“We have to make this journey (fasting) a very deep one, even if the people around us don’t see a physical elevation, we know from within that everything we do with the right intention is elevation”
The Israeli government says that the burning of an Israeli teenager was the work of “extremists” and not part of its “ethics” … Indeed, its “ethics” entails bombing civilians and destroying by tens, hundreds, and in the recent past by the thousands. It is much more “noble”!
The international community has “obviously” understood : it is the right of Israel to defend themselves against rockets that their technology allows them to destroy and / or divert flight.
The ethics of the State of Israel, from all political parties, is imposed on the world and Arab governments, as Asian and Western fold hypocritically. And because this hypocrisy is shared, and international, human beings and citizens around the world should make it an international cause of defending the dignity of our humanity.
I get pro-Israel messages that say - without embarrassment - that the killing of civilians is justified as the “terrorists” of Hamas are using them as human shields. Such a shame! How the State propaganda - by the so-called “most democratic State” in the region, from the so called “most moral army in the world” - can manage to sell these outright lies to its people? How has it managed to dehumanize the Palestinians at this point in Israeli eyes … and in the eyes of part of the world? How awful indeed!
We understand why international institutions avoid agreeing on a definition of “terrorism”, because then we should speak about state terrorism, for which Israel is the champion. The systematic and planned massacre of civilians and innocent people, using the worst methods, in the worst moment, justified by the most nauseating propaganda.
There are no “terrorists” hiding behind the hundreds of innocent civilians killed in Gaza, but it is behind your civil and civilized face, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, that hides a terrorist.
You, as indeed almost all the Israeli heads of state who came before you, you are welcomed in offices and palaces with your civil and civilized face, yet you should be tried and imprisoned for what you truly are… institutionalised terrorists spreading terror.
“Ramadan should be a revolution. Some complain that the ‘ulama (scholars) reduce Islam to prohibitions (haram) or permissions (halal). However, during the month of Ramadan, they do exactly the same. They very formally respect what is forbidden: during the day, they do not eat, do not drink and master themselves. Beyond that, and during the nights, they do almost anything.
Yet Ramadan is a full month, with its days, and its nights. A month where prohibitions only make sense if we change the way we look at things. We must abandon the mirror of appearances and face ourselves, deeply, in the mirror of the intimate. To observe our heart, consider our intentions and our priorities, assume our wounds, analyse our mistakes, and reform our life. Take care of ourselves and those we love. Some are fasting as if the month was a parenthesis of prohibitions for a few days. However, fasting should be a horizon of revolution for life.
Fasting to become a woman, a man. Fasting to grow and change. Fasting to change our days and our nights, fasting to change our life, fasting to change life. A revolution.”
“These are days of peace, gentleness, gift, smile. The month of Ramadan is the month of “jihad of peace”, intimate as well as social. O God make us “mujâhidûn al-salam,” agents of peace.”
“There is something special about the time of fasting. Time is suspended, we wait. A feeling that time slows down. This is exactly the time to deepen our relationship with ourself, with the people we love and, thereby, to God. It is remembrance (dhikr), and the true meaning of fasting. As prayer stops time and raises the heart.”