Srinagar: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an alliance of religious organiastions in Kashmir has strongly condemned the persecution and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and asked people to observe Friday as a Solidarity Day with them.
A joint statement issued by the MMU head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the associated organisations asked people to hold peaceful protests after Friday prayers on September 8, and said that a joint resolution framed by the MMU “and others” will be passed in all masjids, shrines and Imambaras of the valley “which will reflect Kashmiri people’s unanimous support to the Rohingyas”.
The joint resolution would later be sent to human rights organizations across the globe, OIC and also to the United Nations and other forums, it said.
The signatories include Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, Anjuman-e-Share Shian, Islamic Study Circle, Itihaad-ul-Muslimeen, Darul Uloom Rahimiya Bandipora, Anjuman-e-Tableegul Islam, Anjuman-e-Himayatul Islam, Grand Mufti J&K, Muslim Personal Law Board, Darul Uloom Bilaliya, Darul Uloom Qasmiya, Anjuman-e-Nusratul Islam, Anjuman-e-Mazharil Haq Beerwah, Darul Uloom Noorul Islam Tral, Parvan-e-Vilayat J&K, Ahlibait Foundation, Anjuman-e-Ulema-e-Ahnaf.
The joint statement said that young children, women and men, the old and the disabled are all being tortured, set on fire, raped, murdered and their houses burned.
“This torture is done only due to the Rohingyas’ faith particularly the religion practised (Islam) which the army and the government deem foreign to the state’s religion which is Buddhism,” the statement said.
The statement questioned the “criminal silence and inaction” of the international community over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, calling it regrettable.
“The Organization of Islamic countries should break its criminal silence over such a serious issue confronting a large Muslim population of Rohingyas and play its role to stop their killings and persecution by the Myanmar state,” the statement said and urged the world community and international human rights bodies to do their duty and come to rescue of Rohingya Muslims by putting pressure on Myanmar Government and its military to stop the hate killings and persecution and let Rohingyas live peacefully in their own land.