Gaza and beyond – the silver line in turmoil times of the ummah

By in Articles, Closeness to Allah, Islam, Serving the Ummah On 27-07-2014

 

Assalamu Alaykum,

I pray this reaches you all in the best of health and faith. As we approach the end of Ramadhan the heart feels saddened. This blessed month has given us so much patience and energy to accomplish more than we have achieved all year considering the long days with work and deadlines. Alhamdulillah.

During this month, however, we also witnessed oppression at its peak, particularly in one area. We have all felt deeply moved and wanted to reach out to help. The global community worldwide felt the shock as the oppression cried out to the humanity inside us. As Muslims we all have our views on who should be doing what to correct the situation; what is the right approach and what isn’t. However, something very important we all forget are the lessons in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) from incidences when the best of generations were taught lessons about victory not coming with numbers or power, but from Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) the Glorified tells us in the Quran, that He does not change the condition of the people, until they change what is in their hearts. “Verily, Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves.” [al-Ra’d 13:11]

This indicates piety. One of the ways of attaining piety is through obedience to Allah swt by being selfless and contributing positively to the community. We all have unique skills which can benefit us and those around us. It does not end by watching the prophecy of Muslims being in turmoil before their promised victory.

We are obliged to reach out to the suffering. It is not enough to say that it can’t be helped, that it’s also the time when men and women behave and look like the opposite gender when we know not to dress like the each other under Islamic law. One can’t be too quick to dismiss efforts like global protests in support of the Palestinians, which show that the world is feeling their pain, while at the same time, propaganda clearly expresses that the other party hates these obstacles and the resistance. Or by resisting in buying goods, especially when one can, and should, help by staying away from products such as dates sold to Muslims from the stolen land.

Instead of immediately seeing things in black and white, (rather than pointing at others who are not representing us well) we should ask ourselves whether, if we were put on the spot, we would be able to articulate and defend Islam from any injustice we witness? The answer is again in improving one’s relationship with Allah (swt) by serving His creation and using the unique qualities we all have together. Surely Allah (swt) will help us but once we change what is within us by using the intellect given to us by Him.

As for Al Sham (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan), rest assured that these people’s fate is guaranteed by the Allah (swt) even if the world were to neglect them.

The question is our own status with Allah (swt), and whether or not we are failing the test of one group being tried in order to gage the reaction of the other; the suffering of others is a test on us. It pushes some closer to Him, and shows the true colors of others.  Dua is the essence of worship. (Tirmidhi) Thus,our strongest weapon as believers, is our dua…use it! Let us be wise and use our intellect before it is too late for us.

In the Trust of Allah

Yours in Islam

Palestinian men pray in front the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City on the first Friday of  Ramadan


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