الدين لا يقود الناس إلى الطاعات بالسلاسل إنما يقودهم بالتقوى، وإذا فسد الناس فإن اصلاحهم لا يكون بالتشديد ولكن بأصلاح تربيتهم وقلوبهم -سيد قطبReligion does not lead people to obedience through chaining them, rather it does so through taqwa (mindfulness of God), and if people become corrupted, their reformation cannot be gained through hardline methods and authoritarianism, but through reforming their education and their hearts. ~Sayyid Qutb
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A long term truce has been reached with the conditions of Gazas demands and needs being met including an easing or the siege
It begins 5pm BST
Something to those who’d lost hope 😏
Well see better days inshallah :D
It’s the beginning of progress
Don’t forget them
Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be far sighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never runs out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.
(Figures correct up until 12:15pm BST 21/08/14)
"Not in my name"
"If white Christian Americans/Britons/Europeans are willing to condemn and apologise for
centuries of colonialism,
the actions of G.W.Bush,
Tony Blair over Iraq and Afghanistan;
Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo Bay prisons;
extra judicial murder and illegal renditions;
white sexual groomers;
Paedophilic Church leaders;
Jimmy Saville and sex rings involving the British political elite;
politicians who swindle expenses and taxes;
Israeli aggression and occupation;
support for oppressive ‘pseudo-democratic’ regimes in the Muslim world;
then maybe Muslims will comfortably come forward to say “not in my name, not in my religion”.
Until then, let’s take a long hard look in the mirror before we expect Muslims to condemn, because none of the aforementioned injustices were committed by ‘Islamic states’,
rather secular liberal democracies that claim to be the beacon of tolerance, transparency and freedom.”
Alhamdulillah there’s a ceasefire and things have begun to calm down. But make sure, a month from now, that they’re still in your prayers.
I would highly recommend everyone to download an app called ‘iGaza’.
Also look up someone called ‘Noor Harazeen’, a reporter based in Gaza itself.
(Picture taken at national protest in London, Hyde park)
Overheard before the march:
'Daddy, why are we protesting?'
'Because little kids are being killed in #Gaza and we should always stand up for those who need it'
'Thats so sad, why are they being killed daddy?'
'Because there are very bad people in the world with too much power. Remember I taught you about the Nazis?'
'Yes daddy, I remember'
'Well the Nazis are still around pumpkin, they call themselves Zionists now'
Parenting: he’s doing it right.
What it actually means….
It may seem a bit odd to say this now, but when the dust settles, I think the consensus will be that Israel lost this war in all the ways that matter.
1. They’ve never had international public support - but this time they’ve actually earned real public rancour.
1a. They’ve taken a hammering on the social media, and with the rise of this new form of communication, the traditional and more biased news stations have played less of a role in shaping the discourse and for the first time personal Palestinian narratives have actually come out.
2. They’ve not achieved a single of their putative objectives - the rockets are still firing, Hamas is still there, the tunnels are still there, and the Palestinians are not going quietly.
2a. They have achieved their actual aim of disrupting the peace process and Palestinian unity talks, but at the expense of massively strengthening Hamas’s hand.
3. They’ve suffered military casualties - and they’ll mount the longer the ground excursion goes on. This’ll lose them the feel-good factor with their own public too.
4. The western governments. that support them continue to support them, but there are rumblings here too, cf. Kerry leaked comments, UK Parliamentary debate, and increasing lobbying for an arms embargo.
5. The BDS movement has gained massive publicity. It has cost Israel $100ms already and will cost a lot more now.