SYRIA

TODAY THE PLIGHT ON THE FRONTLINE!!!

TURKISH TROOPS ALSO FLEE
From the frontline of the misguided Syrian ‘jihad’, comes the following desperate call portraying the heartrending conditions of both the tens of thousands of refugees and mujaahideen who are all currently fleeing with their lives and whatever they can carry with them. The massive exodus from Idhlib, the last so-called ‘stronghold’ of the mujahideen and other evil rebel fighters who are no better than the brutal Assad butcher, vociferously and vigourously testifies to the huge error of those who had dubbed the brutal animality of the Syrian conflagration a ‘jihad’. The panic and pandemonium accompanying the flight further testify that Allah Azza Wa jal is magnifying His Athaab for the masses and the ‘mujahideen’ who had displayed staggering ignorance from the very inception of their U.S. conspired and directed ‘jihad.
A DESPERATE MESSAGE FROM THE FRONTLINE

From …………A Brother currently present in the arena of conflict. Message received today, Friday 7th February
Asalamualaykum. Things are going from bad to worse here in Syria. Sararkib which is about 8km from Idlib city fell last night. They bombing the city itself which is the last stronghold of the Ahlus Sunnah and the Mujahideen. People are fleeing in their tens of thousands. They putting whatever belongings they can carry down on any piece of ground that they can find. It is raining here at the moment and a cold front is approaching. Allah make easy!
All Mujahideen are busy evacuating their families to the Turkish border. They and their families are now themselves Refugees. They also dumping their families on whatever piece of ground they can find.
They also appealing for tents etc. They don’t know where to go or what to do with their families. Lots and lots of aid of every kind is needed.

They are clueless as to what to do next. I really don’t know what is going to happen
Turkey sealed the border. Turkey sent in troops and tanks, but they also fled Sararkib. Whole of Sararkib was surrounded. They managed to break through last night and flee. May Allah Ta’ala have mercy.

(End of the Brother’s message)

COMMENT

“They managed to break through last night and flee.”: This statement may refer to either the surrounded mujahideen or to the Turkish troops.
What is currently transpiring was always a forgone conclusion which never posed any enigma to any person of sound intelligence. We can only supplicate and say: May Allah Ta’ala have mercy!

The man who sold me to the Americans gets a death penalty

Moazzam Begg shares his thoughts upon hearing the death sentence being handed down to Pervez Musharraf:

I can’t say I was excited when I read the news earlier this week that former Pakistani President and army General, Pervez Musharraf, was sentenced to death for high treason.

During my time as a prisoner of the US military in Guantanamo, I was told that I could be facing execution if I failed to co-operate. Although I’d neither been charged with a crime nor faced any prosecution, US interrogators told me that execution chambers were being built and that justice would be swift. Two decades later, not a single Guantanamo prisoner has been convicted for the 9/11 attacks.

When this news reached my family in Britain,[1] it had a devastating effect. My wife, who had given birth to my youngest child five months after I was detained, was almost paralysed with fear for days. My father, may Allāh have mercy on him, who had at one time been an ardent supporter of Musharraf, redoubled his efforts to fight for my release.

My father was the son of a captain in the British Indian Army who fought in World War II, later migrating to Pakistan after the partition of India. Our family tree goes right back to the period of the last Mughal emperor. It states: “Mirza Abdul Raheem Begg was an officer in the army of Aurangzeb.” In a sense, I was brought up with great respect for the army.

I had grown up loving Pakistan. I’d lived in Karachi, Sargodha, Lahore, and Peshawar. I’d traversed the breathtaking Karakoram Highway and travelled from the beautiful city of Muzaffarabad, witnessing the jaw-dropping magnificence of Gilgit and the Hunza Valley. But, I also saw the ugliest side of Pakistan and it was all under the rule of General Pervez Musharraf.

In the summer of 2001, I travelled with my family to Kabul to work on a project building a girls’ school in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Shortly before the US-led invasion, we evacuated and fled to Pakistan, taking up residence in Islamabad where we awaited the end of hostilities.

At midnight on 31st January, 2002, I was about to turn in for the night when the door-bell rang. When I opened the door, I didn’t realise it would be the last time I’d see my wife and children for the next three years.

The details of what happened next are well documented.[2] Suffice to say that I was shackled, hooded, abducted, and disappeared at gunpoint by Pakistani ISI and US CIA agents, taken to a secret prison where I was held for three weeks. I witnessed prisoners being beaten mercilessly.

The Pakistanis said they knew I’d done nothing wrong but they had “no choice” and that it was all because of American threats to “bomb Pakistan into the Stone Age” [3] if they didn’t cooperate – something Musharraf later confirmed.

But it wasn’t just the threats; money had something to do with it too. Shortly after my release from Guantanamo, I wrote Enemy Combatant. Not long after that, my publishers, Simon and Schuster, published Musharraf’s memoir, In the Line of Fire in which he responded to criticisms that Pakistan wasn’t doing enough to fight terrorism:

“Those who habitually accuse us of not doing enough in the war on terror should simply ask the CIA how much prize money it has paid to the government of Pakistan.” [4]

My family began ‘habeas’ proceedings in Pakistan on my behalf straight after I was taken. A judge even issued an order to the Ministry of Interior instructing me to be released or brought to court. It replied with a sworn statement that I was not in their custody. Of course I wasn’t; they had already handed me over to the Americans.

Around half of the 779 prisoners who were sent to Guantanamo were detained by Pakistan and were handed over to the US without any legal process. The procedure known as “extraordinary rendition” was a euphemism for abduction, false imprisonment, and torture, and Musharraf was happy to get paid for it. What he didn’t realise, however, was that he’d sealed a terrible fate for his country.

Pakistan allowed America the use of its airspace and soil to launch cruise missile and aerial strikes into Afghanistan killing thousands. It has led to the longest war in US history.

The war gave rise to the Pakistan Tehreek-eTaliban (PTT) and other groups which carried out attacks against the army as well as civilians in retaliation for military incursions and drone strikes in the tribal region. Tens of thousands were killed. As a result, Musharraf introduced emergency rule in which he seized power,[5] suspended the constitution and elections, arrested Supreme Court judges, and banned the media from publishing anything that criticised him or the military. These are some of the reasons why Musharraf was convicted for treason this week.

In my mind, however, Pervez Musharraf has yet to stand trial for what he did to people like Amina Masoud Janjua.[6] She has been fighting to locate her husband who disappeared in Pakistani military custody in 2005 and has not been heard of to date. Musharraf was also responsible for the fate of Aafia Siddiqui’s 5-year disappearance in 2003 in Pakistani custody only to resurface in Afghanistan facing dubious charges of attempted murder and a subsequent 86-year prison sentence in the US.

In 2010, I returned to Pakistan with Yvonne Ridley to make a film about the house I was kidnapped from. [7] We met with others who’d suffered a similar fate, including Amina and Aafia’s family. I recounted to the Pakistani press all of the abuses we’d suffered, from witnessing the desecration of the Quran to the violation of our bodies.[8] There was no escaping the role of Musharraf in all of this.

Pakistan’s former military leader will probably never return home to face his sentence, but there is a sense that Divine Justice is being carried out. I still remember the brothers’ prayers against him in the middle of the night, when nothing stirred except the sounds of crickets and the soft Caribbean breeze rubbing the barbed wired against the razor wire.

Maybe one day Musharraf will understand the power of that prayer and reflect on the words of the Noble Prophet who said:

واتق دعوة المظلوم فإنه ليس بينها وبين الله حجاب

“And fear the prayer of the oppressed for between it and Allah there is no barrier.”

Source: http://www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2979076.stm

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2zusq-BDbM

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/sep/22/pakistan.usa

[4] https://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2006/10/2008491459193557.html

[5] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-emergency/musharraf-imposes-emergency-rule-idUSCOL19928320071103?sp=true

[6] https://www.cage.ngo/amina-masood-janjua-leading-human-rights-campaigner-arrested-amid-police-violence-paki

[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYt48xR_Wpc

[8] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4535491.stm

China’s Concentration Camps: Uyghur Muslims

 Data leak sheds light on how China ‘brainwashes’ Uyghur Muslims

Leaked documents from China’s Communist Party expose the brainwashing taking place inside high-security internment camps for Muslims in the country’s tightly controlled Xinjiang region.

The so-called China Cables were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a US-based donor-funded reporting outlet, and shared with 17 media partners for publication on Sunday.

The documents lift the lid on conditions for about a million members of the Muslim Uyghur community in the far western region who are thought to be detained without trial and forced to undergo indoctrination.

China’s government has repeatedly said the camps offer voluntary education and training to help stamp out so-called “Islamic extremism”. Beijing’s envoy to the UK told the BBC, one of the ICIJ’s media partners, that the documents were fake news.

The files “include a classified list of guidelines” approved by top Chinese officials for running camps and a “massive data collection and analysis system that uses artificial intelligence” to help round up suspect Xinjiang residents, said ICIJ reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian.

“The system is able to amass vast amounts of intimate personal data through warrantless manual searches, facial recognition cameras, and other means to identify candidates for detention, flagging for investigation hundreds of thousands merely for using certain popular mobile phone apps,” wrote Allen-Ebrahimian.

“The documents detail explicit directives to arrest Uyghurs with foreign citizenship and to track Xinjiang Uyghurs living abroad, some of whom have been deported back to China by authoritarian governments.”

Earlier this month, another trove of Chinese government documents leaked to the New York Times daily revealed details about Beijing’s fears over religious extremism and its wholesale crackdown on Uyghurs.

This latest revelation is not new and forms part of a wide scale systemic repression and persecution of Uyghur Muslims. Several human rights organisations and experts have raised concerns surrounding the Chinese government’s actions against the minority community.

According to UN experts and activists, China is holding over one million people, particularly Uyghur Muslims, in detention centres. However, China describes these camps as “re-education camps” aiming to “stamp out ‘extremism’ and give [Uyghur Muslims] new skills.”

The Uyghur Muslims that are not detained and thrown into concentration camps and are instead faced with scrutiny from the security forces. This includes but is not limited to armed checkpoints, ID cards and facial recognition cameras.

China is said to have also deployed over a million spies to closely monitor the activity of Uyghur Muslims. According to a Communist party officer, the spies visit Uyghur households and during their visits they work, eat, and frequently share a bed with their “hosts”.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officer who oversees between 70 to 80 Uyghur families, Yengisar county said, “They stay with their paired relatives day and night”.

He added that “normally one or two people sleep in one bed, and if the weather is cold, three people sleep together”.

China’s ‘Xinjiang’ region is home to some 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which accounts for roughly 45% of ‘Xinjiang’s’ total population, has long accused the Chinese authorities of political, economic, and cultural discrimination.

Over the last two years, China has subjected the region to increasingly draconian restrictions, including banning men from growing beards and women from wearing veils. The country has also introduced, what many observers see as, the world’s most extensive electronic surveillance program, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, as least one million people – roughly 7% of Xinjiang’s Muslim population – have been incarcerated in an ever-expanding network of “political re-education” camps, according to both US and UN officials.

May Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) free all of our brothers and sisters from oppression, forgive our shortcomings and give us the tawfīq to get to work. Āmīn.

Read Also:

China’s Concentration Camps: What Can We Do?

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] AA

[2] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-uighur-muslim-people-move-homes-xinjiang-china-religion-a8648561.html
[3] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang-rights-exclusive/exclusive-west-japan-rebuke-china-at-un-for-detention-of-uighurs-idUSKCN1U51E1
[4] https://www.islam21c.com/news-views/prominent-uyghur-writer-dies-at-chinese-internment-camp/

‘War on Kurds’ Myth Debunked – Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring

France, Germany, and the Netherlands have all halted their weapons exports to Turkey.[1] The US imposed sanctions in response to its operation ‘Peace Spring’ in northern Syria.[2] The operation, despite being aimed as dislodging control of the YPG-dominated (and euphemistically-named) ‘Syrian Democratic Force (SDF)’ in Syria’s northern regions, is still being dubbed a ‘war against the Kurds’ by some.

Good Terrorist—Bad Terrorist
The YPG is a recognised extension of the PKK. The US,[3] UK, and Turkey have all outlawed the PKK as a proscribed terrorist organisation, who are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians in mainland Turkey. Some segments of the media however continues to infer that it is only Turkey that makes this association. It is as if, in the age of information, the world did not see their true colours unfurling on banners featuring the face of PKK-founder, Abdullah Ocalan, all over Syria, in their moment of excitement in overrunning Syria’s north.[4] It fact, the ideological association was declared on their website before it was removed, yet still persists on the social media profiles of countless YPG activists and fighters.

In the words of the taxpayer-funded BBC, (emphasis added) “Turkey considers…the Kurdish-led alliance a terrorist organisation. It says it is an extension of a Kurdish rebel group fighting in Turkey.”[5] What creativity!

In the words of Stephen Gowans in his article “The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence”:

When PKK fighters cross the border into Turkey, they become ‘terrorists’, according to the United States and European Union, but when they cross back into Syria they are miraculously transformed into ‘guerrilla” fighters waging a war for democracy as the principal component of the Syrian Democratic Force. The reality is, however, that whether on the Turkish or Syrian side of the border, the PKK uses the same methods, pursues the same goals, and relies largely on the same personnel. The YPG is the PKK.[6]

How can some laud the US-led coalition, its YPG-led ground force and SDF brainchild, both complicit in harrowing crimes, as a ‘liberation’? It takes very little to conclude that the uproar against Turkey has very little to do with the SDF’s fight to ISIS. If such were the case, then NATO’s ‘ally’ Turkey also took the fight to ISIS in Jarablus. In fact, Turkey was the only active NATO member to dislodge the group on the ground in the form of an organised army.[7]

Invasion—Liberation
Whilst the Turkish ally apparently ‘invades’, the PKK-affiliates had instead ‘liberated’. Imagine if such terminology was afforded to all groups the US and EU labelled as terrorists. In 2015, France drafted a resolution to “take all necessary measures” against ISIS and al-Nusra Front. The latter was an ethnically Syrian arch-enemy of the former, but nonetheless a legitimate ‘terrorist’ target.

Some outlets went to the extent of fabricating images to show the extent of Turkey’s ‘slaughter in Syria’.[8] It is rather unfortunate that their cameras were not on the ground when the US-led coalition blitzed Syria’s north with 11,235 airstrikes as part of ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’.[9] No fabrications would have been needed.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, between September 2014 and May 2019, more than 4,000 Syrian civilian citizens, including 972 children under the age of eighteen, and 712 citizen women over the age of eighteen, were killed in Syria’s east-Euphrates provinces of al-Hasakah, Al-Raqqah, Aleppo, Idlib, and Deir Ezzor by the US-led coalition.[10] No doubt expendable “collateral damage” in some people’s estimation.

The US-led coalition’s concerns are very much besides their concern for ‘civilian casualties’.[11] The relentless US-led bombing obliterated Syria’s north and decapacitated many divisions in the rebellion against both the regime and ISIS. In one coalition airstrike, more than 140 fighters in various rebel factions were killed.[12] According to Amnesty International, the coalition’s YPG ground force led a deliberate, “co-ordinated campaign of collective punishment of civilians in villages previously captured by IS, or where a small minority were suspected of supporting the group” not associated with the fighting. Satellite images illustrate an inordinate scale of home demolitions, with up to 94% of some villages razed and burned to the ground by the US-EU-backed ground-force.[13]

Satellite images obtained by Amnesty International illustrate the scale of the demolitions in the Husseiniya village in the Tel Hamees countryside. The images show 225 buildings standing in June 2014, but only 14 remaining in June 2015 – a shocking 93.8% reduction. The separatist group, bolstered by the US, Europe, and Israel,[14] has since displaced hundreds of thousands of inhabitants from their homelands (East of the Euphrates River) to neighbouring Turkey as well as hundreds of thousands from western districts. In 2015, Lama Fakih, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International, demanded:

“It is critical that the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and all other states supporting the Autonomous Administration, or co-ordinating with it militarily, do not turn a blind eye to such abuses. They must take a public stand condemning forced displacement and unlawful demolitions and ensure their military assistance is not contributing to violations of international humanitarian law.”

A “Fight Against Kurds”? An “Invasion of Kurdish Territories”?
Kurdish people that do not support these proscribed groups would be particularly concerned when they see reputable media outlets using such terminology. It would imply that ‘Kurds’ are a monolithic group of people with a uniform political ideology and objectives.

Divide-and-rule ethno-nationalism
Kurds have existed as a discernible group for as long as two thousand years. It was only at the turn of the twentieth century that secularist nationalist movements sprouted up almost at precisely the same time that other types of ethnic-nationalisms beleaguered the ailing Ottoman Caliphate. Religious solidarity and brotherhood based on Islam, and citizenship of the Caliphate based on religious identity, or millet, mutated into a new philosophy based on the ‘ethnic’ nation-state. This naturally disadvantaged minority Kurdish communities.[15] Colonial powers played on previously unnecessary ethnic divisions to shape out today’s nation-states, instigating the downfall of the last Caliphate. The problem of a region, hacked by colonialists into powerless ethno-minority-states, will definitely not be mended through another divide. I say this not just for Kurds but also for Arab nationalism, being of Palestinian descent myself. The answer to the oppression of Palestinians is likewise not a secularist, nationalistic Palestinian nation state, but the unity and strengthening of the Ummah at large.

Kurds live across four countries and some of them aspire to statehood; they are not isolated in northern Syria. In fact, of the four countries, the Syrian-Kurdish community is the smallest. Less than two million live in Syria and whilst they are concentrated in the north, they do not form the majority ethnic group there. We can take a step further and say that to call Turkey’s involvement an ‘aggression’ or ‘war against Kurds’ is intentionally inflammatory. Kurds, who fought against the oppressive ramifications brought onto them by the wretched nationalism mentioned above, should read this fictitious display of ethnic sympathy as just another instance of colonial opportunism on the back of their repression.

Historic melting-pot
The regions between Turkey and Syria, previously overrun by SDF forces, are an almost indiscernible melting-pot of ethnicities. And many are almost entirely ethnically Arab districts. This is not to play on ethnic sensitivities, but a statement of fact. Arabs, for instance, are the largest ethnic group in all of Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, al-Hasakah, Manbij, Tel al-Abyad, and Tel Raf’at. The remainder are not entirely Kurd, but a mixture of Kurds, Turkmen, Circassians, and Assyrians.

The northern-Syrian city of Qamishli, adjoining the Turkish city of Nusaybin, was established by the Assyrians in the 1920s. Kurdish-populated ‘Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane in eastern-Aleppo was originally inhabited by Arabs followed by Armenians prior to World War I. Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, was inhabited by Assyrians centuries before Christ. Similar can be said about Afrin, Malikiya, and al-Hasakah to which ethnic Kurds migrated and settled.

Even the SDF is not ethnically only ‘Kurdish’ by any stretch of imagination. In fact, around 40% of the group is non-Kurdish and amongst its fighters are Arabs and Turkmen. Likewise, the Syrian National Army, which has been fighting the YPG, is also not entirely Arab. Some battalions like the ‘Hamza Brigade’ is nearly 70% Kurdish, operates under the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army and fights alongside Turkish forces.[16] The simplistic Turk vs Kurd or Arab vs Kurd binaries are dangerous and misleading distractions that serve the neo-imperialist interests of divide-and-rule, that break down once the facts on the ground are revealed

Inconvenient statistics
Operation ‘Peace Spring’ is not to repatriate only Syria’s ethnic Arabs either. Around 300,000 ethnically Kurdish refugees have been displaced from Syria and live in neighbouring Turkey.[17] The fight against the SDF, a force of some 50,000 militiamen, around half of whom are ethnically Arab,[18] is at the expense of repatriating ten times that number of ethnic Kurds. One would thus be more justified, statistically, calling it an operation to repatriate Kurdish people rather than a war against them. Ponder the power of the agenda at play to paint it as the latter rather than the former.

There is no doubt that there is a large Kurdish presence in Syria’s north. But the question is: should every ethnic composition or concentration form a separate state? If such were the case, should the four million displaced Syrians living in destitution and clustered in Turkey’s south also demand independence? In reality, if ethnicity were grounds for independence, the extraordinary diversity of the region, including the Anatolian Peninsula, is such that there would be countless quasi-states.

The absurdity of claiming Turkey’s operation is a war or invasion against Kurds as an ethnicity is compounded by the fact that Turkey contains the largest population of Kurds in the world – around 15 million.[19] In the last Turkish General Election, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), representing a sizeable segment of Turkey’s Kurdish population, won more than 10% of parliament.

There is indeed systemic disadvantage and even oppression that Kurdish people have suffered in Turkey—which is of little surprise considering modern Turkey’s secularist, nationalist underpinnings. However, it would be simply unjust to ignore the recent initiatives (under the AK Party) to try to address grievances and politically enfranchise Kurdish communities, and end Turkish-Kurdish conflict, whilst attempting to address the historic economic disadvantages afforded to majority-Kurdish areas in the South-East of the country. It is difficult to reconcile between Kurdish political assimilation and economic development on one hand, and a desire to ‘fight the Kurds’ as an ethnic community, on the other.

Last but not least, it is an affront to the Kurdish people to label an offensive against the PKK as one against “The Kurds”. If nothing else, it promulgates the narrative that the groups (SDF/YPG) acknowledged as having carried out US-coalition-augmented war crimes, including forced displacements, kidnapping, and mass home demolitions akin to ISIS, are actually the generality of the Kurds. The ‘sympathetic’ narrative supposed by some is thus not so sympathetic after all.

Source: http://www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/uk-turkey-arms-sales-syria-kurds-germany-france-netherlands-eu-embargo-a9155536.html

[2] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50050264

[3] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50075703

[4] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-raqqa/ypg-fighters-credit-ocalan-with-syria-victory-idUSKBN1CS1J7

[5] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-49963649

[6] https://gowans.blog/2017/07/11/the-myth-of-the-kurdish-ypgs-moral-excellence/

[7] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39439593

[8] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/abc-news-slaughter-in-syria-footage-appears-to-come-from-a-kentucky-gun-range

[9] https://dod.defense.gov/OIR/

[10] http://www.syriahr.com/en/?p=138492

[11] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50056358

[12] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50056358

[13] https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/10/syria-us-allys-razing-of-villages-amounts-to-war-crimes/

[14] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-israel-kurds/israel-uneasy-over-trumps-refusal-to-stand-by-kurds-idUSKBN1WP2KP

[15] McDowall, David (1997). A Modern History of the Kurds. London: I.B.Tauris. p. 2. ISBN 1 86064 185 7.

[16] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-sends-kurdish-falcon-force-afrin-counter-anti-kurd-image

[17] http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Oct-22/274938-syria-says-giving-military-support-to-kurds-in-koban.ashx

[18] https://ctc.usma.edu/the-battle-for-raqqa-and-the-challenges-after-liberation/

[19] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tu.html#People

BLANKETS, TENTS AND SURVIVAL PROVISIONS

THE FREEZING-DEATH PLIGHT OF THE SYRIAN REFUGEES

Vacillating between extreme weather conditions – extreme heat and extreme cold – the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are on the doorstep of the freezing winter which commences from about the end of November. The following press report pertaining to last year’s winter suffering, will give just a glimpse of the harsh and heart-breaking conditions our Brothers and Sisters are facing in the open desert.

“REAL RISK” of REGUGEES FREEZING TO DEATH IN SYRIA

“As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people

across Idlib. With storms also battering camps in Lebanon. Damage caused

by flash floods at Atma refugee camp in Idlib, in late December –

temperatures there have now dropped below freezing.

At least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of

freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s

Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.

Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as

temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid shortage of blankets and

heating fuel………..Camps in the border town of Asral have been buried in

snow, while settlements in the central and west Bekaa areas, where there

has been heavy flooding, have experienced even worse damage……

About half of the 2.9 million people living in Idlib and the surrounding areas

are displaced, according to the UN. Children, who make up half of those

displaced , have often been forced to move up to seven times and are already

in poor health.”

The above report depicted the situation last winter. This winter the misery and hardship have multiplied manifold as a result of another 600,000 (six hundred thousand) refugees, displaced from their destroyed homes by the brutal onslaught of indiscriminate kuffaar bombardment.

The desert where these unfortunate Muslim Brothers and Sisters are stranded will, in a matter of weeks be literally covered and even buried in snow and ice

For us, drowning in luxury, pleasure and waste, the real plight of these refugees is unimaginable. It is for this reason that the hearts of Muslims intoxicated with comforts remain like stone or even harder as Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Then their hearts became like stone or even harder, for verily, from some stones (rocks) gush forth rivers, and some stones (rocks) split and water emerges, and some stones roll (from heights) for the fear of Allah.”
THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS

Insha-Allah, we shall again within the next week or two, be proceeding to assist the refugees in whatever little way Allah Ta’ala permits. The immediate need is for more tents, thousands of blankets and other absolutely necessary provisions for survival.
In Allah’s Name we implore Muslims to open their hearts – to understand the urgency and the heart-rending plight of the suffering Muslim Brothers and Sisters. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“The Muslimoon are like a single person. If the eye pains, the whole body is affected. If the head pains, the whole body is affected.”

Therefore, if the heart fails to open for this Waajib Cause, then there is most certainly some drastic aberration corroding one’s Imaan. Our Muslim community is basking in opulence. There are those who can easily afford to contribute thousands of blankets and numerous tents. Those who intend squandering tens of thousands of rands on ‘umrah’ holidays, should divert the funds to aid their suffering Brethren and thereby earn the thawaab of hundreds of Maqbool Umrahs. Abstain from squandering in wedding receptions, and think of your suffering Brothers and Sisters stranded in brutal conditions – extreme weather as well as repeated bombings by the kuffaar. The one who can afford even a single blanket will also be well rewarded. Allah Ta’ala looks at the intention embedded in the heart.
We trust that the Muslim community understands fully the import of our Call, and that aiding the suffering Muslims is a WAAJIB obligation on all Muslims. It is hoped that the hearts will open up to respond generously.
ZAKAAT, LILLAH, SADQAH, ETC. ARE ALL ACCEPTED FOR THIS DIRE AND URGENT PROJECT
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The VEIL slips over abusive pride marchers

this post was taken from islam21c.com and had pictures and video,  that was removed here. we felt that in spite of  that fact we need to spread the news to the muslim public. with that being said we stick by our policy of using only halaal means to spread the message of islam.  so because of this the post is a little disjointed.(Jaalhaque)

 

The VEIL slips over abusive pride marchers

Negative framing and the assumptions that come with it
Disability benefits assessor Dr Macker loses his job after refusing to address a six-foot-tall, bearded man as ‘madam’. [1]

Vicar, Reverend, and school governor Peter Hughes of St. Alban’s who described LGBT+ proselytisation at schools as a form of child grooming is pushed to step down as school governor. [2]

Nationwide parental rallies against the ‘no outsiders’ LGBT+ programme, evangelised to four-year-olds and above in schools with an uptake of nearly 98% Muslim, [3] are called “mobs” that should be “tackled”. [4]

More recently, a video circulating of a Muslim woman dressed in a niqāb shouting at a member of a Gay Pride rally in Walthamstow created a public furore. Later on, despite alleged eye-witnesses claiming she was harassed and called “scum” beforehand, the woman was arrested. [5]

Beyond succumbing to the social furore, the police may have stoked memories of their bygone incarceration of “gay” activists even in the minds of those activists themselves! The hypocrisy of the alt-right was nothing surprising after the video—which appeared to conveniently begin in the middle of a skirmish—went viral. It is another perfect opportunity to peddle their Islamophobia.

Katie Hopkins blamed the ‘crime’ on the increasing presence of minority groups. [6] Hopkins, who forced her cradler, The Daily Mail, to pay £150k in damages to a Muslim family in 2016 – also in Walthamstow – for inventing a story about that family’s links to al-Qaeda will probably walk away scot-free this time. More disenchanting, maybe, was the audacious reaction of certain Muslims who accused the provoked Muslim woman of being ‘stupid’. If failing to minimally react like some pro-LGBT+ commentators who tried to make sense of the 50-second video, at least assume a standard better than that of Katie Hopkins. According to commentator Colin Wilson:

“I don’t think, for example, that I’ve ever heard of anyone being arrested before for heckling a Pride march – I’ve seen plenty of people do it, but they were generally white, and yet the first person to get nicked is a Muslim woman in a niqab. Would the cops have arrested a Tommy Robinson fan in an England shirt? A nun? And in Waltham Forest it’s even more the case that we can’t choose to side with Muslims or with LGBT people, because the woman was specifically abusing members of Imaan, the Muslim LGBT group.” [7]

The video was sourced from a Muslim counter-extremism practitioner who thought it was his duty to highlight homophobia. The irony in highlighting ‘hate’ by the person is not escaped: counter-extremism in whatever flavour and shape it comes in, presumes a demonised, mainly Muslim identity and is reliant on ‘signs’ – behaviours and symbols – that are used to further deepen the demonisation of the target group. [8]
Whilst the impulse to share an incident with an intention to stigmatise harmful behaviour may have some merit, where the incident is partially informed, it can lead to stigmatisation of an already scrutinised and demonised group.

The responses to the video exemplify this. It seems the War on Terror traits, which has reproduced a McCarthyistic trial by a lack of due process for Muslims, has seeped into the consciousness of society.
Yusuf Patel
@YusufJP_
· 28 Jul 2019
Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today.

No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate! Also, very importantly we cannot call out one form of hate but be silent/complicit on others. @GalopUK @stonewalluk

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Salma Yaqoob

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Absolutely appalling. It is this woman’s behaviour that is shameful. And an abuse of freedom of speech to harass peaceful protestors in such a hateful homophobic manner. Just heartbreaking to see such spite & hypocrisy. “Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself”…

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The mainstream and social media clamour focused on the Muslim woman’s statements and behaviour. Journalists inundated the source of the video with requests to use the video to create stories about how a Muslim woman shouted out the famous Alan Partridge line “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”, bringing this, as well as religious orthodoxy by implication, into the ever-expanding realm of ‘hate’. [5]

Journalists, that body of people who are supposed to ask the questions that probe the assumed, dominant narrative, failed to ask simple questions. Did the Muslim woman start hurling statements at the rally spontaneously? Or were her statements a reaction? If so, what caused this reaction? And why is the steward trying to clearly restrain the LGBT+ activist rather than the Muslim woman? The underlying assumption in the blind-eyeing of these questions was that she is Muslim, and a veiled one at that, and therefore in a Muslim versus LGBT+ member situation, the Muslim must be the presumed aggressor. This was enough, so it seems, for the anti-Muslim mob and their journalist and social media allies to proverbially lynch her.
Yusuf Patel
@YusufJP_
· 28 Jul 2019
Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today.

No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate! Also, very importantly we cannot call out one form of hate but be silent/complicit on others. @GalopUK @stonewalluk

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This racist assumption was realised by the police too when the person arrested for potentially committing a public order offence and placed in a cell overnight was a Muslim woman. [9]

The speculative conclusions formed the foundations for ripe Islamophobia. Everything from her religion to the fabric across her face was mocked, blamed and made the subject of legal measures. This, from among the same people who were using the attack on the niqāb by Boris Johnson as political capital to point-score only a couple of weeks ago.

She was a coward, apparently, for covering her face, whilst the one who broke off from a rally, privileged by her semi-celebrity status, backed by the very same mob-like rally, and now the media, politicians, and police, was the victim. [10] What was that about oppressive power structures?

Witnessing this spectacle, I notice the lack of commentary about the Muslim woman’s perspective, how she felt, and why she reacted the way she did. I also witness how the person breaking from the rally has not been arrested and placed in a cell for possible public order offences to “investigate” whether she did something to provoke the situation and potentially cause harassment, alarm, and distress.

Indeed, how many a time have EDL members hurled abuse at Islām and Muslims; how many of these members have been arrested by the police? Deliberately provocative placards against Islām, and other more sinister placards calling for “less Islam”, echoing Douglas Murray’s genocidal call, have been paraded up and down the streets of this country. Why have there been no arrests under the Public Order Act? Where are the sanctimonious free speech warriors that are normally present to defend these placards now?

Freedom of speech is cardinal when it comes to attacking Islām. Utter “shame on you” and make Biblical references to crowd? Prepare for some unprecedented police action.

What the entire fiasco highlights is the permeation of racist assumptions, including among those who claim to “love all” and promote “inclusiveness”. In fact, the latter increasingly perpetuate a type of tyranny that is coercing Muslims to choose between modifying their beliefs to accommodate their worldview or be made an “outsider” in society. It is a Henry Ford type of “love” and “inclusivity” that is premised on ideological assimilation.

This is not about this specific incident. This is about the persistent and negative framing of Muslims as the aggressor that continues to perpetuate a demonisation of Muslims that fuels repressive and oppressive mechanisms. Be that justice by a pitchforks and pickaxes mob, or coercive ideological assimilation that replicates fascist tendencies.

There is a need for a stronger challenge to these set of dynamics, no matter who—Muslim, non-Muslim, LGBT+ or non-LGBT+—pushes it. Do we want to be living in a society which presumes a group as guilty thereby fanning the flames of Islamophobia? How long can specific narratives remain the preserve of a majority yet double standards employed for a demonised minority? And do we want to accept coercive ideological assimilation that replicates fascist tendencies and pitch-forks, pick-axes mob rule?

These are some questions which must be advanced.

Source: http://www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/10/christian-doctor-lost-job-government-department-refusing-identify/

[2] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-48827031

[3] https://www.transgendertrend.com/no-outsiders-queering-primary-classroom/

[4] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48965655

[5] https://5pillarsuk.com/2019/07/29/police-arrest-niqabi-woman-who-criticised-lgbt-activists-after-they-harassed-her/

[6] https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/homophobic-abuse-waltham-forest-pride-police-investigation_uk_5d3dacb3e4b0a6d637411072?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJay7HHbwikkdEnPgRUh7wNVrjfBkWHOFILfe3mIsEbj7U1mMvIXzsGFFMPeS-nwKNNwYGyUhbjv1n2dTqDJ6PJryfphY831_ZzevD9zXMtockZKIDDUKdXO3RhekjDzrufL9EVNIuAGSDrKTyzzZYchpizcXOy77MQiPFKe3Izd

[7] https://www.rs21.org.uk/2019/07/30/waltham-forest-pride-we-cant-arrest-our-way-to-liberation/

[8] https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/the-curious-reaction-to-a-niqab-wearing-homophobe/

[9] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/29/woman-arrested-over-homophobic-abuse-during-pride-march

[10] https://www.itv.com/news/london/2019-07-29/who-hurled-homophobic-abuse-at-lgbt-pride-marchers-in-walthamstow/

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ABOUT the author
she is a niqāb-wearing British Muslim woman, and a student of knowledge in the Hanafi school of law. She has studied law, works professionally and takes a keen interest in Muslim public affairs.

Open Letter: Supporting Aafia Siddiqui

Open Letter: Supporting Aafia Siddiqui

Open Letter: Supporting Aafia Siddiqui

It is well known that the War on Terror waged by the United States and its allies led to aggression and injustice against countries, organizations, groups and individuals. Perhaps the worst example of this brutality against individuals was that meted out to our Muslim sister in Islam, Aafia Siddiqui and her three small children.

Aafia is a hafidhah of the Qur’an, a devoted mother and practising Muslim, who dedicated her life to spreading the religion of God and assisting fellow Muslims. It is believed that she was abducted at the behest of American intelligence from Pakistan, her home country along with her children in 2003, the youngest of whom was just six months old at that time. Aafia Siddiqui and her lawyers maintain that she was held in secret US detention and tortured and abused in this time, along with her children – a claim that is corroborated by former prisoners at Bagram. After five years of denying knowledge of her whereabouts, the US claims that she allegedly emerged in Afghanistan. She was shot by US soldiers and then tried and convicted despite the absence of any physical evidence against her and the conflicting testimonies presented during the trial. She now faces life in prison. Only one of her children has been released, while the whereabouts of the two youngest remain unknown. From the time she was transferred to the US to date she has been subject to humiliating and degrading strip and cavity searches in prison and is now being denied jail visits and communication with the outside world, including her immediate family.

Allah has enjoined upon the believers, in innumerable commandments, to support the believers who are being oppressed, irrespective of where they may be. Allah says in the Qur’an,
“The believers, men and women, are auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin good and forbid from evil; they establish prayers, and give the zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”[1]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfil his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection.”[2]
He (peace be upon him) also said,
“Whoever is present while a Muslim is humiliated before him, and is able to assist him [and yet does not], Allah will humiliate him before all of creation on the Day of Judgment.” And in another narration, “No man forsakes a Muslim when his rights are being violated or his honour is being belittled except that Allah will forsake him at a place in which he would love to have His help. And no man helps a Muslim at a time when his honour is being belittled or his rights violated except that Allah will help him at a place in which he loves to have His help.”

When we merely hear the plight of our sister, we should feel restless and tormented as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love and affection is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”

In spite of this, the Muslim ummah, whose followers surpass that of any other world religion, have shamefully failed in our duty to defend this Muslim woman.

 

Obligation to aid in the emancipation of Muslim captives

 

Allah has admonished and reproached the believers for allowing the weak to remain under the clutches of the enemy and their torture. Allah says,
“And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.””[3]

Explaining this verse, Imam Al-Qurtubi said, “Freeing the prisoners is obligatory on the Muslim, whether by war or wealth.” Imam Malik said, “It is obligatory on (Muslim) people to ransom the prisoners with all their wealth.” There is no difference of opinion among the scholars over this, since the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Free the prisoners.”[4] Our scholars say that ransoming prisoners is obligatory, even if not a single penny is left. Ibn Khuwaizimandad said, “This verse contains the obligations to free prisoners. There are reports from the Prophet (peace be upon him) to this effect: he freed prisoners and ordered them to be freed. This was practiced by Muslims throughout the ages and the scholars are unanimous about it. It is obligatory to free (Muslim) prisoners from the state’s treasury, and if the amount does not suffice, then it is obligatory upon all the Muslims to contribute. If one Muslim frees him, the others are absolved of this duty.”

An incident that shows the great concern for freeing Muslim captives is when the Caliph ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul Aziz (may Allah be pleased with him) sent ‘Abdul Rahman bin ‘Amrah to free some Muslim captives. He said, “Give them whatever they ask for every Muslim! By Allah, a Muslim is dearer to me than all the polytheists in my state! Indeed, you win any Muslim you pay the ransom for. Indeed you are buying Islam (by ensuring their release from prison and torture).”[5]
Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Freeing Muslim prisoners is one of the greatest obligations. Spending money from endowments (waqf) and other sources is one of the best deeds.”
Ibn Qudamah, may Allah have Mercy on him, said: “It is permissible for a Muslim to use his zakat to buy back a Muslim prisoner from the captivity of polytheists. This is because the emancipation of a Muslim captive is similar to emancipating someone from slavery, as well as it bringing glory to Islam. Spending zakah in this cause is like spending it to soften people’s hearts towards Islam, and since it is given to the prisoner to free himself from captivity it is like giving money to an indebted person for ridding himself of the debt.”

Our Obligation

Therefore, it is obligatory upon every single Muslim, wherever they reside, to work, directly or indirectly, towards the release of the Muslim captives irrespective of wherever they may be. Any Muslim with the capability to aid others yet fails to do so will be sinful. Everyone is responsible according to their ability; the greatest responsibility lies with those in authority, followed by the scholars, and so on – although the failure of those who bear greater responsibility to act does not absolve individuals of their own individual responsibilities.If the captive is a Muslim woman, like our sister Aafia, the obligation becomes even greater, given the elevated status of women in Islam. The scholars of Islam are unanimous that a Muslim woman cannot be handed over to non-Muslims in any case. This Ummah has a glorious heritage of protecting Muslim women that we must endeavour to restore. Amongst the incidents narrated to this effect, is that of the honour of a believing woman attacked by members of the tribe of Quraydhah, and so, a believer fought to defend her until he was killed and an army was dispatched against the perpetrators.

As a nation, we have not fulfilled our obligation towards our sister, Aafia Siddiqui, as well as her children. We must exhaust every lawful means for her release and for the recovery of her children without fearing anyone but Allah. This may include, but is not limited to, direct involvement with organisations that work for this cause, donating money for it, raising awareness and actively speaking about her plight, writing in support of her and her family, and pressuring those governments complicit in her ordeal to end this injustice.

The least that is enjoined upon us is to supplicate to Allah for her as well other Muslim prisoners, as supplication is the weapon of a Muslim; it is incumbent upon every believer to supplicate for them as if we were supplicating on behalf of ourselves and our families.
“O Allah, deliver our sister and her children from this humiliation and torture at the hands of those who do not believe in You.”
May Allah ease the affairs of our sister Aafia and hasten her release from captivity. May He break free her shackles and the shackles of all of our oppressed prisoners. May Allah give them the strength to deal with their ordeal. May Allah punish those who have oppressed our sister Aafia and continue to oppress her, may He defeat them and smite them, and may Allah forgive us for being negligent towards our Muslim brothers and sisters. May Allah unite the hearts of the Muslims and grant us victory over our oppressors.

Notes:
Source: http://www.islam21c.com

[1] Surah Taubah 9:71
[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari
[3] Surah Al-Nisa’ 4:75
[4] Sahih Al-Bukhari
[5] Narrated by Sa’eed Bin Mansur in his Sunan