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Palestine Solidarity Actions This Weekend #StopGazaMassacre #IStandWithGaza

By Andrew Day
In Solidarity with the residences of the the Gaza Strip: the world largest open air prison. There are protests worldwide scheduled over the next days against the occupation of Palestinian land and Israeli bombardment resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, many of which are women and children.
We encourage you to send photos of solidarity to this Facebook page; https://m.facebook.com/events/310137309145499?ref=m_notif&notif_t=plan_mall_activity&actorid=1551053902 holding #IStandWithGaza and / or #StopGazaMassacre placards to show worldwide support for the people of Gaza and for those demonstrating in all countries.
You can also post your photos on twitter using the #IStandWithGaza and #StopGazaMassacre hashtags in your tweet.
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The following is a list of demonstrations being held over the next few days complied by Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network:

Boston, MA
Friday, July 11
12:00 PM
Israeli Consulate, 20 Park Plaza Suite 1020, Boston, MA
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/275932199257278/

Boston, MA
Friday, July 11
6:00 PM (continuation of above)
Copley Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440066059587973/

Toronto, Canada
Friday, July 11
6:00 PM
Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor and Avenue, Toronto (Across from Israeli Consulate)
Organized by Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/594819810634425/

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Washington, DC
Friday, July 11
3:00 PM
Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive NW
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/592811077505426/

Greenville, North Carolina
Friday, July 11
2:00 PM
1303 Evens St, Greenville, NC

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Friday, July 11
5:00 PM
Waterloo Public Square, 75 King Street South, Waterloo
Sponsored by U Waterloo Students for Palestinian Rights
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/653186291424675/

Albuquerque, NM, USA
Friday, July 11
4:30 PM
Menaul and Louisians, Albuquerque
Organized by Students for Justice in Palestine
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1434655206819887/

Anaheim, California, US
Friday, July 11
2:00 PM
Brookhurst and Ball Streets
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204240196383206&set=p.10204240196383206&type=1&theater

Philadelphia, PA
Friday, July 11
4:00 PM
Israeli Consulate, 1880 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/688939184475596/

Pittsburgh, PA, US
Friday, July 11
7:00 PM
3960 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh (Hillman Library)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/731260083599270/

Nashville, TN, US
Friday, July 11
4:00 PM
Centennial Park, West End Ave Entrance
More info: Lynnx@comcast.net

San Diego, CA, USA
Friday, July 11
4:00 PM
880 Front Street, San Diego
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440174092925812/

St. Paul, Minnesota, US
Friday July 11
4:30-5:30
Snelling and Summit Aves.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256683651204976/

New York City, NY, US
Friday, July 11
6:00 PM
Union Square, south side, near Broadway
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524855184392511/

Tampa, FL, USA
Friday, July 11
4:30 PM
Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 801 N. Florida Avenue
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203831880293363&set=a.1553685037978.2074223.1110720026&type=1&theater

London, ON, Canada
Friday, July 11
4:30 PM
Victoria Park
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/759801407403864

London, UK
Friday, July 11
3:00 PM
G4S Headquarters, 105 Victoria Street, London
Organized by Inminds
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1525494837679446/

London, UK
Friday, July 11
5:30 PM
Embassy of Israel, London (Nearest tube: High Street Kensington)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152124765002890&set=a.10150430348142890.356598.188528597889&type=3&permPage=1

Leicester, UK
Friday, July 11
5:30 PM
Outside clock tower, Leicester city centre

Bristol, UK
Friday, July 11
6:00 PM
BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol
More info: http://www.facebook.com/bristol.psc

Athens, Greece
Friday, July 11
7:00 PM
Israeli Embassy, Marathonodromon 1
Called by Palestinian Community in Greece
More info: http://www.clevernews.gr/diamartiria-exo-apo-tin-israilini-presvia-diorganoni-palestiniaki-parikia-ellados/

Uccle, Belgium
Friday, July 11
12:30 PM
40 avenue de l’Observatoire a Uccle, Sterrenwachtlaan 40 Ukkel
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431724417108132/

Bogota, Colombia
Friday, July 11
5:00 PM
Embajada de Israel/Embassy of Israel in Colombia (Cra.7 Cll.32, Bogota)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/920799497945895/

Amman, Jordan
Friday, July 11
1:00 PM
Al Kalouti Mosque , Rabyeh
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/791980534179706/?ref=22

Bonn, Germany
Friday, July 11 
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Münsterplatz, Bonn
Organized by the BDS-Group Bonn
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/473127226158134/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 11
6:00 PM
City Hall, Calgary
Sponsored by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and Justice for Palestinians
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505147226381900/

La Paz, Bolivia
Friday, July 11
12:00 PM
Venezuela Square (en el Prado)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511607425717888/

Birmingham, UK
Friday, July 11
5:30 PM
Outside Waterstones, High Street, near the Bull Ring, Birmingham City Centre
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/359918157493535/

Geneva, Switzerland
Friday, July 11
4:00 PM
Place des Nations, Geneva

Rome, Italy
Friday, July 11
6:00 PM
Largo Corrado Ricci, Rome
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1432787490334843/

Pretoria, South Africa
Friday, July 11
1:30 PM
Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Union Bldg
Government Ave, Pretoria Central, Pretoria 0002
Called by BDS South Africa
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444600715801889/

Brisbane, Australia
Friday, July 11
4:30 PM
King George Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1472994132943276/

Ottawa, Canada (unceded Algonquin territory)
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Human Rights Monument (Elgin/Lisgar), then march at 3:30 PM to Parliament Hill
Sponsored by Students Against Israeli Apartheid
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/831288953562676/

Fort Worth, TX, US
Saturday, July 12
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 W. Weatherford St, Arlington, TX
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/460593830751274/

Houston, TX, US
Saturday, July 12
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Corner of Wesleyan and Norfolk Sts (near Hwy 59)

Portland, OR, US
Saturday, July 12
11:00 AM
Pioneer Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442858732642715/

San Francisco, CA, US
Saturday, July 12
12:00 PM
Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, SF
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253445234779542/

Racine, Wisconsin, US
Saturday, July 12
10:00 AM
Northwest Corner, Intersection of Highways 20 and 31
More info: elenak38@yahoo.com

Indianapolis, IN, US
Saturday, July 12
6:00-7:00pm
at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, corner of East Georgia and South Pennsylvania Sts
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487095548193994/

Columbia, South Carolina, US
Saturday, July 12
10:45 AM – 12 Noon
SC State House, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/297558200415934/

Atlanta, Georgia, US
Saturday, July 12
12:30 PM
Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/719731104729113/

Manchester, UK
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Picadilly Gardens, move to BBC Headquarters in Salford Media City
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/302299863277339/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/events/1452793838310263/?fref=ts

Brighton, UK
Saturday, July 12
11.00am – 1.00pm
War Memorial, Old Steine, Brighton
More info: http://www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org

Frome, UK
Saturday, July 12
11:00 AM
Outside Oxfam, Frome Town Centre

Cambridge, UK
Saturday, July 12
11:00 AM
Guildhall, Cambridge market square

Bristol, UK
Saturday, July 12
12:00 noon
Sainsbury, Triangle Clifton
More info: https://www.facebook.com/bristol.psc

Sheffield, UK
Saturday, July 12
12:00 PM
Town Hall, Sheffield

Leeds, UK
Saturday, July 12
12:00 PM
Dortmund Square, The Headrow
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/271564033049869/

Glasgow, Scotland
Saturday, July 12
1:00 PM
Buchanan and Gordon Streets, Glasgow City Centre
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/660035234091215/

Cardiff, UK
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Nye Bevan Statue, Queen Street, Cardiff

Halifax, UK
Saturday, July 12
2:30 PM
Outside Central Library on Northgate

Perth, Australia
Saturday, July 12
11:00AM
Murray St Mall, Perth CBD
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/681626315250143/

Montreal, Quebec
Saturday, July 12
5:30 PM
Metro Guy-Concordia, Montreal
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/254851571380699/

Stockholm, Sweden
Saturday, July 12
1:30 PM
Mynttorget, Stockholm
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/337504023074027/?ref=22

Uppsala, Sweden
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Med samling i Slottsbacken
More info: https://www.facebook.com/palestinagrupperna

Göteborg, Sweden
Saturday, July 12
1:30 PM
Gustav Adolfs Torg
More info: https://www.facebook.com/palestinagrupperna

Umeå, Sweden
Saturday, July 12

1:00 PM
Rådhustorget, Umeå

Santiago, Chile
Saturday, July 12
12:00 PM
Paseo Ahumada, Santiago
More info: https://twitter.com/UnadikumChile/status/486596522293751808/photo/1

Melbourne, Australia
Saturday, July 12
1:00 PM
Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
Initiated by Students for Palestine Victoria and Socialist Alternative
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429660373980889/

The Hague, Netherlands
Saturday, July 12
1:30 PM
Vredespaleis, Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ Den Haag

Lyon, France
Saturday, July 12
3:00 PM
Place de la Republique, Lyon

Montauban, France
Saturday, July 12
11:00 AM
Prefecture of Montauban
More info: http://www.france-palestine.org/Rassemblement-pour-la-Palestine,23866

Marseille, France
Saturday, July 12
4:00 PM
Angle Canebiere Belsunce
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/680204138700280/

Nantes, France
Saturday, July 12
3:00 PM
Croisement cours des 50 otages / rue de la Barillerie
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/680204138700280/

Strasbourg, France
Saturday, July 12
4:00 PM
place Kléber
More info: http://la-feuille-de-chou.fr/archives/69487

Montpellier, France
Saturday, July 12
3:30 PM
Place de la comedie, Montpellier
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/680204138700280/

Chico, CA, US
Saturday, July 12
12:30 – 1:30 PM
3rd & Main Streets, Chico, CA
Sponsored by the Chico Peace and Justice Center, the Chico Peace Vigil and Chico Palestine Action Group.
More info: contact CPJC at 893-9078, http://chico-peace.org/ or 893-3530

Gijón, Spain
Saturday, July 12
8:00 PM
Delante de la Carpa Central de la Semana Negra
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439195829693266/

Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Spire, O’Connell Street
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/791296720902503/

Limerick, Ireland
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Thomas St., Limerick
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/264087167114518/

Cork, Ireland
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM
Daunt Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/818439651513301/

Parma, Italy
Saturday, July 12
7:00 PM
Portici dell’Ospedale Vecchio, via d’Azeglio
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/299242113570650/

Dallas, TX, US
Sunday, July 13
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grassy Knoll Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main Street, Dallas, TX
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/460593830751274/

Toledo, Ohio, US
Sunday, July 13
5:00 PM
West Central Ave and Secor Road

Quebec City, Quebec
Sunday, July 13
1:00 PM
Assemblee Nationale du Quebec, 1045 rue des Parlementaires, Quebec
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/685736318147306/

Antwerp, Belgium
Sunday, July 13
1:00 PM
Kerkplein, Antwerp
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425013207786458/

Edinburgh, Scotland
Sunday, July 13
3:00 PM
Scottish Parliament, Hollyrood
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449326921990561/

Sydney, Australia
Sunday, July 13
1:00 PM
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/678776442175783/

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Monday July 14
4:30-6:00 pm
Mayday Plaza, 301 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis
Organized by MN Coalition for Palestinian Rights

Honolulu, Hawa’ii
Tuesday, July 15
4:00 PM
Corner of Ala Moana and Atkinson Boulevards
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509331439279726/

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Tuesday, July 15
5:30 PM
Grey’s Monument, Blackett Street
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/672038099551306/

Glasgow, Scotland
Wednesday, July 16
7:30 PM
Glasgow City Chambers
Called by CNEScotland Youth

Elche, Spain
Wednesday, July 16
11:00 AM
Semaine suivante
Plaza de Baix Elche (Ayuntamiento de Elche)

Spokane, Washington
Thursday, July 17
5:15 PM
Fountain in Riverfront Park, then marching to offices of Sen. Murray and Rep. McMorris Rodgers
Organized by Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534815283401011/

Buffalo, NY, US
Friday, July 18
3:00 PM
City Hall
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1434715530140132/

Wellington, New Zealand
Friday, July 18
12.30PM
Embassy of Israel – Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay)
Initiated by SJP (Victoria University), International Socialists
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445924692327106/?fref=ts

Brussels, Belgium
Saturday, July 19
1:00 PM
Brussels North Station (Bruxelles Gare Du Nord)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463001090609321/

Columbus, OH, US
Saturday, July 19
11:00 AM
Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square, 175 East Town Street, Columbus
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438632039756373/

Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday, July 19
2:00 PM
Aotea square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170471706456396/

Houston, TX, US
Friday, July 25
3:30 PM
Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, TX

New York City, US
Friday, July 25
4:30 PM
Times Square, Corner of 42nd and 7th
More info: https://m.facebook.com/events/743760239016219/?ref=22

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 25
6:00 PM
Alberta Legislative Grounds, 10820 98 Ave, Edmonton

Keep updated about protests with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and UFree Ntework

UFree Network to support the rights of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees joins Samidoun a Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network for its call to shed light on the current Israeli violations across the Palestinian occupied territories to organise protests around the world to respond to the ongoing Israeli assaults on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the murders of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, murdered brutally by Israeli settlers).
 
Over 900 Palestinians detained in West Bank and Jerusalem including 11 MPs and dozens of ex-detainees were detained so far since Israel started its arbitrary mass arrest campaign throughout occupied West Bank on Thursday evening 12th June 2014. 
 
Over the past 4 days, Israeli occupation forces have been bombing the Gaza Strip, killing of over 70 Palestinian civilians, over 500 injured and 350 houses destroyed so far.
 
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    heningsept

    July 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Friday, July 11
    1:00 PM
    Bundaran HI, Jakarta
    More info: @InfoKNRP, pic.twitter.com/aSj5bV8UDY

    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Sunday, July 13
    8:00 AM
    Bundaran HI, Jakarta
    More info: @onedayonejuz, pic.twitter.com/UE1AmEiaXD

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    Kenta nilsson

    July 11, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    What about stop attacking Israel?

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      Mustaffa

      July 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Where is the Ummah. I have finally lost respect for any so called Islamic states in the world. How can you let them take Palestine and then slowly destroy our brothers, sisters, and children. Why not stand against the enemy and the people who follow them. Not terrorism but annihilation at the head.
      May Allah make things easy for Muslims in this world. Let your will be done. Ameen

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      Jon Solis

      July 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Hamas realizes it cannot defeat Israel. So what then is their strategy? They throw unaimed rockets at Israel hoping to inflict terror and perhaps they actually get lucky and hit a target either military or civilian. They launch these rockets and store them as close as possible to civilian areas so that when Israel counterattacks, the proportion of civilian to military casualties will be as high as possible. They then cry to the international community hoping that they will put pressure on Israel to give up their counterattack. Meanwhile, they reject any call for a cease fire and will only begin to consider it when one of their rockets actually hit something so they can then call it quits and try to claim a moral victory. This time, they have miscalculated, as the rest of the world has seen this enough times that they are just getting sick of it all. The rest of the world will pretend it doesn’t see anything and let Israel do whatever it wants. It is hard to feel sympathy for the Gazan Palestinians because they elected these idiots to power knowing exactly what they were going to do. Now they are going to pay the price for the stupidity of their elected leaders.

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    Saliha

    July 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Thursday, July 17th
    7:00 PM
    125 South State Street (in front of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building)

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    Monica

    July 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Is there a protest In Manchester , Piccadilly gardens on the 19th of July

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Aqeedah and Fiqh

Prosperity Islam And The Coronavirus Problem

Hadith: “Hasten to perform good deeds before seven events: Are you waiting for poverty that makes you forgetful? Or wealth that burdens you? Or a debilitating disease or senility? Or an unexpected death or the False Messiah? Or is it evil in the unseen you are waiting for? Or the Hour itself? The Hour will be bitter and terrible.

Islam encompasses all of human experience. We believe in the good and bad from divine decree. The ‘problem of evil’ is not a Muslim dilemma because the abode of this world is a test, and the next life is the abode of recompense. Those who do evil in this world may enjoy comfortable and pleasurable lives. Pious Muslims on the other hand may live in immense suffering and oppression.

One’s state with Allah is not known through worldly position.

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The Quran has lots of mention of suffering in this world and the reward for the pious is constantly in the hereafter. Distance from the Quran distances us from what our Creator told us about living in His world.

Habituation to feel-good religious programs and motivational talks has left us unable to know how to be serious. The Coronavirus pandemic should be all the motivation we need for serious learning and hasten to good deeds.

New-age religion and the prosperity gospel

Modern Islamic discourse intertwines notions of sulook (spiritual wayfaring) with new-age spiritual ideas which make spiritual progression a self-centering endeavor of ‘personal development.’ Missing from this discourse is submission to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), which entails doing what one is obliged to do- even if there is no apparent personal win. A self-centering religious perspective is antithetical to true religion, and ironically a spiritual pursuit becomes a selfish pursuit.

Within this approach, we see our practice of Islam not in terms of fulfilling obligations or understanding we must develop virtues we lack; rather we approach Islam as consumers and form identities around how we choose to be Muslim. This is visible on marriage apps where Muslims will brand themselves around how often they pray, whether or not they eat halal, and how practicing they are. Once this identity is formed, such Muslims are less likely to experience contrition and ultimately improve. The self is then a commodity on the marriage market.

When it comes to worship, for example, giving charity becomes an ‘act of kindness’ to fill the quota of selfless acts to becoming a better person. In other instances, acts of worship are articulated in worldly language, such as fasting in Ramadan being a weight-loss opportunity. One can make multiple intentions, but health benefits of fasting should not be used to articulate the primary benefit of fasting. In other instances, some opt to not pray, simply because they don’t feel spiritual enough to pray. This prioritizes feelings over servitude, but follows from a ‘self’ focused religious mentality.

Much like the prosperity Gospel, Muslims have fallen into the trap of teaching religion as a means of worldly success. While it is true that the discipline, commitment, and work ethic of religious progression can be used for material success, it is utterly false that religious status is on any parallel with material status.

Too many Sunday schools and conferences have taught generations that being a good Muslim means being the best student, having the best jobs, and then displaying the power of Islam to non-Muslims via worldly success and a character that is most compliant to rules. Not only does this type of religion cater to the prosperous and ignore those suffering, it leaves everyone ill prepared for the realities of life. It comes as a shock to many Muslims then that bad things can happen even when you work hard to live a good life. The prosperity gospel has tainted our religious teachings, and the pandemic of COVID19 is coming as a shock difficult for many to process in religious terms. There will be a crisis when bad things happen to good people if we are not in touch with our scripture and favor a teaching focused on worldly gains.

Why it leads to misunderstanding religion

Tribulations, persecution, and events that are outside of our control do not fit the popular self-help form of religion that is pervasive today. Islam means submission, and while we must avoid fatalism, we cannot delude ourselves into idolatry of the self. An Islam that focuses on our individual life journey and finding ourselves has no room for the ‘bad stuff.’ This type of religion favors well-to-do Muslims who are used to the illusion of control and the luxuries of self-improvement. Those who believe that if you are good then God will give you good things in this world will have a false belief shattered and understand the world is not the abode of recompense for the believer.

Islam means submission, and while we must avoid fatalism, we cannot delude ourselves into idolatry of the self.Click To Tweet

Tribulations may then effect faith because it questions the often subconscious teachings of prosperity gospel versions of Islam that we are in control of our own destiny, if we are good enough we will succeed. If this is the basis of a person’s faith, it can be proven “wrong” by any level of tribulation. Having one’s ‘faith’ disproven is terrifying but it should make us ask the question: “Does this mean that Islam is not true, or does this mean that my understanding and my way of living Islam are not true?”

My advice is do not avoid struggle or pain by ignoring it or practicing “patience” just thinking that you are a strong Muslim because you can conquer this pain without complaint. Running from pain and not feeling pain will catch up to us later. Learn from it. Sometimes when we are challenged, we falter. We ask why, we question, we complain, and we struggle. We don’t understand because it doesn’t fit our understanding of Islam. We need a new understanding and that understanding will only come by living through the pain and not being afraid of the questions or the emptiness.

Our faith needs to be able to encompass reality in its good and bad, not shelter us from reality because, ultimately, only God is Real.

Unlearn false teachings

Prosperity religion makes it much easier to blame the person who is suffering and for the one suffering to blame himself. As believers we take the means for a good life in this world and the next, but recognize that acceptance of good actions is only something Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) knows, and that life is unpredictable.

Favor from God is not reflected through prosperity. It is a form of idolatry to believe that you can control God or get what you want from God, and this belief cannot even stand up to a distanced tragedy.

Responding appropriately requires good habits.

Tribulations are supposed to push us towards God and remind us to take life very seriously. Even with widespread calamity and suffering, many of us still have a very self-centered way of understanding events and do not hasten to good actions.

For example, reaching old age is supposed to be an opportunity to repent, spend more time in prayer, and to expatiate for shortcomings. Old age itself is a reminder that one will soon return to his Lord.

However, we see many of today’s elders not knowing how to grow old and prepare for death. Most continue in habits such as watching television or even pick up new habits and stay glued to smart phones. This is unfortunate but natural progression to a life void of an Islamic education and edification.

Similarly we are seeing that Muslims do not know what to do in the midst of a global crisis. Even the elderly are spending hours reading and forwarding articles related to Covid-19 on different WhatsApp groups. This raises the question of what more is needed to wake us up. This problem is natural progression of a shallow Islamic culture that caters to affluence, prosperity, and feel-good messaging. Previous generations had practices such as doing readings of the Quran, As-Shifa of Qadi Iyad, Sahih al-Bukhari, or the Burda when afflicted with tribulations.

If we are playing video games, watching movies, or engaging in idle activities there is something very wrong with our state. We need to build good habits and be persistent regardless of how spiritual those habits feel, because as we are seeing, sudden tribulations will not just bestow upon us the ability to repent and worship. The point of being regimented in prayer and invocations is that these practices themselves draw one closer to God, and persisting when one does not feel spiritual as well as when one does is itself a milestone in religious progression.

While its scale is something we haven’t seen in our lifetime, it’s important to recognize the coronavirus pandemic as a tribulation.  The response to tribulation should be worship and repentance, and a reminder that ‘self-improvement’ should not be a path to becoming more likable or confident only, but to adorn our hearts with praiseworthy qualities and rid them of blameworthy qualities. Death can take any of us at any moment without notice, and we will be resurrected on a day where only a sound heart benefits.

Our religious education and practice should be a preparation for our afterlife first and foremost. Modeling our religious teachings in a worldly lens has left many of us unable to deal with tribulations to the point where we just feel anxiety from the possibility of suffering. This anxiety is causing people to seek therapy. It is praiseworthy for those who need to seek therapy, and noble of therapists to give the service, but my point is the need itself serves as a poignant gauge for how much our discourse has failed generations.

Benefit from Solitude

We should use solitude to our benefit, reflect more, and ponder the meanings of the Quran.  Completing courses on Seerah, Shamail, Arabic, or Fiqh would also be good uses of time. What should be left out however are motivational talks or short lectures that were given in communal events. In such gatherings, meeting in a wholesome environment is often the goal, and talks are compliments to the overall atmosphere. When that atmosphere is removed, it would be wise to use that normally allotted time for more beneficial actions. Instead of listening to webinars, which are not generally building an actual knowledge base that the previously mentioned courses would, nor is it a major act of worship like reading and reflecting upon the Quran. In other words, our inspirational talks should lead us to action, and studying is one of the highest devotional acts.

The pandemic should serve as sufficient inspiration and we need to learn how to be serious. I urge Muslims to ignore motivational and feel-good lectures that are now feel-good webinars, and focus on studying and worshipping. We should really ask if we just lack the capacity to move beyond motivational lectures if we still need motivation in the midst of a global pandemic.  The fact that after years of programming the destination is not the Quran for ‘processing events’ or studying texts for learning is symptomatic of a consciously personality oriented structure.

Muslims struggling to process a pandemic (opposed to coping with associated tragedies, such as loved ones dying or suffering) show the lack of edification feel good talks can produce.

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A Doctor And A COVID19 Patient: “I will tell Allah about you.”

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By Dr Farah Farzana

I get bleeped at around 2.30am to review a patient. A Pakistani gentleman admitted with Covid19.

The lovely nurse on duty says, “He is on maximum amount of oxygen on the ward, but keeps on removing his oxygen mask and nasal cannula, very confused and is not listening to anyone.”

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I arrive as soon as I can to the ward. I stare at him through the glass doors of the closed bay, while putting on my inadequate PPE.

He looks like he is drowning, he is gasping for air, flushed and eyes bulging like someone is strangling him.

I immediately introduce myself, hold his hands and he squeezes my hand pulls it close to his chest. Starts to speak in Urdu and says he doesn’t know what is going on, he cannot understand anyone and he is so scared.

I give him my Salam and start speaking to him in Urdu. His eyes fill up with tears and hope.

I explain to him he really needs to have his oxygen mask on as we are trying to make him feel better. He tells me he is suffocating with the mask and he doesn’t like the noise. I grab his arm help him sit up in his bed.

We exercise synchronising his breathing and I put the mask and nasal cannula back on.

He asks me Doctor, am I going to die? I cannot hear the voices anymore, they don’t come to visit, everything is quiet and silent, like Allah is waiting to take me to Him. I am lost for words and tell him we are doing all we can to make him feel and get better. He tells me he has been speaking to Allah, he doesn’t care for himself just his family. I know he is scared and feels so alone. I tell him I’m here with him and am not leaving yet. I monitor his saturations and surely they come straight back up. I tell him I am going to give him medications for his temperatures and fluid in his lungs.

He agrees to take them.

He asks me why I didn’t come to see him until now, because I am his own. He says when he speaks to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) he will tell Him about me and that I am a good person and I cared for him.

I get a little choked up.

I can’t gather my thoughts before my bleep goes off again. I have to leave now though I tell him I have lots of patients who need my help. He begs me not to leave, but understands after a while and lets me go.I take off my inadequate surgical mask (PPE) before I leave the bay I look back at him to smile and he smiles back. We both wave goodbye. I can see tears rolling down his cheeks.

I don’t know how he will do, how he is now but I cannot stop thinking about him. I always assume positive outcome if I don’t get called back during the night to see the patient again. Plus it was such a busy night I had no time to stop to reflect, and I continued with a smile.

I speak fluent Bangla and my Urdu isn’t very good. But that night Urdu flawed so effortlessly out of my mouth without any hesitation and I was able to say exactly what I needed to him *SubhanAllah*.

My heart breaks for the minority patients, with language barriers. They are fighting this battle more alone and scared than ever.
Normally, they would rely on family members to translate for them, but given the current situation they must feel helpless.

It’s not just the suffering it’s the suffering alone that pulls on my heartstrings.

‘Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return’
Quran 2:156

When all this is over, please remember to appreciate the little things.

  • Appreciate your freedom.
  • Appreciate all the hugs and love.
  • Appreciate your health and your health service.
  • Appreciate your families and loved ones.
  • And just be grateful to be ALIVE.
  • Stay at home. Save lives.
    #stayhome #nhs #gratitude

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COVID19: Calling The Conscientious

Violating borders, scaling every wall and traveling faster than a rumor, COVID19 is now around nearly everywhere. It has reduced nations and societies, low and mighty, to their knees, demoted all preoccupations to insignificance and is threatening to torch everyone in its path.

The imperial hubris of nations, with and without nuclear weapons has crumbled. Mighty militaries have been reduced to mere spectators. Borders are closed. Markets have tumbled. Even the gods amongst humans – rulers, monarchs, dictators, religious heads, generals, billionaires, movie stars, icons of sports and music –have been forced to recede from the limelight. Neither they are in control nor can they perform. All of them are forced to surrender by an unseen microscopic speck with an insatiable appetite to devour humankind, bit-by-bit, part by part.

A pre-COVID19 world is now a blurred memory. It was not long ago that we were a different planet and a different people. Neither hand-sanitizers nor masks were precious enough to purchase let alone hoard, or even think about. YouTube was popular but not so much for videos on how to wash hands or what to do when self-quarantined. And, shaking hands were a norm and we used to respond with a “bless you” to our neighbor’s cough or sneeze.

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That was pre-COVID19.

Places of worship are already shut down and airports, train stations and shipping ports are shutting down. Boulevards and avenues are eerily silent. Shopping malls and theaters stand abandoned.

This is post-COVID19.

Yet, there are flashes of hope and inspiration. Medical professionals and health care workers are fighting to save mankind, a patient a time. Our ill equipped and fatigued hospitals are abodes of our new heroes and true patriots. And no less are trash collectors, grocery workers, truck drivers, postal workers, fruit pickers among others whom we took for granted all along.

Covid-19 is not just the biggest story of our time, it is the only story.

Amidst a piercing cacophony of politicians’ press conferences and public interest advisories, we cannot afford to miss out the soft whispers of COVID19.

It is telling us to pay more attention to the under-estimated meaningful over the hyper-marketed mundane. Its whispers remind us to remember that we are but a mere mortal. We are reminded in the Quran that God made us from a mere speck (40:67).

Not, too long ago, we seldom had to remind ourselves that we are human. Not too long ago we could afford to be enemies of ourselves. Humans were enemies of humans, fighting and taking life of those considered ‘others’. We fostered division … “them” and “us,” “citizens” and “illegals.” COVID19 has spoken: no more. We stoked exclusion … “black, brown and white,” “conservative and liberal,” and “urban and rural.” COVID19 has spoken: no more.

In its sweeping trail of destruction, COVID19, is imploring us — harness my power to cause dread in each one of you, across borders, across genders, across races — and unite. COVID19 is challenging us: find a common cause against me. When any of you find an antidote against me, may that be a reason for your coming together, even if right now I have forced you to stay away from each other – six feet part.

COVID19 is an equal opportunity and a non-discriminating enemy, which will kill no matter how we worship, what we eat, where we live. One touch strikes all with equal precision.

Today, as we face an existential threat from a mortal molecular foe, we must remind ourselves about what matters most, our humanity and not our race and nationality.

The truth is that long before COVID19 struck us, we were sick. We spread viruses; hate and bigotry, we held thoughts of xenophobia for those who did not deserve it. We wallowed in bias and built echo chambers. COVID19 exposed all of our pre-COVID19 shortcomings.

Coronavirus will kill us for a while, but then in the end, we will overpower it. But before that happens, all the human deaths would be in vain if we don’t realize that in a world of such threats, we never needed to have been at each other’s throats.

In fear and panic, people resort to extreme behavior, it amazes us with their capacity for wisdom and kindness, or stupidity and cruelty. COVID19 is beseeching us to reclaim and regain our humanity of compassion and kindness. It is telling us to come together to fight our common battles. It is forcing us to wash our hands of all sins of our past and then lock our hearts and hands and build a world where meaning must matter more than the mundane.

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