Ten Gifts for Aleppo

By Rahma Shata

When Amr Ibn AlAs raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) asked Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) for an army of no less than 4,000 men, Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) sent FOUR men. With their Eman, each was worth 1,000 men and their goal was accomplished.

When Mohamed Ibn Qasim went with an army to open Turkey, he prayed fajr with them one day and gave them a speech. Afterwards, he looked for one man with the name Mohamed Ibn Wase’. When he found him, he said “by Allah that one finger of Mohamed Ibn Wase’ raised to supplicate to Allah is better than 1,000 swords.” With this man’s Duaa, Allah opened Turkey for the Muslims. 

When a tornado affected a small town, and in it was Shiekh Muhamed Ibn Mukhatil, people asked him to make Duaa for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to remove this punishment. He said “why would anyone ask me for Duaa, for I am probably the cause of this punishment.” With the heart of humility in this elderly man, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved the whole town.

When Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and his people gathered to ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for rain, they were denied for one amongst them who was a sinner. With the tawbah (repentance) of this one man, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) bought rain to the Muslims.

When our army was in battle to open Constantinople, they’d check if EVERY man in each tent was in Qiyaam (night prayer). If only one wasn’t, they’d say: “tomorrow will not be the day Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) grants us victory.” With their Qiyaam and dedication, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) opened Constantinople.

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When Salah alDin freed Palestine, it was only after years of teaching the Muslims what proper Islam is. Only then, with pure hearts, did they know what Jihaad (the struggle in the way of Allah) was. With the light of knowledge, they formed an army and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) granted them victory.

When the Muslims were defeated in Uhud because of ONE sin, they learned their lesson collectively. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) does not give victory based on number but based on the heart’s faiths. With this instilled in them, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) granted 313 victory in Badr, despite them facing 1,130 enemies.

Syrian residents, fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, arrive in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters. Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighbourhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian residents, fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, arrive in Aleppo’s Fardos neighborhood on December 13 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters.Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighborhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / STRINGER (Getty Images)

The examples are many. We can list them all day. We just need to wake up. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has always granted us victory after we have done our parts.

Syria is burning to the ground and we aren’t moving. With one word or one Duaa, let’s wage ‘war’ against the enemy of not just Islam, but the enemy of humanity.

When each of us consciously took the shahada for the first time in our lives, we became part of this large family united under the umbrella of “La Ilaha Illa Allah.” The grief of the people of Syria is the same grief that’s resides in our hearts. That is what a family is.

Yes, from the creation of this universe, until this very moment, every single thing that has occurred was predestined by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) ……But that He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has allowed for it to happen does not mean He is satisfied and is in favor of what has happened.

Realize right now that YOU can do something and turn away from any person or article telling you otherwise. Each and every single one of us will be asked on Judgement Day.

Oh Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) , we have transgressed and failed our brothers and sisters in Syria, so forgive us and open for us doors to do good. SubhanAllah even during this painful time, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is STILL giving us gifts and opportunities to be a PROACTIVE community, as was the community of Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him):

Gift One: Tawbah. “And whatever strikes you of disaster – it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much.” [Quran 42:30] Let’s intend right now to leave our sins so that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) may aid our brothers and sisters in Syria and lift this catastrophe that has befallen our Ummah. Turn to Him. He is the Most Forgiving.

Gift Two: It’s winter. The days are short. The nights are long. Fast maybe just Mondays and Thursdays and make the Duaa at the breaking of your fast for your hurting brothers and sisters. Take a portion of the night and pray Qiyaam to your Lord. Organize a local Qiyaam night. Without doubt, no Duaa is refused, for Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Verily your Lord is Modest and Generous, when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is shy to return them empty.” It’s the right of our Syrian brothers and sisters on us. And although Duaa is the only weapon currently in our hands, it’s a very very powerful one.

Gift Three: The local Masajid. Request (actually, urge) your masjid to host a fundraiser. There are more than 3,000 masajid in the U.S alone. We have the numbers. If each of the masajid raised ONLY $5,000, we can easily send 15 million to aid our brothers and sisters in Syria. Imagine the difference that can make to the shivering child in the arms of his mother.

Gift Four: Organizations. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has blessed us with organizations that directly and indirectly aid our Syrian brothers and sisters. Donate and spread their names. Do not belittle a dime. If it’s what you have, give it. Some organizations doing work on the ground are Zakat Foundation of America, NuDay Syria, Syrian American Medical Society.

Gift Five: Qunoot Al-Nazila. Contact your local Imam and ask him to enforce this. When you’re praying jama’a with friends, do this. When only THREE men were captured from the Muslims at the time of Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), he would pray with the people and make Duaa for the captured in every prayer for over a month. Imagine Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saw what’s afflicting the Muslims today.

Gift Six: Democracy. Although many debate whether or not we are living in a democracy, note that we are blessed to be able to contact our local AND national officials. Reach out. Ask them to do something with their political power. And the more of us that call, the more the urgency in our voices is heard.

1. Call the White House at: 202-456-1111 or write to the President at: https://www.whitehouse. gov/contact#page
2. Contact your senator at: http://www.senate.gov/ senators/contact/
3. Contact your congressperson at: http://www.house.gov/ representatives/find/

Gift Seven: Democracy (part II). Participate in peaceful protests and vigils. Encourage your friends to. Organize a vigil. A protest. An online campaign. We are not living in a country which jails us for speaking up, and we must be thankful for that and utilize it. There are others suppressed by their governments and we must be their voice. So, go out. As a good friend worded it, laziness here is punishable.

Gift Eight: Media. Share. Share. Share. OVER share. If the news won’t adequately cover Aleppo, we will. Spread awareness with a click of a button. Keep the hashtag trending. Write about what’s going on. You’d be surprised how many people are misinformed. Educating one person may form a ripple of goodness for this Ummah.

Gift Nine: Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is the Most Knowing, the Most Wise, the Most Merciful, the Capable. Know that with every hardship comes a greater ease. Oh Muslims, “& do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are (true) believers.” [Quran 3:139]

Gift Ten: Lastly…With sincerity and unity, let’s hold firm to this religion for indeed it is the greatest gift we have ever been given. And open His book subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Read.

For indeed the victory of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is near.

Ya Arham Arrahimeen, You see the condition of the Syrian children, the women who are raped and the shuyukh who are disparaged– ya Allah with Your Mercy, take them out of this state and protect them.

Ya Qadir, You are the only One capable of changing the condition of a people. Ya Rahman ya Rahim change our condition and make us a2imma and khulafaa2 again.

Ya Allah , You say “Be” and it is. With Your Power oh Most High and our King, change the condition of our Ummah. Ya Salaam, restore peace in the lands of the Muslims.

Ya Wadud, with Your love for Your servants, allow the us to be from the superior ones. Ya Tawwab, accept our repentances so that You may change our state.

Ya Nafi’, You are the only One Capable of benefiting us, oh our Lord, benefit us with a near victory.

Ya Samee’ ya baseer, You see what the oppressors have done. Oh our Lord, destroy them with themselves and show us a day which will become a coolness on the hearts of the believers

Rahma Shata is a resident of New Jersey and a senior at Darul Arqam School. When she is not occupied with school or event planning, she can be found reading the books of one of her favorite scholars, Imam Al-Ghazali (ra). She enjoys learning Tafseer and everything Tazkiyah related. Rahma is one of the few people who equally enjoy both coffee and tea. She passionately believes every human is obligated to bring change to this world and hopes to leave behind her a legacy to be remembered.

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11 responses to “Ten Gifts for Aleppo”

  1. Zainab says:

    Thank you for the article.it is truly beneficial .

  2. Sumaya says:

    JazakaAllah for the article and thec contact numbers

  3. Yasmeen says:

    Jazakallah hu khaira. This article is really beneficial .

  4. Jazakallah I Pray and shall ask Allah to ease the lives of our Syrian brothers and sisters to live in peace and harmony Ameen.

  5. Khurshid Syed says:

    Donot want to dampen the spirits. My guess is Aleppo is coming to USA also. See below.
    “Islam is no mere religion. It is an all-encompassing ideological system that dictates everything from law (Shariah) to personal relationships which also have religious elements. Conquest and subjugation of the infidel lands are integral to this totalitarian ideology, by the sword, if necessary. It therefore requires that we fight this war the way we fought the Nazis in World War II and Soviet communists during the Cold War: comprehensively and strategically, with every available military, economic, ideological, diplomatic, cyber- and religious lever. We must stop this threat before it metastasizes further and fully consumes Western Civilization.” (Monica Crowley, new member of Trump national security team)

  6. Syed says:

    Rasoolallah Mohammad (pbuh) has taugth us a dua for times like this, recite it as much as you can.
    اللھمہ منزل الکتاب، سریع الحساب، احزم الاحزاب، اللھمہ زلھم و زلزلھم
    Read a soul stirring poem The shining Light (pbuh)
    https://gum.co/kiSzD

  7. Aafia says:

    Jajak Allah Khair for this article. I would like to add to it some duas that we can do for Aleppo : http://islamhashtag.com/6-ways-in-which-you-can-help-aleppo/

  8. Abdullah says:

    It made me cry & gave me hope that I can do something. May Allah reward you many folds. Ameen

  9. Norhaflinda bt Mohd Sahabuddin says:

    Thank you for the article

  10. Fatma yah says:

    What about prayers for Muslims in Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indian Kashmir and other parts of India and Asian subcontinent, and Muslims in so many other non-Arab countries who are also alone, hurt and/or suffering in some way? Pls pray for them too first.

  11. Fatma yah says:

    Esp pray for Myanmar muslims

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