15th May 2009 – A day to Remember the Martyrs of Islam

So the 60th anniversary of the Nakba - Catastrophe - had come and gone, how was it for you? There were the odd remembrance rallies here and there, some seminars and much Dua. I thank Allah that we at least made some Dua – right?

Here is the thing, personally I found that the remembrance of this disaster, when the Palestinians were terrorised out of their lands by Zionist’s, killing, raping, maiming and using every terrorist act imaginable to usurp the land that belonged to Palestinians, a bit of a damp squib. The West has shown its hand and it can never be more clearer than the praise received by George ‘Dubya’ Bush from members of the Zionist occupiers (Kensett) “Bush seems to be more Zionist than Olmert”, and that “it is better to have Bush as a PM instead of Olmert”

So where did Bush remember the Palestinians? He didn’t – and why should he! I expect no less from Bush, Blair, Brown or Milliband. Allah has reminded us why they will not, read surah Baqarah verse 120. My issue is with the Muslims who have allowed such an event to pass with such apathy! Are we tired? Are we fed up? Are we defeated? Are we better off doing the shopping? What is it – what is the problem? Lucky for you these are all rhetorical questions and I know that the will of the Palestinians is much stronger than ours - so all is not lost.

So what to do? I believe I have found the answer from Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the director general of the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), when he said “We are lagging behind as an Islamic Ummah (community) in remembering our martyrs and our massacres. The fact that we haven’t stood together allows people to continue massacring us,” and “Let us, too, use every opportunity to remind people of what we have suffered.”

During the discussions at the OIC two-day conference in Istanbul there were dates floated, some had suggested the 9th of April arguing that Palestinians in the village of Deir Yasir were massacred by Israelis on April 9, 1948. However, others have stated that it should be May 15, including the Palestinian delegation, arguing that this day when the Zionist ‘state’ of Israel was announced had caused the biggest impact on the Muslim world.

Well, I’m for it and this is an open invite to IFE, MCB and other leading organisations to take this up and move it forward. Let us make 15th May 2009 the first time that the whole Muslim world remembers our martyrs 20th century and beyond, all over the world.

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