Friday, August 12, 2011
Al-Quds Day 2011
It's the holy month of Ramadan and many of us are busy fulfilling the obligation of fasting and performing extra acts of worship, such as nafl prayers, dhikr, du'as, etc. Meanwhile, our Palestinian brothers and sisters are being slowly and silently starved to death. Can we do anything more for them than make du'as?
As we work to purify ourselves during this holy month, we are presented with an opportunity to go beyond du'as. On Friday, Aug. 26th, join us in New York City's Times Square at 3:30 pm as we gather for the annual Al-Quds Day rally. Yep, that's right--this year, DC's Al-Quds Day Committee decided to join hands with the NY, NJ, PA, and CT Al-Quds Day Committees to hold a regional gathering. Local organizers are working on chartering a bus from the DC area up to NYC and back. Specific travel arrangement details will be available as soon as they're finalized, insha'Allah (check the www.alqudsday.org for updates).
Click here for a short promotional video made by some of the artists that intend to participate.
WHAT IS AL-QUDS DAY?
Al-Quds is Arabic for Jerusalem, the Holy Land. Yawm-al Quds or Al-Quds Day is a day of solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians in their struggle against the Zionist-apartheid system of Israel. Al-Quds Day also extends beyond Palestine to support all oppressed people in their struggles across the world. All over the world, rallies and marches are held on this day, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, in order to pledge solidarity with those struggling to live in dignity, in a world free from oppression and injustice.
This day is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the oppressed in their struggles all over the world, from Palestine to Iraq, from Congo to Honduras, and from China to right here in our own backyards in the United States. On August 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm, join us and other community leaders and activists for this historical protest and pledge your solidarity with those seeking a just peace in Palestine and around the world.
For further details about this year's Al-Quds Day rallies, in NYC and in cities across the country, visit: www.alqudsday.org or www.freealquds.org (go to "Upcoming Events").