بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
A while back, in the earlier days of the recent attack on Gaza, we see so many people (ourselves included) who started to use facebook as a medium to raise awareness with regards to the issue. Alhamdulillah, it worked well. people started reading up on it, flaring up semangat yang semakin pudar, and we all started intensifying our doa for our brothers and sisters.
but as always, not everyone find it easy to understand what was happening. and this was proven true when a random 'screen-capture' was shared by so many people in facebook; showing a random Malaysian kid writing a status in his facebook, which more or less goes like this;
"apahal semua orang nak kecoh pasal Gaza?
negara kita dah aman, buat apa nak sibuk pasal negara orang?"
which in fairness i think is something to be expected. different backgrounds will definitely bring up different reactions and understanding to the issue; that to me, is something that we should all acknowledge whenever we find someone who looks rather oblivious or negligent to what was happening.
so i guess with that principle in mind, i find that i wasn't angered with the kid's status, nor the line up of people heading to McD when they decided to give that free burgers for breakfast. because in my belief, if these people know enough about what was happening in Gaza, if they truly understand their sufferings, if they have seen all the videos that we have seen, read all the things that we have read, and have been told all the things that we have come to know of, i totally believe that these people will have enough conscience and humanity in them, to not post those kinds of statements, and will definitely stop buying McD, or any Israel products that they think they can avoid, and do anything that they can to show their solidarity with the Palestinians.
that is my take on it.
but what poked my conscience most, was the people who decided to share this kid's status, and we see so many kinds of replies below it. some were true, but most, sadly; range from hateful words to calling this kid with so many names like; (sorry for being blunt)
bab*, anjing, anak haram, tentera israel, laknatullah
well, you get the gist of how foul the Malay mouths can be.
i pray Allah forgive us with all those things that we have said, unintentionally or not.
how ironic it is.
we all are showing our support to Gaza, that these kinds of ignorant statements by seemingly ignorant individuals angered us so much. but instead of handling it the way Islam taught us to, we ended up being just another oblivious human being. perhaps, just as oblivious as the person that we are condemning; by slashing him in the public eye, and choosing to be just another fouled-mouth Malay.
that kid may be ignorant to what was happening in Gaza, that he wrote such comments. but this can be easily undone, say if someone tells him what was really happening, how those little Palestinian kids were killed, how long they have been occupied, when did this all started etc. or even show him a few of those millions of clips of the Occupation of Palestine. like i mentioned before, anyone who reads enough about Palestine, and know enough about it, will definitely find within themselves enough humanity; to not be as ignorant as before.
but from what we can see, things turned out rather differently.
and so i wondered if we really do understand what all these Palestinians and the Gaza people are fighting for in the first place? they are protecting what Allah wants us to protect. and the same goes for us. in our spirit to fight with the people of Gaza, we should also realize that all the other things go hand-in-hand, it's not just about protecting Masjidil Aqsa, it's about protecting Islam as a whole.
adab dalam berhujah
cara menasihati orang lain
cara menerima kutukan orang lain
the list goes on.
it's frustrating really, to see so many people who don't understand the fight that is going on.
because this fight is not just another country's fight, it's a fight for our brothers and sisters.
but it's also frustrating, to see so many people who fail to uphold Islamic beliefs and virtues,
while we are claiming that we are fighting for Islam.
we say that those Palestinians are our brothers and sisters who need our help;
but our brothers and sisters closer to us need our help too;
to know more about what's happening to Palestine (and Islam),
and to know more about Islam.
going back to the incident, i beg everyone to think a little more deeply about it. if that kid says such thing out of ignorance, will it make him any less so, when he sees so many 'islamic' people who are calling him pigs and dogs and shi*? i seriously, serioouslyy, serrriouslyyyyy doubt it.
is how ironic, we all can be.
ending my post with a reminder of the etiquette of debating;
“I never talked with someone but sincerely wished that Allah guard him,
protect him from sin and misdeed, and guide him;
and I never debated with someone
but sincerely wished that we would come upon truth,
but sincerely wished that we would come upon truth,
regardless of whether he or I should be the one to think of it first.”
jauhnya beza kita dengan mereka. T__T
* a lot more to be done*
ps: and the same thing is happening again with the weird statements by an ustaz who said there is no jihad in palestine. yes, his views are different, but it doesn't warrant us to label him this and that. hadoih..