Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Catastrophe, but not much longer

Today is 15th May. Do you know what day it is?

It's Nakba Day,  يوم النكبة, 'the Day of Catastrophe', commemorating the displacement of thousands of Palestinians as a result of the creation of the state of Israel.

Israel was 'officially' pronounced as a state on 14th May 1948. The creation of this state is analogous to stabbing a knife in the heart of the muslim world. 

its even shaped like a shard of glass
The Palestinian lands started being occupied much earlier, when it was designated as a British Mandate in 1917.  I won't go into the details here, for that you could refer to

Palestine is as not a concern for the Arabs, nor is it a concern or the UN, nor is it a concern of palestinian NGOs. It is a concern for anyone who calls themselves 'muslim'. And it is a concern for anyone who has the slightest bit of humanity in them. Imagine if this situation happened in malaysia:

being expelled from our homes, prevented from returning

having our water supply siphoned for the use of 'the State'

..and prevented from being reunited with our families
These are just some of the indignities that the palestinians have to face on a daily basis. No one should have to endure such intentional suffering, even if he wasn't a muslim.

So it is our duty to do as much as we can to to free palestine from oppression. Money, aid, campaigns, changing profile pictures, this is all good. But its mostly short-term and serves to lessen their burdens on a daily basis.

But what is even more important is this : we need MEN. Men like 'Umar ibn al-Khattab and Salahuddeen Ayyubi, men who have, in the past, brought freedom and justice to al-Quds. We need men who are lions by day, and cry in front of Allah at night. And men who are serious about their mission, who dedicate their whole lives to islam and wouldn't do something if it wasn't for islam.

If we allow our time to be occupied by insignificant things, time-wasting things, then don't talk about 'Freeing Palestine'. It will just remain talk. al-Quds wouldn't be free at the hands of those kind of men. 

In fact, the enemies of islam like people who have lots of fun and forget about their mission in life. That is one of the reasons why they feed us with mind-numbing things like movies, songs, football, etc. What really bothers them are men, especially young men, who have only one purpose in life. Now you're talking.

Final note, to cheer us up. The Crusaders entered Jerusalem in 1099. Salahuddeen freed it in 1187. That's a period of 88 years.

If we take 1948 as the beginning of the Occupation, its only been 64 years. another 24 years before we catch up to Salahuddeen.

Assuming someone is 21 years old now, in 24 years he will be 45 years old. At that age, someone will be old enough and mature enough to plan and to lead an army.

Will we be the ones to free al-Quds? possibly. If Allah wills.