Farewell to Syrian mother and baby…

A funeral was organized in the Kaynarca township of the northwestern province of Sakarya for 20 year old nine months pregnant Emani Al Rahmun and her 10 month old boy Halaf al Rahmun who were murdered in cold blood.

The family had fled the war in Syria and sought refuge in Turkey a year ago. President of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez led the funeral ceremony for the mother and child.

President of Diyanet Görmez said these murders put a nation in great shame especially because this nation has been a sanctuary for the oppressed and the needy throughout history and added “what has come upon us? Why have we turned into a tyrant of the oppressed?” Addressing the crowd with the words of the Prophet who said “hearts are saddened, they feel remorse, tears fill the eyes yet we only say words that the Almighty will accept” and went on to say;

“We have witnessed an act of cruelty that has put our nation at shame… A nation that has given sanctuary to the oppressed throughout history…”

Today we did not only perform a prayer ar a funeral. We also witnessed a great act of cruelty that put as at shame before humanity. Today we did not only perform the funeral of a mother who was carrying her child in her bosom who was the child of Muhammed. We did not only perform the funeral prayers of a ten month old baby who was sucking his half empty milk bottle. We have witnessed an act of cruelty that has put our nation at shame… A nation that has given sanctuary to the oppressed throughout history.”

What became of us that we became the tyrant of the one who was victim of the cruel?”

I am here first as a father and then as the president of Diyanet. I am speaking with the sensitivity of a father. What became of us that we became the tyrant of the one who was victim of the cruel? What became of us that we became the murderer of a baby that sought compassion and understanding from us? We have to think deeply on this issue.

“Are we the migrant of our conscience or are the murdered mother and the ten month old baby the migrants?”

I call upon all humanity from this location. Are we the migrant of our conscience or are the murdered mother and the ten month old baby the migrants? Are they the migrants or are our feelings of compassion a migrant? We have all found shelter under this crescent. This beloved land has been the hope of all the oppressed throughout history, now will we deny this to a ten month old baby?

“Everything will tear us apart if compassion does not unite us…”

I call upon all the citizens of our country from this funeral. When we look upon the guests and migrants in our country we should not consider them from a political point of view. We should look upon them from the windows of our feelings of mercy, compassion and conscience. Everything will tear us apart if compassion does not unite us. Everything will destroy us if mercy does not unite us. We are a nation that has never feared the tyrant and the cruel but we have always feared the curse of the oppressed. Sakarya is a dear land that has provided refuge to the oppressed. May Allah spare us from such evil and such barbarity again. May Allah accept this mother, this dear sister, our beloved child, our baby in thy heaven. May Allah bring them together with our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa and his Abraham.

The funeral was attended by the Syrian Muslim Scholars Union President Sheikh Usame Er Rıfai, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, Sakarya Governor İrfan Balkanlıoğlu, Parliament Human Rights Study Commission Chairman Mustafa Yeneroğlu, members of the NGOs and a huge crowd that converged at Sakarya from all over the country.