Statement By the Int'l Union of Muslim Scholars Concerning Events in Syria
|Thursday, June 9,2011 15:01|
Doha: June 6, 2011
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) called for the end of the killing of the Syrian people, and starting a genuine response to the legitimate demands for freedom, dignity and change in Syria. The IUMS called for the Arab and Muslim world, as well as the people of the international community to support the people of Syria.
Today, after more than two and a half months of peaceful protests demanding freedom, democracy and human dignity, the killing machine of the Syrian regime continues to claim dozens of lives every day in all cities and rural areas of Syria. These numbers multiply every Friday. The number of martyrs has reached more than 1200 and thousands of people have been wounded and others have been imprisoned since the beginning of the demonstrations on March 15 in the struggling town of Deraa.
In more than one statement, the IUMS has rejected and condemned of the brutal manner in which the security apparatus of the Syrian regime addresses these peaceful protests. Furthermore, the IUMS has expressed its lack of conviction and its refusal to accept the weak and shallow justifications and allegations promoted by the Syrian authorities and the claimed presence of terrorist elements targetting citizens.
However, the Syrian authorities have ignored all these requests and have launched strong attacks against the IUMS and its leadership - especially its president, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The Syrian authorities persisted in their outrageous attitude, continuing the murderous assaults against the brave and noble Syrian people who are courageously demanding "regime change" after they were initially demanding "reform and freedom". Due to these atrocities, the people of Syria have now lost any interest in all the offers of dialogue and promises of reform from the authoritarian power. These claims have been made while the regime refuses to express any intention to make reforms. The last of the regime's attempts was the general amnesty announced by President Bashar al-Asad for all the political "crimes" committed before May 31, and the formation of a commission that would be in charge of managing a comprehensive national dialogue starting this week.
3 - The Union warns the Syrian regime and holds it responsible for the innocent blood that has been shed and that which will be spilled in the future. The Union also holds the regime responsible for allowing the international powers - the West in particular - to intervene in Syrian affairs through international organizations, including the UN Security Council. The Union states that if the bet of the Syrian regime is on Russia and China to prevent the issuance of any resolution against its atrocities, it has to take into consideration the positions of Russia and China that are currently being voiced towards the oppressive regime of Muammar Qaddafi. Today, both countries, which are permanent members of the Security Council, show full support for the Libyan people and their transition. Now, Russia and China are working together to find a way out for Colonel Gaddafi before it is too late, because these countries only care for their own interests.
We also support the emerging initiatives that seek to unite the opposition within Syria and abroad to support the protesters and the legitimate demands of the people till they are realized.
Finally, we call upon the Arab and Islamic nation – especially the Ulama, scholars and writers – to stand by the Syrian people, materially and morally, and pray for them in Qunoot and prostration.
Secretary-General: Dr. Ali Mohi-Din Qara Daghi
International Union for Muslim Scholars