#PrayForGaza , a popular hashtag all over the internet that asks people to pray for Gaza. Yes, pray for Gaza, and “you don’t have to be a Muslim to pray for Gaza, you simply need to be human.” Gaza needs too much support and apparently, prayers.
I once tweeted:
For all those who are praying for Gaza, praying doesn’t do anything. Act. Speak. Fight. Resist. #GazaUnderFire
— Arwa (@Starwen) July 13, 2014
I felt a bit weird about this tweet afterwards; why am I criticizing people who find solace in praying? Maybe their prayers are indeed answered, and if not now, then maybe in the near future. Maybe it’s the only thing to do, pray – for peace. Don’t you all do that before going to sleep: praying for world peace and no more innocent people to die?
Well, I don’t do that. I don’t pray. I’m an atheist. And one of the flaws I’m working on is never to criticize those who pray, believe and find themselves through faith and religion. I try not to criticize, even though, deep within I do criticize those, I mainly criticize religions and people’s obsession with God. I always believed that the diversity in religions separates people. And maybe for once people should start removing these religion barriers as one step towards humanity.
I do however envy those who believe. I wish I can find a way back to believing (I was a believer once). While everyone is praying for Gaza, I’m just crying for Gaza – I’m writing for Gaza. And sometimes I wonder, can I, an atheist, find a way to pray?
Perhaps I missed the whole concept of faith and beliefs. Perhaps God is not that supreme powerful being, but it is mainly a concept of humanity that I cannot myself apprehend or relate to. I do believe in many things though: I believe in freedom, love, creation, knowledge, goodness, happiness, and many more, but I never thought I should believe in one supreme powerful being. I don’t want to worship anything, and I cannot pray.
But maybe it’s time to learn how to pray. For Gaza. For humanity and goodness.