[Illustration by Carlos Latuff from The Ships that Launched a Nation, Palestine Think Tank]
I'm sure most of you have heard about the cruel Israeli military attacks on the Freedom Flotilla ships that brought much needed humanitarian and developmental for Palestinians. These ships carried almost 700 passengers from 40 different countries who joined the flotilla: human rights workers, humanitarian aid workers, Members of Parliament, doctors, nurses, teachers, community leaders, and international journalists. Tell me, how were these people a threat to Israel? As explained here:
"All ships were thoroughly searched by local port authorities in Greece and Turkey prior to their departure. Additionally, the coalition hired an independent security firm to search the ships and certify that no weapons were on board. All passengers went through nonviolence training and were likewise searched for weapons prior to boarding. The Turkish government, a member-state of the NATO alliance, vetted all the Turkish passengers to insure there was no one with ties to extremist groups. These precautionary steps were deliberately taken to prevent Israeli propaganda officials from ever being able to claim that the Freedom Flotilla posed any 'security risk' to Israel."
It's crystal clear that Zionists will stop at nothing to make sure their plan succeeds. They've taken over the media, multinational corporations and people's lands. They've taken away dreams, hopes, lives and human rights.
Let this be a lesson for all of us.
The love of this world is what drives them to commit acts of cruelty and injustice, and what's worse is that they've managed to make us love this world as much as they do. They've successfully convinced people that there is nothing else to live for but ad-dunya (this life and its pleasures). When in truth, it is the furtherest thing away from us. How and why? It's simple. Human beings are insatiable. We will never feel truly contented by chasing only material wealth and worldly pleasures.
"Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "If Adam's son had a valley full of gold, he would like to have two valleys, for nothing fills his mouth except dust. And Allah forgives him who repents to Him."
(Hadeeth narrated by Anas bin Malik - Volume 8, Book 76, Number 447)
I have friends and loved ones who spend hundreds on alcohol only to spend hundreds more the next week on the same thing. I've shed so many tears knowing this but in the past I couldn't understand why. All I could feel was that they were hurting themselves by doing so. God knows how much I've spent on material things only to find myself buying more not long after. I've learned recently that there is no true satisfaction in this life until we discover what our true purpose is as human beings - to know and love the Almighty.
Allah (SWT) says: "I was a hidden treasure; I loved to be known. Hence I created the world so that I would be known.
Change isn't easy and I say this from personal experience. However, once you discover the truth about life you must do something about it. To lie to yourself and deny it would be the biggest mistake you could ever make. My personal aim is to find a balance in my life. There is nothing wrong with appreciating the bounties of this world but I know there is so much more to life than what it seems.
To my Palestinian brothers and sisters and to those who have fought for your cause, and to all who have been wronged by heartless leaders and dictators (Iraqis, Bosnians, Kurds, Zimbabweans and so on), I can't begin to imagine what it feels like to be in your shoes. You've been trampled on, shot down and even murdered yet your spirit lives on. I regret this distance between us and I feel so helpless. But please know that you inspire me and the rest of the world to stand up for the truth, help those in need and persevere through hardship. For now, all I can do is write what seems like a meaningless and trivial post but I promise you this... you will always be in my prayers and I will do what I can to help make this world a better place.
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Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don't wanna see
But if Roosevelt was livin'
He wouldn't let this be