Enough is enough. It is about time the whole ummah wakes up again
to the sufferings of their brothers and sisters. The sacred months for performing the hajj
are here and now. How are our brothers and sisters from Libya, Iraq and airportless
Palestine going to get there to the holiest of places and be guests of Allah the almighty.
Should they seek UN security Council approval or waiver for air flights or negotiate for
clearance with the Whitehouse and Tel Aviv.
Who will break the sanctions? Why do we tolerate such inhuman conditions imposed not just to subjugate Muslims in general but to keep them in continuing humiliation. Who will break the siege again in the form of sanctions against Sudan to drive it into poverty and to deprive it of its independence and unity. What about the locked up Palestinians and the state of their separated mini -municipal republics. You cannot send food and medicines to Iraq and you cannot fly to and from it nor Libya. They broke sanctions for the hajj before but there were enormous risks for them and their hosts.
Let's leave aside the pent-up emotions. Let's get real. Why don't we push, lobby and work on the ummah to break the sanctions. No one else is going to set it aside nor do they care. The coming of the Hajj can be that starting point. It is after all as al-marhum Al Faruqi said is the largest social and political convention in the world. We Muslims really need that turning point to regain that lost in confidence.
Yes , it is an enormous task but we believe ourselves to be the carriers of the true message and we are supposed to be the witness unto mankind. Let's rebuild that mission and transform to be the best of ummah.
Let's start with the commitment and the slogan to "Break the Sanctions".
Allah's Will prevails.
Hamdan Muhammad Hassan
6 March 1998.
[Currently, he is a Senior Civil Engineer at the University Science of Malaysia. He is involved in youth activities with the Muslim Youth Movement in Malaysia. He is also the Secretary for the Muslim Staff Association in his university.]