Petition of 20 Syrian Islamic Scholars Against Violence by the Assad Regime
by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz
We previously noted that a petition against the Bashar Al-Assad regime's repressive action has been circulating Syria, signed by a leading group of shaykhs. We've obtained and translated the full text, and are here publishing the petition:
Damascus, 1st Day of Ramadan 1432 AH/1st August 2011 CE
Given the desire of all who are protective of the stability, security, and unity of the nation, we – Islamic scholars of the Levant – condemn and deplore the use of excessive violence in Hama and other Syrian provinces, which resulted in the bloodshed of hundreds of Syrians, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Ramadan, the holy month of sympathy, compassion and forgiveness.
Aware of their importance, we pray to God for mercy for the victims of every killing, for which we hold the Syrian leadership fully responsible, and we consider this act of evil to be the cause of the spread of chaos in parts of the country.
We stress the need for application of all decrees, laws, and decisions, especially regarding the release of all prisoners of conscience without delay. And may God help you!
Shaykh Karim Rajeh