Awareness | Plight of the Syrians


Asalaamu Alaikum to all. This post will not be like many of my others. It takes a much deeper and heavy route today. I realize that I have not been posting much this year. Life has become crazy, or as I see it, always was. Honestly, I have just not found the time.

I know I need to do a tutorial, I know I need to do a look post. In fact the blog is due a few look posts, what I wore to the blogger meet, what I wore on my anniversary…  and I suppose if I go on at this rate, I, will never catch up.
This morning though, as I was checking facebook I came across One Solid Ummah’s latest post and because of my ridiculous data situation I hardly ever check videos. Something however made me click on it despite it’s warning of sensitive content. I sat there with tears streaming down my face and then realized that I needed to write this post.
Honestly a post such as this was on my blog list for a while now. It seemed fitting that I after I saw that video I finally cross it off the list, so to speak.
(Here is the link to the video if you feel inclined to watch it. Please be warned however its not for the faint hearted!
It dawned on me that not many of us, and truly because I look after teenagers I know, that not many of our young ones know of the plight of the Syrians.  It seems a superficial world this fashion and blogosphere, or for the very least the one I’m in. What I wore, what I got, how I’m doing it. We are all to blame for not giving a second thought to people who live a war each day.
We are sheltered from it, because Alhamdulillah  due to the struggle of our parents and grandparents we live in a free country.  The war in Syria has been waging for about 3 years. The fact of the matter is, that wars are started in an attempt to bring about change in whatever form it may be.  And I agree that after continuous failed attempts at peaceful resolution there may be no other way to effect this change, but the outcomes of a war can be hideously misconstrued.
No one thinks of the innocent. No one thinks of the children. According to the United Nations, the death toll in Syria surpassed 100,000 in June 2013, and reached 120,000 by September 2013. More than four million Syrians have been displaced, more than three million Syrians have fled the country and became refugees, and millions more are left in poor living conditions with shortage of food and drinking water.
The Humanitarian Crisis is escalating.
I admit, I don’t now much about it. So I can’t and rather choose not to point fingers. I just know that I make dua for it to stop, for the war on the Palestinian’s to stop, for all those suffering from oppression in this world to be granted ease and freedom.
It is narrated by Anas (R.A):
Allah’s Apostle (pbuh) said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.” Volume 3, Book 43, Number 624:Sahih Bukhari.
I just thought that if I can, in my small way help to bring awareness, why not! Let us all try to help, whether it is with dua , time or money.
Ways to help:
The Deen store: The Syria Stationary Drive
Contact: 021 762 6745 / 0786104700 /
The Jamiatul Ulama Johannesburg
Muslim Hands
Gift of the Givers
Save the Children
One Solid Ummah
I am truly floored by these people who make it their lifes mission to help others. May Allah grant them all the help they need to continue.

and Allah knows the Best.


  1. Such a brave post, I too feel emotional watching these videos, however feel the need to make my kids aware of what is happening around the world. My 9 year old is very aware of his privileges and being free, the only way to even try to bring about change is to educate the younger generation. The future leaders, make them aware and cultivate the need of wanting to help. It is important that they understand their place in the world and the effect just one person can make.
    Good post Fatima!

    • Thank you Rushda! I will definitely be teaching my kids too! I realise I must make my siblings watch some of these videos, take them on Humanitarian drives etc so they can become aware. Truly there are so many out there in much worse situations then any of us.

  2. Just watched the video and immediately feel angry. I cant believe this type of situations are still happening in this day and age. I had the privilege to go to Syria and Palestine in 2009 and that experience has changed my entire life. Its so sad how our people are being killed by heavy artillery and they have NO weapons. Ya Allah! I make dua that who ever is responsible for this will be punished. Great post Fatima.

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