A pain dripping letter for gaza under attack and Practical steps for helping palestine

How can anybody not see the blatant persecution inflicted upon innocent people, with the intention of driving them out of their homes so that the enemy can take their place, which is an enemy that possesses the most advanced weapons, with which they attack unarmed people who are deprived of the means of defending themselves?

On the 5th day of Eid finally I came out to write something and wish you Eid Mubarak.

The lady in that Gaza home didn’t wish even today.

“Taqabbalallahu minna wa minkum”

(May Allaah accept from us and from you)

But you know what!

The lady in that Gaza home didn’t wish even today.

I am wishing today as I was busy hosting friends and visiting them on Eid. After all, I am not in Gaza. That lady didn’t wish as she remained hidden in her home with her family as the bombs exploded nearby homes.

I am posting today with this photo of food that my friend clicked as I am not in Gaza.
I could still patiently stir fry the cottage cheese and could dice the veggies on Eid as the explosions didn’t shake my hands. I am not in Gaza.
My friends could still visit my home as the air strike didn’t shatter their families into pieces. I am not in Gaza.
I could still serve in the beautiful platter as the missiles didn’t demolish my belongings and my home. I am not in Gaza.
Five days I didn’t post anything as I was engrossed in Eid festivities. I am not in Gaza.
I didn’t even login much as I was adoring the lovely Eid pics with family and friends. After all, I am not in Gaza.

The lady in that Gaza home didn’t wish even today, five days post Eid.

And what will she share, after all?

The dust of her platter that got lost in the rubble of her devastated home?
Mutilated body parts of her kids that flew apart in the air strike?
The food that her trembling hands have not cooked from long?
The delicacies that she has not even tasted?
The photo of her missing husband?

After all, she is in Gaza!

The lady in that Gaza home didn’t wish even today, five days post Eid

By Allaah! What is happening there causes sorrow to every Muslim, and indeed to every non-Muslim who is reasonable and compassionate.

How can anybody not see the blatant persecution inflicted upon innocent people, with the intention of driving them out of their homes so that the enemy can take their place, which is an enemy that possesses the most advanced weapons, with which they attack unarmed people who are deprived of the means of defending themselves?

O Gaza!

Let me tell you, your sacrifices are not going in vain, none of them. The world is watching you.

When your mother loses all her sons and still proclaim Allaah Subhanahu Ta’aala loud, we learn Sabr from you.
When your young wife loses her beloved husband and still vouches for keep fighting for justice, we learn Courage from you.
When we see your old man standing next to the debris of his home saying ‘home can be rebuilt, Quds is safe’; we learn Imaan from you.
When we see the mutilated bodies of your beautiful babies coming out of the debris, we feel ashamed of our trivial hardships.

O Gaza! The world is watching you.
And above all, the God is watching you.

O Gaza! Allaah is reviving Imaan in millions of sinners like me through you.

And, the World!
In case you doubt the justice of Allaah seeing the oppressor raving out of reins. Or, feel proud on the power of this filthy oppressor. Do not be. It is the way of Allaah.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “It is possible that Allah allows the oppressor laxity [for a period of time], but when He eventually seizes him, He does not miss or let go.”

The Prophet ﷺ then recited the verse: “Such is the ˹crushing˺ grip of your Lord when He seizes the societies entrenched in wrongdoing. Indeed, His grip is ˹terribly˺ painful and severe [Hūd:102].”

(NARRATED BY AL-BUKHĀRĪ)

O Gaza!

Last five days I celebrated Eid while you remained in thoughts all the time. Forgive me for my in-capabilities, cowardice and selfishness.

I ask Allaah to refrain your oppressor by its neck.

O Allaah! Revealer of the Book, Swift to account, defeat the groups. O Allaah! Defeat them and shake them.

O Gaza!
I sob for you.
I pray for you amidst all this Dunya that distracts me all the time.

What if, I am not in Gaza?

However, I know it’s not enough. Not as a Muslim only but as a human as well; for my fellow brothers and sisters, I owe to do something; whatever little I can. As the situation worsens there, all those with a living conscience are raging with emotions around the globe. And, there is no pain greater than being helpless in the suffering of a loved one. Shykh Yasir Qadhi, a Pakistani-American preacher and imam, has recently spelled out a number of tangible things that most of us can accomplish given our limited clout.


PRACTICAL STEPS FOR HELPING PALESTINE

There is no pain greater than being helpless in the suffering of a loved one.
Do whatever little you can for Palestine.

Follow the news

“Don’t scroll past those difficult images and videos. Watching and listening and reading will bring those difficult realities home to us, and keep us even more motivated”, Shykh said.

(Honestly speaking, this is what I and many of my friends have started doing this time, unlike before when we used to find ourselves too fainthearted to look at those graphic images of brutality. And, I swear it is helping us to put ourselves in their shoes.)

Challenge the Narrative

Challenge the narrative in your own circle of friends and amongst your network. Educate yourself, and then don’t allow any snide remarks or incorrect statements from your colleagues to pass you without correcting them. Post relevant views on your social media so that those in your circle may be influenced.

How true somebody said,

“A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is right one because it opens.”

Challenge the negative narrative. Wake up! Spread the truth.

Look at the Brighter Side

“Don’t trivialize the spiritual aspects that always accompany any suffering: du’a, prayer, charity, and a sense of unity and brotherhood. In these spiritual aspects lies our salvation in the next life”, Shykh mentioned.

Keep an eye on

Monitor those individuals and institutes from within our own ranks who are cozying up to the Apartheid regime, or allying with pro-Zionist institutes, and make sure you remember those alliances in the future. Siding with evil – especially right now and at this stage – makes you evil.

Reach out

Shykh also suggested to reach out to people in power to make your voices heard. “The areas where we do have standing, and can influence elections, there is little to lose if we make sure our voices are heard”, he said. If your elected official is clearly a Zionist ally, and there is a chance to have another person in his place next election, do what you can to help in that regard.

Donate

Find and donate to charities that are helping the situation on the ground. Shykh Yasir recommended launchgood that is focusing on supplying medical aid to those wounded, and helping specific hospitals in Gaza.

We can’t agree more with Shykh Yasir that the tide is slowly changing. The narrative in the broader media is ever so slightly becoming more open-minded, and we are hearing more and more journalists and even politicians understand the reality of the situation. Let’s hope for the best in sha Allaah.


CHange from the inside out to seek Allaah’s help for Masjid al-Aqsa

Let’s revive our Imaan and understand the true essence of Deen to bring Allaah’s help

Supporting Palestine on social media, boycotting Israeli products and participating in marches is no doubt something we all should do but to be honest, only this isn’t enough.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: The people will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their dish.

Someone asked: Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?

He replied: No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and last Wahn into your hearts.

Someone asked: What is wahn (enervation).

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): He replied: Love of the world and dislike of death.

Sunan Abi Dawud 4297

It is irony that everyone is up for the march but mosques still remain empty. Everyone is boycotting products but still remain inspired by the false ideologies and sinful whims that provoke the wrath of Allaah Subhanahu Ta’ala. It is high time that we Muslims should realise that social media is not the only place where we should make changes. We should make changes from within to bring changes from inside out by turning in repentance to Allaah. It is high time that we should stop trivializing our own sins and shortcomings.


A scholar once said:

When a Muslim in any place on the eartg asks, “When will Palestine be returned to us?”

The answer is, “If you return to Allaah (in correct belief, righteous action, obedience etc.), Palestine will be returned to you.”

Let us ask Allaah to hasten the Muslims’ return to their religion and to grant them the means of victory. May He grant us the joy of seeing His religion prevail and His enemies humiliated, and may He raise the status of those who are persecuted, tortured or killed for His sake.


O Allaah! Revealer of the Book, Swift to account, defeat the groups.
O Allaah! Defeat them and shake them.

Aameen.

Sisterly Yours
The Might of Pen

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