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Ignore the Syrian plight at your peril
12:31pm Wednesday 29th February 2012 in Columnists
It is hard to escape the uproar in Syria for anyone with the slightest eye on the news. By Adnan Khan.
The people of Syria are rising against the tyrannical rule of Bashar Al-Assad.
According to a Daily Telegraph report this week the death toll had reached 8000, even by conservative estimates. Many see this as a humanitarian crisis. However, as a Muslim living in Britain, what should be my response? Can I do anything, more than praying, for these fellow Muslims being butchered by an evil regime?
We are all familiar with the famous saying of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) stating “You will see the believers in their mutual kindness, love and sympathy just like one body. When a limb complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever”.
Naturally I feel anguish at the daily scenes of bloodshed. So I thought up some practical steps I could take including joining/organising demonstrations, raise awareness in the media and discuss with fellow Muslims. What purpose can I possibly serve by doing this is the natural question facing me?
The purpose from an Islamic point of view is three-fold. Firstly, we all want to articulate the truth, eloquently, in front of these despots playing havoc with the lives of millions of Muslims.
The embassies and their staff are the ears and eyes of the Syrian regime in Britain.
I should do what I can to tell them, categorically, that the Muslims of Britain are not unaware of their tyranny and condemn it vociferously.
Secondly, and arguably more importantly, mass media and social networking has turned the world into a large village.
We want the Muslims of Syria to know that their Muslim brethren, including in Britain, are on their side. When the Syrian people can sacrifice their lives to be rid of this despicable despot, who does not have their best interests at heart,the least I should do is raise my voice to support them.
Finally, the army of Syria is currently engaged in the mass-murder of all dissenting people, including women, children, the elderly and disabled.
However, we must remember this army is a constituent of the average populace of Syria.
Many of the army personnel are operating under duress - they are guilty but considerably less than those ordering them to conduct this mass-murder.
We need to encourage the army to stop upholding the Syrian regime.
As soon as the army deserts Assad, his regime will collapse (ala Egypt).
So I hope the Syrian army manages to see sense from the outpouring of mass-Muslim sentiment across the globe.
Have I done enough to fulfil my duty towards the Syrian people? If I can do something else, why am I not doing it?
Adnan Khan is a North-West based Barrister resident in Lancashire.
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