We Ezidis: They’d kill us even if we converted to Islam
There’s no doubt that the non-Muslim Kurds have suffered even more catastrophes than Muslim Kurds by some of the eastern occupying forces and authorities in the past centuries. Genocide, as an exterminating policy has been committed against the Kurds several times. The major instances occurred in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria in the past centuries. The latest genocide against Muslim Kurds was (Anfal) which was committed by Saddam Hussein’s regime, exploiting a chapter of Quran under the same title (Anfal) to justify his heinous crime against the civilians. Another act of genocide against the Kurds is the one being committed by the terrorist group of Islamic State (ISIL) against Ezidi Kurds in Shingal Mountain. It is still going on.
We should bear in mind that many religious fatwas have been issued to exterminate Ezidi Kurds. The Shingal Mount has protected them from these historical crimes every time. This time, the barbaric strikes of ISIL and the Arab chauvinists evoked the sympathy of the international community. The US President Barack Obama took a courageous and historical political and humanitarian decision to aid and protect the Yazidis. The Kurdistan Region is now supported via providing air strikes against the ISIL. At the same time, the French President contacted President Massoud Barzani and showed his country’s humanitarian and military support for the Kurdistan Region against the terrorists.
The terrifying story of exterminating on the one hand and the self-defense of Ezidi Kurds and their struggle to survive on the other are numerous and endless in the ancient sources, historical documents, the folklore and verbal literature of the Kurds. The eras of arriving of Islam, and the era of Ottoman Empire, which had always been against the Ezidis, are full of tragic and catastrophic stories, while the will of resistance and holding to the spiritual strength of this religion within the heart of each Ezidi is something quite astonishing.
Let’s move to another sad story: the cry of the Kurdish Ezidi woman in the Iraqi Parliament moved Obama's comscience. The remarks that a Shiite told this woman that it was "you who have brought this on yourselves" actually shook me up. What makes me horrified and frustrated is the situation of tens of thousands of small children dying of thirst and hunger on the Shingal Mount. What is even more heartbreaking is the crying of an elderly Yazidi saying " Ezidis are miserable.. Fatwa is against the Ezidism, our homes were destroyed, our girls are taken and our men are killed." Even more outrageous incident was the abduction of Ezidi Kurdish girls and women and selling them as slaves by the fascist beasts of ISIL.
What I have mentioned is nothing compared to what’s happened on the ground. I’ll tell you a very simple story of a young Ezidi who told me during an extensive conversation two days ago in Hewler. He said: "Even if we Ezidis converted to Islam, we couldn’t escape death, because ISIL doesn’t want us to embrace Islam before they kill us, that is why its honorable and more dignified to die as an Ezidi. "
He said those lines as if his sadness was as heavy as the Shingal Mount itself. This is the disaster of radicalism in Islam, this is the method and idea of this serious Islamist group that intends to declare Caliphate by the power of sword and liquidation. A large number of Muslim-Kurdish religious men in Kurdistan Region condemn the philosophy and method and the terror, while Arab Muslims have remained silent. They believe that a Kurdish Ezidi and a Christian should be killed, even if he converts into Islam. So, they carry out everything for the sake of God through killing. The group considers nationhood as a crime and blasphemous. A Ezidi Kurd is targeted twice as a Kurd first and a Yazidis second. The Christians, who have had a long history in Mesopotamia, too, are under the sword of the radical Islamists. Those who are non-Arab Muslims according to the law of these radical groups must be eradicated.
That’s why the story of this young Ezidi is the saddest. The ISIL has passed the death sentence on the Ezidis. But we should not forget that enemies of the Kurds, the Ezidis and humanity have always been defeated at the end. These extremists will certainly emerge even in the future under different names and slogans, but the aim will remain the same: ethnic cleansing and genocide under the veil of Islam. We have no idea how many disasters and calamity we will face under the power and law of their swords, but one is quite certain that we will prevail. Humanity will prevail at the end.