In Memory of Gaza 2008

bintfulaan January 4, 2011 11

Two years on, it is very easy for a violent memory to be lost amidst the current day affairs affecting Muslims. It is each an every Muslims role  never to let such atrocities like the one we saw against our kinsmen in Gaza become just another incident. I wanted to write some words in memory of that evil day, until an email was brought to my attention which quite frankly left me speechless an unable to muster words that would even come close to expressing the tragedy contained  in the attached pictures. The pictures do speak louder than words, and I leave you with them as a reminder of the desperate situation of  the Gazans.  Please note that the pictures are somewhat of  a disturbing nature – images of the innocent wounded in hospital, and I hope that we are able to harbor enough courage to withstand just a glimpse of what happened  in December 2008.

These pictures are not being published for others to sympathize with us as victorious people do not beg others for sympathy as can be seen in the example of the Companions of the Prophet when they came to him requesting his du’a (supplication) after being severely tortured. Similarly, neither are they being published in order to emotionally incite groups of young Muslims to act in ways that will only lead to more defeat as a whole. Muslims will be unable to spread the light of the Creator around the world except with work that is carried out continuously, maturely, and in all fields of life. The pictures are being published to expose the hypocrisy of the Israelis and their western alliances. With our deepest admiration, we send forth our du’as (supplications) for the Palestinian people who faced one of the most well-equipped armies in the world without giving in, despite the atrocities they went through, and from which these pictures were taken.

I would also like to remind all non-Muslims that when a Muslim dies in the battlefield, he dies not only a hero in this life but also in the next. However, if a non-Muslim dies in the battlefield fighting against Muslims, he will be thrown forever in the Fire of Hell. For us as Muslims, this is an undeniable fact that is confirmed in many places in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. True believers enjoy dying for the sake of their Lord as much as non-Muslims hope to live. Such an equation will not lead Muslims to fail or to be inferior.

Images of Gaza 2008: http://www.hsn-m.com/news.php?action=view&id=990

Shaykh Haitham al Haddad

Source: Islam21c


  1. - January 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm Reply Tweet

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon. subhan'allah, i remember that month.

    u know they used white phosphorous in their air raids then, reported by the bbc even and still staunchly denied by many today. there was a recent article, bbc i believe, about white phosphorous being used in iraq in 2004. something they too staunchly denied. but the results are startin to manifest in the severe deformities that children are being born with. inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon. somethin that often comes to my mind: science, with all the benefits its brought, is without doubt one of the biggest shaytaans today. wallahu khairul makireen.

    allah will help.

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  2. -------------------- January 16, 2011 at 5:40 am Reply Tweet

    "Palestinian blood is not cheap". Brothers and sisters it's time we woke up and stopped disregarding the death of so many. 1.57 billion muslims and we cannot unite to help 1.5 million muslims. May Allaah(swt) forgive us for this act of cowardice may He enable us to start helping in the best of our capabilities Aaameen

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  3. bintfulaan January 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm Reply Tweet


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  4. - January 17, 2011 at 12:51 am Reply Tweet

    bismillahir rahmaanir raheem

    Narrated Khabbab ibnul-Arat:

    We complained one day to Allah’s Messenger (saas) [of the persecution inflicted on us by the infidels] while he was sitting in the shade of the Ka’ba, leaning over his covering sheet. We said to him, “Will you not seek help for us? Will you not pray to Allah for us?” He said, “Among the nations before you a (believing) man would be put in a ditch that was dug for him, and a saw would be put over his head and he would be sawed into two pieces; yet that (torture) would not make him give up his religion. Another would be combed with iron combs that would remove his flesh from his bones, yet that would not cause him to abandon his religion. By Allah, this religion (Islam) will prevail till a traveler will go from San’a’ (in Yemen) to Hadramaut fearing none but Allah, or a wolf as regards his sheep, but you (people) are hasty. (Bukhari)

    subhan'allah, i read this hadeeth once recently and i couldn't help but think about the situation in palestine, and the kind of reaction it elicits in me everytime i read something about the ongoing persecution. makes you think. ibn taymiyyah rahimahullah, he grew, learnt and flourished in his deen, teaching and promoting the deen of allah during the time that the tartars were shedding rivers of muslim blood. look at the disparity. on the one hand the muslims far and wide were being persecuted, and yet this did not stop the religion of allah [swt] from prevailing. it prevailed then, and it will prevail now. history only repeats itself, and the muslims are rising again.

    we ask allah swt to unite us under the banner of laa ilaaha il allah, to bring us back to the path of righteousness and taqwaa, to instill in us love for the sunnah, and to let His religion prevail in the lands once again, with us witness to us, with us carrying the banner. aameen.

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  5. - January 17, 2011 at 12:56 am Reply Tweet

    'with us witness to IT. :sigh: look with the eye of passion and you will never see the errors before you.

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  6. - January 17, 2011 at 12:56 am Reply Tweet

    'with us witness to IT.' do things in haste and you will never see the stupid grammatical errors before you either!

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  7. bintfulaan January 17, 2011 at 1:05 am Reply Tweet


    SubhanAllaah. Jazaakillaahu khayran for the beautiful comment [and for correcting yourself twice! mashaAllaah]

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  8. - January 17, 2011 at 1:08 am Reply Tweet

    loool! u know wot the pathetic thing is? it's nt even grammar, its punctuation! good lord have mercy – what have we been reduced to?! lool [ok ima go find a life now, sorry!]

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  9. bintfulaan January 17, 2011 at 1:12 am Reply Tweet

    I hope you're not suggesting that those of us who visit Al Kawni have no lives?!

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  10. - January 31, 2011 at 5:43 am Reply Tweet

    Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

    "Many today say that these are dark days for the Muslim ummah. I beg to differ. These are glorious days that will be sorely missed once gone. Successive generations of Muslims will look back to these days as the days in which Islam was revived and heroes were made as dreams turned into realities. History is repeating itself as we have returned to the early days of Prophethood in Makkah.

    The Muhajireen (Emigrants) of today are those who have been forcibly expelled from their homes and estranged from their loved ones. The Ansar (Helpers) of today are those who are helping them and their families. It is precisely at times like these that nations discover their quest for mission and moment."

    - Brother Babar Ahmad, may Allah [swt] raise his rank and make him of the foremost in paradise, aameen.

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  11. bintfulaan February 2, 2011 at 12:09 am Reply Tweet


    Jazaakillaahu khayran

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