In view of the escalating events in Egypt, this initiative was recently launched by Imam Suhaib Webb inviting Muslims around the world to show solidarity with the people of Egypt, offering a way for each individual and each group of Muslims to make a positive contribution.
Reading Islam supports this excellent initiative and asks readers to pray for Egypt and its people for a safe transition towards a better future.
This is the text of the invitation:
Global Evening of Qiyam for Egypt
We ask everyone who visits this blog, no matter where you are, to organize a local qiyam program to pray for the people of Egypt. National Muslim organizations, MSAs and regional coalitions, masajid, youth groups, families – even groups of neighbors! – can come together and raise your hands in du`a‘ for the people of Egypt. The time is short, and the task is large. This global event may not go down in the history books, but we pray it goes down in something even more valuable: our records of deeds. We pray that Allah showers the earth with His angels on Saturday, and that they find His slaves crying in sincere prayer.
Just as the Egyptians used Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, and the internet to stand for their liberation, let us also join them in using these tools to gather masses of Muslims to pray qiyam. When the Mubarak regime temporarily shut down the internet and cell phone services, they misunderstood something: they are unable to cancel the rest of the world’s access to these tools. They cannot control the blessings of Allah.
Let us honor the Egyptian example of using these tools for a just cause, and show them that the world is with them: standing in prayer, just as they are standing in Tahrir and elsewhere. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us that there is no veil between the prayer of the oppressed and their Creator. Let us appeal to Him in prayer as an ummah on the same evening asking for the same things.
Send in your photos and video clips by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave a comment on this post, mentioning your location as well as your name and organization, if you plan on answering this call. Be from the first to answer—the sabiqoon—and get more reward by commenting sooner rather than later, as your expression of solidarity will contribute to the momentum of others.
We will feature your qiyam event, big or small, insha’Allah so that the people in Egypt can see that we all stand behind them – and to show our Creator that we are not neglectful of our brothers and sisters, and we have not turned away from His favors and signs. Rather, we have turned towards Him and remembered “the Days of Allah.”
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