Imagine that you are in a remote Asian country… It"s one of the Far East Asian countries similar to a distant point in Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia or Malaysia.
FEAR AND DREAD IN THEIR EYES, THE QURAN IN THEIR HANDS.
Keep thinking… You"ve been on a journey for hours. There are oppressed people who set out to come to Turkey, taking risks to pass the Turkish border. You are bringing these oppressed brothers of yours a candle of hope even it"s a small one.
Finally, you learn that your refugee brothers – altogether 40 – have been stuffed in a room, inhaling and exhaling in difficult conditions while being packed in the room by leaning on each other"s backs. Upon seeing you through the window of the prison. They rejoice at your presence; they realize that you exist. You greet them and tell them that you travelled thousands of kilometers to get them out from that place.
First, your brothers shudder because they don"t know who you are and what you are doing there. You see their concerned looks. The young, the old and children are among the immigrants who rush behind the window and look at you while sweating from the heat and their undershirts become half-wet. Some of them hold the holy Quran in their hands, their eyes filled with fear and shudder.
You tell them that you are an author. They feel an indescribable cheer. They ask each other "He is an author?"
THE HOPE OF ACCESSING TURKEY KEEPS THE OPPRESSED ALIVE
Meanwhile, other IHH team members are also running to the window. Some of them take pictures. After seeing their situation, a correspondent (ÜLKE TV) brother"s heart starts to burn and yet he controls himself, passing his camera behind the grids, and recording the prison on camera, while looking around. We tell him "continue recording" while we, the IHH team, build a human wall around him to shelter the camera from the offense of soldiers and officers.
Refugees both rejoice and feel concerned with the flashes on their face and the winking camera lights.
There are 40 people in a room… God, what a terrible situation… All of them are side by side with no centimeter to spare because the room does not fit them. They try to breathe under the turning propeller fans above as they sweat to death, embracing each other or their brotherhood physically and spiritually. They try not to lose their hope with Turkey, as being the last room for humanity and impatiently waiting for the day they set foot in Turkey.
THE LAST PORT THAT THE OPPRESSED WANT TO HARBOR: TURKEY
There is only one hope that sustains them and adds more resistance to their resistance
And more faith to their faith. A room in which 40 people are locked up, sleep together, eat together, and worship together: This is the place where they dream about coming to Turkey. They are dreaming, visualizing that they will one day realize their dream and will live freely. Thus, they count the days until the moment when they are going to get on the ship of freedom to Turkey.
Behind the grids of the window, we are expecting them to tell us about their stories. We are wondering how they ended up in this place or if there is anyone taking care of them. We also want to know if they are aware of the Turkish ambassador in the region. We are willing to hear about their troubles, problems, urgent ends, but as soon as we raise those questions, they are scared off. They say, "Just a second please" and immediately turn away. They tell us that they want to make a prayer and will return to us after that. Someone makes the Islamic prayer call. They make their consultation secretly. Apparently, it is forbidden for them to consult with each other normally. You can tell that in order to make a consultation, they use congregational prayer, a call to Islamic prayer as a tactic for consultation.
Finally, someone passes a paper to us. There is a telephone number on it. A young man says, "Call this number, then we will get in touch."
TWO HEROS WHO ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES
The head of the IHH team calls the number. It doesn"t take us long to realize that the person on the phone is someone who is working day and night in order to save the imprisoned brothers of ours. We realize that he is literally a hero.
We make an appointment to meet up with him. Accompanying this person is a Muslim fighter who grew up near the late Mr. Erbakan. He attended Mr. Erbakan"s funeral, making it all the way from Malaysia to Turkey.
He comes from the heartland of Anatolia and deals with the problems of Muslims on a personal level and tackles the intelligence personnel in order to save our imprisoned brothers and sisters. As a bold Anatolian guy, he also knew how to survive from the secret police gunfire a few days ago. Thus, we have two heroes who risked their whole life. We are meeting two beautiful persons at our meet up point.
BEHOLD THE REAL COMPANIONS AND HELPERS OF THE PROPHET IN THIS AGE!
We are witnessing the dazzling and courageous support and effort of the local Muslims to the prisoners. A truly struggling Muslim sister who is literally altruistic and suffering has opened the door of her house to our brothers who had to flee the persecution in their home country. She moves to another Muslim"s house! This is an amazing example of self-sacrifice and brotherhood. It makes us say there are companions and helpers of the prophet in this age. Such a heroic example that makes a person burst in tears. This is a noble state of mind that existed in the prophet"s friends, as she did not hesitate to risk her life even when prosecutors and dogs of intelligence secretly, systematically were on watch. Towards the evening, at the given meeting point we came together with two heroes, fighter and frontier sisters of ours, who offered every kind of help in the most dangerous circumstances to the oppressed fleeing persecution in their own countries and escaping to freedom in Turkey. These people were giving the struggle of freedom and travelled mountains, fields without languor, fear, and fatigue and overcame unbelievable obstacles.
THE HELL OF EASTERN TURKISTAN! THE HEART CANNOT ENDURE THIS PAIN!
After some time, some of our brothers and sisters come in who were on the verge of embracing freedom with his wife and three kids. It was a situation that raised any human"s hair and would lead him to burst into tears after seeing what kind of a noble and high cause they gave for their freedom. Parents of three small kids, one couple in their 30s was exposed to every kind of wild persecution.
They were the oppressed people of a country in which reading a hadith or a verse in the Quran would be enough to be sentenced to imprisonment between three and five years. To avoid having their Quran copies confiscated, they had to tear out the pages and memorize them. These are the suffering and struggling people of the Eastern Turkistan.
A countless number of Muslim scholars and leaders, just because they are Muslim and trying to protect their identity, are imprisoned and exposed to unbelievable torments. Yes, this place is hell.
HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS! WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT KIND OF GAMES ARE YOU PLAYING?
While raising the world for the sake of the alleged freedom of liberals, the supposedly humanitarian organizations of the west are so silent about the persecution, torment, slaughter and the hell-like life of Muslims in Eastern Turkistan, the country of oppression.
The moment becomes quite shocking for us, as we meet this brother along with his wife and three kids who tried to escape from this hellfire and who saved themselves in order to obtain freedom. Finally, he is taking his first step towards that goal after he and his family overcame great obstacles and wrestled with wild creatures in mountains, fields, borders and prisons.
THE GIANT"S SOBBING WILL FIND ITS CONSOLATION!
We figure out that they have been starving for a few days. We order some food immediately. Our brother and his wife have been hungry and thirsty. They became all skins and bones.
They ate in such a sadly starving way that words fail to describe. My heart would not endure if I talked about it. In our bitterness, we couldn"t even watch them, how they ate.
One of our team members went out and sobbingly started to cry and he left murmuring the famous lines of the poet "you are a giant, your burden is huge".
We got organized as the IHH team. Our friends gave everything they had in their hands and pockets to the oppressed brothers in the prison.
We didn"t think that it was enough… the team members organized to meet all the needs of this oppressed brother, his wife and young kids by shopping all around in favor of them.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SLEEP IN YOUR WARM BEDS?
I am talking to you, you sleeper in your warm bed! Yes, you who enjoy wealth and abundance when your brothers and sisters are moaning with persecution in all parts of the world while you are spending a good time being unaware of their troubles. I am talking to you, the slave of consumption, you little man! Wake up and find yourself! Wake up and go to different parts of the world! Take your oppressed brothers and sisters, the servants of merciful God, under your wings as soon as you find them suffering from torture and starvation.
KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF THE HONOR OF HUMANITY: IHH!
Don"t linger on thinking "what can I do?" Go to an IHH branch! It"s the honor of Muslims and the oppressed. Knock on their door!
Tell them, "I cannot stay silent to this persecution. I am in!" And remember: "You are a giant and your burden is huge!" Just like yesterday, tomorrow we shall raise the flag of the truth, justice, brotherhood. Take this as your motto and set out on your journey.
Humanity and the innermost truthful descendents are indigent to this "giant".
Stop sleeping! Wake up and in order to compose the melody of the truth, take the hands of the oppressed and start your journey!
I know that this path is long and tormentful.
But let me tell you one thing. I don"t know any more refreshing, reviving path than this! I can assure you that!