We are living in the End Times where millions of Muslim women and children who’ve been left unclaimed are being martyred or are deprived of their right to lead humane lives, all around the world. Today in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya, small children are opening their eyes to the sound of exploding bombs, thousands of Muslims are living under the constant threat of death and trying to hold on to life in utterly ruined and abandoned cities. Who would want to migrate to another country leaving their spouse, children, mother, father, history, past, and the land where they were born behind? Who would want to experience this gruelling journey, thirsty and starving, with the constant fear of death lurking behind? Who would want to experience the loss of a child? What changed from little body of Baby Aylan being washed ashore, whose photo received only a few days of coverage in the world press? The whole world is silent and calm, as if they are watching a movie; they all just continue to watch the refugees disembogued right into the sea and martyred.
When a Syrian living in the war zone is asked: “How were you affected by the photo of Aylan?”, his answer reveals the naked truth of atrocity and violence in Syria: “As a Syrian who lived in Syria until 2015, I was not affected by it at all. In Aleppo, I saw body parts of babies hanging from the trees. We drained our tears long before Aylan.”
There are thousands of Muslims who are forced to migrate from a large number of countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Myanmar, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Central African Republic, and in particular, Syria. These people choose to risk their lives on a dangerous journey, fleeing to another country instead of living in their homes for fear of their lives. Dozens of people leave their homes to sail out onto open sea in one small inflatable boat. With hope for a better life, they travel in freight coolers or hang from train doors. Without knowing what their future entails, they try to escape their country by digging under barbed wire. Alaa Houd, who, after his inflatable boat started to leak water, tried to swim to the Greek islands for 3 hours until the Greek Coast Guard found him, explains that he didn’t fear death:
“I wasn’t frightened. Because for the last three years of my life, in Syria, I was face to face with death everyday. Swimming in the sea is nothing compared to what I experienced in Syria. In Syria, people walk on the streets and bombs start to rain upon them.”
In 2011, when the Arab Spring began, the number of refugees who lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea alone was between 1,500 and 1,900. In 2015, this number increased to 3,772. The number of people who lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea in the first four months of 2016, is 1,232. And in the last 5 years, 25,000 refugees lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea. There were also thousands of lost people who couldn‘t be identified. If we consider the fact that there is little to no chance that these people will reach the shores of Europe, it is thought that these 20,000 people who are unaccounted for have very likely lost their lives in the sea.
In this month of Ramadan, while the screams of innocent Muslims from all around the world rise to the skies, while the Middle East is drenched in a bloodbath, every individual Muslim has a lot to accomplish, a lot to strive toward. This era, the End Times, it is time for Muslims to wake up; it is time to open our cognizance. It is time to unite, and band together as one under one banner to stand against the cruelty of these systems of the Antichrist using knowledge. It is neither the European Union, nor America that will put an end to the suffering of the Muslims. It is the Muslims who will end this suffering, the Muslims who will unite for a common goal without making any discrimination among the Shiites, Sunnis, Wahabis or Alevis, who will ensure unity and brotherhood among themselves, Muslims who prostrate before the same God and wholeheartedly believe in the same Book. Muslims’ friends, protectors, and family are again Muslims. Without wasting any time, Muslims should abandon sectarian and racist thoughts, rid themselves of dissensions, conflicts and hostility, and we should certainly unite under the core values of the Qur’an. Because it was Satan who created this turmoil, this unrest among Muslims and it is in turn Muslims who are harmed by it. If Muslims band together as one, as a single body, if they stand against this system of the Antichrist as a whole, using knowledge and faith, like an unshakable barrier, it is obvious there will be no more small bodies to bury.
This Ramadan is the time for 1,700,000,000 Muslims to wake up and band together as one. Against cruelty, we should all together create a great deluge of love using reason, with knowledge, with sincerity and refinement, and with a deep love for God, with the spirit of guardianship toward one another. With this fervour of unity, we shall not let another innocent child or woman be martyred and not leave even a single person lost and unclaimed in the Muslim world.
“What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of God: — for those men, women, and children who are oppressed and say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!’?” (Surat an-Nisa’, 75)
By Harun Yahya