~UNITED WE STAND TOGETHER WE SLAM~
LIFE LINE 4 GAZA l BREAK THE SIEGE
The experience that I went through that day was remarkable, extraordinary, amazing and outstanding (whatever word it may be…) experience one ought to feel. For those who did not take part in this event, I assure you, you should REGRET your life for not coming!! I do not know whether there’s a second time or not. Well it was a LIVELY event if you ask me. For those who did not come, make sure that you’ve done something (Anything!!) for our brothers and sisters in Palestine.
PALESTINE MASS GATHERING concert was a different concert from other concerts. When I was a kid, the word concert seems to give a negative connotation in my head but PALESTINE MASS GATHERING managed to break that to positive. Why do you think 10 thousand people from the entire world (coz there are also non-Malaysians) spent their money and time just to come to Melawati Stadium that day? Was it for fun? Was it for money or leisure? NO. We GATHER there only to be TOGETHER as one entity that carries one vision and mission. We assemble there to praise ALLAH and strive that Islam will soon again become the ruling system of this world. That starts with the liberation of Palestine from Zionist. WE WILL BREAK THAT SIEGE!!! Just wait and see. "United We Stand, Together We Slam". We will STAND!! And we will SLAM!!
From all the performing artist that night, personally, the most striking in every aspect was ShouHAR (SHOUTUL HARAKAH) and Raihan, do you agree? But the best is always ShouHAR, to me ShouHAR has a huge place in my heart. They do not consider themselves as artist but they are DAE’S alright. "NAHNU DU’AT QOBLA KULLA ZALIK" once said by Brother Chandra to me. ShouHAR has performed in a concert of 350 thousand people in Indonesia, marching while singing “Untukmu Palestina”, 10 thousand is just “nothing” (They did not say “nothing”, I said it). Although there are famous and well-known, did they boast up because of their popularity? NO. As Lord Mansfield said (a British author), “True popularity is not the popularity which is followed after, but the popularity which follows after.” (Do you understand this quote? If not ask me =) )
Akhi Syakir, Akhi Raja and Akhi Hamid [Picture by Muttaqee]
You know, the best part in this concert was that, the level of enthusiasm, zeal and zest of the crowd was always optimum throughout the concert. Everyone was like crazy, no not crazy, energetic as the artists perform. Everyone was like jumping here and there, full of life, full of activity that night. Even old people wanted to take part as if they are still young (yeah, young at heart maybe). This is my second experience seeing a scene like this. I had some work to do so I did not follow the crowd. Even I was working behind the scene; I can feel my body automatically reacted to the beat!! But, are we being lively for nothing? We are jumping and showing of our energy, our enthusiasm for ALLAH, ISLAM and PALESTINE!! It is also a reminder whenever we are going down afterwards, we will remember that moment. Again ShouHAR dominated the crowd’s attention. The crowd’s energy when ShouHAR was performing was lively as ever, more energetic compared to other performing artists although they started performing at about eleven o’clock. ShouHAR performed almost 12 songs that day and combining all the other artists, that makes 22 songs!!! Exhausted?! NO. We are forever FIRM and STRONG!!
As we know, the journey to Palestine under the LIFE LINE 4 GAZA project starts this 15 Mei 2010. I want to ask you a question, will we stop striving after this project has ended? NO. We will never stop striving for ISLAM, for PALESTINE until the liberation of PALESTINE. Salahuddin AL-Ayubi once said “I will never yet SMILE, until AL-Quds returns to the safe hands of ISLAM”. Are we willing to say the same quote as him? Whether we want it or not, we ought to brothers and sisters. PALESTINE IS OURS, AND FOREVER OURS!! Takbir!!!
p/s: IIUM Journalism Club will be organizing an opening ceremony for the Palestine week on Monday 10 Mei 2010 at IIUM Main Auditorium. There will be a talk by Ust. Darus Senawi (Advisor of HaluanPalestine). You are kindly invited. Please forward this message to all.
Behind The Scene
Brother Chandra with his fierce face. [Picture by Muttaqee]
“MASYALLAH, CHANDRA, LONG TIME NO SEE AKHI” I cried happily after I saw Brother Chandra at the SHOUTUL HARAKAH’s room behind the stage. He replied with a smile “Oh, amin, Keifahaluk?” (I can’t believe he remembered my name; we only met once last two months). I was so happy to see him. Everyone was very busy that time including myself, so we had a short chat before parting ways as he wanted to perform Asar prayer. I do not know why out of 7 people in ShouHAR, brother Chandra is the most closest to me.
For about a week I was handful. For other committee members, their hands were full for more than 3 months!! What are we busy for? It is to make sure the success of PALESTINE MASS GATHERING 9 (Perhimpunan Perdana Palestin) 8 Mei 2010 at Melawati Stadium, Shah Alam Selangor. For weeks and months, all the committee members went all-out finishing all the tasks given. We had to undergo exhaustion, stress and crisis with putting only ALLAH as our helper. If you are in our seats, you will know that a huge plan such as this is very tiring!! But I can say that all our sweats really paid off!! TAKBIR!!
Don't make yourself stop. Keep going on forward and maintain your strength, make sure that your strength is at it's optimum. May ALLAH bless us all…
Committee members busy [Picture by Muttaqee]
Me :) Exhausted [Picture by Muttaqee]
Akhi Siddiqi [Picture by Muttaqee]
Equalizer [Picture by Pengiran Badi]