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News Right Now: Rescue our Children
Crowds gathered in Morocco's northern Chefchaouen province on Monday 7th February to attend the funeral of five-year-old Rayan Aourram, who died after being trapped in a well for four days. Hundreds of mourners carried Rayan's coffin, and laid him to rest two days after he passed away. The five-year-old boy had been trapped since Tuesday before being retrieved by rescue teams from the well on Saturday, but did not survive his ordeal, state media reported.
Rayan's parents were transferred to the cemetery in an ambulance, both distressed and in tears.
"May God be with my son," his father Khaled Aourram told Chouf.
The child was stuck in a well that reached more than 100 feet (30 meters) underground in the Chefchaouen province.
Rayan fell into the well Tuesday afternoon and was discovered after he was heard crying, his mother said in an interview with state-owned Al-Aoula TV two days later. Rayan’s father told reporters he had been in the process of fixing the well, which he owns, when Rayan fell in, but had not realized at first where the boy had gone.
Rayan's rescue efforts gripped much of the country with the hashtag #SaveRayan trending in North Africa and other parts of the world.
Rayan's time trapped in the well and subsequent passing generated an outpouring of grief offering poignant messages of brotherhood and support particularly from children living under the harshest of conditions themselves. In Mauritania, children followed their teacher in making du’a for Rayan whilst he was in the well. In the refugee camps in bitterly cold Syria, children, similar to Rayan’s age, held placards of Duaa and encouragement. In Cairo the vigil had lasted for four days, transfixing tens of thousands of people around the world who watched, tweeted, cheered and prayed as a small band of rescuers in a tiny Moroccan village tried to free a 5-year-old boy from the deep well into which he had plunged.
Allah (swt) opened the hearts of so many, connecting the Ummah in it’s pain and anguish. The question no one seems to be asking is, why was a well being dug by a civilian in such close proximity to the house in this day and age?
The contrast of those who have vs those who don't is much like being in a metaphorical well, lack of care and negligence being the order of the day from those who have tasked ‘themselves’ with the responsibility of looking after the affairs of their people. Compare this to Umar bin al Khattab during his Khilafaj, he (RA) said “By Allah, if a mule were to trip in Iraq, I would fear that Allah would ask me why I did not pave the road for it.”
Sadly, this occurrence only mirrors the devastating neglect of our children all over the world. TRT world reports refugee parents are having their children taken away by Swedish social services. In China, the Uyghur children are separated from their loved ones and sent to ‘reeducation’ camps in the bid to create a generation that has lost its connection with their heritage and deen In Yemen as the brutal war enters its eighth year, nearly half the children aged 5 and under face chronic malnutrition, millions displaced, 70% of the deaths are children.
In Palestine - it is routine to see young children handcuffed and dragged away from their families, detained and in some cases brutally killed at point blank range.
In Syria, if people are not dying from the lack of adequate shelter in yet another bitter winter, then they are being killed in raids. Six children died in a reported United States Special Ops raid in Atmeh, Northern Syria.
The Pentagon declared the mission as ‘successful’. In Burma and India the brutal rape of children by extremists is ongoing. Have we forgotten about the gang rape and murder of 8 year old Asifa Bano in a Hindu temple? The heart breaking images of Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach as his family tried to escape persecution only to be let down by the human trafficking systems that extorts people then abandons them to their fate.
As we mourne the tragic loss of Rayan, the same concern should be shown equally to Muslim children suffering wherever they may be and by whatever circumstances they face. What a world of difference between a system that does not honour any kinship with you or covenant, kills children and women and spreads death and destruction, and between the System of the Lord of the worlds that forbids evil and spreads mercy, tranquility and prosperity.
Lack of proper protection and provision are the underlying reasons this will not be the last time our hearts will break with yet another tragic loss of many more like Rayan. Sayyiduna Abu Musa Al Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
" قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: " إِذَا مَاتَ وَلَدُ الْعَبْدِ قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى لِمَلَائِكَتِهِ: قَبَضْتُمْ وَلَدَ عَبْدِي؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: نَعَمْ. فَيَقُولُ: قَبَضْتُمْ ثَمَرَةَ فُؤَادِهِ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: نَعَمْ. فَيَقُولُ: مَاذَا قَالَ عَبْدِي؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: حَمِدَكَ وَاسْتَرْجَعَ. فَيَقُولُ اللَّهُ: ابْنُوا لِعَبْدِي بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَسَمُّوهُ بَيت الْحَمد ". رَوَاهُ أَحْمد وَالتِّرْمِذِيّ "
“When a person’s child passes away, Allah says to the Angels, ‘Have you removed the soul of my servant’s child?’. When the Angels reply in the affirmative, Allah then asks, ‘Have you taken away the soul of the joy of his heart?’. The Angels again reply in the affirmative. Allah then asks, what did my servant have to say? The Angels reply, ‘He praised you and recited Inna Lillahi Wa inna Ilayhi Raji’un. Allah then says, ''Build for my servant a house in Jannah and call it ‘Baytul Hamd’.”
Dear listeners, make dua for Rayan’s family to bear their loss with immense patience and for Allah swt to reunite them in Jannatul Ferdous. Allahumma aameen. Remember all the children of the Ummah, they are suffering and are still in dire need of rescuers. May Allah hasten the return of their shield and protector. Aameen ya Rabb.
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