Does the Quran approve Zionism or a Zionist state?

The Details of the Question

- Recently there have been some claims that the Quran somehow supports Zionism or a Jewish state ruled by Jews. People who make such claims refer to verses such as 7:137 and 17:104.
“And We made a people, considered weak (and of no account), inheritors of lands in both east and west, - lands whereon We sent down Our blessings. The fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We levelled to the ground the great works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people erected (with such pride).”
“And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, ‘Dwell securely in the land (of promise)’: but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd.
- This claim is being used in order to prevent criticism of Zionism and/or Israel’s so-called sovereignty in light of its treatment of the Palestinians.

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

First of all, there was no Jewish racism called Zionism at that time. It is narrated that the Jews, a nation that had been the followers of various prophets, especially the Prophet Moses (Musa), throughout history, opposed the signs of Allah and His prophets and lived a miserable, disgraceful and humiliated life as a punishment for their rebellion, and it is pointed out that when they repented and obeyed, Allah gave them various blessings.

The blessings given to those who repented and believed in Allah and His Messenger, Moses, in the time of the Prophet Moses are mentioned in the verses in the question.  Therefore, those who use those verses as an excuse to justify the oppression of the oppressors actually slander Allah and become the addressees of the following verse “Who doth more wrong than he who inventeth a lie against Allah”. (see al-Anam, 6/21, 93, 144)

Furthermore, such explanations serve as divine therapy to ensure that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would not be too upset by the Jewish charlatanism against the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Islam and the Quran, and that Muslims would not fall into despair.

No nation is mentioned and vilified more than the Jews in the Quran.

“Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, ‘We are Christians’: because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.” (al-Maida, 5/82)

The verse above is like a condensed summary of the therapy sessions aimed at improving the morale of Muslims.

The most important indication that defending the Jews, whom Allah curses in the Quran, who turned them into pigs and monkeys - literally or figuratively - and who mentions dozens of other faults of them, against Muslims, against the oppressed people of Gaza in particular and their heroic soldiers, and supporting those claims by tweaking Quranic verses, is incompatible with the consciousness of belief and human virtue, is the support given by non-Muslims, including many Jews, to the people of Gaza-Palestine.

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