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Al-QUDS DAY 2006

London, Sunday 22th October 2006


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Thousands took to the streets of London on a very wet Sunday morning on 22nd October 2006 to stand with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere in commemoration of the the annual Al-Quds Day.

It was some 27 years ago, on the first Ramadan after the victory of the Islamic Revolution that Imam Khomeini inaugurated the last friday of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day - "The Day of the Oppressed" when Muslims stand in solidarity with the oppressed people of the world, in particular the oppressed of Palestine. Since then , come rain come sunshine, every Al-Quds Day has seen rallies in London and other capitals around the world.

This year the special focus for Quds Day was the recent zionist aggression against the people of Lebanon and the heroic resistance of Hizbullah that repelled the invasion, forcing israeli grounds troops to flee the battlefield. In honour of Hizbullah's victory the demonstrators waved hundreds of Hizbullah flags and the most popular placards either read "We are all Hizbullah" or otherwise showed a portrait of the leader of the resistance Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Al-Quds Day brought together Muslim and non-Muslim groups from right across the spectrum. Supporting organizations included British Muslim Initiative, Crescent International, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Islamic Forum Europe, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Islamic Student Association UK, Islamic Centre of England, Innovative Minds, International Muslims Organization, Lebanese Communities, Muslim Association of Britain, Neturei Karta, Palestine Return Centre, Palestine Internationalist, Respect Party, Stop the War and the 1990 Trust.



Lebanese and Hizbullah flags and caps



Peoples favorite placard - Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah



Honouring Hizbullah and its leader Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Ramadan radio stations around the country broadcast adverts in support of the demo, listen to it:

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"Zionism is the cause of Mideast bloodshed"
The Rabbis of the Neturei Karta out in force demonstrating against zionism

The anti-zionist Jewish group the Neturei Karta has become a regular participant in recent Quds Day rallies, this year was no exception. Their placards renowned for their simple yet powerful messages were a prominent feature at the rally. To hear an exclusive interview with their spokesman Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss click here.


"Zionism is state organized TERROR" -the rabbis don't mince their words



People gathering at Speakers Corner, flags flying - Hizbullah, Iran and off course beloved Palestine

From 12 noon people started gathering at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. It was pouring down heavily with rain, but it did not deter the protesters. At around 1pm the march began, proceeding past Marble Arch and up Edgware Road.


March leaving Hyde Park. The Iranian flag fly's proudly
in recognition of Iran's principled stand against the zionist state

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The popular slogans and chants of the day included:

Takbir - Allahu Akbar
La illa ha illallah - We are all Hizbullah
From the river to the sea - Palestine will be free
Judaism is okay - zionism no way
Judaism here to say - zionism no way
Zionism - terrorism

Who let the bombs out - Bush Blair Olmert
Who got theirs ass's kicked - Bush Blair Olmert
Who's scared of Hizbullah - Bush Blair Olmert
Who's scared of Nasrallah - Bush Blair Olmert
Who got a bloody nose - Bush Blair Olmert

With blood, with guns - We will free Palestine
Labaik ya Hizbullah - Labaik ya Nasrallah

Leading the march was a banner with a famous quote from Malcolm X.


Malcolm X's words lead the march

The full quote is:

You can’t separate peace from freedom,
because no one can be at peace
unless he has his freedom.

Malcolm X

(Speech in New York City, 7 January 1965)


Another famous quote from Malcolm X regarding freedom:


If you're not ready to die for it,
take the word "freedom" out of your vocabulary.

Malcolm X

(Chicago Defender, 28 November 1962)



"We are all Hizbullah"

After looping back and intersecting Oxford Street the march culminated in a mass rally outside the American Embassy at around 2pm.


Marching to the US Embassy - We are all Hizbullah

The american embassy was sealed in by two layers of high fencing and cement bollards. It was further protected by armed security with automatic machine guns- the embassy looked prepared for a siege. Yet upon seeing the sea of Hizbullah flags outside, the terrified american embassy staff panicked and insisted the police move the demonstrators another 10 metres away from the building and behind a third layer of fencing! This was not feasible as there was not enough room and so did not happen.


The US Embassy before the protestors arrived

Around a dozen speakers from diverse organizations - both Muslim and non-Muslim - addressed the rally, the speeches were inspirational and lasted about an hour and a half. The audio recording of the speeches is provided below (both streaming, and as mp3 files for downloading), but unfortunately the heavy rain can be heard on some of the recordings.


Many Muslim and non-Muslim speakers addressed the crown including Respect MP George Galloway

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Hussain Araqi The rally commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran by Hussain Araki.




Flags worn as capes - the most popular by a large margin were Hizbullah flags

"We must dismantle this ideology (zionism) which hates and discriminates"

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Sr.Nujrat , Friends of Al-Aqsa, talked of zionism as the barrier to peace and the need for Jews and Muslims to work together to end zionism.

"The only obstacle to peace is Israel with its zionist ideology - zionism at you all know is racist and colonialistic - its no different to the apartheid in South Africa. We must dismantle this ideology which hates and discriminates people because of their race and religion. Zionism equals oppression.. we particularly call upon the Jewish community to please help us abandon this dehumanizing ideology which endangers the whole of humanity including the Jewish people.."

She also reminded Muslims of the importance of Masjid-Al-Aqsa and how to our shame we have failed in our duty towards it:

"Masjid Al-Aqsa is the only place on earth where all Allah's prophets stood together and prayed (may Allah's peace be upon them all). Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) ordered us to go to Masjid Al-Aqsa. Today, not only do we not go to Masjid Al-Aqsa and pray our two rakat there, we abandon it to be destroyed by the zionists!"





"Without your unity there will be no defeat of Israel"

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Majid Al-Zeer , Palestine Return Centre, talked of his personal story of expulsion from Palestine and hopes of return; and the importance of Al-Quds Day in standing with Palestine..

"I am a Palestinian. I was born in Bethlehem, when I was five I left with my family after the six day war to Kuwait. After the war of Iraq when Saddam invaded I left with my family to Jordan. Now I am in the UK, in Britain. Your presence today means to me one fact - that the next step will be Palestine, and Palestine will be free!"

He also had poignant message for his Palestinian brothers:

"Keep your struggle, without your unity there will be no defeat of Israel. Keep going, the whole world is behind you."


Al-Quds Day - The Day of the Oppressed

Imam Khomeini, on 16th August 1979 (Ramadhan 1399AH) inaugurated "The Day For The Oppressed" with the following words:

"Quds Day is the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the arrogant powers, the day for those nations suffering under the pressure of American oppression and oppression by other powers to confront the superpowers...

Quds Day is the day when the fate of the oppressed nations should be determined. The oppressed nations should announce their existence against the oppressors, and just as Iran rose up and humiliated the oppressors... all the nations should rise up and throw these germs of corruption into the rubbish bin.

Quds Day is the day when those who conspire for the corrupt regime (Israel) and the superpowers in other regions should be put in their place. It is the day when we must strive to rescue Quds and deliver our brothers from these pressures.

Quds Day is the day when we must free all the oppressed from the clutches of the oppressors, the day when the Muslim community, when all the Muslims should announce their existence and warn the superpowers....

Quds Day is the day when the superpowers should be warned to stay at home and leave the oppressed alone.

Israel, the enemy of mankind, the enemy of humanity, which is creating disturbances every day and is attacking our brothers..., must realise that its masters are no longer accepted in the world and must retreat. They must give up their ambitious designs, their hands must be severed from all the Islamic countries and their agents in these countries must step down.

Quds Day is the day for announcing such things, for announcing such things to the satans who want to push the Islamic nations aside and bring the superpowers into the arena.

Quds Day is the day to dash their hopes and warn them that those days are gone.

Quds Day is the day of Islam; it is the day when Islam should be revived..."

 

"Viable action is what we need, not just protest"

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Abdul Rahman , Muslim Association of Britain, he urged people to support INTERPAL as a practical way of supporting the struggle for Palestine.

"I don't know how many people have died in Palestine just in the time its taken us to march and protest today, I don't know how many people die waiting for ambulances but I do know that the difference of seconds and minutes is the difference between life and death. Viable action is what we need and not just a vocal stand and protest. I ask you all to donate.. and you know that Interpal is the people you should donate to because the zionists keep trying to shut them down which means that they are doing a good job."




"Rice on the boil" and "Bush babies are born blind"
- humorous caricatures of evil people

"There will never be peace in the middle-east as long as the zionist state exists"

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Rabbi Cohen of the Neturei Karta, clearly condemned zionism as being incompatible with Judaism and for causing all the suffering in the middle-east:

..the terrible tragic war in Lebanon, the terrible events that took place is only the latest episode in the festering sore that has been going on for a hundred years. This sore that was began by the zionist movement.. Our message to you today is that not all Jews are zionists and in fact zionism and Judaism are two different and totally incompatible concepts. Authentic orthodox Jews totally sympathize and feel the suffering of the Palestinian cause.."

He vocally stated what most in the world believe..

"let me say this, that the underlying cause of the strife in the middle-east is the zionist state and that there will never be peace in the middle-east as long as the zionist state exists."

Pointing to the American Embassy behind him, he asked a question:

"we have to ask a question.. to this supposedly great bastion of democracy and justice - how is it that you support a regime that is patently undemocratic and totally unjust?"




The youth lead the way - placards of Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah proudly raised high

"No matter what you do, you cannot break the unity of believers"

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Sheikh Hussaini, Islamic Centre England, said Al-Quds day is a day for all believers - Muslim, Jews and Christians to come together to support the struggle for justice for Palestine:

"We are here in solidarity with the people in Palestine and let us tell the whole world and world leaders, that the road that Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) built between Mecca and Jerusalem - you can never break it, the bridge that Moses and Jesus built between Mecca and Jerusalem - you can not burn it, the Holy road between Mecca and Jerusalem that our beloved Prophet Muhammed built, you can not break.

What ever you do, you cannot break this unity between the two points, the two Holy poles in this world Mecca and Jerusalem. That's why our beloved Prophet went on his journey, that why Ibrahim went to build that House (Kaaba).

So no matter what you do you cannot break the unity of believers in this world no matter how many walls you break, no matter how many fires you start, in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Syria anywhere, we will still be united under one word La illaha illallah [One God].."




Images of Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah prominent through out the crowd

"If anybody in the world thinks that Israel can continue to exist - they fool themselves!"

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Azzam Tamimi , Institute of Islamic Political Thought, talking of the neocon government in America and the invasion of Lebanon:

"..it wasn't the war of Israel, it was the war of George Bush conducted by the israelis on his behalf. And they want to invade Iran, they want to invade Syria - the only friends they have in the region is the Arab puppet governments who stood against Hizbullah, and who stood against Hamas. And they continue to be embroiled in a siege unjustly imposed against the Palestinian people for no reason other than having democratically chosen the clean hands to cover them in leave of the dirty hands of the people that sold out to Israel and America!"

On the future:

"If anybody in the world thinks that Israel can continue to exist, that Israel can continue to incur harm and punishment on the Palestinians - they fool themselves! We are not here talking about a Palestinian issue, we are talking about an Islamic issue, we are talking about 1.2 billion people around the world for whom Bait-ul-Muqadas is issue number one. We think of it, we dream of it, we live for it and we die for it! Bait-ul-Muqadas will be free, if not today then tomorrow inshallah!"




Sea of Hizbullah flags

"Drinking Coca-Cola is like drinking the blood of Palestinian children!"

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Sr.Yvonne Ridley , Political Editor at Islam Channel, talked of his personal story of expulsion from Palestine and hopes of return; and the importance of Al-Quds Day in standing with Palestine..

"Its great to see Hizbullah flags flying outside this embassy. Hizbullah kicked the ass of the fourth largest army in the world.

Today we are standing outside the greatest superpower and they are hiding behind wire - they are under siege!

Today is Al-Quds Day, it was started by Ayatullah Khomeini, one of the first things he did after the Iranian revolution was to impose boycotts and sanctions on the apartheid state of Israel and the apartheid state of South Africa. South Africa's apartheid state is history, now we have got to turn on the apartheid state of Israel - we have to impose our own boycotts.

Drinking Coca-Cola is like drinking the blood of Palestinian children - stop it now!

If you shop at Marks and Spencer's you might as well hand bullets to israeli soldiers to put in the back of Palestinian schoolgirls - stop it now!

And to anybody who drinks in Starbucks - shame shame shame on you!"




"Hizbullah kicked the ass of the fourth largest army in the world"

"Don't you doubt that Masjid Al-Aqsa cannot be destroyed (by the zionists) - don't you doubt it!"

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Daud Abdullah , Muslim Council of Britain, talked of the responsibility of Muslims towards Al-Quds:

"Al-Quds is not the responsibility of the Palestinian people only - they are only the guardians of Al-Quds - but we are the owners. Al-Quds belongs to the Muslims and it has to be defended by the Muslims wherever they are!"

He also had a very somber warning for Muslims:

"Many people thought 100 years ago that there will be no zionist state in Palestine - they doubted it but it became a reality. So don't you doubt that Masjid Al-Aqsa cannot be destroyed - don't you doubt it! There is ample evidence that there is excavations beneath Al-Quds, that there are chemicals in the foundations of Masjid Al-Aqsa which would lead to its collapse and you should not doubt it!"




"Occupation is a crime - Israel out of Palestine"

"Why is it that the solutions are always formulated in the context of the existence of Israel being recognised?"

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Majid Nawaz , Hizbut-Tahrir, pointed to the failure of imposed solutions which recognise Israel and suggested an Islamic solution to the problem.

"Brothers, sisters, friends, Oslo has failed, Camp David has failed, the roadmap has lead to no where.. we need to think of a solution to this problem - why is it that the solutions are always formulated in the context of nation states, in the context of the existence of Israel being recognised? No!.. Why should we accept a racist occupying apartheid state of Israel? ..

We want to replace the state of Israel. We want to change the status quo, we want to bring in a solution which is universal, which accepts the right of man to live like human beings. And this state has been tried and tested in history, we have seen historically that Muslims, Jews and Christians have lived side by side in the middle-east in a state which recognised their rights to be who they are, it did not call for their elimination or annihilation but recognised who they were. This state that existed in history, it brought a golden era to Spain, it brought a golden era to Baghdad. This is the Islamic State!"






Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah floating on a sea of Hizbullah, Palestinian, and Iranian flags

"Hizbullah showed that it is possible to defeat this terrorist enemy if you have the courage to stand up and confront them"

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George Galloway , Respect Party MP, talked of our responsibility towards Palestine and the need to take action in practical ways.

"We have to ask ourselves what are we doing to help the people of suffering, bleeding, weeping, Palestine? Why are we continuing to elect members of parliament who boast that they are friends of this terrorist state of Israel. why are we electing councilors of local authorities who refuse to twin [towns with Palestinian ones] to reach out their hands to the people of occupied Palestine? Why are we shopping in shops and cafes who are boasting that they are giving their profits to the settlements on Palestinian lands, why aren't we picketing outside the shops and restaurants and cafes and coffee shops that boast of their involvements in occupied Palestine, who brazenly open Burger Kings in settlements on illegally occupied Palestinian land. its no good in Ramadan paying lip service to the suffering in Palestine, its no good turning up once a year for a demonstration like this, We have a duty and a responsibility.."

He also spoke about Hizbullahs victory.

"Its a joy for me to see so many young people here today that have picked up that flag - that banner [pointing to the Hizbullah flag] - and that banner its called resistance - I see in front of me waving a flag of the resistance movement in Lebanon - Hizbullah, led by Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah - Nasrallah Habib Allah - who showed that it is possible to defeat this terrorist enemy if you have the courage to stand up and confront them!"




Young and old united, standing for justice

"This is the great satan, the greatest oppressor - the only nation created out of genocide"

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Massoud Shadjareh , Islamic Human Rights Commission, explained why we were outside the US embassy:

"Five months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Khomeini (rahmatallah alay) organised this day, not just for Palestinians, but its a day to stand up against ALL oppressors - ALL oppressors, and the biggest oppressor of all time is the United States of America. This is the great satan, this is the greatest oppressor.

You know the only nation which was created out of genocide is this nation [pointing to the US embassy]. The United States of America was built on the genocide of red indians - the whole of their community was wiped out completely. You know they were given blankets with infections to destroy the whole of their community. Then you look and see what they did to the black community. You go and see what they did in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The country that is talking against nuclear weapons is the only country that has used it against innocent people. This is the murderous embassy of the United States [pointing to the building behind him]. So if you want to respond to the ayat of Qur'an to stand up against oppression this should be your first candidate, and second one should be Israeli state, the satellite state of the United States!"

 


Al-Quds Day Around The World

Al-Quds Day rallies are held every year through out the world. Here are photos and brief accounts of rallies held in over 20 countries around the world on Quds Day this year.



(if you have photos or an account of Quds Day in your country please forward it to us and we will include it here)


Indonesia

Al-Quds Day rally outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta October 20, 2006 (photos REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni)


Kashmir

Thousands in Occupied Kashmir marked Al-Quds Day. The front-ranking Kashmiri militant group, the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen spokesman Junaid-ul-Islam said that the day must be observed with a commitment to strengthen the struggle for Kashmir and the Qibla-e-Awwal.

"We must understand that the Qibla-e-Awwal cannot be freed from Zionist occupation nor can the struggle in Kashmir be taken to its logical conclusion unless we follow the path of Salahuddin Ayubi," he said.

"The day demands that unless Muslims unite and move shoulder to shoulder, no goals can be achieved," he said, adding that the objectives in Kashmir cannot be attained by protests and peaceful struggle only.


Islamic Republic of Iran

Huge rallies were held though out Iran on Al-Quds Day. Even the Associated Press had to report that "millions" of people had taken part. The largest gathering was in the capital city of Tehran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the event.


Demonstrators burn an Israeli flag during Jerusalem Day demonstration in Tehran October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)


Demonstrators hold pictures of Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (R) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) during Jerusalem Day demonstration in Tehran October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)


An Iranian man, holds a slingshot and a copy of the Quran, in front of a caricature of an Israeli soldier and the U.N during an anti-Israeli rally marking 'Al-Quds Day' (Jerusalem Day), to support the Palestinian cause, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. After Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini toppled the pro-Western Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979, he declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as an international day of struggle against Israel and for the liberation of Jerusalem. Writing on the shroud reads: ' We are fighters until we are alive'. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)

In Iran Al-Quds Day rallies are held in every major city. A short 2 minute video below shows the rally this year in Tehran:

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Russia

On the occasion of International Quds Day Russian Muslims gathered in the Moscow Juma' Mosque to commemorate Quds Day and declare their solidarity with Palestinian people. A Quds Day seminar "Palestine, Peace and Solidarity" was organised by the Russian Muslim Religious Office (Mufti council), the Palestine Cultural Center in Moscow, and Iran's Cultural Attache in Moscow. The participants condemned the Zionist regimes crimes against Palestine and called for unity among Muslims in the world to settle the Quds problem.


Turkey


A Turkish woman, with a portrait of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in the background, chants Islamic slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, to mark the Al-Quds Day or Jerusalem Day. Quds Day, an annual occasion held on the last Friday of Ramadan to commemorate the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel, was an observance suggested by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)


A Turkish girl holds a portrait of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, to mark the Al-Quds or Jerusalem Day. Quds Day, an annual occasion held on the last Friday of Ramadan to commemorate the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel, was an observance suggested by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)


A Turkish protester sets fire to makeshift U.S. and Israeli flags as others wave Palestinian flags in the background during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, to mark the Al-Quds or Jerusalem Day. Quds Day, an annual occasion held on the last Friday of Ramadan to commemorate the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel, was an observance suggested by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)


Protesters chant slogans holding portraits of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas founder late Sheikh Ahmad Yassin (L) and Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi (R) to commemorate the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day during a demonstration in Istanbul October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Ahmet Ada (TURKEY)


Belgium

Local Belgians, Palestinians, Moroccans, Lebanese and Arabs from other countries held a gathering in front of the Brussels Stock exchange Friday afternoon to express solidarity with the suffering nation of Palestine.

"We have gathered here to show our support to the struggle of he Palestinian people today the last Friday of Ramadan which has been declared as the international day of Quds," one participant told IRNA The protestors condemned Israeli atrocities and called for the liberation of Palestine.

"Bush, Israel are assassins. Freedom to Palestine. Long live Palestine'' they shouted. Some also held flags of Hizbollah and chanted slogans in favour of Nasrollah , Hizbollah's leader in Lebanon.


Lebanon

Despite israeli threats of attack, the lebanese marked Al-Quds Day by boldly marching right up to the israeli border.


Hezbollah supporters wave Hezbollah flags during a rally to mark 'Al-Quds Day,' Jerusalem Day, next to the Fatima Gate bordering Lebanon and Israel, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. In 1981, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan as 'Al-Quds Day,' a day of protest to show the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)


Lebanese Hezbollah supporters carry a poster of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a demonstration to mark Jerusalem Day along the border with Israel in the village of Kfar Kila, southern Lebanon, October 20, 2006. REUTERS/ Karamallah Daher (LEBANON)


A Lebanese soldier stands guard as a Hezbollah supporter holds a poster showing late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a rally to mark 'Al-Quds Day,' Jerusalem Day, next to the Fatima Gate bordering Lebanon and Israel, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006.


Hezbollah supporters carry placards during a rally to mark 'Al-Quds Day,' Jerusalem Day, next to the Fatima Gate, unseen, bordering Lebanon and Israel, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. In 1981, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan as 'Al-Quds Day,' a day of protest to show the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. Arabic writing on placards reads 'Coming' 'Resisting' Steadfast.' (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)


Members of Palestinian militant group Ansar Allah take part in a parade to mark Jerusalem Day in Ain al-Hilweh refugees camp, near the port-city of Sidon in south Lebanon October 20, 2006. At right is a poster of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON)


Germany

Hundreds of Muslims on Saturday 21st October marched peacefully through the streets of Berlin to mark the annual World Quds Day, condemning Israeli crimes in Palestine, IRNA reported.

Demonstrators -- among them Turks, Arabs, Germans, Iranians and Afghans -- were joined in the rally by Muslim religious leaders as well as a leading anti-Zionist Jewish Rabbi, Moishe Arye Friedmann.

Quds Day marchers expressed deep solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people, while calling on Israel to withdraw from Jerusalem.

The crowd urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop her die-hard support for the illegal Jewish state and cease German arms exports to Israel. Protestors called also for a 'boycott of Israeli goods'.

Addressing the people at the end of the rally, Rabbi Friedmann who heads the anti-Zionist orthodox Jewish community in Vienna, voiced 'solidarity with Muslims in their struggle against the Zionist regime'.

"Relying on the power of God, we reject Zionism and Israel. We condemn the policies of this (Israeli) government against Palestinians," Friedman said. "Zionists are trying to destroy the identity of the Jewish nation by transforming it into a nationalist movement," he added. Friedmann accused the Zionist regime of trying 'to wipe out the Palestinian nation'.

 


Pakistan

Thousands of people in many cities across Pakistan staged rallies to mark Quds Day on Friday, condemning the Zionist regime and the United States and demanding the Jewish state end its occupation of Muslim territories.

The biggest rally, held in the port city of Karachi, was organized by the Imamia Students Organization, a students group. Several thousand people protested in Islamabad, chanting slogans against America and the Zionist regime and burning US and Israeli flags.


Pakistani protesters carry a Palestinian flag with a Hezbollah flag at rally to mark the al-Quds Day or Jerusalem Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Oct 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


A Pakistani girl holds a poster of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a rally to commemorate the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Karachi October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A Pakistani woman wearing a head band reading 'Here I am Nasrullah', referring to the Hezbollah leader, marches in Karachi, Pakistan on the day of al-Quds or Jerusalem Day in Karachi, Friday, Oct 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil).


Cuba

Havana, the Cuban capital held a large ceremony to demonstrate the unity of the Cubans with oppressed Palestinians. The ceremony was initiated in the Islamic Republic of Iran's embassy in Havana.

As well as ordinary Cubans, numerous Cuban academics as well as party and government officials including Cuba's deputy foreign minister for Middle East and North Africa affairs Marcus Rodriguez attended the ceremony.

Palestine's ambassador to Cuba and some Cuban Muslims leaders delivered speeches calling the late Imam Khomeini's initiative to designate International Quds Day on the last Friday of Ramadan as crucial for the region and Islamic world.

They studied the importance of the day from its religious, political, social and humanistic aspects. Lecturers also severely criticized the Zionist regime's aggressive nature and lashed out at the West's double standards on human rights.

Participants in International Quds Day program in Cuba condemned the aggression against Lebanon by Israeli forces and said the Zionist regime's policy is based on warmongering ambitions.


Iraq

Despite the callous targeting of religious processions by takfiri and baathist terrorists, Iraqis still come out in force in all the major cities on Al-Quds Day to show their support for Palestine.


Iraqi women hold up posters of the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, right, in Basra Friday Oct. 20 as they marked Quds Day (Jerusalem Day).(AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)


Iraqi Shiites carry posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as they commemorate the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) day in Najaf.(AFP/Qassem Zein)


A woman holds a poster showing Shi'ite Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini and Palestinian protesters, during a rally to commemorate the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day and to show support for the Palestinians, in Basra, 550 km (340 miles) south of Baghdad, October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ).


Serbia

In Belgrade, a group of Muslims participated in Belgrade's only mosque to commemorate International Quds Day.

Friday prayers leader of the Belgrade Mosque Muhammad Youssef Spahic in his sermon talked about the importance of the Quds day in supporting the oppressed people of the Palestine.

Serbia currently has 600,000 Muslims, who mostly live in the southern part of the country.


Nigeria

Nigeria has a reputation of hosting some of the largest Al-Quds Day demonstrations in the world, on occassion exceeding 1 million people. The following are photos from the Quds Day demonstration held in Kanuda on 20th October 2006. The rally was addressed by Ma'alim Abdulhamid Bello, his speech is reproduced below:



OUR MISSION ON QUDS DAY

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the merciful.

Today being 25th of Ramadan is the last Friday of the holy month, and as designated by Imam Khomain of bless memory, is the International Quds Day in which we come out en masse commemorating the flight of Muslims in Palestine and the oppressed globally.

As we’ve been stating over the years, the importance of this day can not be over emphasized. It is a day set aside for reminding the world the significance of the holy Al-aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and it’s desecration perpetrated by the Zionists usurpers for decades, by staging peaceful marches, making speeches and distributing releases. We’re doing exactly the same as enjoined by our revered Leader Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky.



The importance of Al-aqsa mosque is a known fact to every muslim since the holy Qur’an made mention of it in Suratul Isra’i. Historical texts and the ahadith of the Prophet are full of numerous indications that it is the first alqibla of the muslims and other virtues associated with the holy mosque. It is not an overstatement to say that Al-aqsa mosque and its city – Jerusalem is a central pivot to Islam that Allah (T) has chosen himself just like the holy Ka’aba and Mecca are.

But wait, in what condition is the holy Al-aqsa mosque now? A fair answer to this question is discernable to any ardent follower of current affairs. It is a known fact that the holy mosque and its environs are under the clutches of the Zionist of Israel. Since the day they usurped this Palestinian land, peace has become elusive. Massacre, demolishing, target bombings, assassinations and imprisonments by the Zionists are the order of the day. When will these brutal activities unleashed on defenseless Muslims come to an end?



Of recent the Zionist have opened another frontier in their terror war against Islam and Muslims the world over. Their armies have occupied Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of the Great Satan, America. They are now busy intimidating other Muslim countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Iran and even Saudi Arabia. They are perpetrating their heinous act in the disguise of ‘war on terror,’ while it is a known fact that all the terror acts being displayed flagrantly in Iraq daily, America is to be held responsible directly. We’re not oblivious of the prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib and Camp X-ray in Guantanamo by the occupation forces. The brutality exhibited by America and its allies in the ‘war on terror’ is too numerous for mention here.

How much longer will the Muslims stand by and witness these atrocities going on? Oh Muslims and deprived of the world, rise up in unity and take your destiny in your hands. Lets start from where we live. We should sanction their economy, and puppets in our countries. We should deny them any breathing space until we free our nations of their perfidy. It should ever remain in our minds that we can free Quds only when we free our nation of its corrupt elements.



We call on all muslims to wake up from their deep slumber and do what is incumbent upon them - With faith in God the Exalted and relying on the power of Islam and the power of faith, they should rise up and foreshorten the hands of the criminals from their lands. They should give top priority to the liberation of Palestine and honourable Quds and remove the humiliation of Zionist control, control by the American vassal, from their lands.

O Allah we beseech you to help the oppressed and annihilate the oppressors, Turn the Islamic vision of our Leader, Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky a reality. And hasten the appearance of Imam Mahdi (AS).

Peace be upon those who follow guidance.

Malam Abdulhamid Bello

Source: http://www.islamicmovement.org/quds1426.htm





Argentina

Hundreds of Argentineans marked Al-Quds Day by marching and by chanting slogans calling for the withdrawal of Israeli usurper forces from the holy Beit-ul-Moqaddas and other occupied Palestinian territories.


Syria

Palestinian refugees living in Syria have always been at the fore-front of the Al-Quds Day events in Syria.


Thousands of Palestinians carry Palestinian flags and banners that read: 'Palestinians observe the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as al-Quds Day,' as they celebrate Jerusalem Day at the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. In 1981, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan as 'Al-Quds Day,' a day of protest to show the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi)


A Palestinian man carries a picture of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a rally commemorating Jerusalem Day at Yarmuok refugee camp near Damascus October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)


Palestinians carry a flag during a rally to commemorate Jerusalem Day, at the Yarmuok refugee camp, near Damascus October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)


France

In Paris,Muslims after Friday prayers, gathered in front of the Paris Grand Mosque and commemorated the International Quds Day.

They were carrying pictures of the late Imam Khomeini, Seyyed Hassan Nasrollah, late Sheikh Ahmad Yasin and also the Palestinian flag and shouted slogans; Down with the USA, Down with Israel.

They shouted, " Quds day is the Islam day," and expressed their solidarity with oppressed Palestinian people.


Palestine

Palestine has always seen huge demonstrations on Al-Quds Day, this year was no exception. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade organised rallies in Gaza and the West Bank.


A Palestinian waves an Islamic Jihad flag during the Al-Quds Day rally in Gaza October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA)


Palestinians attend a massive Al-Quds Day rally in Gaza October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA)


An Islamic Jihad member stand guards next to poster of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, during a rally marking Jerusalem Day in Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Adel Hana).

 


Turkmenistan

In Turkmenistan the Quds Day rally had to be held in the compound of the Iranian embassy in Ashkhabad. Large crowds of Turkmen and Iranians gathered in the compound Iran's embassy compound to commemorate the Quds Day. Iran's ambassador to Turkmenistan addressed the crowd.


Canada


On the occasion of Al-Quds Day, a demonstration was held at Queens Park and a seminar organised to help educate the people on the injustice occurring in Palestine.

Video of Seminar on Palestine:

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China

Also in China the Quds Day rally was held in the Iranian Embassy compound in Beijing. The head of the China Islamic Association, Sheikh Helaloddin, addressed the crowd. He said this day and the cause of Palestine would not be forgotten.


Egypt

On Al-Quds Day the Muslim Brotherhood held a rally after Jumah prayer at Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, to show their support for the Palestinian struggle and in particular the Hamas government. Thousands of worshipers attended the rally.


A boy attend a rally on Al-Quds Day by Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood to show support for Hamas in the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Nassaer Nuri (EGYPT)


Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood members shouting slogans during a rally on Al-Quds Day in support of Hamas in Al- Azhar mosque in Cairo October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (EGYPT)


A member of Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood holds a Quran between Hamas flags during a rally on Al-Quds Day in the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (EGYPT)


South Africa

In Pretoria, thousands of muslims in the port city of Cape Town marched in the streets on Quds Day. Protestors gathered in front of parliament building and read a resolution in condemnation of the Zionist regime's crimes and its supporter the US.

Muslims consist of about 1.5 percent of 45 million population of the South Africa.

 

 


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