SubhanAllah! This leaf was broken. MashaAllah! My younger one tried to fix it by aiding it through stick and tape. He had seen his father doing the same with a plant back then, whose leaf had also been broken, so he had given it a band aid solution, and it had gotten healed Alhamdulillah.
While sipping my cup of tea,
I reflected that my son saw his father giving this treatment and more importantly its being effectively successful, as within few weeks the fractured leaf got healed.
So, he knew what he had to do when a similar event happened!
The significant point is that they analyzed and realised the root cause behind the fractured leaves, as the two cases happened within a gap of few months. They observed it happened while transporting from florist to home in car’s boot. They knew what to do to avoid further same accidents.
SubhanAllah! As I was thinking about these fractured leaves and band aid solutions in terms of the present context of what’s happening in occupied Palestine,
I realised how we are seeing and witnessing from past 75 years that the band aid solutions like giving medication, donations, charity, protests and so on are actually appreciated, but they are not solving the problem from its root cause.
The occupation is still there as it has been from the past 75 years, and the occupied are still persecuted in full limelight with the consent of the oppressive state institutions like media, which have created the vague narrative that the OCCUPIERS should and have the right to DEFEND themselves.
It’s like saying that the rapist should defend itself if the victim has tried to get rid off that rapist!
We have clearly seen, no band aid solutions are actually solving the root cause of the problem. While some of these solutions, like donations and medications, might be creating a bit of relief temporarily, but to give medications to those who are constantly being attacked is not the solution, the solution is to stop the source of oppression!
Root cause analysis of the disease should be done at the first place, so that we don’t just stick on the symptoms, and rather address the disease itself.
The issue with us today is that we want to do “something” so that we can feel we did something for the oppressed, so that we can feel a sense of self accomplishment, and our regret and guilt should be satisfied by doing something. But we need to understand, it shouldn’t be about us as to how we feel, but it should be how Allah Al- Baseer (The All Seeing) wants us to be dealing with it.
We know that there is a beautiful hadith which highlights that –
“A believer is not stung from the same hole twice.”
As believers, we should be smart enough not to be deceived from the same hole again and again.
We have clearly seen that UN and international human rights organizations, they all are scumbags. They don’t do anything when it comes to the oppressed muslims.
Well! Who wants to complain to them when even our so called muslim rulers have turned a blind eye, and are not even cutting their diplomatic ties with the oppressor which is the least they could do.
SubhanAllah! Muslim lands have key strategic, geopolitical positions, rich resources, human resources, and might and mains like Suez Canal, which alone is sufficient to shatter their economies. But as paralyzed beings, they are not even moving their lips for implementing these measures. What’s the cause of their paralysis, what’s the disease which has made them so immobile?
The cause of their paralysis is the disease called – Nationalism.
The man made boundaries drawn by two men who were British and French, Sir Mark Sykes and Francois Georges Picot on November 2, 1917, have become the catalyst of giving them the identity which is nation bound and is now known as Middle East today-national boundaries upon which they take pride, and upon whose interests their decisions are based.
Despite having everything, every resource at their disposal, they are ready to witness the whole genocide as it is happening on the other side of the artificial colonialist drawn imaginary line, and not in the artificial colonialist drawn imaginary lines of their nation.
As per the analysis, the Muslim lands possess 74% of the world’s oil reserves, more than the rest of the world combined, as well as a 4.7 million standing army.
The Ummah globally is fast approaching 2 billion in terms of population, and more importantly over 60% of the Ummah is below the age of 28. The importance of a large population, especially young human resources, is critical for domestic economic development and defence.
The Suez Canal that passes through Egypt is considered one of the world’s most important waterways, as it links Asian markets to the Mediterranean and Europe.
12 percent of global sea trade transits the canal.
But Nationalism is such a rotten disease. It has paralysed such 58 muslim nations rich with resources, and key geopolitical positions, and rich resources.
Nationalism is such a filthy disease just to give a glimpse of it –
Imagine! Had these attacks been in Cairo (Egypt) or in Istanbul (Turkiye), the reactions wouldn’t have been same. They would have defended with whatever might and mains they have (regardless of consequences and their self-perceived weak capabilities), BUT because it is happening on the other side of the man made colonialist drawn imaginary lines, they are not doing anything except lip service. For them, due to the disease of Nationalism, Cairo and Istanbul are more important than Gaza and Masjid Al Aqsa!
Egypt didn’t even close its Suez canal which is the doorway to 12% of global sea trade. We know when recently Evergreen ship was stuck in the Suez Canal, how 9.6 billion USD trade was frozen. Let alone doing anything for the oppressed, Egypt has closed the Rafah borders for the oppressed muslims from Palestine just because they were on another side of the man made boundaries. This is filthy nationalism.
Just to cite more examples of this filth called Nationalism, which made Turkiye send three firefighting planes to Israel to help extinguish wildfires in 2016.
Turkiye has donated 3-armed drones to Ukraine in Ukraine-Russia war that too free of costs, even though the cost of these drones was 20 million USD, just because it all suits their nationalistic interests. But for Palestine were mere rhetorics. Oral condemnation for Palestine, physical drones for Ukraine?
-Qatar has the largest military US airbase in Middle East outside of the United States.
-Saudia Arabia can kill and bomb their own brothers and sisters in Yemen for their selfish nationalistic interests.
-Saudia Arabia has recently held Shakira music concert, all while the whole Genocide is happening in Palestine. Saudia Arabia shamelessly did it, as it would be in their selfish nationalistic agenda for their liberal vision 2030 Arab vision.
And the recent news of Pakistan sending 1.4 million Afghani refugees back to Afghanistan by November 1 (that too in winters), just because they are from the other side of the man made colonialist drawn boundaries.
Pakistan also rejected the plight of Uyghur muslims in China as their internal matter, just because it was not in their national interest due to their economic corridor with China.
This . is. nationalism.
Such a filthy disease that it can paralyze the muslim nations, full of rich resources, strategic key geopolitical position, might and means and human resources, to such an extent that they won’t mobilise a bit!
Now, we as an ummah, as ordinary people with no power and no might, we only pursue the band aid solutions, some charity, medications and few protests.
I am not undermining band aids, but if the diagnosis is not right then band aid will not even work as a patch up solution. It is like ignoring the big elephant in the room, and just dealing with the symptoms instead.
We need to see what’s causing the immense damage, and how to tackle it from the source itself. The solution for the oppressed under occupation is not only sending charity and just making duas.
Duas without actions are Shaitan’s deceptions .
Charity will only provide some temporary relief, but will not solve the problem due to the constant oppression due to the occupation. Also calling for ceasefires that too from the same so called peacekeeping bodies which are the catalysts of this catastrophe is ineffective. We have clearly seen what UN has done in Bosnian massacre, and what it has done in the case of Palestine.
Also, we should be smart enough to know that we shouldn’t be calling for ceasefires, but we should be calling for ceasing the source of fire, so that vicious cycle of the oppressor comes to an end, and this call of liberation shouldn’t be made to the oppressors.
We also need to understand that the left wing and the right wing are all part of the same system, and having different muslim names or voices won’t change anything as the system itself is oppressive.
Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى says in Holy Qur’an –
وَمَن لَّمْ يَحْكُم بِمَآ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ فَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلظَّـٰلِمُونَ ٤٥
“And those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed are ˹truly˺ the oppressors.”
Surah Maidah ayah 45
Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى has clearly told us that who doesn’t rule as per His revelations are the oppressors.
We have muslim voices and faces and even muslim majority countries ruled by muslim prime ministers, but the point is that the system is not as per Allah’s ahkaam (commandments) and thus oppressive.
As a blessed ummah of the Prophet ﷺ, we should be smart enough, otherwise we will keep getting stung from the same hole, thus resulting in fractures again and again.
The solution should not be band aids or patch up ones, but the end of oppression which has occupied the oppressed. It can only be done when the ummah is free from the disease of nationalism which is so dangerous that people don’t identify it even as a disease let alone its treatment.
May Allah Al-Haadi guide us to unite under the banner of the one righteous leader who is free from the shackles of a colonised mindset and nationalism, and who rules by what Allah Al-Hakam has revealed, the ruler who implements laws, what is halal and haraam, according to Allah’s wish, not people’s whims, desires and national self interest.
إِنَّمَا الْإِمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ
“Indeed, the Imam is a shield, from behind whom you fight and by whom you are protected.” (Muslim)
May Allah Al-Ma’aani – The Shielder bless us with the one in the muslim lands.