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)