Allahu Akbar! The news reported on the attack of GAZA flotilla is widely spread among the world. This is not only the issue of Islam, but this is the Human issue. A flotilla of ships carrying aids and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from all over the world (including Malaysia) to the blockaded Gaza Strip was attacked by regime Israel. The rest news can be read at http://www.freegaza.org/, http://www.lifeline4gaza.org/, http://www.vivapalestinamapim.blogspot.com/, and many other websites..
So, as we know that the pro-Palestinian activists didn't bring any single weapon along their humanity journey to Gaza, for the reason of they come just to bring aid to the people across the siege and not to declare any war to the Israelian. But the problem is that their attendance smells fishy to the Zionist la'natullahi 'alaihim.. But, i do respect all of them who participated as the volunteer either Muslim or non-Muslim, and hopefully syahid is the best promise granted by Allah to them (Muslims).
But how about us? we stay in Malaysia, where it's too far from Palestine. What is our weapon? Do we need air force and weapons and arms and so on to fight with them? You can have it but we unable to fight because the preparation is too low and not enough. However, as a Muslim, Allah already prepares for us that we have the best and the strongest weapon. That weapon is DU'A which is the most valuable weapon as a Muslim and Allah will never ignore this weapon, if not granted and fulfilled in this world, insyaAllah the promise will be in the Hereafter..
Special for the tragedy in Palestine, we are emphasized to read Qunut Nazilah in our prayer. I just wanna share an information which i can say really benefit to myself and maybe to all of you from the blog HERE.
What is Qunoot at times of calamity (Qunoot al-Naazilah)
When praying Qunoot at the time of calamity, one should make supplication as is appropriate to the situation, as it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed some Arab tribes who had betrayed his companions and killed them, and he prayed for the weak and oppressed believers in Makkah, that Allaah would save them. It was narrated that ‘Umar prayed Qunoot with the following words:
اللهم إنا نستعينك ونؤمن بك ، ونتوكل عليك ونثني عليك الخير ولا نكفرك ، اللهم إياك نعبد ، ولك نصلي ونسجد ، وإليك نسعى ونحفد ، نرجو رحمتك ونخشى عذابك ، إن عذابك الجدَّ بالكفار مُلحق ، اللهم عذِّب الكفرة أهل الكتاب الذين يصدون عن سبيلك
“Allaahumma inna nasta’eenuka wa nu’minu bika, wa natawakkalu ‘alayka wa nuthni ‘alayka al-khayr, wa laa nakfuruka. Allaahumma iyyaaka na’budu wa laka nusalli wa nasjudu, wa ilayka nas’aa wa nahfid. Narju rahmataka wa nakhsha ‘adhaabaka, inna ‘adhaabaka al-jadd bil kuffaari mulhaq. Allaahumma ‘adhdhib il-kafarata ahl al-kitaab alladheena yasuddoona ‘an sabeelika"
(O Allaah, verily we seek Your help, we believe in You, we put our trust in You and we praise You and we are not ungrateful to You. O Allaah, You alone we worship and to You we pray and prostrate, for Your sake we strive. We hope for Your mercy and fear Your punishment, for Your punishment will certainly reach the disbelievers. O Allaah, punish the infidels of the People of the Book who are preventing others from following Your way).”
(Narrated by al-Bayhaqi, 2/210; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’, 2/170)
Can we make du’aa’ using words other than those mentioned here?
The answer is: Yes, that is permissible. Al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo’ (3/497): “The correct view which was stated definitively by the majority of scholars is that there are no specific words, rather any du’aa’ may be said.”
The version narrated from ‘Umar is not something that we have to follow, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not pray using these words, so there is nothing wrong with adding more to them. Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “There is nothing wrong with adding more to this, cursing the infidels and sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and praying for the Muslims.”
(Qiyaam Ramadaan by al-Albaani, 31).
Should Du’aa’ al-Qunoot be said before rukoo’ (bowing) or after?
The answer is: Most of the ahaadeeth and the opinion of most of the scholars state that Qunoot comes after rukoo’, but if you say Qunoot before rukoo’ that is acceptable. So you have the choice of doing rukoo’ when you have finished reciting Qur’aan, then standing up and saying “Rabbana wa laka al-hamd” then saying Qunoot… or saying Qunoot when you have finished reciting Qur’aan, then saying “Allaahu akbar” and bowing. Both of these were narrated in the Sunnah.
(Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 4/64)
Saying Ameen out loud in Qunoot al-nawaazil (Qunoot of calamities) ?
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If we say that Qunoot may be offered in the five daily prayers, if the prayer is one in which Qur’aan is recited out loud, then it is well known that the Qunoot should be recited out loud, and if the prayer is one in which Qur'aan is recited silently then Qunoot should also be recited out loud, as it is proven in the Sunnah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say Qunoot and the people would say Ameen behind him, and they could not have said Ameen unless he was saying Qunoot out lout. Based on this, it is Sunnah to recite Qunoot out loud even in a prayer in which Qur’aan is recited silently. End quote from al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (4/47).
**Praying for others is similar like you pray for yourself. Don't forget to put the name of others in your prayer. Thank You !