Uğur Süleyman Söylemez is a Mavi Maramara veteran who was in a coma for 4 years. Today following his passing he has joined the caravan of martyrs. Not with standing his becoming martyr, The number of Msrtyrs of mavi Marmara increased to 10.With the martyrdom of Söylemez the number of Mavi Marmara martyrs who were murdered by Israel has increased to 10 martyrs.
Uğur Süleyman Söylemez was born in 1963 in Ankara. Söylemez who was self-employed had joined the humanitarian aid flotilla which was heading to the Gaza strip in May of 2010. Shortly after the attack on Mavi Marmara took place, Uğur Süleyman Söylemez’s name had been listed among the martyrs however following further investigation he was found to be critically injured with a bullet wound in his head. Despite eight months of hospitalisation, efforts to recover Söylemez from a coma were unsuccessful and therefore he was discharged from hospital. After four years of living with a sustained coma, he joined the caravan of martyrs from his home in Ankara.
Uğur Süleyman Söylemez was a business trader and was married to Tuğba Söylemez. He had three children; Ahmet (born, 1988), Zeynep Kübra (born, 1991) and Fatma (born, 1997). Söylemez was known for all his humanitarian efforts in relieving the needs of the poor. Moreover he was a man who kept his word and is remembered for his honesty, trustworthiness and sensitivity to all humanitarian causes.
Speaking about her husband, his wife Tuğba Söylemez recalls that, “He always took a special interest in the Palestinian cause”.
The following is the will of Uğur Süleyman Söylemez:
My dear brothers and sisters, before writing my will, I would like to greet you with Allah’s greeting. In these days we will be heading to Gaza, if Allah permits us, in the aid ships which have been organised by the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. I am about to depart on this journey, which I made a decision to join in order to convey the following message:“We are standing with the Palestinian people and will support them against Israeli oppression.”
With our feeling of mutual responsibilty to our brothers, we are ready to give up everything and persevere through every hardship and struggle in the path of Allah.
This is because whenever required we are obliged to give up everything for Allah as this is our Cause.
This is because the cause of Allah – Islam – is above all matters. Thus we are ready to face all types of threats made by Israel against us.
If we are shot then we will fall as martyrs, which is in any case our greatest aspiration.
If Allah opens our way, we seek His help for us to be able to provide humanitarian aid to our beseiged brothers and sisters and we ask Him to assist us to provide humanitarian support in this way untill we die.
My request to you all is to bring our society to awareness that our Palestinian cause is about standing up against the Tyrant forces.We are moved by our feelings of responsibility and we seek Allah’s assistance that we may resolve our differences and unite as believers of Allah alone (ahl-ul-Tawhid) and consequently confront the disbelieving forces (Kufr) so that the religion of Allah can dominate and have the upper hand. Let us love each other for Allah. Let us be trustworthy people, as we know that the messenger of Allah before becoming a Prophet was known as a trustworthy person. Thus the beginning of every successful matter is trustworthiness.
I dont seek to extend my will longer, therefore I will just say that my request to you is to be as brothers, love one another for the sake of Allah, as believers are brothers. Never leave the line (congregation) of Tawhid. Seek Allah’s refuge from the Satan (devil). By the will of Allah we will reunite again as believers in the oneness of Allah (Ahl-ul-tawhid) in Paradise, which is our real home and abode. I request you all to please forgive any of my shortcomings towards you.
Uğur Süleyman Söylemez.