To the religious minded, there is nothing objectionable about using verses from the Koran, the Bible or the Torah during inaugurations and similar activities, but it always appears at least questionable when persons start using these same quotations from religious texts to achieve personal goals and other interests which are far away of those meant in the holy verses and revelations.
Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas, whose presidential term expired in 2009 and who is backed by the bayonets and guns of the USA, israel and many Western countries, recently opened his official presidential website by using a verse from the Koran above his personal picture, and calling for the people to worship him because he supposedly is unable to let us Palestinians feel hunger and because, in his exalted opinion, he supposedly provided us with security and safety.
The Quranic verse which “president” Abbas placed above his big picture on the main page of his website cites an order from God revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (peace upon him). In the Sura, the Quraysh Tribe is ordered to worship the God of the “owner of the house”. The house referred to is the Qaaba in Mecca, where the Holy Black Stone was is settled. The Quraish were a big tribe which itself was composed of several other tribes, namely the Knanah, the Khandwia, the Modria, and the Adnania, to which to the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (pbuh), belongs.
“فليعبدوا رب هذا البيت الذي أطعمهم من جوع وآمنهم من خوف”, the quoted verse, translates to: “Let them worship the Lord of this House, Who has fed them, [saving them] from hunger and made them safe, [saving them] from fear”.
The verse was meant to encourage the Quraish people to worship the God of Muhammad and to pray to him before their commercial expeditions to Yemen and Levant, which took place twice each year, so that God would bless their undertakings, ensure them profits and protect them from the many dangers of the desert, like hunger, brigands or illness. It is also said that God preferred the people of Quraish over others because they were honoured to be able to count the prophet Mohammad as well the Khalifa and other important persons of the age among their own, and because of that he ordered them to worship him.
The case of Abbas is different. Of the hundreds of millions of Dollars and Euros which are sent to the Palestinians from taxpayer monies of European, American and westernized Arab countries as donations each year, to pay salaries or to help feed the many who have been forced by the occupation into indigency, a great part is stolen by the “president” himself and by his exalted cronies lifted into positions of power and graft by him or the secret services.
Abbas obviously (and lucratively) misunderstands the purpose of these donations. These monies are not a gift or handout exclusively for him and his many buddies. To repeat myself, these monies are provided to the Palestinian people in order to help them avoid poverty and hunger. By inappropriately citing this verse from the Quran, Abbas obviously wants the people to adore and worship him because he distributes the crumbs and leftovers from the money which is donated worldwide to the Palestinian cause.
Contrary to the deeds of the Prophet, who brought hope to many, Abbas has brought despair and defeat to the Palestinians through his treachery. The millions which continue to be pumped out by the countries of the world are interpreted by him as the price of his policy of defeat, conspiracy and surrender that dictator Abbas brought to the Palestinians in order to lengthen the zionist occupation, to bury the Palestinian resistance, and to protect of the security of Israel and the colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank instead of the Israeli occupation soldiers. Instead of protecting us and letting none of us suffer hunger or misery, Abbas is converting Palestine into a homeland to criminally insane colonists from the world over and a farm for him and the PA while Palestinians turned by his militarized thugs into slaves and destitute in our own country.
As a Palestinian journalist, strongly I denounce the Abbas exploitation of financial aid funds of the world in order to make himself worshipped as God, demanding from Palestinians to worship him and declare loyalty to him.
I consider the policy of “president” Abbas, in which he demands that the Palestinian people worship him as the demand of a benighted dictator which only happened during the historical era of the Egyptian Pharaoh who demanded from the nation to worship him according to what was stated in the heavenly books of the time.
The Pharaoh and his troops drowned in the sea because of his objectionable rule and deeds. The evil deeds of Abbas and his thugs are supported and brought to us by the USA, the EU and the dictators of certain Arab countries.
An appropriate verse of the Quran to be posted above Abbas picture is the Sura “Al-Masadd”, which talks about the deeds of evil people, and which I quote below.
ۡ تبت یَدَاۤ اَبِیۡ لَهَبٍ وَّ تَبَّ مَاۤ اَغۡنٰی عَنۡهُ مَالُهٗ وَ مَا کَسَبَ سَیَصۡلٰی نَارًا ذَاتَ لَهَبٍۚ / Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab, and perish he! Neither his wealth availed him, nor what he earned. He will soon enter a fire, full of flames. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Masadd