Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Prayer for the Americans

I suppose this could be quite controversial, but if you wish to read this I hope you will read it with an open mind and that you will read it to the end so that you will not misinterpret my message, inshAllah.

In my line of work, I am exposed to all sort of sanctions (i.e restrictions and penalty) which the United States impose on countries in order to show their stand against a certain action. For example, Iran was sanctioned as it was deemed to be a contributor to national terrorism while North Korea is sanctioned for its perceived nuclear threat. These sanctions could be partial or extensive and it could cover areas of banking, trade and even travelling. In most cases, it would really cripple the sanctioned countries as the sanctions make it near impossible for the countries to transact with the rest of the world.

As the saying goes, the greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. And one can only imagine the sort of power the United States have in their hands as sanctions are not only imposed on their people alone but also on those who transact in their notes and currency. 

At this point, as immature as this may sound - I couldn't help but wish that the US sanctions are imposed on Israel because bombing hospitals, schools and ambulance are clearly acts of terror. 

And yet United States, the country that imposes countless sanctions to show its foreign policy against terrorism is financing a blatant terrorism. The fact that two UN schools in Gaza have been bombed and UN is still unable to pass a resolution to allege Israel of war crime is a clear indication that UN is powerless without the big guns.

We know where the power resides. And surely we know who, out of the five superpowers - have consistently vetoed against the decision to charge Israel. 

It is the Government of the United States.

And as much as I want to condemn them, I want even more for them to support our cause because deep in my heart I know that they could make a difference in a way that we, for now, couldn't.

We know Israel will keep on going for as long the American government is shielding them. But this only makes us stronger and more united as one. Strengths, afterall are often nurtured during the most trying of times and this is the process of us re-building our strength. 

I couldn't help but to admire the sort of support I'm seeing underground. The fund raising, prayer after prayer, boycott campaigns and rallies to raise awareness of this situation worldwide regardless of colour and religion.

Support from non-Muslims and even Jews and Americans reminded me of our history, when the Prophet SAW and his followers were ill-treated by the Quraish. They migrated to Abyssinia and were given undivided support under a Christian ruler. History has shown us that Islam stands by other religions for as long as they support peace and justice and it is heart warming to witness the same support today. It is even more uplifting for me to see how the Christians and the Muslims in Palestine are together as one - in a solidarity that perhaps even my nation could learn from.

At this point, we know we're fighting against a more powerful team and in my personal opinion it is okay for us to admit this. After all, Islam started off as a small movement which consisted only of the Prophet SAW's close family and minorities and the Prophet SAW acknowledged this. He SAW made a special du'a for Allah to strengthen Islam with the conversion of a powerful Quraish ie Abu Jahal or Ummar and Allah granted this wish. The conversion of Ummar proved to be a much needed moral booster for the oppressed and his strength grew to be the strength of Islam as the religion spread its wings across continents.

So tonight, despite how I feel towards them - I choose to make a little prayer for the American government and its people.

May Allah SWT open your heart to see what the rest of the world is seeing. Just as how Allah has guided the heart of Ummar to Islam at a point when he wanted to kill the Prophet SAW, may Allah guide your heart to support the Palestinians at a time when you want to fight them. May Allah guide the people of power in the US and give them strength to do the right thing. And if they are unable to do this, may Allah replace them with a better and stronger team who will be able to stand by what is right. More importantly, may the Americans who voice out against the Gaza occupation and other injustices in the world grow to be leaders of their country who would inspire and eventually execute the change they want to see in this world. 

I would understand if some will deem my prayer as futile - what with the level of power the Pro-Zionist Americans have on the economy. But surely no du'a is too big for Allah to execute!

And all the while, we will be here - united as one for the people of Gaza and the oppressed. Our sanctions may be small in magnitude but I am convinced without a doubt that by Allah's will, it will continue to increase by number and by strength. 

To President Obama, this is all I have to say: 

Looking at your government made me realize that if I were to choose between power and freedom - I would run for freedom

I would rather be on the streets rallying for justice than to live in the comfort of White House and provide support to bomb civilians. Nothing justifies the bombing of ambulances and hospitals, especially not the alleged human shields. You do not need to be a superpower to know that bombing ambulances, hospitals and schools are unacceptable. You just need to be human - a free human who can speak and uphold truth even when the truth is not in your allies' favour. 

And that, Mr President - is the true power. 

I pray that the US too will achieve its true power and freedom. There are so many men, women and children who are bleeding and dying as I pen this, but they stand firm against the oppressors regardless of religion or race. If you could have just a fraction of their strength....there is so, so much that you could do to make a difference. 

Because just as how you, Mr President put it six years ago - "When it comes to positive change - Yes, we can!".


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Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this. if it's okay with you, mind if i share this in my social media, fB and tweeter? This would give a different air of view among some of us.


Toots said...

Salaam Hirzawati - I am no longer a committee of FYPC post the AGM last month but I'm sure the new team will have many beneficial activities for the year to come! :)

And Nazz, suree - if you feel there are others who could benefit from this article, feel free to link them to your social media and the likes ya?

Anonymous said...

MasyaAllah thank u for the inspirational write up.. I hope that this kind of blogs will n should have 100k of followers and not the one with ootd or petty posts.. This is what will make us Muslims be more productive in this life.. Yes it is hard to think of a way to talk nicely with what US n Israel have done to us but this is actually how we should be, gentle in approaching the matter.. May Allah shower u wit His blessings for doing something.. Trust me this is not futile..


farhana said...

This post full with positivity, masyaAllah. May Allah bless us and give us peace, ameen.

Toots said...

Thanks for the kind words Yoda, but really the inspiration is not from me, that is from Allah so alhamdulillah! :)

pursuit said...

mashaAllah thank you for this! please allow me to share and hope others benefit inshaAllah (=

salam ukhuwwah

Mel said...

I'm not a Muslim but I found this post beautifully uplifting. There are times, as a non-Muslim living in Malaysia, I get so angry and tired with so-called upholders of the faith, whether they are in the government or the common man on the street, sprouting hatred and disgusting comments towards non-Muslims, and only acknowledging a Muslim presence. The anger that consumes me is all-encompassing and I sometimes wonder what happened to this peaceful multi-racial country I grew up in. When did it get replaced with so much Muslim superiority, and sheer disregard for people of other faiths? There are times when I thought the fighting was justified, because so many people have been victims of Muslims treating them badly under the guise of Islam - it's time for a little payback.

But you have just shown that peace and love still reigns supreme. You have shown me that there are people here who care and aren't filled with bile and ignorance. And most of all, you have proven that there is hope. For a better world, for peace, for harmony. With positivity and faith in God, I pray peace comes to the Middle East swiftly so they can all live in harmony again. And I pray that we, as a nation, learn to respect and love each other again, and to be able to show compassion towards humanity - much like you have. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

MasyaAllah, your words just kind of lift me up from all those injustices, to believe that tomorrow might be better as long we hold on to a prayer. You really need to write more sister, your words really move people.

Farah said...

While I wish things were that simple in ending this conflict, the fact remains that this is such a complex issue with so much deep-rooted history and culture involved. And as a Malaysian myself, and reading posts on my various newsfeed about it from other Malaysians, it is clear that everyone else thinks of it as a simple black/white issue. You are either pro *insert side* or pro *opposite side*. Only one party is wrong, and any other party involved is therefore wrong by association and should be boycotted.

Upon a lot of careful reading, and with an open mind because it is quite hard to sieve through the various news portals that are consumed by anger and emotion, I realise that as horrible and tragic the situation is for the Palestinians, it is horrible for the Jewish living around the world too. While most Israelis and Jewish around the world hope for a reasonable two-state solution, everyone else disregards this and instead seems to think that they are to blame for this conflict. Again, this is such a deep rooted issue that I will not go into much here. I will however, agree to disagree on a few points you've made.
The UN schools allegedly bombed, were clarified by the UN to have been housing shells planted by the Hamas and the issue is still being investigated.
So while I echo your sentiment that this is a horrible conflict that only results in innocent lives being lost, I think that the issue is much complex than the US halting their support towards Israel. What about the Hamas? I fail to comprehend why are they never condemned in regards to this issue, when clearly it takes two hands to clap and to create this massacre.

Toots said...

Hi Mel - I was at the Gaza rally yesterday and the sort of support extended by fellow Malaysians regardless of religion was truly inspiring. I pray that God will keep compassion in our heart regardless of the situation. And I too pray justice for humanity will prevail in all parts of the world :)

Hi Farah, just to clear the confusion - there are now 6 UN schools bombed as at 3 days ago. The two I was referring to were the populated schools which left many civilians dead and injured eg in Jabaliya. Even the White House has released a statement condemning the bombing by Israel.

As for Hamas, I could not speak for everyone but if you want better understanding perhaps you could read their side of stories. As you said - this is a deep rooted issue. Millions have been denied the right to proper food, water, electricity and medical supplies for decades and now their houses, hospitals, schools and ambulances are bombed. They are denied basic human rights and it is hard for me to imagine no retaliation from the oppressed.

But more importantly it is not about Hamas or Zionist but rather the innocents. They have been clearly oppressed and now they are making up 80% of the casualty rate. This is not acceptable for any human being and as Nelson Mandela said it, "Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestine."

And you're right - the issue is more complex than just the US support. It is just one of the many factors that lead to the ongoing crisis. To list down all, one would probably need to write a book - not just a blog :)

Noor Aswana Mustapha said...

I'm sharing this on my FB. You have said what most of us, the hopeless, wanted to say... do not under estimate the power if dua's (yours, mine & the rest that feels and shared the pains of Gaza's victim. Thank you dear...

Hashimah Hassan said...

Excellent write-up Toots, I even shared this on fb :), just minor correction here, about the most powerful quraish leader who converted is Abu Sufyan not Abu Jahal :)

Mel said...

Hi Toots, Thanks for your response. I do hope Malaysians of all faiths continue to rally together to fight against injustice all over the world - whether the victims are Muslims or non-Muslims. Oppressors exist in all shapes and sizes. I guess time will tell if the press is as sympathetic to this cause as it is to others on the money making agenda.

Toots said...

Hi Mel..ISIS is definitely not our way of life and it never will be. It saddens me there is not much we could do for the oppressed. May Allah protect the oppressed, topple the oppressors in this world and bring justice to light! Ameen.

Thanks for sharing the article Hashimah :) You're right - Abu Sufyan did accept Islam at the end and Abu Jahl never accepted Islam. But there was a specific du'a which the prophet saw made at the start of Islam when the Muslims were widely oppressed. It was for the conversion of either Abu Jahl or Ummar and Allah granted his prayer with the conversion of Ummar :)