Speech by Syrian Opposition Coalition President, Anas Abdah, on the occasion of the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, 1441 Hijri, 2020 AD.
Syrian Opposition Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
April 24, 2020
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Beloved Syrians everywhere,
I congratulate you on the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of endurance, determination, and generosity.
This is the 10th month Ramadan during this great revolution.
Throughout this revolution, the Syrian people have proved to the whole world that it is not only on bread that a person lives,
and that life is worthless without freedom and dignity.
The whole world has seen how the Syrian people has been free, generous and how they have made tremendous sacrifices for the sake of an honorable, dignified life.
The Syrian people achieved many victories in this month.
We have been promised, God willing, the greatest victory and salvation from this tyrant and his backers and invaders. “And there is no victory except from Allah.”
Ramadan came as the world is combatting a pandemic that threatens our lives and future.
This pandemic necessitated restrictions on the way of life in the whole world.
These include social distancing and quarantine.
Ramadan is a month of worship and observing kinship ties. We should not give up the great advantages of Ramadan, but should observe them in accordance with the preventive procedures.
Let’s perform our acts of worship and daily prayers with our families in our homes.
Let us use the modern ways of communication to keep in touch with our beloved ones.
Of greater importance is supporting each other and show solidarity.
I remind well-off Syrians in Syria and abroad that Ramadan is a month of generosity and giving. Charity begins at home,
especially our fellow Syrians who are living in IDP camps and in northern Syria as well as those living in the regime-held areas.
We have onerous responsibilities towards the families of the martyrs and the detainees, not the least of which to support them and preserve their dignity.
We salute our creative youngsters who took the initiative to lay the groundwork for many social safety nets.
Our Prophet Muhammed prayed for the Levant to be blessed.
Throughout history, our country has been a bulwark against the invaders.
For the past ten years, the Syrian people have not been defending themselves only, but fighting for the free people everywhere in this world.
We all remember Assad forces’ storming of Hama on the first day of Ramadan in 2011,
and the blood that was shed in the mosques of Damascus on the 27th day of Ramadan in the same year,
and the massacres in Bab Amr and Bab al-Duraib in Homs, al-Hirak in Dara’a, and Deir Ezzor,
all of which took place in Ramadan.
The murderous regime has been deliberately committing massacres and bombardment at breakfast time as the people of Zabadani, the Damascus suburbs, and the rest of Syrian cities of remember this very well.
Dear sisters and brothers,
Ramadan is the month of victories.
We are continuing with this revolution, which is our destiny.
We have no other option but to achieve victory.
The sun of freedom will rise just as we will see the end of the tyrant and the demise of the occupation.
The displaced people will return to their homes, towns and villages.
Victory is but an hour of patient perseverance. Indeed, the people are stronger and more capable of patience than tyrants.
Let us pray for the detainees and the injured in this holy month.
May Allah help us fast this month.
May Allah accept our good deeds.
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