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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:20

By Yusuf M. Abdullahi
In the name of Allah who states "Verily, We sent Our Messengers with manifest signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance that people may act with justice ......" Q2:247
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon His noble servant our master Muhammad (S) and his purified progeny.


Myanmar, formally Burma was renamed in 1989. The republic in the Southeast Asia boarders India on the Northwest, Bangladesh on the West, Laos and Thailand on the East and Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal in the Southwest. The country with administrative seat at Pyinmana, has 676, 552 sq km with a population of 47,758,181 according to the 2008 census with 0.80 annual growth rate.
Perhaps, the barbaric human rights violation and genocide in Myanmar is the worst human tragedy witnessed in this century. These atrocities are unabatedly committed against the defenseless Rohynga Muslim minority in the country. In the recent UN summit, a number of world leaders have pointed accusing fingers on Myanmar government over the genocide even though the leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied. But the extent of humanitarian crises is beyond denial considering the media coverage and the effects in the neighbouring countries.
Other forms of human rights violation on racial, political and religious grounds are also witnessed in different parts of the world. More disheartening is the fact that Muslims are mostly the victims of these atrocities. In addition to that, they cannot exempt themselves of blame directly and otherwise. Beside the huge arms deals transactions some Arab nations engage with the West which ultimately end in the hands of sponsored terrorists that shed Muslim blood, most of the disasters are avoidable if these nations were sincerely determined to stop. Look at the decades long massacre of the defenseless Palestinians in their legitimate soil. What of the years of persecution of innocent people of Bahrain and Yemen, added to the more catastrophic massacre and destructions in Syria and Iraq? Even though, I cannot be graphical on the Muslim lives and property destroyed on baseless reasons in such crises, the important thing is could the bloodshed be averted? If yes how? And who will be responsible for this act that will no doubt please Allah the Most High? It is very clear in the light of the verse above that the essence of the heavenly mission -book and balance- was that people may act with justice. So if justice were applied, the earth would be a better place to live. On the ongoing genocide and other forms of human rights violations, solution could be offered on internal and external bases respectively.
Firstly, the Ummah must approach its predicament with its abundant resources wisely. Unity is the most important tool for the attainment of all organizational goals. Hence, International and local organisations such as the United Nations -UN, European Union -EU, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, -NATO, African Union -AU, Economic Communities of West African States - ECOWAS, Gulf Cooperation Council -GCC, and lots of others including the Organisation of Islamic Conference -OIC, were formed. Then, on what basis Muslims divide? How do they manage their human and material resources to defend their interest? And what role does OIC play in protecting the religion and its adherents? To what extent may we asses OIC vise a vise other organisations in the actualisation of objectives? Allah states “And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves” Q3:103. The prophet (S) has said “the believers are like one man; if his eyes suffer his whole body suffers; and if his head suffers his whole body suffers”. Lamentably, the Ummah is besieged with increasing problems that are not unconnected with the way it ignores the honorable message brought by the Holy Prophet. The most disturbing challenge it faces is the Takfiri movement which blackmail the religion and fight it entirely. As such, the persecution, humiliations and extreme poverty experienced are nothing but repercussion of its action. Allah states “Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving clear signs; for them is a clear chastisement” Q3:105.
In the 6th Intifada conference, leader of Islamic revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamne'i said "Muslim countries have a responsibility to support Palestinian resistance which should be a source of unity in the Islamic world. The issue of Palestine can and should be the pivot of unity for all Islamic countries. The top priority of the Islamic world and all those fighting for freedom across the world is the Palestinian cause and unity to support that cause". The placement of the issue of Palestine and creation of atmosphere of harmony and unanimity as the first priority of the Muslim world and freedom fighting cross the world to ascertain justice were parts of the apparent achievements of the conference.

In line with this, most Muslim organizations were designed with good aims and objectives to protect the religion and its followers. However, most were hijacked by the enemy such that they were rendered into toothless dog making no impact. Generally speaking, many Muslims ask the interest organizations like the OIC protects given the level of humiliation suffered by the Ummah. Can anyone compare organizations like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and European Union (EU) which are prominent Western Organizations used to achieve not only economic or political interests but also military with the OIC? Another example is the Arab league formed in 1945, aimed to strengthen ties among member states, coordinate their policies and protect their common interests. But what were the achievements of the league? How long was the organization formed and to what extent did it achieve its stated objectives if any? The question is how could the Arab league established on the basis of Arabism or nationalism lead to emancipate Palestine while the same nationalism was used to destabilize the old ottoman empire giving way to the Zionist Israel?
Secondly, justice is the most expected role of the United Nation as evidently in its principles clearly stated in chapter 1, article 1 in then League of nations which transformed into UN; to maintain international peace and security, and to that end; to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace. The widespread bloodshed and infringement on people's honors globally were obviously borne of injustice which makes the world difficult to live.
How are the individual nations really determined to actualize the stated goals? So many questions are raised regarding the formation and establishment of this super government especially with regard to its recognition of the so called veto power. With this power vested in few countries, how can we certify equality and justice? This is why most people are of the view that the UN is biased and could hardly exercise any justice! For the organisation to prove otherwise, there is need for prompt and blind action in favour of justice. The incessant bloodshed in Myanmar, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen among others should be judiciously addressed so that the much needed peace could reign. This means that the unfortunate crises and all forms of human rights violations must be stopped immediately, and the culprits made to face the full wrath of the laws for crimes against humanity.
Thirdly, justice must be supported and oppression opposed. Allah states "And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire touch you. And you shall have no friends beside Allah, Nor shall you be helped" Q11:114. No doubt, justice is the key to peace and stability of all nations. A popular adage says justice delay is justice denial and injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. It is the goal behind the establishment of all authorities. We should do our possible best to strengthen justice and oppose oppression at all cost. Islam enjoins justice to all including animals.
While urging the diverse communities to live in peace with one another at all level, solidarity and prayers for justice to the world oppressed, I emphasize the need for the unconditional release of Shaikh el-Zakzaky and his disciples.
Wassalamu alaikum.