It has been exactly a year.
It's been a year since we killed our brothers and sisters on August 14, 2013 in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.
For a year, our pain has not abated, our wounds have continued to bleed.
You declared el-Sisi, who crushed his people under tanks, as President of Egypt. Then you celebrated shedding the blood of innocent people in Rabaa Square, insulting their memory. You couldn't muster the courage to reveal how many people you killed over the last year, how many you wounded, put in prison cells and sent to exile.
You are unable to find solace in this authority that you built on the blood you have shed in a year. You are playing dirty games to try to overthrow the democratically elected governments in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Gaza.
You turned a blind eye to Zionist Israeli soldiers sullying the innocent Gaza and the Palestinian lands – the mark of our honor – and killing innocent people. You looked on, laid back in your disgraced seats, laughing as our children were slaughtered and mothers screamed in grief. Not only Israel, but also the Saudi government and its puppets are responsible for the deaths of children in Gaza..
You haven't been able to sate your thirst for blood in a year.
You have been shedding the blood of Muslims over the past year. In Syria, Iraq, East Turkestan, Africa, in the north, south, east and west, it is us who kill and are killed.
You have been murdering the children of this Ummah for a year.
Over a year now, you have been killing the children who supported the unity of the Ummah.
You have been taking the lives of Muslims who opposed sectarian wars and the shedding of the blood of their brothers and sisters.
Do not assume that we are unaware.
The blood of our martyrs has been giving life to the Ummah's youth. Gushing in every direction is a collective spirit for the unity of the Ummah. Everywhere in the world now are R4BIA signs. The more your oppression increases, the stronger we grow.
Our mothers give birth to new life as you kill, and our fathers raise new seed as you shoot. Our children will grow listening to stories of your cruelty till the day when they take revenge for our martyrs.
Every August 14, the oppressed all around the world will remember your cruelty. On the World R4BIA Day, we will give voice to the massacres and oppression perpetrated or supported by el-Sisi, Netanyahu, Assad, Obama, Putin, and Rouhani.
We will never forget your atrocities for the rest of our lives. Even on our last breath, we will tell the Ummah's children of your barbarity, and we will condemn you. Even if our lives prove too short to see it, we will raise our children and grandchildren to hold you to account over the innocent lives you took.
R4BIA is our day.
R4BIA is the day of the Ummah.
R4BIA is the day our martyrs.
R4BIA is the day of Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, East Turkestan, and every state where the flag of the Ummah will rise.
R4BIA is the day of commemoration for our innocent martyrs who dedicated their lives to the Ummah.
R4BIA is the day of unity for our Ummah.
How did R4BIA emerge?
The owners of this sign were martyred in Rabia al-Adawiya Square by the military coup that took place in Egypt on July 3, 2013.
The Egyptian people, who wanted to reclaim their beliefs, freedoms, future and the votes they cast for the first elected president in Egypt, launched a collective resistance unprecedented in world history on 28 June in Rabia al-Adawiya Square.
It was there that they made the sign for the first time by raising their four fingers. It never transpired who invented the sign or who came up with the idea for it.
When they were asked two months later what the sign meant, they explained: “This is the ‘Rabia sign.’ ‘Rabia’ means four or fourth in the Arabic language. The name of this square comes from Rabia al-Adawiya, a blessed lady among the pious servants of Allah. She received the name Rabia because she was the fourth child in the family. We use the sign to cherish her legacy.”
“The second reason why this sign bears significance is the fact that Mohamed Morsi was the fourth President of Egypt after Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. We make the sign to remind people of his presidency.”
“In addition, those who gather in Tahrir Square to support the military coup prefer the V sign made with the two fingers. We cannot be the same as those people. We use and spread the Rabia sign in order to distinguish ourselves from them.”
When pro-democracy demonstrators made this explanation at the early hours of 14 August, the Egyptian army moved into Rabia al-Adawiya to unleash the biggest civilian massacre that history has ever witnessed. It is likely that those few people who explained what the sign meant were martyred as well. This website contains photos and video footage of those who made the sign for the last time, right before the killings.
Following the massacre in Egypt, the Rabia sign came to be better recognized, and from then on began spreading across the entire Muslim world.
Within a short span of time, the sign became a symbol adopted by Muslims of every denomination and from all walks of life who stood up against the states in both the East and the West that chose to ignore thousands of civilians subjected to violence in Egypt.
Among the numerous logos designed to represent the Rabia sign, the one with the black hand on a yellow background caught on more quickly than others. People started using it everywhere. Noteworthy about the design is that the creators of the logo are said to have used the color yellow in reference to the golden dome of Qubbatus Sakhra Mosque in Jerusalem, Muslims’ first Qiblah, and the color black to signify the black cloth that covers the Kaaba.
The Rabia sign then spread beyond the national borders with the blessing of Rabia martyrs, and became the symbol of the global Muslim community.
The answers found on this website addressing the question “What is R4BIA?” are compiled from a selection of interpretations provided by Muslims around the world.
Even today, Muslim intellectuals, thinkers, journalists and the general public continue to explain the sign in manifold ways.
The Rabia sign is the symbol of awakening, triggered in response to the massacres, oppression and long-going political, economic and cultural pressure – both in the West and the East – that have targeted Islam and Muslims.
Western concepts such as democracy, human rights, freedom, equality and right to life, often exercised in a double standard, have utterly collapsed in Palestine, Syria, Bosnia and lastly in Egypt. With the spirit of the Rabia sign, these and similar concepts will be reinterpreted based on Islamic principles.
With help of Allah, this awakening will be a source of inspiration for every individual, irrespective of faith and ethnicity, who seeks justice, equality and freedom in this world.
Supporting every well-meant effort in search of rights and freedoms that is spread through this sign is an indication of human decency.
The Rabia sign and the blessing of martyrs are reuniting Muslim peoples and nations, isolated within borders that were set by the occupying states of the East and the West.
No single country, group or individual claims this sign as their own. Therefore, they felicitously avoid overshadowing the blessings that Allah bestowed on the Muslim world for the sake of the martyrs.
The administrators of this website do not own or manage this sign, either; they are simply servants of Islam.
The global Muslim community will chart its path on its own.
“And rely upon Allah; and sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” (Surat al-Ahzab, ayah 3)