Thursday, 5 April 2007

My Rights or My Brother's?

Shaykh Umar Abdul Rahman, despite his poor health, has languished in an American federal prison for over a decade. Shaykh Abu Umar al-Misri was abducted by the CIA from the Italian city of Milan and sent to Egypt where he suffered horrific torture. In Iraq, a young girl was raped, killed, burnt and her family slaughtered by the American Crusader Army.

These are just a few examples of the atrocities the Muslim nation faces daily. Volumes could be written and libraries filled with the crimes the West has committed against Muslims and Islam. There is Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Extraordinary Rendition, occupation, countless murders and rapes. All of which bring tears to the eyes of the soft-hearted. Indeed, 9-11, 3-11, 7-7, Bali and Beslan happen to us everyday.

Yet, whenever hijra is suggested, as a first step to removing this humiliation from us, a group of Muslims cry out:

'I get more rights here than Muslims do there! I can pray, fast, go for Hajj and they even have a halaal option at our kid's school. Don't you know in Turkey women aren't allowed to wear the hijaab?'

Life in the West has become too good for some. They are fat, lazy and firmly attached to this world and its glitter. They employ terms such as 'British Muslim' or 'American Muslim' in order to distinguish from those 'Iraqi Muslims' or 'Afghani Muslims'; so that when the next 500lbs bunker buster falls on a wedding party they can still fall asleep in their warm comfy homes without feeling too much guilt. After all, it happened to 'them' not 'us'. The eyes and ears are closed when the stomach is full.

It's time to reject the pro-western extremists' attempt to divide us and lose this 'house-nigger' mentality. We have to see ourselves as one body, in which the suffering borne by one of us is felt by all of us. When one Muslim loses his mother we all lose our mother. By following the command of Rasul Allah salallahu alayhi wa sallam and making hijra feesabilillah we will be able to establish ourselves, increase our strength, give ourselves the ability to overcome our enemies and to fulfill the rights of our brothers.

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