Raed Salaah, the Palestinian political leader, long targeted by Israel, is released from the Israeli occupation jails after being imprisoned many times. He also went on hunger strike in protest of his solitary confinement and mistreatment by the Israeli authorities in the prison. Now he is free, he has always been free though.
During his last 9 months imprisonment, Sheikh Raed read about 80 books, authored 4 books, and wrote 23 poems during his solitary confinement. He entered the prison free, stayed in the prison free and will always be free.
This man, this real man, being sincere to his cause and faith, has always been and will always be a great inspiration for Palestinians and Musims youth. Alhamdulliah that we still have such leaders who are always ready to scarifice for the just cause in all of that they own.
“It is an honor to go to prison for the sake of al-Aqsa,” Salah said when he was taken to prison, though he knows that he’ll leave his family behind him.
“So did We restore him to his mother, that she might be delighted, and that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the Promise of Allah is true. But most of them know not.” Qur’an 28: 13
When dad was imprisoned in the Israeli occupation jails, mom used to receive many letters that used to calm her down and let her feel better after reading them with her eyes full of tears. Dad knew that he had to demad his freedom by remaining silent and not giving them a word. He was tortured and he suffered a lot like all the prisoners, yet he had bore the pain stoically so he could return to his family. ♡
Six years ago, one of the Palestinian prisoners children, who I interviewed while at university told me this: “Tomorrow, I’ll meet my dad. I’ll be able to hug him for the first time in my whole life, Isra. I am now 20 years of age and I had to cope with my fathers imprisonment and live on with life until Allah frees him from the Israeli occupation jails.
I was born and he was taken to prison. I repeated “baba” without him hearing me. I started to pull myself up to stand, while he was forced to sit on a small chair for long hours and sometimes days inside a dark cell! I ate good food, he didn’t. I grew up, I entered school, I graduated and got high degrees, my university life began without him being next to me. I got engaged and will be married in the coming weeks. He will be released, and I will go to my husbands house!”
Listening to her, I was shocked! My heart was beating fast. She cried so much while telling me her story and she was stuck for words when I asked her about how she thinks the first moment she sees her father will be like? Her tears flowed non-stop and she couldn’t express her complicated feelings very well.
My dad spent years in prison too, but luckily, he was released and I was still a child back then. He told us about the years he spent there, how prisoners were tortured and treated, how they spent their 24 hours everyday in a room with more than 20 prisoners each. Terrible as it was been told to us, living without being able to see your father while he is alive is to bear the unbearable and endure the unendurable.
May Allah free all Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli occupation jails and free Palestine from the oppressors. Amen.