So, what CAN we do?

December 31, 2008

…for those suffering everywhere…

Check this out:
Global Qiyam ul-Layl

Not sure what to say in your dua’a? No problem! Check this out:
Collection of Dua’as for the Oppressed

For us, it will merely be one night…just one night of not sleeping our full 8 hours…

They, on the other hand, have many countless sleepless nights…awake on a bed made of their home leftovers, afraid to hear the next striking missile…

Remember that you are one body with them…what hurts them, hurts you…
Their needs, are your needs…Their prayers, are our prayers…

Let’s join them…

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Apology

December 30, 2008

Another poem I wrote a long time ago…but again, I think applies…
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How do I begin an endless apology??
I am sorry, Gaza.
I am neglectful, I know.
The least I can do, is very little,
But I don’t even present that much.

I am sorry, dead and silenced infants.
I know that in another setting I could have been you.
After all, what am I but a child of Palestine too.
Allah has mercifully granted me a longer life,
And I wish I could use it to make a difference in yours.

I am sorry, imprisoned and starving citizens.
You teach us bravery everyday, but we still stand cowardly.

I am sorry, grape vines and fig trees.
What you give is so sweet,
but we are distracted by everything in life that is sweet,
And in that we forget to protect you.

I am sorry, broken olive branch,
I almost relied on murders to ensure that you can grow in peace.
I will NOT apologize to them, I promise.
But I will apologize to you,
always…

Apologies are the hardest actions!
They are words we utter,
Knowing that what is done is done,
And they don’t seem to fix anything at all,
Even if the victim is forgiving…
But for you Palestine,
The apologies never end.

I am sorry Palestine,
I know we have been gone
for far, far, far too long.
I hear your call…
And I am sorry I still have not answered it.

February 19, 2008


My Dream

December 30, 2008

This is a “poem” I wrote more than a year ago..but applies more than ever…
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The other night I had a dream,
Involving death.

Many deaths, to be precise.
A death here,
A death there,
It seems as if, death was everywhere.
Some houses were shattered, and so were some bones,
All from the bombings of course.
Villages were destroyed.
There was shooting,
And furious tanks,
There was bloodshed,
And torture of the innocent,
There were tears and unheard cries of help,
Frightened children…
And women dying beside those children.
It was chaos really.
But then I woke up,
And found that–
my reality was even crueler.
You see, I live in Palestine,
And they say that your dreams are basically a reflection
Of what you think about and experience during the day.
I was surprised that my dream was not worse.
After all, I was spared this time.
Despite it all, I go to school everyday (though each time by an alternate path),
And you see my radiant smile,
then wonder how I could smile at all,
If both my dreams and reality were just-
a soup of death!
It is because,
What you call death, I call martyr-hood.
What you call insanity, I call courage.
What you call obstinacy, I call determination.
What you call helplessness, I call patience.
And what we both call (and know is) injustice,
I call a temporary, however miserable, state.
Because lucky for me, I put my complete trust,
In the One who has the power.
The one who is never unjust, and promised me that good will prevail.
In this life, and the next.
And He never breaks a promise.
So mark my words, one day,
Victory WILL be mine,
and for my family, and neighbors, and the whole village you destroyed.
Even the trees and rocks are on my side!
And really, shouldn’t that make me smile?
Because everyone knows that the ONLY WAY to be
a winner at the end,
Is to be winning all the way through.

November 13, 2007


History…what?

December 30, 2008

Remember that high school class? I always wondered what the point of it was…I hated memorizing dates and names…let alone learning who did what…

Nonetheless, my history teachers were successful at engraving in my brain the ultimate purpose of reading the stories of those in graves: So that we may learn from them and never repeat their mistakes! 

Maybe the big guys failed History class…

Maybe they failed their ethics class…

Maybe they failed their math class…

And that makes me wonder how they became the big guys…

How else, can you explain a 4 to 1775 (and growing) ratio?



4:1,775 +

December 30, 2008

I am left speechless, and so, I merely quote…

(CNN) — An Israeli patrol boat struck a boat carrying medical volunteers and supplies to Gaza early Tuesday as it attempted to intercept the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, witnesses and Israeli officials said.

The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers — physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists from the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement — who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory.

Also on board was former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney.

Penhaul said an Israeli patrol boat shined its spotlight on the Dignity, and then it and another patrol boat shadowed the Dignity for about a half hour before the collision.

One patrol boat “very severely rammed” the Dignity, Penhaul said.

The captain of the Dignity told Penhaul he received no warning. Only after the collision did the Israelis come on the radio to say they struck the boat because they believed it was involved in terrorist activities, the captain said.

But Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied that and said the patrol boat had warned the vessel not to proceed to Gaza because it is a closed military area.The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers — physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists from the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement — who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory.

Read more here

gaza

Israel considers 48-hour ceasefire with Hamas

Updated: Tue Dec. 30 2008 14:34:29

CTV.ca News Staff

Israel may halt its air strikes in the Gaza Strip for 48 hours if Hamas also stops sending rockets into border towns. But the ceasefire proposal, put forward by French officials, is still being weighed by the Israeli government.

News of the possible ceasefire came as Israel conducted air assaults against Hamas targets for a fourth day. So far, a reported 375 Palestinians have been killed and upwards of 1,400 injured in the densely-populated area, while four Israelis have died.

Read more here


يا رفيق الدرب

December 30, 2008

حياتنا يا رفيق الدرب أسئلة من الدموع تشق الخد تسكابا 

أو قصة هربت منها نهايتها وأثقلت كاهل الصفحات أسبابا 

لغز عرفناه لكن لا يفسره إلا الذي في ظلام اللحد قد غابا 

ننقل الخطو ننسى أين غايتنا وفي سرى الليل نلقى الموت وثابا 

يعمق القبر في أرواحنا حفرا من الأنين ويبني الحزن سردابا 

كأننا ما ابتسمنا قط وارتسمت آمالنا كطيور الفجر أسرابا 

كأننا ما سكبنا بيننا لغة يظل شلالها في القلب منسابا 

وما التقطنا نجوم الليل وانتثرت بدربنا ترمق السارين إعجابا 

فانهار في لحظة مشوار رحلتنا كأنه من جبال الثلج قد ذابا 

قد ذاب ثلث ولكن في جوارحنا باقيه غاص مع الآمال أحقابا 

تساؤل ودموع العين هامية والقلب يخفق في الأضلاع وثابا


HiddenSouls Video :)

December 27, 2008

Alright so, after a number of trials with different nasheeds….we present:

*duff roll*

Copyright: my sister Strive

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