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Yasmin Mogahed’s position on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:

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Author’s-Note:
Yasin Mogahed’s spin on the issue takes us to a place that we ca all relate to: it sets us up & forces us to truly reflect upon the different scenarios that she presents, and how we would view them, had they been in place of the Palestinian-Israeli issue.

I used to wonder why some Palestinian people would engage in actions that could only provoke the aggressor further. Then I realized that to ask a people to live quietly, while they have no justice and no freedom, is to ask them to live “peacefully” as slaves. “Peace” without justice or freedom is slavery. It’s like asking a battered woman to live “peacefully” with her abuse. We all want the bloodshed to stop. But what about the daily humiliation and institutionalized oppression?

I was reminded of a part in “The Hunger Games” when Katniss considers abandoning the resistance against the oppressor, in exchange for “safety”. Gale’s response was telling. He said: “Safe to do what? Starve? Work like slaves? Send their kids to the reaping?”

Consider this: If a woman is being raped, things would be a lot more “peaceful” if she didn’t resist. But, asking her not to resist–just because her attacker is physically stronger–is asking her to accept her own abuse and oppression for the sake of “peace”. This is what the world is asking Palestinians to do.

And sometimes what seems to the world as just ineffective tactics, like throwing a rock at a tank, is in fact an act of resistance. It is a powerful statement to the oppressor–and the world–that they refuse to be enslaved. That dignity and self-respect are even more beloved to them than their own lives.

It is a statement that you can take their lives. But not their freedom.

Yasmin Mogahed/2014

For more info. about Yasmin Mogahed:

http://www.yasminmogahed.com

Yasmin Mogahed: Enough said!!!

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Author’s note:
I have had the honorable privilege of meeting Yasmin Mogahed, learning from her, when she came to lecture at the Islamic-Center of New York University-To put it very plainly, she’s amazing: she has inspired, empowered & educated so many people in the Muslim-Community, in NYC, in the U.S., and really, anywhere & everywhere that Allah has allowed her to be. Yasmin Mogahed is someone whom I would want my daughters (Allah were to grant me to be the father of any daughters) to grow-up to be like. Not only is she a firm Islamic-Academic, who has a magnificent understanding of Islam, as well as a very sophisticated way of conveying the authentic, beautiful teachings of Islam, she’s a great literary-artist. She has recently agreed to be a guest writer for my writing page, which is like super-awesome…for real!!!

So, without further adieu, the very insightful, inspiring, empowering words of my sister, in Islam, Yasmin Mogahed:

I Grieve:

I lifted my head
Once more
Only to see
The sun had set,
The trees had slept,
And they’d all gone home

I grieve.

The sky that was clear
is now covered with fog.
My path, I no longer see.
Why try…when it’s all so gray?

I grieve.

Today I grieve
For what’s been lost.
My forgotten people,
still on their knees
before a snow god in spring

I grieve.

They’ve forgotten that prayer
And to whom they should call.
The Essence replaced
by mundane ritual,
empty symbols.
Their hearts… so tired,
jaded and worn

I grieve.

We are a people
defeated…but not conquered.
And somehow
I feel my blood return.
I will stand.
I will try.
And from beyond my grief,
I will see…

There are a people you can’t enslave.
A loyalty…you can’t buy.
For a land may be occupied…
but never a soul.
From beyond my tears
I’ll understand…

Today my people weep.
But tomorrow…Death will die,
as their tears give birth to a land
where…“on them shall be no fear
nor shall they grieve” (2:262).

Yasmin Mogahed/2012

For more info. about Yasmin Mogahed, please check out her website:

http://www.yasminmogahed.com