More severe than a people’s shortcoming in supporting an oppressed nation, and more devastating to the livelihood of a just cause is its uprooting from the minds of men. The hopelessness in oppressively overcoming a people through military annihilation or through financial sanctions has become evident to those governments who seek to wipe away a people based on their creed, tongue or political inclination. These measures have only reinforced the position of the oppressed, who, through the sympathy of the aware have found enough grounding to resist and endure their every hardship. But when a cause so integral to the status of our ummah is overlooked and allowed to be forgotten, its people find their endurance in repeating the words of Omar ibn Al Khattab whose concern extended to the east-most corner of the ummah: “Sufficient for us are the large nations of Al Basra and Al Ahwaz, I wish there was between us and Persia a mountain of fire so that they cannot reach us and we cannot reach them.” But through the grace of Allah, from Egypt, a nation that managed to break the chains of enslavement under a previous tyranny, a conference in ‘solidarity with the people of Al Ahwaz’ was staged to mark a new phase on the course of the struggle.
“Worship Allah and join none with Him; and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side…”
مَثلُ المؤمنين في توادِّهم وتراحُمِهم وتعاطُفِهم ، مَثلُ الجسدِ . إذا اشتكَى منه عضوٌ ، تداعَى له سائرُ الجسدِ بالسَّهرِ والحُمَّى
“The likeness of the Believers in regards to their compassion, mercy, and kindness is like one body, when part of it is in pain, the whole body joins it in staying awake and having a fever.”