There is no doubt that the calamities and hardships which have befallen and are still befalling Palestine (as well as other Muslim communities) are the Athaab of Allah Azza Wa Jal.
Such calamities are the consequences of gross transgression – of rebellious fisq and fujoor and even kufr of the Muslim nation. When the point of no return has been crossed, the Punishment of Allah Ta’ala strikes, and nothing but repentance and obedience (Taubah, Istighfaar and Inaabat) are the solution.
A Concerned Palestinian Brother writes:
“My relatives stole most of the land which we had inherited. This kind of injustice and oppression are widespread all over Palestine. It is not only in our family. Usurping the land of heirs and their property is a norm in Palestine. Everyone tries to eat each other’s rights. Maybe this is one of the reasons for Allah’s punishment upon us.” (End of the Brother’s lament)
Undoubtedly, it is among the primary causes for the calamities which have settled on Palestine. Denial of these calamities being Allah’s Athaab is kufr. The Qur’aan states explicitly that Allah Ta’ala will not change the condition of a people as long as they themselves do not change it. When obedience is replaced with disobedience, transgression, fisq and fujoor, then the Athaab of Allah Azza Wa Jal is the logical and the natural consequence.
The Qur’aan Majeed states:
“You will not find for Allah’s way a change.”
Usurpation of land by Muslims is being punished with usurpation of land by the Yahood. When Muslims of Palestine devour the land of their own flesh and blood, then the usurpation by the Yahood should not at all be surprising.
It is stated in the Hadith that the usurper of even one baalisht (a handspan) of land will have it strung around his neck on the Day of Qiyaamah. As far as the usurped land goes down into the dregs of the earth, such a weight shall be hung around his neck. This will be just one form of the punishment.[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]