Hedonism In Dubai, Starvation At Refugee Camp: The Arabs And The Muslim Umma
14 January 2014
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine
Macabre news keeps arriving from the calamity-stricken
refugee camp of al-Yarmouk refugee camp on the
outskirts of Damascus.
People in the dozens are dying of starvation as
murderers and cutthroats from "Hizbullah", Iraqi
Shiite and Alawite forces impose a hermetic blockade
on the camp, reportedly forcing refugees to eat cats
and dogs. It is a thousand times harsher than Israel's
enduring blockade of the Gaza Strip. There, at the
very least no one has died of hunger and no one has
been forced to eat cats and dogs.
Some relief workers who have been able to access the
camp give hair-raising accounts of the real
catastrophe engulfing the camp. One of these workers
told this writer via cellular phone that they "are
killing us with religious fervor."
The Palestinians are Sunni Muslims. Hence, the
targeting of their camp by the sectarian thugs allied
with the despicable Fuehrer of Damascus, who has
destroyed his country and murdered hundreds of
thousands of his own people in order to keep his
family and sect in power a few more years.
Interestingly, Bashar El-Assad, May God's curses fall
on his head, has been murdering his people with
absolute backing and acquiescence from the bulk of the
international community, including Russia, China, EU
and the United States.
The Americans and NATO had threatened to punish Assad
for using chemical weapons against Sunni towns and
villages. However, the Americans cowered at the last
moment, contenting themselves with a promise from the
tyrant that he would see to it that Syrians are
exterminated only with conventional weapons.
As to the Palestinians themselves, it is really ironic
that while Palestinian refugees are being murdered or
starved to death in Syria, the Syrian regime and its
criminal allies are justifying the anti-Sunni genocide
by invoking the Palestine mantra. They say they are
doing what they are doing for the sake of the
liberation of Palestine and in order to foil the
conspiracies of Zionism and American imperialism!!
Yes they are trying to foil Zionist and American
designs by starving refugees to death and by
exterminating Syrian children with chemical gases and
by dropping on them barrels laden with explosives!
So far, we are told that as many as 2000 Palestinian
refugees have been killed at the hands of the
murderous regime of Bashar El-Assad. This is more than
the number of refugees slaughtered at the hands of
Israeli-backed Phallangests at the Sabra and Shatilla
refugee camps outside Beirut in 1982.
Then the PLO and the Arab world made a big outcry in
condemnation of the massacres. Now, however, these
Palestinians are being murdered quietly and largely
unwept by the soldiers of Arab treachery and
What is even more scandalous is that there still are
many Palestinians, especially within the leftist and
nationalist circles, who continue to shamelessly
embrace the nefarious regime of Damascus. Needless to
say these people must have sold their souls to the
devil. They just have lost every pretension of
honesty, morality and even humanity. These depraved
thugs ought to be treated as scum, vermin and dirty
animals that ought to be wiped out off the face of
I believe the same thing applies to these filthy-rich
hedonists in some Arab states especially in the Gulf
regions, who are drowning in their lusts, lewdnesses,
and promiscuities while their fellow brothers in faith
are starving to death.
It was reported recently that the Emirate of Dubai
squandered large sums of money on fireworks while
celebrating New Year. Needless to say the least that
can be said about these corrupt people is that they
are "sufaha" (plural of Safih) which means idiots or
deranged individuals lacking the mental power to
conduct their lives properly especially managing money
Indeed, according to Islam these people shouldn't be
allowed to be in the possession of such large amounts
of wealth especially when the money belongs to the
Muslim Umma. They are too irresponsible to handle such
In Sura al-Nisa V. 5, the Almighty say
وَلاَ تُؤْتُواْ السُّفَهَاء أَمْوَالَكُمُ الَّتِي
جَعَلَ اللّهُ لَكُمْ قِيَاماً وَارْزُقُوهُمْ فِيهَا
وَاكْسُوهُمْ وَقُولُواْ لَهُمْ قَوْلاً مَّعْرُوفاً
The translation: "And give not unto the foolish your
property which Allah has made a means of support for
you, but feed and clothe them therewith, and speak to
them words of kindness and justice."
In fact, the Dubai-al-Yatrmouk equation can be viewed
as a metaphor caricaturing the entire Arab world. It
is an Arab world that drowns in a sort of Jahilliya
(the term Jahiliya denotes the pre-Islamic period. It
generally implies ignorance and moral darkness) that
is far more wicked and ignominious than the Jahiliya
of Abu Lahab and Abu Jahl.
One would really wonder how Arabs of this caliber can
really fit for the description given by Allah to the
كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ
تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ
وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ .
"You are the best of peoples ever raised up for
mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'ruf (all that is good and
virtuous) and forbid Al-Munkar (all that is vice and
immoral) and believe in Allah.
They simply don't. That is why an Umma as such doesn't
deserve Allah's protection mercy and care. Quite the
opposite, it deserves to be obliterated and replaced
with a new Umma that meets the Quranic description.
Khalid Amayreh is an
American-educated journalist living in the Hebron
region of the West Bank.