"Sometimes crying provides you with a sense of release that anger can’t match. I think crying in times of sincere duress is the closest we’ll ever be to Allah. It’s the only time we surrender our guard and our defenses. Otherwise we’re too afraid of appearing weak, which causes our pride to establish veils between us and Allah. So feel blessed that Allah has softened your heart enough to make it pour its sorrows out to Him. Otherwise you’d have no release at all. And where would you be then?"
A message from Anonymous
What does Allah have to say on the epidemic in the Middle East ?

In my opinion, the following hadith covers this issue sufficiently:

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or is being oppressed.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, we help the one being oppressed but how do we help an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By seizing his hand.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 2312, Sahih Muslim 2584

As an Ummah, we have stopped doing this. We’ve focused on appeasing people that we can benefit from in a material sense, and therefore sold our principles in favour of worldly gain.

So to answer your question more directly, Allah instructs us to seize the hand of the oppressor, to speak out against injustice, to lend a hand to the oppressed or the weak, and so on. But we don’t. We look for politically correct causes to support, and we allow the political correctness of those causes to be defined by the non-Muslims.

We spurn secularism but fight for democracy. We’re essentially hypocrites. Hence the turmoil in the Middle East. When we start suppressing our arrogance by believing that we know better, then maybe we’ll stop this tribal/madhab/sect/caste/class nonsense that creates divisions, and we’ll find the strength and the resources to make the Israel’s of this world impotent and irrelevant, like they should be.

  • Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
  • Answer: Israel. Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
  • Answer: Israel.
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
  • Answer: Israel.”
  • — Dr. Norman Finkelstein (via spiritfall-commune)
  • (via http: //terrynuriman.tumblr.com/post/48347171027/question-which-country-alone-in-the-middle-east)

simplyhasanah:

Yes, that is true, Mr Mandela, sir. It is a rarity to find a great leader who truly sticks to his principles. #nelsonmandela #leader

Rare Video: Mandela Speaking on Palestine [Extracts]

This is an absolutely brilliant display of the difference between American politics and morality, and principled leadership on human rights! Must Watch!

Excerpt from a 1990 Town Hall Meeting held in New York City and chaired by Ted Koppel of ABC Networks

Who puts a smile on the face of the village idiot?

Who puts a smile on the face of the village idiot?

I’ve been asking this question a lot lately. Most people laugh it off, probably turning me into the proverbial village idiot since I put the smile on their face, but no answer seems to be forthcoming. It was never intended to be a rhetorical question. At many points in my life I found myself abandoning that which was dear to me in favour of assisting others to achieve that which was dear to them.…

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I don’t know who this man is, but he speaks the truth that every damn Muslim sectarian needs to hear.

"The beauty of Islam is reflected in its ability to attract others to its truth through the actions of flawed beings like myself that practice its teachings."
A message from Anonymous
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Could you please post the source for the duaas? JazakAllaah khayr

Wa Alaykumussalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh,

It’s a book by Mufti Abdool Kader Hoosen of South Africa called Du’a, The Weapon of a Believer. You should be able to obtain a copy from this site, Insha-Allah. 

Wa iyyakum,

Zaid.

the72sects:

Dua when one loses hope

Increasingly relevant for the Ummah, and for Palestine, and the rest of the lands where Muslims are tormented and tortured.

"Cowardly swines. Even using such words on them is an efface of those words, because no statement or action can do justice to accurately describe the putrefaction of humanity that Israel represents."
On hearing the news of the 4 boys that were bombed to death while playing on the beach in Gaza.
"Don’t confuse benefits with rewards. If you do things while focusing on the rewards, chances are you’ll lose sight of the benefits, but if you focus on the benefits, you’ll find that the rewards will follow without any effort on your part."

Simple truth