Are prayers enough?

Time and time again I hear people say

“Oh, all we can do, is pray for the people of Gaza.”

Not to say that praying doesn’t help, or it isn’t powerful,
For yes, MashaAllah, it certainly is.

But that doesn’t mean we are only limited to doing just that…

Next comes the infamous,

“This is a test, a challenge, for the people of Palestine”

Yes, yes it certainly is a test to see the strength of their faiths, a challenge they must overcome for the eternal reward.
But do you not see, that this could possibly be, a test for us too?
A test to see if we’re brave enough to voice out our opinions, to share what is happening in their world, to stand up for their rights, a test to see, if we’re worth it or simply worthless.

Close your eyes for a minute, imagine yourself to be on the land of Gaza, to be constantly hearing air strikes, and bombs going off. Constanly unsure about whether or not your family is dead or alive. Always not knowing whether you’d live to see the next day.

Now, hear the words of the world, what people are saying about the issue, the amount of people not caring about you, your family and your land.
Would you then wish for only prayers, or would you wish for the anguish, the pain, to end?

Ask yourselves. If you were in that condition, what would you want?

So…what would it be?

Would you want the people to be silent?

Or

Would you want the people to speak up?

“Do unto others what you want done unto you”

– Confucius

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