On the 3rd of October, Turkey announced that the European Commission had signed two direct grants worth €600 million to support Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey in the areas of education and health. Half of the grant will supposedly be used to support Syrian refugee children’s integration into the Turkish schooling system. Only 340,000 of the 814,000 school-age Syrian children currently in Turkey received education last year. The plan is to increase this number to 400,000. The other €300 million is aimed at the provision of comprehensive health care for refugees in Turkey.
There is no doubt that the Syrian refugees, and in particular the children, titled by the UN as the “Lost Generation”, are in dire need of support. Most refugee children and youth are forced to skip school, due to being compelled to earn a living for their families or due to difficulties in adapting to life in their new host country. However, these agreements and payments are faulty due to three aspects:
1. It is absurd to believe that those states that have shown public enmity to Muslims and Islam, both nationally and internationally, and have the blood of hundreds of thousands of Muslims on their own hands from the colonial wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali and other lands across the world, would have a genuine concern for the wellbeing of Syrian refugees in Turkey or elsewhere. These are the same states who have for more than 5 years given the Butcher Assad a green light to slaughter the Muslims of Syria with impunity, to abort the ash-Sham revolution. Any help they offer to the Muslims always pours into self-serving interests.
2. These agreements and aids that have been signed and promised to the Syrian refugees are only in order to ensure Turkey’s implementation of the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan and the EU-Turkey-Statement, which among others aim to carry out the return and resettlement of refugees, and thus decrease the number of refugees entering Europe. So there is no true help for the Syrian or any other refugees in this.
3. It is not the duty of the Kuffar, who kill and maim Muslims and support others who also do so, to look after the needs of our Muslim brother, sisters, and children. In contrary, it is the duty of the Muslims!
The Prophet (saw) said«الْمُسْلِمُ أَخُو الْمُسْلِمِ لَا يَظْلِمُهُ وَلَا يُسْلِمُهُ، وَمَنْ كَانَ فِي حَاجَةِ أَخِيهِ كَانَ اللَّهُ فِي حَاجَتِهِ، وَمَنْ فَرَّجَ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ كُرْبَةً فَرَّجَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ كُرْبَةً مِنْ كُرُبَاتِ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ، وَمَنْ سَتَرَ مُسْلِمًا سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ» “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.”
The fact is that while Turkey clings onto its disabling nationalistic political model, it will never be able to fulfil its duty towards the Muslims seeking refuge in it. It needs the cooperation and support of the other Muslim lands. However, other states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and others who are flooded in wealth, have washed their hands of the responsibility of defending the Muslims in Syria and elsewhere, for they only use their money and armies in the service of the interests of their Western Masters! Re-uniting the Muslim lands under a single state – the second Khilafah Rashidah upon the Method of Prophethood – is what will save Syria and the rest of the Muslim lands from its puppet tyrants, oppressors and the colonialist invaders who hold their strings. It will also unite all the resources of the Ummah, which are more than enough to provide for the needs of the whole Ummah across the world. This single Islamic leadership will utilise its resources as commanded by Allah (swt), and hence will be able to fulfil its obligation of providing safety and security and the educational, health, and maintenance needs of every single person upon its soil.
in The Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir