East”, “Strongly deplores the failure of Israel to abide by” resolutions 237, 252, and 298, and General Assembly resolutions 2253 and 2254, and calls on Israel “as the occupying Power” to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention, to “rescind its previous measures and to desist from any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories”.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 452 (1979)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 446 states:

Strongly deplores “the lack of co-operation of Israel” with the Security Council Commission “established under resolution 446 (1979) to examine the situation relating to settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem”, considers “that the policy of Israel in establishing settlements in the occupied Arab territories has no legal validity and constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention”, expresses deep concern at Israel’s policy of constructing settlements “in the occupied Arab territories, including Jerusalem, and its consequences for the local Arab and Palestinian population”, and calls on Israel to cease such activities.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 465 (1980)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 465 states:

Strongly deplores Israel’s refusal to co-operate with the Security Council Commission, regrets Israel’s “formal rejection of” resolutions 446 and 452, deplores Israel’s decision “to officially support Israeli settlement” in the occupied territories, expresses deep concern over Israel’s settlement policy “and its consequences for the local Arab and Palestinian population”, “Strongly deplores the decision of Israel to prohibit the free travel” of the mayor of Hebron “to appear before the Security Council”, and “Determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel’s policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention”.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 476 (1980)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 476 states:

Deploring the persistence of Israel, in changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and the status of the Holy City of Jerusalem,

United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 (1980)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 states:

Reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible,

Deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security,

Noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980).

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1322 (2000)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1322 states:

Expresses deep concern “by the tragic events that have taken place” since September 28, 2000 “that have led to numerous deaths and injuries, mostly among Palestinians”, “Deplores the provocation carried out at Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem” on September 28, 2000 “and the subsequent violence there and at other Holy Places, as well as in other areas throughout the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, resulting in over 80 Palestinian deaths and many other casualties”, “Condemns acts of violence, especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians, resulting in injury and loss of human life”, and “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention”.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1322 states:

…Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace…

We advise our fellow Muslims in the United Kingdom to consider the following plan:

Spiritual Action Plan for Muslims in Britain:

We are Muslims. Therefore, our first reaction in any situation should be to reflect upon our actions and to turn to Allah Ta’ala in seeking forgiveness and to beseech Him for his assistance and help. We urge all Muslims in Britain to repent and make sincere Dua to Allah Ta’ala to help the Palestinians

Encourage your family, friends and community to perform individual prayers and even organise Qunut Nazilah in your communities.

Spend your money and give Sadaqah in addition to your Duas to invite the Mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

Change your life for the better and do your best to come closer to Allah Ta’ala by fulfilling His commandments and following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

Political Action Plan for Muslims in Britain:

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I am writing to you because I am deeply concerned by the move of President Trump and its impact on the world.

It has been a 100 years since the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s Declaration and the Palestinians have been denied justice in their own homeland. Despite International condemnation, the abuse of Palestinians, illegal settlements and their murder has carried on unabated by the state of Israel.

I am deeply disappointed to hear of President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognising it as the capital of Israel. This is a tragic and regrettable decision by the US Administration and a serious blow to the peace process. The Muslim world and the Palestinians have trusted the Americans to be nonpartisan in the peace process and this is a hammer blow to the American credibility. This will only embolden those in Israel who are opposed to the peace process and delivers no benefit to any side. It is in the interest of both Israel the Palestinians to stay committed to the peace process, to stay the course and to continue to make progress. This blows up the goodwill on both sides of those who are committed to peace.

I put forth that this step by the Trump Administration is in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2008) and 2334 (2016) which stated: “…Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace…” The British Government should reaffirm its commitments to the UN Security council resolutions and raise the issue within a specially convened session of the UN.

I invite you to raise this issue in Parliament. Also, I express my wish for you to convey my position to ALL members of Parliament. Furthermore, I wish that you convey my position to the Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP and to our Honourable Prime Minister Theresa May.

Your help and cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

Engage Rt. Hons. Boris Johnson MP

Dear  Rt. Hons. Boris Johnson,

I am writing to you because I am deeply concerned by the move of President Trump and its impact on the world.

It has been a 100 years since the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s Declaration and the Palestinians have been denied justice in their own homeland. Despite International condemnation, the abuse of Palestinians, illegal settlements and their murder has carried on unabated by the state of Israel.

I am deeply disappointed to hear of President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognising it as the capital of Israel. This is a tragic and regrettable decision by the US Administration and a serious blow to the peace process. The Muslim world and the Palestinians have trusted the Americans to be nonpartisan in the peace process and this is a hammer blow to the American credibility. This will only embolden those in Israel who are opposed to the peace process and delivers no benefit to any side. It is in the interest of both Israel the Palestinians to stay committed to the peace process, to stay the course and to continue to make progress. This blows up the goodwill on both sides of those who are committed to peace.

I put forth that this step by the Trump Administration is in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2008) and 2334 (2016) which stated: “…Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace…” The British Government should reaffirm its commitments to the UN Security council resolutions and raise the issue within a specially convened session of the UN.

I invite you to raise this issue in Parliament. Also, I express my wish for you to convey my position to our Honourable Prime Minister Theresa May.

Your help and cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Your Name

Engage Amnesty International

Dear Amnesty International,

I am writing to you because I am deeply concerned by the move of President Trump and its impact on the world.

It has been a 100 years since the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s Declaration and the Palestinians have been denied justice in their own homeland. Despite International condemnation, the abuse of Palestinians, illegal settlements and their murder has carried on unabated by the state of Israel.

I am deeply disappointed to hear of President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognising it as the capital of Israel. This is a tragic and regrettable decision by the US Administration and a serious blow to the peace process. The Muslim world and the Palestinians have trusted the Americans to be nonpartisan in the peace process and this is a hammer blow to the American credibility. This will only embolden those in Israel who are opposed to the peace process and delivers no benefit to any side. It is in the interest of both Israel the Palestinians to stay committed to the peace process, to stay the course and to continue to make progress. This blows up the goodwill on both sides of those who are committed to peace.

I put forth that this step by the Trump Administration is in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2008) and 2334 (2016) which stated: “…Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace…”. Amnesty International should highlight the violations of the UN security council resolutions.

I urge you to amplify the voice of the Palestinians. I urge you to highlight the negative impact of this decision. In these negative times, I urge you to continue to stay committed to the peace process and voice your support for it.

Your help and cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Your Name

Also include Amnesty International in your Tweets and Facebook posts.

Endorse Petitions on Palestine:

  1. Endorse this petition

Work with others:

  1. Follow Friends of Al-Aqsa on Twitter & Facebook
  2. Follow MCB
  3. Follow and work with other similar Muslim and Non-Muslim organisations to amplify your voice
  4. Join peaceful protests such as the one on Friday, the 8th of December 2017

Engage on Social Media

  1. Ensure that on Twitter you use Hashtags such as , ,, , , , etc and continue to Tweet to ensure that the issue receives coverage and trending.
  2. Join Facebook groups which are working on raising awareness and continue to post about the issue to ensure that the issue receives coverage and trending.
  3. Post Videos and photos of the suffering of Palestinians on Instagram and other Social Media outlets and highlight the importance of the peace process.