The last 10 nights of the Holy Month of Ramadan are blessed and it is during one of these nights that Allah SWT revealed the Noble Qur’an to the heart of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). While we are immersed in prayer during these last 10 days, it also important to think about our brothers and sisters of the Ummah at large. The Holy Prophet (SAW) is said to have stated, “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
We all want to live in peace and tranquility, free of oppression. Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters in the land of our first Qiblah do not have that. International Quds (Jerusalem) Day is marked on the last Friday of the month of Ramadhan every year in solidarity with and in support of the oppressed people of Palestine and wherever else in the world people are oppressed.
It is said that the Holy Prophet (SAW) stated: “The greatest struggle (jihad) is to speak a truthful word in the presence of a tyrannical ruler.” It is the responsibility of the Muslim ummah to take a stand against the oppression faced by the people of Palestine, Yemen, Kashmir and many others at the hands of tyrants. Whether it be writing a letter to your local or federal political representative demanding that they censure the tyrants at the UN or spreading awareness amongst your community about these issues in person, on social media, or through art, poetry or writing articles, it is important that we make an effort to live the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and speak out on these matters.
Due to restrictions limiting gatherings in most countries this year due to the pandemic, in lieu of the annual Quds Day demonstrations there is an online campaign to create awareness about the issue. Create a video or write a message in support of Palestine and share on social media with the hashtags #FreePalestine and #FlyTheFlagForPalestine until the end of Ramadhan. Free Palestine!