Our Lord! Place us not among the people who have been guilty of evildoing.
رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
It’s Friday, the most blessed day of the week! Let’s all pray for the people of Syria and the oppressed around the world. Last week a campaign was held to organize an official Global Day of Prayer on February 10th, 1012 for the plight of the Syrian people. It was amazing to see how many people participated and prayed in support of our fellow brothers and sisters.
However, while that one day was a nice gesture, we cannot pretend to feel good about our efforts if we push them from our minds afterward. Last week all I heard and read everywhere was constant chatter about how much we love Syria as if it were the hottest new trend… and this week– nothing…. and we have moved to more interesting topics. Ya haram! We need to ask God everyday to deliver them from this tragedy.
Woe to those who do not heed their prayers and make good deeds just for show, yet refuse to give even the small kindnesses
فَوَيْلٌ لِّلْمُصَلِّينَ الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَن صَلاتِهِمْ سَاهُونَ الَّذِينَ هُمْ يُرَاؤُونَ وَيَمْنَعُونَ الْمَاعُونَ
You don’t have to Muslim to empathize for Syria– remember Syrians are Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. We all bow in prayer– and will one day all stand in judgment– before the same One True God. Please do not forsake your sisters and brothers. So take a moment out of your day today to remember Syria … and participate in the global prayer everyday.
– Shams Al-Ghayeb