Ramadan, de maand van Du’a!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

Alle lof zij aan Allah onze Barmhartige Heer. Hij Die ervan houdt om gevraagd te worden en de smeekbeden van Zijn dienaren verhoort. Ramadan is de maand van Du’a. Dit vers wordt dan ook in de Koran genoemd tussen de verzen die gaan over het vasten:

“En wanneer Mijn dienaren jou (O Mohammed) vragen stellen over Mij: voorwaar, Ik ben nabij (met Zijn kennis), Ik verhoor de smeekbede van de smekende wanneer hij Mij smeekt. Laten ze aan mij gehoor geven en in mij geloven opdat zij rechtgeleid zullen zijn.” [2:186]

Richt je in deze gezegende maand veelvuldig tot jouw schepper en vraag Hem al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals.

De Du’a heeft bepaalde (aanbevolen) manieren: 

  • De Du’a beginnen met het prijzen van Allah en het uitspreken van vrede zegeningen over de profeet. 
  • Handen opheffen tijdens de Du’a.
  • De Du’a herhalen en aandringen op datgene wat wordt gevraagd.
  • Nederigheid en concentratie (i.e. niet afdwalen in gedachte tijdens de smeekbede).
  • Wodoe hebben.
  • Je wenden tot de Qiblah.

Ook is het aanbevolen om Du’a te verrichten voor jouw medemoslims, met name buiten hun weten om. Want in een authentieke overlevering staat dat een engel dan zegt: 

“Amin, en voor jou is er het soortgelijke”.  [Sahih Moslim]

Er zijn bepaalde tijden waarop de smeekbede extra wordt verhoord. Deze zijn o.a.:

  • Laatste derde deel van de nacht (nacht is de tijd tussen magreb en fajr).
  • Tussen de adhaan en iqama van het verplichte gebed.
  • Tijdens de sodjoed (wanneer het voorhoofd op de grond is tijdens het gebed).
  • Aan het einde van het gebed, vóór de tasleem (de groet links en rechts).
  • Op vrijdag, en dan met name vóór zonsondergang.
  • Bij het drinken van zamzam.
  • Wanneer je op reis bent.
  • Wanneer het regent.
  • Wanneer jou onrecht is aangedaan.
  • Tijdens het vasten en met name vlak voor de iftaar

Ook zijn er bepaalde zaken die het beantwoorden van de Du’a in de weg staan. Deze zijn de zondes in het algemeen en het bezitten en gebruikmaken van verboden (verworven) inkomsten in het specifiek.

Een van drie
Wanneer de gelovige Allah aanroept, dan krijgt die een van de drie volgende zaken, zoals dat in een authentieke overlevering staat:

  1. Hij krijgt datgene waarvoor hij Du’a heeft gedaan.
  2. In de plaats van datgene wat hij heeft gevraagd, wordt iets van het slechte soortgelijk aan de Du’a van hem afgewend.
  3. De beloning voor de Du’a wordt voor hem bewaard en hij krijgt deze op de Dag des Oordeels.

Toen de metgezellen van de profeet deze overlevering hoorden, zeiden zij: Dan zullen we veel Du’a verrichten! Hierop zei de profeet: ِ’Allah’s (barmhartigheid en gunst) is meer (dan wat jullie van Hem vragen)!’

Beste broeders en zusters

De gelovige verlangt naar de gunsten van Allah en Zijn barmhartigheid en vraagt Hem continu en vertrouwt erop dat zijn Heer hem datgene geeft wat goed voor hem is. De gelovige beseft zich, wanneer hij Allah vraagt, dat hij Degene vraagt in Wiens Handen de heerschappij van de hemelen en aarde is en Die barmhartiger voor ons is dan wij voor onszelf zijn. De profeet vrede zij met hem overlevert van zijn Heer dat Hij zei:

“O Mijn dienaren, als de gehele schepping van begin tot eind, en zowel de mensen als de djinn (geesten), allen bijeen zouden komen op een uitgestrekte vlakte en iedereen zou Mij iets vragen, zou Ik iedereen datgene geven wat die wenst zonder dat dit ook maar iets van Mijn heerschappij vermindert! [Sahih Muslim]

Een fout die velen van ons maken, is dat wanneer zij ergens mee zitten, zij overal aankloppen voor hulp en vergeten Allah te vragen. Hij Die wanneer Hij iets wilt, er ‘wees’ tegen zegt en het is!

En dit terwijl wij in elke rak’ah (eenheid van het gebed) surah al-fatiha reciteren en in het vierde vers zeggen wij: “Alleen U aanbidden wij en alleen U vragen wij om hulp.”

Kan iets of iemand anders dan Allah de tegenspoed die jou heeft getroffen, wegnemen? Allah zegt:

“En als Allah jou met tegenspoed treft dan is er niemand die het kan wegnemen, behalve Hij.” [10: 107]

Alleen al de zoetheid en de verlichting voor het hart die het aanroepen van Allah met zich meebrengt is voldoende reden om het jouw gewoonte te maken.

Gezegend is degene die deze gezegende dagen en nachten aangrijpt om Allah al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals te vragen. Hij Die ervan houdt om gevraagd te worden.

Eerder verschenen:

1. Ramadan, de maand van het vasten
2. Ramadan, de maand van het staan in gebed
3. Ramadan, de maand van de koran
4. Ramadan, de maand van vrijgevigheid
5. Ramadan, de maand van du’a

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Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, an international day of action for Palestinian political prisoners

Israel detains about 4,500 Palestinians in its jails, among them 41 women and 140 children below 18 years. Since the beginning of 2021, Israeli authorities have arrested nearly 1,400 Palestinians.

Nearly 550 inmates suffer from various diseases and require close monitoring and healthcare. At least 10 inmates suffer from cancer of varying degrees, including Fouad al-Shobaki, 82, the oldest of the prisoners. So far, 368 jailed Palestinians have been infected with the coronavirus.

Some Palestinians have spent 40 years in captivity with 543 sentenced to several life sentences.

Prisoners’ Day has been commemorated annually since 1974 after the first Palestinian detainee – Mahmoud Hijazi – was released in a swap deal with Israel.

READ: Palestine calls for protection of prisoners in Israel

Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

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Abbas tells US advocacy group that Israel is on path to apartheid

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of historical Palestine [ALAA BADARNEH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of historical Palestine 

Mahmoud Abbas has warned that Israel is on the path to becoming an apartheid state in a speech to the annual J Street Conference in America. The President of the Palestinian Authority addressed the progressive Jewish advocacy group online and spoke about the precarious situation facing Israel. He also mentioned the removal of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) from the US terrorist list and steps to re-establish ties with Washington.

“Moving away from the two-state solution will eventually lead to a de facto one-state solution, an apartheid state,” said Abbas. “[This is] something neither we nor the entire world would accept. A one-state solution will only perpetuate the conflict.”

Although Abbas warned that Israel is on the road to becoming an apartheid state if it fails to agree to a two-state solution with the Palestinians, a major Israeli human rights group has concluded that the Zionist state has already passed that threshold. In January, B’Tselem described Israel as an “apartheid” state that “promotes and perpetuates Jewish supremacy between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.” A similar conclusion was reached by the UN in 2017.

OPINION: Israel is an apartheid state, says B’Tselem; time to ditch the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism?

Speaking about resuming peace talks and turning a new page in relations with Washington, Abbas said, “We are ready to resume peace negotiations with our Israeli counterpart on the basis of international legitimacy, resolutions and signed agreements, and under the auspices of the International Quartet.” The 85-year-old reiterated support for a two-state solution based on pre-June 1967 borders and international law to create an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The PA cut relations with the administration of former US President Donald Trump following several bitter disagreements including America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US Embassy to the occupied city. Abbas explained that the PA now sought to open a new page with the Biden administration.

“However, this requires the elimination of some obstacles, the most important of which is removing the PLO name from the terrorism list pursuant to the Congress Anti-Terrorist Act of 1987,” Abbas said, with reference to the relevant legislation. US presidents have traditionally waived the application of the law, allowing for relations to continue as normal, but Abbas wants the terrorism designation to be rescinded completely.

South Africa stands with Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
South Africa stands with Palestine – Cartoon 

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Israel bans Jerusalem activist from Al-Aqsa for 6 months

Jerusalemite activist Mohamed Arnaout [@PlusQuds/Twitter]
Jerusalemite activist Mohamed Arnaout 

Israeli occupation yesterday summoned Jerusalemite activist Mohamed Arnaout for questioning at the Qishla detention centre and handed him an order banning his entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Arnaout is an ex-detainee who has spent over 15 months in Israeli jails because of his active role in exposing Israeli demolition and displacement campaigns in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of the holy city.

Israeli police had already banned him from international travel.

Arnaout is married and a father of five. Occupation authorities have previously prevented his wife from visiting him while in detention.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is facing Judaisation plans, as right-wing settler groups have repeatedly called for their supporters to storm and occupy the Muslim holy site in an effort to divide it spatially and temporally between Muslims and Jews.

READ: Israel summons director of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Israel loosens covid restrictions, while Palestinians experience third wave of virus

People, wearing protective masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, walk in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 12, 2020 [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
People, wearing protective masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, walk in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 12, 2020

Israel has lifted orders for masks to be worn outside after about 56 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated, Reuters reports.

Health Minister, Yuli Edelstein, urged people to continue carrying masks with them for entry into indoor public spaces, where they are still required.

Meanwhile, Israelis who wish to return to the country but who have not yet been vaccinated must still self-isolate, while foreign travellers’ entry is being limited over concerns virus variants could challenge the vaccine.

“We are leading the world right now when it comes to emerging from the coronavirus,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters. “[But] we have still not finished with the coronavirus. It can return.”

Daily new coronavirus infections in Israel have fallen from a peak of 10,000 in January to around 100 more recently.

Vaccine uptake in the territories occupied by Israel, however, has not been so high, as occupation authorities have not provided inoculations to Palestinians living under their brutal regime.

Human rights organisations have argued that international law requires Israel to provide Palestinians with similar access to vaccines as its own citizens as an occupying power. Many have said this “Israel’s vaccine apartheid“.

The besieged Gaza Strip yesterday recorded the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the coastal enclave said.

According to the daily briefing issued by the ministry, 23 people died from coronavirus and there were 446 new infections.

READ: Israel prevents non-vaccinated Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Israel arrests Palestinians at election meeting in Jerusalem

Israeli forces on March 23, 2021 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces on March 23, 2021

Israeli occupation forces arrested three Palestinian candidates for holding a press conference at St George Hotel Jerusalem on the upcoming elections in occupied East Jerusalem.

The press conference was scheduled to discuss the right of Palestinians in the occupied city to participate in the upcoming elections and the mechanisms needed to do so.

Two of the candidates are on the list of the Fatah party led by President Mahmoud Abbas and the third is on the list of the Palestinian Democratic Union.

According to Wafa news agency, the Israeli occupation’s intelligence handed the management of St George Hotel Jerusalem a notice from the Israeli Minister of Public Security, which bans any Palestinian Authority-related activity there.

Palestinians have urged the European Union to exert pressure on Israel to allow residents of occupied East Jerusalem to vote. Israel has not responded. Israel claims the entirety of Jerusalem as its capital.

READ: Israel bans Jerusalem activist from Al-Aqsa for 6 months

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said these practices reflect a “clear political decision to prevent Jerusalem’s participation in the elections and deny the Palestinians in Jerusalem their right to vote or run for the elections.”

This comes after Israeli occupation forces banned a similar meeting earlier this month, which was supposed to be held at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested two candidates, including Naser Qaws, a Fatah member.

The two candidates were investigated by Israeli soldiers, who informed them that all election-related activities are banned in occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinians are scheduled to vote in legislative elections on 22 May, presidential polls on 31 July, and National Council polls on 31 August, their first in over 15 years.

PA and Hamas to establish 'national unity government' - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
PA and Hamas to establish ‘national unity government’ – Cartoon 

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Israel settlers raze Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley

Palestinians try to extinguish a fire in an olive grove after it was set alight by settlers from a near by Jewish settlement close to the West Bank village of Burin [Wagdi Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians try to extinguish a fire after it was set alight by Israeli settlers in the West Bank on 30 June 2018

Israeli settlers today razed Palestinian land in the area of Khirbet Al Hamma in the north of the Jordan Valley, Palestinian sources reported.

According to the sources, who spoke to Wafa news agency, settlers from an illegal outpost located near the Palestinian Bedouin community in the area used a bulldozer to raze the Palestinian land, as they are pushing occupation authorities to open settler-only roads in the area.

Residents are worried that the settlement outposts and the settlers are going to take control of most of the pastures they use to herd their livestock, which is their main source of income.

Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government will annex 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank area located in the Jordan Valley.

The move was later postponed,

The UAE said the decision to delay the manoeuvre was a result of its decision to normalise ties with the occupation state.

READ: Israel settler violence against Palestinians rising drastically, UN warns

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OCHA: 553 Israeli checkpoints, 465 km of apartheid wall in West Bank lands

Ramallah (QNN)- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that there are 553 Israeli military checkpoints throughout the West Bank, while 465 km of the apartheid wall is built on West Bank lands, swallowing thousands of dunums.

A report by OCHA said that the occupation state set 154 checkpoints on roads, 108 temporary checkpoints, and 71 permanent checkpoints. It added that the occupation state placed 86 earthen berms, 68 barricades, 49 roadblocks, and 20 earth mounds.

Israeli soldiers carry out daily wide-range search campaigns throughout the West Bank’s roads, especially those leading to occupied Jerusalem or 1948-occupied cities.

Al those military checkpoints prevent most native Palestinians from reaching the lands behind the apartheid wall.

The report added that 465 km of the apartheid wall has been built on West Bank lands, while its height reaches eight meters.

‘Israel’ started building the apartheid wall back in 2002. It is at occupying more land and ethnically cleanse as many lands as possible. It directly affects 180 communities, which are home to 300,000 native Palestinians.

So far, the wall has swallowed 46% of the West Bank and isolated occupied Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank cities. It also denies millions of Palestinians of their right of movement and prevents thousands of workers from freely go to their workplaces every day.

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‘Israel’ demolishes Araqeeb village for 186th time

Occupied Naqab (QNN)- Israeli authorities demolished Al Araqeeb village today for the 186th time.

Local sources said the Israeli police raided the village and expelled locals although of the heatwave that has been spreading across Palestine during the last couple of days this Ramadan.

Israeli authorities have demolished the village five times this year, however, the locals continue to re-set their tents on their land.

Al Araqeeb has been targeted by the occupation state since 2000. ‘Israel’ has been trying to empty the village to build a settlement.

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Israeli forces arrest two Palestinian brothers after beating them in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation forces arrested two young men this evening, Sunday, after beating them at the Hebron Gate in occupied Jerusalem, and took them to the Al-Maskobiyya detention center, coinciding with the outbreak of clashes near Bab al-Amud.

Jerusalem sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces deployed military cavalry teams to pursue the youths, and used wastewater to suppress the citizens near the Amud Gate in occupied Jerusalem.

Read More: Israeli forces arrest two brothers from Ramallah

For the sixth consecutive day, the Israeli occupation forces continued to prevent residents and young men from sitting and gathering in the square and amphitheater of Bab al-Amud in the Old Jerusalem.

Thousands of worshipers performed Tarawih prayers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, coinciding with the strict measures of the occupation and the closure of the Bab al-Amud area.

Read More: Israeli forces arrests young man from Jerusalem and two brothers from Jordan Valley

Many deportees from Al-Aqsa Mosque also performed Isha and Tarawih prayers in the Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Bab al-Amoud Square has witnessed nightly clashes with the occupation forces since the beginning of the month of Ramadan, during which a number of citizens were injured, while the occupation soldiers attacked others, and arrested a number of Jerusalemites.

The Israeli occupation seeks to impose a new reality in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially in the month of Ramadan, by preventing citizens from being in it and restricting themselves to prayer only, and evacuating it in order to cut off the bond between the mosque and the Palestinians.

(Source / 19.04.2021)