Press Release: Rohingya: The Inhumanity of Muslim Rulers and the Urgent Need for Khilafah

Rohingya: The Inhumanity of Muslim Rulers and the Urgent Need for Khilafah

The plight of the Rohingya Muslims gathered media attention with the discovery of mass graves in detention camps in the Songkhla province in Thailand last April. The crisis of the Rohingya Muslims worsened with reports of thousands of them being left afloat at the Andaman Sea by human trafficking syndicates in the past days. They reportedly travelled from their hidden transit in Thailand to seek shelter in Malaysia and Indonesia. The governments of these two Muslim countries who are obliged to help them instead rejected the Rohingya Muslims inhumanely. Nevertheless, some of them were fortunate enough to have landed in Langkawi, languished after surviving weeks of dreadful journey. It is believed that thousands of them are still afloat in the sea without enough food and water. The Malaysian government has declared that it will not easily accept refugees and those who enter the country illegally will be arrested, tried and dispatched back to the international sea or sent back to their country of origin.

What kind of decision is this? Does this government not realize that under the Burmese Citizenship Law 1982 that the Rohingya Muslim were denied citizenship in their own country and are treated as immigrants by their fellow countrymen who are the Buddhist majority? Does this government not realize that thousands of Rohingya Muslims are homeless and became refugees in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border? Does this government not realize that the Rohingya Muslims faced oppression, discrimination and massacre for decades by the Buddhist extremists under the Myanmar regime? Does this government not realize that all the miseries inflicted on the Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar regime is due to no other reason except that they are Muslims, the same Deen professed by the rulers of this country? Shame on these Muslim rulers! Why is this government not listening to the orders of Allah (swt) who created this Deen and made Muslims brothers to each other who must help one another in religion? Allah (swt) says:(وَإِنِ اسْتَنصَرُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ)“if they seek your help in religion, it is your duty to help them” [Al-Anfal: 72].

Hizb ut Tahrir / Malaysia hereby reminds and urges the Malaysian government to help the Rohingya Muslims, to give them food and shelter and more, to allow them to live in this country and provide them with proper employment, education, health service etc. because this country is a Muslim country and it belongs to all Muslims. The Malaysian government must break all ties with the Myanmar regime and send its ambassador and all other representatives back to Myanmar and on top of that, warn the Myanmar regime to immediately stop the killing of Rohingya Muslims or face a stern political reaction.

Hizb ut Tahrir / Malaysia would like to remind the Muslim ummah that the current plight and condition of the Rohingya Muslims, as with the rest of the Muslims in Palestine, Syria, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere are the direct result of the absence of the Khilafah State. Without the Khilafah, the Muslim Ummah is fragmented under nationalism and the fake Western created borders of nation states. The disunity of Muslims is exploited by the Kuffar states to further oppress them in the international arena because they know that the Muslim Ummah no longer has the Khilafah as its shield of protection. Indeed, the Khilafah State will never ignore any Muslim, will never let them suffer, let alone allowing them to die in the hands of Kuffar regimes. Khilafah acts as a shield to the Muslim Ummah, guarding them, protecting them, taking care of them and loving them, unlike the current rulers under the democratic system which have not only abandoned Islam, but also lost their humanity towards their Muslim brothers.

O Muslims! The crisis of the Rohingya Muslims truly demonstrates how inhuman our Muslim rulers are and how urgent it is to re-establish the Khilafah. Therefore, come and join the noble effort of Hizb ut Tahrir to re-establish the Khilafah upon the method of Prophethood, which will provide security to the long oppressed Rohingya Muslims and put an end to the oppression by the Myanmar regime once and for all.

Abdul Hakim Othman
Head of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir
in Malaysia