Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen
Dear brothers and sisters,
First of all, as per my own personnel experience, I would like to mention that most of the Buddhists dislike us, the Muslims, who are south-asian descendants. Some simply hate us. But I would like to use the word, ‘Some’. Not all. Some think we, the south-asian descendants came into Myanmar along with the British troops invaded Myanmar in around 1824 onwards. I am not that expert in history but I can confirm that their judgement is only partially right. Why partially? Most of the Muslims in Myanmar resides here since the first Burmese Empire 1055 AD. But some have resided here around second world war. For that case, the reason is very simple. British ruled India and Myanmar under the category of only ‘One Country’.
Why Rohingya problem now ? It is more suitable to ask Why now? They are in Myanmar for several generations already. Did the government of Myanmar do anything legally for them? Did the government of Myanmar speak out about them internationally? Yes, but not that strong enough. The government officials took bribes from Rohigyas and gave them the Citizenships. Now, government and the Buddhist people are crying loudly against them. What a pity of them? The Buddhists simply hate Muslims and they lost their analysis skill while they judge Rohingyas and Muslims in Myanmar.
That’s the behind scene.
Why Riots? In the last week of May 2012, three Rohingyas allegedly raped and murder a Buddhist girl, aged 26. Police responded quickly. They arrested the suspected three men and put in the prison before trial. The reason is that the police were worried about the others concern with that case are going to demonstrate or rioting. Their guess was right. The incident happened. The Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group gathered together at the police station and urged angrily to give them those three suspected for rape and murder case.
In response, the Buddhists killed the innocent Muslims pilgrims, 11 in total, while they were travelling back from Rakhine State to Yangon. Those Muslims are not Rohingyas. Why I use the word ‘Pilgrim’ is they were there, in Rakhine, for the purpose of ‘chilla’, which is mostly done by some Tabligh Jamaat.
After two or three days later, the sectarian crashes have started. Arson and killing are very common in that state.
Comments circulated around the internet are as shocking as the massacre. That’s also my own experience. “Killing Kalars is good!”, one commented.
Kalar, of course, Kalar, is the pejorative slur and derogatory term used by Buddhists whenever they refer to Muslims in Myanmar since century ago. I would like to draw your attention to this article.
You can find in that article the comments of the Buddhists on social media. They use the words, which are totally abusive sexually and morally. If I translate those words for you, here I am very honest with you brother, you will definitely utter so loud, ‘Is it up to that level’ and you have never ever heard of it.
This under mentioned is the email content I share with some other.
The nytimes article which not only hit Myanmar leading media, Eleven Media group but makes them annoying too and Eleven have responded in this link. They still refuse to take responsibility for their readers’ comments on their own website and on facebook page but they are turning to be a bit softer after appearing of nytimes article and Aljazera’s superb article. That’s what I have noticed during these two days.
And that Eleven Media keeps pressuring on International media and Aung San Su Kyi to speak out against Rohingyas as the world media is mentioning that those Rohingya have been in Myanmar for many generations.
Why Su Kyi is silent ? I’d like to refer this and it reveals Su Kyi’s difficulties by quoting the fact, “Suu Kyi is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t,” Which seems to be suitable info for the one searching for the reason behind Myanmar crisis.
But personally, my true concern is Buddhists’ mind set and racism. I am neutral in Rohigya case except for wiping them out apparently in genocidal way. They, the Buddhists (not all) use the words against Islam and Muslim which are terrible and worthless to mention. I’d like to request your attention to this link which is little bit long but worth to read. According to my personnel experience, the Buddhists are not stranger for those kind of words and racist activities against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (sa). There are more than 5 to 10 blogs which propagates their real attitude by using such kind of extremely abusive words towards Islam and its Prophet since more than 5 years ago.
The deceivers behind those blogs are mostly residing in Russia where they are pursuing their military degrees. They are purely army men.
Just now, I have received a recommendation from one of my friends to read this but I have not read it yet.
For opposite info, I can refer to this Eleven media group link. I can’t say that they are 100% wrong. They may be 100% right but they are one-sided media and neglect the abusive and racist words.
Now, I need to tell you what you want to know.
Firstly I need to share this – “But there are a lot of rumors made by Buddhists by distributing pamphlets which has some fake warning that the Muslims always gather at the mosques for the purpose of hatred and this Friday (15/06/2012), they, the Muslims will start violence against Buddhists in former capital, Rangoon which is now totally peaceful. (In Rangoon, there are not less than 500 Ahmadi Muslims.)
But actually, it is absolutely a fake one as far as I know. According to Aung San Su Kyi, a noble laureate, there must be a certain reason behind controlled by a person or a group of person but she cannot identify yet.”
Yes, there are a lot of Muslim organizations in Myanmar. What do they do now? They can only do some statements to prevent Muslims not to participate in any demonstration and to live as a loyal and peaceful citizen. That’s what I have notice.
Muslims countries and international Muslims Organisations are yet to support so far. Again, I would like to mention is “Myanmar is a racist country.” I am very concern with it. For Rohingya case, as an Ahmadi Muslim and a loyal citizen of Myanmar, I feel deeply sympathy for them and also feel a deep sympathy for Rakhine ethnic groups as they have been also attacked by Rohingyas.
Just now I saw this article from Saudi Arab.
P.S – I share all of this as I would like to request all the Ahmadi Muslims to speak out about Muslims in Myanmar whenever they have chance. Nothing more than that, brother. You can use this email for distribution purpose but please do not disclose my name.
JazakAllah for understanding brothers …
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