Sunday, January 19, 2014
It was Saturday, 10th Rabi-ul-awwal (11th Jan. 2014), our Yemeni neighbours pounded on our door screaming for my husband.... I could sense the urgency in their voices! In no time the news reached my ear... "We have to leave Dammaj in 4 (F-O-U-R days)!" We were stunned and dismayed by the news...! Not only did we endure a ruthless, coldblooded war and siege by the Rawâfidh for 93 days (3months) but now we have to leave Dammaj (lock, stock and barrel) at such short notice! It was like our nest which we had so carefully and tirelessly built was disintegrating! I can't put into words what we felt and went through when this news was officially confirmed. The duaa of Umm Salamahرضي الله عنها was the first thing that came to my mind:
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
‘To Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return.'
"O Allaah, reward me for my affliction & replace it for me with something better."
After three months of bloody war, the Rawâfidh (Houthies) and those cooperating with them, had changed their strategy with regards to Dammaj. They could not enter through the front door, so they entered through the rear. By Allaah we are being oppressed unjustly!! He سُبحانه وتعالى is a witness to their evil plot.