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More Muslims burned alive by ISIS

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Yet again, we are bombarded with another indescribably horrific video of a torturous murder from the non-Islamic non-State production house; swelling their existing monstrous bunch of psychotic material. As the blood of the world boils at the mere receipt of the news, the silence of western leaders and Turkey’s NATO “allies” is almost deafening.

What is Turkey doing in Syria in the first place?

This horrific incident comes as the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carries out what it has referred to as Operation Euphrates Shield. The aim of this operation is “to protect Turkey’s border security and Syria’s territorial integrity”. [1] The operation initially started with the aim of ending the aggression of YPG and Daesh along the Turkish border, [2] which created a ‘terror corridor’ against Syrians and Turks alike. [3]

YPG is reported to be an offshoot of PKK [4] which is an armed group listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, EU and the US. [5] What is disorientating here is that, though the US recognises PKK to be a terrorist organisation, it still supports YPG under the pretext of ‘fighting ISIL’. [6] Yet Daesh and PKK are said to have been colluding against Turkey in the fight for the Syrian city of al-Bab. [7] This has caused some remarkable friction between the top two NATO forces (Turkey and USA), questioning Washington’s choice of alliance in its fight against the common enemy, ISIS. This is in addition to the long, fiercely debated question of funding one ‘terrorist organisation’ to fight another, even though Ankara is a better choice of alliance.

The Operation which had begun four months ago, on the 24th of August 2016, [8] has seen many successes in securing the Turkish-Syrian border and paving the way for peace in those localities. [9] Euphrates Shield consists of a coalition of multiple parties with Turkey taking the lead role in supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. [10] [11]


Figure 1: Infographics Maps of Northern Syria along the Turkish border [12]

YPG took control over parts of Syria and Iraq with an ambition to establish their own state, along the Turkish border, backed by the US. [13] Israel, for its part, expressed the desire for a Kurdish state. [14] [15] President Erdogan has affirmed that Turkey “will never allow the founding of this kind of state” in Northern Syria. [16] YPG’s aggression left the Syrian town of Jarabalus with a population of less than 5% of a football stadium at only 4,000 people. [17] YPG is reported to have targeted other Arab and Turkmen communities in their new, vast area of self-proclaimed control. [18]

This plot and hostility was soon foiled by the help of Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) through the above-mentioned operation, and the TAF as ordered by the Commander-in-chief of the Turkish Armed Forces, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after approval by the Turkish Grand National Assembly. [19] Jarabalus has since embraced over 30,000 residents [17] returning to their homes (from refugee camps and other nearby areas) after they were forced to leave. [20] Marketplaces returned to operation following the swift action of the nearby Gaziantep Turkish Municipality which took it upon itself to establish the water supply within approximately a week leading up to ‘Eid. The Gaziantep Municipality is also reportedly cleaning the Syrian streets of Jarabalus. [17] The recovering town also received a supply of electricity from the nearby Turkish electricity supplier. This liberation has boosted morale among fellow Syrians and thereby tripling the FSA recruitments [21].

The latest mission in this operation was the besieging of the ISIS stronghold of al-Bab. [22] At this time, Operation Euphrates Shield is believed to have killed over 1,000 ISIS and 7,000 YPG fighters. This operation has also come at a cost for the TAF, with 35 martyred soldiers, many others wounded and 3 abducted by Daesh. [23] [24] Al-Bab is a strategic city in the war against ISIS and other aggressive forces in Syria. [25] Although not confirmed, it has been reported that 88 civilians have unfortunately been killed in al-Bab in addition to the fighters. [26] As is characteristic of modern warfare the TAF must take great care to minimise civilian casualties, particularly due to the many international eyes on them desperately looking for an excuse for them to fail.

Attention seeking and media’s complicities

Many are seeking attention; some with obsessive adoration for likes, shares and retweets. One needs to be wary of who we give our attention to and what information we spread. Muslims especially need to be careful of spreading news that is not proven to be true merely because it portrays a negative light of an entity that we may not necessarily see ‘eye-to-eye’ with. As Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says;

O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done. [27]

Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) also warns us of prejudice;

O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allāh and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allāh. Verily, Allāh is Well-Acquainted with what you do.[28]

In this case, it is clear that the non-Islamic non-State production house is seeking attention and will be psycho-happy with every hit on its dreadful video. This, in-turn, will urge them to make more of such content defaming; Islām, Muslims and other victims of its atrocities. Unfortunately, many are knowingly or unknowingly complicit in aiding them by spreading such material, including media outlets such as the Daily Mail. We have to be careful of the sensitivity of the victims and their families and console them in these distressing times.

Video response to ISIS previously burning Jordanian Pilot

In such effort Turkey is reported to have temporarily blocked certain social media sites. [29] Social Media users and moderators should be vigilant against graphic material containing these crimes and should respectively report and remove such content.

The Killing

Though burning alive of the Turkish soldiers is horrific and heart-wrenching, it is noteworthy that this is not something new for Turkish blood. During the liberation of Islambul (formerly Constantinople, now Istanbul) from the tyranny of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI by the Ottoman Soldiers under the command of the famous Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih II, Emperor Constantine’s coalition forces are reported to have poured boiling oil and water over the soldiers who were scaling the walls of the fortifications. For them, victory was not too far away, and tawfiq from Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) firstly and then their patience and perseverance caused them to be victorious. Similarly, the news from the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey that the operation in al-Bab is close to completion, [30] thus liberating them from the vicious bellicosity of ISIS, may be a slight salve for the families of those martyred soldiers and the rest of the world that watched helplessly in horror.

May Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) assist all those who are assisting the oppressed, grant them victory in this world and the next, and foil the plot of those who plot against the oppressed people.

And (remember) when the disbelievers plotted against you (O Muhammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam)) to imprison you, or to kill you, or to get you out (from your home, i.e. Makkah); they were plotting and Allāh too was planning, and Allāh is the Best of the planners. [31]

Allāh has full knowledge of your enemies, and Allāh is Sufficient as a Wali (Protector), and Allāh is Sufficient as a Helper. [32]

We too rest all our matters with Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā).

Source: www.islam21c.com


[1] S. Uslu, “Turkey’s Syria operation aims to clear ‘all terrorists’,” Anadolu Agency, 24 October 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkeys-syria-operation-aims-to-clear-all-terrorists-/634736. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[2] D. Guldogan, “Syrian operation is to clear Daesh, says Turkish FM,” Diyar Guldogan, 24 August 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/politics/syrian-operation-is-to-clear-daesh-says-turkish-fm-/634440. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[3] Andalou Agency, “Erdogan vows to fight ‘terror corridor’ on border,” Andalou Agency, 02 September 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/erdogan-vows-to-fight-terror-corridor-on-border/639522. [Accessed 25 December 2016].
[4] Anadolu Agency , “PYD/YPG are PKK under other names: PM Yildirim,” Anadolu Agency , 04 October 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/pyd-ypg-are-pkk-under-other-names-pm-yildirim/658202. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[5] H. Kazanci and S. Ozer, “Turkey hits 99 Daesh, 4 PYD/PKK targets in Syria,” Anadolu Agency, 31 October 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-hits-99-daesh-4-pyd-pkk-targets-in-syria-/675433. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[6] S. Erkuş, “Turkey again asks US stop arming Kurdish militia in Syria – DIPLOMACY,” Hurriet Daily News, 08 November 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-again-asks-us-stop-arming-kurdish-militia-in-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105869&NewsCatID=510. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[7] Andalou Agency, “Daesh-PKK/PYD ‘collusion’ targets Op. Euphrates Shield,” Andalou Agency, 24 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/daesh-pkk-pyd-collusion-targets-op-euphrates-shield/674351. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[8] Anadolu Agency, “Operation Euphrates Shield to continue: Turkish PM,” Anadolu Agency 2, 09 September 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/operation-euphrates-shield-to-continue-turkish-pm-/643994. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[9] M. Guldas, “‘Over 20,000’ return to freed Syrian town of Jarabulus,” Anadolu Agency, 22 September 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/over-20-000-return-to-freed-syrian-town-of-jarabulus/650582. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[10] L. Bassam and T. Perry, “Saudi Arabia’s ‘intensified’ support to Syrian rebels is reportedly slowing regime advances – Business Insider,” Reuters; Business Insider UK, 6 November 2015. [Online]. Available: http://uk.businessinsider.com/saudi-arabias-intensified-support-to-syrian-rebels-is-reportedly-slowing-regime-advances-2015-11?r=US&IR=T. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[11] M. Stephens, “What is Qatar doing in Syria? | Michael Stephens | Opinion | The Guardian,” Guardian News and Media Limited, 8 August 2012. [Online]. Available: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/08/qatar-syria-opposition. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[12] Anadolu Agency, “Syria’s Al-Bab, Turkey’s security gate – infographic,” Anadolu Agency, 24 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/info/infographic/3213. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[13] D. Guldogan, “Turkey upset at US for backing PKK-linked group,” Anadolu Agency, 11 November 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-upset-at-us-for-backing-pkk-linked-group/681129. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[14] D. LIEBER, “After declaring autonomy, Syrian Kurds ‘open to ties with Israel’ | The Times of Israel,” THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, 18 March 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.timesofisrael.com/after-declaring-autonomy-will-israel-embrace-syrias-kurds/. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[15] Sputnik, “This Country Wants Kurds to Have Their Own State and It is Not Shy About It,” Sputnik, 03 March 2016. [Online]. Available: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201603201036622879-israel-kurds-independent-kurdistan/. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[16] E. Avundukluoglu, “Turkey will never allow a new state in N.Syria: Erdogan,” Andalou Agency, 24 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-will-never-allow-a-new-state-in-nsyria-erdogan/713335. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[17] H. Fidan, “Life returns to normal in Syria’s Jarabulus city,” Anadolu Agency, 24 October 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/life-returns-to-normal-in-syrias-jarabulus-city/671346. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[18] Y. S. İNANÇ, “Syrian Kurdish YPG threatens Arab populations with coalition airstirkes – Daily Sabah,” Daily Sabah, 19 June 2015. [Online]. Available: http://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2015/06/19/syrian-kurdish-ypg-threatens-arab-populations-with-coalition-airstirkes. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[19] Al Jazeera America, “Turkish parliament approves military operations in Syria, Iraq | Al Jazeera America,” Al Jazeera America, 2 October 2014. [Online]. Available: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/10/2/turkey-parliamentisil.html. [Accessed 25 December 2016].
[20] Anadolu Agency, “YPG has western countries’ weapons: Turkish president,” Anadolu Agency, 06 February 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/world/ypg-has-western-countries-weapons-turkish-president/517343. [Accessed 25 December 2016].
[21] Anadolu Agency , “Free Syrian commander says recruitment has tripled,” Anadolu Agency , 21 October 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/free-syrian-commander-says-recruitment-has-tripled/669603. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[22] E. Avundukluoglu, “Syria’s Al-Bab besieged by Turkish army: Erdogan,” Anadolu Agency , 21 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/syrias-al-bab-besieged-by-turkish-army-erdogan/711571. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[23] Al Arabiya English, “35 Turkish soldiers killed in battle for ISIS-held town – Al Arabiya English,” Al Arabiya English, 22 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/12/22/14-Turkish-soldiers-killed-in-fight-for-Syria-ISIS-held-town-.html. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[24] Hurriet Daily News, “Three soldiers are in hands of ISIL: Turkish Defense Minister – MIDEAST,” Hurriet Daily News, 24 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/three-soldiers-are-in-hands-of-isil-turkish-defense-minister.aspx?pageID=238&nID=107703&NewsCatID=352. [Accessed 25 December 2016].
[25] S. Temizer, “Syria’s Al-Bab, Turkey’s security gate,” Anadolu Agency , 24 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://webcdn.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/syria-s-al-bab-turkey-s-security-gate/713436. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[26] C. GAFFEY, “Turkish Airstrikes on ISIS-Held Town in Syria ‘Kill 88:’ Monitor,” Newsweek LTD, 23 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://europe.newsweek.com/turkish-airstrikes-isis-held-town-syria-kill-88-monitor-535595. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[27] Al-Qur’ān, 49:6.
[28] Al-Qur’ān, 5:8.
[29] Turkey Blocks, “Social media shutdowns in Turkey after ISIS releases soldier video – Turkey Blocks,” Turkey Blocks, 23 December 2016. [Online]. Available: https://turkeyblocks.org/2016/12/23/social-media-shutdowns-turkey-isis-releases-soldier-video/. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[30] Hurriyet Daily News, “Capture of al-Bab from ISIL is almost complete: Erdoğan – MIDEAST,” Hurriyet Daily News, 23 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/capture-of-al-bab-from-isil-is-almost-complete-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=107688&NewsCatID=352. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[31] Al-Qur’ān, 8:30.
[32] Al-Qur’ān, 4:45.
[33] S. Ozer, “Death toll of Turkish soldiers in Al-Bab rises to 16,” Anadolu Agency, 12 December 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/death-toll-of-turkish-soldiers-in-al-bab-rises-to-16/712168. [Accessed 24 December 2016].
[34] Anadolu Agency, “PYD/PKK pushing to capture N.Syria’s strategic al-Bab – infographic,” Anadolu Agency, 19 October 2016. [Online]. Available: http://aa.com.tr/en/info/infographic/2114. [Accessed 24 December 2016].

About Haneef Ibn Ahmad


  1. Time to reflect

    The single most important factor in changing the tide of the war on the ground in Syria has been IS. They have fought the Syrian resistance groups, tortured and murdered ordinary Syrians as well as aid workers and journalists. They have allowed major world powers to concentrate their attacks and given them a pretext to enter the conflict. Compare the state of the Assad regime before IS joined the conflict and after. IS has been a blessing in disguise for Assad.

  2. It’s amazing how these brainwashed people can write articles like this and quote such ayah’s:
    “..and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allāh”. 

    And the best part has got to be: “the martyred Turkish soldiers”

    It makes you wonder what next??!
    George Michael was a martyr too?

    • Are you calling 60 million+ Turkish Muslims as kaffirs? If so, that makes you a kaffir.

      • @ “Ali”..
        Oooh, are you getting all “takfeeri” on us now son?
        Hell, I like you!
        You do realise that can get you barred from the ERDOGHAN FAN CLUB?
        Which means all those stickers, cards, colouring books, and the posters of Erdogan you have on your bedroom wall would need to come down?

        (Hands Ali a box of (mansize) tissues as Ali sobs..)

  3. “Turkish soldiers martyred”

    Wow.. I wonder what we will hear next? George Michael was a martyr too?

  4. “Turkish soldiers martyred”

    Wow.. I wonder what we will next? George Michael was a martyr too?

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