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Who is killing the Syrian people?


At least 6000 people have been killed by the Syrian regime within the last 10 months; more than 60,000 people have been thrown in jail or have disappeared. The regime is waging an armed war against its own people and the blood of the innocent, including women, children and the elderly is shed on a daily basis. Tanks and helicopters surround Syrian cities such as Homs, Hama, Daraa and Deir Ezzor. The regimes militia use heavy weaponry and artillery as if they are fighting a force equipped as well as they are. However, all of this has not been enough to convince the Arab League’s observers sent to Syria at the end of December that a major crime is being carried out by the regime against its innocent and unarmed people. On Sunday, the news stated that the Arab ministerial committee on Syria “has decided to give Arab League observers the necessary time to continue their mission according to protocol.” This should be corrected to a script that reads, “The Arab ministerial committee on Syria has decided to give the Syrian regime the time required to continue their butchery and try and stop the revolution at any cost in accordance with the protocol of the Arab dictators who attempt to protect themselves and their tyrannical dictatorships.” 

According to al-Jazeera, the first report by Arab League observers in Syria recommends the controversial mission continue and says monitors were subjected to “harassment” by the government and the opposition. It also quoted and Arab League sources saying on Sunday 8th January 2012 that the report recommends “the mission continues its work” with more technological assistance and “calls on the opposition and the government to let the mission move freely.” What absurdity! Those being slaughtered should not cry out and defend themselves but for the sake of the Arab League they should act ‘civilized’ whilst being slaughtered!

Let us remember that the Arab League includes a number of Arab regimes whose own people are revolting against them, and so, why should we expect these regimes to speak against other regimes that are doing the same thing? How can they expose the realities that uncover the disgusting nature of their associates? Would we expect them to support of the freedom of these people which would serve as a precedent for the freedom of their own people? There is clearly a conflict of interest between the Arab league and their mission. A patent example is that is the head of the Arab League mission, General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, a former Sudanese military intelligence chief who is himself is the focus of controversy since he is part of a regime that at one point participated in violently cracking down on public protests.

It might be the goodness of Allah’s will that people in Syria free themselves by themselves without international intervention. This gives the revolution in Syria more credibility as well as the security that they decide their own future. We advise our brothers and sisters in Syria to rely on Allah as victory lies with him. Allah says,

O you who believe! If you aid Allah (by following his instructions) He shall aid you (and give you victory), and will make your foothold firm.”[1]

“Allah made it only as glad tidings, and that your hearts be at rest therewith. And there is no victory except from Allah. Verily, Allah is All- Mighty, All-Wise.”[2]

The way many Western Muslims have reacted to the atrocities taking place in Syria is heart breaking and does not reflect a real sense of Islamic brotherhood and what it entails. All of us know the statement of the Prophet where he said, “The Muslim is the brother of another Muslim; he does not betray him, lie to him or forsake him.”[3] Had a small version of this massacre been carried out by a western country, we would have seen Muslims marching and speaking out all over the country. Many of us do not realise that the Syrian regime is far worse than western countries in every way, ideologically as well as humanely. We tacitly take part in this massacre by remaining silent and thus put every possible effort into helping the oppressed in Syria.

A message to the Syrians:

Your revolution should continue and intensify as the end is very near, by the will of Allah. You should be careful of western intervention as they always have their own agenda, one that does not align with yours. It may be the aim of the Arab League to display its failure in dealing with the problem in order to push for the western intervention. Recently, the main concern of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, was exposed when she met members of Syria’s opposition with a focus on the rights of Syrian minorities such as the Alawites and Christians after the fall of Asad’s regime. You should not repeat the same mistake some of your forefathers committed by preferring to live in humiliation and keeping quiet rather than standing up for a dignified life. Look at the high price you have had to pay for it. Allah will be with you if you are truly believers.

 “Truly, Allah defends those who believe. Verily! Allah likes not any treacherous ingrate to Allah.”[4] 

You need to be more united and start working on drawing up a road map for yourselves in order to set clear objectives for your journey. Muslims are obliged to help their brothers and sisters in Syria. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “aid your brother whether he is an oppressor or the oppressed.”[5]


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[1] 47:7
[2] 8:10
[3] Sahih Muslim
[4] 22:38
[5] Al-Bukhari and Muslim 

About Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.


  1. Soldier of Fortunes

    Assad has an ace in the hole
    Someone need to get a message to Assad…he has a sibling being held prisoner in Amerika…and the kid is worth 1.7 trillion now with investments made with the trust account that came with the kid…Catholic Social Services. England. Syria. Paybacks are coming to a federal and UN court soon!

  2. Gabriel Tamoori

    the thing which Arab league has done with my Palestine brothers is more than everything!!! syrians havent helped their brothers alot since you are their neighbor country you have to do something!!! you watched them die now the world is watching you die!!! care about them!! allah will help you all!! if you dont care them!! you will be killed like this!!! may allah forgive all of us!! please help palestines !!! they are in grave pain!!! love you brothers and sisters of palestine 🙂 sorry for the harsh words !!

  3. Confused?
    As a Syrian who reads this blog daily and I follow you on twitter for Islamic thoughts, I’m really unhappy to read this. My family in Syria tell me different tales of the stories you’re preaching to our brothers and sisters on here. People need to realize that there are really armed groups in Syria killing EVERYONE. My cousin was killed because he refused to join them. What Iman do they have? What faith? What do they worship? They are working for the benefit of the West and our enemy Israel. Please be wise and analyze carefully.

    Syrian Sister.

  4. mr
    May Allah remove the inhabitants of Syria from injustices.

  5. customer service executive
    Assalamu Allaikum,,
    use to follow this page,, as a person who has an extreme travel experience and contacts with the arab world.and being a honest and sincere muslim and more of in my early stage of career worked as a butler in the royal house of king fahad,, i do like to say few certain times i use to ask myself does Allah exist,,seeing what was happening around me..intolerable scenario’s there are scolars who quato quran aiya’s and saying even now common people are well versed with the quran and its meaning.Allah does exist and he is all knowing here is my question how come we say he is all knowing,,i have seen the people in syria,in palastine,lebenaon,dubai etc etc they so called muslims don’t have the basic followings and practice of Islam its not knocking the doors of masjid 5 times in practical life so again here my question is if Allah all knowing why cant he clear and streamline the minds and hearts of this people to be a good and true muslims if we say he punishes for disobeying his command then why cant he all knowing and merciful or what ever can just make this peoples heart clear and sincere to Islam,,if that happen defienetly their won’t be or atlest less mess among the muslims and the muslim world correct me if i am wrong or if someone can give me a better understanding and clerification.jazzakalah khairan

  6. respecting the non-muslims
    Dear Nisar Dean,
    We the Muslims love Islam and hate all types of kufr. We give dawah to the misguided Muslims and to the Kufar, but we never ever respect the lies that they have invented about Allah.
    “And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah” surah Al-Kahf v14.
    The Shia have invented numerous lies about Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) and the Sahabah, particularly the Mother of the Belivers (ra), the Siddique (ra) and Umar (ra). You are responsible for yourself and i for myself and we the Muslims should give each other good sincere advise and aid one another in what is good. The traditions and customs other than the traditions (sunnah) of the Prophet (pbuh) are no good, and you should not advise your brothers and sister to respect something at complete odds with the sunnah. What sort of advise is that?

  7. Muslims Be Careful
    Salaams Sheikh,

    I read your article and was not completely happy with your understanding of the situation, it is clear that the west are behind all these troubles happening in the islamic world, i am not saying Arab leaders are not partly to blame but should we forget we have been warned by Alla(SW) nit to dine with the devils? what good will it do when we invite them to come and help us settle a fight that breaks out in our family home, what good have they done to others who have been their friends in the past? have they not killed them all when they dont need them again?… why haven’t we learnt from all these misfurtunes we invite on our brothers and sisters… I wou;d rather pray than take a blind side.

    Ma Salaam

  8. Ms
    Assalamu Alaikum. Where was the Arab League when they clearly needed to take a stand on Palestine? It is very obvious that the West will do anything to disrupt, destroy and endanger the peace of any Muslim country. Where and what is Saudi doing? . Jazak Allah for this article. I think its about time all Muslims stand together to sort out their differences and problems.

  9. Who is killing the Syrian people?
    Muslims, both Sunni and shia should solve there differences and stand as one united body under the Banner of Islam. It is our own fault for allowing the west to interfere with problems in Arab /Muslim countries. Where was the Arab league when the Palestinian problem first started? If Saudi just has to stop their supply of oil ans other exports for just half a day, I think the west will cease to interfere. Unfortunately they have sold themselves to the west and the greed for money. Jazak Allah for writing about this. At least we need to realise the importance of “a Muslim helping another Muslim in times of trouble”

  10. The uncertainty of the facts
    Assalaamu alaikum Sheikh,

    It was earlier thought that the protesters were unarmed. However, channels like RT showed videos, very early on, of protesters clearly shooting weapons.
    It is also claimed that the armed resistance is backed by foreign countries.
    Isn’t it possible that spies are shooting from within the protests to draw danger to the protesters?
    Isn’t it very hard to know exactly who is responsible for all of these deaths?

  11. Retired NY City Muslim

    Where were they?
    Assalamu Alaikum. Where was the Arab League when they clearly needed to take a stand on Palestine? Where did they just emerge from all of sudden? it is clear as day that although there is certainly injustice and bloodshed in Syria there is too much propaganda to ever know who is really behind the killing. If it turns out to be Bashar and his regime then it is truly wrong and needs to condemned by all people and nations. But something tells me that the West is not just silently standing by and looking on. May Allah (SWT) help our brother and sisters in distress around the world and grant Victory to the Muslims. Ameen.

  12. Retired airline capt
    First of all the 2Million muslims in the UK both Shias /sunnis should start respecting each others ways customs and traditions.The differences that devopled after the death of the Prophet-632AD-682Karbala leave it to the scholars and immams .Let it be their headache if they dont want to compromise,for the sake of their pride and too much knowledge.Try to give every help to Iran/Hizbulla/Hammas/Imran khan of Pakistan/the lion of scotland George Galloway and those who truly belong to the universal community,irrespective of their believes,only than can you fight the evil axis of the zionist state and the US establishment and their cronies in the Gulf states and house of Saud and Egyptian armed forces.Postpone Hajj/Ummrah for 3 to 4 years and the money can be used to help fight in the way of Allah,the injustice in the so called Muslim world,poverty, hunger education.Believe me you can do it ,specially living in the West.Forget these immams and scholars,they are too scared to condemn specially the custodian of the holy mosques.

  13. Helping the Syrians
    السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

    JazakAllah for the article, Shaykh. I was just wondering how can we Western Muslims help the people in Syria as I havent seen any protests happening here in the UK?

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