#Human Rights
UN Security Council, Shia Islamic Supreme Leaders, UN Human Rights Council, World Leaders

In the past few months Bashar Al Assad, the president of Syria, has used his country’s military against his own citizens. Furthermore, he has ordered for a mass execution of those who have been rebelling against his dictatorship.

Syria is not the only country that is being pressurized for the reforms and changes in its governing practices. Some other conflicts occurring in the same region include Hosni Mubarak’s removal from Egypt, as well as the rebellious activities, in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen, following this event. Libya, currently under pressure through NATO attacks and other sanctions, imposed on the Gaddafi regime to stop innocent killings and brutality.

In Syria the current ruling government is Shia Islam whereas the majority of the people are from Sunni Islam. Assad has kept the country under a state of emergency since 1963, suspending the constitution and overruling many human rights. Broadcasting, foreign media and other sources of communication are being strictly monitored in order to prevent rebel activity. Assad has murdered thousands of protestors and there is little known information concerning the numbers still suffering from his brutality.

Syria’s ruling Shia government claims to have an Islamic constitution and leadership. According to any Shia law, mostly followed through the first Imam (leadership position in Shia Islam), and the preaching’s of Holy Prophet Muhammad (the prophet of Islam and the last messenger of God), killing an unarmed civilian is against the law and is strictly condemned by previous Imams. Not only condemned but many examples have been left behind by them as to how they dealt with revolts and rebellions without killing any innocent civilian.

Assad’s acts have not condemned by any religious cleric nor has any fatwa (a legal pronouncement in Islam, issued by a religious law specialist on a specific issue) been passed by the supreme leaders of Shia Islam. A list of previous fatwas passed by religious clerics can be viewed at the following link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatwas. One example listed here is that of the famous fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie due to blasphemy against the prophet of Islam. Someone who has not been ruling according the proper laws of Islam, although he may claim to be doing so, is a blasphemy against the teachings of prophet of Islam and a misrepresentation of the religion.

The killing of protestors in Bahrain has been recognized by many Shia leaders and clerics, since the majority population of Bahrain is Shia Muslims ruled by a Sunni Government, but in contrast to Syria the ruling government is Shia Muslim in a Sunni dominating population. In taking a broader look at these countries current governmental situations, it is not religion that rules, but rather dominating and power-hungry dictators.

On a positive note, unlike Syria, Bahrain’s situation is under control and the media was given permission to carry out independent news reporting. In Syria it has been more than a few months and thousands have been executed without any valid reason, except for the sole purpose of protecting the ruling government.

It is mentioned in the Holy Quran (the holy book in Islam claimed to be God’s word) that killing any innocent person is equal to killing the whole of mankind. (5:32): “For that cause we decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and who so saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! Many of them became prodigals in the earth.”

- Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of United Nations

- Mr. Barack Obama
President, United States of America

- Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State, United States of America

- Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

- Mr. Ali Khamenei
The Supreme Leader of Iran & the guardian of Islamic Jurists (Shia Islam)

- Mr. Ali al-Sistani
The guardian of Islamic Jurists (Shia Islam)

- Mr. Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
The King of Saudi Arabia

- Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime minister of Israel

- Ms. Maria Otero
Under Secretary of State for Democracy & Global Affairs, United States of America

- Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow
President, UN Human Rights Council

- Ms. Navanethem Pillay
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

- Ms. Catherine Ashton
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

- Mr. Jerzy Buzek
President of the European Parliament

- Ms. Heidi Hautala
Chair, EU Parliament Subcommittee for Human Rights

- Mr. Frank R. Wolf & Mr. James P. McGovern
Co-Chairs, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, United States Congress

- Judge Sang-Hyun SONG
President, International Criminal Court

- Mr. James F. Hoge, Jr.
Chairman, Human Rights Watch

- Mr. Salil Shetty
Secretary General, Amnesty International

- Ms. Souhayr Belhassen
President, International Federation for Human Rights

- To all the leaders of the world and members of United Nations

We, the undersigned,

With due respect would like to remind you that the mass killings and injustice brought by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is unjustified and a pure act of safe guarding power. It is claimed to be a Islamic State following Shia Islamic Laws whereas, no Shia Imams (leadership position in Shia Islam) has left such an example where to protect their government or to eradicate revolts and rebellions, have they used their military to kill an unarmed civilian.

Assad is misrepresenting Islam, the laws of Islam and all the teachings of the Prophet and his acts are purely inhumane. Furthermore, according to the international laws, Assad and all those responsible should be brought to justice in the International Criminal Court for any crimes committed against humanity.

To all the religious clerics, supreme leaders of Shia Islam and those involved, please stop this mass killing by condemning it and passing any resolutions or verdicts (fatwa) against such acts. This is a religious matter and no religion permits such acts of violence. In the past, there have been verdicts (fatwa) against those who committed blasphemy against the Holy Prophet of Islam. Therefore, someone not following the teachings of the Holy Prophet, although claiming to do so is provoking corruption among Islam and should be dealt with accordingly.

To all the world leaders, please be responsible enough to minimize the casualties of such brutalities and if necessary use forces to protect innocent civilians.

We wish and hope for global peace and justice to those who have suffered from injustice and acts of violence.

Yours truly,

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