When I saw these pictures, I could not but cry.
I do not understand war. I do not understand politics. I am not a scholar of Islam. However, from the limited understanding that Allah has blessed me with, I firmly believe that these pictures are the outcome of Arab Spring, a propaganda Muslims were tricked to believe as their way forward.
Arab Spring was not the way forward. Arab spring was the plan of disbelievers to foment unrest, sectarian violence, and civil war in Muslim countries. After Arab spring, this is exactly what has happened. In Egypt. In Tunisia. In Libya. And now in Syria. And this will continue for decades. Such instability, killing, and bloodshed will only make the disbelievers laugh at their own backyard.
I know that Bashar Al-Assad is not a Muslim. I know that he is a tyrant leader. Yet, the way forward against this tyrant was to stay inside the house instead of taking streets and protesting and demonstrating against him. This is not my advice. This is the advice of Allah and His Noble Messenger (ﷺ).
Allah commanded in the Quran:
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. [The Noble Quran 4:59]
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), the ever truthful, advised:
“You should listen to and obey your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.” [Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256]
Hudhaifah (رضى الله عنه) narrated from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ):
“There will come leaders who will not follow my guidance and will not follow my sunnah. There will be amongst them men who will have the hearts of devils in the bodies of humans.” Hudhaifah (رضى الله عنه) asked “What shall I do, Messenger of Allah, if I reach that?” He (ﷺ) replied “You should hear and obey the ruler even if he flogs your back and takes your wealth, then still hear and obey.” [Muslim, V3, 1029, Number 4554]
Removing an evil with a greater evil is not allowed in Islam. Evil should be removed through a means that has the capability to completely remove the evil or reduce it.
Let history testify. Whenever people chose protests and demonstration as a means to remove an evil, it often created more evil. That is why protests and demonstrations, even if they are peaceful, have no place in Islam. The eminent scholar of the last century Ibn Baaz (May Allah have mercy on him) said:
“I do not believe political demonstrations, neither by men nor women, are considered a remedy (to influence rulers). Rather, I see them as ways leading to more tribulations and evils. They bring about oppression of people and violations of their rights. However, the Islamically legislated ways such as writing, sincere advising, and calling to that which is good by safe means – the means used by the people of knowledge, the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ), and those who afterwards followed them in righteousness. Some legitimate means would be by writing (to the rulers), personally speaking with them, calling them, or advising them. No one should publicly slander them on the pulpit and other places saying ‘They do this and that’ and ‘All this evil is because of them!’ And from Allah we seek help.”
Sadly for Muslims, they did not heed the advice of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ). They did not resort to patience. They did not think of the possible consequences. They did not think about long term repercussions. Someone lulled them, and they came out in the streets against a mighty tyrant.
As expected, and anyone with an iota of intellect would have expected the same, the tyrant choose to repress the mob using his army. A rebel group emerged in the name of Jihad. The civil war broke out.
To the people of Syria: now when you look back and see the suffering of Syrian people in the refugee camps, observe the brutalities committed by the army and the rebels, don’t you think that following the advice of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) would have been the best strategy?
Indeed it would have been the best strategy. Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) will never fail you, never ever.
The situation was not perfect in Syria. Yet it was not as horrible as it is now. You would be working. Your children would be going to schools. Every night you would be having the chance to kiss your family members.
What have you got following the Arab Spring formula? A bloody civil war, which will probably continue for decades.
A story is circulating in the web for the last few days, and I do not know if it is true or not. The boy in the first picture has been reported to have said before his death, “I am going to tell Allah everything.”
I do not know what the boy will tell Allah. I am sure he has many complaints. I wish I could know. I would like to guess a few.
First, I think he will complain about the scholars who have supported Arab Spring, either consciously or sub-consciously, despite having clear cut prohibiton in Islam against protests and demonstrations. Erudite scholars like Ibn Baaz (May Allah have mercy on him) are sometimes brushed aside with labels like scholars having no understanding of modern dynamics, but had Muslims understood the command of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) regarding protests and demonstrations as Ibn Baaz (May Allah have mercy on him) understood, the disbelievers would have not been successful with their Arab Spring propaganda and create this civil war.
Second, he will complain about the Free Syrian Army. By Allah! They are not fighting any jihad and they have only complicated the situation.
O Allah! There is no deity except You, exalted are You. Indeed, we have been of the wrongdoers.
O Allah! You are the Lord of Eternal Glory and Praise. Forgive our sins and transgressions.
O Allah! Our hearts cannot bear to see the suffering of our Muslim brothers and sisters and their children in Syria anymore.
O Allah! We ask you by Your Might. Stop this civil war, bring peace, and bless the people of Syria with a leader, who is upon guidance.
O Allah! Respond. You are the Lord who listens to our calls and respond during time of dire need.
A five minute documentary from the Guardian about Syrian Civil War: