My daughter in law called yesterday morning- seems like Mujaahid had just gone and filled up two containers of water at the pump and he wanted to go up on the roof to try to put it in the water tank. This makes sense- the water is only on once a week, so it’s a good idea to get as much as you can stored in the house. However, it is NOT such a good idea when there are Houthis snipers on the mountain hoping to take out a student or two.
“I’m exercising my motherly prerogative- do NOT go up on the roof!” I told him, thankful that in Islaam the basic rule is that the child must obey the parent unless he is being told to do something that conflicts with Islaam. And that I raised him right.
After a day of particularly heavy small arms fire on both sides- several people were wounded- a cease fire was called. The problem is, the Houthis rarely, if ever, actually comply with these matters- and indeed they did not; Mujaahid told me they continued to sporadically fire on people.
There have been twenty-five days of blockade now. A couple of days ago the masjid gave everyone some raisins to go along with their flour rations. Other than that, the stores are empty, and the rebels have gone back to shooting randomly at anyone who tries to go out of the village. Mujaahid continues to go to classes and to work. “It’s easy- I just have to duck, run and weave and bit,” he tells me, mash’Allaah.
Before we hang up, I stress to him that he is the head of his little family tribe, and as such it is his responsibility to know how long to stay and when he should decide to leave.
“Either way,” I tell him, “Just remember that you have to decide what is right for you. And talk to Hiyaat, she’s your partner in this. There is good in everything,” I assure him.
Several of the major scholars in Saudi Arabia have called for an end to the siege and for the people to remember and pray for their brothers and sisters in the village.
Sheikh Rabi’ah, may Allaah preserve him, said this.
Sheikh Muhammad ibn Haadee, may Allaah preserve him, said this
All I can add to what these lights of Islaam have said is a mother’s plea, first to Allaah, that her babies come out safe.
Until then, we wait, and we pray.