Put Yourself In A Syrian Refugee’s Place

Put Yourself In A Syrian Refugee's PlaceImagine that tomorrow you wake up to find your country in ruins.

Suppose that many of your family and friends were killed. Suppose you lived in Syria.

You have nothing left. You have no home, no job and nothing to live on.

Several countries band together, thankfully, and offer help in the way of a new home for you and your family. As well, they are offering clothing and a food allowance to get you started. This country has welcomed you with open arms.

You now live in a safe place with a future full of possibility.

What are you going to do? I guarantee that you are going to work your damned ass off and be grateful. Or wouldn’t you? Are you going to sit on your butt and do nothing for the country that saved your damned life? Of course not.

As a refugee I would be grateful and so would you. Now let’s show some compassion for those who need us.

 

32 comments on “Put Yourself In A Syrian Refugee’s Place

  1. utahan15 says:

    they are nobody s child
    torn to the point of death
    by a wide shisms
    of saying
    in the name of peace and purity
    and a caliphate
    i now render
    unto you
    destructions

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  2. Imran Ali says:

    1. Terrorism is above all murder. Murder is strictly forbidden in the Qur’an. Qur’an 6:151 says, “and do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully.” (i.e. murder is forbidden but the death penalty imposed by the state for a crime is permitted). 5:53 says, “… whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”

    2. If the motive for terrorism is religious, it is impermissible in Islamic law. It is forbidden to attempt to impose Islam on other people. The Qur’an says, “There is no compulsion in religion. The right way has become distinct from error.” (-The Cow, 2:256). Note that this verse was revealed in Medina in 622 AD or after and was never abrogated by any other verse of the Quran. Islam’s holy book forbids coercing people into adopting any religion. They have to willingly choose it.

    3. Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare. The Quran says, “But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things.” (8:61) The Quran chapter “The Cow,” 2:190, says, “Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loveth not aggressors.”

    4. In the Islamic law of war, not just any civil engineer can declare or launch a war. It is the prerogative of the duly constituted leader of the Muslim community that engages in the war. Nowadays that would be the president or prime minister of the state, as advised by the mufti or national jurisconsult.

    5. The killing of innocent non-combatants is forbidden. According to Sunni tradition, ‘Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, the first Caliph, gave these instructions to his armies: “I instruct you in ten matters: Do not kill women, children, the old, or the infirm; do not cut down fruit-bearing trees; do not destroy any town . . . ” (Malik’s Muwatta’, “Kitab al-Jihad.”)

    6. Terrorism or hirabah is forbidden in Islamic law, which groups it with brigandage, highway robbery and extortion rackets– any illicit use of fear and coercion in public spaces for money or power. The principle of forbidding the spreading of terror in the land is based on the Qur’an (Surah al-Ma’ida 5:33–34). Prominent [pdf] Muslim legal scholar Sherman Jackson writes, “The Spanish Maliki jurist Ibn `Abd al-Barr (d. 464/ 1070)) defines the agent of hiraba as ‘Anyone who disturbs free passage in the streets and renders them unsafe to travel, striving to spread corruption in the land by taking money, killing people or violating what God has made it unlawful to violate is guilty of hirabah . . .”

    7. Sneak attacks are forbidden. Muslim commanders must give the enemy fair warning that war is imminent. The Prophet Muhammad at one point gave 4 months notice.

    8. The Prophet Muhammad counseled doing good to those who harm you and is said to have commanded, “Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

    9. The Qur’an demands of believers that they exercise justice toward people even where they have reason to be angry with them: “And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.”[5:8]

    10. The Qur’an assures Christians and Jews of paradise if they believe and do good works, and commends Christians as the best friends of Muslims. I wrote elsewhere, “Dangerous falsehoods are being promulgated to the American public. The Quran does not preach violence against Christians.

    Quran 5:69 says (Arberry): “Surely they that believe, and those of Jewry, and the Christians, and those Sabeaans, whoso believes in God and the Last Day, and works righteousness–their wage waits them with their Lord, and no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow.”

    In other words, the Quran promises Christians and Jews along with Muslims that if they have faith and works, they need have no fear in the afterlife. It is not saying that non-Muslims go to hell– quite the opposite.

    When speaking of the 7th-century situation in the Muslim city-state of Medina, which was at war with pagan Mecca, the Quran notes that the polytheists and some Arabian Jewish tribes were opposed to Islam, but then goes on to say:

    5:82. ” . . . and you will find the nearest in love to the believers [Muslims] those who say: ‘We are Christians.’ That is because amongst them are priests and monks, and they are not proud.”

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  3. Imran Ali says:

    The strongest people make time to help others, even if they are struggling with their own problems.

    The world will never see peace while it is acceptable for one more powerful better armed nation to go by force into a weaker one for profit.

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  4. Brenda says:

    I would hope that anyone entering another’s Country would take the initiative to make a better life for themselves. I pray that it happens that way. Nice article.

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  5. That’s right. That’s when the countries will understand it. That’s absolutely true.

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  6. echoing what my own thoughts and sentiments, well said!

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  8. stuckinscared says:

    Nailed it! Well said x

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  9. XandrewX says:

    How are you for controversial replies? First of all I’m a humanist I like people and detest religion the route of ALL world’s problems. So the Syrians are coming, big story in the UK our country’s bankrupt, health service on it’s knees, chronic housing shortage, schools that are full, basically we’re up s^&$ creek so to say, and thousands of refugees enter every week plus the odd IS bomber, am I paranoid? ………. I guess if I was American I’d own a gun. HOWEVER my Grandfather came over from Ireland as a 16 year old, his family were protestant living in an Irish catholic village and their family shop was boycotted by catholic’s, plus the IRA were blowing up things. So he came over a teenager, became a baker, later brought his family over after him and again his other siblings all started their own businesses……………they worked damned hard as first generation immigrants.

    AS for me? I’m torn, a third generation immigrant also unnerved by how we’ll cope with the sheer number’s coming……………… so yes if I like to call myself humanist then yes I should embrace the refugees coming. A very thoughtful post, I was thinking about it in bed last night.

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  10. Little Voice says:

    Here, Here…or is it Hear, Hear?

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  11. davidprosser says:

    Well said, a nice bit of compassion.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  12. patricemfoster says:

    It’s a tough called imagine how the children feel alone unable to understand our language. Coming from humble beginnings can make a person grateful I would think!

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  14. It really must be tough and I agree that a lot of them when given the opportunity do not slack off.

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  15. Drew Sheldon says:

    Very nice perspective. I’ve been to places like the one they’re fleeing. They’d be grateful to live in our dumpsters and eat what we throw away. To throw them away is deeply shameful.

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  16. Most definitely. Here in Canada, refugees have been one of our best assets, and I’m looking forward to the growth that we’ll see once the Syrians have settled in. Already they’re showing themselves to be helpful and hard working assets.

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