Helping Rohingyas

Updated 23 May 2015
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Helping Rohingyas

This is with reference to the article “Nobody to wipe Rohingyas’ tears” (May 23) by Harun Yahya. I was deeply moved by this soul-stirring article. The article reminded me of a Hadith, which likens Muslims to a human body. Pain in one part of the body affects the rest of it. This is how Muslims as a nation should ideally act. Unfortunately, we have lost the spirit of brotherhood and perhaps that is the reason behind our downfall and decadence as a people.
We all have become self-centered. Islam’s concept of nationhood is entirely different from the western ideals. One has to agree that now it is difficult to remove borders and abolish the concept of nation states but at least formation of a Muslim union is not a far-fetched idea. As far as the Rohingya Muslims are concerned, I urge the international community to provide these unfortunate people with temporary shelter. The reason behind calling for temporary shelter is that we don’t want to see yet another refugee population on the face of earth. It is the responsibility of the international community to get the Rohingya issue resolved at the earliest. Arakan or Rakhine is home to these people for centuries and nobody should be allowed to dislodge these people from their ancestral lands. Offering refuge will only help the stranded people temporarily. What will become of those still facing persecution of the Myanmar authorities and Buddhist nationalists terrorizing the Rohingya population? The world should move to resolve this issue once and for all. Temporary solutions will not prove very effective in the current global scenario.