Syria and the World



Oct 2001 – Afghanistan invaded – to date

March 2003 – Iraq invaded – August 2011 vacated

14th Jan 2011 – Ben Ali’s regime in Tunisia toppled; 12th Feb 2011 – Hosni Mubarak of Egypt removed; March 2011 – protests in Syria plunge the country into a bloody civil war that has lasted over two years and going…; 20th Oct, 2011 – Gaddafi beaten and killed out of power; 22nd Jan, 2012 – Saleh of Yemen forced to leave the country.

While the others fell down to the Arab Spring like pawns fleeing the king’s horses, Syria stood up in resistance; a resistance that may have the potential to drag humanity into great strife.

This essay aims to analyze the global situation that has cultured around the Syrian issue, and seeks the reader to come to conclusions over Humanity, and over the Muslim and the Christian worlds, in prospects of the wider global phenomenon.

The Arab Spring, though thought of as a purely Arab phenomenon, has one thing common with the Western-led invasions; they came with a promise of democracy, and the promise was never fulfilled. Or should it be said that the new system that advents the states every time, forcefully labeled as a ‘type’ of democracy, brought by the Spring or the Invasions, never leads the derailed country on the path of progress or stability; rather, it has always been a promise of permanent chaos.

Observing Syria from the ground level, one sees a divided country, with Assad’s control sieged towards the Mediterranean, leaving him connected to Jordan and exposed to Israel. The Rebel forces seem to control the entire middle, all along the Euphrates River, connecting them with Iraq on one side and with Turkey on the other; with the Kurds occupying patches of land along the Turkish border.

Courtesy BBC Mapping the Conflict

But taking an aerial view, from a level where Syria is just a country surrounded by countries, one sees the real danger that lies in this ongoing resistance. It comes to notice that as circumstances unfolded, fate had placed Syria at the pivot wherefrom the world could be divided into extremely polarized twos. Two axes along which more and more states would be inclined towards, as time would pass on, virtually dividing the world into confrontable units and forcibly dragging it out of the Cold War stance.

Bashar Al Assad, and his Alawite sect, had for long been the scorn of the eye for the numerically excessive and resourceful Sunni Muslim world, and it would not have been unwise for him to peacefully have come down from power over a Sunni majority in Syria, for the betterment of his populace and the betterment of the wider world; but he is stubbornly hanging on. On the other hand, the Rebels that might have initially radicalized for the basic human rights of their people, have become a source that is quickly dragging their allies into the pit hole of war, when many of them had previously posed as inert.

As events unfolded, we saw that Iran on Syria’s east and the Hezbollah of Lebanon on its west created a bridge that would somehow become a route for supplies through Assad’s territories, aiding him with ammunition and manpower. While Iran was doing this, the Western Allies sought to aid the rebels, with not only arms but also by easing many militant entities to join the Rebels in this struggle; as opponents of the US/Allies allege them of facilitating a new umbrella of Al-Qaida along the Syria/Turkey border, attracting all sorts of militants towards this front. For the Western powers, a chance for intervention in yet another oil-rich country is perhaps another ray of hope for their collapsing economies; more chaos would mean more chance of intervention and securing a position where they can dictate their terms on any new regime, most probably by implanting one of their choice. And for Saudi Arabia, it would mean lessening the threat of an ambitious Shia block by eliminating one Shia regime from a Sunni majority state, an act which would make perfect sense to the majority of the Muslim world, especially if Assad can be labeled a brutal tyrant.

History tells us that Assad’s father Hafez Al Assad had eliminated political opponents with brutal measures and a rebellion mounted by the Muslim Brotherhood at Hama occurred in 1982, was suppressed with the killing of between 10,000–40,000 people. The dictatorial rule of a minority sect over a constricted majority and keeping the religious aspirations of the people curbed are some of the atrocities committed by the Assad regime.

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Discussion17 Comments

  1. US Navy carrier is now close to the syrian seas (shown in one of the newspapers). israel cannot wait more to finish the assad govt. US is just a tool for israel, jews control the banking system.

  2. Madam Aneela Shahzad

    Please research before you write.

    Your write up represents a mind of a one who is completely ignorant of past history, both real and concocted one. Not to mention the 1000 years of Islamic history intentionally deleted by the Imperialist forces.

    The current events are fast tracking to the final war that has been predicted / prophesied in Qura’n and Hadiths and to some extent in the Bible.

    Let me give you a hint where to start looking for the answers. Try studying the Babylonian era whence two Angels namely Harut and Marut descended and taught ‘Kabalah’ to the misguided people.

    Would love to give you a long article on the subject, but Alas! there is no more freedom of speech / expression anywhere in the world. Especially not in the west where I live.

    I am not sure if you will understand what I just wrote. Only such persons that have mastered the Ahadiths and its connectivity to events past and present will surely know what I wrote.

    • Where does it mention in the Ahaadeeth that Harut and Marut had been teaching Kaballah? And where do the Ahaadeeth mention this or any other war directly? And what is anybody to conclude from mastery of Ahaadeeth – Who is right and who is wrong??
      Ahaadeeth do tell us and in detail what and how to do in such times, but obviously they do not offer political explanations for particular incidents because they were not meant for that. I still fail to see a contradiction with any Hadeeth in the above article. Would you mind mentioning a few examples of Ahaadeeth, a mastery of which would enlighten us more on this particular issue?

      • @ Eamaan

        As far as Kabalah (Magic) is concerned. Do your own research.

        Allow me to quote you verse 102 of Chapter 2 of the Noble Qura’n

        “They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without saying: “We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah’s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew”.

        I do not feel like teaching you. But know Syria is the last cue before the advent of Mahdi and Jesus on whom be peace.

        Do read from this website as to reason of war in Syria:

        Ahadiths are full of past, current and future unfolding events. One has to have the insight to recognize it, which by Grace of ALLAH I do.

        Qura’n also has prophesies.

        Aneela Shahzad has mentioned Ben Ali of Tunisia and Saleh of Yemen. Their fall cue is mentioned in Qura’n, though not by name. And I do not feel like giving you the verse number unless you are a Qura’nic Scholar. Which I doubt very much due to your mode of query asking for Hadiths where Harut and Marut are mentioned. You should have known that Harut and Marut are not mentioned in Hadiths.

        Other reasons for not teaching you on the monitored field is so not to attract the unfriendly folks.

        • seriously Waqas you need to get out of the box, alhamdulilLah the Quran is a universal book and does not drag us into small box versions; contemplation and analysis of what the Quran tell us is the essence of Deen but speculating just for the sake of it is nothing less than a sin. if bin Ali and Saleh have been mentioned in the Quran than Zardari, Shareef and IK would be too, its not that the Quran does not hold all knowledge, but this knowledge is universal, clear, doubtless and easy to understand, not a underground secret cult knowledge, so don’t bluff us,, and if there is something real you know, then share it with the world, cause it not just for you, its for humanity… neither did the prophets hide things to themselves…

        • @As far as Kabalah (Magic) is concerned. Do your own research.
          What about also using the advice alongside giving it?

          Also, would you allow me to remind you that what you quoted is not a verse of Quran but a translation?

          @And I do not feel like giving you the verse number unless you are a Qura’nic Scholar.
          Will the Quranic scholar need you to do him this benevolent service? I suppose an illiterate needs teaching more than a scholar?

          And by the way, I had thought there were Ahaadeeth that encouraged teaching while none that would be used as an excuse for not teaching?

        • where are ben ali and saleh mentioned? u shouldn’t withhold this info just b/c someone isn’t a scholar and may not understand what u are saying.

      • @waqqas

        i don’t think the author wrote anything that disagreed with what the hadith say is going to happen. i thought of it more as a general view-take on what’s happening in syria. as she says “This essay aims to analyze the global situation that has cultured around the Syrian issue”. it’s about what the situation is today.


        kaballah is jewish magic. the angels harut and marut were sent by Allah (swt) to babylonia to teach the israelites magic as a test. if they agreed to learn magic they failed the test. it is one of the more memorable stories in the Quran…

        @eemaan and raphay
        the war he is talking about is i believe the “malhamma” or as christians call it “armageddon”. i say that b/c he mentioned the bible. i do not believe he meant it literally as the final war ever to take place on earth or human history. compare it to when ppl say “today” (as in today’s kids don’t care about islam). they don’t literally mean that exact day but the general moment in time. maybe waqqas can confirm this himself?

        as for political explanations, anyone can piece together world events happening today and compare them with the hadith. this is called analysis.

        • 321 hamma is in Syria and the battlefield of Mageddo is in Palestine,, and yes HArut and Marut are clearly mentioned in the Quran, but i doubt that what Waqas is hiding from us is not mention in the Quran… thats why he is keeping it such a secret…

          • armageddon is not a war in palestine but a major war taking place on the earth (most likely a world war). and the main battlefield is the middle east. note that we muslims call this armageddon “malhamma”. i wasn’t talking about a place in syria. malhamma is the word rasulullah used for a “great war”.

            and i don’t know about what u are saying that waqqas is hiding something. if u think he is hiding something then that’s your opinion. i didn’t feel that way. but then again i have read books by scholars on this subject and so i know what he is talking about.

        • I do not want to debate on relatively non-relevant things, I only want to suggest that you do not stand up for putting in words for others, at least when they don’t agree with you. He has also mentioned Mehdi now in order to free you from needless confusions.

          And I do honestly appreciate you for telling me the story of Haaroot and Maaroot. All I want you to consider is this – Kaballah does not imply all magic; it is a specific type of magic. If Quran says that Haaroot and Maaroot taught ‘magic’ as a test, we are much safer calling it as ‘magic’ only, since we are not in need of specifying it as Kaballah in particular as this is not relevant to the story as well as being not-so-sure.

          • in what way did waqqas disagree with me? how does his having mentioned the mahdi prove that he disagrees?
            this wasn’t meant to be a debate. as i said to raphay, i know what it is that he is referring to and so i took the liberty of trying to clear up the confusion.

            if u do not wish to call it kaballah or put any other name to it, it is perfectly understandable and not at all disagreeable. however imo it is essentially redundant since scholars say that kaballah is essentially the jewish book of magic.

  3. Waqqas, please come out of the dooms day scenario for once,, every war cannot be the last war, like many end-time purporters have been purporting for the last 100 years. If we are not going to open our eyes to reality and the real and present dangers, victory will shy away from us not come near to us….

  4. I humbly admit that I am no one to comment on insights shared by self-proclaimed scholars. This comment is for fear that the common reader might take these personal insights as the words of Quran or Sunnah.

    Quran and Hadeeth do guide is in all spheres of our lives, and yet, they do not mention specific political events or politicians. If the reference is to the general Ahaadeeth about tyrants when claiming that Ben Ali or Saleh are mentioned indirectly in Ahaadeeth, then so are I and you! If the general Ahaadeeth could be pasted on a particular person with high claims of insight, then allow me to say that every other layman is mentioned in Quran and Hadeeth, and directly, too!

    Quran and Hadeeth do mention many wars, some specifically and others generally. To be able to paste a Hadeeth to a particular event specifically, the only source could be Wahy. For non-recipients of Wahy, it is safest to abstain from claiming on behalf of the Prophet SallAllaahu Alaihi wa Sallam that which he himself did not.

    The general rules that apply to the times of ‘Fitnah’, as our modern times certainly are, are clearly described in various Ahaadeeth. We would do much better to learn our own duties through such Ahaadeeth and implement them rather than forcing them upon specific people.

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