“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Marchers In Warren Call For Peace In Gaza, Want More Than Cease-fire (May 23, 2021)

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Chants of “Free, free Palestine” reverberated on Sunday afternoon during a peace rally calling for Palestinians’ freedom.
After a tentative cease-fire went into effect Friday, demonstrators said they welcome a cessation of bombings that have killed at least 248 Palestinians and 12 people in Israel, but it still doesn’t make Palestinians free.
Moe Bseileh, 29, of Dearborn waves a large Palestinian flag while civil rights attorney Huwaida Arraf of Macomb Township speaks with her children, Mayaar, Arraf-Shapiro, 6, left, and Diyaar Arraf-Shapiro, 8, right, at the Warren Freedom Rally in support of Palestinian freedom in Warren, Mich., on May 23, 2021.
Robin Buckson, The Detroit News
“We always are grateful for a ceasing of violence but a cease-fire is not the same thing as peace because peace is founded in justice, peace is founded in human dignity and the work must continue until we have a true and just and lasting and human rights-focused peace in Palestine,” said former gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, left, talks with Imam Mustapha Elturk at the Warren Freedom Rally. Robin Buckson, The Detroit News
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Warren for a rally with a series of speakers that later turned into a march down Van Dyke Avenue.
“It’s a good thing that there has been a ceasefire but as soon as something like that happens then the media starts to be silent again so I feel like it’s important for people to continue to speak up,” said Wafa Mirza, 19, of Warren. “Even though there has been a cease-fire, that’s not the end of it because it’s been going on for too long.”
The 11-day conflict between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers came to a fragile halt Friday, but left behind immense ruin in Gaza, including hundreds of homes in that have been completely destroyed and many more that were badly damaged, according to the U.N.
After more than a week of marches and rallies for Palestinians in Michigan, participants made their message on Sunday clear by holding up signs that read “a cease fire won’t free Palestine.”
“These protest are good because all over the world people are progressing against Israel. People are making it known that this is wrong,” said Mohi Ahmed, 50, of Warren.
Thousands of protesters also marched in downtown Detroit on Sunday and in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Mark Regev, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told “Fox News Sunday” that Israel had dealt Hamas a “heavy blow” and hoped it would serve as a deterrent. But he also expressed hope that the truce could last, noting “over half a decade of relative peace and quiet” after the last round of fighting in 2014.
Lynn Hastings, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said some 300 buildings in Gaza – including an estimated 1,000 homes – had been completely destroyed. She said hundreds more had been heavily damaged. She cautioned that those were “very, very preliminary numbers” as the damage is still being assessed.
Hastings said a total of six hospitals and 11 primary health care centers were damaged, and that one hospital was not functioning because of a lack of electricity. She said around 800,000 people lack access to tap water and 400,000 people do not have proper sewage treatment because of damage to local infrastructure.
Israel says it made every effort to avoid harming civilians and only targeted militant infrastructure, including a vast tunnel network and rocket launchers. It blames the war and its devastation on Hamas.
Rabbi Asher Lopatin, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council and American Jewish Committee, said the cease-fire could be the start of a turning point in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“I think that the focus now really needs to be on rebuilding coexistence,” Lopatin said. “We want to strengthen the economy and maybe the social civic infrastructure of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and hopefully Gaza and that will lead, God willing, to a two-state solution.”
The Associated Press contributed.
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