Bahrain is Bleeding

The news stories on FaceBook, the many individual voices of support and the tears in our eyes after we watch the various graphic videos out there about the situation in Bahrain. It’s business as usual for us here in the West. The difference: this time it’s Bahrain.

I write this with a heavy heart as we always do when an oppression of this grand scale occurs with our people. The feeling of helplessness surrounds me at this time as I can not think of anything else to do at this moment but write. They say the pen is mightier than the sword, so be it.

The people of Bahrain have endured oppression for quite some time now. So, why now? Well, as they say revolutions don’t happen over night. It takes time to accumulate enough anger in people that they come out onto the streets knowing that their very lives could be in severe danger. This can only happen when liberty becomes more valuable than life it self in the eyes of the people.

However, in this case what amazes me is not the endurance of the people or their will to combat their oppressor. What are amazing to me are these dictators. If we take the example of the current dictator in Bahrain, the Al-Khalifa family has been in power in Bahrain since at least the year 1820 which means for 190 years they have been ruling Bahrain. The current king Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa came to power in 1999, after his father. He has been in power for the past 12 years. My question is; how much money is enough money and how much power is enough power for these people to finally have had their full share of it? There is no limit would be the obvious answer. These people were not put in place to surrender power at any point in time. They were installed in this position to be there forever until the people kick them out literally. These dictators have never done anything in the interest of their people. Some people might comment and say “but he gave women the right to vote in Bahrain.” Well, that may be true however it was not done out of the goodness of his heart. These things are done to keep the people off the streets. These temporary changes are made to look good on paper but here is the real point to think about. In a country where the same family has been ruling for 190+ years and where the cabinet is made of members of that same family, who exactly will these women who have been suddenly blessed with the right vote, vote for? So giving women the right to vote in a country where there is no opposition to choose from is like me giving a child a choice in picking which vegetable to eat while only having carrots on the table. It’s pathetic.

It’s not like the people of Bahrain have been silent all this time. Uprisings occurred in Bahrain in the 1990s as well. Forty people were killed and the uprisings were silenced as Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, the current king came to power at that time. The Bahraini government wants to do the same now. As we all know by now, Saudi troops and troops from the UAE have entered Bahrain in order to help the Bahraini government crush the people literally. It’s good to know that the Middle Eastern countries have elected their unanimous leader / helper to be Saudi Arabia. A country that can not even help it self, with a dictatorship that would perish without the undying support of the U.S. Its incredible to even read that headline in an article “Saudi sends troops”; what troops? Aren’t Saudis dependent on the American army to protect them?

Saudi has troops? No, they don’t. The real meaning behind the headline is: Saudi has sent men of Pakistani origin to help the Bahraini government crush its people as they always do. As we all know, Pakistan does have one of the strongest armies in the world. The Pakistani army is so great that they not only help / fight when Pakistan is in trouble; they even offer their services to other oppressive governments because that’s just how generous they are as a people. Who cares if the Bahraini people hate their sight because this is not the first time they have gone out of their way to help the Bahraini government behind the scenes. They are just doing their job because apparently all these corrupt, inhuman; Shia-hating dictators are the only role models they could find of what a true Muslim is. May Allah (swt) guide the world and Pakistani leaders to the right path. Clearly, as a Pakistani I condemn this and all other acts of oppression carried out in the name of Muslim brotherly love by the Pakistani army (or Muslim armies elsewhere). It is indeed shameful and the only thing we can do is voice our disapproval.

Aside from writing a long article on this, what else can we do?

  • Spread the word about the massacre that is currently underway in Bahrain. The media is not really doing its part (surprise surprise) so we must do our part in spreading the word. All the media attention has been on Libya & Japan for various legitimate and not so legitimate reasons.
  • Call the offices of the Saudi & Bahraini embassies and protest their actions.
  • Most Importantly: Pray for the people of Bahrain & Libya.

Alhamdulillah, our Imams (as). have taught us many duas for situations like this. We should be reading Jaushan Kabeer and the dua for the people of the frontiers from Sahifa Sajjadiya for our brothers & sisters. May Allah (swt) give them more strength to combat this oppression. May Allah (swt) hasten the return of the Imam of our time so that he (as) can come and fill this world with justice as it is filled with injustice right now.

The news stories on Facebook, the many individual voices of support and the tears in our 

eyes after we watch the various graphic videos out there about the situation in Bahrain.

It’s business as usual for us here in the west. The difference: this time it’s Bahrain.

I write this with a heavy heart as we always do when an oppression of this grand scale

occurs with our people. The feeling of helplessness surrounds me at this time as I can not

think of anything else to do at this moment but write. They say the pen is mightier than

the sword, so be it.

The people of Bahrain have endured oppression for quite some time now. So, why now?

Well, as they say revolutions don’t happen over night. It takes time to accumulate enough

anger in people that they come out onto the streets knowing that their very lives could be

in severe danger. This can only happen when liberty becomes more valuable than life it

self in the eyes of the people.

However, in this case what amazes me is not the endurance of the people or their will

to combat their oppressor. What are amazing to me are these dictators. If we take the

example of the current dictator in Bahrain, the Al-Khalifa family has been in power in

Bahrain since at least the year 1820 which means for 190 years they have been ruling

Bahrain. The current king Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah came to power in 1999, after his

father. He has been in power for the past 12 years. My question is; how much money is

enough money and how much power is enough power for these people to finally have

had their full share of it? There is no limit would be the obvious answer. These people

were not put in place to surrender power at any point in time. They were installed in this

position to be there forever until the people kick them out literally. These dictators have

never done anything in the interest of their people. Some people might comment and

say “but he gave women the right to vote in Bahrain.” Well, that may be true however it

was not done out of the goodness of his heart. These things are done to keep the people

off the streets. These temporary changes are made to look good on paper but here is the

real point to think about. In a country where the same family has been ruling for 190+

years and where the cabinet is made of members of that same family, who exactly will

these women who have been suddenly blessed with the right vote, vote for? So giving

women the right to vote in a country where there is no opposition to choose from is like

me giving a child a choice in picking which vegetable to eat while only having carrots on

the table. It’s pathetic.

It’s not like the people of Bahrain have been silent all this time. Uprisings occurred in

Bahrain in the 1990s as well. Forty people were killed and the uprisings were silenced

as Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, the current king came to power at that time. The Bahraini

government wants to do the same now. As we all know by now, Saudi troops and troops

from the UAE have entered Bahrain in order to help the Bahraini government crush

the people literally. It’s good to know that the Middle Eastern countries have elected

their unanimous leader / helper to be Saudi Arabia. A country that can not even help it

self, with a dictatorship that would perish without the undying support of the U.S. Its

incredible to even read that headline in an article “Saudi sends troops”…what troops?

Aren’t Saudis dependent on the American army to protect them?

Saudi has troops? No, they don’t. The real meaning behind the headline is: Saudi has sent

men of Pakistani origin to help the Bahraini government crush its people as they always

do. As we all know, Pakistan does have the best army in the world. The Pakistani army

is so great that we not only help / fight when Pakistan is in trouble; we even offer our

services to other oppressive governments because that’s just how generous we are as a

people. Who cares if the Bahraini people hate our sight because this is not the first time

we have gone out of our way to help the Bahraini government behind the scenes. We are

just doing our job because apparently all these corrupt, inhuman; wahabi dictators are

the only role models we could find of what a true Muslim is. May Allah swt guide our so

called leaders to the right path. Clearly, as a Pakistani I condemn this and all other acts of

oppression carried out in the name of Muslim brotherly love by the Pakistani army. It is

indeed shameful and the only thing we can do is voice our disapproval.

Aside from writing a long article on this, what else can we do?

-Spread the word about the massacre that is currently underway in Bahrain. The media

is not really doing its part (surprise surprise) so we must do our part in spreading the

word. All the media attention has been on Libya & Japan for various legitimate and not

so legitimate reasons.

-Call the offices of the Saudi & Bahraini embassies and protest their actions.

-Most Importantly: Pray for the people of Bahrain & Libya.

Alhamdulillah, our Imams a.s. have taught us many duas for situations like this. We

should be reading Jaushan kabeer and the dua for the people of the frontiers from sahifa

Sajjadiya for our brothers & sisters. May Allah swt give them more strength to combat

this oppression. May Allah swt hasten the return of the Imam of our time so that he a.s.

can come and fill this world with justice as it is filled with injustice right now. Ameen.

5 thoughts on “Bahrain is Bleeding

  • As people of conscience (irrespective of our faiths), it is incumbent upon us to do whatever is in our ability to raise awareness of this tragedy and help the oppressed. Below are 5 ways we can help the people in Bahrain:

    1. Keep Appraised of What Is Happening and Inform Others
    2. Call the Bahraini, Saudi, and Emirati Embassies and voice your condemnation of their violent repression of peaceful protesters
    3. Contact Your Elected Representatives and ask for the House of Commons in Ottawa to condemn the massacre.
    4. Organize and/or Participate Public Demonstration to inform others about the tragedy
    5. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper, and express your condemnation of the brutality.

    Below are details on these can be achieved:

    1. Keep Appraised of What Is Happening and Inform Others:

    Most Western and even Middle Eastern news sources have unfortunately proven themselves to be disappointingly biased and/or lacking in coverage of the situation. PressTV ( http://tinyurl.com/4ddulj ) and ABNA ( http://tinyurl.com/6e4jja4 ) are routinely being updated with the reality on the ground. You can follow these sources closely while tracking news being covered by other mainstream media sources that have increasingly started paying attention. As new events unfold, post them on your Facebook wall, Tweet about them, and share them with acquaintances, your community, and other relevant email lists to raise awareness.

    2. Call the Bahraini, Saudi, and Emirati Embassies and voice your condemnation of this brutal behavior. The Bahraini Embassy can be reached at 1-202-342-1111, the Saudi Embassy at 613-237-4100/ 01 / 02, and the Emirati Embassy at +1-613-565-7272. (Make sure to call during working hours.) Speak to the operator and ask for the Ambassador’s office. Be polite but firm, and speak your mind about the injustices happening in Bahrain. If necessary, leave a voicemail.

    3. Contact Your Elected Representatives and ask for the House of Commons in Ottawa to condemn the massacre. You can find the contact information for Members of Parliament at http://tinyurl.com/24ofr3t . Call and ask to speak to the Member of Parliament’s (MP’s) office, and let them know that as their constituent, you expect them to condemn this behavior. Tell them that this issue is very close to your heart, and if they fail to speak up, they should not count on your vote during the forthcoming elections.

    Email the MP’s office as well. A sample email message is as follows:

    Dear Hon. [ Name of MP],

    I am writing to express my strong condemnation of the current massacre being perpetrated against the Bahraini people by Bahraini and Saudi armed forces. As your constituent, I urge you to introduce and/or support a legislation in the House of Commons which condemns this barbaric behavior by immediately suspending the supply of weapons, munitions and related equipment as well as technologies made in Canada and/or by Canadian companies that could be used to commit further human rights violations by the UAE, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain.

    On Wednesday 16th March 2011, the Salmaniyah Hospital was seized by Bahraini security forces who raided the complex in search of wounded protesters, beating and threatening doctors and hospital staff, and finally encircled the hospital with tanks and military personnel and have denied access to and exit from the hospital.

    The recent military seizure of the Salmaniyah Hospital in Manama is in clear violation of Protocol II, Articles 9, 10, 11, and 13 of the Geneva Convention. The Canadian government should highlight this breach of international law, and be prepared to apply political, diplomatic and legal sanctions against the Bahraini regime if necessary.

    Furthermore, I am confident that you will make it clear that repression and state-sanctioned murder in Bahrain will not go unnoticed and urge you to call for an urgent withdrawal of Saudi Arabia and UAE troops from Bahrain, and that the Bahraini government withdraws all local and foreign troops respects its people’s rights to peacefully assemble and protest, and allows for free and fair elections in the country.

    Your prompt action and response with regards to this urgent issue will be highly appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    [Name & Postal Code]

    Ps. I have included a link to recently released report by Amnesty International that details the gross violations of Human Rights by the security forces in Bahrain: http://tinyurl.com/4shozhw

    Send a separate but similar-spirited message (over the phone and via email) to the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs & the leaders of the main political parties. Below are the links to their contacts:

    Stephen Harper (PM / Conservative):
    http://tinyurl.com/6gmqnpm

    Lawrence Cannon (Foreign Affairs/Conservative): http://tinyurl.com/62oudwy

    Jack Layton (NDP):
    http://tinyurl.com/dbf4jq

    Michael Ignatieff (Liberal):
    http://tinyurl.com/chczdg

    Gilles Ducepp (Bloc):
    http://tinyurl.com/6xv487k

    4. Organize and Participate Public Demonstration to inform others about the tragedy: Most Western news sources have completely ignored or underplayed the severity of the situation, and it is our obligation to inform the masses about the Bahraini people’s plight. You don’t need more than a few hours to plan a demonstration. Even a small group of five people holding signs at a busy intersection for an hour can potentially inform thousands of people about the massacre. Urge onlookers to contact their elected representatives asking them to condemn this aggression.
    A protest is planned for this Saturday in Toronto at the Yonge-Dundas square. More details available at: http://tinyurl.com/4bgfg77
    (Come with Placards & Signs or Support)

    5. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper, and express your condemnation of the brutality. Mention exact numbers and figures. If your newspaper has not given adequate coverage to the situation in Bahrain, state your disappointment and disapproval. Also, call the news bureau and urge them to include coverage of the tragedy on the front page. The following are the links with info on how you can get in touch with a few of the major Canadian news reporting institutions:

    Canadian Press: http://tinyurl.com/6jn72b8

    Toronto Star: http://tinyurl.com/5rhofjy

    CBC News: http://tinyurl.com/evqoh

    Globe & Mail: http://tinyurl.com/6kx6msq

    Global News: http://tinyurl.com/5rqxzhf

    An Injustice to one is an injustice to all! By speaking out for those who are oppressed in Bahrain, you will be not only be preventing the massacre from from unfolding into genocidal proportions, but also you will be providing much needed support for those oppressed and hopefully propel the people’s revolution in the Middle East to victory!

    Last but not least, please pray for the safety and success of the revolutionaries, and for an end to the oppressors’ folly!

    With Salams & Duas (Peace & Prayers),

    Seekers for Peace & Justice
    http://tinyurl.com/6e4u47b

  • whats pakistan got to do with it? paki soldiers for hire? my bahraini friend tells me they have police in plainsclothes hurting people and then blaming it on “shia terrorists” where did you get this pak stuff from?

  • The person who wrote this is MY TEACHER!,
    what ever she says it the TRUTH!
    Belive it or not

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