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From the Front

Last night I spoke with my eldest son, who lives in a village in the northern part of Yemen. I asked him how he and his family were doing, and he answered, “Fine, everything’s fine.” He then went on to tell me that the Shi’ite guerrillas had blockaded the village, allowing no one to enter or leave, not even for medical care, as well as stopping people from bringing in food, propane, and other supplies. I guess “fine” is relative, right?

This little war has been going on for several years. It has its active times and its more inactive times, but it never dies completely. In theory, they were in a calm stage, and the blockade came as a surprise to them. Apparently trying to make me feel better, he told me that other tribes had implemented a blockade back at the Shi’is. Great, I thought, that certainly opens the door for escalation in the fighting- and the Houthi rebels have no compunction about killing innocent people and children. It was only a few months ago they killed one of my son’s friends and his little four year old boy.

What will the new day bring for the people of Yemen?

To top this off, the fighting in Sana’a has worsened considerably in the last couple of weeks. According to a Yemeni family who lives there, people are afraid to go out of their houses because the tribe who is behind the uprising against the president has snipers positioned all over the place, and they take out whoever they see- doesn’t matter who you are or where you are going. In Old Sana’a they are reportedly destroying houses, seemingly at random. I hate to think of what the people in the city are going through. How can a group that is supposedly trying to better the Yemenis condition kill them at random and cause them so much pain and trouble? It seems clear that this tribal leader simply wants to have the power, without thought for the people of Yemen themselves.

So it goes on, and on, and on. I pray for the people of Yemen, and I pray especially for my son and his wife and babies in their little northern village. I wish somehow that word of what is really happening would get out, but I know that even if it was reported in the New York Times, nothing would really change. As usual, I have to fall back on patience and prayer, and wait to see what comes of this “Arab spring.”

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Yemeni Niqabi on October 24, 2011 7:22 am

As salaamu alaiki wa rahmatullah
May Allah keep your family and all of the Muslimeen safe from the harm of these people, Ameen.

You spoke of the Tribal leader and his (possible) quest for power, ironically, I just read last night how Allah speaks about those who desire power, glory and honor and that these things belong to Allah. However, one can get these things if he would only obey Him.

How far have the people strayed away from the Book and the Sunnah with all of these affairs (Arab Spring and the like) when the answer for all that ails is in the Qu’ran and Sunnah.

Khadijah on October 26, 2011 4:24 pm

Wa aleikum assalam wa rahmatullah
Mash’Allaah, BarakAllaahufeekee for your comment and reminder. One of the Salaf said, “How many people seek good but fail to attain it?” I see this so strongly with the situation here now. One would suppose that the protesters want good to come of these uprisings and such, but they didn’t look to the sources, as you mentioned, and they didn’t ask the people of knowledge concerning the way to attain lasting good. Again, thank you for your insight and beneficial reminder!

umm abdillah on November 25, 2011 8:38 pm

as salaam u alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu,
i spoke to umm hyaat tonight an was happy to hear the baby is better, habibty. we are all in dua and we must depend on Allah. May Allah ease your distress and remove this calamity from our brothers and sisters there.It’s a test in patience and reliance on Allah. Alhamdulllilah, the students know what these things mean. they also rally together in times of hardship and seek to relieve one anothers burdens. thanks so much for keeping us posted concerning whats happening there and also for raising awareness about the situation.I love you for Allahs sake.
ur sister,
umm abdillah

Angela E. Gambrel on October 25, 2011 4:36 pm

I will pray for the safety of your son and his family.

Khadijah on October 26, 2011 4:24 pm

Thank you, Angela, that means a lot to us, alhamdulillah.

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Thurayah Stoehr on December 4, 2011 2:50 pm

Khadijah, And so it began…what seems like almost a half a lifetime ago, but in reality about six weeks. When I first read this, I couldn’t respond. I was so devastated and frozen with fear! Now we are still afraid, but also filled with hope and trausting in Allah for all things. Thurayah

Oum Assia on May 13, 2012 7:58 pm

Assalam aleyki wa rahmatulah , mashalah , may alah bless you sister Khadidjah .

Oukhti Yéméni Niqabi , please , are you the sister of this blog :


Barakalahoufeekee §

Oum Assia on May 13, 2012 8:27 pm

If you are, please , can you email me inshalah , iI would like to ask you the permission to translate in french some articles of your blog ans post them in my blog .

Jazaki lahoukheyran .