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How I saw the Seashore Child

How I saw the Seashore Child

When you saw that Syrian child, an innocent, precious gem, thrown on its face on the shores of Turkey, what did you think? Did you see the child of an unfortunate ‘migrant’, who had stumbled into the sea on-par a voyage to a ‘better’, ‘more’ comfortable life in the European utopian continent of bliss, prosperity, acclaimed Human Rights and morality? Or did you see the child of the frantic refugee, fleeing for his life, turning East and West to no avail, to hit the ravaging, cold sea, towards somewhere northern, away from the brutality of a despotic regime that is supported by the very continent he intends in search of something beneath the calamity of death that haunts him from every side?

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Today, our address is to you and not your government. Do not think, even for a split second that the luscious foliage, the tranquil parks and soothing waves, calmly brushing under the picturesque landscapes are the fruit of your labour, or a divine benefit out of heavenly love, not leant to others, but sought by all corners of the grieving earth. Not even for a second. For this Syrian child flees a reflection of Paradise onto earth, the centre of historic civilisation, the most resembling realm of God’s paradise through which a river from paradise flows and the perfume of its fruit ripples in the air. This individual does not flee Syria, he flees a dire situation that has compounded out of the savage world’s animalistic crave for what he has and they never had. This young boy voyages away from a land that we will all voyage towards at the end of times, a safe-haven when seas rupture in flames, mountains are levelled and the sun and moon crash together and when man will say “Where (is the refuge) to flee?”[1]


Imam Ahmad narrates on the authority of Hakim ibn Mu’awiyyah al Bahzy, on the authority of his father that the Prophet sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “Here you will be gathered, here you will be gathered, (three times), riding, walking and on your faces.” Abi Bakīr then said: “And he (the Prophet sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) pointed with his finger to Syria and he said: ‘Here you will be gathered’.”[2]

This young boy was swept onto the coasts of Turkey, laying on his face, to join the thousands meeting their fate, after escaping it in Syria. Not for a second did he prefer the offerings of Europe, or its charity for he stems from Syria, and he flees to one of the 59 countries[3], including the UK, tearing his own into shreds, sharing an airspace with a brutal regime, and giving the ‘green light’ to the pioneers of barrel-bombs, chlorine[4] and Sarin gas, before his desperate voyage, claiming the life of around 1,500[5] of his young friends in a single gas attack. Never were the Syrians going to embark on this nightmare had it not been for their fuelled calamity, how can we find it within us to call them migrants if before this impasse Europe was never really on the radar of their ambitions, but with more than one in a hundred of the population murdered,[6] the thin prospect of escape remains.

Never was the delight of this world intended to last forever anyway. And for those of us who think, we see that we own nothing but the food that we eat, less that expelled, the clothes that we wear, lest those thrown away and the homes we occupy, lest the room we never fill. Whether we answer our religious and moral duty of giving these heroes who seek refuge, sanctuary and dispensing to them some of our wealth after our we and our own governments failed them and competed in booting them away, offering sanctuary to 1.7% of the 3.8 million removed[7] a day will come when we will seek retreat and be ready to forgo everything for it:

“Though they shall be made to see one another, the criminal would desire to ransom himself from the punishment of that Day by his children, and his wife and his brother, and his kindred who sheltered him, and all that are in the earth, so that it might save him.”[8]

A day will come when we would not only surrender the ‘black Gold’ oozing boundlessly beneath our feet, and turning the fortune of the shepherds decreed to be born on dry sand dunes but we will beg that the entire earth were gold that we had ransomed for our safety.[9] People’s competition for oil is now to ignite furnaces, and drive vehicles and machinery, alas had it only been used to extinguish the fire of Hell, when not a single Syrian refugee has found asylum in the oil-rich gulf.6 It is a heart-rending situation and puts the huge weight of responsibility on the shoulders of the layman. But whatever went through your mind on seeing the young Syrian, washed by the tranquil tides, your duty is equivalent to your own capability, and this cannot be dictated as no one, but God, then your own self is more aware of what you are capable of.

Also read: We drowned first. Then he did

As we tussle for more and more ‘desires’ that are never fulfilled, lock ourselves in a predicament of a ‘nine-to-five’, to end the day with Coronation Street, the Great British Bakeoff and filter coffee to stay alert, a Syrian family heads to Paradise as martyrs, another patiently bears the brunt of a ruthless regime, and a third anticipates a Syria to which we will all wish to find refuge in:

The Prophet sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam says: “There will be a migration (Hijrah) after a migration, so the best people on earth are those who keep to the (land of the) Hijrah of Ibrāhīm (al-Shām [Syria]).”[10]

May Allah shower the people of Syria with mercy, admit them into his highest abode and hasten their victory and transform their situation into peace and bliss, and such for all of the refugees in the seas and shores of the world. May Allah open up our conscience and allow us to fulfil our brotherly obligation towards them. Āmīn.

Some actions points to consider;

1. Email your MP sharing your disappointment over the UK Government’s handling of the Refugee Crisis via the campaign set up by 38 Degrees here

2. Sign the UK parliamentary petition, currently reaching 170,000 signatures, to accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK. Add your signature here 

3. Join the campaign currently going viral. Click here



[1] Qur’an 75:10

[2] Musnad Imam Ahmad 4/446 (Sahih)






[8] Qur’an 70: 11-15

[9] Read Qur’an 3:91

[10] Musnad Imam Ahmad (Hadith 6952) (Sahih)

About Abdullāh Ladadwi


  1. we all have teddy's...dont we not?!

    May the refugees and orphans of the world always be them and us from what is on the earths and seas and whatever beneath.ameen.

    May the stomach of the lockness monster be diverted from anyone with an atom wieght of faith in their hearts and may i too be of that category.ameen……

    God/Allah forgive us for we have not protected the children….may the departed ones give our salaams and regards to Allah’s friend….

    Subhan Allah istigfirAllah alhamdullah.

    Toob alayna ya rb al 3lameen.

    Subhan Allah w bhamdihi subhan Allah al 3zeem

    Fe aman w
    Salaam alaikom

  2. It is very sad to see all these refugees. The gulf countries are a disgrace. They could easily accommodate the numbers coming out from war torn regions but sadly couldn’t care less. So much said for brotherhood and Islam. On the other hand we have the Christian west who’s values Islam 21c seems to be so much against opening it’s doors to Muslim refugees.

    • Just to let you know king salmon of Saudi Arabia has booked out a luxurious hotel in DC America as part of his state visit consisting of 220 rooms . He is staying their with his team for three nights each room cost 2000dollars per night. Some one do the maths and let me know on what’s going on. They extravagantly spend when people are dying of starvation and suffering from the hardships of war and soon the gains of hajj are coming in and he’ll probably be of to Marrakech or agader. What help have they offered to the Yemeni refugees or the Syrian refugees who are Arab. What help do they intend to offer. Islam 21c needs to hold these people accountable and write about their betrayal.

    • We are muslims and we know how muslims think. You really think those refugees will prefer to settle in Turkey or Saudi Arabia????!! No they prefer the west. Muslims for dunya. They are dying for dunya.

  3. Rashid Zubair

    Non-Muslims in Germany are asking why Saudi-Arabia and other rich arabic countries are not offering to receive refugees. They have the same religion and culture so it should be easy for them to live in this country.
    We should have a petition with one million muslim signatures to ask our stupid rich arabs to reveice refugees. This is a shame for us.

  4. The smiles and laughter of the toddler Aylan are no more. His lifeless body washed up on the shore. An innocent soul betrayed. Our collective humanity compromised. Today the flags fly at half mast.

  5. Did David Cameron and his other half Teressa May miss the sunday school class on the good Samaritan? Someone might want to take them to one side and bring their education up to date, so they can make informed/ moral decisions… Britains position as a perm member of security council looks rather out of place/ tenuous.

  6. Hungarian ‘leader’ made some partial, uncorroborated remark about Muslims. Until he gives some reason to explain his point we are unable to assess his statement. Up to that point his words are empty and meaningless. ‘They had no argument against them other than that they believed in God the All-Mighty.’ Quran(85:8)

  7. Excellent film that ‘Dead Zone’ film; A fake immoral politician is revealed as such with one photograph.

  8. Hungary has been a back water of Europe for some time now. If the ‘leader’ wants Hungary to be more than that then he needs to raise his game somewhat…. Congrats to those individuals who took some individual initiative to make a welcoming gesture to those fleeing war/ trauma. Good contrast to the robot/ card board cut out police… Children trying to pass through razor wire fences. Trains packed with people being taken away to refugee/ concentration camps? Looks like a scene out of fascist era Europe.

  9. I would like the Hungarian ‘leader’ to talk to me about the treaties he has signed… I don’t need him to tell me what noise is emanating from the tabloid gutter press. Or does he consider that the gutter press represents some high intellectual thought?

  10. Awaaz are backing German Chancellor’s call for European leadership to do justice to all the treaties they have signed with regards to welcoming traumatised victims of war seeking shelter. Turkey has been at the forefront of the humanitarian effort, and has excelled in showing the face of humanity and statesmanship. It is time for others to follow their lead.

  11. The right wing extremists make a lot of noise (as they know much of their arguments don’t carry weight). Sometimes the politicians pander to the noise, or hesitate (from doing the right thing) because of it. Let the politicians know that they have the backing of the British people to give refuge to those traumatised by 2-bit dictators in Syria, and the like. There are plenty of brown field sites/ under developed sites in the country, so no issue of space. 40% of food is wasted in the west, so no shortage of food. Anyway, these people are not asking for hand outs, they have sold everything they own to get their children to safety. They have arms and legs and a mind and are prepared to work for a living. They should be made welcome and allowed to stay as long as they want to stay… You are cordially invited to sign the petition if you believe it might help.

  12. Civilisation is defined by how the week are treated (young, elderly, etc). The family that felt compelled to take to the sea because European ‘leaders’ are bending over backwards to put barriers in their way. The Syrian people have been bombed and terrorised by 2-bit dictators such as Assad. Now they face the European politicians playing politics.

  13. I was shocked and physically sickened when I read all the disgusting and racist comments posted by English people about the death of this innocent child. It is in stark contrast to Iceland who have accepted 11,000 Syrian refugees. Here is link –

    • Iceland have actually accepted fifty refugees. Eleven thousand families in Iceland have said they would be willing to accept a refugee in their homes. Whether they would show the same enthusiasm when faced with an actual refugee is another matter.
      The family of the drowned child were not fleeing Syria. They had already fled Syria to Turkey. It’s worth considering why they found safety in Turkey until they could return to their homeland so unsatisfactory that they were willing to risk their own lives and their children’s in an effort to get to Europe.

    • Thanks for showing the human face of humanity.

    • ameela momoniat

      Assalam aleikum

      Although a hatred for Muslims and Islam is prevalent and growing everyday in the UK, I do believe that it is the minority of sick people that could make these comments regarding a dead child. Allah says the hatred in the hearts is soooo much more than what they reveal from their mouths. Authoobillah.

      يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لَا يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالًا وَدُّوا مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ ۚ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ

      And as for the comment regarding Turkey, I was in Istanbul not too long ago and saw first hand the amount of Syrians begging in the streets. Yes they can cross to Syria but who is to feed them? Are they to starve in the streets?
      And as a Muslim it is heartbreaking to see our brothers and sisters fleeing to Europe, where is Saudia, where is Qatar, where is Dubai, where is UAE, where is Bahrain, where is Kuwait?? Where are all the oil rich states, who are in a position to offer refuge to our brothers and sisters?

      إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎

      • ameela momoniat

        This is OUR history……

        ●═════════● Story of a Muslim woman ●═════════●
        ════════ who was captured by the Romans ════════

        This incident happened during the time of the time when Islamic Khilafah was present in the year 837 AD.

        One Muslim sister was attacked by the Romans in the Roman city. One Muslim sister was just attacked. She was not raped. She was not killed. She was not murdered. She did not have her throat slit, like our sisters in Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir or Bosnia. She did not have her baby taken from her stomach, like the Muslim sisters had in Bosnia,Gujarat,Syria where they were cut open alive. Nothing like this happened to her. She was just abused and locked up for no reason. Frightened and alone she called out the name of the Khalifa, [Ya Mu’tasim] ‘Oh Mu’tasim’. A man witnessed this incident and rushed to the Khalifa informing him of what had happened, when he heard the plight of this woman he responded bravely, Labbaik’. He prepared a large army and set off for battle and to rescue the woman. Mu’tasim’s army trounced the enemy and entered ‘Amuriyyah. After destroying the enemy stronghold, they came to the woman and freed her from her captures.

        And the Khalifah Mutasim Billah, these word reached him and he called the emergency sixth azan in the masjid mosque and all of the Muslims gathered in the masjid. And they said, “what is the matter?” And he said that “a report has reached me that one Muslim sister was attacked in a Roman city.” He said “Wallahi, I will send an army that is so big that when it reaches them it is still leaving our base. And tell me the strongest city of these Romans and I will send the army to that city.” This was the decisive response of the Khalifah When the honour of one sister was touched.

        When Al Muatism army conquered the Romans he insisted on opening the jail of the sister himself…and he did and when she saw him, she was amazed and he smiled and said “I heard your call sister”.

        Khalifa Mutasim sends the entire army of the Islamic State in response to the call for help of only one Muslim woman, who was captured by the Romans, and rescues her. He is a celebrated example of a Muslim ruler defending Islam and the honor of Muslim men and women. Do we see this in our puppet rulers today?They have turned blind,deaf,motionless towards all the atrocities committed against our brothers and sister.This is what happens if the rule as of Khilafah is not established.

        May Allah Tala grant this ummah rulers/men of the same calibre as Khalifah Mutasim Billah, re-establish the Khilafah and give us our honour back (Ameen)

        Today Our Kings and rulers are just SILENT AND KEEP WATCHING..!! Are these people fit for ruling…….??

  14. Muhammad Thomson

    Petition: Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK.

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