Our Obligation towards Syria and its Muslims

Reference: An interview with Shaykh ‘AbdulAzīz Āl ash-Shaykh, carried out by Alanba newspaper, 11/04/2012.

Journalist: Many people ask regarding the situation in Syria; what is the obligation upon us in relation to its Muslims?

Shaykh: By Allāh, my brothers, the situation is dangerous and severe. It is upon us to supplicate to Allāh, seek refuge with Him, may He be glorified, and to return back to Him [in obedience] before everything else.

After this, to try our utmost to deliver assistance to them where possible. Similarly, it is upon the Islamic countries to support their brothers in Syria and be vigilant to this imminent danger wherein much blood has been spilled and honour has been violated.

A similar crime to the one committed in Syria has not been known throughout recent history, only Allāh knows [the true extent] of the difficulty, cruelty, hardship, and the wasting of human dignity. In reality, it is a major trial and calamity.

We ask Allāh to remove this sorrow and worry and to not punish us. Those [oppressors] have corrupted and oppressed – but Allāh is watching them.

The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said,

Indeed Allāh gives respite to the oppressor until He finally takes him and then He does not allow him to flee. [1]

He then recited:

{Such is the seizure of your Lord when He seizes the (population of) towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His seizure is painful, and severe} [11:102]

Allāh, he exalted, said in the ḥadīth al-Qudsi,

O My people, indeed I have made oppression prohibited upon Myself and I have made it prohibited between yourselves, so do not oppress each other. [2]

No doubt that this oppression and crime has an end to it.

Journalist: Is donating wealth to the Free Army of Syria [3] legislated, and is it considered a type of Jihaad in the way of Allaah?

Shaykh: If one knows that the wealth will truly reach them in a trustworthy manner, then no doubt this is – inshaAllāh – from Jihād in the way of Allāh; this is because whatever strengthens the capability of them and weakens the capability of the others (the current Syrian regime) then this is a religious requirement.


[1] Narrated by Abu Mūsa al-Ash’arī; Collected by al-Bukhārī & Muslim;
[2] Narrated by Abu Dharr al-Ghaffāri; Collected by Muslim;
[3] The Free Army of Syria (FSA) is an army consisting of generals, soldiers and commanders who have defected from the governmental Syrian Army. Led by General Riyadh al-As’ad, the exact numbers of the army are unknown, and their objectives are mainly political, humanitarian and social.

واجبنا نحو سورية الصحيفة

المرجع: صحيفة الأنباء هجري 19/5/1433

الصحيفة: يسأل الكثير عن الوضع في سورية وما الواجب علينا تقديمه للمسلمين هناك؟

سماحة المفتي: والله يا إخواني الوضع خطير وسيئ، وإنما علينا الدعاء لله، والالتجاء إليه سبحانه، والاضطرار إليه قبل كل شيء، ثم بذل الجهد في إيصال المساعدة إليهم إن أمكن، كما يجب على الدول الإسلامية دعم إخواننا بسورية، ويقظتها لهذا الخطر الداهم الذي سفكت فيه الدماء وانتهكت فيه الأعراض.

ولم يعرف في التاريخ الحاضر والمعاصر جريمة ارتكبت مثل ما ارتكب بسورية، ففيها من الفظائع والمخازي والقسوة والشدة وإهدار كرامة الإنسان ما الله به عليم، هي في الحقيقة بلاء ومصيبة عظيمة، نسأل الله أن يزيل الغمة وألا يعاقبنا، فهؤلاء قد أفسدوا وطغوا لكن الله بالمرصاد.

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “إن الله ليملي للظالم حتى إذا أخذه لم يفلته” ، قال: ثم قرأ

{وكذلك أخذ ربك إذا أخذ القرى وهي ظالمة إن أخذه أليم شديد}

فالله جل وعلا يقول في الحديث القدسي: “يا عبادي إني حرمت الظلم على نفسي وجعلته بينكم محرما فلا تظالموا” ولاشك أن هذا العدوان وهذا الإجرام لابد له من نهاية.

الصحيفة: هل دفع المال للجيش السوري الحر مشروع ويعتبر نوعا من الجهاد في سبيل الله؟

سماحة المفتي: إذا علم أنه سيصل إلى هؤلاء (الجيش الحر) وصولا جيدا بأمانة ودقة فلاشك إن شاء الله أنه جهاد في سبيل الله، لأن ما قوى شوكة هؤلاء (الجيش الحر) وأضعف شوكة هؤلاء (النظام السوري) مطلوب شرعا.؟


He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire and is the Imam of Masijd Sunnah.

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