Just last week, an elected member of the Indian Parliament, Rajan Vichare, angrily force fed a Muslim worker, while he kept begging him not to, since he was fasting during Ramadan. Ten other members of his party approvingly watched. Nothing happened to these members of Parliament from the Shiv Sena Party. Shiv Sena is a key fascist ally of the Hindu extremist government that currently governs India. Find out more about the incident in this video.
Muslim minorities are going through a horrific time today as Islamophobia spreads globally. This results in persecution of Muslim communities in Burma, Sri Lanka, Palestine, China, and the Central African Republic. It also results in small, but disturbing incidents in many other nations.
On a larger scale, China has banned fasting for Muslim employees and students. Five European countries have banned Halal meat. In three Europeans countries, Muslim women cannot wear Hijab in public places. In Switzerland you cannot build a Minaret.
In Burma, extremists, in partnership with the government, have destroyed about 300 Masjids and don’t allow even Juma Salat in Rohingya Muslim areas.
There used to be five million Muslims in Burma. Today, only three million are left. Rohingya Muslims are indigenous people who were living in their ancestral land peacefully. That was until the racist regime started its divide and rule policies of racial hatred.
As many as 40% of all Muslims live as minorities around the world. That is more than 700 million Muslims. Many are increasingly at the mercy of majorities who are unfortunately influenced by negative news about Muslims, along with Islamophobia in general.
Justice For All, a 19-year-old organization, was founded in the aftermath of the Bosnia and Kosova tragedies. It works to help such minority causes.
Alhamdulillah, Muslims are standing up in support of Palestine in an unprecedented manner. May Allah give the Palestinians freedom from their long occupation.
But we need to do the same for those minorities who are not in the news, and who receive far less concern and attention.
This is how genocide in Burma is implemented:
While Muslims feel pained by what is happening in Palestine and donate for that legitimate cause, it is critical that we do not abandon the cause of Burmese Muslims.
Saving lives, liberating people from concentration camps, fi sabeelillah, all three categories of Zakat apply to this extraordinary work, which Muslims in America have united to do.
With Sabr and Tawakkul we can stop this genocide insha Allah.