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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Putin Quotes Holy Quran to Urge for Peace in Yemen: “You Became Brothers by his Favor”

Addressing a high-level moot alongside the Presidents of Iran and Turkey, Russian President Vladimir Putin won hearts by quoting the Holy Quran to remind Saudi Arabia of the Quranic teachings of brotherhood and urging an end to the war in Yemen

Russian President Vladimir Putin recited a verse from Surah Al Imran of the Holy Quran, as he called upon Muslim countries to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in Yemen, which has resulted in millions of innocent deaths, and severe infrastructural damages.

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Muslim nations is fighting against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, leading to severe food shortages and unprecedented deaths across the war-torn country.

Putin Invokes Muslim Brotherhood

Addressing a high-level diplomatic moot, co-chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, Russian President won over approvals by quoting an impactful verse of the Holy Quran.

RT reported that the Russian head of state quoted a verse from Surah Al Imran, which translates as, “And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers.”

Read more: Yemen catastrophe: Hazards of Saudi interventionist policy

Putin’s reference to the Holy Quran garnered the approval of President Erdogan and Rouhani. Citing other Islamic teachings, Putin observed that Islam only regards violence as a legitimate means for struggle in the instance of self-defense.

In a humorous quip, Putin suggested Riyadh invest in Russian air defense systems in order to stay protected against unexpected attacks. He noted that Turkey and Iran had already invested in this technology. President Rouhani and Tayyip Erdogan also criticized the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, which paved the way for unprecedented deaths during the last five years. They observed that the invasion trigger the utter devastation of the country, which once maintained a geostrategic position in the Arabian Peninsula.

The conflict in Yemen continues to deteriorate as the civil war refuses to come to an end, and the attacks of the Saudi-led coalition further cripple all hopes of normalcy. The conflict began when a civil war broke out between the Saudi-backed Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led government, and the Houthi rebels and the devastation heightened when the Saudis initiated an air war, leading to a full-blown ground invasion back in 2015.

After four years of combat and military confrontation, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to defeat the Houthi rebels. The recent attack on Saudi oil facilities is a prime example of the Houthis’ persistence to fight.

Muslims’ Reaction on Twitter

Russian President reciting the holy verses was a trend on Twitter and Muslims had a lot to say about the event.