Al-Aqsa Intifadah: What Can You Do?
Posted: 13 Rajab 1421, 11 October 2000
As I was reading and listening to the news from Palestine this past week, a familiar emotion began to rare its ugly head. As the news became grimmer and grimmer, I began to feel more and more helpless. Angry and indignant and frustrated, but most of all helpless. This is most likely a familiar emotion to many of those who keep up with world affairs and the state of the Ummah today. From Iraq to Bosnia to Kosova to Palestine, it seems everywhere you look there are Muslims being oppressed, abused and murdered. Sometimes instead of hopelessness these injustices foster aggression, guilt and hatred that turn either inward on oneself or outward on ones family.
While natural to some extent these feelings of hopelessness can become a tool of Shaitan, who watches gleefully as our mind-set causes us to become paralyzed and fail to take any action at all. Or he celebrates even more while he watches us depend on the kufar for our brothers and sisters protection and assistance rather than relying only on Allah and coming together to provide that assistance as the Ummah should.
It is human nature to want to help our brothers and sisters physically. We are creatures of action when were hungry we eat, when were frightened we run, when were attacked we fight. We sometimes allow ourselves to become too bound to the immediate, tangible world. We live day to day with the laws of nature and we become almost hypnotized by them, limiting our assessment of situations to what we can physically do to affect them.
Fortunately, Allah has given us much greater power than what our mere physical bodies can achieve. He has allowed us, even required of us, that we ask Him for His Divine Intervention in all situations. Indeed, in situations where we are not ourselves able to act, our requests that He intercede and our faith in His ability to do so reflect the true level of our Iman. Those of great faith never tire of petitioning Allah, and they feel the comfort of His power when they do so. "Indeed, to God do we turn in hope." [At-Tauba: 9:59]
So instead of fretting about the overwhelming hopelessness of the state of the Ummah, dig in and start praying! This will foster hope in Allahs promises and spark you to contribute whatever you can to our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. Allah will then multiply our efforts and well reap the rewards of pure niyat and sacrificing action in the dunya and the akhirah, Insha-Allah. And Shaitan will be left miserable and alone by virtue of both our prayers and our actions in the way of Allah!
Things You Can Do to Help Your Fellow Muslims
Some dua you can recite:
"O Allah, bind our hearts together. Set aright relations among us. Guide us upon the way of peace. Deliver us from darkness into light. Separate us from vile deeds, whatever may be concealed of them and whatever revealed. Bless us in our hearing and our sight, our hearts and our spouses, and our children. Grant us repentance, for You are the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. And enable us to be thankful for You grace, and to extol You for it, and to be accepting of it. And perfect it for us." Prophet Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as quoted in Lasting Prayers of the Quran and Sunnah.
"Our Lord, pour forth upon us patience, and take our souls as Muslims." [Al-A'raf, 7:126]
"Our Lord! bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and dispose of our affair for us in the right way!" [Al-Kahf 18:10]
"O God, whoever holds command of an affair of my community and afflicts it with hardship, afflict him with hardship. And whoever holds command of an affair of my community and accords it kindness, accord him kindness." Prophet Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as quoted in "Lasting Prayers of the Quran and Sunnah."
"O my Lord! Forgive me, my parents, all who enter my house in Faith, and (all) believing men and believing women: and to the wrong-doers grant no increase but in Perdition!" [Prayer of Prophet Nuh (Nuh, 71:28)].
"Our Lord! In You do we trust; and to You do we turn in repentance; and to You is (our) final Goal. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for those who disbelieve, but forgive us, our Lord! For You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise." (Prayer of Prophet Ibrahim [Al-Mumtahana, 60:4-5])
"Our Lord, forgive us our sins and anything we may have done that transgressed our duty: establish our feet firmly, and help us against those that resist Faith." (Prayer of the Believers after the Battle of Uhud [Al-i-Imran, 3:147])