Monday, September 29, 2014

Denying Palestinians Their Humanity

I got this in the mail today....

A Response to Elie Wiesel


Mr. Wiesel,

I read your statement about Palestinians, which appeared in *The* *New York
August 4th. I cannot help feeling that your attack against Hamas and
stunning accusations of child sacrifice are really an attack, carefully
veiled but unmistakable, against all Palestinians, their children
included. As a child of Holocaust survivors—both my parents survived
Auschwitz—I am appalled by your anti-Palestinian position, one I know you
have long held. I have always wanted to ask you, why? What crime have
Palestinians committed in your eyes? Exposing Israel as an occupier and
themselves as its nearly defenseless victims? Resisting a near half century
of oppression imposed by Jews and through such resistance forcing us as a
people to confront our lost innocence (to which you so tenaciously cling)?

Unlike you, Mr. Wiesel, I have spent a great deal of time in Gaza among
Palestinians. In that time, I have seen many terrible things and I must
confess I try not to remember them because of the agony they continue to
inflict. I have seen Israeli soldiers shoot into crowds of young children
who were doing nothing more than taunting them, some with stones, some with
just words. I have witnessed too many horrors, more than I want to
describe. But I must tell you that the worst things I have seen, those
memories that continue to haunt me, insisting never to be forgotten, are
not acts of violence but acts of dehumanization.

There is a story I want to tell you, Mr. Wiesel, for I have carried it
inside of me for many years and have only written about it once a very long
time ago. I was in a refugee camp in Gaza when an Israeli army unit on foot
patrol came upon a small baby perched in the sand sitting just outside the
door to its home. Some soldiers approached the baby and surrounded it.
Standing close together, the soldiers began shunting the child between them
with their feet, mimicking a ball in a game of soccer. The baby began
screaming hysterically and its mother rushed out shrieking, trying
desperately to extricate her child from the soldiers’ legs and feet. After
a few more seconds of “play,” the soldiers stopped and walked away, leaving
the terrified child to its distraught mother.

Now, I know what you must be thinking: this was the act of a few misguided
men. But I do not agree because I have seen so many acts of dehumanization
since, among which I must now include yours. Mr. Wiesel, how can you defend
the slaughter of over 500 innocent children by arguing that Hamas uses them
as human shields? Let us say for the sake of argument that Hamas does use
children in this way; does this then justify or vindicate their murder in
your eyes? How can any ethical human being make such a grotesque argument?
In doing so, Mr. Wiesel, I see no difference between you and the Israeli
soldiers who used the baby as a soccer ball. Your manner may differ from
theirs—perhaps you could never bring yourself to treat a Palestinian child
as an inanimate object—but the effect of your words is the same: to
dehumanize and objectify Palestinians to the point where the death of Arab
children, some murdered inside their own homes, no longer affects you. All
that truly concerns you is that Jews not be blamed for the children’s
savage destruction.

Despite your eloquence, it is clear that you believe only Jews are capable
of loving and protecting their children and possess a humanity that
Palestinians do not. If this is so, Mr. Wiesel, how would you explain the
very public satisfaction among many Israelis over the carnage in Gaza—some
assembled as if at a party, within easy sight of the bombing, watching the
destruction of innocents, entertained by the devastation? How are these
Israelis different from those people who stood outside the walls of the
Jewish ghettos in Poland watching the ghettos burn or listening
indifferently to the gunshots and screams of other innocents within—among
them members of my own family and perhaps yours—while they were being
hunted and destroyed?

You see us as you want us to be and not as many of us actually are. We are
not all insensate to the suffering we inflict, acceding to cruelty with
ease and calm. And because of you, Mr. Wiesel, because of your words—which
deny Palestinians their humanity and deprive them of their victimhood—too
many can embrace our lack of mercy as if it were something noble, which it
is not. Rather, it is something monstrous.

*Sara Roy** is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern
Studies, Harvard University.*

Friday, September 26, 2014

Aya ya Leo - Dhawabu

Sivyo hivyo! Yeyote anaye elekeza uso wake kwa Mwenyezi Mungu naye ni mtenda mema, basi ana malipo yake kwa Mola wake Mlezi, wala haitakuwa khofu juu yao wala hawatahuzunika. 

Nay,-whoever submits His whole self to Allah and is a doer of good,- He will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Qur'an 2:112)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mecca From Inside , Amazing holly journey

Its that time of year again. May Allah light a path for all our Hajj participants.

Makkah has definitely changed since the shooting of this video.
Imagine having 20 Super-bowls in one stadium! Wow! is the word.
I bet you these guys won't recognize the Makkah now!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Aya ya Leo - Subira


Na tafuteni msaada kwa Subira na Sala; na kwa hakika jambo hilo ni gumu isipokuwa kwa wanyenyekevu.

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ] (Qur'an 2:45)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Aya ya Leo - Jua na Mwezi(The Sun and Moon)

Ana uingiza usiku katika mchana, na anauingiza mchana katika usiku. Na amelifanya jua na mwezi kutumikia. Kila kimojapo kinakwenda kwa muda maalumu. Huyo ndiye Mwenyezi Mungu Mola wenu Mlezi. Ufalme ni wake. Na hao mnao waomba badala yake hawamiliki hata ugozi wa kokwa ya tende.

He causes the night to enter the day, and He causes the day to enter the night and has subjected the sun and the moon - each running [its course] for a specified term. That is Allah , your Lord; to Him belongs sovereignty. And those whom you invoke other than Him do not possess [as much as] the membrane of a date seed.(Qur'an 35:13)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Msomi wa Leo - Dr.Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais

Amezaliwa Februari 10 mwaka 1962 Bukayriyah, Saudi Arabia. Ni Imam wa msikiti mkuu wa Makka, Saudi Arabia. Sheikh alishika Quran nzima akiwa na miaka 12. Sheikh alipata Shahada ya kwanza kwenye Sheria ya kiislamu kutoka chuo kikuu cha Riyadh mwaka 1983, na Shahada ya pili kwenye Misingi ya Kiislamu kutoka chuo cha Sheria cha Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University mwaka 1987, na shahada ya tatu kwenye Sheria ya kiislamu kutoka chuo kikuu cha Umm al-Qura mwaka 1995, wakati anafanya kazi kama profesa msaidizi, baada ya kufundisha chuo kikuu cha Riyadh. Sheikh ana mke moja ambaye ni Fahda Ra'uf.

Msikilize mwenyewe sheikh akiswalisha taraweh mwaka huu siku ya nne ya Ramadhani.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hadithi ya Leo - Utiifu

Ime hadithiwa kwa ruhusa ya 'Auf B.Malik kuwa Mtuwa wa Allah  (ﷺ) alisema:
Watawala Bora, ni wale nyinyi mnaowapenda na wanaowapenda nyinyi, wanaowaombea Baraka za Mungu ziwe juu yenu, na nyie mkamuombea Baraka za Mungu ziwe juu yake. Na Watawala Wabaya, ni wale mnaowachukia, na wao wanawachukia, na mnao mlaani, na yeye akawalaani. Akaulizwa: Je tusimpindue kwa msaada wa panga? Akajibu: Hapana, kama bado anafanya ibada kati yenu. Kama kunakitu kina wachukiza, basi chukieni utawala wake, lakini msiache kumtii.

It has been narrated on the authority of 'Auf b. Malik that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
The best of your rulers are those whom you love and who love you, who invoke God's blessings upon you and you invoke His blessings upon them. And the worst of your rulers are those whom you hate and who hate you and whom you curse and who curse you. It was asked (by those present): Shouldn't we overthrow them with the help of the sword? He said: No, as long as they establish prayer among you. If you then find anything detestable in them. You should hate their administration, but do not withdraw yourselves from their obedience.

Reference : Sahih Muslim 1855 a

Friday, September 5, 2014

Aya ya Leo - Binadamu (Son of Man)

Na Allah amekuumba kutoka kwenye vumbi, kisha kutoka kwenye tone la manii, kisha akawa uumbieni wenzi wenu. Na hakuna mwanamke anayeshika mimba au anayezaa bila ujuzi wake. Na hakuna mzee anayo ongezewe maisha au kupunguziwa, ila yamesha andikwa(amrishwa). Hakika kwa Allah hilo ni rahisi.

And Allah created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop; then He made you mates. And no female conceives nor does she give birth except with His knowledge. And no aged person is granted [additional] life nor is his lifespan lessened but that it is in a register. Indeed, that for Allah is easy.(Qur'an 35:11)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hadithi ya Leo - Kutukana Wazazi

Ime hadithiwa kwa Amri ya Abdullah B.Amr b.Al-'As kuwa Mtume wa Allah(ﷺ) alisema;
Kumtukana mzazi ni dhambi kubwa. Watu wakauliza, Mtume wa Allah, kuna mtu anayetukana wazazi wake pia? Akajibu: Ndiyo, mtu anamtukana baba wa mwenzake, na yeye akajibu kwa kumtukana baba wa aliyomtukania wake. Mwingine anamtukana mama wa mwenzake na yeye akajibu kwa kumtukana mama wa aliyemtukana wakwake.

It is narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah b. Amr b. al-'As that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) observed:
Abusing one's parents is one of the major sins. They (the hearers) said: Messenger of Allah, does a man abuse his parents too? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Yes, one abuses the father of another man, who in turn abuses his father. One abuses his mother and he in turn abuses his (the former's) mother.
Reference : Sahih Muslim 90a