Jobar: Ancient Home to the Suffering Lovers of the Prophet

Jobar is an ancient part of greater Damascus that is most famous in the western world for its 2000 year old synagogue. In Syria, the people of Jobar are known for their piety and their love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his family). One beautiful reminder of what Jobar used to be like is this audio recording of a gathering of Salawat (to send prayers upon the Prophet) with Hasan Arbash.

The people of Jobar joined the revolution early on, going out in protests and demanding their legitimate rights. Like in other parts of the country, the protesters were met with bullets. No mercy was shown by the Assad regime which ordered its security forces and mercenaries to shoot to kill. This left many martyrs and funeral processions that were held the next day turned into massive protests, which were met with more bullets. Nevertheless, protests continued in solidarity with other parts of the country that were worse off.

This is from April 2011:

July 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzK2HTLpBzg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3USIdN78HIo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcWLIWw4oB4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y2hm73asi8

But the security forces and mercenaries were unable to crush the protests, and so the army was sent in. Together they positioned themselves around Mosques in a bid to prevent protests from taking off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl4c7pByv_A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suAZXL7XyVw

But this could not be sustained, as Assad’s forces constantly escalated their violence against the people, more protesters were killed and more funerals were attacked. By December, funerals were attacked even before they started:

This was January 2012:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynEQSeV7jzA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmzB4vbV4q8

This did not hold the people back, protests only grew in size and frequency.

April: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcji-os__I
May: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNcWIQc6IZA
June:

July: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sommU44acos

“For the love of the Prophet” is heard from the loudspeaker at a funeral of a martyred child.

All of this happened for over a year without any presence of the FSA or any other armed groups. That began to change in the middle of July 2012, as the “Damascus Volcano” erupted and parts of Damascus were liberated by the FSA. Clashes erupted in Jobar too and Assad’s men were chased out in no time. In response, the regime tried to set off a car bomb outside of the Great Mosque. When that failed, the regime responded in the same way it has everywhere else: shelling and bombarding the neighbourhood with artillery, mortars, tanks and for the first time helicopters.

July 18, helicopter firing rockets on Jobar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTg_yGDZicU
July 19, damage from artillery shelling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omxo35blcms
July 20, bombardments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co7muZv7G10
July 31, damage from the shelling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyKyoZMJRzk
August 2, shelling from a helicopter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEpKApa0aIc
August 5, damage from the shelling and bombardments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mFk5_MReio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdTXoc_-gio
August 7, shelling of the neighbourhood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixvPY0mFaEQ
August 8, more damage from the shelling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c7n6V1Ixq8
August 15:

Despite of all of this, and at the same time because of all of this, funerals and protests continued:

July 20: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBsaMKrcEZI
July 23: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAh5Xn9-2HA
July 26: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeBgwCE66-w
July 28: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvLaFYeemVk
July 30: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ8Wtt3Zw4U
August 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shfs5mYF3fo
August 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoVSZFPK7P4
August 14: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ffU80OhXlE
August 18: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9YV_vgaZGU
August 22: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZPU7N5oP_A

These are by far not all protests in Jobar from that period, but merely a selection, and they haven’t stopped since. By the end of August Jobar had truly become a war zone. Many people died or suffered wounds from the bombardments, others were massacred in their homes or taken away on the several occasions that the regime forces stormed the neighbourhood. The bombardments continued.

August 28:

Damage from shelling and a wounded little boy is carried away:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDewMW_EI6s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpmgv1-zpfs


More damage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRpLe2myh8M

September 3:

September 10, destruction in the neighbourhood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mukJ-_HO-bc
September 11, destruction of homes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6IEygQ63FA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq-y5WRZG20
September 19, bombarding Jobar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5so33dlqsU
September 22, burned and damaged homes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75YBltB9tWI

Jobar yesterday, September 27:

And the day before that, September 26:

Finally, some of the Mosques of Jobar:

The Rahma Mosque

Inside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBqevlkpO-E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B2eqMLgM90

The Qabbani Mosque:

The Taqwa Mosque

The Ghazwa Badr Mosque:

The Rabia Mosque:

One of those Mosques might have been the one in which the earlier linked blessed gathering of Salawat was held, and if not, then most certainly such gatherings were held in every Mosque of Jobar including the ones above. That’s the story of Assad’s war of mass destruction against the people of Jobar, known for their love of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his family). Hundreds of them have been killed, many more wounded, many more taken away, and many fled. Their Mosques, homes, shops, cars, everything destroyed, their lives in ruins.

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