RANDOM THOUGHTS: Syria, the West and Pakistan (Part I) - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Syria, the West and Pakistan
Part I
Dr. A.Q. Khan


The Syrians and their country have been the victims of brutal aggression by Western countries, especially the USA, UK, France and Israel. It is reported that Hillary Clinton wrote an email stating that destroying Syria would be most beneficial for Israel as there then wouldn’t be any country to threaten them. At the moment Saylani Welfare Trust, through its President, Maulana Muhammad Bashir Qadri, and his colleagues are in Syria providing help (food, medicines, clothing, etc.) to the Syrian victims of this aggression.

It almost seems like the Almighty is annoyed with us. Muslims, wherever they are, are in trouble. For the Syrians the trouble started during the First World War when the traitor Sharif of Makkah joined hands with the Western countries in an effort to destroy the Turks in the Arab World. They even allowed themselves to be led by a Colonel (Lawrence) of the British army. They attacked and killed many Turks in Makkah, Madinah and the Arab Countries. In the end they had to suffer the consequences when Britain and France conspired to create Israel in Palestine. Iraq was given to Amir Faisal when he was forcefully evicted from Syria. Besides Isreal, Lebanon was also created. When the Syrians opposed this, the French, with the help from Senegalese soldiers, crushed them brutally. All this was possible due to internal intrigues, wars and friendships with the West.

Syria is a beautiful country – lush green, lovely fruits, good crops, excellent cuisine, etc. They are friendly people and, just like the Turks, they look more European than Asian. We have been to Syria on an official visit at the invitation of H.E. Saleha Sanker, Minister of Higher Education. Dr. Afzal Akhbar Khan, our Ambassador there, accompanied us throughout the visit. He is a very competent diplomat and speaks Arabic fluently. Before this posting he had been Ambassador to Bahrain. While in Syria we attended a conference and visited the Institute of Higher Technology, University of Damascus. The tombs of Hazrat Nuruddin Zangi, Salahuddin Ayubi, Hazrat Zainab, Masjid Bani Umayya and Hazrat Khalid Bin Wahid are all in Syria. It was in Homs that Hazrat Khalid Bin Wahid defeated the strong Roman army of more than 125,000 soldiers with only about 25 to 30,000 soldiers of his own. After winning the war he was removed by Hazrat Umar. He is buried in Homs. He was given the title of Saifullah (sword of the Almighty Allah) for his bravery and gallantry. Next to his mazar is a square beam with an Arabic inscription which reads: “How unlucky I am that my body is covered with the marks of lances, swords and arrows, but I could not earn a martyr’s death”. The Syrian Professor accompanying us explained that, since he was the Sword of Allah, how could he be defeated or killed by anyone.

Syria has one of the oldest civilizations – almost 800,000 years. Archaeologists determined this from the many artifacts found there. This area was under the Romans for a very long time. All the Arab countries were under the Romans. Around 539 BC the Iranians occupied Syria, which lasted until the Greek, Alexander the Great conquered the area. This occupation ended between 635 to 640, when the Arabs, under Khalid Bin Walid (RA), conquered them at Homs. A similar victory was achieved in 1192 by Sultan Shahabuddin Ghauri at Tarain near Delhi, where he defeated the combined forces of many Hindu rulers – about 130,000 strong – with only about 12,000 troops. More than 100 Rajas and Maharajas, including Prithvi Raj Chowhan, were killed in this war. The first Muslim ruler with an Islamic State was then established under Qutubbuddin Aaibak.

In the middle of the 7th century the Banu Ummaya transferred the capital of their Islamic government from Madinah to Damascus. At that time, Muslims ruled vast areas reaching from Spain to Central Asia. Especially Abdul Malik and Al-Walid were responsible for the construction of splendid palaces, parks and roads. In the 8th century the Abbasids defeated Banu Ammaya, wiping out the whole dynasty. They moved the capital from Damascus to Baghdad, which became the centre of a dynasty of grandeur under the famous Caliph Haroon Rashid and his son. This grand dynasty was crushed and brutally destroyed by the Mongols under Halaku Khan, Baghdad was put on fire and the Caliph was murdered.

In 1916 the French diplomat, Francois Georges-Picot, and the British diplomat, Mark Sykes, signed a secret pact and in 1918 the British army raided Damascus and Aleppo, the two most beautiful cities. Amir Faisal, son of the Sharif of Makkah, ruled Syria for a short while, but he was soon removed by the French and their Arab stooges. They occupied Syria and Faisal was given Iraq. That same year the French occupied Syria and Lebanon and the British occupied Palestine, including Jordan, under the San Remo Conference to accomplish their nefarious plan to create Israel.

As stated earlier, the President of Seylani International Welfare Trust, Maulana Muhammed Bashir Qadri, is currently in Syria with a few of his colleagues. They are helping the victims of this beleaguered city with much-needed food, clothing, medicine, etc. on a large scale. His trip was pre-arranged by his very competent and able assistant, Mr. Zubair Ashrafi, who had gone to Turkey and Syria beforehand to assess the situation and to make the necessary arrangements. The Seylani Welfare Trust is an excellent organisation. They serve food to almost 100,000 people in Karachi every day and distribute meat to poor families at least once a week. They also arrange the marriages of poor couples, giving them a reasonable amount of household items to start off with. They run vocational training centres and train thousands of people, helping them to become self-sufficient. They provide scholarships to needy students and provide free medical treatment to poor patients. The Trust is non-political and non-sectarian and thousands of people in Karachi benefit from their services. May Almighty Allah shower His blessings on all the staff members of this noble organization – Ameen.

To be continued.

Posted on May 08, 17 | 7:48 am