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

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


The population of the Muslim World is about 1 billion 600 million. If the present trend of population growth continues, there will be about 2.5 billion Muslims by the year 2050. The Islamic World consists of 57 countries covering an area of about 20 million square kilometers. Some of these countries have vast reserves of oil, gas and minerals. They have huge markets and occupy strategic central positions in the world. However, despite all this, the Islamic Countries have no importance in world politics.

Whether it is Kashmir, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen, all these countries are suffering from wars, sabotage and suicide attacks. Thousands of innocent citizens have lost their lives, and are continuing to do so, from suicide attacks and bombardment by Western countries. At the moment they are bombing Syria and whole cities have been turned to rubble.

Is it not tragic that, while the Syrians are facing hell on earth, other Islamic countries are not only looking the other way, but some are even supporting the West. Muslims seem to be totally ignorant of the prayers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), who said: “O Almighty Allah, please shower Your blessings on Syria and Yemen”. The Companions then asked the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to also include Najd in his prayers. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) then again prayed for Syria and Yemen. When the Companions requested prayer for the third time, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that there would be earthquakes and fighting and the horn of the devil will appear there. However, he said, there was good news for Syria as Almighty Allah had sent angels to provide shade and cover on Syria by spreading their wings to protect them. On another occasion the Holy Prophet (PBUH) described Syria as the “centre of truth”. “One group of my followers will always follow the edicts of Allah”, he said. “Their opponents will not be able to harm them and they will be steadfast until doomsday”. Hazrat Maaz (RA) said that the people referred to would be in Syria (Bukhari 3641). The Holy Prophet (PBUH) also said: “The situation will soon deteriorate very much. Many armies will be formed. One army will be in Syria, one in Iraq and one in Yemen”. When Ibn Hawaleh asked him what to do if he were alive at that time, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) answered that he must choose Syria because that is a land loved by the Almighty and He chooses His favourits to live there. “If you are unable to settle in Syria”, he said, “then go to Yemen and supply potable water to the people because the Almighty has, for my sake, taken the responsibility of feeding and looking after the people of Syria and of the country, Syria” (Masnad Ahmad 17005). “Doomsday will not happen”, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said “until the best people of Iraq move to Syria and the worst people of Syria move to Iraq. Syria is a land of destruction” (Masnad Bazar 3965). In the light of these sayings, Syria is sacred for Muslims as the Almighty designated it as a sacred place. Therefore, it is the duty of Muslims all over the world to look after the Syrians and provide them with food and clothing.

Many Syrians have been wounded in heavy bombardments by planes and long-range artillery. These poor people – young, old, infants, woman alike – are all forced to spend their days and nights out in the bitter cold with no shelter or roof over their heads. Even now these indiscriminate, barbaric bombings are continuing. This amounts to war crimes as unarmed civilians are being killed.

The Gulf Wars, 9/11, aggression against Iraq, bombardment of Afghanistan, the revolt in Libya and the murder of Gadaffi, the plot in Egypt to remove Morsi, the war in Syria, Shia-Sunni conflicts, the Kurdish anti-state action in Turkey, the attempted coup in Turkey, etc. are all orchestrated Jewish plots. Fighting has forced 6 million Syrians to leave their homes, property, crops, cattle, etc. and they are living as refugees in camps under horrible conditions. The situation looks grim because no Western countries are willing to help them while the rich Muslim nations are not forthcoming and looking the other way. Fortunately, there are a few welfare organizations run by kind-hearted people (like our own Seylani Welfare Trust) who are doing excellent work in helping these war-affected people.

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyab Erdon, has accepted more than two million refugees, while Kuwait accepted 120,000 and Iraq about 250,000. So far, Turkey has been the best and most welcoming place for them to be. NGOs and other organization in Pakistan have been active in offering assistance of food and clothing. Seylani International Welfare Trust officials, under Mr. Zubair Muhammad Ashrafi and Mr. Aamir Iqbal, went to Turkey at the request of AFAD, the Turkish coordinators of aid to refugees. They visited Istanbul, Ankara and other camp sites where Syrian refugees have been relocated and asked them about their problems and requirements. Some of the problems could be sorted out on the spot, while other problems were identified, the major one being to provide assistance to the needy. The delegation managed to help 2,000 refugee families with food and clothing. The Seylani Welfare Trust is working on a programme to offer subsistence on a monthly, regular basis and to provide education facilities. Their President, Bashir Bhai, together with Turkish officials, is organizing a help supply line. He is currently in Syria and phoned me two days ago telling me of the kind of help he is trying to organize.

I sincerely request all well-to-do Pakistanis to come forward and do what they can to help the Syrians. They need our help badly. Please join hands with Seylani Welfare Trust to enable them to carry out their humanitarian work in Syria. Thank you.


Posted on May 16, 17 | 1:56 am