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Day 250 roundtable: A massacre in Nuseirat

Electronic Intifada - 12 June, 2024 - 21:34

Nora Barrows-Friedman delivers the latest news highlights (01:09); Omar Karmi on the failure of what the US purports are its diplomatic efforts to achieve a ceasefire (24:45); Ali Abunimah on Israel’s relentless efforts to push its discredited 7 October mass rapes narrative (01:04:07); Jon Elmer covers the resistance throughout the Gaza Strip, from Rafah to Beit Hanoun, including a look at some of the latest videos from the ground (01:43:31); Group discussion (02:33:09).

IOC urged to help overturn French headscarves ban at Olympics

The Guardian World news: Islam - 12 June, 2024 - 11:56

Human rights groups say prohibition has left Muslim athletes feeling ‘invisibilised, excluded and humiliated’

Human rights groups have called on the International Olympic Committee to help overturn a ban on French athletes wearing headscarves, arguing that the prohibition had left many Muslim athletes being “invisibilised, excluded and humiliated”.

The call, outlined in a letter published by organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, comes less than two months before the Olympics and Paralympics are set to begin in Paris.

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Podcast [Man2Man]: From the Frontlines of Gaza | Dr. Jawad Khan & Omar Sabha

Muslim Matters - 12 June, 2024 - 11:00

Dr. Jawad Khan and Omar Sabha, two medical professionals who recently returned from a relief mission to Gaza, speak to Irtiza Hasan about the harrowing realities and powerful lessons of their experiences in Gaza. From their journey into Gaza through the Rafah border, to the heartbreaking and spiritually moving interactions with the people of Gaza, Dr. Khan and Omar’s stories are deeply moving to listen to. In these days of Dhul Hijjah, the lessons of Gaza have much to teach us about the spirit of Hajj – for those at home and elsewhere.

Omar Sabha is a former US marine and currently a Surgery Room Nurse and Dr Jawad Khan, an Orthopedic Hand Specialist. Both current reside in SoCal and recently spent 10 days (April 1 to April 11) on a relief mission to Gaza.

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Maryland Educators To Survey Muslim Experiences With Education

Muslim Matters - 12 June, 2024 - 08:13
New Survey to Analyze Muslim Educational Experiences

The past generation has seen unprecedented levels of often hostile scrutiny on Muslims in the United States, largely linked both to the United States’ entanglement in Muslim countries and a thriving Islamophobia industry that has sought to misinform the public on Islam.

The experiences of Muslim students, families, and teachers in the education system are the focus of a survey by the American Muslim Empowered Education Network, pithily abbreviated AMEEN, which hopes to analyze and address these issues.

AMEEN

AMEEN was founded by experienced teacher and educational administrator Farhana Shah, whose work over twenty years has especially focused on correcting American misunderstandings of Islam. She has designed courses to brief educators on the background, history, and role of Islam and Muslims in order to enable them to engage their Muslim students and communities in a more empathetic and productive manner. In addition she has presented on Muslim culture at the Smithsonian Institute and Library of Congress.

Three Surveys:

In order to better understand and address the experiences in education, and address the concerns of the Muslim community, AMEEN has prepared three anonymous surveys in which American Muslims are requested to participate: one for students, one for their families, and one for their educators.

“In order to elevate our community’s concerns,” the organization says, “it is crucial that we have an accurate assessment of what our children are experiencing. We appreciate your participation in this important effort as it requires a village to raise confident, self-assured, and secure children.”

The surveys can be found below:

1. Muslim Student Survey (for students in grades 4-12)
2. Muslim Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Voice Survey (For parents of students in grades pre-K – 12)
3. Muslim Teacher and School Staff Survey

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Dhul Hijjah With Kids In The Home And Palestine On Our Minds

Muslim Matters - 11 June, 2024 - 15:30

Where I am in Malaysia, the first day of Dhul Hijjah was on Saturday. We are already in the final month of the Islamic calendar.

It has been a whirlwind since Ramadan, and now we’re already settling into the sacred month of Hajj season. Even though we may not have been given the invitation to Hajj/Umrah this year, there are many other ways we can celebrate this blessed month, especially with little ones in tow.

Dhul Hijjah with Littles

I talk to my children about Dhul Hijjah by telling them stories about Prophet Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), Hajar raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her), and baby Ismail 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). They marvel at the degree of trust Hajar had in Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), and how brave she was to search for food and water for her baby when there was no hope in sight. None of them have seen a barren desert before, so I hope that when we do get to go to Umrah and Hajj together one day inshaAllah, these stories will take on a new level of reality for them. 

My children are still under 9, but older than they used to be, alhamdulilah. I am safely away from those intense early years of diapers and nursing, but now in a different zone of parenting children in pre-school and primary school; which brings with it a different set of joys and challenges.

Now, we’re in the era of reading daily dua’s, memorizing Juz Amma, and daily rituals like praying Maghrib together as a family. Sprinkled throughout our days are reminders to have good character with one another, apologizing when we make mistakes, and asking ourselves what our intentions are before we do/say something – for myself as well as my children!

Significance of Dhul Hijjah

The Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said about the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

“There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.”1

I was amazed to learn that every night in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah is equivalent to the Night of Decree, as narrated by the authority of Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) who said that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“No days are more beloved to worship Allah than the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Fasting therein is equivalent to fasting for a year, and observing night prayer (Tahajjud) every night therein is equivalent to the Night of Decree.”2

These blessed 10 days are a critical time to be worshipping Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), through prayer, fasting, and making dua’, especially for our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

Preoccupied with Palestine

While I go through my daily routine, my heart and mind are preoccupied with Palestine. When I put my children to sleep to the sound of falling rain, I think of mothers like me who are putting their children to the sound of falling bombs. When my husband goes to work, I think of the fathers who leave their homes to search for food, only to return to their martyred children.

I can only hope to be resurrected with these martyrs, whose imaan and good deeds far surpass mine.

Narrated Abu Musa raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

It was said to the Prophet ﷺ; , “A man may love some people but he cannot catch up with their good deeds?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Everyone will be with those whom he loves.”3

Dua’s

To remind myself so I don’t fall into despair, I teach my children that every single one of our dua’s are answered by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) – even if it doesn’t happen right away, or in the specific way we want it to happen. None of our prayers are wasted. We don’t see the angels taking up the souls of the martyrs when we scroll down on social media, but Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) promise is true.

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“There is no Muslim who does not offer any du’a in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allah will give him one of three things in return: either He will answer his du’a sooner, or he will store it up for him in the Hereafter, or He will divert an equivalent evil away from him because of it.” They said: “We will say a lot of du’a.” He said: “Allah is more generous.”4

“And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, ‘They are dead.’ Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:154]

“And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.” [Surah A’li ‘Imraan 3:169]

Reaping the Rewards of Hajj

Reading books about Hajj to my children is one of my favorite Hajj-building exercises to do with them. I hope to cultivate their longing to see the Ka’bah with their own eyes, and to pray in the Masjid Al Nabawi as well. Telling them stories about when I went on Hajj with their uncle is another way of increasing their curiosity about Hajj adventures with family. 

Even though we’re not going to Hajj this year, the following hadiths bring me so much comfort:

Abu Dharr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that a group of the Companions came to the Prophet ﷺ and said:

“O Messenger of Allah, the wealthy people will have higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment and they pray like us and fast as we do. They have more money, which they give in charity.” The Prophet ﷺ  replied: “Has Allah not rendered for you the ‘Isha’ prayer in congregation equal to Hajj, and the Fajr prayer in congregation equal to ‘Umrah?” [Muslim]

The Prophet ﷺ  also said:

“Whoever walks to [perform] an obligatory prayer in congregation, it is like Hajj [in terms of rewards], and whoever walks to [perform] a voluntary prayer, it is like a voluntary ‘Umrah [in terms of rewards].” [Hasan hadith narrated by Tabarani, Abu Dawud, Ahmad]

These aḥādīth tie in beautifully with the daily prayer traditions my husband and I are trying to model for our young children. Herding three active young children into prayer feels like a challenge sometimes. But all we can do is keep showing up, one day at a time, and make dua’ so that they too will taste the sweetness of prayer. I hope and pray that their memories of cuddles and kisses after prayer will tide them through whatever life will bring them.

I make dua’ that one day soon, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) will invite us to make Umrah with our children.

A Time for Renewal

Dhul Hijjah is a wonderful opportunity to renew my intentions to make dua’ for all the families in Palestine and elsewhere. This is also a time for renewal of my intentions to pay back my obligatory fasts, commit to sunnah fasts, increase in giving to charity, and read more Qur’an. Most of all, this is my reminder to increase in gratitude for the tremendous blessing of living in safety and comfort.

So many parts of our ummah are suffering right now: Sudan, Congo, India, China, and Myanmar, to name a few. May Allahsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) liberate Palestine and all the parts of the ummah that are oppressed. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) establish peace upon this earth, when there is currently so much bloodshed. From Him we come, and to Him we will all return.

 

Related:

When Allah Chooses Something: The Blessings Of Dhul Hijjah

1    https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi:7572    https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah:17283    https://sunnah.com/bukhari:61704    https://sunnah.com/mishkat:2259

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A Wish And A Cosmic Bird: A Play

Muslim Matters - 10 June, 2024 - 04:30

A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS

By Wael Abdelgawad

 

Act One – Jeff Bezos’ Yacht

Location: A corner office in a New York skyscraper. An amazing view from the window.

Man 1 is 60ish, dressed in a beautiful suit and tie. He sits in a desk chair, looking out of the window, with a small table beside him. Man 2 stands behind him holding a bottle and two glasses. He is younger and more casually dressed.

Corner office with a view of the city and bayMAN 1: Look at that view! You can see all the way across the bay. I guess this is the top of the ladder for me. Executive VP of Kleiner Industries. I can’t go any higher.

MAN 2: It’s a great achievement. Let’s toast.

Man 2 fills both glasses and the men touch glasses and drink.

MAN 2: To success! You earned it. You worked your way up for thirty years.

MAN 1: Thirty-five. I just wish…

MAN 2: What?

MAN 1: I wish I could have gone higher. I’ll never be CEO. I’ll never be one of the powerful people.

MAN 2: It’s a family-owned company. Only Kleiners will ever be CEO. You get paid well though, right? How much was your bonus this year?

MAN 1: That’s confidential.

MAN 2: More than ten million?

MAN 1: (Smiles to himself) – Again, I don’t like to share –

MAN 2: (Interrupts) – More than twenty?

MAN 1: (Frowns) – Don’t get crazy.

MAN 2: Okay, so between ten and twenty. That’s not bad. Really, pretty good.

MAN 1: (Turns to partially face the younger man) – What do you mean? How much was yours?

MAN 2: (Grinning) – I thought that was confidential.

MAN 1: (In a hard tone) – I’m serious. How much was yours?

MAN 2: Twenty-two.

MAN 1: (Stands up) – Twenty-two million dollars? You’re not even forty years old. You’re not even management. You’re a damn salesman!

MAN 2: I brought in the Saudi contract. That’s a three-billion-dollar deal.

MAN 1: (Glares for a while, then sits and faces the window again) – What does it matter? Ten million, twenty. It’s pennies. See that yacht out there? It’s nothing. Jeff Bezos’ yacht is 127 meters long. It cost 500 million dollars. That’s money! That’s the power to control things, to rule the world. Everything else is a joke.

MAN 2: You live well. Didn’t you just take your family to Paris?

MAN 1: (Sneers) – A month in the damn Paris Hilton, fighting with my wife. My daughters hate me, won’t speak to me. They say I’m a merchant of death. Doesn’t stop them from driving the Ferraris I bought them.

MAN 2: (Sets down his glass) – Does it ever bother you though? What we do? Our weapons kill people every day. Those DU artillery shells have a radioactive half-life of millions of years. Our clients drop them on villages and whole tribes get sick. There are children out there dying of cancer. I have relatives in that part of the world, you know.

MAN 1: You’re the one who sells the stuff.

MAN 2: I know, but I don’t know if I can keep doing it. It’s immoral.

MAN 1: Morality is a fiction created by the poor to hamstring the rich.

MAN 2: What about God? Faith?

MAN 1: The opium of the masses.

MAN 2: You’re quoting Marx?

MAN 1: Do you want to give back your twenty-two million dollar bonus?

MAN 2: I’m not saying all that.

MAN 1: Then shut up, you miserable hypocrite. My daughters are right, we are merchants of death. But we’re rich. We sold our souls. Accept it.

MAN 2: So you’re totally happy?

MAN 1: Of course I’m not happy! Haven’t you heard a word I said? I’m miserable, I have a miserable family, and I’m stuck in a dead-end job. That’s why I need to be a billionaire. At that level you become your own god. A five hundred million dollar yacht, can you imagine that?

Man 2 walks away.

Act 2 – 30th Birthday

Location: The kitchen of a middle-class home in California.

Two Muslim women sit at a kitchen table. One is wearing hospital scrubs. On the table is a small cake with birthday candles on it, and a wrapped gift.

breakfast with the khansBIRTHDAY WOMAN: Did you really have to go and put all 30 birthday candles in there? It looks like a porcupine on fire.

FRIEND: Might as well face reality.

Birthday Woman blows out the candles.

FRIEND: Did you make a wish?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: More like a dua’.

FRIEND: You probably wished you didn’t have those wrinkles around your eyes.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Uh! You jerk! (Swipes some cake frosting and smears it on her friend’s face).

FRIEND: (Scoops the frosting from her face and licks it) – Thank you! That’s better than anything in the hospital cafeteria.

Birthday Woman begins cutting the cake and serving it.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Are you sure you can’t come to the party tonight?

FRIEND: I’m working a double at the hospital. I’m not lucky like you, I don’t have a rich husband, remember?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: I work too. Everything I have I struggled for, and Allah blessed me. Did you forget where I came from? When we were kids, I used to fix my shoes with duct tape. The kids called me Raggedy Ann.

FRIEND: I know. I’m sorry. How’s your yoga supplies business going?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Alhamdulillah, it’s growing. And I enjoy it. I still do yoga every day. Would you believe my yoga instructor is doing a five-day seminar in the Bahamas? Five days of yoga on the beach, meditation, and sleeping in a hammock.

FRIEND: You should go.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Can’t afford it. It’s five thousand dollars.

FRIEND: (Whistles) – Who has five thousand dollars for a yoga seminar? Can you imagine being that rich? Seminar in the Bahamas? Let’s go. Feel like having fish and chips? Off to London! There are people like that, you know?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: I don’t want that kind of money.

FRIEND (Incredulous) – Why not?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: My way of life is poverty, not the pursuit of wealth. Win a name through hardship, not by selling yourself.

FRIEND: Who said that?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Muhammad Iqbal. Look… Remember Christina, the wealthy woman I worked for when I was in college?

FRIEND: The lady with the mansion.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: I never told anyone this. But she was depressed and nearly suicidal. She’d throw these grand parties, which I would cater, and she’d be bubbly and laughing. When it was over I’d walk her upstairs and put my arm around her while she wept. She was alone with her antique furniture and art, and all her money. The woman wasn’t even fifty years old but I used to put her to bed and tell her Mullah Nasruddin stories until she fell asleep. She actually wrote me into her will, then she saw a newspaper photo of me at a rally for Palestine, and she fired me.

FRIEND: I would still want to be able to fly to Paris whenever I wanted! Can you imagine? That’s the definition of a good life, right there. (sighs). I can only wish.

Birthday Woman’s phone rings. She listens to the caller and looks shocked.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: (Talking into the phone) – Is this for real? There’s no doubt? What can we do? (Listens some more) – La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. Okay. Okay, let me know. (Hangs up and turns to Friend) – My brother is alive. Or at least, some aid worker talked to a witness who says he’s alive.

FRIEND: What will you do?

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: I don’t know.

FRIEND: You should call your cousin Saleh.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Saleh? He’s a jerk. He’s a rotten human being, actually.

They sit silently for a moment.

BIRTHDAY WOMAN: Okay. I’ll call Saleh.

Act 3 – Do You Miss Them?

Location: A bare room in a decrepit home, somewhere in the Middle East.

Two boys sleep on the floor. They are thin, with dirty faces and ragged clothes. They wear the traditional clothing of their country – thobes, or shalwar kameez. One is a few years older than the other. The older boy wakes up, and then sits cross-legged with his face in his hands. The younger boy begins to moan in his sleep. The older boy goes to him and wakes him up. As he does, he makes an effort to put a smile on his face.

Dusty bare room in old houseOLDER BOY: Hey, wake up. You’re dreaming.

The younger boy wakes slowly and sits up, rubbing his face.

YOUNGER BOY: Is there any food?

OLDER BOY: No. But we’ll go to the Green Crescent station. They might give us bread or soup.

YOUNGER BOY: It’s too far.

OLDER BOY: We can sneak into the back of a truck and get a ride.

YOUNGER BOY: I wish Baba was here. Do you think he’ll ever come back?

The older boy’s smile fades.

OLDER BOY: It’s been two years. If he was alive he would have returned to us, or sent a message. But it’s okay. We have each other, and we have this house. We have Allah, He’s on our side. Whatever Allah has planned for us, we’ll find it.

YOUNGER BOY: I miss our parents. Do you miss them?

The older boy stands and turns away.

OLDER BOY: Yes. I miss them.

YOUNGER BOY: I heard that in Europe people have refrigerators and there’s always food in them. They open the refrigerator anytime they want and eat cheese, or meat, or whatever they like. Even cake.

OLDER BOY: (turning back to face his brother) – Yes, I heard that.

YOUNGER BOY: I wish we were Europeans. I wish we had a refrigerator. Can you imagine what that’s like?

OLDER BOY: I don’t want to be European.

YOUNGER BOY: Why not?

OLDER BOY: Because I’m Muslim, that’s worth more than anything. I wouldn’t trade that for a thousand refrigerators, even if they had lamb and Syrian cheese in them.

YOUNGER BOY: I’m so hungry.

OLDER BOY: We’ll find something inshaAllah, I promise. If we have to, we can go up the mountain and pick flowers. I heard that people can eat flowers.

VOICE CALLING FROM OUTSIDE: The IR aid station has rice! Rice at the aid station!

The boys’ eyes grow wide.

OLDER BOY: Rice! Grab your bowl!

They grab two bowls from the floor and rush off the stage.

Act 4 – Something Better

Location: A bare, dark room.

Scene 1

Two men (between 25 and 35 years old) sit in a bare room. They are bound to chairs and hooded. Their clothing is ragged and bloodstained.

Old and dirty prison cellPRISONER 1: They’ve never taken us out of our cell before.

Prisoner 2 does not respond.

PRISONER 1: Are you there?

PRISONER 2: I’m here.

PRISONER 1: Why didn’t you answer me? Do you think they will beat us?

PRISONER 2: They beat us all the time anyway.

PRISONER 1: (Getting agitated.) So why did they bring us here? They never hooded us before. Are they finally going to kill us?

PRISONER 2: Allahu a’lam.

PRISONER 1: Oh my God, you think they’re going to kill us. But why? Why should they kill us just for protesting and demanding freedom?

PRISONER 2: They can only do what Allah permits them to do.

PRISONER 1: (Angrily) – How does that work? Will Allah come and take away their guns?

PRISONER 2: If every human being and jinn who ever lived wanted to hurt us, they could only do what Allah permits them to do.

PRISONER 1: I’m not ready to die. I want to see my family. They need me. Just imagine, there are places in the world where you can say whatever you want, travel where you like, and no one kidnaps you or kills you. You can live your life and be free. I wish we lived in a place like that.

PRISONER 2: We have something better than that.

PRISONER 1: What? What do we have?

PRISONER 2: (Recites Quran 9:72 in Arabic, then in English): – Allah has promised the believers, both men and women, Gardens under which rivers flow, to stay there forever, and splendid homes in the Gardens of Eternity, and—above all—the pleasure of Allah. That is ˹truly˺ the ultimate triumph.

PRISONER 1: I don’t know. That sounds good but I wish I could feel the sun on my face again, just one more time.

the birdPRISONER 2: A wish is a firefly. It glows for a minute and makes you feel good, then it dies. Make dua’ instead. Like a firefly, dua’ has wings, but it’s a cosmic bird. It doesn’t just buzz around your head, it flies to the Throne of Allah and makes itself known. What do you want representing you, a firefly or a cosmic bird?

PRISONER 1: Dua’ is just words.

PRISONER 2: If you’ve ever believed anything I said, believe this. Dua’ can tumble mountains and overthrow empires. Dua’ can open a path for you into the garden. Make dua’ and Allah will not let you down.

PRISONER 1: O Allah save me, O Allah save me, O Allah save me, O Allah save me, O Allah save me.

PRISONER 2: (laughs) – You know what you want, I’ll give you that. Ameen!

Two guards wearing ski masks enter the room. They both hold guns and flashlights.

GUARD 1: Which one of them is it?

The guards pull the hoods off the prisoners and shine the flashlights on them. We see that the prisoners’ faces are bruised and bloody. The prisoners blink at the light and peer around. Guard 2 touches the barrel of his gun to Prisoner 1’s forehead.

GUARD 2: This one.

PRISONER 1: No! You don’t have to do this. Please, I don’t want to die!

GUARD 2: Untie him.

Guard 1 unties Prisoner 1’s bonds and helps him to his feet.

GUARD 2: You’re a lucky man. You’ve been ransomed. You’re going home.

PRISONER 1: What ransom? What are you talking about?

GUARD 2: Someone paid 22 million dollars to free you.

PRISONER 1: 22 million dollars? I don’t know anyone with that kind of money.

GUARD 2: Some rich weapons dealer named Saleh. What do you care? You’re free.

The guards begin to lead Prisoner 1 toward the exit. Prisoner 1 stops.

PRISONER 1: What about my friend?

GUARD 1: No one paid for him.

PRISONER 1: I’m not leaving without him.

GUARD 2: That’s not happening.

PRISONER 1: (Looks around wide-eyed, closes his eyes for a moment, then settles into a look of resolve.) – Then… then I’m staying too.

PRISONER 2: No! You made dua’ for freedom, now you have it. And you have a family. Go! I’m okay here. I have Allah by my side. I’m not afraid to die, truly.

GUARD 2: It’s not your choice anyway. You’re the one they paid for, you’re the one they get.

The guards drag Prisoner 1 off the stage as he protests, insisting that they should free his friend as well. Prisoner 2 stares after them, then smiles.

Scene 2

First rays of sun

Location: The home of the two boys from Act 3.

The boys sit on the floor of the room, eating meager portions of rice from their bowls.

YOUNGER BOY: I chew every bite seventy times. That way it lasts longer. I wish we had salt or pepper.

OLDER BOY: Alhamdulillah for what we have.

YOUNGER BOY: This is a good day, huh?

OLDER BOY: (smiles) – Yes. It’s a good day.

Prisoner 1 walks in. The boys shout, “Baba!” and run to him. He kneels and they all embrace for a long time. Finally they break the embrace, though the children continue to hold their father’s hands.

YOUNGER BOY: Where did you go? We thought you were dead.

FATHER: I was a prisoner.

OLDER BOY: How did you get out?

FATHER: I don’t really know. I think one of my cousins paid a ransom. I have a friend who would say that Allah freed me.

YOUNGER BOY: Which friend?

FATHER: Someone I had to leave behind.

OLDER BOY: What’s his name?

FATHER: Sit down, I will tell you about him. Maybe together we can think of a way to help him.

 

THE END

 

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