This week, media outlets have been shedding light on Rohingya Muslims that have been facing years of persecution and brutality. However, it amazes me that it’s taken years for them to realise that innocent Muslims are being butchered in broad daylight by the Myanmar government, it’s almost as if this was conveniently ignored.
So, while I was looking at various statements emerging, I couldn’t help but feel helpless myself. I questioned myself and contemplated on what I can do while residing in London, and I realised that when it comes down to these situations, we can do a lot!
1. The social media platform is massive, and it is a phenomenal way to raise awareness for the oppressed. With the use of a hashtag, you can reach thousands of people around the world. So, I urge you all to use the hashtag #RohingyaGenocide and help us inform and educate others. Another great tip for Twitter users is to direct tweets at popular figures/politicians so that they can also use their large following to spread the message. Also, share statistics, and correct information from news outlets; tag your friends and family in posts so that they can also become aware and support the cause.
2. If you have Facebook or Twitter, share the content produced by AIM’s media team, which can be found here
3. The pen is mightier than the sword! therefore Write. Write to your local elected representative, and urge them to do whatever they can to put an end to this genocide in Myanmar. If you live in the UK, find your MP here
4. Organise a demonstration outside the embassy of Myanmar in your country, or if you know of one taking place then make sure you attend. It is imperative we turn out to protests and demonstrations in large numbers, it also helps news outlets that wish to cover the protest. If there are only five people, it can be difficult to report, so make sure you encourage and persuade other to attend with you too.
5. Sign the existing petitions. It is vital we hold Aung San Suu Kyi responsible for the genocide taking place in Myanmar, and we need to ensure that justice is served by any means necessary. It was Martin Luther King that stated: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.”
6. Staying silent is not an option. The leader of the Muslim Ummah Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly stated that we cannot be silent when our fellow brethren are being slaughtered by regimes influenced by Zionist entities. The Leader mentioned: “The UN does not utter a word, human rights committees are hushed, and the Red Cross feels no responsibility. These farcical conferences and organisations advocating for human rights, defending peace, and so on and so forth: they have nothing to say as if these victims are not human!” And let’s not forget, that Israel is supplying the Myanmar military with arms – our silence is consent.
7. If you know of legit charities that are taking donations, then donate, but please do some research beforehand, because unfortunately there are opportunists that use donations for wrong purposes.
8. Never lose hope. When we see humanitarian crises, we often feel emotional and hopeless, but remember Allah (swt) is the greatest of planners, and we should never feel hopeless. Allah promises us in the Holy Qur’an that He is near, especially when we feel he is not.
9. Make Du’a. Supplicate to Allah (swt) sincerely, let us not forget that supplication is a weapon for a believer, and if collectively millions of Muslims pray the result will be magnificent.
We pray to Allah (swt) to hasten the reappearance of Imam Al-Mahdi (ajtf) for only He can spread justice on this earth.
By Afreen Rizvi