Observe Friday as ‘solidarity day’ with Rohingya Muslims: Religious groups to people

Muslim religious organizations on Tuesday condemned the persecution and ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the minority Muslim Rohingya (Rakhine State) community and its people by the Burmese Government.

In a joint statement issued here, Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) head, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and all other religious organisations  of Kashmir including 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 and others 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 practice (Islam) which the army and the government deem foreign to the state’s religion which is Buddhism.  It has forced tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim to flee their country and become refugees in neighboring states and suffer uncertainty and great hardships. Of late the killing and persecution by the Myanmar military has intensified forcing tens of thousands of Rohingya civilians to flee from their own land,” they said.

The Muslim religious organizations questioned the criminal silence and inaction observed by the international community over the brutal killing and persecution of Rohingya Muslims at the hands of majority community of Myanmar, stating that it is extremely unjust that Rohingyas are being hounded and killed for their religious beliefs and there is little concern among the world community or the Muslims countries who are all watching this humanitarian tragedy unfold as mute spectators.

“It is highly regrettable,” they said. They said the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), 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 urged the world community and international human rights bodies to do their duty and come to rescue of the Rohingya Muslims by putting pressure on Myanmar Government and its military to stop the hate killings and persecution of Rohingya Muslims and let them live peacefully in their own land.

The statement said to show support and express solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims, people of Kashmir will observe coming Friday, Sep 08 as “Solidarity Day” with them.

“On that day post Friday prayers peaceful protest will be held and a joint resolution framed by the MMU and others, will be passed in all Masjids and shrines of the Valley which will reflect Kashmiri people’s unanimous support to the Rohingyas,” the statement read.

The religious bodies said that a joint resolution will later be sent to human rights organizations across the globe, OIC and also to the United Nations and other forums for immediate end to massacre of Rohingyan Muslims.

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