Last updated: March 1, 2014
Syria or Katy Perry? Here's focusing on the wrong issues...

"The petition seemed significant to the global Muslim population"

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A few days ago, I came across a petition that was being shared across various blogs and across Twitter. The pleas and exclamation points embedded within these tweets and blogs made it seem like the issue being covered by the petition was significant to the global Muslim population – something I should be aware of and part of. I was intrigued. I opened up the link to the petition, and began reading.

“This petition is lodged In regards to Katy Perry's music video 'Dark Horse'; hosted by KatyPerryVEVO, on YouTube. The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy.” I kid you not. That was what the petition was all about.

I was disgusted. This is what outraged Muslims around the world? Seriously?
I was astounded by just how many Muslims were focusing on such a petty issue rather than the bigger questions we need to tackle. One issue that I continue to wish the international community, but especially the Muslim and Arab Worlds would maintain focus on, is Syria.

I was astounded by just how many Muslims were focusing on such a petty issue The photograph above, released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, taken in Yarmouk Camp in Syria, is the desolate reality that thousands are living in every day, starving, counting their days as we count our many blessings, and focus our attention on a Katy Perry video. Yarmouk continues to endure severe life-threatening shortages of food, water, and medication.

Filippo Grandi, the head of the UNRWA, visited Yarmouk last week, releasing this statement to reporters, "The devastation is unbelievable. There is not one single building that I have seen that is not an empty shell by now. They're all blackened by smoke,"

Some years from now, we will look back and talk about what we could have done, what we should have had our leaders do, to stop the sheer madness in Syria. We will express regret. Some of us will say that there is nothing more we could have done. Unfortunately, none of it will matter. For Syria and its citizens... it will be too late.

Here are ways you can help:

http://www.unrwa.org/donate

https://give.wfp.org/629/?step=country

The views in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily represent those of Your Middle East.

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