Global Call: Qiyam for Libya & the Oppressed


Assalamu `alaykum,

Just ten days ago, we saw Hosni Mubarak step down from as president of Egypt. A few weeks before that, Tunisian president Ben Ali fled his country in the face of burgeoning protests by his people. Today, these popular movements have spilled over into Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Algeria. While these events fill us with incredible hope and joy for the future of our Ummah, we must continue to pray and support our brothers and sisters who are struggling under intense tyranny.

On February 9, this website called for a global night of qiyam for Egypt. Alhamdulillah, the community responded; pledges poured in from Canada, Englad, Malaysia, Mecca, Egypt and across the United States, demonstrating our community’s capacity for unity in prayer through times of trial. Individuals, families, organizations, masajid and even other websites rose to the call; we ask that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala accept all of your efforts, and continue to utilize us all for good. We would especially like to thank the Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle on North America’s Young Muslims (ICNA’s YM), and the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA National) for echoing this call to prayer and mobilizing their membership from across the country.

This weekend, it is time once again to make a pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters. On Saturday, February 26, we ask each and every one of you to organize a qiyam program to pray for the people of Libya. Reports from eyewitnesses, despite the state-enforced media blackout, speak of hundreds being killed in just a few days. This is more than enough reason for us to stand with our hands raised in the night, praying for the safety, victory, and liberation of the Libyan people.

At least 500 have died so far.

We recognize the entire region is erupting with similar struggles, so please include them in your du`a’ (prayer) as well. The media has not focused on the Libyan struggle in the same way it focused on Egypt; these qiyams can also be utilized to raise much needed awareness in our communities. Let us use these gatherings as a place to pray for the people of Libya, to share their story and to honor their struggle for human dignity. Once again, we ask that you please take pictures of the qiyams and send them in to submissions@suhaibwebb.com. These images give hope at a time when hope is needed.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ described our ummah as a single body which ails as a whole when a part of it is afflicted. Feel this pain, and respond to it. Make the intention, sign the pledge (leave a comment under this post), and spread the call for a global qiyam far and wide, using every internet tool at your disposal. It is easy to fall into negligence when a struggle is prolonged and the media hype is not present. The response of iman is not based on media, it is based on principles. It is to stay the course, and be steadfast with patient perseverance.

Let us have another qiyam, for another nation of oppressed people, and let us renew the intention to change what is within ourselves, so that the Almighty may change the condition of our people. May we strive to make this qiyam even better than the last one, and may Allah (swt) ennoble each of us by using us for His sake. May He liberate our brothers and sisters in Libya and may He grant victory to all of the oppressed. Ameen.

2:214

“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” (Qur’an, 2:214)

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46 Comments

  1. Umm Yusuf says:

    Jazak’Allahu khayran

    I am praying that this coming Friday will be Victory day for the Libyans–like the week before the Egyptians had theirs.

    The situation is absolutely dire in Libya. What kind of man kills his own people through air and naval shelling?

    Allahu musta’aan.

  2. Marya says:

    Insha’Allah I will participate (SoCal). To share this global call, feel free to use this customized link:

    http://bit.ly/libyaqiyam

  3. Muslema Purmul says:

    Insha Allah I will also participate in Southern California!

  4. Osman Dandan says:

    May Allah (swt) strengthen the hearts of the libyan people through these difficult times and all our brothers and sisters going through similiar struggles in the ummah. I will definitely make dua’ for all of them during these times they need us most and participate anyway I can.

    Jazak’Allah

  5. Omar says:

    Insha’allah Im in!
    Jena-Germany

  6. Umm Ibraheem says:

    I will continue to make dua’a for the Muslims around the world striving for their freedom. I will be spreading the word. I will participate in the qiyaam in Virginia, inshaAllah.

  7. urbandeen says:

    Jazakuallahu kyrun, very inspiring.

  8. Sarmad says:

    Insha’Allah I will participate in San Diego!

  9. Maryam Purmul says:

    MAS Youth in San Diego and my entire family will participate Insha’Allah!

  10. Alaa Suliman says:

    Bay Area is in insha’Allah!

  11. Jinan says:

    InshAllah i will participate from Berkeley CA :)

  12. Maryam says:

    inshaAllah So Cal is in! And Nor Cal at the heart is down, too, inshaAllah!

  13. Mariane L says:

    May Allah liberate the Libyan people as well as all who are oppressed and suffering. May He give them patience and hope of a better day. May He also soften the oppressors hearts and let them realize their mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

    I will share the news here in Ottawa, ON.

  14. Alaa says:

    Please also keep Irán in your prayers.

  15. Asmaa says:

    I will participate in Nor Cal. May Allah give victory to the people of Libya and accept their martyrs. Ameen.

  16. Shameera says:

    InsyaAllah I will stand up to pray qiyamm

  17. Assal says:

    Inshallah, I will be praying, doing the qiyaam and duaas to help all brothers and sisters around the world who are in need, those who are in small and larger needs, in remembering that it has to always stay within the sunnah, for Allah, only for Allah. May Allah reward each one who are following the sunnah. Let’s not forget that we are to pray and make sure our actions are always kind, making them islamic models/examples so the ones who are not muslims see that those who are, are good people, el hamdoullillah.

  18. Hossam AlJabri says:

    Once again, I endorse this important effort by SuhaibWebb.com and call on all MAS Chapters to do the same. As the Libyan people are standing for their right to human dignity, let us also stand with them in spirit through prayer and joining local efforts.

    Hossam alJabri, Muslim American Society Executive Director

  19. Sarah says:

    Windsor, ON is in inshaAllah!

  20. Jamaal Diwan says:

    I pledge my support and participation in Southern California insha Allah.

  21. Suhaib Webb says:

    As,

    Wherever I am, I pledge to support this effort!

    Suhaib

  22. Nadia Comic says:

    May Allah protect them form the new evil dictator…

  23. Ismahan Abdullahi says:

    I will definitely participate in San Diego insha Allah!

  24. Shafani says:

    Insha allah I will try to get some friends down to participate just like last time. It feels great to feel the unity. Marsha allah. I was always wondering why we muslim dont show the unity often. But I guess we are there when it matters. Alhamdulillah.

  25. Firdous Ara Khanam says:

    BISMILLA-HIR-RAHAMAN-NIR-RHAMIN
    Let’s all Pray (make Doua) Constantly to The Allah The Almighty The Compassionate The Merciful to bequeath the Mercies and the Strength on Demonstrators for Success. Weaken the Offenders and Iniquitous Leaders Around The World. Rescue the Innocent’s peoples from Disgusting Disgraceful Tyrannical Leaders. Bestow on Civilizations The True The Islam Ways of Democratic Countries. Help Us to Apply Democracy in The Way of Islam in our every step of lives. ‘Amee’en’

  26. dodi says:

    Insha Allah
    It’s my duty.

  27. AJARAT BADA says:

    Insha-ALLAH, we in Socal are with our brothers and sisters always. We are making duah- ALLAHU MUSTA’EEN

  28. Sami says:

    MAS Maryland chapter will be holding qiyaam on Thursday evening iA.

  29. Sarah says:

    InshaAllah

  30. Amr says:

    San Diego is down for the cause inshAllah

  31. Hena says:

    InshaAllah San Diego’s duas are coming on Sat and tonight with another Qiyam inshaAllah!!!

  32. Dania says:

    NYC is so in, inshAllah :)

  33. ilmrush says:

    SubhanAllah … my heard bleeds for my brothers and sisters in Libya.

  34. Asmaa says:

    Inland Empire & socal are in inshallah! May Allah grant freedom & victory to our brothers & sisters in Libya.

  35. Dinda says:

    Assalamualaikum,
    Insha Allah. we always pray for our brothers and sisters. May Allah protect and give the best for bros n sis in Libya. Allahu Akbar!

    Sister from Indonesia

  36. Khalyl says:

    InshaAllah MAC in Toronto will participate with a Qiyaam at Masjid Toronto.
    JAK

  37. Ines says:

    InshaAllah, my family and I will participate in this global prayer

    From Malaysia

  38. Marwan says:

    Insha’Allah participating in Qiyaam from Cairo Egypt.

  39. alexandra says:

    My husband and I will be praying with you insha’Allah! Jazakum Allahu Khairan for this tremendous initiative–it’s just the kind of thing we need. In Allah we place all our hope, trust and reliance for an end to the injustice & brutalities…

  40. Young Sheikh Mujahid says:

    Yes I im in, Inshallah. We just pray the qiyam the same as tarawih right?

  41. Umaah says:

    Assalaamu Aleikum, anyone have an idea if its held in Minnesota Twincities, let me know insha’allaah, am hoping to participate in this call of unity insha’allaah.

    Jazaakum”llaahu Kheiyr

  42. azmal khan says:

    Asalamu-Aleikum,

    Insha Allah. I will always pray for our brothers and sisters. May Allah protect the all libya people.

    This is not a civilized who killed the human.Islam is to protect the all creature of Allah-tala and we dont have the right to kill even ant.

  43. mascolumbus says:

    Alhamdulilah, we had a special prayer night for our Libyan brothers and sisters, and everyone who is struggling for liberty and justice!

  44. john abrami says:

    I am with you in spirit dear brothers and sisters in God.
    I too added my voice through my blog site to call all believers to Prayer .

    God IS great indeed!

  45. kazzy says:

    lbyan president or king or whatever has left now

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