By Rachid Acim
By Rachid Acim
Morocco World News
Beni Mellal, Morocco, July 16, 2012
One of the unbearable mistakes perpetrated by Bernard Lewis in his article “The Roots of the Muslim Rage” published by the Atlantic Monthly some years ago, is his rigid belief that many Muslims deeply resent the West.
That’s not true. Muslims love and venerate the West.
Throughout history, Muslims have displayed a strong affinity for all non-Muslims. They respected Western values and they lived side by side with people from other faiths, be they Buddhists, Christians, Jews or of any other abrahamic faith. Think of mixed marriage, commerce, tourism, cultural and educational exchange programs that aim at bridging the gap between all these diverging hemispheres of the earth.
The earth becomes more beautiful when hatred stops and difference continues to exist among us.
The Muslim world has been hurt more than once, we must admit. As one excruciating injury fades away, another comes out in the oblivion. It is very terrible when you see lots of people persecuted daily in Burma simply because they are Muslims. This goes against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has as one aim, man’s dignity.Article 1states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
What we see in Myanmar is far from this. It is an undeclared war against the Muslim population, a war driven by hatred and vengeance.
Previously, we could hardly locate in the world map where Myanmar is. But now, thanks to the modern means of technology and mass communication, Myanmar has emerged as a country of inequality, cruelty and social injustice.
If you glance at Facebook for example, you shall come across dozens of upsetting images pigeonholing the Muslim subjects as victims of Buddhists’ tyranny.
Many analysts argue that such discrimination exercised on the Muslim minority will inescapably threaten the young country’s current political transition. There is no doubting that the Muslims’ crisis needs more coverage by media now.
Many people, more particularly Muslims, wonder why America and the U.N are still reluctant to react and therefore help settle the fierce conflict led by one side against the Muslims?
Is it because the clash has taken a religious dimension between Buddhism and the Muslim community? Or, is it simply because Myanmar is with no oil resources like Iraq and Sudan? Whatever the answer, it should be pointed that the number of Muslims might be starkly burgeoning in this area of the globe; hence the repetitive genocides.
Ma Thida Htwe could be a mere excuse. Her rape, or even her murder could not bring about all this chaos in Rakhine state.
The day following the incident, local media reported that the police arrested three Muslim suspects. One day later, a huge number of people blockaded the local police station and they demanded that the detainees be handed over.
Some days later, there was a distribution of inflammatory leaflets against Muslims. Worse, ten Muslim passengers were reported to have been beaten to death when a Yangon-bound bus was stopped by a crowd of 300 people in Toungup township.
Still, the government should consecrate more efforts to put an end to this trouble menacing the existence of Muslims in this country. Denying Muslims of Rakhine their citizenship or siding with the Buddhist majority never seems an optimal solution. It will cause more harm to both sides than remedy the bleeding injury.
What should be emphasized therein, is that Islam does not permit adultery; it is the first religion that has come with a civilizing mission to Man. Also, neither adultery nor the killing of people are allowed in Islam. Below the evidence goes, “Do not go near to adultery. Surely it is a shameful deed and evil, opening roads (to other evils)” (Quran 17: 32).