VirtualMosque.com is calling for a Global Evening of Qiyam1 this Saturday February 12, 2011.
We ask everyone who visits this blog, no matter where you are, to organize a local qiyam program to pray for the people of Egypt. National Muslim organizations, MSAs and regional coalitions, masajid, youth groups, families – even groups of neighbors! – can come together and raise your hands in du`a‘ for the people of Egypt. The time is short, and the task is large. This global event may not go down in the history books, but we pray it goes down in something even more valuable: our records of deeds. We pray that Allah showers the earth with His angels on Saturday, and that they find His slaves crying in sincere prayer.
Just as the Egyptians used Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, and the internet to stand for their liberation, let us also join them in using these tools to gather masses of Muslims to pray qiyam. When the Mubarak regime temporarily shut down the internet and cell phone services, they misunderstood something: they are unable to cancel the rest of the world’s access to these tools. They cannot control the blessings of Allah.
Let us honor the Egyptian example of using these tools for a just cause, and show them that the world is with them: standing in prayer, just as they are standing in Tahrir and elsewhere. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught us that there is no veil between the prayer of the oppressed and their Creator. Let us appeal to Him in prayer as an ummah on the same evening asking for the same things.
Leave a comment on this post, mentioning your location as well as your name and organization, if you plan on answering this call. Be from the first to answer—the sabiqoon2—and get more reward by commenting sooner rather than later, as your expression of solidarity will contribute to the momentum of others.
We will feature your qiyam event, big or small, insha’Allah so that the people in Egypt can see that we all stand behind them – and to show our Creator that we are not neglectful of our brothers and sisters, and we have not turned away from His favors and signs. Rather, we have turned towards Him and remembered “the Days of Allah.”
- Qiyam is an extra prayer offered after Isha at night. During the witr du`a’, one is able to ask God to assist and liberate the people of Egypt. If prayed in congregation, everyone is able to share the same call, begging Allah to shower His Mercy and Aid upon the Egyptian people. ↩
- Qur’an, 56:10-14. ↩