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UPDATES (1/13) ACTION-GAZA: Can we Spare 60 Minutes? Can we Walk the Talk?

Abu Reem

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Updated: 1/13/09 (rallies)

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CONTENTS:

FAMILIARIZE : Familiarize yourself with the Gaza situation if you are not already up to speed. You can read MM’s complete coverage by clicking here.

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ACTION PLAN : We have compiled a list of action-items (many from readers’ comments) into one list that, inshaAllah, will empower us all. We have all read enough about Gaza to know the grave situation that our brethren find themselves in. Now, it’s time to do something. This is OUR 60-90 minutes action-guide that WE should go through at least once. Repeat one or more of the actions as often as you are able to. Do as much as you can, whenever you can. NO ACTION IS INSIGNIFICANT.

Once you are done taking ANY or all actions, come back and add a comment to record your small contribution(s), but with great reward towards OUR cause. The purpose of checking back in is to encourage others to do the same. A small logo for this post will be added to front page, on the right side:

OUR 60-Minute Action-Gaza Plan (one-time, not daily):

  1. MAKE Du’a | 10 minutes | REPEAT Everyday

    • Print out the du’as in this attachment and post it on your fridge or any other prominent location. Read the du’as now and move on.
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  3. DONATE | 10 minutes |
    Make a donation. Every one of you can make a small donation, even $5.

    1. Islamic Relief USA
    2. KinderUSA
    3. Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
    4. Mercy USA for Aid & Development
    5. American Near East Refugee Aid
    6. In UK: Islamic Relief and Human Relief International
    7. Helping activists/movements: International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
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  5. JOIN MM’s new DIGG Club on FACEBOOK | 5 minutes |
    This is a means to increase the power of the word-of-mouth for important news articles or analysis:

    1. Learn about these tools: DIGG and Stumbleupon.
    2. Join the new FB group by clicking here (make sure you ONLY join if you are COMMITTED to spending 5 minutes maximum per day). Here’s how it will work:
      1. As soon as there is a significant/fair article (on MM or elsewhere) brought to our attention, we will send a message on FB to the entire group.
      2. All members of the group are required to do their part: to DIGG, SU, Reddit, whatever, within 48 hours of receiving notice (it takes only 1 minute to do it).
      3. You have suddenly become part of blitzing truth over falsehood.
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  7. CALL GAZA | {OPTIONAL}
    • Call any random number in Gaza, and tell them that you are calling from North America (or wherever you are), make Duaa for them and tell them all their brothers and sisters around the world are with them; this will give them moral support and courage ! How to call? > Very simple!
    • Dial any of these number and replace the last 4 digits by any random ones, try 4 or 5 times and you’ll reach a family insha’Allah ! Even if you don’t speak Arabic, talk to them with very slow and simple English. Here’s what you can say in Arabic. We’ll have an audio version of this by tomorrow i/a:
      (011)9728284-XXXX (011)9728282-XXXX (011)9728255-XXXX
    • PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF TIME-ZONES! (7 hrs ahead of US EST, 2 hrs ahead of UK)
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  9. SIGN PETITION | 2 MINUTES
    • CAIR has launched an online petition drive to collect one million signatures. Be part of it by clicking here.
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  11. WRITE or CALL your Congressional Representative | 15 minutes |

    • Click here to locate your U.S. Representative, and click here to locate your Senators. Talking points at the bottom. You can be much more detailed than the letter to the editor.
    • You should also consider sending a quick note to the Saudi Arabia’s ruler (see MR’s post on this).
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  13. WRITE a Letter to the Editor | 20-50 minutes | REPEAT for other newspapers
    Letters to editor is the most-read section in the entire newspaper, and is read by local leaders as a means of keeping up with the pulse of the community.

    1. Write a letter to your local newspaper (you can find it from the list here). You have a better chance of getting published than writing to one of the national newspapers.
    2. Consider these guidelines to increase your chance of getting published. The most important point: Make ONE point, even if you have a hundred swarming in your head. Be very succinct and add some “color” or “reasoned emotion”, it may increase your chance of getting published.
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  15. CIRCULATE | (EXTRA BONUS AJAR)
    1. Cross-post on your blog. Email it. Post to your facebook profile.
    2. Print out this hard-copy of this “Action-Gaza”, make copies and distribute.
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  17. YOUR IDEAS | (DOUBLE-POINTS)
    • Post your ideas in comments. Also use this space to inform people of any rallies or special events in your area for Gaza.

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Talking Points for Letters to Editor & Congressional Representative [remember keep scope of letter limited]:

  1. President Bush and Secretary Rice should exert diplomatic pressure to immediately re-instate a ceasefire. Israel’s military assault is disproportionate, inhumane, and immoral. The U.S. is the only country that has the capability to effectively halt this vicious cycle of violence.
  2. All human life is sacred. Israel must stop its collective punishment of Palestinians, and allow critically needed medical supplies and food to be delivered to the residents of Gaza.
  3. The Gaza Strip is smaller than the Isle of Wight, but it is crammed with 1.5 million people who can never leave. They live out their lives on top of each other in vast sagging tower blocks, jobless and hungry. From the top floor, you can often see the borders of their world: the Mediterranean Sea, and the Israeli barbed wire. When bombs begin to fall — as they are doing now with more deadly force than on any day since 1967 — there is nowhere to hide.
  4. The Israeli government did indeed withdraw from the Gaza Strip in 2005 – in order to be able to intensify control of the West Bank. Ariel Sharon’s senior advisor Dov Weisglass was unequivocal about this, explaining: “The disengagement [from Gaza] is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that’s necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians… Effectively, this whole package that is called the Palestinian state has been removed from our agenda indefinitely.”
  5. The election of Hamas was in a free and democratic election, and it was not a rejection of a two-state solution. The most detailed polling of Palestinians, by the University of Maryland, found that 72 percent want a two-state solution on the 1967 borders, while fewer than 20 percent want to reclaim the whole of historic Palestine. Rather than seize this opportunity and test their sincerity, the Israeli government reacted by punishing the entire civilian population. They announced they were blockading the Gaza Strip in order to “pressure” its people to reverse the democratic process. They surrounded the Strip and refused to let anyone or anything out. They let in a small trickle of food, fuel and medicine – but not enough for survival.
  6. According to Oxfam, this November only 137 trucks of food were allowed into Gaza this November – to feed 1.5 million people. The UN says poverty has reached an “unprecedented level.”
  7. It was in this context – under collective punishment designed to topple a democracy – that some forces within Gaza did something immoral: they fired Qassam rockets indiscriminately at Israeli cities. These rockets have killed 16 ordinary Israeli citizens. This is abhorrent: targeting civilians is always murder. But it is hypocritical for the Israeli government to claim now to speak out for the safety of civilians when they have been terrorising civilians as a matter of state policy.
  8. Only 16 civilians have died due to the small unsophisticated rockets in all these years. Israel killed that many civilians in less than 24 hours. Only one in 500 Qassam rockets causes a fatality. How many thousands of Israeli bombs, missiles, rockets, grenades and tank-shells have been blasted into the crowded city and towns of the Gaza Strip by Israel’s high-tech weaponry?
  9. Hamas offered a ceasefire in return for basic and achievable compromises. According to the Israeli press, Yuval Diskin, the current head of the Israeli security services Shin Bet, “told the Israeli cabinet [on the 23rd] that Hamas is interested in continuing the truce, but wants to improve its terms.” Diskin explained Hamas was requesting two things: an end to the blockade, and an Israeli ceasefire on the West Bank. The cabinet – high with election-fever, and eager to appear tough – rejected these terms.
  10. The sound of Gaza burning should be drowned out by the words of the Israeli writer Larry Derfner. He says: “Israel’s war with Gaza has to be the most one-sided on earth…. If the point is to end it, or at least begin to end it, the ball is not in Hamas’ court – it’s in ours.”
  11. “Israel left Gaza in order to create an opportunity for peace.” FALSE. Israel never left Gaza. It still occupies Gaza’s airspace and coastal waters and controls all entrances and exits.
  12. Israel had failed to abide by the terms of the cease-fire. For the overwhelming majority of the six-month truce, Israel had refused to ease its military blockade of Gaza to any significant degree. In addition, it was the initial violator of the cease-fire when it sent tanks and aircraft into Gaza and killed six Palestinians on November 4, 2008.
  13. In the interest of peace, Hamas, and especially Fatah, have firmly established that they are willing to participate in negotiations that are based on internationally recognized borders and rights. The Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said in November that his government was willing to accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel within the 1967 borders. Haaretz Israel News, Nov. 9, 2008
  14. Institutions of higher learning are supposed to serve the needs of their countries and are also supposed to be a place where diverse views are debated. The indiscriminate bombing of this university simply cannot be justified. Last year, when there was a British proposal to boycott Israel universities, and the speed and enthusiasm with which certain American universities and academics jumped to attack the proposed boycott of Israeli universities was a spectacle to witness. They claimed they were championing academic freedom. I wonder where these same universities and academics are now, when an entire University is bombed, its facilities destroyed, and professors assassinated. The only reasonable answer seems to be that in the eyes of these academics, Palestinians don’t really deserve the same freedoms as Israelis do. In other words, some freedoms are just more sacred than others.
  15. five-sisters-gaza.jpgThe claim that only 60-odd people were civilians out of the nearly 400+ killed is utter misinformation. The UN yesterday issued a “conservative” estimate of the number of civilians killed in three days of unprecedentedly fierce aerial bombardment, putting the death toll at 62. It is a deliberately conservative estimate because it excludes all men in the Gaza City area to ensure that it does not accidentally include uniformed personnel. The Palestinian Centre of Human Rights said that “most” of the more than 300 casualties were civilian but their tally includes Hamas policemen. Under the laws of war, police and police stations are presumptively civilian unless the police are Hamas fighters or taking a direct part in the hostilities, or police stations are being used for military purposes. We already know that some of the police officers targeted were mere cadets/recruits, let alone fighters!

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Talking-points Gathered From:

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RALLY PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

Send us a link to your photos if you wish to have it added here.

USA:

Canada

Europe

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MASSACRE PHOTOS:

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Abu Reem is one of the founders of MuslimMatters, Inc. His identity is shaped by his religion (Islam), place of birth (Pakistan), and nationality (American). By education, he is a ChemE, topped off with an MBA from Wharton. He has been involved with Texas Dawah, Clear Lake Islamic Center and MSA. His interests include politics, cricket, and media interactions. Career-wise, Abu Reem is in management in the oil & gas industry (but one who still appreciates the "green revolution").

212 Comments

212 Comments

  1. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    salam… a few minutes ago we called a few numbers in Gaza, got through using the last suggestion, (011)9728255-XXXX, and talked with two households. Needless to say that, they were happy to hear from us and we were happy to connect on a personal level with those under this awful siege and violence.

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    Hassan

    January 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    -Edited. This is a PERSONAL action-item list. Pls lets stick to the topic.

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    Hassan

    January 4, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Hmm, can we write as individuals and groups to muslim governments about my edited comment? Would not it come under personal action item? And if they do indeed follow through, then we may have more personal actions to do. Just the thought.

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  5. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Hassan, you are free to do what you wish on your own personal basis. But I think sometimes one needs to think of things practically.

    Let’s focus on the items that is within our capability and that we can actually accomplish. That is the purpose of this post inshalah.

  6. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    inshallah, I’ll match the first $250 donation to Gaza to get our fund-raising kicked off.

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    umtalhah

    January 4, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    as salam alaikum,

    jazakAllahu khairan br. amad & mm 4 this list. due to traveling & some personal issues i was completely cut off from the news. afer arriving in saudi late wednesday night, i was very surprised to hear ‘qunoot’ prapyer in the fajr prayer. (not just the adhan but the entire prayer takes place over the microphone here in saudi.) after connecting to the world i realized why all the masjids for the past few days have been reading qunoot (mostly in the fajr prayer). may Allah ease their situation.

    all the majids in my vicinity have been making duaa for the muslims in palestine and against the oppressors. may Allah accept the duaas.

    personally, i started praying just 2 rakah’s everyday asking Allah to aid teh muslims. this is the least we can do after spending an entire day safely, peacefully, with our loved ones, our faimilies, with much more than enough food on our tables (and in our pantries), with a solid roof on our heads, working ac/heaters in our homes to say the least and the list goes on.

    allahumma laka alhamd wa ya rabbana fansurna ala alqawm al kafireen.

    the site http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/dec08.html has a downloadable flyer about the massacre in gaza. perhaps u can add thtat to the list too.

    wassalam alaikum,

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    AnonyMouse

    January 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Talk to your children about what’s happening in Gaza. Yes, it’s harsh and horrible and we don’t want to expose children to that kind of gruesomeness, but it’s the truth. Make them aware of what their brothers and sisters in Islam are going through… ask them, “How would you feel if this was happening to Mama and Baba? To your baby brother or big sister?” Teach them to make du’a.

    Encourage them to donate. SubhanAllah, something incredibly inspiring is that after talking to the Madrasah students about the Gaza crisis, we recieved several envelopes of donations from the children themselves. Their parents told us that the kids were saving up for iPods and toys and other special items, but once they heard about what was happening in Palestine, they gave it all up for the Sake of Allah.

  9. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    dont forget to digg post
    http://digg.com/world_news/ACTION_GAZA_Can_we_Spare_60_Minutes_Can_we_Walk_the_Talk

    We’ll use the new FB DIGG club once is got a 100 members inshallah.

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    Organica

    January 4, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    How should we bring forth this action plan on our blogs? Should copy paste the list or only the link? Please advise.

  11. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    salam Sr. Organica, you can copy and paste the entire list if you feel that will be more effective. Whatever you feel is more effective. Our usual rules of only posting excerpts are waived for this post… the point is to maximize its exposure.

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    Organica

    January 4, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Okay, I am going to take some important points (to make it easy for people to read on my blog) and refer them to this post and all the other links. I am making profiles on all the websites you suggested. It was very easy to join and edit. I encourage everyone to do it as well!

    Jazzakum Allah Khair on behalf of Islam and Muslims!

  13. Yaser Birjas

    Yaser Birjas

    January 4, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    We did few random calls as well and they all worked alhamdulillah. People were surprised and will really appreciate your support.

  14. Yaser Birjas

    Yaser Birjas

    January 4, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    I would really recommend for all Imams and Khateebs, to dedicate this upcoming Friday khutbah wisely to explain the situation in Gaza and give our brothers and sisters there the support they deserve. And until then, start their practice of Qunoot “du’a in Salat” on regular basis to keep this case alive in the minds and hearts of people.

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    AnonyMouse

    January 4, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Use an inspiring poster as your profile pic

    If anyone has good posters that we can use as profile pics like Kulna Gaza (we are all Gaza/ all for Gaza); or Quds Tonadeena (Quds is calling), please post them to the MM facebook group.

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    Ibn Abu Aisha

    January 4, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum Brother Amad,

    May Allah reward Shaykhana Yaser and you for calling our families in Gaza. I’m wondering if there’s a “Collection Box” for MM donors whereby we can keep track of the $10,000 we’re hoping to raise Insha Allah. If yes, where is the link? Or should I make the donation on one of the websites listed above? I want to join you by donating $250 right now.

    May Allah pour Sabr on our brothers and sisters in Gaza and grant them protection and safety. Ameen.

    Wassalamu Alaikum.

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    Mohammad S.

    January 4, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Amad, or whoever is in charge of this article, can I please copy-paste some of the points mentioned above into my email? Does reference need to be cited?

    I’m trying to mail the Canadian PM, Stephen Harper. Any Canadian who wants his email:pm@pm.gc.ca

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    Abdalaziz

    January 4, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Mashallah,

    This list will inshallah come in handy for anyone and everyone who wants to do whatever they can in attempt to mitigate the Muslim Crisis. All of our efforts will not go unnoticed by The Almighty.

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    Reem

    January 4, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Salam..
    I am 11 years old and I made the call and i talked in Arabic.. the first call a man picked up and the second one a woman picked up, she had family and children…she sounded like she was sad and depressed…

    i am donating 80 dollars from my money…may Allah help them.

    -Reem

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      Islam Blog

      February 28, 2011 at 12:23 AM

      Mashallah, zazakallah for your work.

  21. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Mohammad S.
    Feel free to copy anything you wish. You don’t need to cite references if its not helpful in the specific case.
    jazakallahkhair

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    not telling

    January 4, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    salamualaikum, i am 8 years old and i will donate 20 dollars, my one months allowance, well that’s all………………………salam………..i am not telling who i am……………..

  23. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Ibn Abu Aisha, jazakAllahkhair
    we’ll keep track… just see the new thumbnail in the post… between you, the match and a couple of other donations, we have kicked this off

    $800 (8% there)

  24. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    We’ll also add links to any photo albums of rallies or any other form of “ACTION”. The link to photos of the rally in Philadelphia has been added.

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    Tanveer

    January 4, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Jazakallah Khair for this well organized steps to do, InshaAllah we will get there in our goals and be successful, Ameen.

    Question or Idea:
    – are there any list of stores or business who support by donating their profits or revenues to Israel
    – got few emails but I am not sure if those are authentic, so would like if you could post those, so that we boycott and be aware that our spending in a way is also used to destroy our own brothers.

    Salaam

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    Organica

    January 4, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Rally pictures.

    If you have pictures please post them on http://picasa.google.com/ and email them to MuslimMatters admin.

    I am working on getting photos of:

    Toronto, ON-Canada
    Chicago, IL

  27. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Tanveer, boycotting may be helpful though there is some question about whether collective punishment in response to collective punishment is the right moral strategy. In any case, there will be an article posted tomorrow on this subject inshallah.

    The website I can refer you to is: Boycott Israel Campaign

    iMuslim referred to them in her post on MM concerning boycotting Israeli dates.

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    ALGEBRA

    January 4, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    @REEM
    MashALLAH impressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It takes a lot of generousity from an 8 year old to donate 80 from their allowance.
    May ALLAH REWARD you for your GENEROUSITY.
    MashAllah.
    salam

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    Suggestion

    January 4, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Assalam Alykum

    If the audience are non-Muslims, it’s good to diversify the message.

    So, buying unbiased books then giving them to your friends, book clubs, teachers, … inshaAllah is good.

    Here are some suggested books

    The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
    Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
    The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

  30. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Excellent “suggestion”. I think there is a video too:

    Occupation 101

    is excellent. Sh. Yaser suggested a campaign to collect money to buy these in bulk and send to officials, etc.

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    ALGEBRA

    January 4, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Aslamu-alaikum:
    Oh what a great idea. I really like the summary of all the steps we can take.
    1. petition
    2. digged
    3. donated—- anonymous amount
    4. Duas
    InshAllah I will write the newspaper tomorrow.
    THank you for ORGANIZING everyting in a LIST AMAD
    salam

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    Reem

    January 4, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    algebra,
    i think you got mixed up between me and my bro (not telling [that is his name] ).. he is 8 and he is donating 20 dollars from his allowance.. i am 11 and i am the one donating $80.. and its not from allowance, it is from savings..

    ♥Reem♥

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    Slave

    January 4, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Assalam Alaikum

    Adding to the list:

    1. Additional Donation Organizations:

    * Human Appeal
    * Ummah Welfare Trust
    * Muslim Aid
    * Islamic Relief
    * Islamic Relief > just Giving
    * Interpal
    * IRFAN – Canada
    * Red Crescent

    Google Them for Links

    2. U.S. Citizens – WITHOLD Taxes
    – Much of this goes to Israel Military – DON’T AID THEM
    – There are 299.1 Million Muslims in the US – there have been various Protests, but this Silent Protest harms them economically and will bring more force to get them to listen

    3. Contact the Media

    Friends of Al-Aqsa calls on everyone to contact the media and demand more balanced and fair reporting of the conflict. This should include demands that the Palestinian side of the story is given adequate coverage, which the media can achieve by contacting organisations which support the Palestinian cause such as:

    Friends of Al-Aqsa – 07711 823524
    Palestine Solidarity Campaign – 020 7700 6192
    Stop the War Coalition – 07939 242229

    ACTION REQUIRED

    Friends of Al-Aqsa calls on everyone to contact all the media agencies, who are providing imbalanced reporting, including:

    BBC News
    020 8743 8000 / 0870 0100 222
    news24.comments@bbc.co.uk

    ITN
    0207 833 3000

    Sky News
    020 7705 3000 / 08702 403000

    4. Support Fair Trade Initiatives:

    Make every penny count by support long term projects which help give Palestinians economic independence. Companies like Zaytoun sell Fair Trade olive oil and related products here in the UK. Check out the Palestine Fair Trade Association for more information.

    5. Raise awareness in Mosques, Institutes, Social Networks etc. to collectively Fund Raise

    Someone previously mentions Occupation 101 – Very good documentary for those who are unaware of the situation
    To watch news on computer – Download Livestation

    May Allah give vistory to the Muslims, and aid Hamas.

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  35. Amad

    Amad

    January 4, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    At the bottom of the post,
    Added rally/protest photos links to Philly, Toronto
    Also, added a link to brutalities in photos. These are some of the starkest, and most poignant pictures I have seen yet. Discretion advised.

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    aarij

    January 4, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Flagging YouTube Videos

    Hunt down the videos on the YouTube Channel of the Israeli military and flag the videos as “Violent or Repulsive Content”, or “Hateful or Abusive Content”. By God, its repulsive content at its worst. Some of the videos from the Channel are already taken down.

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    student

    January 4, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    JazakumuAllahu alf khairan for compiling this list!!!!!!!! We just tried the last number and we were able to reach someone. AlhamduliAllah, it touched our hearts.

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    Where are the American Ulema?

    January 4, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Yaser Birjas briefly gave his 2 cents in a post on this column.. but I have yet to see our American Ulema speak effectively about the crisis.. where is Yasir Qadhi?? Where is Suhaib Webb (apart from posting articles published by other authors)??

    What do they have to say? Any words of wisdom ?

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    Noor Syed

    January 4, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    May Allah protect our brothers and sisters. Excellent reminders masha’Allah, I will definitely encourage others to act upon it…

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    The Muslim kid

    January 4, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Wow, I’m happy to see such an effort. This is great.

    I think we should all personally raise money at the mosque, get a stand and a box, make some posters and ask people.

    For me, a practical problem is that many of the Desi uncles and aunts do not really look online..are computer-illiterate and thus handicapped in donating.

    I think if people go to mosque and personally ask we can reach out to a group that is not donating to its full potential.

    Just an idea.

    themuslimkid.blogspot.com

    -The Muslim Kid-

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    A Sister

    January 4, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Jazaakumullaahu khairan for your coverage and efforts.
    Are there any relief organizations that accept paypal payments?

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    abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    January 4, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    bismillah. Amad, i have dugg this article.

    and i was about to share the tiny-url with others for dissemination, but when i cut and paste: http://www.tinyurl.com/action-gaza into my browser, i get to MM, alright, but to an MM-404 message. in any case, please double-check the tiny url!

    may Allah deliver the Gazans and the rest of Palestine from the oppression of Israel. ameen.

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    ar.m

    January 5, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    mashaAllah

    jazakh Allah khayrun all helping

    remember do not render your deeds fruitless by showing off

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    hidden souls

    January 5, 2009 at 12:43 AM

    My family tried calling from the numbers above and alhamdulillah after some tries it worked…The only problem was that we never accounted for the time difference so we think we woke them up in the middle of the night? oops!
    It was really nice though to connect with them for a few moments (the lady sounded really tired and didn’t say much, may Allah strengthen them)..The feeling I had is near impossible to describe…I think everyone should try doing it!!

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    Rose Madder

    January 5, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    I will surely go through You Tube and label sites as objectionable, repellent, violent, bigoted, racist…. but they’ll all be the ones starring those Moron Muslims who are flaunting those stupid “kill the juice” signs. May Gaza be cleansed of the murdering Hamas thugs who took over the legitimate government and hold Palestinian civilians hostage – cowards all who hide behind their mommy’s birkas, good only at killing little girls. The sooner they’re all dead the sooner Palestinians can breathe again. May it be very, very soon.

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    Idris

    January 5, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    After trying several times. I got through to a family in Gaza, and despite my poor Arabic, they appreciated the call and the dua!

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    shaam

    January 5, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    May Allah Bless you all for the ideas….especially the calling idea. Me and my husband just called one random number. My husband couldn’t talk, he started to cry. We both cried so much after talking. We talked with only one sister. She is probably our grandparents age. She sounded just like one of us. My husband is Turkish and I am Bengali, we talked with one person from Gaza and we felt like as if we are family. SubhanAllah. Alhumdulillah, we are Muslim. Alhumdulillah we love our brothers and sisters. Alhumdulillah we are one.

    I want to call the same person again and again…after I hung up I felt soooo sad, I felt like I lost a Grandma forever. I didn’t want to hung up, I was afraid of losing her. I started to think what if she dies just like othes…. I don’t know her but now i feel like as if I know her for ages. Me and my husband feel conntected more after just talking with one person. InshAllah from now on we will try to do all that we can… We will try to walk the talk. Ameen

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    abu Rumay-s.a.

    January 5, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    One further suggestion is Community Outreach. It is a good to time to educate the local community centers, churches, synagogues, universities, schools, etc. about the facts and about the plight of the suffering Palestinians. This can be done in a form of inviting them to the local masajid or holding public events, this can be done with many other non muslim organizations.

    Second, also inviting the local news papers and TV stations to the Masajid or to the outreach events to show the solidarity of the community against this carnage and crimes against humanity.

    Just as a side note, you can read from Arabnews, the following (from Saudi Arabia):

    Total donations collected so far exceed SR125 million, excluding several truckloads of relief supplies such as blankets, clothes and basic provisions.

    “The Kingdom has sent seven planeloads of aid to war-torn Palestine so far including two relief planes that took off from Riyadh Air Base yesterday for Areesh airport in Egypt, carrying more than 24 tons of medical supplies,” said Dr. Khaled Al-Mirghalani, spokesman for the Ministry of Health.

    “A total of 14 severely injured Palestinians have been airlifted and admitted to different hospitals in the Saudi capital as I speak to you,” he added.

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    islam blog

    January 5, 2009 at 1:26 AM

    Can anyone provide feedback on Muslim Hands [muslimhands.org]. Are they a good charity to donate to? I asked because I could not find them on your list of sites to donate to. Jazakallah.

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    Slave

    January 5, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    ALERT!

    STARBUCKS AND MACDONALD WILL BE DONATING ALL MONEY THEY MAKE UNTIL SATURDAY TO ISRAEL!

    Boycott all Israeli Companies: http://theunjustmedia.com/Islamic%20Perspectives/Jan09/Bc/Boycott%20Israel%20Campaign%20Brands%20&%20labels%20to%20Boycott.htm

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    Abdur Rahman

    January 5, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Assalamu alaikum,

    How about also talking about what is going on in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Kashmir, Xinjian, the Caucauses and the Philippines? It is no doubt important to focus on what is going in the Land of Al-Aqsa but the situation is dire in these places as well and there is no mention of them. If we begin to talk about these issues it will really help to understand events that are going on in the world. I never even heard anyone talk about making qunoot for, say, Somalia where they were implementing shariah(and are to some extent now), and the situation there is perhaps worse or atleast on par with Somalia.

    I hope we will not be selective once we begin to discuss what is going on with the Ummah and I sincerely hope that our imaams and leaders take up this important task of educating the Ummah.

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    Khan

    January 5, 2009 at 2:13 AM

    Asslamo alaikum…

    Mashallah very good ideas but we should not only confined ourselves to ideas and words only we should take some practical steps too like donating money is the most effective tool that every one can use to help our brothers and sisters but donation should not stop ,, it doe not mean that me donate few dollars and then start thinking that i fulfill my duties .. no it should be in long term because the people are suffering there from very long time our one time few dollars cannot help them, me live in Pakistan in tribal areas and we have the same situations USA drons attacking and killing innocent people .. and i remembered when i was in university two years ago we students made a group and from our pockets money and some of us doing jobs too and we collect money from our friends and then we students who belongs to those areas we said them that they provide us the ten families addresses whose earning family members died in those attacks .. and thus wer about 7 months send them monthly expenses so they can buy basic goods for their living.. . any thing we can do for our brothers in Gaza we should keep the long term strategy .. i shall like to say that and suggest that we can and we should at least over here from MM can start some thing practical rather we search some one else.. … may Allah help and protect our brothers and sisters in gaza and all those part of world where they have difficulties . and may Allah give us strength that we can do some thing more than words for our brothers.. ameen..

    Well done is better than well said…

    Wasalam..

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    Slave

    January 5, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    To AbdurRahman,

    Subhan’Allah! For certain, your words are true. No doubt that these areas are just as important, however, could you please indicate as to where we find sufficient covering of the situation there? Sadly, as you say, we tend to focus on exactly what the media is covering. At the moment there is massive massacre done by an opposing party on the people of Gaza, and there are numerous ways in which we can assist. However, I am dumbfounded when it comes to ways to assist them in their struggle.

    Du’a, of course, is unbeatable. Especially one which is sincere.

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    Slave

    January 5, 2009 at 2:24 AM

    The Malaysian President (or former president) said to Boycott the US Dollar. I don’t know how us civilians can do that, but we CAN BOYCOTT Israeli companies and WITHHOLD TAX MONEY

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    Khan

    January 5, 2009 at 2:29 AM

    and one thing more i often read may be i wrong that MM only talk or focus on muslims who live in USA and motivate them towards good deeds.. i think here in Pakistan people also want to help and in whole muslim world people want to help too so there is a need that MM and its members try to reach out every where in muslim world . and its members should tell their friends in other countries .. ..too.

    lets make a unlimited chain..

    Regards

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    anonymous

    January 5, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    how to withhold tax money when they deduct all taxes from our paychecks every quarternight.

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    Khan

    January 5, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    MM should tell that how people can donate them from outside USA …?

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    Molham Aldrobi

    January 5, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    Very good ideas, may Allah help you all;

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    Abdur Rahman

    January 5, 2009 at 2:44 AM

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Akhee, ‘slave’ the best places I have found are:

    http://www.islamicawakening.com – especially there forums: http://forums.islamicawakening.com/

    http://www.islamonline.net

    http://www.atimes.com

    Plus, reading lots of different newspapers, I mainly read the ones in the US and UK.

    As for what we action we should be doing I highly recommend reading the different approaches that are out there and sincerely asking Allah (swt) for guidance. I am in no position to direct you, but one should realize that when a shaykh is speaking he has a certain methodology when it comes to treating the ills of the Ummah and there is no doubt truth to what most say but we have to hear what all say in order to make a decision and beware of the fact that each shaykh or group has its own strength and weaknesses but this does not necesssarily delegitimize their “Islamicness.”

    I hope this make sense and I hope that someone will find benefit in what I have said.

    Allah knows best.

    BarakAllahu feekum

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    UmmUmar

    January 5, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    Fasting and prayer for Gaza on 9th and 10th of Muharram (Tues and Wed according to moonsighting.com)
    This appeal for worldwide Muslim prayer and fasting is from Islamictube.com and is posted on my site: http://muslimwritings.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/fasting-and-prayer-for-gaza/

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    Dawud Israel

    January 5, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    Kalimatu tayyibatu sadaqa
    A good word is charity

    Imagine you are an Israeli soldier and you go into houses of Palestinians and every house you go into has a phones ringing, from Muslims around the world calling to comfort them.

    Wouldn’t that make the Israelis think twice? I mean, they are Bani Israel–they have brotherhood too, but if they see brotherhood on this scale, while if I were an Israeli soldier I would get pretty nervous. As if the Muslims are already closing in on them…as if they can already see the sparks of emaan growing brighter and fuller…

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    Jana

    January 5, 2009 at 5:23 AM

    For brothers and sisters in the UK, you can donate to Islamic Relief’s Gaza Emergency Appeal here:

    http://www.justgiving.com/gaza

    The page also includes updates about the situation on the ground.

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    Jana

    January 5, 2009 at 5:53 AM

    Salaam all, just to add, I just came across this now:

    http://apps.facebook.com/qassamcount/

    “QassamCount’s sole purpose is to let the world know about the number of Qassams and other rockets that hit Israel every day. We update our and Facebook status that have been donated every time a Qassam hits Israel”

    Does anyone know if a similar application is around for the number of rockets being fired into Gaza, or the number of Palestinian deaths?

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    anon

    January 5, 2009 at 6:03 AM

    “Imagine you are an Israeli soldier and you go into houses of Palestinians and every house you go into has a phones ringing, from Muslims around the world calling to comfort them.”

    I heard one of pakistan’s top political commentators, Dr Shahid Masood, on his Geo News show last night point out that Gaza does NOT have its own telecom infrastructure, but even that is controlled by Israel.
    (aside: while I’m not a fan of Dr Masood’s Pakistani political commentary which is always incindiary, his coverage of gaza is the best I have seen so far, looking at not just whats happening on the ground and why, but also at the failed responses of the arab and muslim world. for those who understand urdu, i would highly recommend it.)

    If that is the case, then If i were an israeli soldier (i would personally rather be a pig – even if im unclean and impure, i wouldn’t be barbaric and heartless), I would inform whoever was incharge and tell them to cut off all communication channels, which if they are under israeli control, is even easier to do, and even if it isnt, i dont think it would be too difficult to do, given that the city of Gaza is surrounding on 3 sides by israel and the 4th by the sea.
    It may be that the noble intention of trying to give some people a little bit of emotional support may deprive them of one of the few remaining essentials (communication) that they still have access to, so I really don’t think that a mass outpouring of support is in the best interest of palestine. I know it comes across as me being heartless, but I would feel awful if i heard that people with their own parents and loved ones in gaza could no longer get through and have no idea whether they’re even alive.

    another issue: The problem with the humanitarian crisis is not just that there’s not enough money, the much much bigger problem is no access to these areas. I could empty out my pockets without a second thought to charities like islamic relief, but I’m wondering, if there’s no access to the area to provide aid,are the charities in place inside gaza with enough relief materials? does anyone know? I raise this because I remember reading about how a lot of donations after the earthquake in pakistan never got to where it was intended for, and because I did a lot of fundraising on a personal level, I felt responsible for other people’s money not being used for what they wanted it to be used for, eventhough i know the organizations i gave to were legit and were on the ground doing relief work. Are any of the relief agencies providing any updates on what they’ve done, apart from $ figures they’ve raised?

    also: coverage from a UAE based newspaper is pretty good too:
    http://thenational.ae/ i particularly found this editorial thought provoking: http://thenational.ae/article/20090104/OPINION/361845413/0/ART

    and al jazeera english: http://english.aljazeera.net/

    i think it is important to not just rely on US/UK news sources on this matter.

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    Chaz Qaasim

    January 5, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    My question and perhaps answer to all this is, “Where did they GET a bomb to do this sort of damage?”

    If this question is answered the way I believe it will be answered…then we know just how touched the evil people are who are attempting to change Devine Prophecy. The true people who should rightfully dwell and own the land are clearly the Palestinians. It is sacred land and they have had to fight against world powers over their own soil and its valuable resources since before I ever knew anything.

    Allah will have final say.

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    Umm Reem

    January 5, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    this was on google top stories…surprisingly…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSB81320

    they are short of “body bags”…iyyadhobillah…how many bodies they must have had…

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    MM Associates

    January 5, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    bismillah. [abu abdAllah]

    jazak Allah khayr for the reminders to fast on 9/10 of Muharram. may Allah accept from all of us, especially our duas for the Gazans.

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    Reem

    January 5, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Did MM reach their goal in the fundraising yet?

    -Reem

    ____
    http:/reemosworld.wordpress.com > Reemo’s Rainbow.. check it out!

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    Muslim Girl

    January 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Assalam o alaikum,

    May I have permission to paste some of these points onto my blog, and also linking this page and/or citing it if necessary, to raise awareness?

    Jazakum’Allah Khair.

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    Muslim Girl

    January 5, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Sorry, I just read again and saw that we are allowed.

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    Miako

    January 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Rose,

    Hamas is the legitimate government of Gaza. End of Message.

    When you want to get a clue, come ask your Jewish friend here! But that would take kidneys…

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    Shahed

    January 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    I would really recommend for all Imams and Khateebs, to remind people on praying five times at the Mosque. With all other efforts let’s also approach THE DOER OF ALL THINGS as one. As Prophet Muhammad (SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM) asked us to join foot and shoulder in Salah, so that it joins our hearts and InshaALLAH with this unity let’s fill the Masjid with five Salahs (at least the following weekend) and we all together standing in humiliation in front of ALLAH tala, RABUL ALAMIN praise and thank HIM and beg for HIS mercy

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    Umm Sumaiyya

    January 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Assalaamu alaykum,

    The North American media outlet shows a clear bias towards the Israeli viewpoint. None of the major news sources here in North America maintain any presence in Gaza, and so they cannot offer us a true picture. We should refuse to be spoon-fed their watered down version. Rely on reports from al-Jazeera, English and Arabic. They are the only news agency with reporters inside Gaza. If you want to watch their news broadcasts in real-time, you can do so by downloading LIvestation.

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    Sarah Nasir

    January 5, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Assalamu ‘alaikum,

    Yesterday
    * Dua
    * Dugg
    * Facebook Status Message linked to this website
    * Facebook Profile picture

    Today
    * Donate
    * Dua

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    Sarah Nasir

    January 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Assalamu ‘alaikum,

    I also sent a thank you note to the local TV channel that showed some clips of the Gaza suffering. I know they can show more but maybe inshAllah this good will snowball into more.

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    mulsimah

    January 5, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    journalists are banned by israel. so I guess we can never know the depth of what is happening. source: http://www.antiwar.com

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    Miako

    January 5, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090112/schenker?rel=hp_picks

    Spread this. I wish i could front page or put this link into the article, but it is important. Important to understand what is going on, and important to understand that there are voices for peace on all sides.

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    Thanks and SUGGESTIONS

    January 5, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    jazaakumallaahu khayran for all these wonderful tips!!! may Allah reward you all,ameen.

    So I really want to call but can some Arabic speakers please post some brief sentences we can tell them in Arabic (if we are non-Arabic speakers)? I don’t want to cause them more distress with my bad Arabic!!

    -If you can post this in the article itself (i.e. some comforting words and du’as we can say for them, that’ll be good)

    -Another suggestion is to post differnet time zones and how they compare with the Gaza time zone

    –> I think these action items will help us in the phone calling since it’s a great way to strengthen our brothers and sisters’ morale with a simple call.

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    Thanks and SUGGESTIONS 2

    January 5, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    -can we add a PDF file of different protests going on?

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    Slave

    January 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    JazakAllah Khair brother Abdur Raheem for the links. I think you took my post in a wrong way – I was certainly not opposing you. Simply asking of places where I could gain more information and places to donate for their affairs.

    Livestation.com for live news

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    Abdur Rahman

    January 5, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    BarakAllahu feek! I did not mean to sounds aggressive and I apologize if I did! Insha’Allah you will find those links beneficial. I would like to point out some articles that show the types of weapons the Israelis are using in Gaza. They are the same types of weapons the US uses (such as in its intentional destruction of Fallujah) and the weapons are quite likely US supplied. I am not even talking about some of the rifles, or planes, drones and helicopters the US has given Israel.

    The last link shows how the US is actively helping in the war with it’s own soldiers with the permission of the Egyptian government!

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=80685&sectionid=3510302

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=80725&sectionid=351020202

    I hope that we can start being pro-active and not see what is going on in Gaza as isolated from what is going on in other countries. The enemies of Islam regularily target any groups who refuse the dictates of tyrants; the most gross expression of this war on Islam is the destruction of the houses of Allah the Almighty and the schools where the Deen of Allah (swt) is being taught. The US regularily does it in Pakistan and Iraq for example. While the Hindus destroy the houses of Tawheed in India and then build house of polytheism in their stead!

    I would suggest to our scholars to talk about how amazing it is that the Jews could not face our brothers in Gaza until bombarding it for nearly 8 days and proceeded by that a blockade of the entirety of the Gaza Strip. Then, they cowardly attacked at night. I hope that when we talk about the martyrdom, insh’Allah, of Shaykh Nizar Rayyan, we will understand the ‘izza Allah (swt) bestowed upon him. The enemies of Allah (swt) would not dare face him and so they had to killl him from a high altitude with a 2 thousand pound bomb! No different are the stories of Shaykh Ahmed Yassin and Abdul-Azeez Rantisi. May Allah accept them as martyrs!

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    Amad

    January 5, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    First a couple of requests:
    1) If anyone has written or can write a template letter to the editor (meeting the conditions of a good letter), we can use them, as examples to the post. Pls email them to info at muslimmatters dot org

    2) to “thanks and suggestions” regarding arabic message from gaza
    That is good idea. We’ll try to get it done inshalah. Meanwhile if any Arabic speaker/writer can do this and put it in a pdf and email it to us at info at muslimmatters dot org, that will be great.

    Concerning donations and actions outside America:

    Most of these are applicable to everyone. For reaching your political representative, just google that in your country. For donations in UK, someone here has already added that information. And I just added it to the main post. If you are living in South Asia, I would urge you to find out who’s the best local outfit in your country. For those from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, please feel free to provide any recommendations here. But still buyer beware.

    Concerning calling Gaza:

    Pls be mindful of time-zones.

    to “A Sister”
    Paypal: I believe Palestine Children’s Relief Fund accepts Paypal payments.

    to “ar.m”
    Regarding donations in private.
    jazakallahkhair for the reminder, but if mentioning your donation openly helps others, there is a precedent in the Sunnah from that too. One way to help do both is to mention your donation here on MM, but use “anonymous” as your name. That way we can count your donation and you can remain anonymous.

    to “islamblog”

    Don’t know anything about muslimhands. if anyone else has any information, pls comment.

    to “abdur-rahman”
    Yes Muslims are facing trials and tribulations all over the lands. But lets confine this action-alert to gaza inshallah. Focusing our efforts will help us.

    to “khan”
    I would encourage you to spread the word of this action-gaza or any other means of helping gaza to your friends and family. As I mentioned many of the things are doable from any part of the world inshallah.

    to “Sarah Nasir” and “algebra”
    Your comments symbolize what this action-gaza message is about. Do the deeds and then report and encourage others. Pls keep it up.

    In closing, let’s not forget the fast of Ashoora and use that as an opportunity to make lots of dua’ for our brethren.

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    Amad

    January 5, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Got this message from the International Solidarity Movement. Seems worth supporting definitely. I will be adding them to the list above:

    ISM Gaza have been in the strip since September, breaking the siege by bringing in supplies, re-establishing a passenger service to and from Cyprus, and acting as human shields for Gazan fishermen under attack by the Israeli Navy.

    Now, they are some of the only foreign witnesses to what is happening. They are providing much of the video footage and witness testimony which is appearing on 24h media, when I spoke to one of them a few days ago she said that she had already given over 30 telephone interviews. Most accounts of civilian massacres which I have seen so far in UK Newspapers have originated with ISM Gaza and their ability to get on the scene, take photos, videos and statements, and convey these to the media. They have also been doing a great job of supplying Gazan doctors in particular to speak to the international press.

    Since the ground invasion started, they’ve been accompanying Palestinian paramedic teams, deterring the all too common (and illegal) attacks on them by the IDF. This is something ISM activists have been doing for years in Gaza, in Jenin, in Nablus, and other cities over in the West Bank. You can read more about their work here: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/category/gaza/

    These people are right there, putting their white privilege at the service of people in Gaza, deterring attacks, and drawing in the media. That is the essence of what they do.

    People can donate by paypal on the ISM website: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/donations/) using the ‘quick donor’ button.

    They can also transfer money directly into the ISM Palestine bank account;

    ARAB BANK P.L.C
    RAMALLAH AL_BALAD BR
    PALESTINE
    SWIFT CODE; ARABPS22090
    ACCOUNT #673589

    Other organizations working on the ground right now include The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (ambulances, health clinics etc), and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

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    Abdur Rahman

    January 5, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    To our brother Amad:

    My point is so long as we keep up this paradigm we will never accomplish anything. So long as we do not connect the dots we will keep re-acting. This is not about the place called Gaza this is about an attack on the dignity of Muslims, and attacking the Deenn of Allah (swt) with their destorying His houses.

    My suggestion would be to develop an overall strategy in regards to what is going on in the world and see what we in the West can do. Why do we look at these events in isolation when our enemies do not? When the Israelis act they carefully plan things out and think of consequences while we just react. Why do letters we often send to goverments or the UN etc, always talk about international law? Why have we adopted this methodology which has not worked. The Israels nor the Americans adhere to it fully, and wasn’t ‘international law’ that legitmizes Israel, or the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan? .

    Also we should notice that Obama was quick to criticize the attacks in Mumbai when Hindus, Jews and Christians were deliberately targeted, but now that people who worship Allah alone and have chosen to adhere to Islam in its entirety are massacred he is silent! What is going on in Gaza is far worse than any alledged crime Muslims have committed in recent times, I might add. Should we not be rethinking things?

    I respectfully disagree with you brother Amad, we need to think outside of this box that we have put ourselves in.

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    Organica

    January 5, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Allahu Akbar!

    Please don’t forget to fast tomorrow.

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    Abu Abdurrahman

    January 5, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    To MM:

    Salaamu alaikum about Action # 4 Calling people in Gaza, would that be a good idea? Because as I heard on the news here in Holland the Israeli army gives a call to a house they think there are weapons hidden and they give that family 3 min. to remove themselfes from their premises before its bombed by airplanes. This happens so much that whenever people see a number from outside Gaza they get shocked (thats of course if they happen to have a number display on their phone). So could one of the brothers and sisters check if this is true as not to place unintentionally even more burden on our dear brothers and sisters in Gaza. jazakallahu ghairan.

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    Asim

    January 6, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Assalam u alaikum,

    TIME DIFFERENCE:

    FYI for those calling the brothers and sister in Gaza.

    From US East Coast (EST): +7 hours. ie….Midnight (12am) in New York is 7am in Gaza
    From US Central (CST): +8 hours. ie…11pm in Dallas, TX is 7am in Gaza
    From US West Coast (PST): +10. ie…9pm in San Francisco, California is 7am in Gaza

    Thought I share the time difference incase you are waking up our tired brothers and sisters in Gaza!

    May Allah forgive the Muslims of any sins we have committed and guide us all to the right path to Jannah, insha’Allah.

    Wa alaikum assalam.
    Br. Asim

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    A Sister

    January 6, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Jazaakumullaahu khairan br. Amad for pointing out that fund – I thought only credit was accepted but bank worked too.

    If Americans Knew – what every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSp-oIOhq00&eurl=http://www.ifamericansknew.org/about_us/traileryt.html

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    Yaser Birjas

    January 6, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    To make the boycott effective and realistic, we should focus on one company, brand or country at a time. Make this an international effort.

    For instance…call all people everywhere to boycott brand X or company Y, based on what we know of their public support to Israel.
    Make a goal in terms of number of supporters and timeframe, three months for instance to reach your target.
    Open a webpage to support that and have as many people possible from around the world to sign up and show their support to know how many are there with you. One page per brand or company.
    Make a study and research, create numbers and data based documents and look up facts to show the goal needed to reach, and how much damage this can cause the targeted company or brand. Look for facts not spam info. from the emails we receive all the time.

    Once this goes in the millions, it becomes a reason for you to contact the brand name manufacturer or the company with your request in regard to the situation in Palestine.

    General boycott, is really a dream we wish to come true to teach these companies a lesson. But let’s be realistic and work one brand at a time.
    We can call this campaign “One Brand For Justice” or something like that.

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    Umm Reem

    January 6, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    JazakAllah khairan katheeran sh. yaser…

    come on everyone…let’s start this effort from right here…home of MM?

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    Yaser Birjas

    January 6, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Here is a brief message you can call with.

    السلام عليكم

    أنا (أخوكم / أختكم) ………..من (أمريكا /كندا/بريطانيا

    أتصل لأسلم عليكم وأخبركم بأننا ندعوا لكم ونناصركم.

    المعذرة فأنا لا أتكلم العربية جيدا ولا أستطيع الإجابة بالعربية.
    ولكنني أحببت أن تعرفوا أن لكم أخوة هنا يدعون لكم ويقفون معكم.

    أرجو أن تسلموا لنا على جميع الأخوة والأخوات في غزة. ووفقكم الله.

    in translation:
    As-salamu alaykum,

    I’m your (brother, sister….your name) from America/Canada/England….(your country)
    I’m calling to convey my salam to you, and inform you that we are here making dua for you and support you.
    My apology, I do not speak Arabic that well, and don’t know how to reply in Arabic.
    I just wanted you to know that you have here brothers and sisters who are making dua for you and stand by you.

    Please convey my salam to all the brothers and sisters in Gaza. And may Allah give you all Tawfeeq.

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    Umm Reem

    January 6, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    called another family in Gaza again today…
    subhanAllah it is such a strange feeling talking to them…we feel happy and sad at the same time…
    how we wish we could just pull them here through the phone line…

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    Amad

    January 6, 2009 at 2:20 AM

    Abu Abdurrahman, good point about unintended consequences.
    inshallah, i hope someone can check that out, and I’ll try to ask specific people too.

    jak

    By the way, we have the new DIGG group in full swing with over 200 members… and we were just able to double the # of diggs on a couple of articles. Just this article for instance went up from like 40 to 70 already, and hopefully heading towards double-digits.

    As we digg new ones, I’ll try to add the list of the dugg stuff here as well.

    This is a great effort… so if you can join and willing to commit, don’t be a stranger:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=42909069316

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    Mohammed

    January 6, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    It is very sad & heart-breaking on seeing the horrible pictures from Gaza due to Brutal Aggression by Zionists. It is more heart-breaking when we are seeing that the WHOLE WORLD including ARAB WORLD is not taking any step to stop the brutal aggression by Zionists. It is a Shame to the Human Race.

    The UN which is suppose to be in front during these kind of calamity is NO WHERE to be seen also.

    Allah ONLY & WILL save the Palestine Land & Muslim World.

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    Thanks and Suggestions

    January 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    jazaakallaahu khayran for the Arabic so we can converse with our Palestinian brethren. Can we also get a transliteration (Arabic written out in English) to make it easier? I’m sure many more people will feel comfortable calling that way.

    baarakallaahu feekum.

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    A Sister

    January 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Thanks and Suggestions…transliteration follows. Jazakumullaahu khairan sh. Yasir

    سلام عليكم

    أنا (أخوكم / أختكم) ………..من (أمريكا /كندا/بريطانيا

    أتصل لأسلم عليكم وأخبركم بأننا ندعوا لكم ونناصركم.

    المعذرة فأنا لا أتكلم العربية جيدا ولا أستطيع الإجابة بالعربية.
    ولكنني أحببت أن تعرفوا أن لكم أخوة هنا يدعون لكم ويقفون معكم.

    أرجو أن تسلموا لنا على جميع الأخوة والأخوات في غزة. ووفقكم الله.

    assalaamu alaikum

    ana (akhookum/ukhtukum)…. min (country).
    attasilu li-usallima ‘alaikum wa ukhbirakum bi anna-naa nad’oo lakum wa nunaasirukum.

    al-Ma’thirah, fa ana laa atakallamu al-‘arabiyyah jayyidan, wa laa astatee’u al-ijaabah bil-‘arabiyyah.
    walaakin-nanee aHbabtu an ta’rifoo anna lakum ikhwatan hunaa yad’oona lakum wa yaqifoona ma’akum.

    arjoo an tusallimoo lanaa ‘alaa jamee’ al-ikhwati wal akhawaat fee ghazzah. waffaqakumullaah.

    (please do look at the Arabic too… (‘) = ع and (H) = ح)

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    A Sister

    January 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Sorry…that should have been sh. *Yaser – with an “e”! Moderator can edit my prev. post and delete this. Jazaakumullaahu khairan.

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    A Sister

    January 6, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    [Sorry there was a problem with my posts/browser…last attempt]

    Thanks and Suggestions…transliteration follows. Jazakumullaahu khairan sh. Yaser.

    assalaamu alaikum

    ana (akhookum/ukhtukum)…. min (country).
    attasilu li-usallima ‘alaikum wa ukhbirakum bi anna-naa nad’oo lakum wa nunaasirukum.

    al-Ma’thirah, fa ana laa atakallamu al-’arabiyyah jayyidan, wa laa astatee’u al-ijaabah bil-’arabiyyah.
    walaakin-nanee aHbabtu an ta’rifoo anna lakum ikhwatan hunaa yad’oona lakum wa yaqifoona ma’akum.

    arjoo an tusallimoo lanaa ‘alaa jamee’ al-ikhwati wal akhawaat fee ghazzah. waffaqakumullaah.

    (please do look at the Arabic too… (’) = ع and (H) = ح)

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    mulsimah

    January 6, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    10 Steps to Help Gaza from CAIR. These are Important too, so please check them out!

    http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=25650&&name=n&&currPage=1&&Active=1

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    Muhammad Ameen

    January 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    -MOVED TO THIS POST. Please do not use this post for “auxiliary” comments. This post is for actions and encouraging actions.

    jazakallahkhair -editor

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    mulsimah

    January 6, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    These are steps from my friend. She works for Islamic Relief
    —————-

    What we can do to help the people of Gaza:

    1. Donate generously to help the victims – https://www.irw.org/donate_now/

    2. Call in to radio talkshows and write letters to the newspaper/magazine editors to express your views.

    3. Call Senator Dick Durbin at (312) 353-4952 and politely but firmly express that you want the U.S. to call upon Israel to halt its excessive and brutal assault on the Palestinian people of Gaza. *If not your in IL Contact your senator here: http://www.senate.gov/

    4. Call Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at (202) 647-4000 and politely but firmly insist upon the U.S. following the lead of the United Nations and the European Union in condemning Israel’s use of force against the Palestinian people of Gaza

    5. Call Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry (312) 828-9162 and politely but firmly insist that Egypt permanently open its border with Gaza to allow food and medicine to pass through to the suffering Palestinians of Gaza.

    6. E-mail the Obama-Biden Transition Team at http://change.gov/page/content/contact

    i. Copy the letter below and paste it into the “message” section of the email.
    ii. Fill out the form.
    iii. Enter an appropiate title in the subject box (Suffering in Gaza or Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza)

    7. Contact President George W. Bush
    Email: comments@whitehouse.gov// vice_president@whitehouse.gov

    8. And, last but not least, Keep the suffering of our brothers and sisters who have been affected by this crisis in your prayers ♥

    -Letter to be sent to President-Elect Obama

    Dear President-Elect Obama:

    You were elected under the banner of “Change” and the world embraced you. As your inauguration nears, the world is watching and praying that the hope for change that inspired millions around the world becomes a reality and not just rhetoric. The 1.5 million innocent civilians in Gaza are desperately in need of hope and ultimately “change”. The recent air strikes and bombardment of innocent civiliansby the Israeli government must immediately end! The blockade and siege that has destroyed lives and prohibited access to food, water and medicine is a tragedy that has been left to continue. The United States and the world cannot stand by in silence and complicity and allow for the systematic eradication of an entire people. As you prepare to take the reins of power on January 20th, we ask you to show the people of Palestine, and the world, that the core values on which America was founded are once again at the forefront of foreign policy.

    (ATTN: Forward this note/message to all your contacts)

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    Islamasaurus

    January 6, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Asalamualaikum Warahmatullahi,

    An excellent post with so many different approaches to helping the people of Gaza. JazakAllahKheir. And as other posters have said, it’s very important our actions materialize, a way to do this is maybe make a check list, to ensure all avenues have been used.

    The idea of calling them is very nice, very innovative and useful. Insha Allah it will give our brothers and sisters hope, making them realize that we hear their cries and we are doing what we can, even if our treacherous leaders have turned their backs.

    We make the effort, Allah grants the victory.

    Islamasaurus

    [I will copy paste this article with the MM link if that’s ok?]

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    Mushowish

    January 6, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    read this diary of an islamic relief worker on the ground in Gaza, again showing the horrors and shocking humanitarian crisis unfolding.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7802295.stm

    May Allah (swt) make it easy upon them all

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    AbdalAziz

    January 6, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    -MOVED TO THIS POST. Please do not use this post for “auxiliary” comments. This post is for actions and encouraging actions.

    jazakallahkhair -editor

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    AsimG

    January 6, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    I feel so useless. I am losing all motivation to do anything.

    We can protest, boycott, donate, but this will only get so far.

    I have firm trust in Allah (swt), but I worry about on the day of judgement, will the Palestinian people speak against me and fellow Muslims in the west for living luxury and continuing on with life as they suffer?

    I just don’t know how I can get ready for school when my brothers and SISTERS are dying in Palestine

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    A Sister

    January 6, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Do not lose motivation…

    Allaah does not burden a person beyond his/her scope. Keep doing whatever you can…big or small…and make lots of du’aa that Allaah rectifies our affairs (personally and affairs of our Ummah as a whole)…and that He grants our brothers and sisters safety and victory…and not take us into account for what’s happenning to them.

    And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.). (Al-Baqarah 2:155)

    A sister I know said she saw Sh. Muhammad al-‘Urayfee on Qatar TV in a Q&A program, and someone asked him about the situation in Gaza and why the killing is not stopping after all this time…and he mentioned in his answer the following aayah…

    So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers. If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allâh may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allâh likes not the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong­doers). (Aali Imran 3:139-140)

    And said (paraphrasing, not exact quote) that victory will come, but it is delayed because of what’s mentioned in the aayah: testing the believers, and taking martyrs from among their ranks.

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    umtalhah

    January 6, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    as salam alalikum,

    to AsimG and all others who might be feeling what he/she is feeling – useless, depressed, losing motivation:

    please seek refuge in Allah SWT from the accursed shaitaan (i.e. read aaoodho billahi min ashshaitaan ar rajeem) as this is a trick of shaitaan.

    please don’t underestimate the effects of any action you might be doing as an individual. as sh. yasir once said in a speech (paraphrased) that if a person were to light up an only match stick he had in a room full of darkness, perhaps not much would be achieved. but if everyone started to follow his example and started lightening whatever they had, the collective result would be great.

    remember that each raindrop in itself cannot bring about any change whatsoever. but if every raindrop thought itself useless and refused to come down what would happen??

    please know that as individuals we are responsible for whatever is within our capabilities. there are responsibilites that are of an individual and then there are responsibilities that Allah has placed on a state/ruler.

    we can do whatever is withing our ability as individual and then for the latter, we can make du’aa. yes, we can make du’aa to Allah azza wa jalla to guide us, the masses of the muslims AND guide our leaders.

    often we are very quick to criticize the muslim leaders whereas that won’t bring any benefit. please remember to make du’aa for them as when we are making du’aa for them, we are in fact making du’aa for our ownselves.

    sitting depressed and brooding over the situation won’t do any good. in fact shaitaan will achieve his goal of rendering another good muslim useless.

    so get up, make wudu, pray 2 rakahs and then turn your frustration, helplessness towards Allah and beg Him, implore Him to correct our situation. remmeber the more the du’aa is coming from the heart, the more effect it has.

    your not going to school won’t do anyone any good.

    it will definitely not bring our suffering muslim bros and sis any good. thank Allah for the blessings He has given us and use those blessing in serving Him alone. indulged in the luxuries we tend to commit more sins. surely each one of us can think of at least 5 sins we are committing and vow to stop them. and we can think of 5 extra good deeds we can start doing.

    what benefit will it bring?

    – it will pull you out of your current mind frame
    – this way you will fulfill the rights of the blessing He has given you
    – it will bring you closer to Allah
    – it will bring peace to your heart
    – if all of us did that, our situation as ummah would improve and in sha Alllah bring us more help from Allah.

    and that is exactly what we need – more help from Allah SWT.

    please know that a believer never, ever loses hope in Allah. don’t let shaitaan take over you.

    so get up and take on the day!

    may Allah guide us all and improve our situation.
    wassalam alaikum.

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    Hassan

    January 6, 2009 at 9:04 PM

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    ar.m

    January 6, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    mashaAllah Amad, great point, i agree.

    let us be consistent, let us not forget them a few months down the line.

    we all know small deeds done consistently are better than…..

    may Allah reward you all, ameen.

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    Saleh 'Abd Allaah

    January 7, 2009 at 1:35 AM

    -MOVED TO THIS POST. Please do not use this post for “auxiliary” comments. This post is for actions and encouraging actions.

    jazakallahkhair -editor

    P.s. Please note that future comments that are not directly related will be just moderated, because it is a rather tedious task to move comments.

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    Amad

    January 7, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    salaam
    In order to keep the focus and prevent this thread from going off in a tangent:
    Please Note that any comments not related to the ACTION-GAZA, actions, alerts, “to-dos”, will be deleted.

    Sorry for the inconvenience. Please use other posts on the subject for unrelated comments.

    jazakallahkhair

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    abu Rumay-s.a.

    January 7, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/07/gaza-israel-palestine

    Good read.

    Avi Shlaim is a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford and the author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World and of Lion of Jordan.

    Excerpt (conclusion) from article
    “This brief review of Israel’s record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with “an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders”. A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism – the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel’s real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones.”

    Also an interesting link:
    JEWISH CRITICISM OF ZIONISM
    http://www.mepc.org/journal/9012_corrigan.asp

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    Amad

    January 7, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    If anyone finds more links to pictures of the massacre or rallies, please post them here so we can add it to the post inshallah.

    Also, we need to keep collecting funds inshallah… i know we are donating, but if we can share the news, it will help encourage others and help all of us get to our goal of $10k for this site for the sake of Allah inshallah.

    w/s

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    fazil

    January 7, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=213378

    Jon stewart is a jew, but describes the reason for this war more accurately than cnn bbc and all the other israel propaganda news channels.

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    David

    January 7, 2009 at 3:29 AM

    -MOVED TO THIS POST. Please do not use this post for “auxiliary” comments. This post is for actions and encouraging actions.

    jazakallahkhair -editor

    P.s. Please note that future comments that are not directly related will be just moderated, because it is a rather tedious task to move comments.

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    Saleh 'Abd Allaah

    January 7, 2009 at 4:13 AM

    //If anyone finds more links to pictures of the massacre or rallies, please post them here so we can add it to the post inshallah.//

    You will find more pictures here In Sha’ Allaah!

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    abu Rumay-s.a.

    January 7, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    -MOVED TO THIS POST. Please do not use this post for “auxiliary” comments. This post is for actions and encouraging actions.

    jazakallahkhair -editor

    P.s. Please note that future comments that are not directly related will be just moderated, because it is a rather tedious task to move comments.

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    Admirim

    January 7, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    This compilation that will hopefully initiate an entire chain of activities is an awesome contribution of yours to this sacred cause!

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    Helpless

    January 7, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Assalamu alaikum,

    I managed to get thru from asia.

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    sana

    January 7, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    asalaamalaikum brothers ans sisters this is the best thing that can be done staying away from the place which is facing all the problems inshaallah watever i can do i will try my best to help ur group inshallah Allah help those who help themselves and i pray to Allah subhan watalah to answer the prayers of innocent people in the world who are crying for His help inshallah ameem sumamin
    May ALLAH forgive our sins and protect the people in gaza and all the true muslims who fear one lord Allah .

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    jo

    January 7, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    [Sahih Bukhari: Volume 8, Book 76, Number 472 & 470]

    Narrated ‘Aisha (Radi Allah Anha): The Prophet (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.”

    I also wanted to share a video I found about jidf censorship on the web concerning the crisis:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a75pYS0hHoY

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    Umm Reem

    January 7, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    A message from a brother in Gaza:

    My daughter called another family today and a man picked up…he asked her “are you all praying for us”, and Reem said, ‘yes we are’, then he said:
    ‘make sure you tell everyone there to make du’a for us, that Allah azzawajal help us…’

    let us not forget that the victory of this ummah is given through the weak, by their dua’s, and their salah and their ikhlaas (as the Prophet sallallahu alihi wasalam said).

    weak we maybe right now but even in our weakness we have a power…so let us all use this power…

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    Adil

    January 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Demonstrations in Montreal

    http://www.tadamon.ca/

    contact info for those in Canada:

    Take advantage of your democratic right and contact the Prime

    Minister’s Office – you can request an immediate cease-fire, and
    lifting of the siege imposed on Gaza. Call 613-992-4211 and email
    pm@pm.gc.ca.

    Call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Phone: 613-944-4000 – and/or
    send a FAX: 613-944-4500 – and/or email to
    L.Cannon@international.gc.ca ; Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca , and CC to

    Obhrai.D@parl.gc.ca ; Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca ; Layton.J@parl.gc.ca ;
    Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca ; leader@greenparty.ca ; RaeB1@parl.gc.ca ;
    Zed.P@parl.gc.ca ; Patry.B@parl.gc.ca ; Martin.K@parl.gc.ca ;
    Goodale.R@parl.gc.ca ; Leblanc.D@parl.gc.ca ; Dewar.P@parl.gc.ca ;
    Paquette.P@parl.gc.ca ; Faille.M@parl.gc.ca

    Contact your local MP at the following site:
    http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

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    please

    January 7, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    i was just wondering for the people who can’t READ arabic, would someone be able to traslate (english letters but still in the arabic language, get it?) that link of “how to speak to someone is arabic.” i would like to call too but i cant read arabic well.
    that would be very helpful. thanks !

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    MuslimahCA

    January 7, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    100 Muslim Students Stormed City Hall in Davis, California!! Thats walking the talk if you ask me!
    http://davisvanguard.blogspot.com/2009/01/one-hundred-muslim-students-flood-city.html

    I want to put pictures up of the SF and South Bay rally.. can someone give me the link to do so!

    BarakhAllahu Feekhum

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    ilmsummitee

    January 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Salams ya Jama’ah-

    I highly encourage everyone to read this very well written article (among several now he has written about Gaza) by the award-winning prominent British journalist Mr. Robert Fisk, ” Leaders lie, civilians die, and lessons of history are ignored”.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-leaders-lie-civilians-die-and-lessons-of-history-are-ignored-1215045.html

    Just a heads up, make sure for those of us going to the Rallies and protests to be well versed on the current stats, and have good talking points in case some journalists want to interview you, iA…….

    Also, for those able to fast on Mondays and Thursdays please do so to make duaas during those blessed hours esp before iftar.

    Wasalams.

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    A Sister

    January 7, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    to “please”…
    The transliteration has already been posted – perhaps drowned – for those who want to call…

    assalaamu alaikum

    ana (akhookum (your brother)/ukhtukum (your sister))…. min (country).
    attasilu li-usallima ‘alaikum wa ukhbirakum bi anna-naa nad’oo lakum wa nunaasirukum.

    al-Ma’thirah, fa ana laa atakallamu al-’arabiyyah jayyidan, wa laa astatee’u al-ijaabah bil-’arabiyyah.
    walaakin-nanee aHbabtu an ta’rifoo anna lakum ikhwatan hunaa yad’oona lakum wa yaqifoona ma’akum.

    arjoo an tusallimoo lanaa ‘alaa jamee’ al-ikhwati wal akhawaat fee ghazzah. waffaqakumullaah.

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    Sarah Nasir

    January 7, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Assalamu ‘alaikum,

    * Fasting Ashura fi sabilillah
    * Dua
    * PE Barack Obama messaged
    * Updating FB status message with number of Palestinians killed with link to Action-Gaza
    * Thanked CBS5 (my local station) & encouraging my friends to do the same. To approach people with good manners in emulation of Rasulullah (S) who was sent to perfect good manners… They replied back. I want to share it with you!!

    Dear Sarah,
    Thank you so much for the compliment, and thanks for the feedback.

    Wilson Walker
    KPIX 6pm Producer

    —–Original Message—–
    From: viewerfeedback@cbslocal.com [mailto:viewerfeedback@cbslocal.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:56 PM
    To: @KPIX News Producers
    Subject: Comment – 6 PM News

    Visitor IP: 99.185.44.118

    Sarah Nasir

    Hi,
    I wanted to thank you for covering the conflict in Gaza and for the
    neutral coverage. Please show more of this as I am following this issue
    and praying for the victims of this conflict.

    Thank you once again!

    sincerely,

    Sarah Nasir

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    Sarah Nasir

    January 7, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Assalamu ‘alaikum,

    jazakAllahu khairan Sh Yaser for your awesome suggestion regarding one product at a time. It will help us also because I received a list of products to boycott… and it was like everything we can use… socks, underwears, shoes!

    I think boycotting Coke would be really good. Everyone around the world drinks it, Muslims & Americans alike are addicted to it unfortunately, too much sugar contributing to obesity, it cannot be good for the bone. If we all boycott this product, even just the soft drink, that would resonate!

    Br. Amad, can you start something on that please? jazakAllahu khairan.

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    Ammar

    January 8, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    You might wish to add the following (http://www.cjpme.ca/action_gaza_2008_12.shtml) to send email to the Canadian PM, foreign minister etc.

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    Abdelkader

    January 8, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Assalamou alaikoum

    The first thing we can do together, is to rise our hand and prie, prie and say : Hasbouna Allahou Wa Ni3ma El Wakile !

    The night read sorate El Fath, (sourate 48)
    And wherever you are, be proud of who you are : A Muslim !! this may help !

    Teach your children the history, remind your friends the history, the history of a couple of “SDF” to whome England promised a land in Palestine, a land where they will be able to leave and build. Today as we say : dja kari wella shari !

    Remember the ayat : A3oudou billAhi mina elshaytane erradjim, Bismillah Arrahmane Errahim :”Wa la tahsibanna Alladina koutilou fi sabili Allahi Amwatanes, Bal ahyaoun 3inda Rabbihim yourzakounes”

    Allah promises victory my friends, its a question of time, inchaAllah soon,

    Hasbiya Allahou Wa Ni3ma Elwakile !

    Assalamou Alaikoum Wa Rahmatou Allahi Wa Barakatouh

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    brodmans

    January 8, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    hello friends
    I got a link to a list of websites which donate to israel a part of their income though i cannot confirm its veracity.Pls Amad if possible pls help out.We should not fund Israel to kill our own brothers and sisters.
    The link is
    http://www.ihelpisrael.com/merchant.php?op=cat

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    Saquib

    January 8, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    I contacted frank pallone of new jersey and left a message for him to do as much as he can to stop the killing of the Palestinians. I asked the customer representative if my message will get to the congressman and he said it will if I give my name and address which I did.

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    mulsimah

    January 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    salaam

    This is not from the website, I got it on email so I had to copy and paste. I dont know if they will later add to their website but I thought it was important:

    AIR ACTION ALERT #562

    Urgent Action: Contact Congress Right Now on Pro-Israel Resolutions

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/08/2009) – CAIR today called on all Americans concerned about peace with justice in the Middle East to urge congressional leaders to ensure that resolutions on the current crisis in Gaza are balanced and help promote a just and durable peace for all parties to the conflict.

    A resolution passed in the U.S. Senate today failed the test of balance and peace-building. The House is expected to take up a similarly unbalanced pro-Israel resolution tomorrow.

    SEE: U.S. Senate Supports Israel’s Gaza Incursion (Reuters)
    SEE ALSO: Dems Plan Pro-Israel Resolution

    President-elect Barack Obama recently said that he is “committed” to being “engaged effectively and consistently in trying to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.”

    CAIR believes Congress should support the incoming administration by mirroring President-elect Obama’s statement, “the loss of civilian life in Gaza and in Israel is a source of deep concern for me.”

    “Our elected representatives should focus on American interests first, not on offering uncritical support to a foreign power engaged in the illegal and immoral use of military force and collective punishment of a civilian population,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The widespread perception that American officials support Israeli brutality compromises our nation’s ability to act as a mediator and peace-builder. Peace in this region is a national security issue.”

    URGENT ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

    1. Call your U.S. Representative and urge her or him to ensure that any resolutions or statements coming from Congress are balanced and promote peace with justice. This will ensure that the international community does not perceive that the U.S. government is divided on the goal of bringing a just and durable peace. (Find suggested talking points below.)

    Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your representative’s office.

    2. Call the House Speaker and Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and urge them to ensure that any resolutions or statements coming from Congress are balanced and promote peace with justice. This will ensure that the international community does not perceive that the U.S. government is divided on the goal of bringing a just and durable peace. (Find suggested talking points below.)

    (If you are not a constituent be sure to mention that you are calling them in their leadership roles. If you reach an answering machine, feel free to leave a message.)

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House
    Phone: (202) 225-0100
    Webform: http://speaker.house.gov/contact/

    Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)
    Phone: 202-225-4695
    Webform: http://www.house.gov/berman/contact/
    Berman is chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Call the committee at: 202-225-5021

    Sample talking points:

    * I urge you to ensure that any congressional resolutions or statements relating to the Middle East conflict are balanced and promote peace with justice in the region.
    * Balanced statements will ensure that the international community does not perceive that the U.S. government is divided on the goal of bringing a just and durable peace.
    * As you may know, Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians block efforts to bring peace with justice to the Middle East, harm our nation’s image and interests worldwide and strengthen voices of extremism in the region.
    * The Palestinian people must be given some hope of freedom from Israeli occupation and domination and Israel’s immoral and illegal collective punishment of the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip must end.
    * I also believe American taxpayer dollars should not be used to for weapons that kill civilians.

    3. Sign CAIR’s Online Petition urging our nation’s leaders to speak “in favor of peace and justice for all parties in the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip.” When completed, the petition will be sent to elected officials nationwide and will be given to members of the current and incoming administrations. Go to: http://petition.cair.com/

    4. Pray for all those who are suffering and oppressed.

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    mulsimah

    January 8, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    I just got this email today so if you want to muslimmatters you can make another thread on the proIsrael resolutions they are doing.. have another action alert so everyone can focus on emailing them ect. I think its very important. (u can make my last post a different thread inshAllah)

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    Mujtaba

    January 8, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful post; wanted to add that we can also start ‘recommending’ comments in BBC’s “Have Your Say” section: http://www.bbcnews.com/haveyoursay

    Current question is: How can a truce be achieved in Gaza?
    And the most recommended comments are mostly all propaganda and untruths about the situation.

    You don’t have to write up your own comment but at least “Recommend” ones that portray a truer message of reality.

    wasalam

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    AbdalAziz

    January 8, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    To mulsimah,

    I don’t think making a plea to Rep. Howard Berman will change much as his political and religious stance is quites clear. He is a democrat but once he was appointed Chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, he told a Jewish newspaper that, “Even before I was a Democrat, I was a ZIONIST”

    iNSHALLAH there are other means such as contacting other authorities,

    Contact the State Department at: 202.647.5291
    Contact the White House at: 202-456-1111
    Contact the Egyptian Embassy: 202.895.5400
    Email the Egyptian Embassy: embassy@egyptembassy.net
    Contact the Obama Transition Team: 202-540-3000 then press 2 to speak with a staff member.

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    Hala

    January 8, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Islamic Relief Fundraiser for Palestine Humanitarian Crisis this coming weekend around the states… See which one is in your area and help out in any way possible insha’Allah. http://www.irw.org/events

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    Amad

    January 8, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Mujtaba, I signed up for the BBC “have your say”. The mostly pro-Israeli recommended comments were sickening. All it takes is a thousand dedicated (or paid IDF agents) to stay on their computers and just keep recommending any pro-Israel comments. And that is what they are doing. Muslims need to stop fighting internet jihads with each other, and concentrate on the campaign of hearts and minds… which Israelis are playing to a T.

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    A Sister

    January 8, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Check out half way through the video…the Israeli old man says that al-Jazeerah FAKES the children’s pictures…hmmm…

    http://digg.com/politics/Israeli_Extremists_Harass_AlJazeera_Team_At_Nahariya

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    abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    January 9, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    bismillah. everyone who dugg this article should invite at least one friend to digg it, too, inshaAllah. why? zionist-supporters out there are clicking bury. the digg count has gone down over the last few days, so if you want to keep getting out the truth, make sure people you know digg this page, inshaAllah.

    just look at how the zionists have trumped up the digg article of the forlorn Palestinian sister cursing Hamas — as though the grief-stricken cry of that one sister should justify the bombardment, justify the blockade, justify the mass murder carried out by Zionist-Israelis who do their best to restrict fair and accurate reporters from covering the atrocities of Israeli military attacks.

    this is the most-dugg pro-Gazan, pro-truth article on digg hosted at MM. stand up and get your friends to digg this article before it gets buried by the zionists.

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    mulsimah

    January 9, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    salaam brother Abdulaziz they are all proisrael but we still have to contact them bc they have passed pro israel resolution. ITS REALLY IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT MUSLIMMATERS. if CAIR sais we should I really believe we need to do that. Pelosi and others said they are backing Israel.. Im so abosultely disgusted. everyone else has condenmed these attacks. what has happened to US morality?! even red cross, human rights organziations UN , foreign leaders, everyone. where is the change?! I was so for obama now im not celebrating his inaguaration because he may not be president but he still has lots of influence which he could have used.. its still going on ! can you believe it.. people r stil getting kiled and the UN stop[ped delievering aid because Israel killed the UN worker. its too sad.. it breaks my heart. EVERYONE should be outraged… all people say is dont inform us (muslims in particular) because they ‘dont wanna be depressed’ can you believe that? we should not stop being informed bc we feel depressed , these are all reminders for us

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    Algebra

    January 9, 2009 at 2:50 AM

    Aslamu-alaikum:
    OK let me clarify, one can’t help but get down and feel helpless when we feel we can’t just pick up those children and bring them here………..
    Its frustrating………….. i mean seeing those pictures of the children under rubble and laying there its just sickening to the stomach……….. i was stating a feeling……… and yes i do try to avoid those pictures, BUT in no way am I advocating that we should stop discussing the topic or fighting for their liberty and peace……………
    i am sorry if i sounded like i didnt’ care its just i rather not see but i am trying to do everything else.
    salam

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    UmmN&R

    January 9, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Photos of rally in Melbourne, Australia : http://www.flickr.com/photos/takver/…85793346/show/

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    ShaamPeace

    January 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    This is from Aljazeera,
    **** We should stick to boycotting these: Starbucks, Coca-Cola and MacDonalds as well****

    ” Boycott call

    In Malaysia and Italy, critics of Israel’s Gaza assault have called for a boycott of Israeli and US goods.

    “We cannot remain silent about what is happening in Gaza. We had thought of drawing up a list of businessmen who have links with Tel Aviv because people do not know who they are,” Giancarlo Desiderati, a member of a small group of Italian traders who called for the boycott on its website, said.

    At least 5,000 people protested outside the US embassy in Malaysia on Friday, and around 300 held a noisy protest outside the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur to urge Arab countries to cut off oil supplies to the US and boycott goods from Coca-Cola, Colgate and Starbucks.

    Addressing the crowd, Mahathir Mohamed, a former prime minister, told Malaysians that they “will not die if they do not use the US goods” and urged those working for US companies such as fast-food giant McDonalds to quit their jobs.

    “I hope Starbucks and McDonald’s employees will stop working there,” he said.

    Coca-Cola officials said any boycott would only hurt the local economy and its citizens.”

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    mulsimah

    January 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    heyyyyyyy Algebra when I said about being depressed I wasnt talking about you!!! I didnt even see your other post when I wrote this one, but I just did now lol and I did answr without knowing you had commented here.

    stray strong, knwing you are doing something and spreading the word will help your depression inshAllah

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    Mona

    January 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    salaams to all
    jazzakum Allah khair for everything..alhamduilah we called a number in gaza and mashaAllah we spoke to the family…the brother was so humble mashaAllah and kept saying that all they need is our du’aas… nothing more just du’aas
    subhanna Allah…
    it was defenetly an experience…the mother cried and I cried..it was very moving…
    also alhmaduilah my children go to a muslim school in london and we were going to have an even on sunday for eid…they decided that all the proceeds will be going to gaza instead of the school inshaAllah…may Allah reward everyone for the little they do… their is goodness in this ummah mashaAllah..which keeps me going everyday…
    wa assalam
    Um Shayma

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    Saquib

    January 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    I think we should call the jews in israel and curse them out…make their life miserable as they are to the palestinians…make sure to block the call.

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    JA

    January 9, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    There is a rally in Orlando Tomorrow: EMERGENCY PROTESTS TO STOP THE ATTACKS ON GAZA

    Saturday, January 10, 2009, 1:00PM
    March at Lake Eola Park (Lake St & Central Blvd)
    Organizers: Arab American Community Center of Orlando; Act Now to Stop War and End Racism/Florida; Muslim Student Association Florida Council; South Florida Palestine Solidarity; St. Pete for Peace; Rise Up Tampa Bay; Florida Peace Action Network; Iraq Veterans Against the War: St. George Church, Council on American Islamic Relations; Project Downtown Orlando; Orlando Dawa’ah Project; Muslim Youth Community Center of Orlando; Society for a Just Peace in Palestine (SJP) at Rollins College.
    Contact details: South Florida 954-707-0155, Tampa 727-488-7473, Orlando 407-590-9952

    Calender of Statewide Rallies can be found here:

    http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1773

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    ar.m

    January 9, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    ya Allah help us

    about hearts and minds, do you think flyers/leaflets/posters are a good/bad idea?

    barbers, butchers, takeaways, grocery store, petrol pumps, malls, churches, synagogues, temples, masjids, lamp posts, road signs, etc etc

    gaza gaza gaza

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    Sarah Nasir

    January 10, 2009 at 3:48 AM

    Assalamu ‘alaikum Br Saquib,

    even Allah (swt) calls the Jews & Christians with the honorable title of “Ahlul Kitab” and instructs us to debate with them with the best of manners. Please don’t harbor hatred collectively towards a nation for the actions of a few idiots. inshAllah Allah will bring these people to justice.

    I hope this makes you feel better inshAllah: http://www.sources.com/Releases/NR135.htm

    Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto
    January 7, 2009
    Toronto: Wednesday January 8, 2009 Time: 10:25 am

    A diverse group of Jewish Canadian women are currently occupying the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto. This action is in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.

    The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard. They are demanding that Israel end its military assault and lift the 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid into the territory.

    Israel has been carrying out a full-scale military assault on the Gaza Strip since December 27, 2008. At least 660 people have been killed and 3000 injured in the air strikes and in the ground invasion that began on January 3, 2009. Israel has ignored international calls for a ceasefire and is refusing to allow food, adequate medical supplies and other necessities of life into the Gaza Strip.

    Protesters are outraged at Israel′s latest assault on the Palestinian people and by the Canadian government′s refusal to condemn these massacres. They are deeply concerned that Canadians are hearing the views of pro-Israel groups who are being represented as the only voice of Jewish Canadians. The protesters have occupied the consulate to send a clear statement that many Jewish-Canadians do not support Israel′s violence and apartheid policies. They are joining with people of conscience all across the world who are demanding an end to Israeli aggression and justice for the Palestinian people.

    The group includes: Judy Rebick, professor; Judith Deutsch, psychoanalyst and president of Science for Peace; B.H. Yael, filmmaker; Smadar Carmon, an Canadian Israeli peace activist and others.

    Spokespersons for the group will be outside the Israeli consulate.

    For more information contact:
    Dr. Miriam Garfinkle
    Phone: 416-731-6605

    Cathy Gulkin
    Phone: 416-697-0768
    Email: cgulkin@rogers.com

    Judy Rebick
    Phone: 647-388-1053

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    Huda Khattab

    January 10, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Assalaamu aleikum
    What an excellent article, jazakum Allahu khayran.
    My daughter attends an Islamic school and last week the assignment in English class (Language Arts as they call it nowadays) was to write a letter to the Prime Minister and local MP voicing concerns and asking for action on Gaza. A great way to teach the kids to use their language skills for a good cause in the real world, not to mention teaching about citizenship and taking part in society and making one’s voice heard. The school is also planning a book sale to raise funds to help people in Gaza, as well as asking kids to bring in toonies [$2 coins] every Jumu’ah.
    I disagree with the suggestion to call random Jews in Israel and “curse them out”. I don’t think that will achieve anything except fanning the flames further. We should remember that not every Jew in Israel or elsewhere approves of what Israel is going in Gaza. There was a rally in a Toronto synagogue this last week AGAINST what Israel is doing. Taking the higher road and acting with dignity will be far more effective in sha Allah.

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    umtalhah

    January 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    as salam alaikum,

    if ShaamPeace’s report is true

    quoting: ‘Coca-Cola officials said any boycott would only hurt the local economy and its citizens’ (don’t know how to make it all fancy)

    then i think we should make coca-cola our no. one on the boycott list. and in sha Allah give them a piece of humble pie.

    ideas anyone?

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    one root

    January 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    I would shunned of the idea calling Gaza. Imaging the situation where the language barrier persist with a distress on air raid/artilery bombarment on the Gaza, It’s a bad idea. They had much much better things to do.
    On the second thoughts, a whole lots of them not even at home, if such houses still exist of course. even if it barely survive, what about the infrastructure?Is those caber and lines still intact??

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    Faiez

    January 10, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    CAREFUL WITH CALLING…the Israeli monkeys are using it to fool the Palestinians and extracting info about them.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/world/middleeast/11hamas.html?ref=world

    And the Israelis, too, are resorting to tricks.

    Israeli intelligence officers are telephoning Gazans and, in good Arabic, pretending to be sympathetic Egyptians, Saudis, Jordanians or Libyans, Gazans say and Israel has confirmed. After expressing horror at the Israeli war and asking about the family, the callers ask about local conditions, whether the family supports Hamas and if there are fighters in the building or the neighborhood.

    Karim Abu Shaban, 21, of Gaza City said he and his neighbors all had gotten such calls. His first caller had an Egyptian accent. “Oh, God help you, God be with you,” the caller began.

    “It started very supportive,” Mr. Shaban said, then the questions started. The next call came in five minutes later. That caller had an Algerian accent and asked if he had reached Gaza. Mr. Shaban said he answered, “No, Tel Aviv,” and hung up.

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    SaqibSaab

    January 10, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Allahumma ‘alayka bil Munafiqeen, wa bil Mu’tadeen, wa bil Zhalimeen.

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    Ahmad

    January 11, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Salamualaikum,

    I haven’t read all the above comments…but just wanted to add my two cents:

    Firstly, it might interest others that there are organisations that are particularly aimed at swaying public against any criticism of Israel. These are some:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Internet_Defense_Force
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_Accuracy_in_Middle_East_Reporting_in_America
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megaphone_desktop_tool
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honest_Reporting
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StandWithUs

    Secondly, as one who frequents some of the social media mentioned in the opening post, I have, alhamdulillah, noticed that a lot of the non Muslims are coming to see the themselves the surreptitous actions of zionists…so working on these products should inshaAllah, have a greater improving impact. Wasalam.

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    Ahmad

    January 11, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    *projects

    PLEASE EDIT ABOVE POST MODS

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    Abdalaziz

    January 11, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Israel is trying its best to demolish the spirit of all the Muslims in Gaza, and one of its methods is using Chemical bombs although it does not refer to these as chemical bombs they of a surety must be. They are called White Phosphorus Bombs, they have a horrendous affect on humans. IT has been used many times…..especially AGAINST MUSLIMS

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUKLA617723

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/wp.htm

    May Allah show his wrath upon those who are enemies to his religion..

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    Al-Madrasi

    January 11, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum wr wb,

    Here is the photos from Orlando Rally on Sat afternoon:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/banunoori/OrlandoProtest02#slideshow

    MashaAllah the turnout was great, about 2000 people participated…

    May Allah protect us and save us from all the fitnah…

    Some Info about the Rally (as already posted by someone)

    EMERGENCY PROTESTS TO STOP THE ATTACKS ON GAZA

    Saturday, January 10, 2009, 1:00PM
    March at Lake Eola Park (Lake St & Central Blvd)
    Organizers: Arab American Community Center of Orlando; Act Now to Stop War and End Racism/Florida; Muslim Student Association Florida Council; South Florida Palestine Solidarity; St. Pete for Peace; Rise Up Tampa Bay; Florida Peace Action Network; Iraq Veterans Against the War: St. George Church, Council on American Islamic Relations; Project Downtown Orlando; Orlando Dawa’ah Project; Muslim Youth Community Center of Orlando; Society for a Just Peace in Palestine (SJP) at Rollins College.

    P.S: If someone finds some photos objectionable, kindly let me know, inshaAllah will remove them if need be.

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    Al-Madrasi

    January 11, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    News Related to Orlando Rally:

    MSNBC (and Wesh.com)

    Central Florida News 13

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    umtalhah

    January 11, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    as salam alaikum,
    i think this should be dugg

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=81812&sectionid=351020202

    may Allah have mercy on the muslims.

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    umtalhah

    January 11, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    • Amad

      Amad

      January 11, 2009 at 10:47 PM

      You should submit this in the facebook group… but you have to digg it first yourself.

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    Al-Madrasi

    January 12, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Worth Watch: An Old video Rabbi’s protest against zionism

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9OIqy6md9w

    On Nov. 27, 2007, in Annapolis, MD, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, a spokesman for the Neturei Karta International, ripped into Zionism. He blasted the Zionists for its supposed “fearmongering.” He also accused the Zionists of “beating” Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem. His remarks were made outside the U.S. Naval Academy, on Randall Street, near Gate I, close to the waterfront, in this port city. A Middle East “Peace” conference was being held inside the Naval Academy.
    For background on Neturei Karta International, see: http://www.nkusa.org/ and on the “Middle East Peace Conference,” check out this analysis:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/christison11262007.html

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    lahss

    January 12, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Call the IDF, tell the them to stop the killing
    Written by AUPHR
    Monday, 12 January 2009

    The Israeli army has spread flyers in the air in Gaza that give a number for Palestinians to call to report on Hamas activities.

    Here is the number. Everyone is invited to call it to protest the war on Gaza instead.

    +972-2-5839749

    From the U.S. you dial:

    011-972-2-5839749

    YOU CAN ALSO SKYPE IT (+972-2-5839749) !!! I just did it and told him that the IDF is killing children and innocents and that there is only a political solution to the conflict !
    THEY SPEAK ARABIC AND ENGLISH !

    I encourage others to make the call sooner rather than later bec=use surely they’ll change the number once these kinds of calls start=20 coming in.

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    umtalhah

    January 14, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    as salam alaikum all,

    this is a pole to see whether israel is supported or palestine.

    pls. vote for palestine, it is trailing behind:

    http://www.israel-vs-palestine.com/gz/

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    umtalhah

    January 14, 2009 at 1:41 AM

    this is w.r.t. the last alert sent out by br. amad.

    ma sha Allah he has an excellent writing style. (i would personally prefer a little easier words so that i don’t go scurrying for my dictionary everytime i get an alert from him ;)). he sould write public speeches. as my son says, ‘he is an expression type guy!.

    on a serious note, a turn out of even a 20% is very sad. i’m sure we can do better. as he says, all we have to do is convey the truth and not the bodies!!

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    RM

    January 14, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    In The Name Of Allaah
    The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

    As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa raHmatullaah wa barakaatuhu

    I hope you don’t mind me providing these humble suggestions as to what we can do. Apologies if these have been included elsewhere:
    1. Revive a Sunnah – perform Qunoot in obligatory prayers.
    The sister who mentioned returning to Saudi, reminded me of this. I learnt about it from the book, The Night Prayers: Qiyaam & Tarawih, (specifically pp116-124, chapter 7) by Muhammad al-Jibali, ISBN:1-891229-82-6. Perhaps the scholars have commented on this being an appropriate time, which another contributor can comment upon.
    2. Donate goods as per your business or profession – advice requested.
    My relatives are involved in pharmaceuticals. We have medicine & clinical goods which are ready to be distributed, plus access to suppliers which enable us, by Allaah’s permission, to donate in larger quantities. It may be, for example, you know a clothing manufacturer who is able to do the same. I have checked with four charities; all preferred monetary donations. Clothes were sold in their shops & any items unsold are recycled. It seems a terrible waste that we have items which we have no use for that may be desperately needed elsewhere. Any suggestions are gratefully received. JazaakAllaahu khayran.
    3. Call to Allaah (da’wah).
    I am a lay-person with limited knowledge, but even I have, by the grace of Allaah, found opportunities to speak about the current situation to convey the true beauty of Islam. Ask the knowledgeable ones of your locality as to how you should respond, perhaps use some of what was said during Friday’s khutbah. For example, I have heard that there has been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in London since the action in Gaza, yet came across those who sanctioned such behaviour. This is clearly wrong and does not help our brothers & sisters who are suffering. Indeed, it may be that non-Muslims, sympathetic to the tragedy in Gaza, could temper their view & due to this action, be turned away from learning about Islam as taught by our Prophet (sallaAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Indeed, I heard that The Observer newspaper (11th January 2009) carried a letter from a number of individuals within the Jewish community which condemned Israel’s campaign. No Muslim can be anything other than grieved by the murder of innocent women & children, and our hearts pain with every janaazah taking place in that territory, for we are one body, as our Prophet (sallaAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) reminded us so eloquently. Please remind ourselves, something I should frequently do, that we are all representatives of Islam. We may be the means by which Allaah Guides someone to Islam.
    4. Learn the du’aa to be said at such times.
    None of us can begin to know the Wisdom of Allaah, azza wa jal, but all of us are assured & comforted that He Knows the true reality of this and all situations. There are two books that I have, one was published in Florida by al-Essa (I scanned them rather poorly but was unable to attach it as I have limited Internet access at the public library), & the other by Shaykh bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) called Tuhfatul-khayaar, (Selected beneficial Supplications) published in English by Dar-us-Salam.

    May Allaah, Glorified is He Most High, help us to worship Him properly, as He Alone is worthy of worship, forgive us and save us from the Hell Fire.

    Wa’salaam

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    Mustafa

    January 14, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    (Background Note: The Palestinians have two major parties, Hamas and the PLO. The Israelis have two major parties, the Likud and Labor parties.)

    Zionists claim that it is impossible to negotiate peace with Hamas because Hamas rejects the right of Israel to exist. This catchy slogan (“how can we negotiate with people who reject our right to exist”) is repeated by the American propaganda machine (which they call the media). I say: why do they neglect to mention that the Israeli Likud party rejects the right of a Palestinian state to exist?

    The Likud party platform reads:

    Quote:
    Self-Rule

    The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.

    The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel’s existence, security and national needs.
    http://www.knesset.gov.il/elections/…5/elikud_m.htm

    Note: West of the Jordan river includes all of Palestine/Israel. See map:

    Hamas rejects the right of Israel to exist. The Likud rejects the right of Palestine to exist. Yet the media only ever mentions Hamas’s stance, not the Likud’s.

    Once again, the hypocrisy of the Zionists (and America’s foreign policy) knows no bounds.

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    Hassan

    January 14, 2009 at 3:26 PM

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      Islam Blog

      February 28, 2011 at 12:20 AM

      Why are you just posting links?

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    ShaamPeace

    January 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Salaam to all,

    One among many reasons why Israel wants GAZA: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11680

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    Umm Reem

    January 15, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Bolivia cuts Israel ties over Gaza

    SubhanAllah…Bolivia can do this…i wonder what happened to 60+ “Muslim” countries…

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/01/200911415461671162.html

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    Al Iskandarani

    January 18, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    It’s truly unbelievable that BOLIVIA is standing up for our brothers and sisters more than most of the majority-Muslim countries’ leaders. If, for instance, there was a significant Jewish community in a foreign country being openly mistreated – let alone massacred – do you think Israel would hesitate to AT LEAST cut relations? How can they (our “leaders”) remain so chummy with a state that sees fit to mow Muslims down at will??

    W’Allahi I don’t know what these individuals, charged with protecting the Muslims, will say when they are held in account.

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    umtalhah

    January 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    as salam alaikum all,

    – remember to make du’aa for our leaders. i know it is hard and frustrating and we feel angry and all that BUT we must make du’aa for them. just as we have shortcomings, so do they. they are human beings after all. make duaa to Allah to guide them.

    – remember to correct/better our actions. Allah SWT will give us better leaders when we deserve better leaders. let us start taking better/proper care of whoever/whatever is under our care. if we improve, so will our leaders, in sha Allah.

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    Atif

    January 22, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    For those that are Digging, you can get the Digg Firefox Add-on and click on “Random Story”. If it’s okay, you can digg it; that way your diggs will be “balanced” and you won’t get “locked out”

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    mansoor

    September 26, 2009 at 3:57 AM

    salamalaikum,
    im sorry for the plight of ppl in palestine,i too want to donate but don know hw.pl let me know ,will appriciate hel[p

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    Islam Blog

    February 28, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Assalamualikum Wa Rahmatullah,

    Alhamdulillah,Excellent advice! May Allah reward you with good! It pains me to no end when I try to advise my ‘zealous’ Muslim brothers (my family included) about the level of political involvement that an ‘aami Muslim is expected to have.

    It’s sad that everyone thinks revolution and ‘activism’ is the way to go in Islam these days. Because of this, purifying the Nafs has taken a back seat.

    Besides, how else can one be patient without first gaining knowledge and then training oneself.

    I’m going to make my family read this post! Zazakallah for your work.

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    naim

    December 11, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Pls provide full list of these words like..Inshaallah, subhanallah, mashallah..zajakallah

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      Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      December 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      Dear Naim

      Not sure what exactly you want. All these are Arabic words. They dont have any connection to the topic of the post.

      -Aly

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Why Israel Should Be ‘Singled Out’ For Its Human Rights Record

Unlike other countries, ordinary citizens are complicit in the perpetual crimes committed against defenseless Palestinians.

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Why is everyone so obsessed with Israel’s human rights abuses? From Saudi Arabia, to Syria, to North Korea to Iran. All these nations are involved in flagrant violations of human right, so why all the focus on Israel – ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’? Clearly, if you ignore these other violations and only focus on Israel, you must be anti-Semitic. What else could be your motivations for this double standard?

This is one of the most common contentions raised when Israel is criticized for its human rights record. I personally don’t believe in entertaining this question – it shouldn’t matter why an activist is choosing to focus on one conflict and not others. What matters are the facts being raised; putting into question the motives behind criticizing Israel is a common tactic to detract from the topic at hand. The conversation soon turns into some circular argument about anti-Semitism and the plight of the Palestinian people is lost. More importantly, this charge of having double standards is often disingenuous. For example, Representative Ihan Omar has been repeatedly accused of this recently and her motives have been called ‘suspicious’ – despite her vocal criticism of other countries, especially Saudi Arabia.

However, this point is so frequently brought up, I think that perhaps its time activists and critics simply own up to it. Yes – Israel should be singled out, for some very good reasons. These reasons relate to there being a number of unique privileges that the country enjoys; these allow it to get away with much of the abuses it commits. Human right activists thus must be extra vocal when comes to Israel as they have to overcome the unparalleled level of support for the country, particularly in the US and Canada. The following points summarize why Israel should in fact be singled out:

1) Ideological support from ordinary citizens

When Iran and North Korea commit human right abuses, we don’t have to worry about everyone from journalists to clerics to average students on campuses coming out and defending those countries. When most nations commit atrocities, our journalists and politicians call them out, sanctions are imposed, they are taking them to the International Court of Justice, etc. There are instruments in place to take care of other ‘rogue’ nations – without the need for intervention from the common man.

Israel, however, is unique in that it has traditionally enjoyed widespread ideological support, primarily from the Jewish community and Evangelical Christians, in the West. This support is a result of the historical circumstances and pseudo-religious ideology that drove the creation of the state in 1948. The successful spread of this nationalistic dogma for the last century means Israel can count on ordinary citizens from Western countries to comes to its defense. This support can come in the form of foreign enlistment to its military, students conducting campus activism, politicians shielding it from criticisms and journalists voluntarily writing in its support and spreading state propaganda.

This ideological and nationalistic attachment to the country is the prime reason why it is so incredibly difficult to have any kind of sane conversation about Israel in the public sphere – criticism is quickly seen as an attack on Jewish identity and interpreted as an ‘existential threat’ to the nation by its supporters. Any attempts to take Israel to account through standard means are thwarted because of the political backlash feared from the country’s supporters in the West.

2) Unconditional political support of a world superpower

The US is Israel’s most important and closest ally in the Middle-East. No matter what war crimes Israel commits, it can count on America to have its back. This support means the US will use its veto power to support Israel against actions of the UN Security Council, it will use its diplomatic influence to shield any punitive actions from other nations and it will use its military might to intervene if need be. The backing of the US is one of the main reasons why the Israeli occupation and expansion of the colonial settlement enterprise continues to this day without any repercussions.

While US support might be especially staunch for Israel, this factor is certainly not unique to the country. Any country which has this privilege, e.g. Saudi Arabia, should be under far great scrutiny for its human rights violations than others.

3)  Military aid and complicity of tax-payers

US tax-payers are directly paying for Israel to carry out its occupation of the Palestinian people.

Israel is the largest recipient of US-military aid – it receives an astonishing $3 billion dollars every year. This aid, according to a US congressional report, “has helped transform Israel’s armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated militaries in the world.”

Unlike other countries, ordinary citizens are complicit in the perpetual crimes committed against defenseless Palestinians. Activists and citizens thus have a greater responsibility to speak out against Israel as their government is paying the country to carry out its atrocities. Not only is this aid morally reprehensible, but it is also illegal under United States Leahy Laws.

4) The Israeli lobby

The Israeli lobby is one of the most powerful groups in Washington and is the primary force for ensuring continued US political support for the nation. It consists of an assortment of formal lobby groups (AIPAC, Christians United for Israel), think-thanks (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), political action committee or PACs, not-for-profit organizations (B’nai B’irth, American Jewish Congress, Stand for Israel) and media watchdogs (CAMERA, Honest Reporting). These organizations together exercise an incredible amount of political influence. They ensure that any criticism of Israel is either stifled or there are serious consequences for those who speak up. In 2018 alone, pro-Israel donors spent $22 million on lobbying for the country – far greater than any other nation. Pro-Israel lobbies similarly influence politics in other places such as the UK, Canada, and Europe.

5) One of the longest-running occupation in human history

This point really should be the first one on this list – and it is the only one that should matter. However, because of the unique privileges that Israel enjoys, it is hard to get to the crux of what it is actually doing. Israel, with U.S. support, has militarily occupied the Palestinian territories (West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem) since 1967. The belligerent occupation, over 50 years old, is one of the longest, bloodiest and brutal in human history.

Israel continues to steal land and build settler colonies the West Bank – in flagrant violation of international law. It has implemented a system of apartheid in these territories which is reminiscent of the racist regime of South Africa. The Gaza strip has been under an insufferable siege which has made the living conditions deplorable; it has been referred to the world’s largest ‘open-air prison’. In addition to this institutional oppression, crimes committed against Palestinians include: routinely killing civilian protesters, including teenagers and medics, torture of Palestinians and severe restrictions on the everyday movement of Palestinians.

The brutality, consistency and the duration for which Israel has oppressed Palestinians is alone enough reason for it being ‘singled out’. No other nation comes close to its record. However, for the reasons mentioned above, Israel’s propaganda machine has effectively painted itself as just another ‘liberal democracy’ in the eyes of the general public. Any attempt to bring to light these atrocities are met with ‘suspicion’ about the ‘real’ motives of the critics. Given the points mentioned here, it should be evident that the level of support for Israeli aggression is uniquely disproportionate – it is thus fitting that criticism of the country is equally vocal and unparalleled as well.

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An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

Shaykh Salman Younas

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دعوة عاجلة بخصوص أزمة الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

لقد تلقينا بقلق بالغ ما يتوارد من أخبار غير مؤكدة حول الإعدام الوشيك للشيخ سلمان العودة، و الشيخ عوض القرني، و الدكتور علي العمري

لقد علمنا الإسلام أن الحياة نعمة من الله و إن أولئك الذين يعملون على حرمان أى أحد من هذه النعمة دون أساس شرعي واضح قد ارتكبوا إثمًا فظيعًا عدّه الله من الكبائر: وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (سورة النساء، 93)

حرمة المؤمن

إن رسول الله ﷺ وصحابته قد اعتبروا حياة كل من نطق الشهادة، وكذا ماله وعرضه حرامًا لا يُقبل انتهاكها ولقد حرصوا كل الحرص على ألا ينتهكوا تلك الحقوق الأصلية حتى في تطبيق الحدود

قال رسول الله ﷺ: ادفَعوا الحدود ما وجدْتم لها مدفعًا (سنن ابن ماجة)، وقال ابن مسعود: ادرءوا الجلد والقتل عن المسلمين ما استطعتم (السنن الكبرى)

إن حرمة دم المسلم عند رسول الله ﷺ عظيمة جدًا، فلزوال الدنيا أهون عنده من قتل امرئٍ مسلم (سنن الترمذي)

ولقد كان السلف يقولون عند طوافهم بالكعبة: ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك، والمؤمن أعظم حرمةً عند الله منك (رواه الترمذي)

التماس رأفة

في ضوء الهدي النبوي، وعِظم أمر انتهاك الحقوق الأصلية التي منحها الإسلام للمسلم، فإننا نطالب السلطات المعنية بأن يوقفوا أي خطة مبيتة لإعدام الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري، سواءً في المستقبل القريب أو البعيد

نطالب أولئك الذين في السلطة أن يصدروا عفوًا في حقهم في هذا الشهر المبارك

إننا نؤمن بيقين أن هؤلاء العلماء لم يقترفوا أى شيءٍ يبرر التعامل المروع الذي يتعرضون له لمدة عام وأكثر وإننا نطلق هذا النداء كنصيحة صادقة، محققين دورنا كعلماء عليهم واجب بيان الحق، ومستحضرين أن كل واحد فينا سيسأل عن عمله في الآخرة حيث الظلم ظلمات لا تفضي إلا إلى عذاب النار

والله في عون المظلومين واللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد

17 رمضان 1440 /22 مايو 2019

كتب بواسطة (الشيخ) سلمان يونس

 

An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.

Peace and mercy be upon you:

It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.

Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: “If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.”(Qur’an, 4:93)

The Inviolability of the Believer

The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,”(Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.”(Sunan al-Kubra)

Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.

A Call for Clemency

In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.

We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.

It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.

And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.

Ramadan 17th, 1440

May 22nd, 2019

Drafted by Shaykh Salman Younas

Signatories (v. 2)

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

SeekersGuidance

Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Islamic Seminary of America

Shaykh Omer Suleiman

USA

Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Canada

 

Dr. Omar Qureshi

USA

 

 

Dr. Abdullah Hamid Ali

USA

 

Shaykh Mustapha Elturk

Amir, Islamic Organization of North America

 

Shaykh Rami Nsour

Tayba Foundation

Dr. Shadee Elmasry

Safina Society

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Director of Darul Iftaa Leicester

 

Shaykh Azhar Nasser

Tasneem Institute

 

 

Professor John Esposito

Georgetown University

 

 

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf

London

 

Dr. Jonathan Brown

Georgetown University

Professor Mohammad Fadel

University of Toronto

Imam Suhaib Webb

Scholar in Residence, ICNYU

Shaykh Shams ad-Duha

Ebrahim College

 

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Tayseer Seminary

 

Dalia Mogahed

ISPU

 

Imam Dawud Walid

Member of Michigan Imams Council

 

 

Dr. Asim Yusuf

UK

 

 

Dr. Ovamir Anjum

University of Toledo

 

Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick

USA

 

Shaykh Hani Saleem

Islamic Center of Detroit

Dr. Shabbir Ally

Toronto

Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

Dean of IOK Seminary

 

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

University of Kentucky

 

Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

Islamic Institute of Orange County

 

Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Khalil Center

Mohammad Elshinawy

Yaqeen Institute

 

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan

Co-Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

 

Shaykh Sulaiman Gani

London

 

Dr. Hamid Slimi

USA

 

Mufti Taha Karaan

South Africa

Shaykh Sadullah Khan

South Africa

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Chairman of Fiqh Council of America

 

 

Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser

USA

Imam Ibrahim Hindy

Dar al-Tawheed Islamic Center

 

 

Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Vice President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Prof. Jasser Auda

President of Maqasid Institute Global

 

Laila Mehar

Former President of UConn SJP

Hartford

Dr. Osman Latiff

Jamia Masjid and Islamic Center

 

Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan

DePaul University

 

Imam John Ederer

Muslim Community Center of Charlotte

 

Shaykh Amer Jamil

Scotland

 

Shaykh Bilal Ismail

Imam Development Project

 

Shaykh Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah

Walsall

 

Dr. Bekim Hasani

Imam and Activist

Australia

 

Imam Imran Salha

ICA

 

Dr. Tajul Islam University of Leeds

 

Dr. Mustapha Sheikh

University of Leeds

 

Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Religious Director of Chino Valley Islamic Center

 

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Al Balagh Academy

 

Imam Shafi Chowdhury

Leicester

 

Buthaina Hawas-Neveln

Iraqi Journalist

 

Shaykh Salmaan Parkar Australian Islamic College

 

Muslema Purmul

The Majlis

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas,

University of Florida

 

Dr. Asif Hirani

Imam and Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center

 

Shaykh Ahmad Kutty

Resident Scholar of Islamic Institute of Toronto

 

Shaykh Mohammad Aman Haque

Norway

 

Imam Mazhar Mahmood

Director of Islamic Foundation of Peoria

 

Ishraq Ali

Organizing Director of MPower Change

 

Usman Qamar

Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo

 

Mawlana Zakariyah Harneker

 

Shaykh Shahinur Rahman

al-Rahma, UK

 

Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Salik Academy

Dr. Usaama Al-Azami

Markfield Institute

Ustadh Samir Hussain

ISNA High School

 

Shaykh Tariq Ata Dr. Zaid alBarzinji

Maqasid Institute

Shaykh Abdur Rahim Reasat

SeekersGuidance

Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Birmingham, UK

 

Imam Salim Astewani

Cheshire, UK

 

 

Shaykh Tabraze Azam

SeekersGuidance

 

Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Brandeis University

 

 

Ismail Royer

USA

Imam Qasim Rashid

Al-Khayr Foundation

 

Dr. Yvonne Haddad

Georgetown University

Omar Usman

Executive Director, MuslimMatters

 

Shaykh Muhammad Abuelezz

Muslim Association of Canada

 

Mufti Ismail Syed

London

Mawlana Safwaan Navlakhi

Al-Ma’aly Institute

South Africa

 

Dr. Ildus Rafikov

ISTAC

Aamir Ansari

ICNA

Shaykh Hassan Rabbani

Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque

Scotland

Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din

Islamic College of Australia

Dr. Munir Elkassem

President, Islamic Institute of Interfaith Dialogue

Dr. Yusuf Salah

Khalil Foundation

 

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OpEd: The Planned Saudi Executions Have A Context

The Arab Spring and its immediate aftermath was a wake-up call to all those who feared for the security of their thrones

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The news of the intended Saudi execution of three prominent scholars has infuriated many observant Muslims around the world. This is no surprise considering the fact that that the three scholars have attracted a vast audience through their TV programs and social media activity. These three scholars, and many like them, have been the source of religious knowledge and inspiration for many Muslims, not only in the Arab world, but around the globe.

However, our objection Saudi Arabia’s treatment and intended execution of these scholars should not be simply rooted in emotion. In order to properly oppose such reckless decisions, we must understand the motivation behind them and the context in which they exist. For as reckless as these decisions may be, they are not arbitrary and are not devoid of context. They exist within a bigger picture; a picture that I will try to sketch in this article. We must rewind back to the early part of the 20th century. That era witnessed events that, by all accounts, changed the nature of the Muslim world. The Muslim lands that were under the rule of the Ottoman Empire were conquered and colonized by Western powers (Britain and France), and the office of the Caliph (based in Istanbul) was abolished. This was accompanied by a calculated uprooting of Islamic social and legal structures that existed for centuries; the colonizing powers imported their European structures to serve as the new order in this part of the world. By the end of the colonization project, populations across the Arab world ended up with corrupt and authoritarian regimes and social structures and legal codes which were imported from foreign countries.

Inevitably, this new reality that was imposed on the Arab populations gave rise to organic reactions which aimed to resist this new reality. Eventually, a broad movement (often labeled as the “Islamic movement”) took shape with two main identifiable goals: 1) The revival of Islamic law and values and re-establishing Islam’s role in governance and public life (which was highly reduced after the abolishment of the Caliphate), and 2) Establishing a governance system whose legitimacy was rooted in the consent of the people. It may also be said that those two primary goals also served as criteria by which Muslim governments would be measured; i.e their adherence to Islam and their respect for the will of the populations. This broad movement was largely led by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and then spread across the Arab and Muslim world. Although the Brotherhood is deemed to be an originator of this movement, today, many people share this vision of “revival” and “popular legitimacy” while lying outside of the organizational borders of the Brotherhood (but can still be described as being part of the “Islamic movement”).

Those who shared this vision, not surprisingly, were constantly pursued by the authoritarian regimes of the Arab world. It is also not surprising that those who shared this vision would be vocal supporters if not active participants in the Arab Spring. Indeed, the Arab Spring has demonstrated repeatedly that Arab populations yearn for a participatory form of government and find a certain appeal in the message of Islamic parties (as evidenced by the electoral victories of Islamic parties in all countries of the Arab Spring). In other words, the Arab Spring made it clear to all observing autocrats that, when given the choice, Arab populations will likely elect Islamic parties into power. The Arab Spring and its immediate aftermath was a wake-up call to all those who feared for the security of their thrones. In Abu-Dhabi and Riyadh, things were clear: The Arab spring is either to be reversed, or they will be next. With the successful ousting of the Brotherhood in Egypt and the unconditional green-light given by the Trump administration, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo have decided to kill the Arab Spring once and for all. The recent news about the intended execution in Saudi Arabia must be seen in this context.

Clerics such as Salman Al-Ouda, Ali Al-Omari, and Awad Al-Qarni were all vocal supporters of the Arab Spring uprisings and are associated with the Sahwa movement (which is a movement of Islamic political activism in the Gulf that draws heavily on Brotherhood ideas). The Arab autocrats simply view those voices as a danger. They represent a movement which challenges the status quo and questions the legitimacy of the rule of Arab autocrats; a movement which can be traced to the movement originated by the Brotherhood following the fall of the Caliphate and beginning of colonization. The autocrats could not afford to have influential clerics and TV personalities preach about popular legitimacy or the relevance of Islamic values and principles to public life and governance; after all, these are ideas that, if believed, would seriously question the legitimacy of their rule. As such, and after getting brief a taste of what free choice would look like in Arab nations, it became clear that the to these autocrats that the danger was more real than what they thought and more immediate. It seems that their action plan is simply to silence anyone who represents the spirit of the “Islamic movement”. From their perspective, they want to chop off the head of the snake and settle the matter once and for all.

These intended executions are not about support for extremism (a laughable accusation). Nor are they about views concerning the recent blockade on Qatar. Nor are they about the clerics’ criticisms of their government; in fact, these clerics did engage in harsh criticism of the Saudi government. Their crime is that they represent a message that, by definition, calls into question the legitimacy of the Saudi government. More importantly, it calls into question the legitimacy of the entire “order” that exists in the Arab world. The Saudi government is declaring war (along with its allies in Abu-Dhabi and Cairo) against those who represent a movement that has the potential of redefining the Arab world. Even if those clerics do not engage in direct confrontation with the Saudi government and express their views in positive terms, the existence of that message and its accessibility to Arab populations is serious enough of a problem.

What these autocrats to do not realize is that the ideas which these scholars represent exist independently of the efforts and words of these scholars. The belief in the centrality of Islam and the will of the people exists in the conscience of the vast majority of Muslims. These ideas are not the product of scholars such as Salman Al-Ouda, Awad Al-Qarni, or Ali Al-Omari. Rather, those scholars are the product of the ideas which organically exist in the minds of many Muslims. As such, executing these scholars will not bring an end to those ideas whose strength was demonstrated in the aftermath of the Arab spring. If anything, such executions are an affirmation by the Saudi government that it and its autocratic allies stand on very feeble ground. If the Saudi government goes through with its plan, all it will be doing is creating a void that will inevitably be filled by other people represent the same ideas. The cycle will keep going until the feeble ground which these autocrats stand gives way.

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