One of the five pillars of Islam is zakāt, that is, charitable giving.
It seems that the six Arabian Gulf States, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Obama, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia have, according to Amnesty International, “offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.” These Muslim nations have been exposed as hypocrites, but none more than the Saudis, whose autocratic king counts Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as one of his titles.
Images drive the news–and the sad photograph of a drowned three year-old Syrian boy that washed up on a Turkish beach caught the attention of many people across the world.
The record of Gulf States and other Muslim nations in regards to Arab refugees is a poor one. Nearly seventy years after Arab armies were defeated in Israel’s War of Independence, millions of Palestinian refugees–nearly all of them descended from the original refugees from that war–are stateless. Some estimates are that half of all Palestinians are officially stateless, although they exist as sub-citizens in some nations such as Kuwait. They are pawns in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If these refugees become citizens in a Gulf State–they’ll probably be less eager to return the their ancestral home.
While Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees–many of them don’t seem eager to stay there. The welfare benefits of the European Union are attracting those people who are fleeing the Civil War. The Pope is calling for each European parish to adopt a Syrian refugee family.
Where is the call from the Saudi king to have each mosque in his nation to host a Syrian family?
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.