Monthly Archives: April 2013

Deir Yassin—April 9th 1948

Today 65 years ago, Palestine lost 600 souls.

Today 65 years ago, Palestine lost many innocent souls.

Today 65 years ago, Palestine’s occupation and massacre began.

Today 65 years ago, Palestine began to resist to exist.

Today 65 years ago, Palestine showed everyone how to live.

“We Palestinians, wake up EVERY DAY to show you LIFE!” -Rafeef Ziadah

Today Tomorrow and Yesterday innocent lives have been taken. Every day this happens in Palestine and all over the world.. innocent souls are gone.

Today Is the anniversary of the Deir Yassin Massacre that happened in Palestine. On April 9th, 1948, Israel began showing us all their true colors of hate and immorality. They murdered, massacred and killed 300 to 600 innocent children and woman on this day 65 years ago. We remember today not to announce that we lost children because we lose children every day all around the world, but to remember and honor them. We take life to granted and forget death can happen any second. The Deir Yassin Massacre was the start of Palestine’s Nakbe and struggle of occupation for years on to come. It’s a date to remember the children of Palestine and how they are born as men and woman and completely pass the childhood stage. They are forced to live under occupation from the day they are born and grow to become strong and fearless individuals. The children of Palestine carry so much hope and ambition that their lives should be cherished and cared for  until the end of time. The Deir Yassin Massacre involved many innocent children to be taken away. What did they do to you Israel? Did they threaten bombs and attack you with drones? Did they take your land and prevent you from going home? Did these children harm  you and abuse you in front of your family? Did the children of Palestine ever try to attack you, did they? I think NOT Israel and I also know for a FACT these children were simply living their lives. They were probably in their mother’s arms falling asleep and you just randomly decided to take both their lives away. What if we did this to YOU Israel? How would you feel if we Palestinians walked along your “territory” as if it’s yours, capture your children, abuse them torture them and kill them. What if we did this to you, how would it feel?

The children of Palestine are the children of Occupied Dreams.

The children of Palestine carry all the love and freedom of this world but you Israel like to take away everything that IS NOT yours.

If only my words could save and bring back these innocent souls murdered.

Today is the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre and today is the day we should all better ourselves for Palestine. For these children that were killed and live for them. Better our life for their dreams they had and wanted to grow and become strong people to help save Palestine. Help them live their lives through what we have right now. Today, is a day we should remember how short life is and to cherish everything that comes our way because today could be your last moment to live. Today, could be the only day you have to show the world your dreams and passions. Don’t wait for the right time to tell someone you care for them, to be nice, to make a change, to be different and help others out. Don’t wait to do anything, just go ahead and do it now; for the children of Palestine and for everyone who has been lost.

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500 Words for PALESTINE and my Dreams!

Before I admitted my application to University of the Pacific, I had to write 500 words of why I should be chosen to be a Pacifican and define my character as well as goals once entered. It is basically explaining yourself to universities and help you stand OUT from the crowd! Other than your grades and what you have received throughout your academic career, you must always explain your dreams and goals in writing. That just so happens to be my PASSION to write and having to fit it into 500 WORDS WAS HARD! This is what I submitted and Thank God ALhamdulilah I wasn’t judged but accepted into the English Program!

Here are the 500 Words!!—

As a Palestinian-American, I have struggled with life and death living in Palestine for quite some time. It gave me hope to always fight for my country and never lose faith in my roots and culture. I witnessed many innocent family members as well as friends be taken away from me and get innocently killed that taught me how to appreciate every chance in life I get.  My family has blessed me with the opportunity to live in America since I was young and still be able to go and come to Palestine as I wish. I was born in California and have been blessed with both the opportunity in America and struggle in Palestine to make me the strong woman I stand to be today. Attending high school in the Holy Land, Jerusalem, gave me time to truly learn about my culture and all aspects of the world from an international point of view. The tough academic structure at the high school I attended made me very aware of global issues and pushed me toward my ideas of becoming a journalist.

Ever since the second grade, when my English teacher gave me a creative writing assignment, I have been passionate about writing.  Poetry, stories about Palestinian culture as well as expressive essays have been my strong point over the past few years.  I have had three poems published in newspapers in the Middle East as well as online websites who have shared my writing all over the web and received feedback from strangers. which made me ten times more committed towards my major. I had the opportunity of being a Delegate of Nigeria in the Model United Nations group and was able to debate politics, real life issues, as well as political dilemmas with Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and people from all over the world.  The conference led me to my passion as an activist for Palestine and I plan to only become the best writer for my country.  War didn’t stop me from fighting for my rights and education and I will be a good candidate for University of the Pacific because I never give up and only strive for the best.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Life? Death is Never Easy…

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful All-Knowing Most Loving!

BismAllah… Once again; I post this article from recent occurrences that have happened in the week of April 1st that have not been able to get out of my mind. Topic today is Death….

It’s so weird how life works. We plan, write, wonder, preach, eat, sleep, study, laugh, cry, and the next thing you know tragedy happens. We sit hours planning our life, setting goals and thinking of the long future ahead of us. Knowing and reassuring ourselves that we have a long life to live and that every day is granted; which we forget IS NOT. No day is granted no hour, minute, second is promised. Everything we do daily routines and school seems alright and smooth until one day something very tragic happens. WE THEN, WAKE UP! Why does it take a tragedy to open our eyes to reality?

This past week on April 2nd 2013, a young boy passed away whom I did not know personally but many that I know did. It struck me, hurt me and really bothered me. Only 19 years old gone from this life! So young and so full of life and joy from what all his friends proclaimed he was such an amazing young man! How was he taken? A motorcycle accident ya Haram! Pictures have been posted and he was always smiling. His gracious and loving smile blooms and speaks miles. May He rest in Peace and May he only be watching down on all his friends and family in Paradise Insha’Allah! May he be granted Paradise and only Allah’s mercy and love be with him and his family. As soon as I read the news of this young man’s passing I began crying. I had no clue he was until a post a friend updated. He was from Palestine, lived in USA California only 20 minutes from where I currently live, full of life, very vivacious and still planning his life. Still alive. Still persisting his goals. This could have happened to anyone but it happened to him. Why? Why do the good ones go? Why do we have to witness such innocent people die so YOUNG!

It brought me to my next point: Maybe Allah Subhana wa Ta’lah must take innocent young boys and girls in war and in everyday living because they passed the test of this thing we live called LIFE. Maybe the good ones go to wake US UP. TO show us how to live to remind us the precious moments we have to share and use and possibly lose from careless actions. Maybe the good ones leave us to help us grow. To show us the truth of life and our faith that we so easily neglect because of how we live. MAYBE the good ones go so young To bring us CLOSER TO ALLAH because that is the MAIN goal we neglect from our natural sinful ways. Maybe, just MAYBE the good ones go because of how pure they were that Allah didn’t want anything or anyone to ruin the path they had paved and stay shining even after they die in our eyes and their loved ones. TO remember the good so we believe in Allah and our existence that traces back to Allah and only Allah Subhana wa Ta’alah our Creator and Trusting God that only He can take our lives and give us life. Ina Lilal wa inalilah Raj3oon

It’s so wrong in so many ways how we live our lives without realizing it. It’s not our fault, it’s the society we live in. Or maybe it is our fault for putting ourselves in a society that worships money, fame, planning, forgetting and neglecting our faith, only focusing on the riches and fancy dream life that is all shame and sin. It’s what everyone else does one will say, it’s what all my friends do it’s how it is here in America USA. But Islam is what humbles us and reminds us of what is important Al AKhira, the hereafter Paradise. Deen over Dunya “Religion over Life.”

We read about death in Al Quran il Kareem we hear about it and learn about it all since the day we are born. Not only do we Muslims learn about death but so does every other religion and individual to exist. Christians also have their own views on what happens after death as well as Jews. Death isn’t easy in any religion or perspective. Death for some is the end, but for Muslims it is not. There is life after death we live our second lives in the purest most perfect form and we will all be reunited in Paradise God Willing Insha’Allah. We should practice our religion as much as we can even when our lives becomes so hectic and out of control our faith should always come first at the end of the day. It’s hard when we are young to get so close to God and Praying daily and accepting the fact that w can’t do everything all the American kids do but it’s possible if we try. Once we get closer to Allah, everything in this life will make sense. 

 

We shouldn’t be planning all the time and so sure of how we will do things because it’s all written by Allah already. We need to love each other more and remember our purpose on Earth that we forget too much. We are young, I’m only twenty and I know how it is. I see friends and family and my generation get so caught up in the now and the galore of Hollywood and what celebrities present to us because it’s what is shown daily in our media and television. It’s okay we are young but maybe death is what it takes to remind us that every minute isn’t promised only death is and death knows NO AGE. Death is part of life but when the goods one go it makes us question what life truly is and why things occur. I can’t even fathom the deaths that happened and especially to this young man! Keep him in your prayers please and keep Palestine and Syria on your mind and Prayers as well. They need all the love and care they can get as well! Allah Yerhamak Loay Rayyan…. May you only rest in peace and May Allah be with your family at this very tough time.