By: Usman Siddiqui
Many Muslims – myself included — often forget about the spirit of Islam in matters of law and worship. For instance, do we not recite 114 times in the Qur’an, “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” – should this not, then, be the spirit with which all our actions and deeds are performed? Is our worship for anything other than to get closer to Allahsubhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) – should this not, then, be the focus with which we perform every prayer? Is the essence of fasting not sacrifice for the sake of Allah (swt) – should we not, then, abandon extravagance when it comes to Ramadan?
By: Mohamed Ghlian
He neither shook, nor his voice quivered, nor did he stumble on his words. The knife was an arm span away from eyes, or less. He knew that it would shortly go through his neck and separate his head from his body. But he faced death with rare bravery, and he delivered in his final moments of life a strong message to the rulers of his country, and to his family. In it he said a lot about politics, and very little about emotions.
Displaced Palestinians seek refuge at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on 27 July.
By: Rami Almeghari
A baby was delivered at al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza last Thursday. That should not be news; babies are born all the time. What was remarkable about this birth is that the child’s mother had been killed by the Israeli military.
The delivery of this child is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the hospital’s staff. Three days earlier, Israel attacked the hospital with tank shells. At least five Palestinians were reported dead.