In Saudi Arabia, during Ramadan – the holiest month of the year – Daesh bombed Medina, Islam’s second holiest city. Many people died. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. In Turkey, Daesh bombed an airport, committing the worst of sins – murder – in the holiest month. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. In Orlando, a man inspired by Daesh killed dozens of people, in the holiest month. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. In Baghdad, yet again Daesh set off a bomb and many people died. People with families, with hopes, and with dreams. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon.
Ya Rabb have mercy on us. So many are dying, the world is bleeding, and we can’t fix it. We are tired of saying “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon” every. single. day. Grant us Salaam, Peace, in this world. Let the children grow up going to school to learn to read and not to fight. Let them play in the streets without gunfire and bombs marking the rythm of their days. Don’t let them know the pain of orphanhood. Don’t let them see their classmates and playmates die to satisfy the gods of war and greed for whom angry men lay aside their humanity. Save us from ourselves. Ameen.