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Gaza: The Only “Free” Muslim Territory

As the Gaza tragedy unfolds, it is increasingly becoming clear that it is the Muslim world, not Gaza, that is caged; that it is the Muslim world, not Gaza, that is controlled; and that it is the Muslim world that needs more help and remedy than Gaza. 

Regardless of the extent of the monstrosity of the West-Israel axis of evil, Gaza and its valiant people will never give up their most valued assets: honor and dignity.

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They live whatever form and amount of life they are given to the fullest. They possess their ideals, abide by them, and, when necessary, willing to protect and sacrifice their lives for them. 

As such, the people of Gaza do exactly what Islam mandates us all to do. As an exemplary community, they are standard-setters. They are an inspiration to posterity.

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People ought to rise above the confines of shallow worldly concerns and live for the draws of a higher plane of existence.

They must end their servitude to the demands of the material world and their vanity, dedicating, instead, their precious as well as short lives to the exigencies of a higher order of meaning and experience.

The people of Gaza are virtuous, principled, brave, steadfast, and self-respecting. They are everything the members of the so-called civilized world are not. They are the gem of the whole planet.

A person is to live more and better, not to die and be relegated to oblivion. Time and again, the case of Gaza has forced the international community to confront its sense of guilt and disgrace.

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Muslims Betray Gaza

Unfortunately, the Muslim ummah (community) does not fare better. Historically, nobody took Palestine away from Muslims. They lost it to the jaws of Zionism and the West.

As per a more scathing assessment, Muslims – (mis)guided by their governments and other leaders – gave Palestine away.

Now that it is clear that there is yet a chance for atonement, that the present and unprecedentedly vicious tragedy in Gaza is the opportune moment to take action and regain a sense of honor, Muslims keep displaying that they made no progress whatsoever.

They are still incompetent, hypocritical, and useless when confronted with genuinely challenging situations.

The only thing they can muster is talking, lamenting, and accusing, which is embarrassing because, when facing existential crises such as the one in the brotherly Gaza, such is the level of a coward and those who are weak, vanquished, and not taken seriously.

Moreover, that is the behavioral pattern of one who is restrained and fully controlled – above all spiritually and mentally – and dares not go beyond what has been prescribed for him. The effects of the humiliating actions of such a one by no means can exceed the hedges of his mental and spiritual imprisonment. 

That is why – again – it is Gaza that is free and honorably does what it has to do, not the rest of us who are the fugitives from their consciousness and are capable of dishonorably doing only what is commanded.

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About Dr. Spahic Omer
Dr. Spahic Omer, an award-winning author, is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He studied in Bosnia, Egypt and Malaysia. In the year 2000, he obtained his PhD from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in the field of Islamic history and civilization. His research interests cover Islamic history, culture and civilization, as well as the history and theory of Islamic built environment. He can be reached at: [email protected].