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Posted on Jan 11, 2017

Essay – Erdoğan’s Syria interventions: the Russian alliance and handover of Aleppo

Essay – Erdoğan’s Syria interventions: the Russian alliance and handover of Aleppo

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While Aleppo burned last month in a vicious offensive executed by the Assad regime, supported by Russian air power and Iranian-backed militia, Muslims around the world watched on in horror and distress. Thousands were killed and many more displaced as the Eastern part of the city was thoroughly destroyed. The Syrian Army walked across with remarkable ease. Aleppo, the symbolic heartland of the Syrian revolution, fell back into the hands of the Assad regime. On closer examination, it did not just fall; it was handed over in a deal struck between Moscow and Ankara, with the approval of Washington from as early as June 2016. Erdoğan signed on to execute the American-Russian agenda in Syria as part of the Russia-Iran-Turkey tripartite ring.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2016

Umar b. al-Khattab – a paragon of change for Allah’s sake

Umar b. al-Khattab – a paragon of change for Allah’s sake

Abu Huraira said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “People are like mines of silver and gold; the best of them in the days of Ignorance (jahilliyah) are the best of them in Islam when they attain knowledge.” [Muslim, Mishkat]

When looking at this hadith many people will ask, ‘How is it possible for the best in jahilliyah to become the best in Islam?’ The hadith is describing the reality of people and their radical transformation after committing themselves to Islam. This transformation continues to happen today and happened in the case of one of the most noble companions, Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – whose life is worth our study and contemplation for its rich lessons.

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