The Battle for Ghouta - Badr of Our Times

The Battle for Ghouta - Badr of Our Times

The Battle for Ghouta - Badr of Our Times

Another bloody morning has appeared on the sky over the Eastern Ghouta, the rebel-held enclave in Syria. People who have experienced death in its most horrifying way appear to be abandoned by the world. The eyes of the world are shut, their ears don’t hear screams of injured children, they remain speechless to the sufferings of people whose daily routine is encountering and fighting with death. 

The number of deaths in Eastern Ghouta has increased to 426, at least 98 of them children, since Syrian government planes started bombarding the region on Sunday. The besieged district of Eastern Ghouta has endured war horrors for the past 5 years, on the territory of just 40 square miles. Several days of air strikes, rockets and artillery fire have left 393,000 people trapped, many of which are severely injured, starved and need humanitarian aid. The volunteers and medical workers who are on the streets risk of becoming the next dust-covered victims. Families are trying to find shelters in improvised underground basements with limited access to food and fresh water.



Referring to the harrowing images from Eastern Ghouta, the UN and EU have pleaded for a month-long ceasefire and immediate unhindered humanitarian access. Thirteen hospitals, four of them being completely destroyed by the aggressor, were targeted on Monday and Tuesday. Some of them are being put out of action. Three medical workers were killed in the attacks, and the rest of them can’t cope with the shortage of medical supplies and people injured with every passing hour. Facilities have run out essential, life–saving supplies such as anesthetic drugs, antibiotics, and blood bags, as well as important medical equipment. For parents, saying goodbye to their children is, by far, the hardest goodbye. The smallest coffins are the heaviest, one reporter said. 

Just like those who fought in one of the most important battles for the Islamic nation, the Battle of Badr, rebels are outnumbered with their supplies and weapons being cut off. The battle for Ghouta has become Badr of our times, instigated by the years of persecution suffered by the Muslims. This battle has become a landmark for the Muslim Ummah when numbers meant nothing because

“How many a small company has overcome a large company by permission of Allah. And Allah is with the patient.” (Quran, 3:123)

The Muslims were victorious in this combat because they stood out united like an immovable wall. Their true faith and reliance on Allah led them to one of the greatest victories in the history of Islam. So let us be the ones who will help the people of Ghouta to build this immovable wall, let us join the chorus of voices calling for an end to human suffering in eastern Ghouta. Because,

“whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely."(Quran, 5:32)

 



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