01.02.09 UPDATE: The 23-day Israeli offensive launched on the 27th December 2008 of unrelenting attacks on the Gaza Strip being the most densely-populated area in the world home to 1.5 million people, looks as if they have been hit by a strong earthquake, aid agencies say. During this conflict, at least 1,330 Palestinians have been killed, while 5,500 have been seriousley injured (many of whom were women and children). At least 35,000 Palestinians are now homeless while 400,000 people are without running water. More than 4,000 buildings destroyed in Gaza, more than 20,000 severely damaged. This is a man made humanitarian crisis.
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Asalaamualaykum wr wb
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam and Humanity,
As we witness the new Islamic year of 1430 Hijrah begin, we also witness the agression and inhumane acts by the Israelis against the Palestinians who have been unjustly killed and injured.
As the devastating bombardment on the people of Gaza reaches it’s fourth day, over 350 innocent people have been killed and hundreds more injured, yet the leaders of the world remain silent.
The rightful owners of the land, the Palestinians have done nothing except defend for the right to live freely as they have for centuries, alongside Jews and Christians. Their lands, homes, freedom, rights and lives have been taken over many years of oppression and occupation by the Israelis.
Make Du’aa, Indeed Du’aa is the Weapon of the Believer
The Prophet Muhammad (s) adviced us: “Believers are like a structure, parts of which support one another. The believers, in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
WHERE IS OUR FEVER?
We are all aware of the current events, I ask you, please raise your hands to your Lord, make sincere duaa for them from your heart, and for the whole Ummah – to keep our hearts steadfast upon Islam.
In times of trial, how often is it that we forget to turn to Allah in sincere and constant du’a? We remind each other of making du’a – true – but in reality, how consistent are we in praying for justice and praying for the tools we need to be victorious? The more we focus in our du’a, the more determined and focused we shall be in driving towards victory. (Muhammad Al Shareef)
Best times to make du’aa – don’t waste the opportunities, be smart in your ‘Ibadah.
May Allah swt alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Gaza and across the world and end the aggression and oppression of the dhalimun.
Great article – These days, as we read about the tragedy occuring in Gaza, the question on our minds is: What can WE do about it? How can WE help our brothers and sisters in Palestine?
Qiyaam ul Layl
There is no doubt that there is nothing more greater than turning to Allah (swt) to seek His Mercy and His Assistance during these difficult times and as the Prophet (saw) said “Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, inquiring: ‘Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?'” (Al-Bukhari)
Collect & Donate Money
Make an announcement during Friday prayers or during the larger jaamah’s at masjids and you can easily raise $1000 in a matter of minutes.The
Palestinian people are in urgent need for your donations for urgent medical aid and you can donate to Interpal in a number of ways:
Online: www.interpal.org and follow the online instructions
Account Name: Interpal
Bank: Islamic Bank of Britain
Sort Code: 30-00-83
Account Number: 01095401
Human Appeal International
Phone: 0044 (0) 161 225 0225
Human Appeal International
376 Wilmslow Road
Contact your Local MP (via phone, letter, email)
If you live in the UK, you can search for your Local MP here – http://www.writetothem.com
It will take less than two minutes – contact your MP that this is a matter of emergency. Show your dismay and disappointment at the Government’s refusal to condemn the assaults on Gaza and its refusal to demand an immediate stop to all military activity. Ask your MP why Israel’s bombings of mosques, UN schools and university buildings in Gaza have gone uncriticised.
You can use the following sample letter – right click and select save as.
MPs do work for you, so get writing and insist on your MP seeking clear answers on your behalf from the Foreign Secretary to questions such as these:
(a) Why has the UK not clearly condemned the savage bombardment of Gaza by the Israelis?
(b) Does the UK Government accept that the Israeli action is barbaric and a crime against humanity?
(c) How does the UK Government think it will be able to legitimately defend its position as a member of the Quartet brokering peace in the Middle East when it fails to condemn the actions of a state which threatens beyond all doubt prospects for a lasting peace?
(d) Does not the Government’s refusal to condemn the Israelis insinuate complicity in the latter’s attempt to rout a democratically elected government and seek peace on its term and its terms alone? Is this the Government’s idea of a lasting peace in Palestine?
(e) The Government failed in summer 2006 to call for a ceasefire while the Israelis bombed Lebanon repeatedly destroying much of the country’s infrastructure. Refuse to allow it to sit back and do nothing once again.
(f) Does the UK Government not accept that its refusal to condemn the Israelis renders hollow all its protestations on its commitment to peace in the Middle East and its PREVENT agenda, on tackling the causes of radicalization in the UK?
Demonstrate & Protest
Demonstrate against the outrageous conduct of the Israelis. Much of what Israel seeks to do is to compel others to accept that it is the victim in this war. Demonstrate against its lies and deception and show your solidarity with the true victims of Israeli attacks. The Stop the War Coalition are organizing demonstrations all this week in the UK, check the website, www.stopwar.org.uk for further details of these and other demonstrations across the UK.
Raise Your Voice and Your Pen
What is happening in Gaza is all over the news, on TV, on radio and on internet discussion forums. The Israeli Media Strategy document procured by ENGAGE shows clearly that dominating the news, controlling the dissemination of information and framing the war is as much a part of Israel’s assaults on Gaza as the raining down of missiles.
Don’t restrict your outrage and fulminating to shaking your fists at the television. Do something, contact details for major TV stations and Newspapers – speak out, write .. email…contribute your comments and views to what is going on.
(a) Is the news dominated by Israeli spokespeople? If so, why. There are two sides in this war and the views of both must be made available to us. How else are we to judge who is the victim and who the aggressor? Say no to Israeli spin and Israeli centred news coverage.
(b) Is the radio coverage unbalanced? What interviewees are invited to take part on news programmes on the Gaza assaults? How often do you hear Palestinian and Hamas representatives?
BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints 03700 100 222
ITV: firstname.lastname@example.org 0844 881 4150
Channel 4: http://help.channel4.com 0845 076 0191
Sky News: email@example.com 0870 240 3000
ITV Teletext: firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8323 5000
Daily Telegraph 020 7931 2000
The Guardian 020 7278 2332
The Independent 020 7005 2000
The Times 020 7782 5000
Financial Times 020 7873 3000
Daily Mail 020 7938 6000
Daily Mirror 020 7293 3000
Daily Express 0871 434 1010
The Metro 020 7651 5242
The Sun 020 7782 4000
The Scotsman 0131 620 8620
The Herald 0141 302 7000
Blogs, Forum & Website Discussions
People always end up getting riled up the first week, and then distracted after it passes. Create something that will not allow them to forget. A simple website about ghaza, where they sign up their email account or phone number and they get concise daily updates in their email or phones, and information on events happening in their area, etc.
The internet is among the most popular forms of present day news consumption. Some internet blog sites are read by more people than some national newspapers. Capitalise on the trend of consuming news online and join in on discussion threads and post comments to blogs and news items that are discussing the events in Gaza. Your comments will be read by a multitude. Don’t be swayed or alarmed by false or incendiary posts. Keep calm and write with clarity and conscience. Reject the lies and propaganda of the Israeli media and PR machine. Don’t allow Zionists to dominate and distort the public’s perception of what is taking place in Gaza.
Post this link on your website or blog.
In the Mosques
Go to your local mosque and ask them to formally write an urgent letter TODAY to your MP making the points above and demand a meeting with the MP. Ask your local mosque to begin collections for the Palestinians and to make the issue of Gaza the content of the Friday sermon. Ensure that your mosque uses its position in the local community to protest on the community’s behalf on what is taking place in Gaza. While Muslims pray for the souls of those that have lost their lives in recent days, take steps to prevent the further loss of life. Make sure your mosque is actively involved in more than just being a place for prayer.
“I would really recommend for all Imams and Khateebs, to dedicate this upcoming Friday khutbah wisely to explain the situation in Gaza and give our brothers and sisters there the support they deserve. And until then, start their practice of Qunoot “du’a in Salat” on regular basis to keep this case alive in the minds and hearts of people.” [Yasir Birjas, 4.1.09]
Ask your local mosque and community centres to seek out Christian and Jewish places of worship and centres in your local community and join together in initiatives to bring peace to Palestine. Muslims, Jews and Christians reside in the Palestinian Territories and all faith groups should be working together to denounce the murderous actions of the Zionists in Israel and work for interfaith harmony and social peace.
Create or sign online petitions to be presented to your MP and the Government demanding that they call for an immediate stop to all military activity by Israel. Urge all your friends to sign a petition and insist that your elected representatives heed the protests of their electorate.
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk – Prime Minister to Introduce sanctions against Israel
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk – British government to re-consider their stance in supplying amrs to Israel
British Banks and Charities working for the Palestinians
Write to Lloyds TSB and Barclays Bank anew and insist that the banks reverse their decisions on closing the bank accounts of Interpal and Ummah Welfare Trust. The work of these charities will be needed now more than ever. Insist that the banks re-open the charities’ accounts so that you might donate and contribute to the provision of emergency aid to the embattled Gazans.
Draft letters: http://www.interpal.info
More detail about Interpal Bank closure: http://www.freepressreleases.co.uk
Ummah welfare Trust press release: http://www.uwt.org
Support those standing up for Justice
There are many individuals and organisations who are speaking out against this massacre. We need to support them, this really makes a difference – they will be no doubt be swamped by zionists condemning them so let’s show some support.
1. Imran Ladak, Kettering Town Football Club shows his support for the plight of the Palestinians. Source
2. UK telecom firm severs ties with Israeli company due to Gaza attacks. Source
We applaud FreedomCall for standing up to the oppressive Zionist regime. Please email FreedomCall at email@example.com or call them on 0800 279 6050 to thank them for their action. We are sure Zionists will be emailing and calling in with hate messages. Please show your support and encouragement by your messages. We hope that more British businesses (including Muslim businesses) will follow suit and show true British values by boycotting Israel.
Read up about the whole Palestine / Israel conflict, so you have correct knowledge and facts – and keep up with the news.
Israel’s Lie Machine is Working Flat Out by Stuart Littlewood [Must-Read]
The Facts about Israel’s War on Gaza [Separate Facts from Fiction]
2. A lecture was given by Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman [www.islamicmedia.com.au]
Sheikh Shady touched on the topic of this conflict and puts into perspective the things that we can do in order to help our suffering brothers and sisters. We ask you to listen to the talk and make a change, but don’t stop there, email it to everyone on your list and help raise awareness.
3. Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali – Gaza, An Islamic Issue:
4. Ask Huda: Focus on Gaza
Call a Family in Ghazzah
- Call any random number in Ghazzah, and tell them that you are calling from North America (or wherever you are), make Duaa for them and tell them all their brothers and sisters around the world are with them; this will give them moral support and courage ! How to call? > Very simple!
- Dial any of these number and replace the last 4 digits by any random ones, try 4 or 5 times and you’ll reach a family insha’Allah ! Even if you don’t speak Arabic, talk to them with very slow and simple English
(011)9728284-XXXX (011)9728282-XXXX (011)9728255-XXXX
Other things you can do / Sources:
Forward this link to your Email List & Put it in your Email signature.
Remember, as individuals we are weak, together we are strong!