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