Gaza – Fence that fell…

31 01 2008

You don’t feel safe anywhere in the Gaza Strip. It’s dangerous everywhere; Israeli helicopters and F-16s overhead all the time.

The hardest thing is going in the streets of Gaza to find body parts scattered everywhere. So many people have been killed here over the past few days.

We are living under occupation. I’ve been applying to Israel to go to the West Bank – which is part of my country – and I’m not allowed.


The Kaa’ba (Qibla) has an over whelming spiritual aspect attached to it, for a Muslim, there is no place more sacred than the holy lands situated in Arabia. Every year millions of Muslims gather and circumambulate (tawaaf) around the holy Kaa’ba or Qibla during the month of Dhul Hijjah and all year around for the ‘Umrah. The Muslims turn towards the same marvelous Qiblah five times a day when performing their daily salah, decorating their living rooms and places of trade with pictures of it, on walls, in miniature design, on calenders, on prayer mats, and the whole of Muslim cola market has thrived upon its name.

But what does the marvelous Ka’ba, its spiritual or historical significance have anything to do with the giant concentration camp which Gaza has been turned into? Consider this:

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, is quoted to have said, when beholding Ka`ba: “How sanctified you are to Allah, however, the blood of a Muslim is more sanctified to Allah than thee!”

The noble Ka’ba symbolises a deep rooted concept, a concept far beyond the psychological and emotional spiritual aspect we long to feel in its presence. Despite the unceasing dictum, most Muslims including myself have not been able to truly conceptualise what the bond of unity based upon a common view of life (Islam) means. I attempted at experiencing this unity and being over whelmed by it rather than the spiritual aspect which comes from being around the ka’ba. ‘It is only made of stones, you will circumumbulate this one and throw stones at the other ones in Jamaraat’, I said to myself during hajj. The spiritual aspect which comes from witnessing thousands of people of different colour, race, height, size… gave me the ‘buzz’, the same kind of buzz experienced by the dancing dervishes which they interpret to be spiritual elevation, though there is no similarity between the two. But the persistent question remains: Is Muslim unity a fanciful concept? an emotional weak bond? or something real and perceivable?

An-Nu`maan Ibn Basheer, may Allah be pleased with him, quotes the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him as saying: “You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind to themselves, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body aches then the whole body shares the pain with sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari)

This body as described by the Prophet of Islam (saw) exists today as we witness the Muslims stand in solidarity across the Muslim world with their brethren in Gaza. Despite the brutal clampdown by the despotic Egyption regime, the Muslims gathered at the Tahrir Sq chanting, “Gaza residents, we are with you night and day”. Muslims also gathered in Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Mauritania to call their rulers to aid the Muslims of Gaza and to end their links with the Zionist State.

GAZA (CNN) — There is something almost indescribably exhilarating about suddenly evaporating borders, an almost palpable electricity that pulses through the air.
It was breathtaking to watch as tens of thousands of people poured over what once was a towering Israeli-built iron wall, a seemingly insurmountable barrier between Gaza and the world, now a walkway through which Palestinians strolled into Egypt.

In the days of the Ottoman Empire, there were no borders and no walls across much of what is now the Middle East. You could travel from Baghdad to Jerusalem to Cairo to Tunis without a question asked. Then came the era of the nation state, when Arabs became Egyptian or Iraqi or Tunisian.

But the depth of desire for unity, for freedom of movement in the Arab world remains profound. And you only need cross a border in this region to understand why.  Source

Contemplating upon some of these realities makes me wonder that ‘artificial borders disuniting the Muslims’ theory may not be so far-fetched after all. The moment of unity shared by the two nations separated by an artificial border which once never existed, however brief, it looks incredible. The CNN video shows the barrier being physically removed liberating and uniting the people… imagine if this was to occur throughout the Muslim world.




8 responses

1 02 2008

The idea of unity is beautiful. I am not going to lose my hope for God himself declared in Quran that finnally the world will be ruled by Salihun.

But we are living in very bad era. For the sake of Unity, Each one of us has a duty to bring himself to good order on his or her own and not follow any group at all. We must refuse labels. worship Allah in our own room away from the stupid idiots. Any one calls him muslim and kills any innocent human must be killed with shoes. Blood is sacred and shouldnt be played with.

And Muslim world..
You know, last week i was discussing with my husband on this Muslim World issue. Esp when they said in news that Egypt and Jordan closed their borders against Gazans.

Where is muslim world really? What is muslim world?
Those questions make me doubt to use the word of “world” for muslims and muslim countries.

Believe me there is no islam nowadays. only people are calling themselves muslims yet each one having his own interest in heart. There are groups with hidden agendas and mostly synchronised with the americans to lead the muslims to dark ending. They are liars..

Just you need to go to any chat forum and say anything about shi’a or sunni and all muslims there start fighting together. But you just talk about Israel you see they are not interested.

Islam was the first religion which initiated the war against ignorance and illiteracy. But We muslims become so cheap and ignorant. It is sad and annoying that the rate of illiteracy in the Muslim nation approximates 80%. Everywhere in the “muslim world” poverty is enforced. Can i expect any “muslim” from this situation?!

Islam gave me all the answers i needed. I know islam is the rightous way. but where are muslims?

1 02 2008
1 02 2008

I was really p’d off at the egyption government aiding the Zionists in the blockade. that is because the Muslim rulers are in zionist and Amercian pockets. We all know what happend at Annapolis prior to this catastrophe.

May Allah (Swt) protect our brothers and sisters in Gaza and eslewhere.

1 02 2008

Amin @ Hasmita.

I hate to be a party pooper but considering the impact an overnight influx of migrants will have on the infrastructure, I think the reaction of the Egyptians is justified. Unmitigated immigration should be a major concern of any country that wishes it’s resources to be equally distributed amongst it’s citizens.

What I would have loved to see TIa, (and yes, I too long for Muslim unity) is a well organized system of immigration. Let those Muslim countries who are willing and genuine set up an organization where Gazan’s can register. They can then place them according to their skills and/or level of education in places where they can lead productive lives and be of benefit to themselves and their host country. That way thier humanity is preserved and they don’t become burdens on the state, instead of shutting door on their noses and sending them back into misery.

There’s so much Muslims can do… but we’re too busy being hypocrites.

1 02 2008

It pains me that they have no where to go ):

1 02 2008
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3 02 2008

Shahrzad I think individualism coupled with technological advancement and the materialism which comes from it, has made us all very selfish people. Its either that or Muslims have become too stupid to realise that if they don’t rise above the petty things, they will soon be destroyed.

Hasmita, it’s interesting you mentioned Anapolis, actually I was going to make an entry about that if I wasn’t going Hajj. It’s clear from the actions of Mubarak and the so called international community what peace negotiations took place there.,

Bubbles, thanks for being the Party Pooper, there is always one :p
I would assume that under normal circumstances the people of Gaza traded across Egypt, so it wasn’t case of shortage of supplies. The intention of Gazans was never to migrate there, but simply to be able to get the food, medicines, and supplies of other such essentials. The steel wall has not always been there it was erected especially to stop the people from entering Egypt to fill up their vehicles with supplies. I am sure Egypt has enough reserves to fulfill basic needs of Palestinians considering how tiny the region is.

Also, I don’t think the people of Palestine want to simply migrate leaving their land and where they have lived for centuries. They are even happy living in refugee camps, as long as their children can go over to Egypt, Syria or jordan to receive further education. Besides, how can we expect the same Muslim governments who have colluded with America and Israel to organise anything which would help the Muslims in anyway?

4 02 2008

Shots fired at Egypt-Gaza border

1 hour ago

Gunfire erupted at the Gaza-Egypt border, following stone-throwing clashes between Egyptian border guards and Palestinians, witnesses said.

Five people were wounded by gunfire, said a Gaza health official, Dr Moawiya Hassanain.

The tensions began when the Egyptian guards sealed the border, not even allowing Egyptians and Gazans who had found themselves on the wrong side of the border to return home.

At some point, dozens of teenagers threw stones at an Egyptian command post in the area. Egyptian forces fired tear gas, and medics said 12 people were treated for tear gas inhalation.

Eventually, gunfire erupted, but the source of the shooting was not immediately clear.

The Egyptian troops had closed the border on Sunday, using metal spikes and barbed wire, ending a 12-day breach that had allowed hundreds of thousands of Gazans to visit Egyptian border towns.

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