Home Page - Gulf in the Media
HomePoliticsEconomy                               Set Gulfinthemedia.com as home page
Opinions
"Postings of opinions published in the Gulf and international newspapers
 Print  Send This Page
Save Listen to this Article
What would Umar bin Abdulaziz say to Bashar?   

Asharq Al-Awsat - 27 March, 2012
Author: Dr. Hamad Al-Majid

Jarrah Ibn Abdullah, Governor of Khorasan, once wrote to the Umayyad Caliph Umar ibn Abdulaziz stating that the people of Khorasan were wild and rebellious, and nothing but the whip and the sword could control them. Umar replied: “Your theory that nothing but the whip and the sword could control your people is absolutely nonsensical. Truth and justice can control them; spread truth and justice in your reign”. Umar said that it was a “lie” to believe that the sword and the whip could guarantee to solve the people’s worsening temperament, so what would Umar tell Bashar al-Assad today, who has deployed his tanks, armored vehicles, army, intelligence, henchmen and Shabiha to kill, torture, rape and terrorize?

In fact, Umar could not deter the criminal tyrant from his crime by merely chastising him with the word “lie”, because the Bashar al-Assad regime is based on denials, hypocrisy and falsifying the facts: His statements are lies, his parliament is a lie, and his explanations of the suffering of his people are lies. In his people’s demands for freedom Bashar sees nothing but lies, because he is a liar who ultimately believes his own fabrications. Here we see a revolution that has been ongoing for over a year and neither the President nor his regime recognizes that their fall is inevitable, and that the debate only centers around the question of “when?” Bashar lies and then believes what he is saying, and the problem is that he does not realize, nor does he want to realize, that he is working against his own interests, those of his family and his inner circle.

I hope that Bashar and his wife stop being preoccupied – even for a few minutes – with the trivialities of their leaked emails, in order to pay attention to the rare courage of the Syrian people. This courage has transformed from confronting al-Assad’s brutality, dictatorship and Shabiha with bare chests, into scenes of dancing and singing songs of death, as if the people are heading towards “joy” rather than the death and arrests that no one knows the true scale of except God. The Arab people can no longer bear the horror of what has been transmitted by mobile phone cameras, which are only the tip of the iceberg. Yet the brave Syrian people hold a firm belief and remain certain to the point that they do not pay attention to these painful, tragic scenes, these proud people have begun to see this wicked, arrogant regime as nothing but a handful of despicable mercenaries and intoxicated thugs

“And [remember] when He showed them to you, when you met, as few in your eyes, and He made you [appear] as few in their eyes so that Allah might accomplish a matter already destined” (Surat al-Anfal, verse 44). I am impressed that the Syrian people no longer care about the defeatist international attitudes, or the empty promises coming from near and far. In short, what is taking place in Syria is now outside the realm of human beings; God will accomplish a matter that is already destined.

Bashar al-Assad and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi are two grotesque examples of the sons of bloody, autocratic tyrants. They are the ones who disproved the theory that only rulers who come to power riding on the back of a tank will naturally govern their people in accordance with their military backgrounds and harsh upbringings. Bashar al-Assad told his people that he was a humble, civilized doctor, and he was incapable of being like his father. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was a graduate of British academic institutions. Both of them lived amongst Western democracies, but then returned to their countries as if nothing had happened. Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him, was wary of this and warned against the tyrants of his time: “My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant…Indeed, if You leave them, they will mislead Your servants and not beget except [every] wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever” (Surat Nuh, verses 26 and 27).
 
The UAE is a soft power in its own right
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2016-12-02
Author : Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli
Geographically, the UAE is small, and at 45, it is relatively young. Yet, its fair share of accomplishments and feats dwarf even so-called superpowers of the world. Today, the UAE...
Yes, I would marry a woman who does not cover her face!
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2016-12-02
Author : Muhammad Al-Osaimi
Sometimes I just do not believe how some people can ask naïve questions, such as: Would you marry a woman who does not cover her face?...
At 45, the UAE deserves a global round of applause
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-12-02
Author : Faisal J. Abbas
On one side of the globe, the rise of the far-right has left a whole continent shaken and uncertain about its future. This is accompanied by a surge in racism,...
A day for celebration, appreciation and reflection
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2016-12-02
Author : Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor
Drawn from the generation privileged to have witnessed the transition of the United Arab Emirates from one of the little-known Trucial States under British administration, when our lives were fraught...
Total 200 Results in 14 Pages
  2 
For more news, views and reports about this topic, please subscribe
to GRC website: www.grc.net
Thu Dec 8, 2016| 08-ربيع أول-1438هـ
Stop bloodshed in Syria: King Salman
GCC keen on implementing leaders' resolutions - Al-Zayani
Kuwait keen on closer ties with human rights bodies - Al-Jarallah
'Knowledge best tool in fight against extremism'
Iraqi army targets Mosul bridge
I will only cede power to 'elected' president: Hadi
GCC Summit coincides with exceptional conditions - Bahrain King
Kerry: Fall of Aleppo won't end war in Syria
Tadawul closes at one-year high
Qatar calls for special UN session on Syria
No major rules changes needed for Aramco IPO
US still an enemy: Rouhani
JIAT: 'Unintentional mistake' led to airstrike on Yemeni hospital
Syrian army seizes key ground in Aleppo battle
Riyadh court sentences 15 Iran 'spies' to death
Qatar to spend QR46bn ($13bn) on mega projects in 2017
  Op-Ed
Investing in women: How gender parity makes economic sense
Jaya was out and out a pro-poor leader
Our troops in the south set new examples of bravery
What Aleppo's fall means for the region
More>>  
    Reports
NBK Report on oil markets
GCC Banking Sector Quarterly - 2Q16
More>>  
    GCC Press Agencies
Day's main stories from the GCC Press Agencies
    GRC Analysis
The Benefits of NATO-GCC Strategic Ties
The GCC and the EU's New Global Strategy
For the GCC States, a different Europe to deal with
    GRC Commentary
Climate COP 22 in Marrakech Important for the Region
Earth Day 2016: The Promised Day
An Evolving Saudi-US Relationship
    GRC Press Release
Gulf Research Center press releases to the media
    GRC Publications
Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities for the GCC Countries
Salalah: The Economic Development and Spatial Fragmentation of a Globalized Port City in Southern Oman
Domestic Ramifications of the JCPOA for Iran
    GRC Newsletters/Bulletins

Enter your email to get the Newsletter
Go
A Note on Syrian Refugees in the Gulf: Attempting to Assess Data and Policies
      
Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | About Us |
Weather | Qibla Directions | Hijri Date Conversion Tool
Full Page :total time:0  |   25-- 25 Middle Page :0  --   | Right : 25 - 25--en--sess-enreq-en-coming