Mogadishu, once was the city of flowers,
of vines full of fruit, and of minaret towers.
Mogadishu, did not know the meaning of aid,
The city was flourishing with international trade.
Mogadishu, did not know the word ‘Extreme,
It was home to the Sufis, and the scholarly cream.
Mogadishu was beautiful, Somalia’s heart,
Till that beauty was ravaged, and torn apart.
Mogadishu, where are your fragrant flowers,
Only dust remains of your minaret towers.
Mogadishu, where are your fruits and your rich laden vines,
The Sufis, the poets, the saints and the shrines.
Mogadishu, the traders are no longer here;
And those who remain live in constant fear.
They say its Islam, what they’ve done to you,
But Mogadishu, this is not the Islam you once knew.
The strong independence, the thriving free trade,
Replaced now with convoys, surviving on aid.
Young men and soldiers line the pavements, all dead,
Children search dustbins, crying to be fed.
20 years of war and we’re no closer to the truth,
3 generations have sacrificed their youth.
Mogadishu, what will become of you now,
As the Crescent is sighted, I take one more bow.
I ask Allah to bless you, to revive you a new,
To restore your young men, and your beauty to you.
Ya Allah quench their thirst, grant the starving food,
Let those who cry for peace be at last understood.
Restore Mogadishu to the people, the land for the free:
Remove all fear, injustice and uncertainty.
Mogadishu, this goes out to every one,
With our prayers and our patience, change will, Insha Allah, come.
Darkness is followed by light; dear readers, do what is right, Please, this Ramadhan, donate whatever you can to your starving, wounded, abandoned brothers and sisters in Somalia.
Whether big or small, amount is irrelevant, any thing you can contribute will make a massive difference to those in desperate need. Subhan Allah, how much do we waste on lunches out, icecream, coffee, cakes etc. Even donating the cost of one coffee will feed a family for 3 days! And come on; its not like you’ll be having your 11 AM caffeine breaks this month will you!
The Disaster emergency committee is an alliance of aid organizations working in the area, covering humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement. You can donate to them online by visiting: www.dec.org.uk
If you are not acquainted with DEC, then donate to any organization that you know well and trust, the point is not who you give to, but that you give and make a difference.
If you watch the below video, you’ll be moved to see beautiful images of the city described above: Mogadishu, as it was back in the Seventies, before terrorists tore it to shreds and brutally forced civilians from their homes. Only yesterday, I watched a mother on TV, describing how hyenas savaged and killed her children as she traveled to refuge in Kenya. Still gripped by shock and trauma, she recounted how, as a result of her own weakness and malnutrition, she was unable to defend her children against the attack, and could only watch helplessly as her innocent children were taken from her. Can we even begin to comprehend such suffering? What that would feel like? Please, let the mercy of Ramadhan change your hearts this year, donate whatever you can to the people of Somalia. Pray for them, and recite qur’an for them: if our fasting does not move us to act, where is the value in that fasting!