Empowering Muslim Women through Modesty

It is imperative to admit that the carvers of Capitalism have commenced a shocking war against Muslim women. The paper aims to address challenges faced by the Muslim women in the United Kingdom in particular, and the West in general, and through its startling findings it seeks to benefit more than 800 million Muslim women in the world.

The paper acknowledges how stringently nationalistic tones of certain far-right groups question identity and loyalty of British Muslim women. Debates and premeditated destructive propaganda regarding practises such as hijab, wearing of a veil and on an overall concept of modesty, which steers all facets of Muslim women’s life, has given birth to identity crisis. Such crises give rise to many questions pertaining to the faith British Muslim women practise, hence exposing them to many inward and outward challenges in the West.

It is believed that if indeed Islam, Christianity and Judaism originate from the same source, then the holy scriptures of the three monotheistic religions must have many shared rituals and divine directives regarding one of the most ancient and important social norms, modesty, without which a god fearing society ceases to exist. The paper explores the above notion in detail citing quotations and establishing that indeed all monotheistic religions require women to grow and maintain modesty in all facets of life to earn God’s pleasure and to achieve their purpose of existence.

The paper embarks upon establishing a correlation between the Islamic values and the values once cherished by the Western civilisation, which today seem to have embraced complete annihilation due to the emergence of Sexual Revolution from 1960s to 1980s. The author examines impressive oeuvres produced by one of the most influential carvers of the Western civilisation and a philosopher cum poet, William Shakespeare and the unmatchable works of a philosopher cum poet of the East and the true pioneer of the modern renaissance of Islam, namely Allama Muhammad Iqbal. It is then proved that the two giants are very much relevant to the Muslim women’s situation in the here and now and their oeuvres possess the ability to boost the morale of the Muslim women and to enable them to take ownership and pride in the British culture heritage.

The research investigates the main cause which changed the course of the Western civilisation and caused it to degenerate. The paper includes surprising findings with regards to one of the most worn pieces of clothing in the West, Jeans, and how churches in Britain forbade women to don Jeans and why.

The author concludes by presenting a scientific research carried out at the Princeton University which supports the paper’s theme, “Empowering Women through Modesty”, hence confirming the fact that science has always proved God right.”

Link to the paper: https://wallahi.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/my-research-paper-empowering-muslim-women-through-modesty/


Did you know that it is a centuries old custom in China to take an afternoon nap? Nap time is very sacred to Chinese people. They take an afternoon nap from around 12:30 to 1400.

Did you know that most Chinese schools have a half-hour nap programmed straight after lunch break? It is because they believe that sleep can actually restore the ability to learn!

You will be shocked to know, “According to the advocates, a short nap in the middle of a working day can increase productivity by over 30 percent and alertness by 100 percent as well as improve memory and concentration. They also claim that it can reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34 percent.”

According to a research quoted by The New York Times, “young adults who slept for 90 minutes after lunch raised their learning power, their memory apparently primed to absorb new facts.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/research/23beha.html?_r=2&

Let me mention a few important figures who regularly napped and recommended it to others. They are, Napoleon, Margaret Thatcher, Churchill and Bill Clinton. But the most famous of all is our beloved Prophet Muhammad saw!

It is from the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad saw to do qailulah, a siesta, in the afternoon.

We should be keen to take a nap or siesta during the day, whether before zuhr or after. Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Take a nap, for the shayaateen do not take naps.” (Reported by al-Tabaraani. Al-Saheehah, 2647).

Ishaaq ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: “Taking a nap is one of the deeds of good people. It revitalizes the heart and helps one to pray qiyaam al-layl.”

Al-Hasan al-Basri passed by a group of people in the marketplace in the middle of the day, and heard the racket they were making. He said, “Do these people take a nap?” It was said to him, “No.” He said, “I think their nights must be bad.”

Amazing, isn’t it? Now, after 1500 years, Science is telling us the wisdom behind this sunnah of Prophet Muhammad saw!

Remember me and my family in your du’as.
Juwairiyah Faisal Khan

My Research Paper: Reviews

Posted: September 6, 2014 in Uncategorised

Sr Yvonne Ridley, British journalist.

I will defend a woman’s right to be free to choose what she wants to wear and this is real empowerment for women.

 However in the West there seems to be confusion over the issue of religious dress in as much as the more a woman chooses the wear the more oppressed and subjigated she must be. This could not be further from the truth.
 And if a Christian, Jewish or Muslim woman chooses to wear a full face veil because she feels closer to God then why should she be punished or ridiculed for her piety?
 Sadly politicians, in particular senior male politicians from prime ministers to presidents have chosen to make women’s clothing a political issue which has prompted me to tell all men of faith and no faith: “Get out of our wardrobes!”
 I welcome this research from Juwairiyah Faisal as it helps further explore the empowerment of religious women through their clothing. Anything which contributes positively towards the debate is to be welcomed and encouraged in the hope of promoting greater tolerance and understanding.
 In conclusion a veil should not be regarded as a symbol of oppression but one of liberation for the person who chooses to wear it.
Dr Samia Raheel Qazi
Dear daughter! Excellent write up. JazakiLLAH for it. I suggest some thing more should be included. The converted Muslim women’s point of view about hijab and modesty . One more poem of Iqbal in Javed nama, khilafat e Adam – Mohkamat e Aalam e Quraani! First and last verses are about hijab and women’s privacy ! Stay blessed dear!

Eid ul Adha Mubarak!

Posted: October 15, 2013 in Uncategorised

Eid Mubarak to you all. May Allah bless you with inner and outer peace and make your affairs easy for you, amen. Kindly, do not forget all those who are wronged and have been denied justice in any part of the world. Remember them in your prayers as you celebrate with your loved ones.

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Don’t Mess With The Lady in Black!

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorised
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Well, can’t say much except that we can definitely have our objections after watching the trailer of a new animated series called, ‘Burka Avenger’ but it really does leave a good and strong impression of a burqa clad woman!

Whether it was intended or not is a totally different issue but it’s hilarious to see that the positive image of a burqa clad woman is giving secular minded people a lot of pain and they wish that the Pakistani superwoman would have shown more skin and less mannerism!

http://world.time.com/2013/08/01/burka-avenger-conservative-pakistans-new-animated-liberal-superheroine/

6 Lessons Disney Could Learn From Pakistan’s ‘Burka Avenger’

The Huffington Post | By LindseyDavis

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Part karate kid and part superhero, Pakistan’s first animated television series is a better role model for girls than any princess Disney’s ever drawn.

She’s called the Burka Avenger, and she’s the defender of girls’ education and women’s rights.

The brainchild of Pakistani pop star Aaron Haroon Rashid, the cartoon was created as a way to combat the Taliban’s intense opposition to educating girls, AP reports.

We think Disney could learn a thing or two about what a female protagonist should look like from the fearless Burka Avenger.

1. She fights villains with Takht Kabaddi — a form of karate that uses books and pens as weapons, because she’s all about emphasizing the importance of education.

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To her, books are more than a prop to dance with.

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2. By day, she’s Jiya, the reserved school teacher — but when bad guys come around, she dons a burka to conceal her identity and saves the day.

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And unlike Mulan, her alter ego is still proudly feminine.

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3. Educating children and saving her village are her main priorities.

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So she’s a little too busy to become enamored by her own reflection.

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4. Her sidekicks are three adorable kids, and she’s constantly saving and inspiring them..

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.. Instead of the other way around.
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5. Her burka is a source of power, not oppression. She can even use it to fly.

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So she doesn’t need a man to sweep her off her feet.

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6. She’s fighting bad guys that actually exist in the real world — corrupt politicians and vengeful mercenaries who are limiting access to education.

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Which makes evil witches and mean stepsisters look like a cakewalk.

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BONUS: Instead of singing about love or longing, the Avenger’s theme song is all about how she makes things happen:

“Don’t mess with the lady in black, when she’s on the attack.”

The series is set to premier in early August.

Ramadan: A golden opportunity to change

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorised

Ramadan: A golden opportunity to change
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:50:41 AST
Dr. Walid A. Fitaihi

One of the truths of Ramadan that many are unaware of is that the increase in faith, the rejuvenation of spirituality in our lives which occur during the holy month should remain and linger on to last for days, weeks, and months after the Ramadan season as well. Fasting during this blessed month was ordained by Allah as a form of training and personal growth so that the Muslim comes out of Ramadan better than he/she was prior to Ramadan. If a real, positive change in the Muslim’s character did not take place, then the purpose of Ramadan was not accomplished. Change will be possible only when Ramadan enters our heart to liberate it, to make it more fearful, pious, patient, and gentle. This spiritual awakening enables Muslims to refrain from all prohibitions and fuels them to work harder and persist in all acts of worship and goodness.

This is the month of a golden opportunity to do good and to gain rewards because during Ramadan the doors of Hellfire are closed and the doors of Paradise are opened. Each good deed is multiplied by 70 and more. The wisdom behind these blessings, in my opinion, is to draw us closer to Allah, to give us a taste of the sweetness of obedience to our Creator, and to feel the inner beauty that swells in the heart as a result of strong, unwavering faith. Once we experience this taste and feeling, we will devote ourselves to practice our religion in a better way during Ramadan and after. The leap in faith and devotion empowers one to overcome bad habits and bad traits, even if they have become a fixed part of his/her personality. Fasting teaches Muslims lessons in self-control that are not only limited to avoiding food and drink but that also spill into their conduct.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If you are fasting and somebody tries to insult you or offend you, you should say I’m fasting.” Our religion stresses the importance of avoiding showing fits of anger, talking back rudely, or losing our temper; even more so in Ramadan. Only recently have scholars discovered the negative effects that going through bouts of anger have on the health of a fasting person. When one is brimming with anger, a ten-fold release of the hormone adrenaline is triggered, which has two profound impacts on the body during a fast. First of all, the adrenaline in the bloodstream increases the breaking down of glycogen stored up in the liver. This stored amount of glycogen is very important to be slowly and gradually converted into glucose throughout the day to provide sustainable energy for the body during a long fast. Using up the glycogen reserves in the liver due to an argument or a battle of words is a waste of energy and will leave the fasting person tired and exhausted by mid-day.
Second, adrenaline increases urine output so a fasting person loses lots of body fluids if he/she is quick to anger. The loss of body fluids will cause the fasting person to become tired, thirsty, and to feel physically drained toward the end of the day. In order to save up on much needed energy during a fast and conserve fluids in the body, the fasting Muslim should take daily disturbances lightly and with ease, and not let his/her anger get out of hand.

Allah has placed physiological reasons why the fasting Muslim should avoid getting angry or else he/she will inadvertently pay the price. And the price paid in this case is experiencing more physical hardships while fasting, such as thirst, hunger, and fatigue. In Ramadan, the Muslim will gradually learn to become less irritable and short-tempered and more patient and tolerant. The only legitimate reason to anger is if any violation toward Islam or the Prophet Muhammad (pnuh) or his companions was witnessed. Other irritations in daily life are trivial and stressing over them will reduce from the fasting person’s rewards and is a waste of time, energy, and mental power. Abu Huraira reported that a man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said, “Advise me.” The Prophet said, “Do not get angry.” The man repeated his request twice, and the Prophet said, “Do not get angry.”

For those of us who are normally short-tempered and quick to become infuriated and participate in back-biting and cursing, and in Ramadan we failed to remedy such undesirable trait, we should ask ourselves some important questions. Why was I not changed by Ramadan? Did I miss out on the benefits and blessings of Ramadan? Let us make this Ramadan a life-changing month and try our best to avoid making the mistake described by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the following hadeeth: “Many receive nothing from the fast except hunger and thirst.”

– Dr. Walid Fitaihi is the founder, chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the International Medical Center. He is committed to community service and voluntary activities. His mission in life is to enhance the quality of healthcare.

Crying Out of Fear AND Love of God!

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorised

What an exemplary youth! May Allah swt give me the taufeeq to be from amongst as sabiqoon al awwaloon, amen. I know it is hard, very hard and requires commitment but it is not impossible for a Muslim youth to achieve this task or is it?!



By, Juwairiyah Faisal Khan

While writing my post on ‘In The Time Of Difficulty!‘ I felt the need of writing something on the topic, “A Punishment or a Test from Allah?”

How are we to decide as to if what we are facing is Allah’s test or a punishment?

In a nutshell, If we are not deliberately and persistently breaching the rights of Allah and of His Creation then whatever difficulty we are going through is nothing but a test from Allah azzawajal!

And how exactly would we know that we are not displeasing Allah by any of our actions? Well, if we won’t then who else would? Is there any soul existent on the face of this earth who could testify to the acts committed by other soul in secret and public? Indeed, “only the dead knows the state of his grave” and no one else! Not even his mother who brought him to this world, nor his father who did everything he could to clothe and feed his flesh! How true indeed!

There are many believing people I have seen in my life, for which I am thankful to Allah that I am fortunate enough to have seen such pious souls living in this age and time, who are going through extreme trials and tribulations even though they are the most harmless people one can ever come across! Why is it then that such believing folks go through trials?

Dear readers, know well that Allah subhanahu ta’ala has PROMISED to test all those who say they believe in Allah! It is the sunnah of Allah to make it clear not only to them but to the whole world too that how sincere and true they REALLY are in their commitment to Allah azzawajal. He says,

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Now ponder upon the following words of the above verse, مَسَّتْهُمُ الْبَأْسَاءُ Meaning, they were afflicted with poverty. Although they were pious and god fearing but Allah tested them by depriving them of food and other necessities of life, not luxuries, to see if they would still thank Allah and would still worship Him alone or if they would forget all the manners and boundaries set by Allah subhanahu ta’ala and would beg finite and mortal beings, those who cannot even create a fly, to feed and clothe them! Imagine, those were the companions of prophets who were tested with such a test that despite being the most patient and committed slaves of Allah they cried out for help! Even though, they were fortunate enough to have prophets by their side!

So for someone like me or you, Allahu Akbar! Where would we go and how will we cope if Allah decided to test our imaan to see if we really are as committed as we claim?

Then reflect on وَالضَّرَّاءُ = they were tested with sickness and illness in their bodies. وَزُلْزِلُو = they were ‘shaken’ severely and were tested to the extent that they CRIED OUT TO ALLAH asking when would His help come to alleviate their sufferings!

I once asked my Islamic Studies teacher if she could be generous enough and tell me the difference between a punishment and a test from Allah. She paused for a second then said ever so gently, “my dear, those who go through either a punishment or a test from Allah know well what they are going through as none but self knows that which is done in secret.”

There are four categories of people,
01. Allah tests them to check their commitment to Islam
02. Allah tests them to elevate their ranks
03. Allah tests them to remove their sins
04. The fourth category of test is fitnah, which means a trial to remove the sickness and weakness of behaviour in some people or make them examples for others!

Moreover, in some cases Allah swt tests a person by letting him go through a calamity due to his sins, he then bears it with sheer patience and gratitude so as to qualify for Almighty’s interminable mercy and forgiveness.  Then not only Allah azzawajal forgives him his sins but raises him in status and gives him the reward of those who are patient!

As was the case with some of the Messengers and Prophets, such as Adam (peace be upon him) and Yunus (peace be upon him). Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, tested Adam with expulsion from Paradise, and He tested Yunus ibn Matta with being swallowed by a whale. But by means of these tests, Allah raised them in status because of their patience and seeking reward with Him, may He be exalted. The tests served as their expiation for what they had done (blessings and peace of Allah be upon both of them).

Therefore, if Allah requites an individual in this world, in order for him to reach the lofty status He azzawajal has decreed for him, his requital here will also suffice for the world to come!

Know well, “The people most subject to affliction are the prophets, then come the righteous, and after them come the best people all according to their goodness.” (Narrated by at-Tirmidhi (2398): Hasan Saheeh)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “When I fall ill, my pain is equivalent to the pain of two men among you.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 5648).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said, “The extent of the reward will be in accordance with the extent of the trial. If Allah loves a people, He tries them, and whoever is content will have contentment, and whoever is angry will have anger.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 2320; Saheeh al-Jami’, 2210).

It was narrated that Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “If Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and if He wills bad for His slave, He withholds from him (the punishment for) his sin, until He requites him for it on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated and classed as hasan by at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.

Glad tidings to those who are fulfilling the rights of the Creator along with the rights of the Creation. And as for those who are not, let them “fear Allah, verily, Allâh is severe in punishment! (59:7)

In The Time Of Difficulty!

Posted: June 5, 2013 in Islam
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By, Juwairiyah Faisal Khan

Sometimes, when we go through the ups and downs of life we feel compelled to think if we are really treading on the right path and if we are seriously doing what we were created for?

As Allah (the real name of one true God in Islam) says in the Qur’an (Holy Book of Muslims: Last Testament) in Chapter Adh Dhariyat, Verse 56, “I have not created Jinn and Men except to worship me”, Allah u Akbar (Allah is the greatest)! How mighty a task if you think for a second!

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So then we question ourselves if our creator is really happy with us or is it that we are travelling towards a mirage? Thinking that Allah is pleased with us while in reality we are far away from Him and everything in our lives including all the chaos and difficulties that we are facing are witnessing to the fact that Allah is nowhere near to be found in our lives otherwise we would have surely seen the blessings of His presence.

At times, nature forces us to look within ourselves rather than pointing finger at others. It forces us to wear a lens of an observer and to observe what is happening around us and how people are suffering in this cruel world. It makes us realise that no matter if we are going through a certain difficulty we are still better than gazillions of people out there who are going through unimaginable crisis, may God have mercy on them and on us too, amen.

My readers, all we should remember at the time of difficulty is that Allah says in the Qur’an in Chapter At Taghabun verse 11,

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And at other places Allah says several other things which I am unable to include in this post but all those sayings, in the form of verses of the Qur’an and authentic ahadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad saw), give glad tidings to the believers. Glad tidings? You may wonder. Well yeah, I am in my right mind and I did say glad tidings as a believer is always in a very ‘safe position’ so to say. Whether he be suffering or in a pleasant state. If a believer is suffering even if it be as little a suffering as comes with a prick of a thorn then according to an authentic hadith Allah writes off his evil deeds, indeed amazing and a very joyous moment for a believer who gives thanks even in the time of difficulty and does not moan.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 007, Book 070, Hadith Number 545.
Narated By Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”

Then comes a believer who despite being in a pleasant state remembers Allah much and thanks Him day and night, spends in His way out of what He has given him and takes care of all the obligations and responsibilities he has been given by Allah the Almighty then needless to say that such a believer gathers unimaginable and uncountable rewards from Allah swt as he remembers Allah the way He deserves to be remembered.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 007, Book 070, Hadith Number 547.
Narated By Abu Huraira : Allah’s Apostle said, “The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes.” (See Hadith No. 558, Vol. 9.)

This topic is so deep that I feel like going into more detail but insha Allah I will leave this task for some other time. for now I would like to leave you with something we all should benefit from.

If we are in a state of unease or difficulty and want Allah swt to take care of our affairs, we must look into ourselves and analyse our way of life. Analyse if what we do and say during the course of a normal day pleases Allah or displeases Him? Address all the possible sins that we might be committing and then direct our attention towards rectifying those sins and worshipping Allah as He has prescribed in the Qur’an and as His Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) explained through his sunnah (way of life).

We adhere to the advice given by a doctor in case of any illness we want to treat. We take all the medicines just the way he prescribes without making any alteration to it! Then why is it that when Allah asks us to worship Him the way He has prescribed for us to rid us of all known and unknown diseases, we deviate away and prefer what our desires dictate to us, what a waste of time! We must always search for the authentic ways to worship and supplicate in front of Allah.

Always remember a very interesting rule that Allah has established in the Qur’an for those of us who wish to live a life of honour and happiness. Allah NEVER opens the door of eternal happiness to a sinning individual! And Allah NEVER accepts a repentance of a person who is not sincere in asking for forgiveness and who fails to take corrective measures after sinning! As Allah says in the Qur’an in Chapter Al Maeda, Verse 39,

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In the end, I would like to quote an authentic Hadith for you to ponder upon.

It was narrated that Ubay ibn Ka’ab said,

“I said: O Messenger of Allah, I send blessings upon you a great deal; how much of my prayer (dua) should be for you? He said: “Whatever you wish.”

I said: One quarter? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”

I said: Half? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”

I said: Two thirds? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”

I said: Should I make all my du’aa’ for you? He said: “Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2457); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Chapter Ash Shura, Verse 30,

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Caught On Tape

Posted: February 24, 2009 in News and politics

Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot Gaza Farmer
 
 
Israeli forces shot a twenty year-old Palestinian farmer as he worked his land in the village of Al-Faraheen, east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.

International Human Rights Activists were accompanying the group of farmers at the time as they worked approximately 500m from the Green Line.

Mohammad al – Breem, 20, was shot in the right leg as the farmers, together with the international Human Rights Activists, attempted to leave the area having worked on their land for 2 hours in full view of the Israeli forces situated along the Green Line.

As the farmers were loading up the parsley and spinach from the agricultural lands shots were fired from Israeli forces on the border. Mohammad was shot in the right leg and evacuated, while still under fire, to hospital.

International Human Rights Activists have repeatedly witnessed Palestinian farmers being shot at by Israeli forces as they attempt to work on agricultural land situated within 700m of the Green Line.

On Tuesday 27th January 2009, in Al Faraheen, Israeli forces shot at several farmers, killing a 27 year old farmer.