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Ideas for your role in helping Palestine

Ideas for your role in helping Palestine

October 21, 2023
Assalamualaikum!

I wanted to share some of my thoughts that I managed to organize around the question, “how can we help Palestine?” 

This is by no means a comprehensive guide. It’s just a quick action plan so we can stop overthinking, and start doing.

For comprehensive guides, please refer to the content links below by Faisal Amjad and Sami Hamdi. They’ve truly given beautiful insights that can help you do more, especially as a Muslim in the West.

 

  1. An article br. Faisal Amjad wrote: Unlocking Leverage: A New Perspective on What You Can Do To Help Solve the Palestine Crisis
  2. And a powerful video message from Sami Hamdi: Have Muslims in the West betrayed Palestine?

 

Sami Hamdi mentioned something fascinating in that recording. He said:

“In 2021, when the Israelis were bombarding Gaza saying that this was a terrorist threat and mobilizing their Million-dollar PR industry to paint the Palestinians as animals and that their slaughter was justified…

Benjamin Gantz (who served as a Minister of Defense and a Deputy Prime Minister at that time) came across an unusual problem. He summoned the directors of Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to an emergency meeting that was held quickly within 24 hours and he said/requested/pleaded to them to take down Hashtag Palestine, to take down Palestinian content.” 🤯

This is the power of the ordinary person posting on their social media accounts. It’s not just the celebrities or the influencers that hold the power of influence.

In fact, in my understanding it’s easier to identify and silence the voice of celebrities or influencers on social media with millions of followers as there are few of them.

It’s harder to take down the much more powerful spider web created by the thousands of tiny accounts from all over the world adding to the same voice – save Palestine. It must be such a challenge for the directors of the Social Media channels to break past the algorithm of the social media when it starts to work against them haha.

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Convey from me even an Ayah of the Qur’an; relate traditions from Banu Israel, and there is no restriction on that; but he who deliberately forges a lie against me let him have his abode in the Hell.” [Al- Bukhari].

So the power that each of us has to use in our role for Palestine is not to be underestimated. The voice of every single Muslim adds up and starts to shake and break the control of the Israeli narrative over the Media.

And today, the biggest leverage each of us have to serve our Deen is not manpower or money – it’s the media. 💯

Have a look at what Naval Ravikant (an entrepreneur and investor) said in his podcast,

“Then 40 years ago, 30 years ago, I would have to be lucky to get on TV, which is somebody else’s leverage. They would have distorted the message. They would taken the economics out of it or charged me for it. They would have muddled the message, and I would have been lucky to get that form of leverage.

Today, thanks to the Internet, I can buy a cheap microphone, hook it up to a laptop or an iPad, and there you are all listening.

…Probably the most interesting thing to keep in mind about the new forms of leverage is they are permissionless. They don’t require somebody else’s permission for you to use them or succeed.

For labor leverage, somebody has to decide to follow you. For capital leverage, somebody has to give you money to invest or to turn into a product.

Coding, writing books, recording podcasts, tweeting, YouTubing, these kinds of things, these are permissionless. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do them, and that’s why they are very egalitarian. They’re great equalizers of leverage.”

 

⚡ So here’s 3 ways you and I can help Palestine that are summarized for us by our Prophet SAW in this hadith:

 

On the authority of Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

 

#1: Actively stopping evil with our hands 🙅🏽‍♂️

This is one of the highest levels of Emaan. This is the physical act of Jihad.

This is not easy and is not for everyone.

It is the most difficult to implement as it can have the most dire consequences, including the loss of life.

 

#2: Condemning their actions with our tongue by speaking up publicly 🗣️ ✍🏽 👨🏽‍💻

This is the other one of the highest levels of Emaan.

This is what is required of every single Muslim with a functional brain, hands and tongue.

A Muslim can’t put off their role on to another Muslim simply by justifying that they may have much more to lose (a business, or a bigger influence and more prestigious position in society) or that their efforts won’t have much impact as their following is insignificant so why bother.

Even if we have a tiny account with a few followers, our efforts are what we’ll be asked about by Allah. Not the impact or results of our efforts.

And someone who has millions of followers has much more to lose than someone with a tiny following.

It takes a higher level of Emaan to do this because it can be truly hard for someone who has something real to lose.

Speaking up publicly can put you down in your workspace and get you fired.

Social media platforms can ban you, cease your account and you can easily lose your source of generating business.

It can make your position in your social circle uncomfortable if you live in the West and work/ socialize with non-Muslims.

It can be difficult to implement this as it can have dire consequences.

In these situations, it can be easy to hush the inner voice by saying, “In my social circle, I have a rule to stay away from all conversations about religion and Politics to avoid arguments and unnecessary debate.” 

While it makes sense to stay away from unnecessary conflict over smaller matters of Deen with minor differences in things like style of wearing the Hijab, or trimming the beard, etc…

…according to that Hadith, it weakens the Faith of a Muslim when they make the choice to stay quiet about pure evil, blatant injustice, and massacre of other Muslims.

So let’s not do that and let’s leave the worrying of the consequences to Allah SWT, as He’s our Caretaker.

There are a few ways we can consume and share content. The level of skill required to execute each step is Ascending down the list:

 

  1. ✅ First, consume as much information on the subject of Palestine and Israel as you can and simply forward and share what others are sharing on your own accounts. You don’t have to be a writer, blogger, podcaster, journalist or philosopher to do that.
  2. ✅ Another way of sharing your voice would be to consume larger in-depth pieces of content from the Muslim narrative news, Quran and Hadith, as well as history (whatever helpful info you consume) and then summarize it into a smaller easily palatable piece of content that you can post on social media. This way, more Muslims will read, understand, and forward it and it will reach more accounts. You can use canva for creating graphics.
  3. ✅ A more skilled way of adding to the voice of Ummah is to write your spin on the information you’ve consumed and share your insights (via social media/ Newsletter/ blog/ Podcast/ YouTube) that may help others connect the dots and give a new perspective to the situation.

 

#3: Condemning the Israelis in the heart 🖤

Here’s why it may be that condemning something in the heart is the lowest form of Emaan. It’s because it’s the easiest thing to do out of the three and has minimal to no consequence. 

The only consequence would be feeling sad and uncomfortable for the time one is thinking about the situation and condemning it in the heart.

Surprisingly, a lot of Muslims will stay away from the news or reading about the subject just to avoid feeling bad. 😐

 

📋 Action Steps:

 

  1. Prioritize learning about Palestine and Israel by blocking some time in the week or the day to study the subject. Read articles, news reports by Muslim and non-Muslim journalists, videos of interviews and news on YouTube, books of Islamic history covering the history of Jews and Palestine, etc.
  2. Save and send money to Palestine to support victims of war.
  3. Share a post every day on the social media platform you’re most active on, or 2-3 posts per week. Simply forward what you read on social media. You can do this on whatever social media platform you’re active on, even if it’s one platform.
  4. Write one small post on any platform of your choice (whatsapp/ instagram/ facebook/ linkedin/ youtube/ tiktok/ email, etc.).
  5. Making dua for Muslims each time you remember.

I hope today’s newsletter helped you gain perspective to contribute using your leverage.

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