The African Palestinian community of Jerusalem is in the heart of the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. Walk through the busy Damascus Gate and the market streets, passing the 4th and 5th Stations of the Cross. The paving stones have been polished by foot traffic for 2000 years or more. Spice aromas, the Muezzin calls and church bells ringing lead to the almost hidden African Palestinian quarter. Here, the African Palestinians live on both sides of Al’a ad Deen Street, ending at the great door of the Haram al Sherif (Noble Sanctuary Plaza).

Some 50 families, comprising 300 or more people, live in apartment blocks on both sides of the street. Called Ribats, these apartment blocks were originally built as hostels for pilgrims of the 13th century Mamluk period. The Habs Ad Dam, a prison during the latter part of the Ottoman era for those condemned to death, stands across the street from the Habs Al Ribat, built for short-term prisoners. At the start of the British Mandate period (1918), the former prisons (Habs) were given by the Islamic Wapf authorities to the African Palestinian families to serve as residences, and they remain so today. The wrought iron prison bars still define small windows and entry gates.

It is noteworthy that the African Palestinians of Jerusalem consider themselves proud, steadfast Palestinians. Since the 1967 war and occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, most of the community has been directly involved in the resistance. Many have served long sentences in Israeli prisons, as have many other Palestinians in the territories. With the 1967 war, a quarter of the African Palestinian community became refugees in surrounding countries, particularly Jordan and Lebanon. They currently cannot return.

Ali Jiddah says that he and all Palestinians now live in a larger prison defined by the eight-meter high “separation wall,” snaking 400 miles through Jerusalem and the West Bank. The wall protects Jewish settlements—and bifurcates Palestinian villages and farmlands. Ordinary family visits or commutes to work become difficult and humiliating journeys, caused by the Jewish-only roads, military checkpoints, and the wall.

African Palestinians came to the Holy City as Hajj pilgrims, mainly from Chad, Sudan, Niger and Senegal. Among the African ethnic groups are the Al Salamat, Al Housa, Al Barquo, Al Falata and Al Balata. And Qanembou and Boulala.

As early as the Mamluk era, the Jerusalem Wapf (Islamic authority) honored the African Palestinian community with an historic role as Guardians of the Mosque, due to both their proximity to the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Haram Al Sherif, and their high regard in the larger Palestinian community. Known for their integrity and courage, even today some from the community are bodyguards at East Jerusalem consulates and embassies, and for the Palestinian leadership.

Because Israel has annexed all of Jerusalem and is expanding the municipality, the African Palestinians, and all other East Jerusalem residents, cannot avail themselves of Palestinian passports and travel documents. Instead, they must choose (or not) to obtain Israeli identification for foreign travel. They live in legal limbo.

One can see and feel Sumoud on the faces—and sense it in the words and the bearing —of the African Palestinians in Jerusalem. Their quiet perseverance and resilience endures, just footsteps away from both the omnipresent Israeli occupation and the treasured historical holy sites.

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anonymous asked:

Salam alaikum can you please tell me what the following Arabic words mean? Maqr, aseer, murabitoun, safawi, ansar, kunya

Wa ‘Alaykum as-Salām Wa Rahmatullāhī Wa Barakātuh

Maqr = plot

Asīr = Prisoner (of war)

Murābitūn = Ribāt means standing in guard of the borderlines of a muslim city, at the places feared to be attacked by the enemies of Islam, and a Murabit is the person who has dedicated himself to Jihad (striving/fighting) in the Cause of Allah and defending His Deen (Religion) and his Muslim brothers.

It is narrated on the authority of Sahl ibn Sa`d (may Allah be pleased with them) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“Ribat (guarding the Muslim frontiers) in the Cause of Allah for one day is better than this world and whatever is on it; and the place occupied by the whip of one of you in Paradise is better than this world and whatever is on it; and a morning or an evening’s journey that a Servant travels in the Cause of Allah is better than this world and whatever is on it.”

(Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Al-Tirmidhy, and others)

Safawi (Safavid) = Safawi empire is a dynasty ruled by Persia (mainly Iran), by Shi’ī’s rather than sunnī’s. Today they are referred to as the Iraqi Army.

Ansār = Supporters of the muslims in a specific area.

Kunya = This is a short nickname given to people which usually starts with ‘Abu’ or ‘Ibn for males & ‘Umm’ or ‘Bint’ for females. An example is Alī Radiallahu ‘anhu has the kunya Abu Turāb.


Sama dengan malam kesyahidan Imam Hasan Al-Banna. Malam yang barakah.
Jadilah kita seperti Abu Bakar yang mengingatkan ummat perjuangan wajib diteruskan walau setelah kewafatan Nabi.

Jadilah kita seperti Umar Al-Khattab yang mengingatkan umat setelah wafatnya Ar-Rasul betapa kritikal tanggungjawab kita mempunyai dan mengekalkan khilafah.
Jadilah kita seperti tentera Usamah yang kekal berada di ribat perjuangan Islam walau mendapat berita sedih pemergian pemimpin mereka, kekasih Allah.

Teringat ketika perginya Al-Fadhil Ustaz Fadhil Noor, Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi mengingatkan kita : “Kita mungkin kehilangan pemimpin. Tetapi kita tidak akan kehilangan kepimpinan”

Terus menyambung amanah. Al-Fatihah buat Tuan Guru Bentara Setia Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

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