Dear Yunus Sheb, you lament "that no Muslim scholar, Imam or intellectual has any courage to put his signature to a campaign outlawing the ISIS and its affiliates both for fear of life and fear of God."
Let us not forget that no Muslim scholars, at least the ulema in India, responded even with the mildest criticism when self-declared Khalifa al-Baghdadi said: "Islam has never been a religion of peace, not even for a day; it has always been a religion of war and strife."
I kept carefully monitoring 11 Urdu newspapers published from various parts of India, for several days, but couldn't find even a editorial or column. One column from a Shia journalist was all I could find. So expecting anything good from these worthies is futile.
Imagine a non-Muslim leader, even a writer, making this assertion. Heavens would have fallen down in that scenario. You can well imagine what would have happened. Most of what Islamophobes say is precisely what Islamists do; only their conclusions are different. But note the difference in Muslim reactions.
Let us try and go beyong the ulema, reach the Muslim masses directly with a coherent, moerate theology. But we will ourselves need to go beyond the accepted scholarly norms.
Check the European comments over internet
against Islam and Muslims. Their turn from hatred to compassion is just
illusion made by illusion. Plz check the currently put comments over multiple
websites of Europe and their comments.
Saudi Arabia has received around 2.5 million Syrians since the
start of the conflict in their country, an official source in the Saudi
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has revealed, elaborating that the
Kingdom has adopted a policy not to treat these Syrians as refugees, or
place them in refugee camps “in order to ensure their dignity and
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to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the MoFA official explained
that Saudi Arabia initially did not “intend to speak about its efforts
to support Syrian brothers and sisters, during their distress, as it
has, since the beginning of the problem,” adding that “Saudi Arabia
dealt with the situation from a religious and humane perspective, and
did not wish to boast about its efforts or attempt to gain media
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given what he slammed as media reports containing “erroneous and
misleading information,” the Saudi official told SPA that the Kingdom
now considers it important to discuss its efforts with “appropriate
facts and figures,” as he stated the following:
1. The Kingdom
has received around 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of the
conflict. In order to ensure their dignity and safety, the Kingdom
adopted a policy that does not treat them as refugees or place them in
refugee camps. They have been given the freedom to move about the
country and those who wish to remain in Saudi Arabia (some hundreds of
thousands) have been given legal residency status. Their residency comes
with the rights to receive free medical care, to join the labor market
and to attend schools and universities. This was contained in a royal
decree in 2012 that instructed public schools to accept Syrian students.
According to government statistics, the public school system has
accepted more than 100,000 Syrian students.
2. The Kingdom’s
efforts were not limited to accepting our Syrian brothers and sisters
after their crisis; it also extended its efforts to support and care for
millions of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries such as Jordan,
Lebanon and others. Efforts included providing them with humanitarian
assistance, in coordination with the host governments and with
international human aid organizations. Aid was provided, in cash and
3. The aid provided by Saudi Arabia to the Syrian people
totals around $700 million, according to the statistics of the Third
International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which took
place in Kuwait on March 31, 2015. Government aid and aid provided by
the National Campaign, are included in that number.
Humanitarian aid provided to Syrians by the Kingdom consisted of food,
medical, academic, residential supplies and included the establishment
of Saudi specialized clinics in refugee camps, especially at Zaatari
Camp in Jordan. The Kingdom was able to provide medical care in the form
of immunization, preventive treatment and medical procedures. In
addition, Saudi Arabia sponsored a large number of Syrian families
living in Lebanon and Syria (specifically, through paying for their rent
and living costs).
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ministry official concluded his statements to SPA by saying that: It is
apparent from the previous facts, that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will
remain a leader among other countries supporting Syrian people and it
is impossible to outbid its efforts in this matter, or to question its
position in any way or form, the statement concluded