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Glad tidings, O martyrs of Gaza, and woe to us

Alhamdulillāh! Indeed, Gaza is a blessed land within the blessed region of al-Shām and now, in this most blessed month, it is being raised in rank again as Allāh showers His countless blessings upon it.

O people of Gaza, Allāh has taken 100 of you as martyrs in this most blessed month of Ramadān, killed by those who evoked Allāh’s anger! What glad tidings inshā’Allāh.

In this blessed month of Ramadān, where we read the Qur’ān by day and hear its recitation in our masājid by night. Let us reflect on the āyah in Sūrah Āli-‘Imrān:

And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allāh as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision, rejoicing in what Allāh has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those [to be martyred] after them who have not yet joined them; that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. They receive good tidings of favour from Allāh and bounty and [of the fact] that Allāh does not allow the reward of Believers to be lost. [1]

SubhānAllāh we only recite and hear these verses, yet, O people of Gaza, you are living and witnessing this revelation everyday. Allāhu Akbar!  How great a bounty Allāh has blessed you with, in this the best of months.

O people of Gaza I am ashamed that much of this blessed Ummah, the Ummah of Muhammad sallAllāhu alayhi wa sallam are silent, oblivious, heedless of your affairs. We see the pictures on our TVs, feel the sorrow for a few fleeting minutes and shed a few tears. Yet in a flash, we return back to our mundane, everyday lives as if nothing has happened; watching and discussing football on our social networks; enjoying feasts at iftār and suhūr; preparing gifts and celebrations for ‘Īd. These are but a few of the things our world deceives us with.

The love of the dunya has settled in our hearts and we don’t have the character or zeal in them to rise against the enemies of Allāh, who are oppressing our dearest brothers and sisters. This is a heedless state that we have brought upon ourselves by indulging in the desires and distractions of this dunya. If the Ummah is in such a state, what then of our leaders? They are merely a reflection of ourselves, influenced by just worldly gain, so don’t rely on them O people of Gaza!

O my dear brothers of Gaza keep on striving forth, verily this dunya is too short. Only yesterday we buried an uncle here in the UK, while you were burying the shuhadā. The same end but yet so different! If you were to ask the dying in the UK which death they would prefer, they would certainly long for the death of your martyrs over their deaths in hospital beds.

O my dear sisters in Gaza be patient and raise your children to be true leaders. Verily your husbands, fathers and brothers are dying in the best possible way for the best possible cause, not only shahīd, but while oppressed by the enemies of the Almighty, and in the best of months. Who are we to tell you not to despair and to be patient? You are examples for the whole world in this, reminding us of Allāh’s command to give you glad tidings, in Sūrah al-Baqarah:

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, who—when disaster strikes them—say, “Indeed we belong to Allāh , and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. [2]

Continue in the remembrance of Allāh and only turn to Him for help, and by Allāh, you too, my dear sisters, will be from the blessed and returned to your beloved ones.

We ask Allāh to accept all of you and forgive all of us, while we suffer in the rat race of materialism you will be flying in the hearts of green birds.

Woe to myself and others living in the West. Let us wake up and make changes in our lives. Has the oppressed Muslim become just news for us to read and listen to? Is the blood of a Muslim so cheap that we raise an eyebrow for a fleeting moment and then move on? Have our hearts died?

While our lives are so easy and Allāh’s blessings and provisions so great, let us turn back to Him in immense gratitude and read and contemplate on His rich and powerful verses. Let us give from our wealth in charity, let us perform salāh at its appointed times and for the brothers let that be in congregation. Let us hate that which has been made forbidden for us and love that which is recommended for us, and surely Allāh will respond and change the Ummah back to the lofty status it once held.

If Allāh tested us like the Muslims in Gaza only Allāh knows what would happen to us. I ask Allāh to extinguish the love of this of dunya from our hearts and ignite the love of the ākhirah in its place.

I end by requesting we do the following:

  1. Make du’ā sincerely today in the most blessed hours of the week for our brothers and sisters who are oppressed and for Allāh to destroy their oppressors;
  2. To give charity to the Muslims of Gaza, you can donate easily by clicking here, but do it today;
  3. Try and do all that’s in our means, whether it is lobbying MPs [3], calling and writing into mainstream and social media, to increase the public awareness of the plight of the oppressed in Gaza and elsewhere;
  4. Tell another Muslim to do the same inshā’Allāh!

O Allāh forgive us for our many shortcomings!

O Allāh give victory to our brothers and sisters in Gaza like you gave our beloved Prophet victory in Ramadān at al-Badr.

O Allāh destroy the oppressors wherever they are and make examples of them.

We end by sending peace and blessings upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad sallAllāhu alayhi wa sallam.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes

[1] 3:169-171

[2] 2:155-157

[3] You can easily send a template email to your MP by clicking here or write a personalised one by clicking here to find your local MP and write to him or her.

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14 comments

  1. My friends I think we should ask God To help us to be honest with eachother ..I think moralitty is the most important factor in the life
    We can do doua to be kind and friend eatchother without cheating without lie without aby wrong manner in which we maybe annoy eatch other .. . Is it humanity if we cause of someone’s tears? A real muslim try to do the best in that way which I told you … pleaze do like and help eachother more in honest way …

  2. We Muslims should care about all those who are suffering around the world. Whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim. A true believer in god wishes to see justice and equality in the world. We ask Allah to make as all true believers and cleanse our hearts from the things that he despises. We ask Allah to make us servants for humanity, helping the weak and oppressed where ever they maybe. This is the legacy of our Ummah this is the true call of Quran. If we look at today’s world you will find very few Muslims in the service of humanity. Most of the times we serve our selfish interests. In Africa and Asia highly educated non-Muslims from wealthy backgrounds have left the pleasures of the west to serve mankind. They have set up schools, hospitals, language centres etc.. Even though we Muslims posses huge resources we have failed to reach out and spread the language of the Quran and provide humanitarian services to match the scale of the non-Muslims. If we return to our responsibility to serve humanity once again Allah will bless us and honour us with safety, security and leadership.

  3. Why cry about Gaza. This conflict has been going on for over half a century. The Arabs are full of diseases of the heart. They are racist and extremely divided amongst themselves. They have the same qualities as the Jews. They consider themselves and their blood above the rest of the blood of the Muslim Ummah. How many thousands of Muslims have died due to starvation and wars in Africa and Asia and Muslims, especially the Arabs laugh and joke and even overlook them.The Muslims of Asia and Africa are moved by what goes on in Gaza but sadly have found the Arabs not so empathetic with their cause. It’s like this, we love them but they don’t truly love us back. Some of them treat us as sub-humans and these are the practices you will find in many of the Arab lands. So the point is to my Arab Muslim brothers and sister clean your heart from this filthy characteristic of racial superiority and become true believers and treat the Muslim Ummah who the majority of are non Arabs with equality and love and Allah will strengthen you through them inshallah.

    • “Why cry about Gaza?”

      Very upsetting for me to read that statement. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made a supplication, “Oh Allah, bless us in our Levant and our Yemen.” Imagine someone tells the Prophet (PBUH), “Why cry about Gaza? (Which is a part of the Levant).” Wouldn’t you question this person’s faith?
      The opinion that Arabs are “full of diseases” does not give us the right to refuse to speak about places that Allah has blessed. May Allah make all the Arabs better Muslims. Ameen.

      • My brother you have a very shallow understanding of hadith. These lands are blessed not because of the Arabs but for reasons other than that. May Allah bless you with insight into the true meaning of the hadiths.

        • Samy Merchant

          Here is the hadith that backs up my claim, brother Idris:

          Ahmad related that RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
          لاَ تَزَالُ طَائِفَةٌ مِنْ أُمَّتِي عَلَى الْحَقِّ ظَاهِرِينَ لَعَدُوِّهِمْ قَاهِرِينَ لاَ يَضُرُّهُمْ مَنْ خَالَفَهُمْ إِلاَّ مَا أَصَابَهُمْ مِنْ لأْوَاءَ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَهُمْ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ وَهُمْ كَذَلِكَ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَأَيْنَ هُمْ؟ قَالَ: بِبَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ وَأَكْنَافِ بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ

          “There will always be a group from my Ummah triumphant upon the truth, victorious over their enemies, there will be no harm from those who oppose them and they will not be harmed until the order of Allah comes and they will be like that (triumphant). They said, “O RasulAllah, where are they? He said, “In Baytul-Maqdis and the precincts of Baytul-Maqdis.”

          Gaza is blessed BECAUSE of the actions its Arab people. May Allah give them victory. Ameen, ya Rabb ul Aalameen.

    • Samy Merchant

      As-Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. “Why cry about Gaza?????????” Because our beloved Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said in an authentic narration, “Oh Allah, bless us in our Levant and in our Yemen,” and Gaza is part of the Levant. I am actually quite surprised at the Islam21c moderators that they would let an anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab, bigoted comment go through (And in the month of Ramadan, at that!). I read enough anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian trash everywhere else on the net. I don’t come to your website after my work day to read this garbage displayed on your comments page. Don’t you have the decency in Ramadan to delete this trash in empathy for the children in Gaza who are suffering as I write this letter?

      PS I am not an Arab.

  4. Samy Merchant

    Thanks for having current affairs articles during this Ramadan. It provides perspective to the Quran we are reading and the other Islamic rituals we are doing.

  5. More joined up writing needed from the likes of David Cameron and Obama; No point in sponsoring injustice/ israeli state terror on the one hand, and then claiming to fight terror on the other.

  6. I would have thought that Mr Cameron & Mr Obama having families and children of their own would have disagreed with the idea of collapsing housing on women & children…. If this is a matter of western leaders being surrounded by unscrupulous advisers (eg Andy Coulson etc), then this needs to be looked at so that such leaders can make informed judgements based on sound/ moral advice.

  7. The ‘war on terror’ is once again exposed as being the ‘war of terror’. The only crime of the Palestinians is that they dared to ask for their lands & homes back. The godless world is an unust world. The godless world is an immoral world.

  8. Assalamu Alaykum,

    Let’s not forget the martyrs of Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. It seems that Muslims only awaken temporarily when Gaza is mentioned. Yes alhamdulillah they are God willing Martyrs but inshaAllah so are our brothers and sisters in Syria, Iraq, Burma and elsewhere.
    May Allah grant the Ummah of Mohammad victory & grant us ‘Izza once again. Ameen

    • Samy Merchant

      Asia, Muslims all over the world have a very special link with Palestine and the Palestinian people. Jerusalem is a blessed land, unlike Iraq and Burma. You have to understand that the people of that land have a very special place in the hearts of every single Muslim on earth. They are the vanguard against the Zionist Jews. If they fall, your and my slaughter will be NEXT. This is why they are given a priority over other Muslim suffering.

      Thank you

  9. which abu musab
    abu musab wajid al akari

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