Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim.
Throughout last week the #ReleaseMoazzam campaign was going viral, and on Saturday I became aware of the demonstration that was to be taking place the following day in front of the Home Office in London. I decided I would go, as when I hear of such struggles, I believe I need to actively represent myself as somebody who stands against injustice, and also be in support of those who are facing the onslaught of these dire and testing tribulations. I feel that if I were taken away by the authorities for standing against falsehood for the sake of bringing forth a better future for my people, who would stand by me? Did those acts of courage have an impact on them?
So is it even necessary for you to know that individual personally? Of course not. Remember, he stood by you and millions of others he didn’t know, with the aim of attaining a peaceful tomorrow for the sake of everybody in the world.
It reminds me of a saying of our Prophet (May the peace and blessings of God be with him),
“None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”- Bukhari & Muslim.
So what took place at the demo?
“Great to see some of the prominent and inspiring dawah/community personalities in the UK speaking in support of Moazzam. Sheikh Zahir mahmoud, Uthman lateef, Hamzah Tzortzis, Asim Qureshi, Taji Mustafa, Dr Abdul Wahid, etc. Setting the example. No sheikhs or prominent speakers can remain silent about this.”- Faraz Nomani (Australia).
Here’s the, ‘Stand for Justice [POWERFUL]’ clip by Hamza Tzortzis, filmed live at the demo.
It is indeed powerful, and whilst I had half my attention tending to the 4 year old toddler in my arms, it got me emotional then, and when I watched it on YouTube, it was as though I was watching it for the first time.
Now how do I feel about the #ReleaseMoazzam campaign?
Before I tell you that, I want you remember these ongoing campaigns, which I’m sure many of you will be familiar with…
- Free Naveed Butt. (I remember it as ‘Where is Naveed Butt?’)
- Free Tarek. (Tarek Mehanna)
- Justice for Aafia. (Aafia Siddiqui)
- Save Shaker. (Shaker Aamer)
I remember those campaigns, I remember the petitions, I remember the demonstrations and the pickets that took place, I remember who would be speaking in favour of their release, and how much of the Islamic community were actually involved in those campaigns. I also remember who was speaking out against those injustices, and the roots of said injustices, namely, the western government and their policies.
But now it’s not just the likes of Taji Mustafa, (The UK Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir) speaking about the latter. It’s the likes of Hamza Tzortzis, Sheikh Zahir Mahmoud, Abdullah al Andalusi, Dr Uthman Lateef etc, renowned speakers of the Islamic community within the UK, public figures that are some of my favourite, these people that engage with both the Islamic and the western community on so many levels, educating all of us and provoking our thinking, debating on so many hot topics, controversial topics. It’s now not just those of ‘extremist parties’ speaking out against the political injustices, you have Sheikh Haitham al Haddad doing this too.
See, for a while now, politics in Islam has been something I will informally illustrate as a ‘hush hush thing’. To outwardly state that Divine Law is what we need to legislate, what we need to be under, is a much feared, and in the west a taboo topic, because of the ‘war on terror’, and the mainstream battle against Muslims, also known as ‘Islamophobia’.
So I am glad. I’m relieved. I’m happy, so happy to see where the discussions are moving within the Islamic community. Understanding intellectually and rationally, that the laws set by our Creator are those that are complimentary and completely fitting to the human race. Not the man-made systems like that of capitalism, systems generated by the limited mind of man, for we have seen time and time again that they have always failed their people. As Hamza Tzortzis mentions that, “true terrorism is capitalism”.
It might be a start, but I’m feeling optimistic. I want to be part of a world where there is peace. The peace our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) worked for and established 1400 years ago. So don’t forget what happened on the 3/3/1924. It is the ‘Day the Ummah Shook’, the day that peace was officially torn apart.
The other matter that got me emotional- was the global support. I would like to end with a few images showing those that are with this campaign.