The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “The Faithful are to one another like [parts of] a building – each part strengthening the others” and “Every Muslim is a brother to a Muslim, neither wronging him nor allowing him to be wronged. And if anyone helps his brother in need, Allah will help him in his own need; and if anyone removes a calamity from [another] Muslim, Allah will remove from him some of the calamities of the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone shields [another] Muslim from disgrace, Allah will shield him from the disgrace on the Day of Resurrection.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of `Abd Allah ibn `Umar]
In the hectic life of this era, where we are forever running from one place to another, from one job to another, from one goal to another, from one dream to another… we hardly get enough time to think of what is happening around us. Or sometimes it so happens that even though we know about what is happening around the world -be it the good, the bad the ugly, we care less to do something about it. We are SO engrossed in OUR family, OUR kids, OUR job, OUR happiness, OUR problems… OUR life that we forget that there is someone else out there who is in so much more pain than us. Why have we become so selfish and self indulgent that we have NO time whatsoever to think, leave alone care for anything else that’s happening around us; We read about it and forget …no time even to make dua neither for the sake of OUR Ummah – The Ummah of Muhammad (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) nor for the sake of Humanity. (nauthubillah)
The Messenger of Allah (saw) also said, “The believers, in their love, mutual kindness, and close ties, are like one body; when any part complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.” [Muslim], “The faithful are like one man: if his eyes suffers, his whole body suffers.” [Muslim]
Are we SO busy that we can’t even take time to reflect at how a part of our Ummah is suffering at hands of the oppressor? Are we SO engrossed in our lives that we can’t even give few minutes of our time to stop and make dua for the Syrians?
This article was a wake up call (to self first) to slow down, to reflect and to do atleast that little bit which I can and you can do for the sake of Allah, for the betterment of everyone around and in order that the I may not be called to account for not raising any awareness about it on the day of judgement. And this awakening happened because of my dear sister Nasmira’s article. My words may or may not have made sense of what I was talking about, but it was the least I could do other than making dua for our Ummah(for the Syrians to be specific); so I leave you with her article “Silence: A Form of Acceptance” with the hope that her words do wake u up too to do the least that we can.
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu.
Silence:A Form of Acceptance – By Nasmira Firdous
No words, no amount of tears can do justice to what’s happening in Syria. This silence of mine is a silent form of acceptance and approval to what’s happening. The least I can do is speak out, but against whom and do what, many would ask. Most of us are probably living continents apart and feel helpless. While the world remains a mute spectator, the silence of the believer is an even bitter pill to swallow.
What makes anyone think that I would not be held accountable for what’s happening? Yet what can I do? I tell you of a weapon that’s so powerful and destructive that it can overturn Qadr (destiny). The weapons is called dua.. NO..don’t tell me you know about it..don’t tell you pray for Syria. Not the kind of prayer where we spend a couple of minutes or less and rush off, not the kind of prayer where we mention it in a fleeting second and forget about the rest, but rather the kind of prayer which we would do when our hearts cry out in fear, the type of dua that makes us fall on our knees in despair if we were hurt that way (nauthubillah), the type of dua where Allah sees our sincerity echoing from the corners of the world..that’s a real and heartfelt sincere dua..and a dua so powerful that it can change what’s happening, inshaAllah.
I will not talk about the atrocities being committed, because I’m not that strong or brave to read or watch those kind of news reports. All I wanna do is make dua to give Syrians the sabr, to give me a heart to cry out to ease their pain and a dua for a better tmrw with Assad heading wherever he rightfully needs to head.
There are few instances in my life where I could say “I’m glad Allah (swt) created something like Hell”. But, if one can wield weapons and slash children’s faces, if one could drop bombs at their own ppl, if one could bury a man alive just because he said there is no God but Allah, then may Assad’s fall be just as humiliating, disgraceful and painful.
Although I haven’t admitted this openly, I do so now. There were moments when I would pray asking Allah (swt) to help that monster see through. Pray for the oppressed and the oppressor, Prophet (pbuh) said. In the end, as a believer, you are supposed to pray for others to be guided no matter how much they sinned.. its the sunnah way of doing it anyway. More importantly, I wouldn’t want anyone to pray for my destruction!
Prophet (pbuh) prayed for his staunchest enemies. There were moments when I was still praying for Assad to be guided. After the Houla Massacre, I’ve stopped praying for the oppressor, I dunno whether it is right or wrong, but now, I have only one thing in mind: Hell and Assad seem to fit perfectly into the spectrum of things.
The ppl who need duas NEED duas, from every single believer. Never underestimate the power of dua. They need it most and there might come a time when u and I need it from others too. (nauthubillah)
Its just a matter of time. Allah (swt) will not test them more than what they can bear, but He sure is testing us who are living in the comforts of our houses, to see if we strive to do something to help the oppressed: At least with prayers!
What will I answer on the Day of Judgement?
I leave you with this video:
Flash Mob In SYDNEY: SILENCE IS BETRAYAL
P.S. @Nasmira – JazakAllahu Khayran! ❤