Let's Go to Bat Against Ribat

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

The Arabic term ribāt  indicates a course of action whose purpose is to persevere with patience so as to outlast the enemy at what is considered a front-line location of conflict. The linguistic root of ribāt stems from the term used for the binding (irtibāt) of horses in preparation for the enemy just as their enemy binds their horses in preparation for them. The word then was extended to describe those stationed at frontier posts defending those behind them whom the enemy desires to harm with evil, whether the enemy has horses he has bounded or is on foot without a riding animal for himself.

Males performing this duty are murābitun and the females are murābitat. And this is rewardable: 

“A day of ribāt for Allah’s cause is better than the world and everything it contains. [Reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim from Sahl Ibn Sa’d]."

In the Hadith we find: "Muhammad Ibn Ka’b al-Quradhī (رحمه الله) said, “(And perform ribāt) against My enemy and your enemy until he abandons his religion for your religion” [Tafsīr Ibn al-Mundhir]."

And here is now used in response to the news of the dramatic increase in numbers of Jews observing the ritual stringency who ascend to the Temple Mount, first in 2015 and a 75% rise in 2017:

الرباط الكثيف والمواظبة عليه داخل الاقصى هو الحل الوحيد لمنع هذه الزيادة الخطيرة جدا...

which translates as 

intensive and diligent ribat is the only solution to prevent this very dangerous increase...

It's a serious business:

"Since the revival of jihād more than thirty years ago, mujāhid leaders have stated that jihād – on the personal level – consists of strides on a roadmap towards shahādah. One first performs hijrah to the lands of jihād (now, dārul -Islām), then gives bay’ah, pledging what it entails of obedience (sam’ and tā’ah) to the amīr (now, the Khalīfah)...then trains (i’dād) for the purpose of jihād, then patiently spends months of rībat, serves countless hours of guard duty (hirāsah), then fights (qitāl) in battles and kills (qatl) whom he can from amongst the kāfir enemy, and finally achieves shahādah."

which leads us back to a decision taken by Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan to proscribe them two years ago. Banning them has led to relative quiet and no physical and verbal abusive behavior by them.

That decision was the second post-67 liberation act, the first being Minister Tzachi Hanegbi's decision in 2003 to reopen the compound to Jewish visitors after the outbreak of hostilities the Arabs called the Al-Aqsa Intifada. Almost a year ago Hanegbi said:

Our goal is to preserve the Mount as a property of the entire world. 

which is nice but more needs be done for Jewish rights. After all, if we go by the UNESCO and UN votes, the world really doesn't care for Jews and the Temple Mount.

A more forthright and pride-filled policy position need be adapted.

We need go to bat against this renewed Ribat.