Orland Park Prayer Center

The Prayer Center of Orland Park

They expect us to bow down, stay quiet

Stay still, remain calm


How do they want us to sit and watch our lives flash before our eyes?

How do they want us to listen to the screams of innocent souls dying away?

How come there is no acknowledgement to our people when we are the ones who suffer?

How can they do such brutal acts when they know what it feels like to drown in your own blood?  How can they view innocent people dying when they watched the deaths of their loved ones?

My people, my Palestinians, Silence is no option

We will not bow down to you, we will not stay still, and we will not stay quiet

For we will not be defeated

We are stronger than you can imagine

Our faith in Allah is what makes us strong

Our suffering we endure every day is what makes us empowered

Listen to me

Mark your territory with your signs, they do us no harm

For we are Palestinians, and Palestine is our home

People around the world are not oblivious to the events taking place

They fear that if they were to stand up for our people they will be thrown in with the flock

Then there are the brave souls who do not fear any other being than God

The agonizing calls for “Help Mr., Help Mr.” a man of power

Who shall not be named

For he watches our people suffering, for they all do

Yet, so little action is taking place

My Palestinians, we will redeem our rightful spot one day

Our journey will continue

Throughout that journey we will persevere

People will remember what we endured

People will remember our story forever

People will remember the Palestinians


By Ayah Isa


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