It's been several weeks since Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar and imposed air, land and water blockades on the small but wealthy Muslim nation for its alleged support of terrorism. The number of tie-cutters has since then increased from four to nine and still counting. While most major countries refuse to take sides on the issue, a few have shown sympathy towards the little country in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) valley. Meanwhile Qatar is thus far refusing to bow down to all the 13 demands made by other Arab states, including severing ties with Iran, banning Aljazeera (!) and renouncing relations with sectarian and terrorist organisations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS.
With Qatar facing accusation of sympathising with and funding terrorism, the irony is undeniable. It is saddening that Muslims are pointing fingers at Muslims, when everyone knows who funds and arms terrorists the most. Yet no one is protesting against, cutting ties with or boycotting the biggest culprits. America happens to be the biggest arms manufacturer and supplier in the world, followed by Russia. It's high time we all wake up from slumber. Weapons were made for wars and now that real wars are in short supply, they have to be created. Profit reigns supreme, after all.
Who cut ties with America for equipping terrorists? Who cut ties with Saudi Arabia when it dropped cluster bombs in Yemen?
Coming back to the Qatar crisis, I am not here to take sides or point at who's right or wrong, but rather remind us of what we are getting into from the religious point of view. Muslims now seek disaster for their fellow Muslims, Saudi Arabia and UAE keep requesting other countries to cut ties with Qatar—how much more punishment must be inflicted? Qataris in Saudi, UAE and other ties-cutting countries have lost their jobs, families have been separated, expatriates in Qatar are worried. Life is uncomfortable for the Qataris; students studying abroad would have had their education disrupted. It's hardly believable that all this pain could be caused on a people in the holy month of Ramadan. Where is Islamic brotherhood?
It is quite unfortunate that the UAE calls for Western monitoring of Qatar when everyone knows what transpires after each invasion— there are more deaths and more terror in the world since the so-called war on terror began in 2001. Whether monitoring, invasion, intervention or rescue mission it is clear that all are terrorism in disguise, except if one refuses to conceive the truth. For reasons that are apparently political and economic, some Muslims have decided to forsake a part of them to get a soft-corner in America's heart. O! People, what do you want and what are you scared of?
Allah says in the Quran:
"Verily, this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher. Therefore, fear me (and no other)." (23:52)
It is similarly stated in another chapter of the Quran that:
"Without doubt the believers are brothers of one another so then make peace and harmony between your brothers and have consciousness of Allah so that maybe He will show you mercy". (49:10)
With Muslims turning on one another, one is prompted to ask where Islamic brotherhood is today. There is no doubt that many including myself suspect that President Donald Trump's financial links to Saudi Arabia and UAE have an impact on this harsh decision. But it is absolutely disappointing that Muslims are today used to target Muslims. Cutting off ties with Qatar is not a peaceful way to resolve disputes. Islam preaches peace. We, the non-Arab Muslims, try to tell the world that Islam is not synonymous with terror, it is a peaceful religion, but with all these and other behaviours of the most looked-up-to Islamic nation, one asks, where the hell is peace?
It's hardly believable that all this pain could be caused on a people in the holy month of Ramadan. Where is Islamic brotherhood?
Will the Qataris be able to perform hajj (pilgrimage) now? Who cut ties with America for equipping terrorists? Who cut ties with Saudi Arabia when it dropped cluster bombs in Yemen? Who cut ties with the media for making innocent Muslims more vulnerable to Islamophobia? To all those who are busy cutting ties, If you have a problem, deal with it diplomatically. Do not let it affect the common people. Did you think of the women, children and the old in Qatar before imposing the blockade?
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the Prophet (PBUH) said:
"Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour."
Since I was young I was brought up with prophetic sayings to shape me and program my mind to shed greed, envy, wickedness, jealousy and selfishness. Then it was my mother, husband or siblings who reminded me of the Hadith: "None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself", but now it is me reminding myself. This is a very popularly known hadith, but do all Muslims remind themselves of it before taking any action? As Turkish President Erdogan opined, "The isolation of Qatar is indeed inhumane and against Islamic values."
Assalamualaikum warahmatullah! May peace and mercy of Allah be upon you!