Ishita hung up the phone and ran. She ran to the relief office with all that she collected for Gaza at her college charity program. While unloading the goods from her car, an old lady approached her.
She asked Ishita, ‘What are these goods for dear?’.
‘These are for the recent atrocities happening in Gaza. Don’t you know, people are dying there and are being killed?’, replied Ishita in a zealous voice.
‘Well, for how long has this been happening in Palestine? I think you know that it’s been many years, and relief has been directed multiple times. However, why does it keep repeating? Why doesn’t it stop? Perhaps, dear, we have something more to do for them?, advised the old lady.
Ishita thought to herself and realized that all along her efforts of helping Gaza, she never took out the time to learn about the history of all this blood-shed. Perhaps, with the historical knowledge she could derive lessons, and help these people in a way that is more permanent?
Dear readers, as I see the muslim youth today, mashaAllah, zealous in their efforts to help Gaza and other muslim lands under attack, I also notice a shadow of ignorance. How many of us really ever cared to know about the history of Islam and Muslims? How many of us really know the names of Muslim heroes who played a role in the muslims’ victory down the ages? More importantly, how many of us are aspiring to follow these examples, derive lessons from their lives and help bring peace to this world in a more permanent manner?
The question I am trying to raise here is, ‘Is sending donations only going to solve the decades-old problem of Gaza?’ Those of us who are happy to just donate our money and give ourselves a false excuse that we have done our part in helping our brothers and sisters need to ask ourselves, ‘What am I really envisioning through my donation? What does divine knowledge and then history tell us about the solution to this problem? We are donating, but do we really have a clear knowledge about the history and how exactly we can help them in the best way?’
Dear readers, please ask these questions to yourselves. If you have been unable to answer, know then that it is time for us to re-connect to our religion via its sources. It is time for us to educate ourselves which does not happen overnight. We should sit down and strive to gain some knowledge about the history so that we can really appreciate the history and have a clear goal on what we want to achieve and how we need to achieve it.
It is true that during this crisis we must send them our donations and help, however at this stage of the ummah, I believe one of the greatest ways we can help our dear brothers and sisters across the globe is by donating some of our valuable time in educating our own-selves about our beautiful religion and its history. Hopefully, in sha Allah, this will make us better Muslims and enable us to help our oppressed brothers and sisters in the best and most effective way.
Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.