May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.
Many of us are slowly becoming aware of the shocking events that are unfolding in the Middle East with regards to Israel’s fanatical attacks in Palestine and Lebanon. As American Muslims, we can respond to these events in a variety of ways. Many of us are thinking of the humanitarian aspect of this crisis while others are focused on the political or social dimensions. One thing that we must never lose sight of is the spiritual dimension of this issue.
“Allah does not change a people’s lot unless they change what is in their hearts.” [Qur’an 13:11]
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “The believers, in their love, mutual kindness, and close ties, are like one body; when any part complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.” [Muslim]
“The faithful are like one man: if his eyes suffers, his whole body suffers.” [Muslim]
“An Arab is no better than a non-Arab. In return, a non-Arab is no better than an Arab. A red raced man was not better than a black one except in piety. Mankind are all Adam’s children and Adam was created out of clay.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “The Faithful are to one another like [parts of] a building – each part strengthening the others.”
We must remember that the aid of Allah (swt) is always near. He is closer to us than our jugular veins.
Inshallah tomorrow, lets all come together, whether it be in our homes, or in local masjids, and make Qiyam for our Ummah. Theres nothing more powerful than an entire Ummah turning to Allah and asking for His help alone.
Starting after Isha tommorow, gather your family, friends, and community members wherever you can and come together and make du’a. Then spend the night weeping in prayer, recitation of the Qur’an, and dhikr. If you grow tired, ponder over the fate of your brothers and sisters in Palestine and Lebanon or reflect over what your own state will be in the Akhirah; this should re-energize.
May Allah (swt) give victory to the oppressed and destroy the oppressors. Ameen.
Keep our Ummah in your duas.