Calls for ceasefire in Yemen

The ongoing human suffering in Yemen, as a result of the war over the past three years, has reached unprecedented levels in recent history.

UNICEF declared the levels of malnutrition and the impending famine in Yemen as the worst humanitarian crisis experienced on earth today.

According to the United Nations, 14 million of Yemen’s citizens face imminent famine and the war has
left more than 10,000 people dead. The impact of this man-made catastrophe is most devastatingly manifest among the 400 000 children, adults and the aged who are suffering from malnutrition, many of whom will die unless then necessary medical supplies and nutrition are immediately secured and
supplied.

The dire situation is further compounded by the worst outbreak of Cholera – a perfectly preventable disease in modern times. The requisite supplies are not reaching these dying children and adults because of the systematic blockade of the seaports of Yemen, and as a result, not nearly enough food and medical supplies enter the country.

The Muslim Judicial Council (SA), in the name of our common humanity, call upon all parties to the war to immediately cease all hostilities and to lift the blockade on the seaports of Yemen. This will allow critically needed supplies to reach the hundreds of thousands of starving Yemenis. In the absence of this urgent intervention, they are assured of staring certain death in the face.

The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) has and will always condemn any form of warfare, violence and/or the killing of innocent civilians during conflict, and the same condemnation is reserved for the horrific war in Yemen. We are deeply pained by this ongoing war that has caused so much suffering and grief
to the people.

Allāh Almighty says in the Glorious Qurān (5:32):

“That is why We ordained for the Children of Israel that whoever takes a life – unless as a punishment for murder or mischief in the land – it will be as if they killed all of humanity; and
whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity. Although Our messengers already came to them with clear proofs, many of them still transgressed afterwards through
the land.” [Sūrah Al-Māidah, verse 32]

Abū Dharr (RA) narrates from the Prophet (SAW) that He narrated from Allāh Almighty that HE said:

“O, MY devotees/ servants! Indeed! I forbade (all types of) oppression for MYSELF and forbade it (oppression) amongst yourselves, so do NOT oppress one another…” [Transmitted by Muslim]

Abū Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices by overbidding against one another; do not hate one another; do not harbour malice against one another, and do not enter into a commercial transaction when others have entered into that (transaction); but be you, O slaves of Allah, as brothers. A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim; he neither oppresses him nor does he look down upon him, nor does he humiliate him. Piety is here (and he pointed to his chest three times). It is enough evil for a Muslim to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother-in-faith: his blood, his property and his honour.” [Transmitted by Muslim]

We further support the various initiatives of relief originations who are working tirelessly on the ground, providing essential humanitarian food assistance reducing the risk of famine through various intervention programmes.

May Allāh Almighty ease the suffering of the victims of the Yemen war and bring a swift resolution to the conflict, Āmīn.