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Libyan Youth Destined to a Life of Confusion

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I am a Libyan that has never seen his country Libya nor his great city of Benghazi. I live my life from day to day wondering "what am I?" and "who am I?" Am I an American because I was born in this country and because I have lived all my life here? Or am I a Libyan trapped in the wilderness of North America? Is this fair? Is it fair for me to live my life in utter confusion and pain? Is it fair for someone to not be able to see his OWN country because of a ruthless regime that is so unpredictable that the entire stability of the nation could change in a mere second depending on an insane leader's mood that particular day? Is it fair for my American peers to ask me where I'm from, and I am ashamed to answer them because of lack of knowledge of my OWN country. 23 years of life! 23 years of life without meeting any family members outside of my immediate family, without strolling in my father's old neighborhoods and meeting my mother's childhood friends, 23 years without walking on the sand of my forefathers. I ask anyone with a heart that beats human blood, "Is this fair?"

Is it fair, Muammar El Gaddafi, that you have deprived a whole generation of young Libyan Americans and others abroad from knowing their past and inevitably destroying their future. Do you think that Allah will not ask you about my Libyan friends that were destined to a life of alcohol, drugs, and prison in a foreign country because of a void future? Do you think that Allah will not ask you about my peers who got older here in this country and ended up getting married in the U.S.? Is it fair for their family members in Libya to not be able to attend their loved one's wedding? I want to ask you one thing. How do you sleep at night? How do you smile and laugh with the horror you have inflicted on your own people? Unfortunately, I am not the only one living in this situation. Thousands upon thousands of Libya's youth are living in these circumstances. I swear by Allah, THIS IS NOT FAIR! THIS IS NOT FAIR! THIS IS NOT FAIR!

It was reported that Khalifa Umar ibn al Khattab (RAA) was once seen praying through the night in the Masjid annabawi ashareef, and someone asked him, "O Amir al Mumineen, do you not sleep?" He said, "If I sleep in the day, I will betray my responsibility towards the Muslim Ummah, and if I sleep at night, I will betray myself in front of Allah."

Muammar El Gaddafi, I say this today, and let it be heard throughout the ages. "I will NEVER forgive you for what you have done to me, personally, from depriving me of seeing my country to depriving me of knowing my OWN family. Secondly, I will NEVER forgive you for what you have done to my people in Libya and outside Libya by means of torture, pain, humiliation, and suffering be it economic, social, spiritual, or otherwise."

Grandson of Seedi Idris El Sanoussi


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