brave-falasteeni-boyGaza: Reflections, Responses, and Coverage

Since the Gaza crisis began roughly two weeks ago, MM has devoted the majority of its posts towards responding to the dire situation. Starting with political and media coverage, revive-a-sunnah and action-alerts, and special posts by Sheikhs Yaser Birjas, Yasir Qadhi, and Dr. Ali Shehata, we have done our utmost to bring attention to all aspects of the tragedy. May Allah accept our intentions and deeds, ameen.

Now we want to know what YOU thought of the way MM handled coverage of the situation. Do you think we needed more political analysis? More spiritual reminders? Stronger encouragements? Please do let us know, as it is through constructive criticism and sincere advice that we may strive to do better for the sake of Allah. JazaakumAllahu khairan.

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Obama’s website asks visitors to “Reevaluate the Level of Aid to Israel.”

Reevaluate whether the level of and the basis for the aid we provide Israel is appropriate given our tough economic circumstance. Presently I fail to see the benefits to our country that would justify the extraordinarily high per-capita level of aid.

 Click here and VOTE UP!

We turn our attention back to Palestine with the following:

Another War, Another Defeat. The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel any more secure. John Mearsheimer discusses here at the American Conservative.

Two Surgery Teams Complete Missions in Palestine (From the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund)

On January 15, two foreign volunteer teams of surgeons completed surgerymissions to Palestine in which dozens of sick and injured children had freecare that otherwise was not available to them. In early January, a plasticand reconstructive team led by surgeon Dr. Maher Anous from Seattle, Washington arrived in the West Bank town of Nabluswith anesthesiologist Dr. Hafez Sami from Illinois and OR nurse Candi Anous.

They treated dozens of burned and injured children who otherwise would notget the care that they needed locally. Dr. Anous led a mission to Gaza in2003 through the PCRF, but was not able to get into Gaza during this tripbecause of the IDF assault.

On January 15, a 3-member team from Massa, Italy went to Makassed Hospitalin East Jerusalem to provide life-saving open-heart surgery on sick babiesborn with congenital heart disease. Led by Dr. Steafno Luisi, who hasoperated on dozens of Palestinian children in Palestine through the PCRFover the past two years, as well as treating several Arab children sent tohim for free through the PCRF in Italy, the team performed many difficultoperations on children who were born with serious heart defects.

This is part of the ongoing PCRF program to build the first and only pediatriccardiac surgery program in Palestine. In 2007 and 2008, nearly 400 childrenhad life-saving heart surgery in Makassed through the hard work of the localPalestinian team and the visiting PCRF teams from all over the world.

Fans of Jon Stewart may want to thank him for his segment on Gaza. I’m starting to think that we’re better off watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for more accurate reporting than your local (and national) news stations.

Sister Fauzia Khan has a message for MM readers:

Assalaamulalaikum,

On Saturday I attended the Human Appeal GAZA FUNDRAISING dinner. We were informed in detail of the terrible state Gaza is in. One of the main problems is Medical aid or the lack of facilities to administer it. Br Moin told us that one of the ways to get aid across to  the people is via a mobile clinic. This mobile clinic would be fully equipped and would be able to administer aid to people who have very few places left to go to for medical aid. The advantage of the mobile clinic is that it takes aid to the people, there by getting over the hurdle of the people not having transport themselves.

The cost of these clinics is £25,000.

During the event the cost of 3 mobile clinics was either raised through donations or pledges to raise donations through family and friends.

I pledged that I would raise £1000 through my email contacts and through my facebook list.

So I am humbly asking you, please dig deep and give what ever you can .

You can phone:

Human Appeal International 2009 Charity no.1005733 T: +44 (0) 161 225 0225

Please call now . When you call PLEASE LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE DONATING FOR  THE MOBILE CLINIC for GAZA. PLEASE ALSO LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE DONATED AND HOW MUCH AS I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO TRACK THE £1000 THAT I PLEDGED. JUST DROP ME AN EMAIL.

 REMEMBER – NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL, PLEASE COLLECT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF GAZA.

MAY ALLAH Reward you

wasalaam, Fauzia

The next big new thing in the Islamosphere! Check out and welcome MuslimahSource.org to the online world:

We are pleased to announce the launch of MuslimahSource.org! The site is the online phase of what we hope and pray will blossom into a full-fledged organization that works to improve the condition and elevate the status of women in Muslim communities worldwide.

It’s hard to be a woman in today’s world, and Muslimahs face particular challenges.

Muslim women are underrepresented in mosques and Islamic centers. Issues regarding Muslim women, and issues regarding the broader Muslim community, are often discussed without even consulting any women. Classes in Arabic, tajweed and Islamic studies often restrict attendance to males, leaving out a crucial half of the Ummah.

We believe that Islam teaches the Ummah better than that. After all, Allah ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’an, “…I shall not lose sight of the labor of any of you who labors [in My way], be it man or woman: each of you is an issue of the other…” (3:195).

We believe that through education, support, and guidance, Muslim women can solve the problems concerning their place in the Muslim community, as well as address the issues that face both Muslim men and women.

Please participate in discussion here, forward articles to your friends, and contribute. Most importantly, please keep us in your dua`a’!

As-salaamu `alaykum,
http://www.muslimahsource.org

Those interested in issues of Islamic finance may be interested in this blog: http://www.musliminvestor.net

A little old, perhaps, but still interesting: The NY Daily News reports that Muslim high school students feel safer at school than on the street.

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