Orland Park Prayer Center

The Prayer Center of Orland Park

In today’s world, standing up against oppression is more important than ever.
Among the countless injustices we witness, the brutal oppression and genocide inflicted upon Palestinians by the Zionist regime is an urgent and grave atrocity. This struggle is not just a distant political problem; it affects us here and now, especially our college students who are bravely speaking out for truth and justice.

College campuses have always been places where change begins. Our students are at the forefront, challenging the status quo with fresh ideas and relentless energy. They research, organize, and protest to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinians. Their dedication is essential in the broader fight against injustice. Students often face significant challenges, from administrative barriers to online harassment. Yet, they keep going because they know that staying silent in the face of oppression means being complicit in it. Standing up against oppression isn’t just about politics; it’s about doing what’s right. We have a moral and ethical responsibility. Our faith and ethics call us to uphold justice. The Quran says: “Oh you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.” (Quran 5:8) This verse reminds us to stand firm for justice, even when it’s difficult. Our college students live by this principle as they work to educate others and advocate for Palestinian rights.

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “The best jihad is speaking a word of truth to an oppressive ruler.” (Sunan Ibn Majah 4011) This hadith highlights the supreme value and courage required to speak the truth against oppressive authority. It relates directly to the Palestinian genocide, where individuals and communities raise their voices against the injustices perpetrated by the Zionist regime. By speaking out, they embody the essence of this hadith, showcasing the importance of standing up for the oppressed. Their struggle serves as a powerful example of the “best jihad,” as described by the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

When we come together to support our student activists, we send a powerful message: we stand against oppression and for justice. This unity also inspires younger generations to continue fighting for what’s right, creating a lasting legacy of activism and advocacy. Supporting our college students in their action to stand against Zionist oppression is not just a matter of solidarity; it’s about doing what’s right. Standing with Palestinians means standing against oppression and injustice. Supporting Palestinians is a testament to our commitment to human rights, it’s a stand for dignity and equality.

By Sh. Hassan Natour


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