Renewable sources of energy

Updated 25 February 2013
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Renewable sources of energy

This is regarding the front-page story, “KSA oil can fulfill energy needs for 80 more years” (Feb. 22). While the exact economic life of oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, or elsewhere, may be debatable as such estimates are a function of a wide and complex set of assumptions, one thing beyond dispute is that oil reserves, like the other fossil fuels, are nonrenewable stocks, which will eventually exhaust.
This makes it imperative on us (as individuals as well as society) to exercise utmost care in their consumption, and instead of feeling relaxed from such news, should utilize this period to switch to more renewable and sustainable sources of energy.
In particular, we must bear in mind the following: First, these reserves were formed through a unique epoch of history that spanned millions of years, and there is no evidence to suggest that once we deplete the existing stocks, we will have more of these. Second, the existing stocks of these resources are a national endowment. As such, they belong as much to our future generations as to us.
We, therefore, have no right to be extravagant in their use, and should strive to leave as much as possible of these for them also so that they will not blame us to have plundered on what belonged to them equally. Third, these reserves are also a natural endowment and one day we will all be held accountable on how we consumed these, as Allah Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an in Surah Al-Hakim (102/8), “Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (you indulged in, in this world.)” — M. Shahid Rahim, Riyadh


Syrian civil war

Updated 18 April 2017
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Syrian civil war

Since it broke out six years ago, the disastrous war in Syria has claimed about 400,000 lives, with the victims being more civilians than fighters. Of the civilians, the most affected are women and children. Peace is shattered in and around Syria only to safeguard the most selfish monster in the world: Bashar Assad.
According to a UNICEF report, grave violations against Syrian children during the war have been recorded. The children in Syria are not only maimed and killed as a result of bombings but also forcefully recruited to be part of the conflict. Children as young as 7 years old are pushed into the front line as fighters, suicide bombers and executioners! The actual figures of those injured, dead and forcefully-recruited children are far higher than in the UNICEF report.
The innocent children “used” in the conflict have had the right to blossom, the right to enjoy life and the right to be on a play-ground torn from them. They have been deprived of the right to education and, according to UNICEF, nearly two million children have been forced to stop their education with one-third of school buildings rendered inoperative due to destruction.
With their often physically crippled parents, the children have to be the sole bread-winners in nearly 75 percent of Syrian households. Unwillingly, the children are forced to serve as garbage collectors, hairdressers and cleaners. Keeping aside what Assad gets out of this war, the beneficiaries of the war are weapon manufacturers who may well be dubbed parasites living on the blood of innocents.
Assad, the inhuman butcher of humanity, does not care what the world says, opines, suggests and warns about the catastrophic war in Syria. More than the ruinous acts of Assad, Russia and Iran, it shocks, grieves and pains to see that the world and the Muslim world has done nothing to stop the butcher of this century from his brutal and barbaric destruction of his own nation and his own people.