Muslims in Myanmar will Not Celebrate Eid ul-Adha

Source: M-Media


A coalition of four major Islamic organizations in Myanmar jointly announces today that Myanmar Muslims will not celebrate this year’s Eid ul-Adha, a holy religious event scheduled for October 27 in Myanmar.

The statement, signed by the Olama Muslim Theologians, the Islamic Affairs Council, the Myanmar Muslim Youth’s Religious Organization (Ma-Ma-La), and the Myanmar Muslim National League, said that Muslims in Arakan state are being killed; their homes, properties and religious schools are being burnt down and destroyed.

The statement highlights that new rules and restrictions regarding Eid ul-Adha have been imposed in several states and divisions.

Moreover, communal organizations are spreading threats and anti-Muslim messages in Pa-an (Karen state), Mawlamyein (Mon state), Mandalay and some other places in the country.

The Islamic Affairs Council have reported these anti-Muslim activities to the government several times, but the government did not respond, said the statement.

The four organizations thus urge Myanmar Muslims not to celebrate Eid ul-Adha due to on-going situations as well as the government’s inability to provide security to Muslims.

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Categories: Asia, Burma, Myanmar

2 replies

  1. I am also in favour of speaking out against injustices, yet is there any ‘Muslim’ authority today that is not itself guilty of injustice?

    There is a reported saying that one should help a ‘brother’ whether he is the oppressor, or he is the oppressed, i.e. by restraining his hand from wrongdoing.

    ‘Laa yanaalu ahdiz-zaalimeen’ i.e. ‘My covenant does not embrace the unjust’ [2:125] is a verse of the Qur’an which does not spare any unjust one, not even the progeny of the most righteous, whether generally known as gaddi nasheen or not.

    Being a Muslim in name does not amount to much, if there is nifaaq/hypocrisy. ‘Limaa taqouluna maa laa taf’aloun’ i.e. Why do you say what you do not do? [61:2] It is easier to tell others what to do than to practice it oneself, and a lot of religious preachers these days are guilty of it.

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