This morning, at midnight I started my own hunger strike as part of the Stand Fast For Justice Campaign. Joining the campaign was something that I considered for a while during Ramadan, however, I was advised by many people that such an act is not permissible in Islam, so the most important part for me was to know from a scholar how to do this in a way that is Halal.
Hunger striking is not easy - but it does not compare to what our brothers in Guantanamo are enduring.
If the time ever comes when we have absolutely no avenue to fight for our most basic rights, how many of us would choose food over freedom?
Ali Asad Chandia writes to Cageprisoners. Write back to him to show your appreciation for the Eid Mubarak picture he sent:
The hardest part of any personal calamity is that which directly affects your loved ones. That was the case for me during three years away from my family. Not knowing what had happened to them, how they were surviving or who might be looking after them was perhaps the most consistent and internally destructive source of worry during that period. Still, I could reasonably assume who might come to their assistance.
The US authorities try to dress up force-feeding prisoners at night as kindness and concern during Ramadan.
Here's a new twist in the U.S. military's Islamic sensitivity effort in the prison camps for suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo Bay Navy base:
Military medical staff are force-feeding a secret number of prisoners on hunger strike between dusk and dawn during the Muslim fasting holiday of Ramadan.
All praise is due to Allaah who has marked out tonight as the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.
The Guantanamo prisoners have, despite unimaginable odds, faced their ordeal with dignity and strength sustained by an unshakeable faith. This is one of the reasons why so many of them have returned stronger - not weaker - for the experience of imprisonment.
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