The Rohingyans

Across the Indian Ocean, in the Far East, sandwiched between Bangladesh and Thailand live a small group of people, known to the world as Rohingyans

A critical question that arises, how many of us can acknowledge of being educated about them, of knowing their history, their origin and their present circumstances. Alas, hardly many of us can claim to be literate in this regard (myself included).

At present we see the sun rays emanating the world, its bright rays dispelling the dark, as its rays lighten up the carcasses of human flesh, it narrates to us the events of the day before, of the bloodshed, carnage and mayhem.

However, I am not spinning a fairytale here, but educing a stark reality, a reality so filled with heinous crimes, that the whole situation seems far-fetched and preposterous.

A bonfire lighting up the sky, on a closer look, we realize that is fueled by human flesh, another video shows a man tied up and being kicked alive into the fire by men in glazing red, he cries piteously as his skin gets charred up and his flesh roasted, yet another picture shows a pit full of a fire and a Burmese soldier hurling a child into it.

The mind cannot perceive such appalling scenarios, yet it’s the truth, oh how much do we wail when we just get a slight burn whilst cooking, toothpastes, gels and cold cream are swiftly used, hitherto think of them being burned alive!

Another scenario shows piles of chopped up flesh, and the Burmese looking at them as if it were their day’s hunt, do I even need to clarify whose corpses I am talking about?

The Rohingyan Muslim desperate to save their lives, now are living in the woods, leaving behind their houses and livestock. It sounds so unreal doesn’t it, living in the woods! Would that happen in today’s world, where human rights are the main headlines day in and day out. Indeed for us it is unimaginable to even envisage such a situation as we lounge on our comfy beds and sofas, the air conditioner sending blissful shots of cool air. Remember dear friends, once the Rohingyans too had houses, they are no different from us and are also classified as human beings!

A video I watched showed the Rohingyans fleeing to Bangladesh in boats, pleading and begging with the coastal guards to let them stay, as they wouldn’t survive if they return, yet the coastal guards simply handed them packets of rice and water explaining to them that they now have no space as they are already housing a huge number of refugees and sent them back. A terrible situation as they return back to their nightmare and hence are even more persecuted by the Burmese coastal guards.

Some of those who had somehow crept in past the coastal guards living in local houses tell a reporter about their plight.

As one man explain, the killing of babies in which a sword is placed on the ground and babies placed on the sharp edge and the famous “soft baby skin” enables them to slide down the length of the sword, oh what a gruesome of way of killing innocent infants!

 

They are also titled as the “stateless people” as their citizenship have been stripped off and hence they have nowhere to go in the world!

Indeed, one could write a lot about the tales of their plight, but my friends let’s come to the point that I want to drive home.

What about us?

What about the hadith where our Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said:

“The Believers, in their mutual love, mercy and compassion, are like one body: if one organ complained, the rest of the body develops a fever.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Indeed we have heard of this hadith several times, yet can we pledge to having been affected by it or abide by it?

Does it not make our hearts shudder when we hear of how our brothers are getting butchered, grinded and slaughtered?

There are several organizations that are rendering support to the Rohingyans in the form of financial aids and we can try to support them.

Moreover, if we can’t really do anything by means of wealth or personal help, we can always do dua! Many a times I have heard the phrase ‘the least you can do is make dua,’ but honestly is dua the least? On the contrary, it’s one of the greatest things to do, it’s nonetheless but the weapon of the believer, it’s when you beg the King of the Kings, the Almighty for help.It’s when you call upon the One in whose hand is the forelock and between His fingers are the hearts of every being!

It’s Ramadan now my friends, so let’s do our part and remember our friends the Rohingyans in our prayers especially when breaking the fast for as the hadith states:

 “There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.’” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]

However, yet if some of us consider ourselves to be great sinners and despair in our dua getting accepted then read the following:

 “And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” (Al-Baqarah 2:186)

Hence, if you consider yourself as a slave of Allah then supplicate to your Rabb. Indeed He is Al Mujeeb (The Responder).

Finally, let’s not forget to include the people of Yemen, Shaam, Egypt and wherever else the muslims are suffering, in our duas.

I beg Allah the All Powerful to protect our Muslim brothers and sisters around the globe.

Ameen ya Rabbil alameen

“The Rohingyans are classified as the most persecuted people in the world.” UN (United Nations)

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

 

Juwayriyyah Bint Al-Harith

All praise belongs to Allah

Ramadan has finally arrived! Alhamdulillah we are now in the midst of it, yet it will soon end and therefore we need to grasp that we have just a few days in hand so, let’s try to take full advantage of it.
My dear brothers and sisters, I implore you to realize the importance of this blessed month. It comes once in a year. We have to wait for eleven months, approximately 335 days for it to come again! Unfortunately nowadays, all that we can think about is “so what should I make for the iftar today, everyone must be bored of samosas and spring rolls, I need to try something new, perhaps I should switch to chicken shawarma and nandoos.” Seriously! Is this blessed month the only time to try out new recipes and cuisines? And oh! The other thing that bothers us is, “Eid is approaching and I still have not bought my bangles and shoes to match my Eid dress”. Ya ukhti what were you doing before Ramadan? We need to take this on a serious note. We had so much time to shop before Ramadan but now do we want to waste these treasured days and sanctimonious last ten nights in shopping? If that were the case, one would only be able to articulate that this ummah now days is truly amazing!!!
My dear friends, it is vital that we learn wisdom from our pious predecessor’s, those who have succeeded and are among the muqarribun. Amongst this pious circle and among the forerunners of Islam is our beautiful and elegant Mother of the believers, Juwayriyyah (May Allah be pleased with her). These pious people were immersed in ibadah and gaining Allah’s qurb (nearness). We can see this in the following narration;
Juwayriyyah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) left her apartment in the morning as she was busy observing her dawn prayers in her place of worship. He came back in the forenoon and she was still sitting there. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “You have been in the same place since I left you?”   She said, “Yes”. Thereupon the Prophet  ( peace and blessings be upon him )  said: “I recited four words three times after I left you and if these were to be weighed against what you have recited since morning these would outweigh them, and these words are:

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“Subhanaallahi wa bihamdihi: ‘Adada khalqihi, wa ridhaa nafsihi, wa zinata ‘arshihi wa midaada kalimatihi”
Glory be to Allah and praise is due to Him by the multitude of His creation, by His Pleasure and by the weight of His Throne and by the extent of His Words.”
My dear friends imagine the importance of this supplication, indeed how outstanding it is. In it we claim that our Rabb, Allah is free from all imperfections, glory is to Him alone. By “bihamdihi” we say that we praise and thank Him. And then my friends how much do we praise Him?
1. Adada khalqihi -We praise Him by the multitude of His Creation, and indeed Allah is the Creator of everything. This phrase encompasses all of His Creation, all the human beings, all the Jinns, all the drops of water, all the clouds, all the fish, all the ants and indeed every creation within and beyond our imagination. That many times we praise Him and thank Him!
2. wa ridhaa nafsihi- By this we say that, until Allah is not pleased Himself, we go on praising and thanking Him.
3. wa zinata ‘arshihi- By the weight of His throne and indeed whose throne could be more magnificent than His the Almighty
4. Wa midaada kalimatihi- And we thank Allah and glorify Him to the extent of His Words, and how many are the words of Allah? “Say: if the sea were ink for writing the words of my Lord, the sea would be exhausted, before the words of my Lord were exhausted even if We brought the like of it as a supplement.” (Surah Kahf 18:109)

Moreover, the above narration also gives us an insight as to how much ibadah our Mother of the Believer did. Imagine spending the whole morning in prayers and worship. I urge you my brothers and sisters in Islam to hasten towards good deeds, learn this beautiful supplication and pray to Allah to accept it from us.
May Allah gather us all in Jannatul Firdous
Ameen Ya Rabbil Alameen
Bint Hasan