Sister on a Mission

A Muslimah in the Midwest trying to counteract all the "war on terror" propaganda.

Location: Midwest, United States

Monday, May 22, 2006

And Dear Fatah......

The following is an open letter to Fatah, which follows my open letter to Hamas.

Dear Fatah,

AsSalaamu Alaikum, brothers and sisters. I just heard a report that the infighting on the ground in Gaza is getting worse. A wounded Fatah official vowed revenge against Hamas, who he's sure executed a bombing/assasination attempt this weekend. "We are the authority! They will never have authority!" he insisted.

Brothers, please think about what's happening here. Divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the book. And you all are playing directly into the hands of the Zionists by dutifully going at each other's throats.

And there is so much at stake here!

Your homeland, your constituents, your families, your livilihoods, the very soul of Palestine is being ripped apart by the Zionists and you are helping them.

Petty authority is worthless. Leadership is what your people need. And that's a whole other subject. It takes vision, sacrifice, patience and courage. It takes caring more about your people than you care about yourselves. It takes leaders who dread that responsiblity, not clamour after "authority".

If Fatah and Hamas were to combine forces and lead - truly lead - the Palestinian people, no oppressor could stand in your way. If you lead your people to put down their useless conventional weapons and pick up the mantle of moral armor that is Nonviolent Resistance, there would be no stopping you. You could bring the mighty Zionist army, with all its tanks and apache helicopters and F15 fighter jets and nuclear weapons to its knees.

Killing a soldier here and a non-soldier there is doing nothing but sabatoging your own efforts and endangering your own souls. Fighting and killing your fellow Palestinians is just a cause for the Zionists to have a good chuckle over their morning coffee. At some point someone has to lead. Someone has to overcome their own nafs and steer Palestine in the direction that such a noble people deserve to go.

I know it is comlicated. I know the culture of weapons is deeply entrenched. I know there are para-military factions that are not easily controlled. But I also know that a movement of active nonviolence could catch on, once people see the results it will bring.

Nonviolence is not the coward's way out. It is not a tactic of people who preach peace at any cost. It is a potent weapon to use against an enemy that thrives on visiting others with the same horror the last generation of their own people suffered. It is the loudest way to demand justice for Palestine. And once justice is achieved, then peace will be the natural outcome.

IF you and Hamas keep leading instead of vying for authority.


Blogger Aaminah said...

Asalaamu alaikum.

Very nice.

Tue May 23, 06:26:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Sindbad said...

Salaam alaikum Najiyah,

A very powerful piece, thank you. Why don't you submit it to some Palestinian media?

Thu May 25, 11:49:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Bilal said...

Its really sad that innocent men, women and children get caught up in a battle they have nothing to do with! I have seen the same thing in Kashmir. Well written! My prayers are with the suffering...

Fri May 26, 02:20:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Faramir said...


You recently left a comment on my blog asking me to paraphrase a lecture by a certain Shaykh. But there was no email id left. I downloaded the file from the site. If you are still facing difficulties I can send the file to you as an attachment, as long as your email space can handle it (6 MB).
Sorry for the time to respond, I was in transit.

Amon Hen (

Tue Jun 27, 08:11:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous shaz said...

salaams... I don't see an email address for you, but I wanted to contact you about adding your blog to a new directory i am doing, its still in development.
Please email me at and let me know inshaAllah if you are interested.
ws salaam.

Mon Jul 03, 08:14:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous shaz said...


i dont see an email address for you, but I would like to add your blog to a new directory that I am working on. Its still in progress,
Please email me inshaallah at if you are interested.


Mon Jul 03, 08:21:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Edward Ott said...

The bad old days when we were killing each other.

Fri Jul 28, 03:34:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Jaimie said...

Salaam Najiyah!! how are you? Yes, the middle east is wonderful. I'm heartbroken to see and hear of the things in Gaza right now. I pray for Palestine. I hope things are good in the midwest.
hope to hear from you soon.
love jaimie.

Wed Nov 08, 11:15:00 AM CST  

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