Indonesia Hospital ready to handle Gaza residents

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JAKARTA

INDONESIAN  volunteers who are members of Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) successfully completed the mission of construction the hospital in Gaza, Palestine. The hospital which was inaugurated on June 15 was built on donations of all Indonesian people.

Collecting donations that began in 2009 was able to raise funds amounting to Rp 15 billion. With the funds, a magnificent three-storey hospital could be founded by volunteers recruited from Pondok Pesantren Al-Fattah, Cileungsi, Bogor.

“The hospital stands in 1.6 hectares of land, the building area of 9,600 km2. In the hospital there are 100 beds, four operating rooms, 10 ICU beds and 10 Emergency beds,” said Volunteer Coordinator of Mer-C in Gaza Nur Ikhwan Abadi when talking with ROL lastnight.

Not only that, Ikhwan said, the hospital which were given the name Rumah Sakit Indonesia also has more complete medical support facilities. Such as, 24 hours clinic, Ct-Scan tools, as well as a number of modern and up-to-date medical equipments.

“The location of the hospital is also quite strategic in the region Bayt Lahiya, North Gaza, Palestine. It was close to the border that often became the prone regions,” said the man in the construction of the hospital acted as architect.

Republika

Friday, 26 June 2015

GAZA RS

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Tunisian scientist wins Muslim beauty pageant in Indonesia, calls for free Palestine

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PRAMBANAN

A TUNISIAN woman called for a free Palestine as she won a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia on Friday, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests.

Eighteen finalists, who include a doctor and a computer scientist, paraded in glittering dresses against the backdrop of world-renowned ancient temples for the contest in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

Computer scientist Fatma Ben Guefrache was announced the winner and received a prize which included a gold watch, a gold dinar, and mini pilgrimage to Mecca.

“May almighty Allah help me in this mission, and free Palestine, please, please, free Palestine and the Syrian people,” the tearful 25-year-old woman said.

The 18 finalists were required to wear the Muslim headscarf and judged not only on their appearance, but also on how well they recite verses from the Koran and their views on Islam in the modern world.

“We want to see that they understand everything about the Islamic way of life – from what they eat, what they wear, how they live their lives,” said Jameyah Sheriff, one of the organisers.

Winner of the 2014 World Muslimah Awards Fatma Ben Guefrache (R) of Tunis reacts and touchs her crown as Miss Muslimah 2013 Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (L) of Nigeria looks on during the grand final in Prambanan, Yogyakarta. Photo: AFP

Winner of the 2014 World Muslimah Awards Fatma Ben Guefrache (R) of Tunis reacts and touchs her crown as Miss Muslimah 2013 Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (L) of Nigeria looks on during the grand final in Prambanan, Yogyakarta. Photo: AFP

The World Muslimah Award first drew global attention in 2013 when organisers presented it as a peaceful protest to Miss World, which was taking place around the same time on the resort island of Bali.

While it remains popular in some countries, British-run Miss World has faced frequent accusations that it is degrading to women, and a round in which contestants pose in bikinis has been a lightning rod for criticism.

In an effort to appease hardliners, Miss World organisers axed the bikini round for the Bali edition, but the event still sparked demonstrations from Islamic radicals who dubbed it a “whore contest”.

‘HEADSCARVES NOT SCARY’
British contestant Dina Torkia said she hoped this year’s World Muslimah Award would not only provide a contrast to Western beauty pageants, but would also dispel prejudices against Islam.

“I think the most important thing is to show that we are really normal girls, we are not married to terrorists. This scarf on my head isn’t scary,” she told AFP.

However the 2014 pageant has faced challenges, with seven finalists dropping out and others struggling with Indonesia’s complex bureaucracy to obtain visas.

Most who pulled out did so because their families did not want them to travel alone, Sheriff said.

The Indian contestant missed her initial flight as she was being questioned by officials who were suspicious of a woman travelling alone and wearing a headscarf, although she managed to get on a plane later.

Others have gone to great lengths to take part in the fourth edition of the event, with Masturah Jamil quitting her teaching job in Singapore after her employer would not give her time off to participate.

Organisers hope to present positive role models for Islamic women around the world and the contestants, who are aged between 18 and 27, include a newly qualified doctor from Bangladesh.

But not everyone was enjoying the final rounds, with Britain’s Torkia saying her initial optimism had turned into disappointment.

“I came into this competition hoping that I would leave with my faith increased, but so far it’s been a lot about promotion and media and looking nice,” she said.

Friday’s finale caps a lengthy process, which included an online audition followed by two weeks of events in Indonesia.

During their time in Indonesia, contestants have visited orphanages and nursing homes, and had their pictures taken at Borobudur, a famous Buddhist temple close to Yogyakarta, Java’s cultural heartland.

The finale takes place on a stage against the backdrop of Prambanan, a ninth-century complex of Hindu temples on the island of Java that is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Hosting the event at a Hindu site was a conscious decision to show that Muslims are accepting of other religions, organisers said.

The Straits Times/AFP
Sat, 22 November 2014

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/tunisian-wins-muslim-beauty-pageant-calls-free-palestine-20141122

Algebra of violence in the Mideast (3)

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Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abdul Karim
KUALA LUMPUR

WHAT about this: In February 1994, a Jewish settler, Dr Baruch Goldstein, with a gun and hand grenades, entered the Ibrahim Mosque during Friday dawn prayers. Opening fire, Goldstein killed 29 Muslim worshipers and wounded 125. Eventually he was overpowered by the Palestinians in the mosque and killed.

Zionist atrocities, brutalities and their policy of “mowing the lawn in Gaza” is completely summarised by Professor Noam Chomsky on TV “Democracy Now”(USA) interview on August 7, 2014 as follows: Hideous, sadistic, vicious without any credible pretext.” And UK Channel 4 News exposed Israel’s military murdering children on Gaza beach, July 16,2014. Its reporter Jonathan Miller, described the killing of these children by shells from the Israeli gun-boat.

On top of these recent sufferings in lives, mental, material and land being endured by the Palestinians shown on TVs and iPads, was the CNN News report of September 3, 2014, and the AP report of the same day about the beginning of the trail in Washington of four Blackwater security guards for the fatal shootings of more than 30 Iraqis at Nisoor Square, Iraq, on September 16, 2007. These security guards really committed violent acts on innocent Iraqis. Certainly these violent acts must have radicalised the minds and hearts of those Iraqis. But where were those so-called human rights activists?!

Useful books are:

“A Bloody Business-America’s War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq” by Colonel General Schumacher of United States Army Special Forces (Retired).

“Blackwater-The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” by Jeremy Scahill.

The main thrust of adducing a random sample of these apartheid statements of the Zionist leaders, of their atrocities on the lives of the Palestinians’ houses, schools, mosques, apartments, electrical supply, water supply, the sewerage system, the regular stealing of Palestinians’ lands is to expose the destructive double standards of those self-righteous Human Rights activists, those lesbians-gays-bisexuals-transgender (LGBT)-atheists who vociferously attack Syariah Law, who hate everything Islam-Muslims, even Muslims’ financial-economic assets/investments in USA and UK. These investments provide employment and income to their US and UK workers.

Why are these activists “deaf, blind and dumb, they have no sense” (Al-Quran 2:18 and 2: 171) against those Zionists, against those Blackwater mercenary army’s brutalities? The curt answer is given by Professor Samuel Huntington. Professor Huntington is the famous author of that book: “The Clash of Civilizations”. Professor Huntington reminded the Western powers as follows:

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organised violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”

The Western media, the Western official “excuse” on this “organised violence” on the deaths, on the destruction of the economic assets of Muslims is invariably just pure “collateral damage”.

But the self-destructive consequence of these historical and current brutalities against Muslims and their economic assets has been the breeding of “revenge fighters’ whose dastard, violent activities and actions have been inflicting self-injury to the soul of Islam. Islam is submission to Allah SWT (Al Quran: 2:112; 3: 84-85)

Islam instructs mankind to do good, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong. (Al-Quran 3:104)

Islam instructs mankind to be humble, nor insolent.

“And swell not your cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah loves not any arrogant boaster” (Al Quran: Surah Luqman (31): Verse 18

Islam protects non-Muslims. (Al Quran 9:6); place non-Muslims in secure places (Al Quran 9:6); giving judgment with justice (Al-Quran 4:58); brotherhood of mankind (Al Quran 49:13)

In short, Islam encompasses: justice, trust, kindness, empathy, human cooperation, safety and economic progress. . In his book “Islamic Law-Its Scope and Equity, Prof Said Ramadan highlights this Hadith:

“Beware, whosoever is cruel, and hard on a (non-Muslim subject) or curtails his rights, or burdens him, taking his property against his free will, I shall myself be a plaintiff against him on the Day of Judgment.”

The vital point here is that Islam is totally against any form of violence on any human beings, even against the destruction of the environment.

“And help one another in righteousness and piety, help not one another in sin and aggression and keep your duty to Allah. Surely Allah is severe in requiting (evil).” (Al Quran: Surah Al-Maidah or The Table Spread 5: Verse2)

Thus, the “sudden appearance” of the new brutal, sadistic, vengeful devil-evil “ISIS forces” has created another grave problem to the best humane values of Islam, briefly mentioned above.

It seems that the “sudden appearance of IS forces (ISIS) is like the mythical beheading of Hydra which reproduces multiple evil tentacles. It seems that the elimination of sadistic Saddam Hussein has created several vengeful devils-evils such as the IS forces (that Iblis-Syaitan forces!) who are destroying the reputation of Islam, and thereby has increased the intensity of Islamophobia in the West. For example, even a Christian Pastor of Northern Ireland, James McConnel, declared in a sermon that: “Islam was heathen …… Satanic….. a religion spawned in hell…”

Even Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s Unionist First Minister, supported Pastor James Mc Connel’s outburst saying a cleric was entitled to denounce false doctrine, that Muslims engaged in violence or practice Syariah Law; hence he said he did not trust Muslims.” (The Economist, June 14, 2014)

Refer also: “The Myth of the Muslims Tide” by Doug Saunders.

“The New Religious Intolerance-Overcoming The Politics of Fear in An Anxious Age” by Martha C Nussbaum.

It is therefore grossly wrong to call IS forces as “Islamic State” forces. They are just vengeful, violent, murderous rogue evils who destroy Islam. They intensify hatred against Islam. They increase the cycle of violence and retribution. They behave like those Zionist forces. The only vital difference is that Zionist atrocities do not destroy the image of Islam.

It is vital to remind the world herein that the pure “Islamic State”” in Islam is about justice against injustice; justice founded in the Al Quran and the Sunnah, in the Syariah Law.

Thus, we must totally eliminate this IS evil-devil forces to protect pure Islam, to protect the best image of Islam to which thousands of educated, professional, famous Western individuals have reverted, and are reverting annually.

Thus, certainly the evil-devil atrocities of those IS marauders is totally against the pure values of Islam and has intensified Western Islamaphobia.

We shall deal with this hatred for the “practice of the Syariah Law” later below in relation to MIB Brunei Darussalam. But the usual question is this: Much as we absolutely detest the evil-devil actions and activities of those marauding anti-Islam thugs of “IS”, why are those anti-Islam-anti-Muslim activists so “dumb, so deaf, so blind” to the endless atrocities, vile acts of economic destruction committed by the Zionist army, by the Jewish settlers? Brazen acts of violence and retribution, the evil of “clash of civilizations” as termed by Professor Huntington.

These anti-Islam-anti-Muslim activists are pathologically vilifying the Syariah Law. Their pathological hatred has reached the shores of MIB Brunei Darussalam when it introduced in May 2014 the long-standing Syariah Law.

These activists vociferously attacked our Monarch, the Brunei Darussalam Sovereign Wealth investment assets in Los Angeles and of course the introduction of the Syariah Law.

The Brunei Times,
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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Palestine-Israel conflict: Injustice and unjust wars

PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-CONFLICT-DEMO-OUTPOSTIrwansyah Mukhlis*

WHEN we see the news concerning Gaza, Israel, and Palestine most of our hearts will normally be touched by the unending conflict which happens there. The conflict seems to be perpetual and everybody seems to have already known or grown tired of the issue though some would remain ignorant while others would simply choose sides. Then if we keep on pursuing, we will see a whole group of government representatives speaking about the rhetoric and the obvious which do not seem to be really doing the victims on the ground any good. This could be clearly seen from their usage of the term “deplore, saddened, hope, wish” which does little to change the situation at hand, as most were not ready to confront the blatant power politics on display.

Perhaps, the term that is missing from the whole discussion of the conflict is “justice”. From the highest international authority standpoint such as the UN to each sovereign state, all seems to be unified in refraining from making the issue as a matter of injustice. Although it is hard to conceive the concept of justice and to apply it to the conflict as justice may come in different forms, or at least that is the impression that we get from the current international system, but like it or not the conflict in Palestine is nevertheless a problem of justice and not simply an issue of self-defence as what most have claimed.

Which concepts of justice shall we then apply to the conflict? Is it the universal conception justice (if there is one)? Or does the Islamic conception of an “eye for an eye” justice serve our purpose? The answer that seemed to be applicable to the Gaza conflict would be none of the above. The reason is simply because in order to apply all of these justice conceptions we will need to trace the very root of the conflict through a historical analysis which could date back all the way to the days of the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, WWI and WWII. Besides, all the political propaganda coming from both sides have already done enough damage to obscure the objective reality or truth.
Then how shall we pursue with the effort to resolve the conflict without knowing which concept of justice to be applied? Although the question is valid one but it is not impossible to answer. The simplest form of justice that the world and government leaders need to consider now is through the numbers as it is the closest to reality. When the Israelis have taken out hundreds/thousands of Palestinian lives to compensate the loss of three or four Israeli lives then we all know that injustice has taken place. Even by legal and humanity standards such act is considered as “excessive”.

At the same token, when Israel as a lone state in the region was besieged and attacked by three of its neighbouring Arab states, this was also a sign of injustice by the numbers and should be dealt with immediately by the international authority if it was consistent with its mandate to prohibit any forms of state aggression.

Technically, by considering the concept of justice through the numbers, then the UN and governments should be able to make policies which could reduce the severity of the conflict. First, the UN should bring the “excessive” issue to UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council, and UN Security council to exert enough pressure on the perpetrator. Second, at the same time, before any of the conflicting side began on embarking on any self-defence scenario, the UN must act first. A late response by the UN would bear a high cost.

The three Arab-Israel major wars which happened earlier were basically due to UN weaknesses to protect Israel from its neighbours. The price paid was that Israel would begin on a self-defence rampage by arming itself through illegitimate and uncontrolled networks. The same can be said about Palestine. UN’s physical silence on Palestine’s woes will also unquestionably engender a future disaster as Palestine’s militant group which has a close relation with Islamic terrorist groups in the region will always be poised for attack if things stay the way they are.

But again what has been described earlier is a form of naivety which does not take into account the huge role that politics play in the conflict. We all know that the UN is most of the times be incapacitated by real politik of the great powers behind the conflict. Any condemnation by UN human rights agencies would fall to deaf ears if they fail to knock on the UN Security Council door. Even if they managed to get into the UN Security Council, a single veto by any of the former WWII winners would mean further misery for the victims. Hence the weaker side in this conflict, namely the Palestinian, will not benefit much from the status quo and once again the current UN weaknesses showed us how political interests managed to stomp international sense of justice.

Another obvious political manoeuvre in the conflict is the assigning of blame and threats. Israel, for example, had consistently called the Palestinian side as the Islamic extremist which demanded nothing more than the demise of Israel as a nation. What Israel fails to see was the fact that Yitzak Rabin, a former Israeli prime minister who won a Nobel Prize for world peace in fostering the Oslo peace accord with Palestine, was killed by Israeli’s own extremist who refuses to make peace a reality for both sides.

Meanwhile regarding threats, Israel for example had maintained that they will do whatever in their power to stop the Palestinian rockets from coming in, even if it had to obliterate the entire Palestinian state and the population. This simply shows Israel’s insolence of international law and Israel’s similarities with the Hamas group as violence seems to be only acceptable language in the conflict. Hence the two sides in this sense are quite right in their claims and yet quite guilty at the same time.

However, it is an error to think that “justice” will stay silent and submissive for all times, especially when we are facing our fellow human being which is capable of thinking and adjusting in a state of “unjust wars”. Here unjust wars refer more to the difference in the physical attributes of the military capabilities displayed in the conflict, as Israel with a far superior and advanced military attributes continues raking in Palestinian victims with the blessing of the US while the Palestinian side is far from having decent military equipment let alone a super power’s support.

But being inferior does not mean that it is helpless. The increasing number of terrorist networks and the uprising in many Islamic states is a clear indication that in an unjust war condition as displayed in the Israel-Palestinian unending conflict; justice will come in many faces, including the ugly and the unexpected ones.

Unconventional war method would also began to flare up as now pro-Palestinian forces seems to be also engaging in internet wars and be joined together with the existing terrorist war methods such as suicidal bombings, weapon smuggling, etc. Of course what the world does not want to see is the unification of all these pro-Palestinian forces with the existing Islamic terrorist networks as it would certainly be plentiful as little can be done about it and would have major repercussions for the world at large.

It is also certainly a common mistake by great powers and superior powers to think that crushing the enemies to the very root is an effective remedy for their interests. The US’s failing Afghanistan and Iraq anti-terrorist campaigns had clearly demonstrated that nothing can be crushed to the very root when we are dealing with fellow human beings. Instead by obscuring reality and putting injustice into a grey area, the world is now faced with further problems fuelled by these longing for justice. In short no peace can come out of injustice and whether we like it or not, the sense of justice that the international authority has shrugged off its shoulder must be brought forward or otherwise the hate that the victims’ sons and daughters carry will continue to be passed on to the next generation.

*The writer is a PhD candidate from Curtin University

Republika OL
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

http://www.republika.co.id/berita/en/speak-out/14/08/12/na67xo-palestineisrael-conflict-injustice-and-unjust-wars

Israel loses war on all fronts

israel“WE MUST defeat Hamas – next time”, the headline in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is the most serious indictment of the Zionist misadventure in Gaza. In fact, this has been Israel’s most self-defeating war. Backed by world’s most monstrous war machine, it has failed militarily, politically, strategically and on the diplomatic front it has been a disaster.

The main objective of the massive military operations was to reduce the resistance capability of Hamas and make it politically irrelevant. Exactly opposite of this has happened.

After relentless and indiscriminate military operation for more than three weeks, Hamas is very much there. In fact, it has emerged more powerful – both politically and militarily.

One of the most significant aspects of this Israeli misadventure is the heavy loss the Zionist army has suffered. So far Israeli death toll from 25 days of attacks at 66, Hamas says the number at more than 150.

Apart from inflicting heavy damage, Hamas has been able to wear down the Israeli army. Tired and humiliated, the Israeli army has already started withdrawing from the Gaza without diminishing the Hamas capability to hit Israeli cities. The Israeli narrative of “right to self-defence” has been completely rejected by the international community.

The biggest setback came when international airlines began cancelling their flights to Tel Aviv. Although the flight ban was for a short period, this had very telling effect on the Israeli psyche as for the first time they could sense international isolation and the fear that if the conflict spreads, they have no escape route.

On the other hand, Hamas has emerged the hero of resistance against Israel’s illegal war. Instead of weakening Hamas’ sovereignty over Gaza, the Israeli assault has consolidated Hamas’ political grip. In the end, it’s Israel which is the real loser, both on the war and diplomatic fronts.

The Brunei Times/Editorial
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

http://www.bt.com.bn/editorial/2014/08/05/israel-loses-war-all-fronts

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/israel-withdraws-ground-troops-gaza-calls-7-hr-unilateral-truce-605985

Muslim Filipino professionals join peace calls for Gaza

moroBong S Sarmiento
KORONADAL CITY, Philippines

A NETWORK of Muslim professionals in the Philippines has joined the global calls for the peaceful resolution of the Gaza conflict.

In a manifesto emailed to The Brunei Times this week, the Young Moro Professionals Network, Inc (YMPN) urged Israel and Palestine to avoid the path of violence and instead thread the peaceful way through dialogue.

A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza negotiated by the United States and the United Nations took effect Friday morning, but was quickly brokened when the Israelis accused the Hamas of kidnapping one of their soldiers.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would meet in Cairo, Egypt for formal talks on how to end the conflict in the duration of the truce, reports said.

However, as soon as the truce took effect, Israel renewed shelling that killed at least 50 Palestinians and wounded 220 others, after Hamas reportedly captured an Israeli officer and killed two others.

“We call on the concerned parties, Israelis and the Palestinians, to resume the peace talks on an acceptable, fair and democratic resolution creating a genuine and far-reaching solution towards an end to the sectarian violence and sporadic armed confrontation,” the YMPN said.

It said the recognition of the Palestinians’ quest for their right to self-determination leading to a “two states” resolution or a federal government system “is seen as a viable resolve.”

“We support them as we the Bangsamoro people in southern Philippines (Mindanao) share the same aspiration for right to self-governance, justice, and peace through a genuine autonomous government,” the group said.

YMPN also commended the efforts of various organisations, government institutions and individuals who have given humanitarian aid and have called for a peaceful resolution in Gaza.

“It is a blunder to world peace if other nations play blind and deaf on the sufferings and anguish for peace and justice in the Israel-Gaza conflict,” it said.

For her part, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran-Lao said they are praying for the people of Gaza, and called on Israel to value the life of civilians and to uphold international laws.

“The State of Israel must stop the occupation of Palestine and the oppression of the Palestinian people,” she said.

Israel drew flak after it stepped up military offensives in Gaza starting last month, which sparked protests in different parts of the world.

Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao also urged Israel to once and for all uphold international laws and stop escalating its “mounting war crimes, as its illegal occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people continue to fuel an endless cycle of violence.”

“The Moro people stand in solidarity with Gazans, all Palestinians and other innocent victims of war…Let us offer a prayer to those who have perished and to the parents who will never see or hold their children again,” he said earlier.

The Brunei Times
Sunday, August 3, 2014

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http://www.bt.com.bn/news-asia/2014/08/03/muslim-filipino-professionals-join-peace-calls-gaza

Aidil Fitri festival and the Palestinians’ fight for freedom

aqsaBANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE noble and generous guest has left us and no one knows whether one will have the chance to meet it again next year.

Yes, Ramadhan, the month full of blessing, mercy and forgiveness, has left us and we are now in Syawal already.

After submitting humbly and sincerely to the will of Allah the Almighty by fasting for the whole month of Ramadhan, InsyaAllah we will gain the diploma of taqwa (god-fearing, piety) from the Ramadhan school.

InsyaAllah, with the grace of Allah, the Ramadhan training camp managed to transfom us into more pious personalities, more god-fearing and – conscious Muslims – the characters whose hearts and minds are always attached to and in the remembrance of the Creator the Sustainer.

Now, let’s not miss another big opportunity for generous reward Allah has promised for the true Muslims: fasting six days in Syawal.

So big is the reward that Allah’s Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in a hadith narrated by among others Imam Ahmad, Muslim, Tirmizi, Abu Dawud and Nasa’i: “Whoever fasts during Ramadhan, and then accompanied it with the fast of six days in the month of Syawal, his reward is similar to fasting the whole year.”

Who among us who do not want to reap this generous reward? If any of us still miss this golden opportunity every Syawal that means that we have failed to gain the best lessons Ramadhan school has taught us. Thus, we need to work hard to cleans the rust that has tainted our heart and reduced our sensitivity.

Islam urges the ummah (community) to continuously conduct good deeds and charity, no matter the amount, and to show solidarity to our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. And, with the spirit of Ramadhan and Syawal, let us not forget our brothers and sisters who are facing hardship under the barbaric modern world colonisation and persecution.

As imams nationwide has reminded us in their Hari Raya Aidil Fitri sermons, we should not forget our Palestinian brothers and sisters who are now not only living in misery, but are also being bombed and killed by a vicious enemy of merciless soldiers who do not differentiate between women and children, and elderly.

At least 1,360 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed by the Zionist Israeli strikes on Gaza and 59 Israelis killed by Palestinian fighters until yesterday.

While we are enjoying ourselves celebrating the post fasting Aidil Fitri festival with luxury, “the Palestinians (especially those in Gaza) are currently in a state of uneasiness, fear, drowning in tears and drenched in blood because of the vicious attacks from the Zionist enemies who are inhuman without any remorse,” said the sermons.

Imagine the tears of the mother whose children died just the day before Aidil Fitri.

Imagine where will a family spend their Hari Raya when their home has been destroyed; when they have lost everything they ever owned.

Let us all supplicate Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala for help, so that our Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine will be saved from the brutality and torture of the enemy that they have been facing, as quickly as possible. Aamiin.

Aidil Fitri is a day that marks the successful completion of the sacred month of Ramadhan. It is a festival that signifies the completion of an act of duty and devotion. It teaches us that real happiness results from performing one’s duty and making sacrifices for a noble objective.

We should thank Allah the Almighty, for He guided us to fasting in Ramadhan, to doing good deeds, and to reciting the Qur’an. We should thank Him, for He is the One who gave us the money we paid for zakat fitrah and other charities. Allah says in the Qur’an, “And (He desires) that you should complete the prescribed period and that you should glorify Allah for having guided you and that you may give thanks.” (Al-Baqarah 2:185)

To proof to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that we Ramadhan school have changed us for the better, let us continue (and improve) all the acts of worship that we have diligently done during the fasting month throughout the rest of the year until we meet the next Ramadhan.

And, if throughout the year we do not have the opportunity due to work, daily responsibilities ad other wordly affairs, this is the time we can re-strengthen our ties with neighbours, family and friends.

After graduating from the Ramadhan camp, it is time for us to unite and stand tall behind our leader, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in support of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 that is prescribed based on the command of Allah, the Just Giver Who is Most Merciful and Most Gracious, to save us, His slaves, from hellfire. The Syariah is the law of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that is relevant to all places on the Universe and to all times.

May Allah accept our good deeds and grant us His forgiveness and mercy. We also wish a happy Aidil Fitri to all Muslims, especially those who are a minority and being oppressed and becoming refugees in places like Syria, Myanmar, Central African Republic and Xinjiang (China). Aamiin.

The Brunei Times/Editorial
Friday, August 1, 2014

http://www.bt.com.bn/opinion/2014/08/01/aidil-fitri-festival-and-palestinians%E2%80%99-fight-freedom