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The Recent Massacre in Houla, Syria

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When rockets resembling mere fireworks are fired by Gazans to defend themselves against Israeli brutality, the Security Council at the UN holds a meeting to condemn the illegitimate attack on ‘innocent’ Israel and calls for more sanctions against 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in Gaza trip. The United Nations and the international community supported East Timor in its bid to secede and exercised all types of pressure on Indonesian government until they accepted a referendum on the future of East Timor in 1999. Shortly after, they secured an easy independence, especially for a small region with one of the poorest economies in the world.

On Saturday 26
th May, the Syrian regime having already killed over 10000 people carried out one of its worst massacres in Houla, north of the city of Homs. Around one hundred people were slaughtered in the early morning. Most of them were children under the age of 12 whilst most of the rest were women.

“On a bedroom floor dozens of little children lie dead, their arms and legs strewn over one another. Many of their eyes are still open, bearing a look of shock and fright. They are all covered with blood and obviously suffered terrible deaths. A girl, who is perhaps seven years old, wearing a headscarf and pink diamante belt, lies face to face in death with a much younger boy. Another little boy in a yellow jumper lies with his arms stretched out, almost cradling the head of the girl next to him. Blood covers both their faces and soaks their hair.”

Many reports confirm that this massacre was carried out by a group of men using knifes and swords who entered the city at a point when most of its inhabitants were hiding from airstrikes. According to BBC website, ‘Horrific video footage has emerged from Houla of dozens of dead children, covered in blood, their arms and legs strewn over one another. It is unverified, but BBC correspondent says such images would be difficult to fake.’

Just miles away UN observers were interviewing Syrians on film recording what is happening in Syria – and they’re still not sure as to what has occurred in the last year! Are they still unsure as to who is killing women and children and using airstrikes to destroy buildings over the heads of its inhabitants?

UN leader Ban Ki-moon and UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan have condemned the massacre and described it as an “appalling and brutal” breach of international law. However, one would feel nauseas upon reading the statement issued on behalf of the UN secretary-general and the Syria envoy, “This appalling and brutal crime, involving indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force, is a flagrant violation of international law and of the commitments of the Syrian government to cease the use of heavy weapons in population centres and violence in all its forms”. They still have hope in the Syrian government, affording it legitimacy, and waiting for it to fulfil its promises. In fact, this massacre was a gift handed by Assad to Mr Ban Ki-moon and Mr Kofi for their efforts in allowing him more time to kill the ‘terrorists’ who revolted against his regime. 

In fact, the leader of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, still has no shame to refer to the killing carried out by the Assad and his militias as conflict within Syria. What hurts more is to see some Arab news outlets also referring to it as internal conflict. While the Arabic channel Al Jazeera is trying to show some sympathy towards the cause of Syrian people to liberate themselves from oppression and the Assad dictatorship, the English Al Jazeera channel has focused on other things that attract an English audience. On presenting the crisis, it presents it as a war within Syria.

Having mentioned all of these problems, I am glad that the Muslim Ummah is willing to pay a high price for its freedom and has never, and will never, give up insha’Allah. Our Ummah has been asleep for a long period of time but the time to wake up has come. Whatever price is paid, it is worth it.

Allah says,

“Beautified for those who disbelieve is the life of this world, and they ridicule those who believe. But those who fear Allah are above them on the Day of Resurrection. And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account. Mankind was one religion; Allah sent the prophets as bringers of good tidings and warners and sent down with them the Scripture in truth to judge between the people concerning that in which they differed. And none differed over the Scripture except those who were given it – after the clear proofs came to them – out of jealous animosity among themselves. And Allah guided those who believed to the truth concerning that over which they had differed, by His permission. And Allah guides whom He wills to a straight path. Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is the help of Allah?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near. They ask you what they should spend. Say, “Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler. And whatever you do of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it. ” Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not

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[1] Al-Quran 2:212-216 

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.

13 comments

  1. magnificent issues altogether, you simply won a new reader.
    What could you recommend in regards to your submit that you made a
    few days in the past? Any sure?

  2. When will Muslim’s wake up?
    The Muslims are being attacked from within. Whilst we are stupid enough to believe that Syria and Saudi are against Israel we fail to realize that they’re actually our worst enemies and this pretense of being against Israel is just a smoke screen to keep the uneducated masses quiet. The West won’t intervene whilst Muslims are being slaughtered…they would do so if there were resources available. Saudi is busy destroying Islamic history and harboring despot dictators and we have given them free rein over our Holy Masjids. It’s not only Al Aqsa at risk it’s the whole Arabian and Muslim World. May Allah protect us all!

  3. A Satanist Government
    Salam. Whether it’s Jack “the Ripper,” or Charles Manson, Satanists have only on goal in common-the destruction of all religious values. Bashar Al-Asad and his government are no exception.
    Syria today is ruled by a blood thirsty Satanic cult. Many of the Muslims they have slaughtered are likely a sacrifice the Alawis (the ruling party in Syria) have made to their God-Satan.
    If you carefully observe the Syrian flag displayed in every press conferences given by the Syrian government, you will always see one star displayed as a pentacle-a pentagram, carefully traced, with five triangles jutting out.
    It is as if the Syrian government is saying to the world, in a coded message, “Hey, all you Satanists of the world, we are your brothers. Support us in the Muslim slaughter!”

  4. Another Brother

    What should happen
    What should happen is the Arab states should try overcome their impotence and actually make use of the billions of dollars of arms that they have. A joint Arab/Muslim army with Turkey leading (not NATO/UN/US) should enforce safe zones or carry out targeted attacks on the Syrian army as a humanitarian intervention. The problem is , the Atabs probably don’t know how to use the arms, ans the governemnts would be scared of these armies working together to unseat a adictator , as they would fear their turn would come next!

  5. Another Brother

    Was the massacre in Hama 1982 also Wahhabi /American propaganda?
    To Bamalli, BROTHER and SNAB – have some sense.

    So was the massacre of 10,000-40,000 mainly civilians in Hama in February 1982 also Wahhabi propaganda? So the people of Hama at that time killed themselves to paint a negative picture of poor Hafez Al-Assad. My friends brother has been missing for 30 years – go speak to a Syrian about Hama and what they went through. Men were brought out and shot in the head in front of their families and this ruthless Baathist regime that has no concsience, no humanity enforced a scorched earth policy. These people are monsters.

    Yes you are right, that Syria can potentially keep Israel in check, and destruction of Syria serves Israel – the problem is the fools in the Syrian government are so corrupted by their power and in their ruthless desperation to hang on to it they are sacrificing their own country and people to this end. Because of these arrogant fools, Syria is suffering. But the alawites are ruthless and will try to cling on by any means necessary. And there is so long that the people will live under this ruthless oppression.

    The position of Shaikh Said Ramadhan Al-Buti is regrettable and history will see him on the wrong side of this confilct: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/08/17/162669.html

    Wasalam alaikum

  6. islam 21c you should be ashamed
    aa akhi admin,

    why do u block and not post my previous comments? is this a fair way of discourse for muslims?

  7. An “unholy alliance” of US-led Zionists and Wahhabis is funding and fuelling the deadly unrest in Syria, trying to “bring the Syrian government to its knees”, a political analyst says.

    “Syria is bracing for more political chaos as all antagonistic forces appear to have entered into an unholy alliance to bring the government to its knees by ingeniously choreographing massacres and attributing them to Syrian government, thereby turning the country into fertile soil for US-led invasion,” wrote Dr. Ismail Salami in an article published on the Global Research website on Tuesday.

    Pointing to the deadly clashes in the township of Houla in the Western Syrian city of Homs, which, according to the UN observer mission in Syria, left 108 people dead, he added that “What deserves due attention in the carnage that happened in Houla is that many were shot dead at close range, many were Shia Muslims and many were women and children.”

    “In other words, these atrocities are conjectured to have been carried out at the hands of the extremist Wahhabis and al-Qaeda elements who are notorious for targeting women and children in their terrorist operations,” the political analyst further elaborated.

    The analyst also explained that the fact that those murdered in Houla were mainly Shia Muslims reinforces the conjecture that the massacre was perpetrated by the “Wahhabis” who “nurse inveterate loathing” toward Shia Muslims.

    Salami pointed out the role of Washington in sponsoring Syrian rebels, referring to a recent report by The Washington Post
    that they “have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States’”.

    “Washington is pressing Qatar and Saudi Arabia to fund and provide the rebels with heavy weaponries,” he added.

    The writer also highlighted London’s financial support for the al-Qaeda-affiliated anti-Damascus forces in Syria, noting that “The government of al-Assad is losing ground thanks to the influx of the extremist Wahhabis and al-Qaeda members and on account of the financial and military support the rebels receive from the West and the Persian Gulf regimes.”

    “Although these groups may ostensibly be at daggers drawn over different issues, they share one common point: the fall of al-Assad and therefore turning the situation to their own benefit,” he further explained.

    Salami finally pointed to the key role of the Israeli regime which, in his words, “is silently and ironically funneling millions of dollars to the rebels in Syria” and “is capitalizing enormously on the collapse of Bashar al-Assad government.”

    “Syria has now turned into a nightmarishly humanitarian catastrophe lavishly brought about by the regional Arab puppet regimes, extremist Wahhabis, al-Qaeda, Washington and Israel,” he concluded.

  8. Britain’s state-run broadcast BBC has been heavily criticized for using a fake photo of Iraqi dead children in order to sell a new NATO-led invasion, this time targeting Syria.

    On May, 2012, the BBC published a photo showing several rows of dead Iraqi children to illustrate a recent massacre in the Syrian city of Houla.

    As the BBC came under fire for trying to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, a BBC spokesman has shirked responsibility for checking the authenticity of the image saying the image had been used “with a clear disclaimer.”

    “We used it with a clear disclaimer saying it could not be independently verified”, said the spokesperson.

    “Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre”, said Getty Images photographer Marco Di Lauro whose photo was used by the BBC.

    Independent media outlets have criticized the British media for turning into “a rolling propaganda mouthpiece for the claims of dubious anonymous ‘activists’”, as described by American journalist Alex Jones’ website prisonplanet.com.

    Earlier in February, British newspaper The Independent also reported that “President Assad’s security forces have indiscriminately killed scores of newborn babies in Homs.”

    However, documented evidence showed the source of the reports was a London-based organization calling itself ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’.

    Prisonplanet.com has accused the British media of trying “to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria” while analysts say the statement “it could not be independently verified” has turned into a trademark of media coverage of the events in Syria.

    PressTV

  9. Ya Allah
    Oh Allah please help the people of syria…..Ameen

  10. Question
    My dear brother.If i may ask,what about if it wasnt the Syrian govt.that is behind this massacre?Why dont we look at this from the terrorist that are being sponsored by Saudi govt ,Isreil and America?

  11. Emad ibn Abdur Rahman

    > All the Scholars should call abled bodied Men to assemble on the Turkish/Syrian border & Jordanian/Syrian border
    > Sheikh, the Scholars should lead the way and call all Muslims who believe in Allah and the last Messenger (pbuh) to assemble at the borders.. and fight in defence of the innocent babies,children and women of Syria.. !
    Where are the Scholars of Suadia Arabian, Khaleej, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Maghreb?…

  12. Really?
    sheikh have you not just fallen in the ploys of western propoganda by beleiving that these attrocities have been ‘committed’ by the assad regime? Do people not see that the west is training extreme muslims on the pretense of ‘Jihad’ within syria who then are carrying out these attrocities believing it to be ibadah because of fatwas from saudi and bahrain. When will muslims stop falling for western propaganda? When muslims demonise Bashar (regardless of him actually being kaafir), they have opened the door for accepting usa,israel and zionism to step into syria. Why are muslims falling for these tricks and ploys so easily? There are many divisions in syria between tribes, religions and within islam. The west are playing on this and equipping one side to fight another with their ultimate goal to taken down assad an his regime. By supporting the wests demonization of assad you are accepting the entry in syria and surrounding countries!

  13. Really?
    sheikh have you not just fallen in the ploys of western propoganda by beleiving that these attrocities have been ‘committed’ by the assad regime? Do people not see that the west is training extreme muslims on the pretense of ‘Jihad’ within syria who then are carrying out these attrocities believing it to be ibadah because of fatwas from saudi and bahrain. When will muslims stop falling for western propaganda? When muslims demonise Bashar (regardless of him actually being kaafir), they have opened the door for accepting usa,israel and zionism to step into syria. Why are muslims falling for these tricks and ploys so easily? There are many divisions in syria between tribes, religions and within islam. The west are playing on this and equipping one side to fight another with their ultimate goal to taken down assad an his regime. By supporting the wests demonization of assad you are accepting the entry in syria and surrounding countries!

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