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Muslimah Interest Zone And Networking (MIZAN) is deeply concerned with the plight befalling our Muslim Rohingya brothers and sisters, being adrift on open sea for months and no country willing to take them in, only pointing fingers at one another and declining to take responsibility themselves to help the people of Rohingya.

Although MIZAN is an NGO that supports Muslim women in their transformation into becoming better individuals for the society, it does not stop us from disagreeing with such inhumanity portrayed by our local minister when dealing with the issue of our brothers and sisters from Rohingya. As an all-women NGO, MIZAN feels obligated to represent the voices of women and children of Rohingya that are stranded on that boat.

We are not certain if the majority of us, including our ministers, are aware of the fact that the Rohingyas are being treated like they are not human. They are brutally tortured in their homeland and being chased away from their own land. But the cruelty does not end there. The worst form of oppression that is acted upon them is the fact that the world is ignoring the sufferings and injustice they have to endure. Their rights to live life peacefully and according to their own religion, which is Islam, is being ignored.


photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

We cannot sit idly in our peaceful land of Malaysia whilst the fate of our Muslim brothers and sisters of Rohingya are left unknown. The prophet (peace be upon him) said “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” (Bukhari & Muslim).

We are in shock with some of the statements made by our local ministers but Islam has taught us to not “hastily make assumptions” as stated in Surah Al-Hujurat : Ayah 12. Thus it is within our sincerest hope that an explanation can be made in regards to this tragic incident.

We urge those with the authority to help our brothers and sisters from Rohingya not to shut their eyes and ears; but to do something. We at MIZAN urge the public to increase their awareness regarding the crisis faced by the Rohingyas. We urge the public to be just and fair in showing compassion and concern towards the Rohingyas. Let us not turn a deaf ear towards their plight. They deserve the same amount of compassion like our Palestinians brothers and sisters received from us.

They have the rights to shelter, protection and basic health needs. There are numerous humanitarian NGOs such as Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCARE) that are actively assisting the Rohingya’s refugees and MIZAN would like to urge the public to get acquainted with these kind of NGOs and offer help and assistance in aiding them as well.

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photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Professor Dr Tariq Ramadan once said, “Don’t become a Muslim by proxy, waiting for a charismatic Muslim leader to fix the problem with you following behind. Don’t wait for one person to do a job you could be doing yourself.”

While we wait for a rational explanation from the people of power and authority, let us all work together in contributing what we can for our Rohingya brothers and sisters.

Let us take heed from Surah Al-Hujurat, ayah 10 :

“The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.”

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity’ – Nelson Mandela.

Muslimah Interest Zone And Networking (MIZAN) | | 15 May 2015

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