Son of Jerusalem

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News source : THE FREE SAMER ISSAWI CAMPAIGN

CONFIRMED: There has been an initial agreement with Palestinian legendary hunger striker Samer Issawi on his own terms and the “Israeli Prison Service (IPS)” that in exchange for ending his hunger strike he carries out an additional 8 months in prison to end all his military court charges once in for all without any further legal action against him regarding his case and that he be released un-condtionally to his home in al Issawia in the district of Jerusalem. According to lawyer Jawad Bulous this agreement is expected be finalized in the coming hours and a press release by the Palestinian Prisoners Club will be held regarding the deal agreement. Samer Issawi has resumed his supplements as of midnight Palestine time and thanks every single person and organization that has stood by his side and supported his fight for freedom and justice!

We reiterate that this agreement has NOT been finalized yet and we will keep you posted as we continue with developments! Thank you for your continued support! Long live Palestine and it’s heroic Palestinian people!

After 277 long days of being on Hunger Strike, and even longer days of being tortured and beaten, held without trial, Samer Issawi, son of Jerusalem has achieved ‘victory’! (Yes, I am aware that it has yet to be fully and officially finalized, but in cases like this, a celebration is still due!)

I for one believe that it is more than right to say that He truly is a living legend of our time!
Samer Issawi is the epitome of the term “Hero“.
He had stood his ground and stared into the eyes of Israel’s Occupation itself and had said “I will take my freedom, whether you like it or not.”
He had challenged death itself, for freedom.

He has truly brought the definition of strength and dignity to a whole new level.

The struggles that Issawi faced, had not only been for him, rather it had been for all of Palestine. His freedom signifies a closer victory for the Palestinian people as a whole!

Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), it’s absolutely amazing to be able to finally say these words, knowing that a for-certain freedom is with him!

As Rafeef Ziadah had said, “We (the Palestinian people) wake, to teach the world life, sir.”

Samer Issawi is a living proof of that. He has truly taught us life.

*To the people behind “The Free Samer Issawi Campaign”, you guys have been absolutely inspirational! From sharing the necessary news we need to hear, to the campaigns you have started! From the bottom of my heart, (and I’m sure hearts of many others), thank you so much for all that you have done to have brought the plight to light 🙂 ❤

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The Ongoing Crusade

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“Waking up everyday has been nothing short of a struggle, lately. How can I raise my hands and be
thankful, when all I want and all that I’ve asked for, is the absolute opposite?”

At some point in life, we would be left feeling as though we’ve been surrounded by a black hole, with no where to go, no where to turn to. Up or down, our fate remains the same.

This, this is where the biggest of personal Jihad, comes in.

The emotional crusade.

The war between and within ourselves.

We could choose to either give up, or find a way to stand back up.

Yasmin Mogahed had said something entirely beautiful on this matter,

“This world cannot break you – unless you give it permission to. And it cannot own you, unless you hand it the keys – unless you give it your heart. And so if you handed those keys to dunya for a while – take it back. This isn’t the end. You don’t have to die here. Reclaim your heart, and place it with it’s rightful owner. Allah.”

The reminders we need to keep ourselves going 🙂

“God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear.”

[Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 286]

• In other words, all these struggles that we face is nothing more than we can take. The challenges that He tries us with is nothing but for the good and the betterment of ourselves. Though we may fail to see it now, but truly, Allah knows what is best. Verily the best is only what he gives and blesses us with.

• Allāh purifies you when you experience these emotions or pain. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allāh expiates some of his sins for that.” [Bukhāri]

Complain only to Allāh. Many of us turn to venting or complaining to others when we are faced with a hardship, but when we look in the Qur’an, we see that the believers complain only to Allāh. Ya’qub (alayhi salaam) says to his sons when they bring the news that his son was accused of stealing, “So patience is most fitting (for me).” (12:83) But then in the next āyah, Allāh describes that he turned away from them and said privately, “Alas, my grief for Yusuf!” And he lost his sight because of the sorrow that he was suppressing.” (12:84) Ya’qub (alayhi salaam) did not say this in front of his family, but it was between himself and Allāh. Allāh says that he was “suppressing” (in Arabic: kadheem) and this means when someone holds their breath back to control their tears and their agony. It is to the point that they have trouble breathing because they cried so much. He was full of grief but he was not wailing and crying out loud, but rather holding back his anger. When his sons saw how much distress this news has caused him, they said to him, “By Allāh! You will never cease remembering Yusuf until you become weak with old age, or until you be of the dead.” (12:85) Then during the height of this anxiety he says, “I only complain of my suffering and sorrow to Allāh, and I know from Allāh that which you know not.” (12:86) subḥānAllāh! It is okay to feel these emotions, and people may see that you are distressed, but turn to Allāh and complain to Him alone.

• We are bound to be tested and pushed to our limits, each of us to our own level. When Maryam was delivering her son all alone, she said, “Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!” (19:23) The tafseer mentions that Maryam (alayha salaam) was not only in physical pain and solitude, but also experiencing the pain of ostracism and isolation that occurs when you are telling the truth but no one believes you. She spoke these words at a time when she had already been given the good news of being chosen above all women and that her son would be a Prophet of Allāh. This reminds us that even the best people, whom Allāh has clearly chosen, are still human. Everyone’s patience and steadfastness is pushed to the limit at one time or another. Everyone reaches a point where they contemplate just giving up, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all over. We must always put your trust in Allāh and keep going. Remember, these are words said by Maryam, the best woman to walk on the earth! This shows us that being patient doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t ever become overwhelmed, or won’t ever complain, but patience is when we do get overwhelmed and still keep going, and only complain to Allāh. (12:85) Sabr does not mean that you are happy with the decree of Allāh, sabr means that you accept the decree of Allāh even if you don’t understand it.

• The one that is of utmost importance for me to keep in mind, is – “Do not say “if” when a calamity befalls you or you did something that you’ve come to regret. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Seek help from Allāh and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don’t say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allāh did what He had ordained to do and your ‘if’ opens the (gate) for Shaytan.” [Muslim]

Things are not always as they seem. The mother of Musa (Moses) was told to throw her son in the river; Yusuf (Joseph) was left for dead in a well; Maryam (Mary) delivered a child alone; Yunus (Jonas) was swallowed by a whale; Ibrahim (Abraham) was thrown in the fire; A’ishah was slandered throughout the city; and Umm Salamah thought no one could be better than Abu Salamah…Yet look at how it turned out for them in the end. So don’t worry, Allāh has a plan for you.

May Allah SWT have us guided and may He bless us with his Noor and Hidayah on this blessed Friday. Jumuah Mubarak, everyone! ❤

We will be okay.

Extracted from : “The Supplication Series: Distress, Sadness and Anxiety” on
MuslimMatters.Org

Human Rights? No – Human Wrongs

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Human rights. Each and everyone of us that is currently reading this, would most certainly have rights, would we not?
…Well I would most certainly hope so, because the last time I checked, I only had human readers on here. (…Ah, aren’t I just punny? 😉

The term human rights basically means that every individual should share and enjoy the same freedoms and fundamental rights — in other words, the fact that you exist as a human being means that you have the right to life itself, which includes the things that are needed to survive such as food, clothing, shelter, and so forth. The human rights concept can actually be traced to ancient times; for example, the Ten Commandments, which prohibit murder and theft, thereby recognizing the right to life and property.

Due to the fact that these rights seem basic, simple, many of us have taken them for granted. We fail to realize that just because our rights are respected and protected, we forget that there are still others whom are being deprived of it.

Let’s use the Rohingyans as an example, shall we?
With the ongoing almost genocidal ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyans, I say almost, because by the eyes of the world, the aggression they face have yet to reach such level of genocidal atrocity. Yeah, I don’t get how that works, either. But. It’s logical, apparently. Their struggles till today are still ignored by the Myanmar government, the media, the world, by the most of us. The Rohingyans are struggling day-to-day to survive. Chances of them getting killed and burnt alive, exists in every corner.
Yet somehow, people have continuously pushed aside their sufferings with pathetic reasons such as “Oh, they’re simply ‘illegal immigrants’.” “They’re just some Muslims” “Simply unaccepted minorities.” The level of discrimination that these people face are so severe, that it has become impossible to imagine. I may have missed the memo, but does being the people that they are, make them less of a human? Have they lost all of their rights just because people aren’t happy with their status?

Aung San Suu Kyi, The Noble Peace Prize Winner, well known for her solidarity with the struggles of humanity, where is she now? This mass killing of Rohingyans is happening on her very own land. Yet, she keeps silent. Refusing to comment. Where is the Dalai Lama? Are these people so unworthy that they deserve to be killed and treated the way they currently are? And that’s just one example.

Human rights, isn’t just about how we should be treated, what we should be given, what should be done for us, what we deserve. It’s about equality. We need to remember that our rights end, the moment the rights of others begin. We cannot simply “cherry-pick” what we like and kick-off what we don’t. We have to respect and practice the laws of human rights fully and entirely, as what it is.

As the Prophet Muhammad had stated in his Last Sermon,

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White has no superiority over a Black nor a Black has any superiority over a White except by piety and good action.”

Meaning, that no matter the color you are, the status you may hold, you are creations of the Almighty. The only thing that differentiates you from another person, is by the good that you do and the actions that you choose to make.

We are humans, whom are meant to be humane. But we have failed to care about the wellbeing and rights of our fellow man. We have allowed people, our brothers, our sisters around the world, to go to sleep at night hungry and in fear, while we feast and live in peace. We have turned a blind eye towards the people who have to continuously fight for their lives.

It’s important for us to take note that as Reverend Desmond Tutu had stated, and I quote,

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Who are we to judge who’s better than the other? What power do we have, to determine who should live and who should die? At the end of the day, no matter what continent we come from, what shade our eyes are, when we bleed, we bleed the same color.

Human Rights, is an inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. Again, EQUALITY.

Very much like religion and faith, Human Rights is something that we need to believe in fully. We can’t simply choose what bodes well with us, and leave the rest…just because.

We have to remember, that with;
Every silence that we partake,
Every lack of action that we make,
Another child, another man, won’t wake.

Is our ignorance worth the lost of another’s life?

You decide.

“She’s gone.” – Time to care!

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‘Gang-rape victim’, 17, kills herself ‘after her attackers took picture of the assault and sent it to classmates who branded her a slut’” – “Mom: Teen Kills Herself After Rape, Bullying” “Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying.”

Those are just a few headlines that I’m sure you’ve been seeing.

Just a short intro of her story :

Rehtaeh Parsons, had been fifteen years old, when she was raped by four boys, of whom had been her classmates.

You would think that the boys would have gotten charged, but no! Instead, the boys were free to go. The police had concluded that there were no grounds to charge the four boys after a year-long investigation.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Scott MacRae said the investigation “was completed in consultation with prosecutors and that there
was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges.”

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry had also even said that he had no plans to review the case because he has no reason to doubt the integrity of the police investigation. Landry had said that he has yet to hear of any formal complaint from Parsons about the police investigation, though he added she was open to file one.

You see, much like the Steubenville Rape Case, instead of having the community support her, they had chosen instead, to stand against her.
The alleged attack had left her an outcast at Cole Harbour District High School, when it should have been the boys who were more deserving of such fate.

I may have not gotten the memo, but when had our humanly fundamentals change? How had it been possible for everyone to have stood against a raped victim? When and how had a person chosen to be raped? Instead of shunning out the rapists, the people have shunned the victim instead. Where is the absolute logic in that?!

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Our ignorance, and choice to hate, instead of support, this beautiful girl, had left her mother finding her too late, and both her parents to be burying her six foot under, two years later. Did people think that she would be okay after what had happened to her? After the way she had been treated?
Having been raped may not have been the entire cause as to why she felt killing herself was necessary. The bullying and constant hate, I’d personally say, had been the reason for it.

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry (YES THE VERY SAME ONE!) had recently said that he is asking senior government officials to present options, as soon as possible, to review the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

Landry said in a news release issued Tuesday night :

“This situation is tragic, I am deeply saddened – as I think are all Nova Scotians – by the death of this young woman,”
“As a parent, I can’t imagine the pain this family is going through at this time. My thoughts are with them.”

Why couldn’t this have been said and done when she had been alive instead, dear sir? Does she suddenly matter more because she’s no longer amongst us? Was what she had to go through a joke for you?! She hadn’t been a faceless name! She was a beautiful girl, whom had a bright future ahead of her, if it hadn’t been for what happened.

How many more times do cases like this have to happen before the ones involve would realize the damage that they have created? How many more lives of the innocent needs to be lost before we all start to truly care and prioritize about what’s important and what’s not?

Ask yourselves;

What if she had been my daughter instead?

Rehtaeh Parsons, I’m sorry that we have failed you. Though I promise, justice will prevail. Be it in this life or the next, God willing. May you finally find the peace and eternal bliss, that was taken from you, on the other side. Rest in peace. ❤

Source of information : Dailymail UK, ABC News.