By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com
I know this is supposed to be a website of inspiring and hopeful thoughts. But everything in the world has two sides. Inspiration and hope without the knowledge of suffering are empty. Today is Christmas, and the New Year is coming up. I thought about writing something about spiritual renewal and purification. But I don’t have it in me right now.
Palestine is on my mind today. It is never far from my thoughts, but I’m thinking about the material frenzy that surrounds Christmas here in the West, with stores open 24 hours a day, and Christmas music and advertising everywhere, while our brothers and sisters in Palestine continue in their agony and loss, day after day, month after month, year after year.
And yet, these are a people who will not surrender, who will never give up.
When the entire world cuts Palestine off and tries to starve them in their camps and homes, the Palestinians build miles-long tunnels under the border and smuggle in everything from live goats and sheep, to cooking oil, to entire cars, piece by piece. They don’t lay down and die. They struggle. They survive because they know where to turn for strength.
Bilal Mustafa, an acquaintance of mine and founder of the Ummah1.com forum says, “Asking the question “Why?” is life changing only if you turn to God for the answer. An answer from anywhere else is catastrophic…”
People of corruption turn to physical pleasure. People of addiction and failure turn to drink and drugs. People of despair turn to suicide. People of hopelessness take no action but simply wait and suffer, doing nothing to bring about change because they have given up on the possibility of something better.
The believers turn to Allah. In those moments of confusion and pain, Allah is our refuge. In Allah there is comfort and strength.
It’s been said that man can live about forty days without food, three days without water, eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope. I would add that without Allah we would not survive for a millionth of a second.
The Palestinians know this, and for that reason they will survive, and in the end – Insha’Allah, Insha’Allah! – they will have their victory, and their freedom.
I don’t have any more words about this. It has all been said. So I will simply post some photos.
I have not posted the most terrible photos. I have not posted the photos of children wailing beside dead parents, or the victims stacked up like cordwood after an Israeli bombing. I have not posted the photos of entire families dead on top of each other, or children missing limbs, or families buried alive as their homes were demolished by Israeli bulldozers. I did not have the heart to burden you with those photos. I am not willing to make the choice to sear your eyes and boil your heart in your chest.
If you have the heart and the guts to see those photos, to be confronted with the reality of an act of terrorism that has been continuing for 62 years, you can find them easily. They are everywhere, for example:
I have chosen only to post the “non-violent” photos that do not depict explicit death and injury.
Be warned, oppressors! The dua’ of the oppressed is accepted. Be warned, be warned.
What can we do? Pray for them, protest, vote, educate. Don’t let the world forget.