Eid Al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. “Fitr” means “to break,” and symbolizes not only the breaking of the fast but also of all evil within the believer.

This is the day of Eid al- Fitr. All Muslims around the world are celebrating the end of the Ramadan by glorifying Almighty Allah, and praising Him for the countless blessings He bestowed upon us. Eid al- fitr is the prize you deserve because you have shown complete submission and obedience to your Lord. You have proved again that nothing in this world; no temptation could prevent you from being good servants to your Lord.

Dear sisters and brothers……, while celebrating this day of Eid; we should never forget that people in other places of our country, who are suffering, from terrorists, conflicts, deaths, poverty, or because they are displaced. We keep in our prayers and thoughts the innocent people killed in Syria daily by foreign backed hired terrorists, just because they are seeking peace in their life, our army and martyrs who defend our country, and we keep in our prayers and thoughts the people of Golan and Palestine who are still seeking freedom and the right to return to their homes and properties. We keep in our prayers and thoughts all people of the world who are struggling for the very basic of their human and civil rights.

Eid is great time to show how Islam encourages kindness, sharing,   generosity and concern for our neighbors, relatives, children who need more concern than others, we must increase the volume of food, and sweets, so that we could share it with our neighbors, friends or even displaced people.

When we increase our good deeds, we automatically help ourselves decrease our bad deeds, it is good way of ridding ourselves of bad habits.

The purpose of life is not just to be happy. It is also to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Two days ago I was visiting the displaced in a mosque, I asked the children:

What do you want in Eid Al- Fitr?

 Most of them said: we want to go home, I began telling them what is happening to Syria, as if I am telling a story, they listened to me carefully, when I finished, one of them said " long live our army" all repeated after him, they became happy, yes, they became happy, I just plant a smile on their faces, everyone can do that and more, just begin. 

Our prophet said:

"Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Merciful. Be merciful to the people of the earth and the One above the heavens will have mercy upon you".

Butheina Al-Nounou

The devastating role of Arab and regional states in inflaming crisis

From the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Arab and regional states have been playing a devastating role in inflaming the crisis through hosting, training, arming and funding the armed terrorist groups to carry out heinous crimes and criminal acts against Syrian people and their public and private properties. 

This devastating role was clearly exposed through media outlets which have circulated many reports about the US and its regional and Arab allies’ intervention in Syria’s internal affairs.

It has been proved that Erdogan’s government has opened its airports and borders to terrorist members to carry out terrorist acts against the Syrian people in a flagrant violation of the international law and the rules of good neighbourliness.

Implementing the orders of the US administration, the current Turkish government has allowed the entry of thousands of al-Qaeda terrorists and takfiris and Wahhabis to commit their crimes of killing the innocent Syrians, blowing up their properties and spreading chaos and sabotage in Syria with the aim of destroying the country and weakening the Syrian Arab army.

The Justice and Development government in Turkey is part of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood project in the region, which is why it is conspiring against Syria. The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to assume control, not build states.

What happened in Khan al-Assal recently gives a new proof on the involvement of neighbouring countries in this atrocious crime through providing military, logistic and financial support for the armed terrorist groups.

It has become well-known that the terrorists are directed, trained, armed and funded by the US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey who are legally responsible for the savage massacres and criminal acts of their terrorist agents.

The Saudi regime is involved in supporting terrorists who fight Arab armies, and there are many members from the royal Saudi families who direct the arming and funding of terrorists from neighbouring states.

Saudi Arabia has been carrying out this destructive role for decades as it seeks to destroy the pan-Arab project and cause fragmentation and instability in the region in service of the American-Zionist project.

Qatar is also playing a very vicious role since it started from the very beginning of the crisis to offer unlimited financial and military support for the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

The continued silence on those crimes in the framework of immoral coalitions between Turkey and a number of influential countries at the UN Security council, in addition to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Libya which send carriers of weapons into Syria's neighbouring states means supporting the terror, funding it and instigating killing and destruction in Syria.

K.Q.

On International al-Quds Day: Resistance, the sole way for liberation

International al-Quds Day is an annual event that began in Iran in 1979, commemorated on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, to express solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle and rejecting Zionism as well as Israel's racist Judaization policy against the city of Jerusalem.

The objective of marking the occasion on the last Friday of Ramadan is to remind Muslims and the world of the Palestinian cause and benefit from this occasion to recruit energies in order to save Al-Quds and Palestine from the hands of the Zionists and to cast light on what Palestine and its people are suffering because of the aggressive Israeli measures which deprive the Palestinian under occupation of their basic human rights.

Millions of people in different Islamic countries held massive rallies in solidarity with the Palestinian people, condemning the aggressive policies of Israel and calling for the liberation of Palestine, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. They waved Palestinian flags and chanted "Death to Israel and America," and burned Israeli and American flags.

This year’s occasion comes following a new round of US-brokered talks between Palestinian Authority and Israel. The two sides held talks in Washington earlier this week and are reportedly set to resume talks by mid August.  However, many Palestinians believe the talks are doomed to failure because Israel and the US are putting pressure on Palestinian negotiators to unconditionally concede their legitimate rights, especially with regard to the repatriation right of the Palestinian refugees and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

However, the Palestinian people will accept nothing short of their complete inalienable rights: Palestine from the sea to the river should return fully to its people, and no negotiator is entitled to give up or abandon one grain of sand from the soil of Palestine, or a drop of its water, oil, or a piece of its land.

Israel poses a danger to the peoples and countries of the region, and eliminating it is a national and pan-Arab interest.  The people of the region are capable of removing the Zionist entity from the world scene through heroic resistance acts.

It has been crystal clear that Syria is paying the price of its support for Palestinian and Lebanese resistance. One of the main reasons behind the global conspiracy concocted against Syria was because of its unlimited support for resistance movements against Israel.

The relentless steadfastness of the Syrian people and their unwavering stances in facing the ferocious campaigns seeking to undermine Syria’s resistant role will continue unabated to foil the global conspiracy against Syria and the Arab nation.

The conspiracy against Syria won't dissuade it from its support for resistance, because it is the sole way to liberate Palestine, al-Quds and all the occupied Arab territories, and the Syrian people's support for the path of resistance is stronger than ever.

K.Q.

Terrorist Threats

‘‘Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world.’’ The international Herald Tribune disclosed on July 29, 2013.

The daily added that a  rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the terrorists against the Syrian government, raising fears among American and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home.

More Westerners are now fighting in Syria than fought in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Yemen, according to the officials, citing the  growing concern that they will come back with a burst of jihadist zeal, some semblance of military discipline, enhanced weapons and explosives skills, and, in the worst case, orders from affiliates of Al Qaeda to carry out terrorist strikes.

Classified estimates from Western intelligence services and unclassified assessments from government and independent experts put the number of fighters from Europe, North America and Australia who have entered Syria since 2011 at more than 600. That represents about 10 percent of the roughly 6,000 foreign fighters who have poured into Syria by way of the Middle East and North Africa.

Most of the Westerners are self-radicalized and are traveling on their own initiative to Turkey, where "rebel" facilitators often link them up with specific groups, terrorism experts say. Many have joined ranks with the Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front, which American officials have designated as a terrorist group.

European and other Western intelligence agencies are rushing to work together to track the individuals seeking to cross the border into Syria from Turkey, though several American officials expressed frustration that Turkey is not taking more aggressive steps to stem the flow of Europeans going to fight in Syria.

The German authorities have so far focused domestic efforts on preventing people suspected of being radicals from leaving the country. In the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, the security authorities this month identified 12 people thought to be radicals, who they said had given ‘‘concrete indications’’ that they were planning to leave for Syria.

Public prosecutors in the Netherlands have said that while the authorities cannot stop would-be jihadists from leaving the country, they can combat recruitment, which is against the law and carries a sentence of up to four years in jail or a fine of about $100,000.

A precise breakdown of the Western fighters in Syria is difficult to offer, counterterrorism and intelligence officials said, but their estimates include about 140 French citizens, 100 Britons, 75 Spaniards, 60 Germans, and a few dozen Canadians and Australians. There are also fighters from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, according to a study in April by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, a partnership of academic institutions that is based in London estimated that 140 to 600 Europeans had gone to Syria.

About 30 French citizens have returned from the front lines in Syria, according to Mathieu Guidère, a professor at Université Toulouse II and an expert on Islamic terrorism.

Recently, the Dutch authorities arrested a 19-year-old woman suspected of recruiting young Dutch Muslims to fight with Islamic extremists in Syria.

In April, the Belgian authorities raided 48 homes across the country and detained six men implicated in what prosecutors described as a jihadist recruitment drive for the insurgency in Syria. Some of the men have since been released, Eric van der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor, said by telephone on Friday.

Mr. van der Sypt said the Belgian authorities had recently arrested another man after he returned to Belgium from Syria, but he declined to provide more information, citing the continuing investigation.

‘‘We’re still following the phenomenon of people going to Syria from very close by,’’ he said, referring to residents who had become involved in a radicalist group known as Sharia4Belgium, in places like Antwerp and Vilvoorde, a community north of Brussels.

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

New Test for UN credibility

It is completely unacceptable for the US and its Western allies to continue turning a blind eye and a deaf ear regarding the criminal acts and savage atrocities committed by the armed terrorist groups in Syria. Blatant Human rights violations and heinous crimes are committed by these groups against Syrian people and their public and private properties daily and the international community is still keeping silent towards such awful acts.

One of the atrocious massacres committed by the armed terrorist groups was the atrocity of Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside, causing the martyrdom of at least 25 civilians and the injury of over 100 others. The terrorist groups' members arranged a murder of civilians and military personnel, maimed the bodies of some victims, put them in a big trench in the town's suburbs and burned other martyrs’ bodies showing the ugliness of their criminal acts.

The brutal massacre was perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and "Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa".

The double standard policy adopted by some Security Council member countries regarding combating terrorism prevented the UN Security Council from condemning the atrocities of the al-Qaeda-affiliated takfiri groups which have been responsible for the terrorist explosions in various areas in the country. The stances of these countries run contrary to the international agreement on combating terrorism, increase committing more atrocities against the Syrians and obstruct the strenuous efforts to reach a political solution for the crisis based on inter-Syrian dialogue that meets the Syrian people’s aspirations and demands away from any foreign diktat.

The armed terrorist groups which are linked to al-Qaeda have committed the savage massacre in Khan al-Assal town to erase the traces of the chemical weapons use in this area. The main goal of this carnage is killing all witnesses on the use of the chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups.

Unfortunately, none of the Western parties has taken a stand against such acts or against the foreign gunmen within the ranks of the terrorist groups in Syria.

The Takfiri terrorist groups and their backers must be held accountable for their acts. The terrorists who committed Khan al-Assal massacre and the countries which support, fund and arm them must be held accountable, and they will pay dearly for this heinous crime.

Another goal of the massacre is to terrorize the Syrian people and alter the situation on the ground, particularly since the Syrian Army is making progress in its qualitative operations targeting the dens of terrorists everywhere in the country.

The UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council should adopt responsible procedures as regards fighting the terrorism Syria is facing because of the al-Qaeda linked takfiri groups.

The UN Security Council should also reveal facts connected to the horrible massacre in Khan al-Assal away from double standard policies which have been advocated by the US and its Western allies since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria.

K.Q.