Thank You UK — For Voting Against Humanity

Thasneema
3 min readNov 18, 2023

Thank you, my dear MP, for voting against or abstaining from the ceasefire motion.

We hadn’t even begun the real conversation about Palestine with you — the illegal settlements, the apartheid, and more.

All we asked from you was to stand for a ceasefire — to stop the killing of any more children. And even that was too difficult for you.

We see your humanity. Thank you.

Gratitude for the current events

When I saw the news this week about our MP’s votes, I didn’t feel despondent. I didn’t feel helpless.

Honestly, I felt grateful. Not because of what they voted for, absolutely not. But because of this verse -

مَّا كَانَ ٱللَّهُ لِيَذَرَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَلَىٰ مَآ أَنتُمْ عَلَيْهِ حَتَّىٰ يَمِيزَ ٱلْخَبِيثَ مِنَ ٱلطَّيِّبِ ۗ

Allah would not leave the believers in the condition you were in, until He distinguished the good from the evil ˹among you˺. (3:179)

This is Allah distinguishing the good from the evil amongst us. How beautiful is that.

Reflections from this verse

Here are three things I’m specifically grateful for, while reflecting on this verse.

1. I’m grateful that the veil surrounding the Wests morality has been lifted

We truly know how their moral compass works now. It’s become clear as daylight how the colour of one’s skin is a prerequisite to benefiting from the Wests moral values.

You’ve shown us that the blood of ten innocent Palestinians doesn’t hold the same weight as 1 Israeli.

We hear you loud and clear.

2. I’m grateful that the myth of needing ‘Muslim Representation’ is exposed

We were always ready to vote for that MP, or support that author because they waved the label ‘Muslim’. But these past 40 days have really exposed the true intentions of these Muslim figures — how they used their Muslim labels as a marketing tool to rally support for themselves rather than for the sake of their communities. They came to our mosques, our community events to ask us to support them. But when their community needs them, they’re no longer to be seen.

One thing is clear — I’d rather have no Muslim representation than that.

3. I’m grateful for the gift of Islam

I’m grateful for being granted the gift of Islam — a way of life that lays down our moral framework and reminds us to stand by it, even when it does not benefit us personally.

A deen that reminds us that the life here is just a pit stop and not worth sacrificing your eternal hereafter for.

And if that’s not your way of life, then should we be surprised to see you compromise your morals to maintain your position and stay relevant?

A turning point

I know, none of this is new. There are all matters that were clear to us before too. But this time, it feels different.

This time, as we witness a genocide happening live on our screens and we see the people of power and influence turn their heads away, a stronger resolve takes hold inside of us.

It feels like a turning point for our generation. A turning point, I hope, that shapes the way we see ourselves as individuals and an ummah going forward.

Stay tuned for the next blog post about the lessons we can learn as Muslim youth and the actions we can take going forward.

I hope we get to meet each other in that post. Until then, if you have any thoughts about what you’ve just read let me know (in the comments or any other way). I’d love to start a conversation!

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Thasneema

I write to make sense of the world, to make sense of myself. Reflecting on life and faith through fiction and daily happenings. Instagram: @tas.neemuu