More than one thousand Muslims have died in the Gaza strip. Muslim scholars, Muslim world leaders, Muslim activists, Muslim bloggers (including myself), Muslim governments and the rest of the entire Muslim ummah from Indonesia to Pakistan to Europe to America to around the entire world have been condemning the Israeli attacks. We have mobilized protests and began fund raising efforts for humanitarian aid. We have raised more than a million dollars for relief efforts in Palestine. We have sent out thousands of emails. Our Facebook, MySpace or whatever social networking site you use is full of Pro-Palestinian messages. We have or are in the process of organizing events to support the Palestinian cause.
Everything that we have done and that we are doing is good. I support it 100%. My issue is that why have we failed to recognize the suffering and plight of our brothers and sisters in Africa? When Afghanistan is attacked, we have fundraisers and raise millions of dollars for them. When Iraq is attacked we hit the streets in the thousands protesting the invasion. When Palestine is bombed, we protest the occupation and raise millions of dollars. When the earthquake hit Pakistan we raised millions of dollars for relief efforts. What about Africa? I know many organizations like Islamic Relief have programs in Africa, but ask them how much they have raised for Palestine in this month of January 2009 and compare it to the money raised for Africa in the entire year of 2008. Most likely the amount raised for Palestine will be greater than that raised for Africa (the entire continent).
Even the Muslim leaders and governments in the Muslim world fail to do anything or even recognize the situation in many African countries. When have you heard any of Muslim country in the Middle East or Asia speak out against the atrocities, the poverty, the hunger, the malaria, etc. in Africa that is killing not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of Muslims. In fact millions of children are being killed every year. Why are we not raising millions for them? Why don’t we send airplanes of food, water and shelter for them? Why aren’t we purchasing nets to prevent the spread of malaria? Why aren’t we funding the constructions of wells in Africa?
We all know the ayat in the Qur’an regarding brotherhood and sisterhood. We all know the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) on wanting for your brother/sister what you want for yourself. So why don’t we live up to it and stop hiding from it.
May Allah (swt) remove racism from our hearts and replace it for love of all Muslims no matter their ethnicity, color, country, etc. Ameen!
Whatever we have donated for Gaza we should donate the same amount for Africa and inshaAllah it we only increase our real profits for the hereafter.