A Palestinian man’s story: He was the first person to see the Prophet Mohammad –
By Yigal PalmorThe Jerusalem PostPosted Oct 05, 2018 07:19:48As a young man, Shai al-Araj, was a child soldier, and the first to see Muhammad.
Al-Arahj was a fighter, and he was shot in the back by a Palestinian sniper, and survived.
His story has become an international sensation and a beacon for Palestinians in Gaza.
It is a story that has captivated the world and helped raise awareness about the suffering of the Palestinian people.
His courage and dedication to the cause of Palestine’s liberation has been the inspiration behind the international movement against terrorism, he told Al Jazeera.
Al-Araqi was an 11-year-old boy when his father was killed by a sniper in 1996.
He was among a group of Palestinian boys who had been shot in their village of Qalandiya in the northern West Bank.
He survived and, together with his brothers and father, took refuge in a school that was closed by the Israeli military.
But they were never allowed to return to their village.
Al Jazeera spoke to Al-Amarah, his father, about his son’s life.
What was the day of the battle?
We were sitting at home one day, and someone said, “Let’s go to the army, let’s see what they say about us.
The soldiers were all on their knees, but they were only doing this for our sake.”
So we went and sat down in the house.
I had a cup of tea, and I asked him what was going on.
I said, I want to ask him about his father.
The soldier said, Oh, yes, I told him about the battle.
I said, Where were you killed?
He said, They shot me.
And I said [I am] not afraid, I have faith in Allah.
I had to go to hospital, I had stitches in my head, but I did not think I would die.
I did not know what to do.
I thought I was going to die.
Then I saw [Muhammad] in the window.
He had been killed by the soldiers and his body was lying on the ground.
I came back and asked my father, “What did you do to my father?”
And he said, [We] tried to save him.
But it was very difficult.
I did everything I could, I was in the hospital, and we were afraid to leave.
Then my father said, ‘You must come to my house, and you must be quiet.
We have nothing left to live for.’
I said yes.
He came to my room and he said that my mother had gone to her home to bury him, and she was going out.
So I went there.
I stayed there for four days, but the soldiers said, no, we will not let you leave.
I came back.
And then he died.
I thought about him every day.
My father was a very religious man.
He loved God and loved Palestine, and was an Arab, and had a great desire to see God.
When I was 13, I went to see him.
He died when I was 15.
I was 10 years old.
When we arrived at the house, we saw that his body had been moved to a different room.
And then I was able to hear him speaking, saying, ‘O Muhammad, I know you, I will see you in the heavens.
I have seen you, and God has brought you back.’
And I said to my mother, ‘Do you want to hear this?’
She said, Yes, I am ready to hear it.
And I heard him say, ‘I am Muhammad, and Allah has brought me back, I swear to you.’
And then I heard Allah say, ‘[You are] the prophet, and this is your prophet, Muhammad.’
And when I saw him in the room, I said: ‘I have seen your face, I knew your name.’
And the soldiers left, but a few days later, they came and said, My son is dead.’
I went to the house and I saw that my father was lying in the courtyard of the house with his head under a stone.
And when I asked them about it, they said, There is no stone, it was a grave, and then they took him out of the courtyard and they took me to a place called Abu al-Zahra.
The soldiers said to me, ‘How old were you when you saw your father’s body?’
I said 14.
I told them that I had seen him before.
They said, But you were young, and your mother was sick, so you had to come back to see your father.
I went and they brought me to my brother, and they said to him, ‘We are afraid to go outside, you must stay inside.’
I said to them, ‘