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« Reply #25 on: Sep 30, 2012 06:19 AM »

5 of the 6 world heritage sites in Syria!! They want to destroy their own history as well as their own people!! When will it end? This makes me want to cry. Halab is so historical and beautiful. It's like a world out of time. And they go on destroying, and the world watches on... Sad -- J.


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Ancient souk burns as fighting rages in Syria

Hundreds of shops destroyed at UNESCO world heritage site in Aleppo's Old City, as deadly violence continues.
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Aleppo has been ravaged by months of heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces [AFP]

Hundreds of shops were burning in the ancient covered market of the Old City of Aleppo as deadly fighting between rebels and government forces in Syria's largest city threatened to destroy the UNESCO world heritage site.

Syria's Local Co-ordination Committee, an opposition group, said that at least 41 people were killed in fighting across Syria on Saturday.

The activists said the dead included eight people executed by security forces and Shabiha militias in the Damascus suburb of Qudsaya.
 

Others were also killed and injured during air strikes and shelling in Aleppo, Deraa, Deir al-Zour, Homs, Idlib and Latakia as the Free Syrian Army announced its control over an army barracks in eastern Deraa.

Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the information due to restrictions reporting inside Syria.

The uprising-turned-civil war that is now raging across Syria has killed more than 30,000 people, according to activist groups like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian rebels announced a joint leadership command on Saturday, which they say will represent more than 80 per cent of opposition forces.

But the prominent Free Syrian Army has not yet agreed to sign up will sign up.

Heritage sites destroyed


Beyond the dramatic human cost, many of Syria's historic treasures have also fallen victim to the 18-month-old conflict that has reduced parts of some cities to ruins.

Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad announced a new offensive in Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub of 2.5 million people, on Thursday, but neither side has appeared to make significant gains.

In Aleppo, activists speaking via Skype said army snipers were making it difficult to approach the Souk al-Madina, the medieval market of vaulted stone alleyways and carved wooden facades that were once a major tourist attraction.

Videos uploaded to YouTube showed dark black clouds hanging over the city skyline. Activists said the fire might have been started by heavy shelling and gunfire on Friday and estimated that 700 to 1,000 shops had been destroyed so far.

Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting.

UNESCO believes five of Syria's six heritage sites – which also include the ancient desert city of Palmyra, the Crac des Chevaliers crusader fortress and parts of old Damascus – have been affected.

The British-based Observatory, which has a network of activists across Syria, said Assad's forces and rebels were blaming each other for the blaze.

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Activists also reported heavy clashes at Bab Antakya, a stone gateway to Aleppo's Old City, which sits on ancient trade routes and has survived a parade of rulers throughout its construction between the 12th and 17th century.

Rebels said they had taken control of the gate, but some activists said the fighting there was continuing and neither side was truly in control.
 

"No one is actually making gains here, it is just fighting and more fighting, and terrified people are fleeing," an activist contacted by telephone who declined to be named, said.

He said bodies were lying in the streets and residents were not going out to collect them for fear of snipers.

The bloodshed in Syria has escalated since rebels took their fight to the major cities. Activists reported fresh clashes in Damascus and surrounding suburbs and said security forces were torching homes as helicopters buzzed overhead.

The revolt, which began in March 2011 as peaceful protests, has become an armed insurgency that is now able to hold ground in Aleppo and rural towns of northern Syria, close to the Turkish border, but can do little to fend off Assad's air force and artillery.

Assad has defended the fierce crackdown that spawned the armed rebellion, arguing that he has been fighting Islamist militants funded from abroad.

One activist contacted by phone read out text messages that have been sent to all Syrian mobiles since rebels in Aleppo announced their new offensive. The text messages called on the rebels to surrender.

"To those who have implicated themselves against the state: Those who have offered you money have left you with two options: You will be killed fighting the state or it will kill you to get rid of you," one message read.

"The state is more merciful than you. Think and decide. The Syrian Army."
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 30, 2012 06:42 AM »

And people wonder why hell was created...
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« Reply #27 on: Oct 03, 2012 06:57 AM »

Urghh this just makes me so sad and angry. I just dont understand the reason behind all this death and destruction, its completely counter-productive.
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« Reply #28 on: Mar 25, 2013 03:50 PM »

Salam,

This nightmare doesn't seem like it is going to end any time soon. Islamic Relief has joined a number of organizations to launch a Disaster Emergency Appeal. Seems things are only getting worse for the refugees and those in need.

A good time to give if we haven't already:

Syria Appeal Update : Islamic Relief UK




PS I wrote a blog: http://jannah.org/blog/2013/03/24/in-mourning/
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« Reply #29 on: Jun 21, 2013 03:10 PM »

Allahu mustua'an

The Refugee crisis:


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« Reply #30 on: Jun 21, 2013 03:37 PM »

Wslm,

may Allah help them and provide relief from the suffering and oppression.

everyone and their mother is collecting for syria...dont know how much of the money is getting there tho...
only organisation i know for certain is active *inside* syria is gift of the givers. They hav established a fully functional hospital and provide relief in northern syria.

more about them later, check out the website in the meantime, u can donate online as well inshaAllah. Just in time to get some supplies for ramadaan...
http://www.giftofthegivers.org

may Allah put barakah in anything big or small we can give.
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« Reply #31 on: Jun 22, 2013 09:09 PM »

Assalam alaykum,

http://jannah.org/madina/index.php?topic=7608.msg39760#msg39760

http://jannah.org/madina/index.php?topic=7608.msg39773#msg39773

SKT Welfare are readying to open hospitals within Syria, though treatment of casualties has already been ongoing for some time, and the work is quite perilous. The buildings have been acquired, and medical equipment provided. They're working within the country, delivering aid directly to those most in need. The following footage was shot by the charity, within Syria, in April 2013:

SKT Welfare | #LittleAsma | #Stand4Syria Campaign


This is the Press Release following the 2nd Medical Aid Convoy to Syria in March/April this year: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544833775560503.1073741828.435398149837400&type=1

This week, a team from the charity returned from the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan - which is actually now the fourth largest city in Jordan! - where they were in discussions with the UNHCR to sponsor a new neo-natal clinic:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.581349218575625.1073741829.435398149837400&type=1

We request your du'a that Allah ta'ala accepts this work, for His Sake alone. Please support it, whether by donation - the charity operates a 100% donation policy - or du'a. Ideally both. SKT Welfare undertakes to deliver all relief personally, and doesn't outsource any of it's aid-delivery operation.

May Allah ta'ala bring respite, order, peace and tranquility to these beleaguered brothers & sisters soon.

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« Reply #32 on: Jun 24, 2013 01:46 PM »

Wasalam

JazakAllah for posting this info. And may Allah swt bless everyone's efforts. 

You know, it is exceedingly difficult to get help to the refugees, nevermind those left behind inside the country...where is the UN? Where is the Arab and Muslim world?

Many of us have friends and family in Syria, yet we cannot fully understand the scale of events taking place there.  It's not just the bombing, not just the destruction, not just the uncertainty faced by all...children haven't been to school in over 2 years.  The universities are closed...no learning is taking place, while ppl die or flee due to the high risk of dying.  May Allah swt strengthen them, and give them peace.

Muslims are suffering in so many parts of the world.  Let us at least make Duaa for them?
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« Reply #33 on: Jul 10, 2013 09:26 PM »

Very good read on the views of a freelance italian woman journalist inside syria:

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http://www.cjr.org/feature/womans_work.php?page=all


He finally wrote to me. After more than a year of freelancing for him, during which I contracted typhoid fever and was shot in the knee, my editor watched the news, thought I was among the Italian journalists who’d been kidnapped, and sent me an email that said: “Should you get a connection, could you tweet your detention?”

That same day, I returned in the evening to a rebel base where I was staying in the middle of the hell that is Aleppo, and amid the dust and the hunger and the fear, I hoped to find a friend, a kind word, a hug. Instead, I found only another email from Clara, who’s spending her holidays at my home in Italy. She’s already sent me eight “Urgent!” messages. Today she’s looking for my spa badge, so she can enter for free. The rest of the messages in my inbox were like this one: “Brilliant piece today; brilliant like your book on Iraq.” Unfortunately, my book wasn’t on Iraq, but on Kosovo.

People have this romantic image of the freelancer as a journalist who’s exchanged the certainty of a regular salary for the freedom to cover the stories she is most fascinated by. But we aren’t free at all; it’s just the opposite. The truth is that the only job opportunity I have today is staying in Syria, where nobody else wants to stay. And it’s not even Aleppo, to be precise; it’s the frontline. Because the editors back in Italy only ask us for the blood, the bang-bang. I write about the Islamists and their network of social services, the roots of their power—a piece that is definitely more complex to build than a frontline piece. I strive to explain, not just to move, to touch, and I am answered with: “What’s this? Six thousand words and nobody died?”

Actually, I should have realized it that time my editor asked me for a piece on Gaza, because Gaza, as usual, was being bombed. I got this email: “You know Gaza by heart,” he wrote. “Who cares if you are in Aleppo?” Exactly. The truth is, I ended up in Syria because I saw the photographs in Time by Alessio Romenzi, who was smuggled into Homs through the water pipes when nobody was yet aware of the existence of Homs. I saw his shots while I was listening to Radiohead—those eyes, staring at me; the eyes of people being killed by Assad’s army, one by one, and nobody had even heard of a place called Homs. A vise clamped around my conscience, and I had to go to Syria immediately.

But whether you’re writing from Aleppo or Gaza or Rome, the editors see no difference. You are paid the same: $70 per piece. Even in places like Syria, where prices triple because of rampant speculation. So, for example, sleeping in this rebel base, under mortar fire, on a mattress on the ground, with yellow water that gave me typhoid, costs $50 per night; a car costs $250 per day. So you end up maximizing, rather than minimizing, the risks. Not only can you not afford insurance—it’s almost $1,000 a month—but you cannot afford a fixer or a translator. You find yourself alone in the unknown. The editors are well aware that $70 a piece pushes you to save on everything. They know, too, that if you happen to be seriously wounded, there is a temptation to hope not to survive, because you cannot afford to be wounded. But they buy your article anyway, even if they would never buy the Nike soccer ball handmade by a Pakistani child.

With new communication technologies there is this temptation to believe that speed is information. But it is based on a self-destructive logic: The content is now standardized, and your newspaper, your magazine, no longer has any distinctiveness, and so there is no reason to pay for the reporter. I mean, for the news, I have the Internet—and for free. The crisis today is of the media, not of the readership. Readers are still there, and contrary to what many editors believe, they are bright readers who ask for simplicity without simplification. They want to understand, not simply to know. Every time I publish an eyewitness account from the war, I get a dozen emails from people who say, “Okay, great piece, great tableaux, but I want to understand what’s going on in Syria.” And it would so please me to reply that I cannot submit an analysis piece, because the editors would simply spike it and tell me, “Who do you think you are, kid?”—even though I have three degrees, have written two books, and spent 10 years in various wars, first as a human-rights officer and now as a journalist. My youth, for what it’s worth, vanished when bits of brain splattered on me in Bosnia, when I was 23.

Freelancers are second-class journalists—even if there are only freelancers here, in Syria, because this is a dirty war, a war of the last century; it’s trench warfare between rebels and loyalists who are so close that they scream at each other while they shoot each other. The first time on the frontline, you can’t believe it, with these bayonets you have seen only in history books. Today’s wars are drone wars, but here they fight meter by meter, street by street, and it’s fucking scary. Yet the editors back in Italy treat you like a kid; you get a front-page photo, and they say you were just lucky, in the right place at the right time. You get an exclusive story, like the one I wrote last September on Aleppo’s old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, burning as the rebels and Syrian army battled for control. I was the first foreign reporter to enter, and the editors say: “How can I justify that my staff writer wasn’t able to enter and you were?” I got this email from an editor about that story: “I’ll buy it, but I will publish it under my staff writer’s name.”

And then, of course, I am a woman. One recent evening there was shelling everywhere, and I was sitting in a corner, wearing the only expression you could have when death might come at any second, and another reporter comes over, looks me up and down, and says: “This isn’t a place for women.” What can you say to such a guy? Idiot, this isn’t a place for anyone. If I’m scared, it’s because I’m sane. Because Aleppo is all gunpowder and testosterone, and everyone is traumatized: Henri, who speaks only of war; Ryan, tanked up on amphetamines. And yet, at every torn-apart child we see, they come only to me, a “fragile” female, and want to know how I am. And I am tempted to reply: I am as you are. And those evenings when I wear a hurt expression, actually, are the evenings I protect myself, chasing out all emotion and feeling; they are the evenings I save myself.

Because Syria is no longer Syria. It is a nuthouse. There is the Italian guy who was unemployed and joined al-Qaeda, and whose mom is hunting for him around Aleppo to give him a good beating; there is the Japanese tourist who is on the frontlines, because he says he needs two weeks of “thrills”; the Swedish law-school graduate who came to collect evidence of war crimes; the American musicians with bin Laden-style beards who insist this helps them blend in, even though they are blonde and six-feet, five-inches tall. (They brought malaria drugs, even if there’s no malaria here, and want to deliver them while playing violin.) There are the various officers of the various UN agencies who, when you tell them you know of a child with leishmaniasis (a disease spread by the bite of a sand fly) and could they help his parents get him to Turkey for treatment, say they can’t because it is but a single child, and they only deal with “childhood” as a whole.

But we’re war reporters, after all, aren’t we? A band of brothers (and sisters). We risk our lives to give voice to the voiceless. We have seen things most people will never see. We are a wealth of stories at the dinner table, the cool guests who everyone wants to invite. But the dirty secret is that instead of being united, we are our own worst enemies; and the reason for the $70 per piece isn’t that there isn’t any money, because there is always money for a piece on Berlusconi’s girlfriends. The true reason is that you ask for $100 and somebody else is ready to do it for $70. It’s the fiercest competition. Like Beatriz, who today pointed me in the wrong direction so she would be the only one to cover the demonstration, and I found myself amid the snipers as a result of her deception. Just to cover a demonstration, like hundreds of others.

Yet we pretend to be here so that nobody will be able to say, “But I didn’t know what was happening in Syria.” When really we are here just to get an award, to gain visibility. We are here thwarting one another as if there were a Pulitzer within our grasp, when there’s absolutely nothing. We are squeezed between a regime that grants you a visa only if you are against the rebels, and rebels who, if you are with them, allow you to see only what they want you to see. The truth is, we are failures. Two years on, our readers barely remember where Damascus is, and the world instinctively describes what’s happening in Syria as “that mayhem,” because nobody understands anything about Syria—only blood, blood, blood. And that’s why the Syrians cannot stand us now. Because we show the world photos like that 7-year-old child with a cigarette and a Kalashnikov. It’s clear that it’s a contrived photo, but it appeared in newspapers and websites around the world in March, and everyone was screaming: “These Syrians, these Arabs, what barbarians!” When I first got here, the Syrians stopped me and said, “Thank you for showing the world the regime’s crimes.” Today, a man stopped me; he told me, “Shame on you.”

Had I really understood something of war, I wouldn’t have gotten sidetracked trying to write about rebels and loyalists, Sunnis and Shia. Because really the only story to tell in war is how to live without fear. It all could be over in an instant. If I knew that, then I wouldn’t have been so afraid to love, to dare, in my life; instead of being here, now, hugging myself in this dark, rancid corner, desperately regretting all I didn’t do, all I didn’t say. You who tomorrow are still alive, what are you waiting for? Why don’t you love enough? You who have everything, why you are so afraid?
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« Reply #34 on: Jul 16, 2013 03:20 PM »

Salam alaikum

An email I received - Report back from Syria from Gift of the Givers...

10 July 2013           

REPORT BACK ON SYRIA
As Salaamu Alaykum


Dear Recipients

It is 78 days now since our teams departed Darkoush, Syria, on 23 April 2013.  Our assistance is ongoing and continuous.  Below is feedback from Dr Ahmed Ghandour, the cardiac surgeon, in charge of the hospital.

26 April 2013

"Dear brother Dr Imtiaz.  How are you?  I wish the team be fine and return to your home peacefully, sent my greeting for everyone, you are really brave and good people, you help us and treat our wounds, you ease our pain, you are as angels and mercy were in your heart.  All people were too happy when you came, we wait next visit to your second home Darkoush, Syria.  You implant the love and mercy and peace into our heart.  Thank you from all my heart and may Almighty protect all of you and save you.  Live Syria, live Gift of the Givers, live South Africa."

23 June 2013

How are you?  We have new orthopaedic doctor, Dr Nader.  He good man.  We extend the orthopaedic operation room and now is bigger and very good.  We need to buy orthopaedic table for operation, it's necessary.  We finish the other building and in less than one week the equipments will be ready to work for cooking room and x-ray room.  We buy ultraviolet lights for sterilisation in operation room.  We order and  re-organise laboratory room, it's good now.  We teach the staff in hospital basic english.  The hospital is full now, there are many specific cases we do and people come from many new towns now.

Dr Ahmed sent many messages following massive bombings in the area in May month following our departure.  They received 12 deceased patients at one go which was a first for them, treated more than a thousand outpatients in casualty in one week and performed more than 200 operations for May month alone.

We have been supporting the continuous expansion and development of the hospital including the supply of anaesthetics, sutures, medication, intravenous fluids and the like.  We have purchased additional anaesthetic and ventilator machines, have placed an order for the orthopaedic table as requested and on Saturday, 6 July 2013, we released 50 000 USD for construction of the second floor of the hospital.  In addition to medical facilities the entire staff complement are paid by us as this is the Gift of the Givers South African Hospital in Darkoush.

Food, milk powder, blankets and diapers are an ongoing need in refugee camps, in various shelters, schools and bomb damaged dwellings in areas in the north.  We are providing these needs also.  We thank the South African team for their great efforts and the South African public for their generous support to the Syria project.  Please note that NO items in kind can be sent from South Africa.  All items are purchased in Turkey.  Bank details: Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account no. 052278611, Branch code 057525.  Please fax or email deposit slip with contact details for acknowledgement.  For more information call toll-free 0800786777 and visit our website to see the Syria pictures and reports.

Many thanks.

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« Reply #35 on: Jul 31, 2013 04:02 PM »

http://preview.reuters.com/2013/4/25/gallery-syria-in-ruins

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« Reply #36 on: Aug 29, 2013 12:15 PM »

Salam,

Am worried about these "surgical strikes". Is western intervention ever helpful? While I want the fighting to end, do we really need another Iraq! It's just such a mess....
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« Reply #37 on: Aug 29, 2013 01:05 PM »

I don't want the West entering and bombing them, no way.

And once They're in and have charge of the oil wells they don't leave.

We need to keep making duas.

And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright. Surah 2  Verse 186
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« Reply #38 on: Aug 29, 2013 07:34 PM »

That's true, we just have to keep praying for them.

They are not intervening because of the innocent people. They are doing it either because of Israel or because of some hidden political agenda. The sooner Arabs unite in solving their own problems the better.

This is the way I see it: They want to destroy the chemical stockpile but no one talks about the consequences of that action. Wont it be more devastating since the gases have the tendency of diffusing within certain range? Wont it cause more deaths? All they care is that they prevent the possibility of it being used against their allies and nothing else.

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« Reply #39 on: Aug 31, 2013 05:32 PM »

Yes, the news the last week or so has been so depressing...and yeah, UK has rejected using force...so again US on it's own....it's a mess...and it's gone on for so long...it seems bombing would only worsen things...but at the same time, it seems like without any change, this will just go on with no end in sight...so either way, innocents are still going to die.....but yeah, I think i agree with the sentiments here, that the US or some other 3rd party going in will only make things worse, if we can even imagine that at this point....just seems like a lose-lose situation. Don't help, they are screwed and do help, they are screwed )(sorry for the poor language)....but yeah, du'a from our side seems like only sure thing at this point....

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« Reply #40 on: Sep 23, 2013 07:10 AM »

New documentary (15 min) I think is a much watch - would love to hear what you guys think: The Syria documentary film "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" by Matthew VanDyke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA8HsfRioWE

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« Reply #41 on: Feb 17, 2014 08:01 PM »

Who wants their heart broken...

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« Reply #42 on: Feb 18, 2014 07:51 AM »

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« Reply #43 on: Feb 22, 2014 12:46 AM »

I am boycotting the Winter Olympics because of Russia's role in this and so many other conflicts.  They are the ones propping up the Syrian government with weapons and aid. 

They are playing the same role in the Ukraine. 

May Allah reward such people with the punishment of Hell.
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« Reply #44 on: Feb 24, 2014 09:18 AM »

I know we make duaa, but we will never really know what they are going through, and I pray Allah never tests us the way He is testing them.  My best Syrian friend said the other day, she always made Dua for the Palestinians, but she never knew that she never really felt their pain until it happened to her own family.  May Allah protect us.

It is not just the fighting, not just the displacement, not just the utter loss and destruction...it is truly an unimaginable helplessness and hopelessness and uncertainty.   

the situation is beyond heart breaking.  May Allah swt help them and relieve their distress.
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« Reply #45 on: Feb 25, 2014 06:43 AM »

Ameen sis Shahida

And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright. Surah 2  Verse 186
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« Reply #46 on: Mar 06, 2014 04:38 PM »

Every so often we need a reminder that is greater than ourselves.

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« Reply #47 on: Apr 03, 2014 07:03 PM »

One million Syrian refugees in Lebanon alone. None of the promised and needed money available.

On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, once again, the world is doing nothing.  What happened to  the promises of "never again"?

Ya Allah, come to our aid, relieve them from suffering, oppression and pain.
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