A War Hero Comes For Taraweeh – The Remarkable Story Of Hajjah Hasna al-Hariri


An aged grandmother who involves taraweeh each night time seems to be a struggle hero dwelling in our midst. The outstanding story of Hajjah Hasna al-Hariri – grandmother, revolutionary, struggle hero – is revealed to the local people at nighttime nights of Ramadan.

A Grandmother Walks for Taraweeh

Ramadan nights are quiet at our Islamic middle: lower than twenty males, and much fewer girls are current every night time. Yet, each single night time, typically earlier than even any males arrive, one aged lady is already there and ready.

One weeknight, I overheard one other masjid aunty ask the Hajjah if she had walked – which she confirmed. I marveled at this. This aged lady, who clearly finds it tough to maneuver, who even sits and prays, walks each night time simply to hope taraweeh in jamaa’ah each night time. The nights are lengthy and chilly, the neighborhood isn’t the most effective. What should her love for Allah be like, if she does this at her age and infirmity? That night time, I prayed that I too may really feel the extent of imaan and devotion to ‘ibaadah that should fill her coronary heart.

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Then I puzzled – if she is right here earlier than anybody else, and with no man to accompany her… the place is her household?

After salah, I requested my father about her. “She’s known as al-Khansaa’,” he informed me. I instantly realized that there was a lot rather more to the story of this masjid grandmother.

Khansaa’ al-Hawraan: The Revolutionary

Hajjah Umm Qasim Hasna al-Hariri has been part of the Syrian revolution from the very starting. Her nickname is al-Khansaa’ – an extremely excessive honor – in homage to the nice Sahabiyyah al-Khansaa’. Hajjah Hasna smuggled meals and medical provides to civilians and revolutionaries. While her metropolis was underneath siege, she walked throughout farmland and fields to deliver again what she may. Under cowl of darkness, she took docs to the wounded. She watched considered one of her sons killed, 20 meters away from her, whereas numerous younger males died in her arms. She buried tens of our bodies, alone, along with her personal two palms.

Hajjah Hasna was labeled “the number one terrorist” and “ally to foreign terrorists” by the Assad regime – who ultimately captured her.


Bashar al-Assad’s army forces “arrested” her, alongside along with her daughter and her cousin, and held them within the Syrian demise camps often known as the army prisons. There, Hajjah Hasna witnessed horrors that no human ought to ever must see, not to mention endure. Her son-in-law was tortured and killed, tons of of males had been brutalized, simply as many ladies had been raped, and blood flowed by way of the corridors. Hajjah Hasna herself was tortured, regardless of already being in her 50s on the time. In the midst of this all, she remained a rock for all these round her, particularly the tons of of ladies who had been imprisoned, gang-raped, and tortured.

In a documentary detailing her experiences, Hajjah Hasna remembers one specific incident: troopers got here to tug out one of many girls within the cells to be raped, who fled behind the Hajjah. Hajjah Hasna had a damaged leg on the time, but when the troopers got here at her to get to the lady, she stood up and fought them off… solely to be stabbed twice. Despite her wound overflowing with blood, she remained so fierce in her protection of the lady that the troopers fell again, livid and unsuccessful.

The Mother of Martyrs

Over eight months later, with fourteen damaged bones and two stab wounds later, Hajjah Hasna was launched. Though she was warned to keep away from her hometown of Daraa, she made her manner again dwelling. Her tribespeople had been overjoyed, thronging to fulfill her as she returned. Yet amongst the group, crucial faces to her had been lacking: her husband, her sons, and her sons-in-law. “They have left you and gone to another land,” she was informed. Her ire was raised. How may they abandon her whereas she had spent months being tormented within the worst of Syrian prisons? “We shall show you where they went,” her kinsmen added rapidly, and led her to the graveyard.

Shortly after, the Hajjah left for Jordan to be along with her youngest son. Even throughout this time nevertheless, she refused to remain silent. Instead, she roused rallies and protests in opposition to the Syrian regime and supported the revolution in each manner she may. The Jordanian authorities shortly got here underneath strain from Bashar al-Assad, and determined to deport her. Her household scrambled to get her sponsorship to a different nation, and she or he was lastly accepted by Canada. Thus, Hajjah Hasna al-Hariri wound up dwelling in a resort within the metropolis of Victoria, British Columbia. She now walks alone within the chilly, darkish nights, to hope taraweeh with a handful of strangers each night time.

Revolutionary, War Hero, Refugee

Hajjah Hasna is a dwelling legend, a heroine who has no worry of the tyrants who tortured and murdered her family members, who fears solely Allah and mentions Him along with her each breath. She deserves a lot greater than to be exiled to a wierd land, surrounded by individuals who do not know of what she has endured. While we will do nothing to erase the recollections or heal the accidents of what she has suffered, we may also help her in some small manner. This donation marketing campaign is to lift cash to pay for her bills in addition to to buy a scooter for her; in order that relatively than strolling all over the place alone, she will not less than have some ease of mobility.

Please donate generously – we hope to present her the scooter in time for Eid inshaAllah!

UPDATE: The fundraising objective has been met, a mobility scooter was bought, and the remaining funds will likely be used to take care of Hajjah Hasna’s remaining wants. The marketing campaign is now closed, and we pray that Allah bless everybody who donated. JazaakumAllahu alf khayra! 

You can watch the documentary on Hajjah Hasna right here: [Part I, Part II], and an Al Jazeeera function on her right here. Read extra about her right here and right here.


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