Monthly Archives: March 2015

‘What answer will you give Allah?’ by Binte Qassim

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“The honour of a Muslim is greater than the Ka’bah” (hadith)

War! War! War!

As the war carries on in this world. The war against Islam.

Shuhadah are being murdered, innocent children left as orphans and countless women widowed.

Blood flowing..Children screaming..Sirens ringing..Families shattered for life!

Oh muslim, what answer will you give Allah?

Living in a big house, latest BMW parked in your garage and eating more than 5 meals a day? Living a care free life with an attitude that “no one can do anything to you”, because you can use your money to bail yourself out of every problem?

On the day of Qiyaamat when Allah will ask:

“What did you do for the oppressed in Palestine, Syria, Burma, Afghanistan, and many other countries where people were being oppressed silently?”

What answer will you give Allah?

When Allah Ta’allah will ask you, why didn’t you help the tyranized of Palestine?

The Haram of Makkah and Madinah are divinely protected by Allah Ta’allah, but the condition of masjid e Aqsa depend on the actions and condition of the Ummah.

What answer will you give Allah?

Will you say you were too busy running behind this temporary dunya, having no time to care for the blood of an innocent human being spilt?

When will you stand up for them?

When will you be their voice?

When will you at least make a sincere dua for them?

Don’t delay make your move TODAY !

Remember the mujaahideen are absolving you of your duty of going for jihad against the kufaar.

We need to start waking up for Fajr. Worship Allah Ta’allah. Obey him. Then lift our hands and make dua for our brothers and sisters around the world.

When we gather and unite upon a’maal then Allah’s help will be with us.

When our masaajid get full at fajr, how they are full at Jumuah then victory will be OURS.

Oh Ummah wake up!

Rise up!

Make a change!!

And conquer the drowning Ummah.

Let’s unite, as the hadith mentions that the help if Allah Ta’allah is with a united group.

Think. Ponder. Act!

Written by Binte Qassim
Edited by Fatima Moolla

Posted by TTF team

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Love to write? Get your pen to paper and enter #DeafeningSilenceEchoes competition. Stand a chance to win a free ticket to the Young Writers Conference!

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LOVE TO WRITE???

Are you a young, vibrant, imaginative teen bursting with ideas?

Are you looking for a fun and inventive medium to share your talent?

Stop looking!

We are a South African based organization for the youth by the YOUTH.

The Timeless Teenz Foundation is currently planning on hosting a ‘Young Writers’ Conference’ on 6 December 2015.

For an afternoon filled with fun, creativity and all things writerly. You can look forward to meeting renowned, established authors, writers and bloggers. As well as participate in writing/poetry contests where prizes are to be won. No doubt, this is the biggest teen writing conference S.A ever has to see!

We’re therefore Calling to all:
Poets, Writers, Bloggers, Journalists and all you writing junkies out there.

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE YWC TICKET:

Crawl out of your hermit shells and put your pen to paper.

ENTER our ‘DeafeningSilenceEchoes campaign’, by submitting a poem or short story for Israeli Apartheid Week- don’t exceed a 1000 words.

Submit your writing to:
timelessteenz@yahoo.cm

Your work would be posted on our blog and thereafter two of the best will be chosen as winning entries.

Competition ends on the 8 March.

So get your hands writing and words flowing. Pour your heart out for the tyranized people of Palestine.

Posted by TTF team

“Oh leaders of tomorrow, show compassion today!” by Fatima Moolla

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When we are young boys and girls, battling the confusion of the teenage years and on the brink of adulthood. We find ourselves searching for a mentor, a hero!

It is said that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

The question that we as youth are to ask ourselves is:

“Do I possess phenomenal qualities that, without a doubt confirms that I will be the greatest leader of my era; that humanity has ever witnessed?”.

Firstly, all praise, gratitude and thanks are to Almighty اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, the lord of the worlds. Who has endowed me with insight and ability to deeply reflect, and indeed recognize and acknowledge that devastating and distressing moment the world is experiencing.

There are many trials and tests that we are faced with daily. Some are trivial and some worthy of being talked and written about.

With a heavy heart and a quivering pen, I say to you my beloved brothers and sisters:

As the clouds carry the darkness of grief and sorrow fills the skies of the world. It hurts to see ludicrous people pouring there hearts out to rhinos being pouched, raising substantial funds for their health and safety and organizing anti-poaching campaigns and protests!

How considerate! Poachers are even fined, arrested or doomed for life!

At the same time, it is disheartening to see those innocent civilians in Syria, Burma, Assam, Gaza, Cambodia and PALESTINE who are defending their lives and property and trying to restore democracy and are fighting for there sacred religion.

These innocent people, whether it be men, women or children are martyred brutally. Some are shot mercilessly, while others slaughtered gruesomely!

As they sit and suffer in silence, I amazingly hear their cries and read the plea in their eyes. Oh,how I wish the people of the world could do the same!

We are too concerned of rhinos and dinosaurs becoming endangered and extinct. Did we ever recall the prediction made some odd 1000 years ago that stated:

“A time will come where the Arab nation will become endangered and extinct, due to bloodshed and war” ?

My message to you should not come across as having no compassion for animals. As I am an animal lover myself and have concern for their welfare, as they are the creation of Allah Ta’allah . 

It is our duty to strive to serve humanity, because we as humans hold a higher rank.

As Allah Ta’allah states in the holy Quraan:

“VERILY, WE HAVE CREATED MAN IN THE BEST OF FORMS!”

So I hope you don’t misinterpret my message and appeal to you!

We have lost the value of the blood of the next person as it is the norm to see dead bodies, and wars being waged.

“Dear brothers and sisters, it is time for our voices to be heard as no effort goes in vain! I have come to realize that the future lies in OUR hands, if we don’t put in just a little effort to alleviate the suffering of the world, then our future will be in turmoil!”

I want to go down in history as a proud South African Muslim Youth, who has fought for humanity and strove for a fruitful, united and serene future. One void of wars, bloodshed and suffering, racism and abuse, not to forget grief and sorrow!!!

Written by Fatima Moolla

Posted by TTF team

Boycotting Israel: ‘The Broader Perspective’ by Hudhaifa Hassen Karolia

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“Palestinian trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves
And blood on the root
Bodies swinging in the desert breeze.”
(Adapted from Strange Fruit by Billy Holiday)

With the on-going humanitarian crisis in Gaza having claimed close to 2000 lives in just over a month, the global community has been stirred into a frenzy of reactions. Some of which have proven to be controversial and debate-provoking. Social media, in particular, has erupted with a plethora of impassioned responses to the onslaught against the People of Gaza and Palestine.

Among the many popular movements aiming to make a positive difference to the Palestinian Struggle is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign, an international organization committed to encouraging the financial and economic boycott of Israel and its supporters.

While the BDS Campaign has garnered a huge deal of international support to date, from people of almost every religious, racial, ethnic and political affiliation, it still faces a considerable degree of opposition from other groups, including certain Muslim communities.

In South Africa, the ‘Boycott’ issue has threatened to spill over into an ideological conflict, with many supporting the call to boycott, and an equal amount of others rejecting it. As a result of this confusion, certain sectors of the community may be unaware of how to respond. The purpose of this article is to critically evaluate both arguments, as well as the emotional dynamics surrounding the issue.

In order to understand the impact and implications of a boycott, it is necessary to first understand the term ‘boycott’, in both a linguistic and historical sense.

Linguistically, the word ‘boycott’ refers to the withdrawal of commercial and/or social relations to an organization, as a form of protest or punishment. More specifically, a financial or economic ban, such as the one organized by the BDS, refers to the voluntary act of refusing to buy and/or support goods from a particular organization (Israel in this case).

The concept of boycotting has a long list of historical precedent, with different boycotts, over the ages, achieving varying levels of success. Perhaps the largest and most recent boycott, in terms of international appeal, was the Boycott of Apartheid South African goods. It has been proposed that the boycott of the Apartheid South African economy, on every level conceivable, led to tremendous international pressure being placed on the Apartheid administration.

This contributed, in the long run, to the willingness of the ruling National Party to enter into negotiations with the ANC, and to the eventual downfall of Apartheid in South Africa.

However, it must be remembered that the Apartheid government faced opposition from practically every sector of the international community. This created a situation where millions of people from around the world decided to stop supporting South African businesses.

South Africa’s agricultural sector was especially targeted; the country’s produce, which was initially imported by many nations, was turned back at many ports. The same conditions do not, however, exist with Israel, due to a variety of reasons.

Firstly, Palestine simply does not have the same amount of support from the international community, as the ANC had. In fact, what with Islamophobia being so common, many people, especially those in developed countries, regard Palestine as a rogue state, and Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Most Jews, and also many Christians, for that matter, believe that Israel has a right to exist. It is for this reason that the Boycott movement cannot gain much momentum, argue some.

Secondly, Israel’s exports are not aimed at just everybody: the bulk of it is aimed at a Jewish target market. This can be seen by the fact that most of Israel’s exports are either Kosher-approved or specifically Jewish-related products.

So, despite our many efforts to boycott Israeli products, the drop in sales observable is very minimal. Israeli products continue to be bought by Jewish clientele, and the boycott has no real effect.

Others believe that the call to boycott Israeli goods simply cannot be completely adhered to. Israel is supported, both actively and tacitly, by individuals and businesses around the world.

The BDS Campaign does not encapsulate every single supporter of Israel. Is it not hypocritical, then, to boycott one Israeli product, while simultaneously supporting another?

However, the other, perhaps more common viewpoint, is in support of the boycott. Many people believe that it is imperative that we boycott Israeli goods, if we wish to make some form of difference to the Palestinian struggle.

By doing so, we would be hurting Israel financially, and as an added bonus, we would be raising awareness. It is already possible to observe the rising global awareness of Palestine and Gaza.

Furthermore, it is morally and ethically unjustifiable to knowingly support products, which in turn support and finance the wholesale slaughter of innocent Muslims in Palestine.

Supporting Israeli goods may be seen as tantamount to paying for the spilling of Palestinian blood. How is it possible to sleep at night knowing that your money may well be putting a bullet into a young child’s body?

Now, while I may personally support the boycott, I am also critical of certain issues surrounding it.

Firstly, the fact that there is a difference of opinion must be accepted. If you support the boycott, then, by all means, go ahead and boycott Israeli goods.

Propagate your message and ask others to join the movement. But never begin to disrespect the views of others. Never begin to look down on others for not joining the boycott.

Do not cause disunity in the community.

And, just to clear up a common misconception, unity is not saying, “I am right. Follow me and don’t cause disunity.” Unity is saying, “I think I am right and you think you are right. I’ll do my thing; you do yours.” Unity is not to expect others not to oppose your opinions; unity is to accept others opinions.

Secondly, a common issue is that, in our enthusiasm to propagate the boycott, we sometimes stray from the actual issue at hand. We should never allow our material actions to blind us to the help of Allah. For verily, it is not our actions that will ultimately have any effect, but it is the decision of Allah that will reign Supreme.

Du’a should always be our first priority.

Together with boycotting Israeli goods, we should also boycott all forms of sin. It is ironic that we gather to protest against Israel, but we never pause for a moment to think about why Allah does not grant us victory. We never pause for a moment to consider wearing the Islamic garb, or keeping a beard, or reading Salaah!

How then do we expect the Help of Allah?

That leads me to my final observation.

We witness many people becoming very emotional about Palestine, in general, and about the boycott, in particular. While it is indeed correct to become emotional, that emotion should not be directed to people, and other Muslims, especially, in the form of anger. It should rather be directed, in the form of anguish and sincere tears, to Allah, in the form of Du’a.

Taking it a step further, would it not be wonderful if we could feel that same amount of emotion when the Command of Allah is broken? When the Quran and Sunnah are discarded and disregarded?

To sum up, the BDS Campaign is one way in which we can strike out at Israel. However, boycotting Israeli products should not become the main concern of the Ummah. Nor should it create disunity within the community. Our primary focus should always be Du’a. Nevertheless, if possible, we should try to boycott Israel and its supporters.

And who knows?

Perhaps victory will be OURS! 

Written by Hudhaifa Hassen Karolia
First published on :
http://www.hudhaifahk.blogspot.com

Posted by TTF team

‘Palestinian child’ by Mahdiyyah Mungalee

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“The last thing I remember was my mother’s face, fear-stricken and full of terror. She didn’t need to say anything, I already understood, the bombs were back.

I am a 16 year old Palestinian teenager.

My name isn’t important anymore, it was once. When there were actually people that knew it, but now they’re all dead.

The part of me that cared who I was died with them.

When I was 13 years old, my mother was killed in an Israeli bombing. Had I been a few seconds later, I would have died with her. She was the last surviving member of my family, but now it’s just me.

My father was killed defending 5 small children who had thrown stones at Israeli soldiers. That day, 6 bodies were buried. Each with an assortment of bullet holes. I had 2 brothers, they were born when the war had just started. When my family was still happy.

My mother was pregnant with me when the first bombs came. They were big and loud and they hit the school my brothers were attending. It was a very difficult time for her. The doctor said it was a miracle she hadn’t miscarried. In a moment of weakness, she’d said that she wished she had. So she wouldn’t have to bring another child into the horrible place we called our home.”

This is the REALITY of millions of Palestinian teenagers who have lost their homes, lives and entire families to the Apartheid Israeli state in the name of claiming back holy land.

The result?

Millions of fear-stricken, terrified-homeless orphans and widows.

People who were once just like us, but now will never see their family again.

Never feel the warmth of home again.

Never feel truly safe as long as they are stranded in the ‘never ending cycle’ of pain and desperation that has become their daily routine.

“Oh Youth of South Africa! We’ve braved the storm, we’ve moved past our Apartheid. They haven’t! ”

Written by Mahdiyyah Mungalee
Edited by Fatima Moolla

Posted by TTF team

True peace comes ONLY after justice is met!

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Why is it not always clear what is right and what is wrong? Why is it important to be honest about what we have or have not done, then for us to accept the consequences of our choices?

 

It is important for us to live human rights through its practices, behavior and attitudes! Celebrating human rights once a year is important, but living it everyday is essential. To live human rights means to support the oppressed, embrace the excluded, advocate for the voiceless and celebrate diversity of our community.

Now firstly, what are human rights?

It is for every human to have freedom, freedom to do what you want. To go where you want. Having the right to make your own choices and mainly to practice your religion as you wish! For centuries human rights have been violated, and crimes against humanity have been committed!

 

History plays a very significant role in our lives, it helps us to be aware of the dangers of prejudice and of giving government too much power and control. How being silent can ruin a future. Now, if we look back, we will see that people were not strong enough to face persecution and had no personal moral code.

By not taking lessons from the past, we see that we have fell into the very same trap as our predecessors have! Due to our ignorance we see the world in a very pitiful state.

 
If we take a look back and rewind…we will find that after world war one, Germany had many problems. Not knowing how to deal with these problems, the Nazis developed ideas about race and in turn used these theories to discriminate against those citizens who they thought were inferior or of low status and rank. The Nazis created a policy of persecution, and then transformed it into one of genocide.

That was later known as the Holocaust.

Doctors carried out terrible medical experiments on disabled people. More over, they took people to gas chambers that contained poisonous gas; people suffocated therein! The worst of all acts that these merciless Germans did, was that they burnt people to ashes in crematoriums, these are referred to as death camps.

 

As the world got to know about these crimes, the allies set up courts in Nuremburg to try the accused for ‘crimes against humanity’. Those against whom evidence was given, were judged and sentenced. This act was known as the Nuremburg Trials, but there was an objective behind it. This was to show the world that Aggressive war, Moving communities by force, Slave labours and GENOCIDE, were all crimes.

 
From observing the trials, we notice that the aim was to show that individuals have rights that can’t be taken away by any government or political leader, and that international law and respect for human dignity is more important than national laws.

There was a high hope, that leaders would see from here, that they are indeed responsible and accountable for their actions. Leaders must ensure that they are in the interest of the people they represent and who are under there rule.

 
Now, If we fast forward and take a step back into the future. We find that the present war in Syria, Palestine and Burma leaves millions of distorted bodies everyday, piled up like sacks of grain. The imagery of it sends shivers down YOUR spine!

Is this not genocide and a crime against humanity?

As it is a mass killing of a particular group of people, mainly devoted muslims.

For a moment, let us take into consideration:

Who currently occupies palestine and responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people?

Who dropped the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing millions of people?

Who is on a mission to grab all mineral resources of the world?

Definitely not the muslims!

Then who?

Make use of the intellect your Lord has blessed you with and speculate who it REALLY is!

Unfortunately, the media has indoctrinated the world into the falsified belief of muslims being TERRORISTS.

How IRONIC, a terrorist being shot, slaughtered and massacred by the terrorized.

WOW!

Why is it that these desperadoes are left to kill?

Why is it that justice is not met, while the world watches in SILENCE? knowing what is happening is undoubtedly wrong.

All that these homicidal maniacs learn from past wars is the negative, like new ways of Abuse, Torture, Killing, Abduction and Vandalism! Conveniently, what they really do forget to learn is, that they are accountable for what they meet out daily, and that a day will surely come where they will have to pay for what they did. This will be a day of regret, because they will have to tell the truth without garbling and admit what they have done, and show that remorse!!!

 
Why is it that previous wars have come to an end?

Why is it that those executors were put to trial?

BUT then again, why is it that current day assassins are not punished or put to trial?

Now really, why is it that we sit and wait in comfort for that ‘someone else’ to make a difference?

There are victims in war torn countries who can’t speak, so let us speak for them and represent them. Let us feel their silent cries and help that cry to be heard in the WORLD!

Always keep in mind that all people in this world have their rights and duties, which don’t depend on their gender, race, religion or social position.

EVERYBODY needs to be loved, valued and cherished by SOMEBODY in order to feel healthy, secure, strong, happy and wanted! 
 

It is the golden silence of the good and sensible people that allows injustice to perpetrate! If you have heard about it dear readers, what on Earth have you done about it?

I firmly believe that you can’t possibly prevent something, once it has been done. As the harm are already there. It is said, that you can’t retrieve a stone after the throw!

Allah forbid, but if our future is shattered as the years advance, then we have no right to complain, because when we have the time for CHANGE and CONCERN.

…which is NOW of course…

We either find ourselves too busy waiting for the right moment or use the lame excuse of our studies holding us back.

If we as YOUTH don’t attempt to rise to make DIFFERENCE, then the world would definitely crumble in the years to come…because this is…

… the BEGINNING OF THE ENDING of our wonderful world!

Now, as you can see I have concern for the world and OUR future.

I want my dreams, wishes and aspirations to come true. I want to see myself as a HEROIN and a FREEDOM FIGHTER.

As an only child I want to make my parents proud.

As a student of Madressah Ayesha(ra) I want to make my school proud.

And as a South African Muslim, I want to make my country proud!

*A WISE MAN ONCE SAID:*

A time will come,

Where man has to take

A position, that is neither

Political, safe, nor popular,

But he has to take it

Because his conscience

Tells him that it is a

…………RIGHT………….

 

Dear Readers, that is exactly what I’m doing. Taking a risk to make a change!!!

Oh yes, if you wish. You are welcome to join me on this challenging and accomplishing JOURNEY TO FREEDOM!!!

Written by Fatima Moolla

Posted by TTF team

Palestine-Israeli Aparthied Week

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Let me paint you a picture of the world I live in.

I’m Seventeen and shackled against a wall.

My hands are tied dangling above me. My legs are chained to the floor. There are a few rooms that I can see from my cozy ideal.

To my right is the room of Palestine. 

There is blood everywhere. The other prisoners call it the red room. 

On the table sits a child no older than 8. She has blue eyes and dirty blonde hair, which is stained with blood. Those blue eyes hold the ferocity I saw in her father before he died

They called themselves Palestine and they were proud of it!

She is glaring at the man before her. He has a wicked smile and eyes filled with delight.

They call him Israel! 

She is stubborn and he is smug. He claims that all he’s doing is protecting his land, sorry I mean the land he stole from the girl’s parents.

I watched him unsheathe the knife. I watched him feel it’s blade. I watched as the little girl spat on his shoe and I watched as the red room got a fresh coat of crimson blood.

She didn’t scream and neither did I. 

I can’t help because I am chained 

Who chained me, you might ask? 

I did. I chained myself and I have the key, because being chained to a wall is an excuse to why I kept silent in the dungeon of the world.

Why?

You may ask, because it is a crime to stand and support the oppressed. It is a crime to claim the land which is yours, the land which was stolen from you. It is a crime to demand justice. It is a crime to protect the land which your lord called blessed.

In the dungeon of the big bad world, not everybody is chained. That is why a whole week has been dedicated to the tyrannized people of Palestine.

Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures, fund-raisers and rallies against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The series is held from 2-8 March in South Africa.

The past few years have seen a sharp increase of literature and analysis that has sought to document and challenge Israeli apartheid, including reports issued by major international bodies and human rights organizations and findings published by political leaders, thinkers, academics, and activists. Many of these efforts have highlighted the role that could be played by people and governments across the world in providing solidarity with the Palestinian struggle by exerting urgent pressure on Israel to alter its current structure and practices as an apartheid state. Prominent Palestinians, Jewish anti-Zionists, and South Africans have been at the forefront of this struggle.

At the same time, an international divestment campaign has gained momentum in response to a statement issued in July 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations calling for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel . Important gains have recently been made in this campaign in countries like South Africa, the United Kingdom , Canada and the United States .

The aim of IAW is to contribute to this chorus of international opposition to Israeli apartheid and to bolster support for the BDS campaign in accordance with the demands outlined in the July 2005 Statement: full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands – including the Golan Heights, the Occupied West Bank with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – and dismantling the Wall, and the protection of Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194. In previous years IAW has played an important role in raising awareness and disseminating information about Zionism, the Palestinian liberation struggle and its similarities with the indigenous sovereignty struggle in North America and the South African anti-apartheid movement. Join us in making this a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.

Written by Taaibah Karolia
Edited by Fatima Moolla

Join Timeless Teenz Foundation by showing our solidarity and support to Palestine by using the Hashtag #DeafeningSilenceEchoes and #IsraeliApartheidWeek in your tweetes when stating facts or raising awareness about Palestine.