Let’s face it, we live in a time when Islam is facing the most difficult hardships. Islam has been demonized and its followers now face their most difficult moments with widespread hatred, though uneducated and ignorant people. Vandalism, hateful insults, social networks, hashtags, and even public verbal attacks are things that Muslims face every day. But do not be victims. Do not hide behind the doors. Let’s not be ashamed of who we are. There is no better time to stand for what we believe, to show the world and the communities in which we live, what Islam really represents. Whoever hates a MUSLIM comes purely from loss. If someone is to sin against you, do not sin in return and fall into the trap of revenge.
The Qur’an states: “Humanity is but a single Brotherhood: So make peace with your brethren.” Qur’an – 49:10
On Friday night US and European allies launched airstrikes against Syrian research, storage, and military targets as President Trump sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for an alleged chemical attack near Damascus last weekend. By this attack, more than 40 people were killed.
Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes of a coordinated operation aimed at demonstrating Western resolve against what the leaders of the three countries have called persistent violations of international law. Mr. Trump characterized it as the beginning of a sustained effort to force Mr. Assad to stop using prohibited weapons, but he only ordered a limited one-night operation that met three objectives.
He attacked and risked pulling the United States deeper into the complex multi-directional war in Syria and raised the possibility of a disagreement with Russia and Iran, which supported Assad with the military forces. In 90 minutes, the Russian ambassador to the United States warned against the “consequences” of the Allied attacks.
While Trump pledged last week to withdraw US troops from Syria, he said he would remain committed to the goal of preventing further chemical attacks.
“We are ready to maintain this response until the Syrian regime stops using banned chemical agents,” he said.
But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who urged the House to be cautious in the pre-strike deliberations, told reporters on Friday night that no further attacks were planned unless Mr. Assad again uses gas in its own people.
“We have confined it to chemical weapons targets,” said Mattis. “We were not there to extend that, we were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time it was a heavy strike “.
The attack was twice as high and reached two targets rather than an attack that Mr. Trump ordered last year against a Syrian military airfield.
They struck three of Assad’s chemical weapons facilities: a Damascus-based scientific research center used for the production of weapons and two chemical weapons facilities west of Homs, one of which was used for the production of the nerve agent sarin and the other was part of a military command post, said General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The attacks marked the second time that Trump attacked Syria to punish the government after he was accused of using chemical weapons. The White House had tried to create a stronger response than the April 2017 attack, when the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base that was put back into use a day later.
Unlike last year, France and Britain joined the United States to counter the alleged chemical attack last Saturday in Duma, near Damascus, but Germany refused to participate, although Chancellor Angela Merkel described the use as unacceptable of chemical weapons.
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, said that Syria had left no other option to the allies. “This persistent behavior must be stopped, not only to protect the innocent in Syria from the horrible deaths and injuries caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not tolerate the erosion of the international standard that prevents the use of these weapons.” She said.
The attacks were not intended to topple Assad, hurt Russian and Iranian allies who sustain his troops, or shield civilians from violence. In fact, they have been carefully planned and executed to keep away from altering the general dynamics of the clash and preventing the United States from being dragged further in.
The West’s resistance to new interventions is good news for Russia and Iran, and of course for Assad, who was happy on Sunday, according to a group of Russian politicians who visited him.
“President Assad has an absolutely positive attitude, in a good mood,” said Natalya Komarova, a member of the delegation, according to Russian news agencies.
But recognizing the cost of the war, another visitor reported that Assad said the reconstruction of Syria could cost $ 400 billion.
If the main message of the attacks was that Assad could not use chemical weapons, a secondary message was that the West would leave him in power, whatever he does.
Seven years of conflict saw how Syria was interrupted by the world powers, the Turks administering the northern cities, the United States working with the militias led by the Kurds in the east and Russia and Iran helping Assad to disperse the remaining pockets of the rebels.
At this point, no one seems to have a realistic plan to negotiate a lasting peace between the forces that will unite Syria in a stable enough way to allow millions of refugees to return home and begin reconstruction. Many ignore the idea that Assad can play an important role in this process.
As a Muslim, where we stand? we ignore the people who want our help and our courage, what we do for them? just except ignoring them or commenting on them that what rubbish is done by the US, Uk to Syria.
Abraham Lincoln said “actions speak louder than words”
We Muslims aren’t perfect, but Islam is. It’s time to step up and let Islam shine not through what we preach, but through practice.
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17 August, 2019