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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Letter form a Sister in Gaza

The following is a translation from Umm Taqi in Gaza

Asaalam Alykum,

My dear sisters and brothers I wanted to take this opportunity to send you a message from the sisters in Gaza . Please hear our situation and tell everyone that you know and don't know.

Our situation is dire but our eman is strong alhamdulillah, even though we have no water to speak of, and when we do it is polluted and we have no money to buy mineral water. When we find the money those that sell it say that it is too dangerous for them to travel out to get new supplies. We have no gas, and have not had for the last four months. We cook the little food we have on real fires that we have learned to prepare.

Our men have lost all of their jobs. They spend their days at home now. My husband can spend a day just going from place to place just for the basic need of water. He usually returns empty handed. There are no schools, no banks, hardly any hospitals open. You are constantly aware that you risk your life when you go out and when you are indoors. They give us a curfew between 1-4pm. We can go out, they say, in safety to get your supplies, but that is a lie. They have often used that opportunity to add more shuhada to their list.

We eat one day rice and one day bread. Meat and milk are a luxury. They are using chemical warfare in the areas which are on the borders.

All this and we are being told that people demonstrate all over the world. Masha Allah. the fact that you go to embassies and leave your homes makes us feel truly that we are not alone in our struggle.

But you go home at night and lock your door. We cannot do that. I have to leave my home on the second floor every night and stay with my sister on the ground floor. Should there be an attack, it's quicker to leave from the ground floor.

Yes we are tired. When we hear rockets and bombs and see planes that fly too close to our building, I scream with my young son and my husband feels helpless.

In all this there is no one but Allah (swt) that can save us. But the ummah is asking where are the armies, where is the victory. Don't forget us because you are all that we have now. Your kind sadeqat is not reaching us, and when they open borders it only reaches a few. Keep up the work of Allah and pray that the victory will come soon insha Allah.

Wassalaam.

Your sister umm Taqi.

A Question to everyone who reads this is.

What answer have we prepared to give Allah on Judgment Day when we are asked what we were doing while our brothers and sisters were being massacred, starved and humiliated? What happened to the Ummah being like one body? What has happened to the honor of the Muslims? What have we done lately to help? What has humanity done in name of justice?

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Ways to Help Gaza by Islamic Relief

This is from Islamic Relief's campaign for Gaza:

Islamic Relief is one of the largest aid agencies working on the ground in Gaza. Islamic Relief's emergency team spent Saturday purchasing life saving medication and medical equipment to stock Gaza's main Al Shifa Hospital. The agency is spending £169,000 sourcing life saving medical aid in the next forty-eight hours.

Aid workers report a scene of desperation in Gaza:

"This is the worst situation I have ever seen in Gaza. I visited a hospital and there were bodies outside and people crying. Buildings are totally destroyed. It's really horrific. We are working now to get aid to the hospitals" said Hatem Shurrab, IRW aid worker in Gaza. Due to the ongoing blockade of Gaza and limited humanitarian access Gaza's 1.5 million population has been suffering from increasing poverty. An estimated 1.1million Palestinians in Gaza are now dependent on humanitarian aid.

Malnutrition rates are on the rise and unemployment is at an all time high.
Hospitals are suffering from power cuts and because fuel is in short supply vulnerable patients with medical conditions are unable to receive regular treatment."

ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE (IRW) has launched an emergency appeal to raise £2 million to purchase urgent medical supplies and humanitarian aid to assist civilians in the beleaguered Gaza Strip.

Islamic Relief will be sourcing aid from inside Gaza and from neighboring countries to respond to the ongoing emergency.

Please help us to save lives by donation for medical aid and shelters.

Donate now:

Online - http://www.justgivi ng.com/gazaemerg encyappeal
or alternatively Call 0800 520 0000 (UK)

For donations for Islamic Relief Palestine from Worldwide please visit and join:

http://www.irpal. ps/indexm. php

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