Column: What are you waiting for? ​Take action, at least for Al-Aqsa, for the Kaaba!

İbrahim KaragülBY: İbrahim Karagül*

Severing dialogue between countries in our region, expanding areas of conflict for the region, spreading separation through the sectarian identity, collapsing the morale and mechanisms that push countries to common solidarity, negating attempts to restricting crisis areas, are like the preliminary preparations of the new wave that will shake the entire region.

The big game was established on sacred values…

No country in our region is safe, including Turkey which faced a multinational attack on July 15, including Iran which lost serious reputation in the Muslim geography, including Saudi Arabia which may face war and division at any moment, including Pakistan which made a serious leap in stability and economy in recent years.

The Israeli attacks targeting our first qiblah, Masjid Al Aqsa, the ballistic missiles passing through Mecca skies give us the message that a very dangerous future is in store for the people of this region, for the Muslims of the earth. If Islam’s most sacred values are under attack, then this means the game is set on these sacred values.

They’re setting the real bomb in the heart of Islam

This means preparations are being made for a massive chaos through Mecca, Medina and Jerualem that will cause indignation among close to 2 billion Muslims. Those declaring the 21st century the century of fighting Muslims, pushing them outside history, those spreading the war across all Muslim territories,those sacrificing countries and pitting against each other peoples that have been living together for centuries, those who have been turning all our differences and fortunes into enmity and conflict are, this time, trying to set the real bomb in the heart of Islam.

All problems among Muslim countries are artificial. All areas of conflict in the Middle East are fronts opened by others.  All attempts to exhaust powerful and central countries and make them surrender are part of the Western invasion; all the terrorist organizations they released on our lands are outside threats, they are the hitmen hired for the multinational invasion, they are the enemies of the region and our countries who have partnered with global invaders in this storm.

Immediate action must be taken

Establishing a powerful political will, discourse, stance to save our future, our countries, our region and civilization pool and our cities is the most pressing issue.

Powerful countries in the region like Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia must immediately see this major threat, read into it and focus urgently on precautions and solidarity. If necessary, a smaller common resistance axis, a regional solidarity line should be established with a few countries.

There’s a July 15 plan, a map draft for every country It should be known that one who loses their geography will lose their country, their people and their history. It should be known that the countries of the region cannot stand up against this storm on their own. We, who witnessed the biggest threat after World War I, a multinational attack on July 15, 2016, saw and understood this.

It should be seen and understood that a July 15 plan is in the works for every country, a civil war is being planned for every country, a map draft is prepared for every country.

What’s done to Al Aqsa today is going to be done to the Kaaba The attacks, the debasement aimed at the Al Aqsa Compound, Israeli practices making a mockery out of Muslim countries are all the signal flares of that major, regional storm.

What’s being done to Al Aqsa will target the Kaaba, the Rawdha as well. Because they will now target our sacred values, our faith, our dearest assets. They are going to try the major chaos, the regional destruction through such attacks. They will not discriminate between countries, regions or cities.

Then every country must realize that gathering to reverse the wind means to save its own self. It should be realized that defending one’s neighbor is defending oneself. It should be realized that the only way to save oneself is joint solidarity, cooperation and realizing that the problems between us are each a project.

No excuse can save us

If we cannot unite for our countries, our citizens, our past and our future, we need to know how to unite for Al Aqsa, for Mecca and Medina. The Muslim geography that fails to do this will push itself outside history, lose all and surrender. If what’s most sacred cannot ensure this cooperation, we will not get a break throughout the course of the 21st century.

Our regimes, leaders, emirs, political and economic problems, resentments are bo longer excuses; they should not obstruct us or slow us down. Because we are facing a situation that will change not only our political history but the world’s. No excuse, no justification can hide this reality. No political understanding or view can alleviate this duty, responsibility n our shoulders.

Say something

Turkey called the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to an emergency meeting. The foreign ministers to gather on Tuesday should see the big threat, discuss that and make a couple common statements tatements to the entire region rather than dwell on unproductive debates. A common call text should be prepared. States, leaders should gather.

A state of vigilance, mobilization, emergency should be formed. History is going to write who stood where and what they did during this transition stage; it should not be forgotten that history is going to condemn some and make some heroes.

Millions of our people were sacrificed, our countries were looted and ancient cities were turned into ruins. We kept silent, we were oppressed and could not form a resistance. Many countries waited, with a great lack of foresight, for their turn to come. Their turn did come and is continuing to do so and is taking new countries, new victims.

We might have to defend the Kaaba in 2-3 years But this time it’s different. This time, we will not be able to overcome it by keeping quiet, by running away, by hiding in our own shell and by sacrificing our countries alone. Because this time the target is the heart of Islam, the heart of Muslims, their most sacred values. If it goes this way and the storm cannot be stopped, if measures cannot be taken, in two-to-three years, we are going to have to defend Al Aqsa and the Kaaba.
What are you still waiting for?

At least stand up for Al Aqsa, for the Kaaba, for Mecca. What else is left to make you take action?

*Ibrahim Karagül is a Turkish writer and journalist. He is the editor-in-chief of Turkish Yeni Şafak newspaper. (Published in Yeni Şafak Turkish newspaper on July 31, 2017)