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Muharram 2 – Israeli Terrorism in Palestine + Interview with HCI Exec. Dir+Pakistan wants to talk but is fighting in it’s backyard + The Month of Muharram

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Qur’an

Surat at-Tawba Ch.9 V. 1-16

Discussion

The Month of Muharram
The Prophet Mohammed may the peace and blesings of Allah be upon him encouraged his ummah to fast on this day. Abu Qataadah may Allah be pleased with him narrates that the Prophet may the peace and blesings of Allah be upon him was asked regarding the fast of the day of Aashoorah. The Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied: “It is a compensation for the (minor) sins of the past year”. (Muslim Vol.1 Page 368)
NOTE:- It must be borne in mind that wherever a promise of forgiveness of sins is made upon the fulfillment of some action, it is only the minor sins that are forgiven. The major sins are not forgiven without true, sincere tawbah (repentance).

One should also observe the fast of the 9th of Muharram to safeguard his deed from resembling the non-muslims who fast and festivate only on the 10th Muharram. Ibne Abbas may Allah be pleased with him said: When Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam observed the fast of the day of Aashoorah and ordered (his Companions) to fast, they said, “O Rasulullah! It is a day revered by the Jews and Christians.” Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “The coming year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth (also)”. (Muslim Vol.1
Page 359)

Israel’s Attacks Against Palestine: A Case of Terrorism and Planned Mass Murder
The attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians were intended to target civilians. It is a simple and obvious case of terrorism.

Other reads: If Gaza Falls

Interview: Executive Director of Human Concern International: What You Can Do!

Please see our previous post on what you can do, Click Here.

HCI has been working in Palestine and in Gaza for quite some time and has carried out several relief and development projects.

HCI recently dispatched two trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip to help besieged Gazans survive the deteriorating living conditions. The trucks crossed King Hussein Bridge carrying basic food items.

As you will note from the HCI outreach campaign [Besieged Gaza Strip HCI | Word Document], we are doing our best to help the civilian victims of the current crisis in Gaza. We have already channelled $100,000 and a massive medical aid package worth 1.8 million dollars is on its way to Gaza.HCI Relief

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Nasheed

Try Not to Cry – Sami Yusuf ft. Outlandish

I’ve Seen – Sami Yusuf ft. Outlandish

Phalasteen, Don’t Be Sad – Arabic Nasheed

International Muslim News

Israel Rejects Truce, Continues With Gaza Terrorism and Murder: An estimated 300 or more Israeli airstrikes against Gaza Strip targets since Saturday have killed more than 360 Palestinians in a campaign meant to undercut Hamas and repress its ability to fire rockets into Israeli territory. Four Israelis have died from dozens of rockets fired by Hamas over the last four days. Israeli military officials said Monday that their target lists have expanded to include the vast support network that the Hamas relies on to stay in power in Gaza. The choice of targets suggests that Israel intends to weaken all the various facets of Hamas rather than just its armed wing. This includes many aide and extensive social services networks Hamas has established to make life a little bit more tollerable for the people of Gaza. “Anything affiliated with Hamas is a legitimate target,” says an Israeli defense spokeswoman.

The territory’s uniformed police have taken major hits, with several police compounds destroyed. The police force is tasked with keeping peace and order internally, not attacking Israel. But the Israeli military has said the police are fair game because they are armed members of Hamas’s security structure.

It seems as though the targetting of innocent civilians is not accidental. According to a former Adviser to Israel’s security service the approach of targetin g civilians to encite hatred towards their elected government is intentional and was planned. “Hamas’s civilian infrastructure is a very, very sensitive target. If you want to put pressure on them, this is how,” said Matti Steinberg, a former top adviser to Israel’s domestic security service.
Israel has not allowed foreign reporters into Gaza since the operation began Saturday.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for triggering Israel’s deadly raids on Gaza, by not extending a six-month truce with the Jewish state. He also blamed Hamas, which controls the coastal Gaza Strip territory, for disrupting national unity talks that could have paved the way for general and presidential elections. [sources: washingtonpost | AlJazeera]

Pakistan urges new India dialogue: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also urged India to move some troops and air bases away from joint border areas to send a “positive signal”.
India blames Pakistan-based militants for the attacks in Mumbai that left more than 170 people dead. Yet, Delhi denies making any significant troop movements towards the border.

In other Pakistani news, Pakistan suspended supplies through the Khyber Pass to US and Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan as security forces launch a major offensive against suspected pro-Taliban fighters. Pakistan has sent tanks, helicopter gunships and artillery units into the region of Jamrud.

Hasina wins by landslide in Bangladesh:
Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return to power after her Secular Party posted a landslide win in national elections today.

Omar Abdullah set to be the new Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister: It seems certain that Omar Abdullah of the National Conference will be the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. All set to become the youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah favours the continuation of the peace process in the state.

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Violence and Mayhem in Gaza at the Hands of the “State” Terrorism of the Israeli Government – What you can do!

What you can do for the innocent people dieing at the hands of Israeli terrorism:

The PCC is working on developing an action plan. They have been in contact with many organizations and groups across the nation. They are counting on your participation, and involvement to succeed in making an impact.

Here are the highlights of the PCC action plan:

1) A national wide campaign to express our concerns and condemnation as well as demand from the Canadian Government to take positive actions. This include:
a. Letter campaign: (see letter template below) send a letter to the Prime Minsters’ office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and your MP. Letter sample and contacts information are provided below.

b. Phone campaign: Call the office of the PM, Foreign Affairs and your PM to express your concerns. Use some of the talking points and what is called for in the attachment.

c. Online campaign: Look for news articles covering the Gaza attacks in the Canadian media outlets (cbc.ca, theglobeandmail.com, nationalpost.com, etc.). If provided, provide your comments on the article and demand actions from our Government. (Recommend positive comments submitted by others). Otherwise send an email to the editor.

2) Call for participation in local demonstrations, vigils and other activities arranged by various local organizations. Get in touch with your local organizations and groups. Here are some activities planned for tomorrow Sunday Dec 28th:
a. Toronto: a demonstration @ 2pm on 180 Bloor Street West. For details contact Palestine House at 905-275-3622; or Dr Farid at 416-473-1189.

b. Ottawa: a vigil @ 1pm, Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street and Lisgar. For details contact APAC; Dr Habib Khoury at 613-862-5435 or Dr. Hussein Elastal at 613-818-1123

c. Montreal: a demonstration @ 1pm on Guy & de Maisonneuve. or details contact SPHR.org and CPFQ.org

3) PCC to follow up next week to request a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs office. Capitalizing on the our community participation in the national campaign, the PCC with coordination with other groups will demand from our government to call for immediate cease-fire, lifting the siege and to provide the humanitarian aids.

The action plan’s success factors:

Synchronized message (rational, short, clear demands) to be more effective.
Act now, participate in the national wide campaign.
Spread out the word to your networks of Arabs, Muslims, and other supporting fellow Canadians.

Thanks for your support.

Aiman Abou-Shakra

President

Palestinian Canadian Congress

Template letter (see another variation below)

Dear Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs,

The violence in Gaza must stop. Canada must call for an immediate and
unconditional ceasefire. Canada must also call for a cessation of the
ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza, which has resulted in the collective
punishment of the entire Gaza population. According to “2008 Report:
Democracy Charade Undermines Rights” by Human Rights Watch:

“Israel’s blockade of Gaza denies 1.4 million residents the food, fuel
and medicine they need to survive, a collective punishment that
violates international law.”

Just as you said, Mr. Prime Minister, “It’s Canada’s job to help end
oppression and intolerance around the world.” I hope that you take
this job seriously. I hope you stop “staunchly” supporting illegal
Israeli settlements. Stop supporting the illegal collective punishment
of innocent civilians.

I demand that just as we have boycotted Hamas for its illegal behavior
of shooting Qassam rockets into Israel (which since 2001 have killed
13 Israeli citizens, and which are mostly directed at illegal
settlements)… just as we have boycotted Hamas, so too we must
boycott Israel for its continuous violations of international law.

Being a “staunch ally” of Israel contradicts the statement that we
must end oppression, and only shows our double standards when it comes
to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Finally, Canada must aggressively address the root cause of the
violence: Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

Sincerely,

Another variation of the template letter with the contact information

Subject: Canada has to stop extremism.
To: pm@pm.gc.ca;
To: L.Cannon@international.gc.ca; Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca;
CC: Obhrai.D@parl.gc.ca, Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca, Layton.J@parl.gc.ca, Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca, leader@greenparty.ca, RaeB1@parl.gc.ca, Zed.P@parl.gc.ca, Patry.B@parl.gc.ca, Martin.K@parl.gc.ca, Goodale.R@parl.gc.ca, Leblanc.D@parl.gc.ca, Dewar.P@parl.gc.ca, Paquette.P@parl.gc.ca, Faille.M@parl.gc.ca
To my elected official;

I am writing to express my concern as a Canadian watching the massacre of Gaza. Over 345 Palestinians have been killed and 1,550 injured in Israeli raids, yet we stand by as idle pawns.

Why are we allowing Israel to breed and facilitate terrorism by killing Palestinians? As the Palestinian death toll rises, more Palestinians and citizens of neighboring countries will grow to hate, and be vengeful towards the Israelis. As more anger and frustration is built, the number of extremists will grow. We cannot allow more violence, we cannot allow a reason for extreme measures, and we cannot allow our country to become a silent partner in breeding terrorists.

As a Canadian and citizen of a country that prides itself on justice, freedom and democracy, I urge you to take a stand in ending the rise of extremism, and not stand in silence as hundreds of innocent people are killed. I urge you to call on an immediate cease-fire and to demand free access for international humanitarian organizations, which Israel has blocked.

“In the end, we will remember not the word of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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