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Free Palestine Stop Injustice Facebook Cover and Profile picture

As the title suggests, below are two images; one being the Facebook cover for Free Palestine Stop Injustice campaign, and second being the Facebook Profile picture for the Free Palestine Stop Injustice.

Please set these as your Cover and Display pictures, and lets spread the message and stop this injustice and any injustice on mankind.

Fb cover; Free palestine/Stop Injustice

Fb cover; Free palestine/Stop Injustice

Profile Picture; Free palestine/Stop Injustice

Profile Picture; Free palestine/Stop Injustice

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“Free Palestine” Charity Sale in Dar es Salaam

Come over to Sea Cliff Village and join hands with us to support Palestine!
We will be having t shirts, scarves, face painting, posters, and much more creative stuff.
Bring your siblings, kids and friends as well!!

Event is being held from 1pm-7pm on Saturday the 1st of December 2012

Items for Sale:

  • Bumper stickers
  • Water bottles
  • Keychains
  • T shirts
  • Bags
  • Calendars
  • Cupcakes
  • Face painting
  • Roses
  • Scarves
  • Cd’s
  • Cake
  • Pizza
  • Sugar cookies
  • Plate of Cookies
  • Cards

 

What can we do for gaza? Sign a Petition. A start.

With the world we are in today, I am sure we are all aware of this injustice and oppression that is being inflicted on Palestine. We at times feel helpless, offering prayers for the deceased and the injured. But if we harness the power of the internet we can overcome this, for a start please sign the below petitions.

 

For Palestine: Please sign this petition, it’s the very least we can do! All you need to do is sign the petition by putting in your email address, it takes 5 seconds. Link; http://www.avaaz.org/en/gaza_end_the_siege/

 

Please sign this petition against Palestinian child prisoners; http://www.palestinecampaign.org/Index5b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=3&l2_id=156

 

 

Is it really the injustice that doesn’t stop or is it me?- By Zameena Kassam

IS IT REALLY THE INJUSTICE THAT DOESN’T STOP OR IS IT ME?

There is never a day that passes by in the lands of my fellow brothers and sisters, that the sound of gunshots is not heard. And there is never a day that the wind blows past them without the smell of the burning fire across the road. Oh God, has there ever been a day a family has sat together and laughed without the worry of losing each other the very next moment? Oh God, has there ever been a day my fellow oppressed muslims around the globe have been able to live their lives like I do?

Such are the thoughts that taunt me every night of every day. And I think to myself is there anything I can do for them? Not often, however, I’ve heard the news, watched the videos, cried at the pictures and raised my hands for them too. Yet, is there anything more I can do to help them? Is there any other way at my disposal that I can hold on to those hands that reach out to me for help?
Then came this one night, where my heart ached of pain and my eyes filled with tears of shame. It is then that I realized the ultimate answer to my question. It is then that it occurred to me that as compared to food, clothes and shelter, it is moreover a SAVIOUR that they need. A saviour who would put a firm halt on all the injustice and restore the peace we crave. A personality who possesses the ability to bring back to every child, his lost father, and bring back smiles to the mothers who carry in their arms their hungry infants. And need not I think who that saviour may be, for theres only ONE ULTIMATE SAVIOUR for whom the entire world awaits- The Mahdi (ATFS)

However, what filled my heart with guilt and eyes with embarrassment, was knowing that I am the reason for the delayed coming of this saviour. It maybe my one action every day that I do so guiltlessly that might have denied his arrival this Friday. Is it my subh namaz that I miss, or my other prayers that I rush? Is it my Thursday nights wasted or my Fridays more of a weekend than looking for my awaited one? Is it those innumerable times I complain or the way I dress? Is it really my Imam who chooses not to come, OR IS IT ME??

Never had it occurred to me, that my role in stopping the injustice is the greatest of all. I always thought food and shelter is all they needed. And now that it comes to my realization the greatest of all their needs, sorrow is just what I find within me. I look back and all I can think of is what have I done that requires not of me to be regretful? BUT, do I have any more time to stop and think? Is there even ONE more Friday that I can let go off my hands despite knowing it is MY call that the Imam awaits?
Now that I see through the pictures again, with answered questions in my mind, I see the wait of the saviour seem so long in the eyes of the oppressed. I notice tears running down their cheeks yet a smile they manage to wear, for they know, they know He’s coming. I see them try getting a soundful sleep every spot they earn, because although theyre surrounded with fire, they know theres a saviour. And I see again mothers in search of their children and fathers trapped amongst the cruel soldiers, but more than that, I see the belief in them, that there is someone who can get them where they want to be. BUT to undermine everything, there is ONE thing I see that just forces my head to bow down….

And that’s when I see those same tearing, hopeful and searching eyes look into my eyes and see no hope for themselves; and those hands stretched out to me in help slowly fall back down into place downheartedly. It feels like a failure to see those yearning hearts turn away from me. Because they can feel my irresponsiveness in every bullet that they take & every brother that they lose.
So now the questions that taunt me are,

IS IT ONLY THE ENEMIES BEING UNJUST OR IS IT ME?

COULD I HAVE BEEN THE REASONFOR THE PROLONGED OPPRESSION? And,

IS IT REALLY MY IMAM WHO CHOOSES NOT TO COME OR IS IT ME?

Al Quds day; Nelson Mandela quote

What is the Day of Quds by Meysam Rajani

The Day of Quds

 

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent the most Merciful

 

Never will you attain the righteousness (or the good reward) until you spend [in the way of Allah ] from that which you love. And whatever you spend – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it – The Holy Qur’an 3:92.

 

Imam Khomeini (RA)

Imam Khomeini (RA), the leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution called upon the Muslims of the world to mark the last Friday of Ramadhan in their calendars as the day of Quds, an annual anti-Zionist day of protest commemorated in several Muslim countries. His call was clear and firm:

I call on all the Muslims of the world to select as Al-Quds Day the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan – which is itself a determining period and can also be the determiner of the Palestinian people’s fate – and through a ceremony demonstrating the solidarity of Muslims world-wide, announce their support for the legitimate rights of the Muslim people.

The last Friday of the month of Ramadhan, very likely in the week which contains the night of Qadr is a determining period. Our destinies are sealed in this week and our prayers, answered. The reason this day was selected by the supreme leader is because the day carries considerable weight in the eyes of the Almighty. If all Muslims stand in unison against the oppression faced by Palestine, and join in their struggle, coupled with the blessed week of Qadr, in the greatest month of the Islamic calendar and the best day of the week, who’s to say what could happen. The Almighty destroyed an army of elephants with birds a thousand times smaller – Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with the people of the Elephant? Surely it is not a task for Him to bring the oppressors of today to justice.

Of course, we need not exist if Allah (SWT) were to solve all our problems without any struggle and any effort on our part. The aforementioned verse from the third chapter in the Qur’an gives us an accurate guideline on how to deal with the current situation of the world, be it the military oppression in Palestine & Syria, or the economic oppression in Africa. As we explore our lives to determine our purpose, many have come to realize the importance of humanity towards others in this world. The contentment one obtains from actively helping out their community or their society exceeds any satisfaction obtained from worldly riches. Maybe this is one of the purposes of our existence – that we learn to be selfless, that we learn to share our blessings with the less fortunate. And when we do share, when we do help, when we do serve, there is a feeling that can only be described as ‘right’. It feels humanely right to give charity, it feels right to help out our neighbors, it feels right to protect the orphans and the oppressed. Never will you attain righteousness until you spend [in the way of Allah] that which you love.

 

To achieve one of the purposes in our life, to attain that righteousness, we have to spend from what we love. To evaluate this verse, we have to first identify what we really love and hold dear in our lives. What do we value to a great extent? Is it our wealth, health, family, time, education or our youth? To give charity out of something you do not value is easy. For instance, if one earns a salary of a million dollars a year, out of which a thousand is dedicated to charity. Despite the great amount of reward he/she may get for the given charity, it is not something that will attain you righteousness. Surely a thousand from a million is not a significant amount, it is not something you hold dear, not something you love. If you’re unemployed and have plenty of free time and you decide to spend an hour a day at your local orphanage, again that one hour is not something you hold so dear and once again, one may obtain the reward but will they attain righteousness?

As we stand with the people of Palestine this last Friday of Ramadhan, think of what you love and what you value and let us be honest with ourselves, are we truly giving what we dearly value in the cause of Allah(SWT)? Surely protecting the oppressed is the cause of Allah. If it is your time that you hold dear, sacrifice more of your time for the cause of Palestine – run, or participate in an anti-Zionist rally. If it is your wealth that you value the most, contribute towards the various charitable organizations that support the oppressed people of Palestine. If it is your family, sacrifice your and their time towards this cause, educate them, mobilize them, and support them to stand up in this fight against oppression. Seek out what you love, and spend that in the way of Allah(SWT). Yes, at first there may be that hesitance, because you’re sacrificing something that you hold dear, but the satisfaction, the reward, the righteousness you will attain from it is incomparable.

And whatever you spend – indeed Allah is knowing. Know that whatever you spend in his cause is not a forgone blessing. Be certain that your reward lies with Allah(SWT). Anything you spend in the way of Allah, you will be rewarded its multiple. Lend unto God a goodly loan. Whatever good you shall forward on your behalf you shall find it with God, as better and richer in reward.

 

Lastly, do remember NOT to stay silent about the injustices that occur in the world – Palestine being one of them. In Ziarat Waritha, we send curses on a select group of people involved in Kerbala – So, Allah curse those who killed you And Allah curse those who wronged you And Allah curse those who heard the event and rested satisfied. We curse the people who killed and wronged our third Imam, but we also curse the people who did not speak up against his martyrdom. We always question what the saying Everyday is A’shura and every land is Kerbala means. Well, it is more relevant than anything today. The Palestine, Syria and Yemen of today is the Kerbala of over a thousand years ago. Al-Hussain’s call for help echoes till today, this time for the oppressed people of the contemporary world. Who will answer his call? And how will we answer his call? Let us give serious thought to the verse from chapter 3, and sacrifice what we love for the sake of the Almighty.

And what happens if we stay silent? And Allah curse those who heard the event and rested satisfied. It is our moral responsibility, no, it is our obligation as Muslims to stand against oppression anywhere we see it. If we do not speak up, we are as accountable as the people who saw or heard about the slaughtering of the grandson of the Prophet, but did not utter a word against it.

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