PRESS STATEMENT – 26 SEPTEMBER 2016
CMRM Calls for a Just Peace in Syria
The Claremont Main Road Masjid calls on South Africans to keep the people of Syria in their prayers as they continue to suffer a relentless and unjust war of destruction. We implore all parties in this vicious civil war to declare a ceasefire and work towards mapping out a sustainable path to stability that protects the lives of all innocent civilians. Recent reports have surfaced of airstrikes targeting a humanitarian aid convoy meant to provide relief to people trapped in eastern Alleppo. In the ongoing conflict, aid workers as well as hundreds of civilians have been killed and thousands more injured and maimed, including many children. Whether it is by the Syrian regime, Russia, Turkey, Syrian rebels or the USA and it allies, the continued bombardment of civilian areas and attacks on humanitarian aid convoys is inhumane and tantamount to war crimes. We unequivocally condemn the indiscriminate killing of civilians by State and non-state actors with such impunity. The killing of innocent civilians is a war crime no matter who perpetrates it, and the guilty must be brought to justice in the international courts of law. We pray that God, the Infinitely Merciful, alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, and the oppressed elsewhere in the world.
SIGNED: Jaamia Galant (Secretary) and Imam Dr. Rashied Omar
OBO CMRM Board of Governors