Know Your Enemy


“When they took away my children in 1995, they also killed me – in the most brutal manner. This is not life …. I had my family and in just one day I’m left without them, without knowing why. And every morning I ask myself why, but there is no answer. My children were only guilty of having the names they had and their names were different from their killers. It was not only my children killed on July 11, 1995; thousands of other innocent children were murdered in the bloody genocide in Srebrenica …. I no longer have anything to lose; the criminals killed all I had, except for my pride.”
    –Hatidza Mehmedovic

In July 1995, an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys – sons, husbands and brothers – were dragged away never to be seen again.
The Srebrenica massacre marks a particularly inhumane and brutal act within the tragedy and bloodshed of the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian War.

these clips are from Al-Jazeera documentary called Women who refused to die

Consider what your pettiness about madhab and scholarly debates matters to these Muslims that could not, and will not enjoy the security of having an Ummah unite in their defense.

I am close to convulsing at the thought of people still suggesting that there is merit in the ridiculous debates about the merits of the house of Saud, the Sunni/Shia contention, and the Salafi/Hanafi/Shafi rhetoric.

I remember a story (forgive my lack of details and sources) regarding a Muslim ruler that threatened war against the disbelievers when one of them lifted the dress of a Muslim woman to humiliate her. Then I look at this incident and I wonder how that compares to the blatant massacre of 8000 Muslims for no reason other than the fact that they were Muslim! Not Shia, not Sunni, not Salafi, not Hanafi, or any of those other despicable labels we love to subscribe to.

The disbelievers don’t give a damn which madhab or scholar or sect you follow. If you intend to be a practising and conscientious Muslim, you are automatically their enemy.

O you who have believed, do not take as intimates those other than yourselves, for they will not spare you [any] ruin. They wish you would have hardship. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater. We have certainly made clear to you the signs, if you will use reason.
~ Qur’an 3:118 (Sahih International)

Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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