For over forty years, the Syrian people have been subjected to repression and massacres on an industrial scale. It is within the last two years that the situation has nose-dived into one of the worse modern day tragedies. At least forty thousand people have been killed with hundreds of thousands subjected to torture or imprisonment; large swathes of the country have been rendered a barren wasteland.
“So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers. If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allah may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allah likes not the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers). And that Allah may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers”.