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From the Front Part 10

Mash’Allaah, we heard this morning that several of the students in Damaaj were killed when the Houthis attacked them yesterday. One French brother, two American brothers, one Russian brother, one Malaysian brother, several Yemenis and at least one Indonesian. Twenty-five students were killed (may Allaah have mercy upon them all), and fifty are wounded, about half of them critically. They are not allowed to leave the village for medical care.

The Houthis began their attack out of the blue.
“It was quiet; there hadn’t been any shooting, people were walking around,” said Mujaahid.

Then the Houthis attacked the mountain with both mortar shelling and anti-aircraft guns. Several students were injured in the first attack, but they managed to hold their positions, even telling the people below not to come up because it was too dangerous. The attack lasted from a little after eleven in the morning until after the afternoon prayer around three pm.

At some point the single students started up the mountain to try to lend assistance to the others. Mujaahid was watching- the Houthis were attacking the path with the mortars- rocks and dirt were pouring down the mountainside. They took up life-giving water; they came back down with a sadder burden, as they carried the dead and wounded down to the village.

I called Mujaahid today; I had been without a phone, and had only heard the news of the fighting that morning. Alhamdulillah, I was able to get through. He said he hadn’t called me because he didn’t want me to worry. Of course, hearing bits and pieces from various sources worried me much more than hearing it straight from him.

Today, he said, things are quiet. He was able to get some raisins and dates, rice and corn flour, and they still have a little white flour. I told him how to make tortillas, thinking they would be quick to cook, not taking up much propane or wood, and not necessarily need oil. He said they have also been able to get a half a chicken a day, an incredible blessing, alhamdulillah.

“Please,” I told him. “Please call when things happen, you won’t worry me at all.” Well, not worry me as much as not knowing will worry me, anyway. I paid my phone bill to be sure I can always call him back when he needs me, insh’Allaah.

Celebrating in Sana’a. Funeral prayers in Damaaj for twenty-five people. Only Allaah knows what the future holds, and He is the Best of Planners.

Until then, we wait, and we pray.

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4 comments

Umm Abdillaah on November 28, 2011 8:12 pm Reply

May Allaah protect them and preserve them in imaan. May Allaah grant them victory, amin.

Asiyyah Bint Dawud on November 29, 2011 8:45 pm Reply

Aameen to your du’aa Umm Abdillaah.
May Allaah give you, your family and the rest of the muslims patience during this time. May Allaah enable us to increase in eemaan and taqwa during time of ease and hardship.
May Allaah unite you with your son and grandchildren soon, and grant them victory over the shi’ite, in this world and in the hereafter.

Uhibbuki feesabeelillaah.
Ukhtuki fiddeen.

Thurayah Stoehr on November 30, 2011 11:18 pm Reply

Dear Khadijah. I had the computer shut off for three days as I was at school. I was so happy to be able to finally sit down to it tonight and now I am numb. It is almost hard to believe what has just happened. My prayers are with so many who lost their lives and are hurt. I am also praising Allah for Mujaahid’s safety. Always, Thurayah

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