First and foremost this is a humanitarian disaster. Already, from the indiscriminate air-bombardment of a densely populated area, there are hundreds of dead and thousands injured (not to mention the thousands made homeless).
All of this is occurring while there is an Israeli-backed embargo against Gaza which is being done with the cooperation of the Egyptian regime. The first priority for all Muslim and human rights groups in the West is to break this blockade. This can be achieved two ways; first by putting pressure on the governments of Barack Obama, Gordon Brown and even Nicholas Sarkozy and then if that does not work physically breaking the blockade.
What does this mean? A call for martyrs?
Call for a Fleet of Martyrs
If the governments of the West will not pressure Israel to stop the air raids and upcoming invasion and to end the blockade then those of us with Western citizenships should physically break the blockade.
I say those of us with Western passports because Israeli would think twice before bombing a boat full of Westerners (even if those on it are Muslims). If the boats arrive safely to Gaza then the people in need will be aided and everyone gets home safe Alhamdudilah; but if the boat is bombed and those aboard are killed then it will expose Israel to an international pressure it cannot withstand.
Western governments would more than likely stand up and force Israel to end the embargo and stop the invasion. Israel would also loose whatever popular support it had in the West.
The idea of American, Canadian, British and other Western Muslims setting up a fleet to go into Gaza at once is something I would like to see the major Muslim organizations take on. It is a win-win situation. If the fleet arrives those who made it possible will be rewarded for the good deeds and the people of Gaza will be helped and if the fleet is attacked then I pray that Allah will grant those on board martyrdom and this event will be used to create an international al outcry for the people of Gaza.
Cycle of Violence
The bombing that has occurred this far is the latest wave in a cycle of violence that has caused a lot of pain and misery on both sides of the conflict. With each bomb that kills a Palestinian in Gaza and with each day of the embargo, Israel is creating thousands of Palestinian men ready to carry the flag of jihad into the next generation.
A major part of this bombing and a major reason America and the neighboring Arab-regimes are turning a blind eye to what is going on is all parties want to see the death of political Islam. As soon as Hamas was democratically elected to lead the Palestinian people Israel and America were looking for ways to undermine the regime. Eventually they provoked the corrupt agents of America and Israel in Fatah to try and militarily displace Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank. However, Fatah only succeeded in the West Bank and Hamas routed them in Gaza. Hence today Gaza is the target. The Islamic Movement represents a threat to America and the West as they see it and a victory for Islamists in Gaza, Somalia or anywhere else in the ummah will be fought. So in addition to this being an assault on the people of Gaza, the current events must also be seen as an assault on the Islamic Movement, which equally threatens the power of the likes of Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah of Jordan, and the rest of the tyrants of the ummah.
Our Role in the West and Our Connection to the Islamic Revival
Traditionally it has been understood by the bulk of Muslim leadership in the West that we have a role to help the political situation of our fellow Muslims in Muslim countries and that because of our greater political freedom and affluence as a group we have special responsibilities.
In Muslim majority countries ran by secular tyrants, Islamic Movements were outlawed and driven underground. Therefore, fundraising and political organizing for the opposition to these tyrants (whether it was the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, Hafez al-Assad, Muammar Khadafy, or Hosni Mubarak) was better done in the West.
The Western powers and the secular tyrants both had a shared goal of driving Islam out of the political sphere and erasing the influence of Islam from the minds of the Muslims in order to create Muslims open to a secular-humanist capitalist New World Order.
Muslims in America, as an example, used our political freedoms to support charities that were friendly to the Islamic Movement and not connected to the tyrants and to help those trying to reform their societies based on the principals of Islam.
Our role in the success of many Islamic groups in many Muslim countries has been crucial (whether our role was financing or helping refine the message to the State Department). That is why it is catastrophically wrong for some Muslim leaders today to say Western Muslims should ignore the politics in the Muslim World and remove our support for Islamic movements. When they tell us we should give up on the idea of an Islamic State, “hard power” and other aspects of the Islamic revival they are telling us we should turn our backs on our brothers and sisters striving to reform their societies and to surrender governance to tyrants and secular-humanist capitalists. There is no wonder that this brand of Islam is so popular in the State Department, in Western Academia, and with those such as the Rand Institute.
The Death of a Brother
I would also like to pray that Allah have mercy on our brother in Islam Nizar Rayyan and his family. This brother was killed along with his 4 wives, 6 sons, and 5 daughters in an airstrike. This was a brother who had a love for the Sunnah and was an example for the Muslims of Gaza.