Yaser Murtaja, the Journalist & Friend

Yaser was shot by an Israeli sniper during yesterday’s protests Friday, April 6th. He passed away today.

Yaser Murtaja is a journalist and a dear friend who was covering the ongoing demonstrations happening east Gaza, for #TheGreatMarchofReturn. He had a severe injury in his abdomen and passed away affected by his wound! Yaser, 30 years, and a father to a lovely child, Abdulrahman, was one of the most ambitious people I’ve met. When he first graduated, he didn’t find a job, due to the high rate of unemplyment in Gaza. However, with his friend Rushdi asSarraj, they started Ain Media, which is now one of the best Broadcasting & media production companies in Gaza City. One of his recent posts on his Facebook account is the below picture, with a comment that says:
“I hope for the day when I am able to take this shot [of Gaza] while I’m up in the sky, not on the ground.
My name is Yaser Murtaja,
I’m 30 years old
I’m living in Gaza
I’ve never traveled.”


Yaser told me in one of our last meetings, that he plans to study media abroad and was waiting for the Rafah crossing to open. during February, the border opened for 2 days and he tried to leave Gaza, but returned back after seeing the sufferings Palestinians go through there.
We worked together last year to produce a short film for The Virtual Dinner Guest Project. The short film was one of our best productions and it was so amazing working with him and the team. His loss is pain over pain. Allah chose Him among thousands and thousands. What did he do to be a shaheed? His smile to everyone? His help for people he saw? His support to the little child (in yellow) after he rescued her from the Israeli occupation during the last aggression on Gaza? His help to his family after they lost their father few years ago? His kindness to animals? His respect to his wife that I’ve witnessed?

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 Today they will pray Janazah on your soul. You left this world ya Yaser, and left us in deep deep sorrow! I pray that you see your place in Jannah. I pray that Allah grants your family patience. May Allah bless your soul.





Had a GREAT chat with my friend in Gaza, talking about our furture visits between each other when we are back to our 1948 lands. Alhamdulliah Hamama, our villiage, is just next to ِAshdod, where she’s from. Both Hamama and Ashdod are north Gaza. Mom is from a village called Al-Batani al-Gharbi, east Ashdod. She told me whenever you want to visit your relatives there, just pass by our house. I told her how much I really really desire to be with you, to particiapte with everyone, enjoying our time in the eastern lands of Gaza, where you rarely find people because of the risk they will face. Grandma Sarah passed away 12th February and she always, ALWAYS, dreamt to be back to her fathers lands in Al-Batani al-Gharbi, she passed away, however, she left her beautiful memories with her children and grandchildren. I so much hoped that she saw the people in Gaza near the eastern borders, demonstrating peacefuly for their own right. I really wished that she lived to this day to see how her offspring is trying, with the least they have, to bring their lands back. I love Gaza, SO MUCH, I love its people, the stregth they have, the patience they show. May Allah compensate this amazing people with more than what they are asking for. May Him protect everyone particiapting, reward everyone making dua for Palestine. Amen.

All pictures by: Somaya M. Migdad
Her Blog: Miss Green


In #Gaza 

My friend, 
If you are able to drink a cold cup of water in a very hot day, 

If you are able to use your fridge to preserve food at a cold temperature, (not using it as a closet)

If you are able to buy fruits, vegetables and meat and keep them in your fridge, without finding them spoiled,

If you are able to work on your laptop without thinking of any electricity problem, 

If you are able to wash your laundry when you want to, 

If you are able to choose the time of when to iron your shirt, 

If you are able to sleep, without having to wake up in the middle of the night to do any of the above, then say alhamdulliah, you are living a mastestic human life!!! 

In #Gaza, as we are only having 3 hours electricity and 24 hours cut, I would like to remind you to remember the favors of Allah upon you- those that we won’t ever enumerate. 


Ya Allah we compalin to You what has befallen us, 

Ya Allah adversity has touched us and we are calling upon You to change the situation to the bettter.

Starting in Qatar, ending in Gaza!

Baraa Nizar Rayyan writes about Boycotting Qatar at alJazeera blogs (in Arabic) He says that what’s happening is begining in Doha and will be ending in Gaza. He is not optimistic of the situation saying that the main target is to eliminate Hamas!
He says that what the area is going through indicates that there might be a near ‘war’ on Gaza that lets nothing remain and leaves nothing unburned. And after the rockets eat our childrens bodies, Gaza people will then count their enemies again, seeing more faces [Arabs] this time, as he mentioned.
Baraa, the son of the Muslim scholar and well known Hamas leader- the Martyr, Nizar Rayaan, lost 17 members of his family all in one moment! Rayyan family was deliberately targeted by the Israeli occupation on the Jan 1st, 2009, and they were all killed at once while they were inside their house.
I personally know this beautiful family. I would say that the family’s death is a big loss not only for Palestine yet for all the Muslim Ummah.
May Allah grant the Muslim ummah patience to endure all that that is happening and replace the leaders of our Muslim countries with leaders who can be real representives of their people, establish the truth and abolish falsehood. Ya Allah make us not go through a 4th ‘Israeli’ agression as Palestinians are still living the suffering after the 3rd ‘isreali’ agreession on Gaza, summer 2014!

The world is going crazy. I am personally afraid of what might happen. However, I am reminding myself of this great calming verse of the Qur’an:

“Those to whome hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficent for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”
Qur’an Surah Aal Imran 173