because a war is between two armies.
There is no army in Gaza.
Today, it’s a massacre, a slaughter.”
They hid at the El-Wafa hospital.
They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.
They hid at the beach, where children played football.
They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad.
They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya.
They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah.
They hid in Rafah and Khan Younis.
They hid in the home of the Qassan family.
They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein.
They hid in the village of Khuzaa.
They hid in the thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.
They hid in 84 schools and 23 medical facilities.
They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.
They hid in the ambulances trying to retrieve the injured.
They hid themselves in 24 corpses, buried under rubble.
They hid themselves in a young woman in pink household slippers, sprawled on the pavement, taken down while fleeing.
They hid themselves in two brothers, eight and four, lying in the intensive burn care unit in Al-Shifa.
They hid themselves in the little boy whose parts were carried away by his father in a plastic shopping bag.
They hid themselves in the “incomparable chaos of bodies” arriving at Gaza hospitals.
They hid themselves in an elderly woman, lying in a pool of blood on a stone floor.
Hamas, they tell us, is cowardly and cynical.
"Know that both of you are on the same team, so don’t think about winning or losing. Use the Quran and the Sunnah as a guide, not as a weapon to bring the other down. Be kind and compassionate, especially towards your family. The best people are the best to their families. Like I said, you’re on the same team. You are both in this for the long run, all the way to Jannah. Insha Allah.
Teach your kids about Islam, about Allah, and about the Prophet. Be their first and their best teacher. Don’t outsource your parenting responsibilities to anyone. Teach them about accountability and about responsibility early on in life so that they learn how to be good and honest people. Teach them how to choose good friends and how to be good friends. Teach them to give back to the community. Teach them to serve people and be a good resource for people, not a burden. Teach them good manners through good examples.
Talk to your kids. Face them and have good conversations. Don’t face the TV. That’s not good quality family time. That’s just a bunch of people sitting in front of the TV. Ask them about their day. Stimulate their minds. Encourage them to think. Ask for their opinions. Encourage them to read good books. Read with them and read to them.”