By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
Ajmer: September, 7
The Government of India should shelter the innocent refugees who came from Burma to India in a bid to save their lives and dignity, said the founder-president of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board, Hazrat Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhauchwi.
Speaking at the Sufi shrine of Ajmer Sharif, he said that India is a peace-loving polity, and has always been trying to establish peace in the entire world.
Burma—which was earlier a part of India—is suffering the grave violation of human rights, humanity is on the verge of extinction, women and children are massacred, innocent young and elderly men are being assaulted with barbarity. At this critical juncture, the government’s order to deport the Rohingya refugees is deplorable.
We demand the Indian government to make every possible effort to save the valuable innocent human lives. Just as the neighbouring country—Bangladesh—has opened up new doors for the victims on the humanitarian grounds, similarly India should also extend its Helping Hands to the Rohingya refugees.
Syed Mohammad Ashraf has also urged the United Nations to take effective measures in this regard immediately. He appealed to the global ummah and everyone to pray for the oppressed people of Burma. “Rohingya refugees should also get shelters in other parts of the world, particularly in the Muslim countries”, he added.
The patron of the All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) and the Dargah Ajmer Sharif’s Gaddinshin, Hazrat Syed Mehndi Miyan Chishti said: At a time when the world needs to inculcate love, people are planting the seeds of hatred. “If the people’s lot is determined on the basis of religion, how life can be restored to the survivors?”, Mehndi Miyan asked. Humanity is our need. The government should help the innocent human lives by moving forward with open arms, he said.
Syed Salman Chishti, the joint secretary of India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), said that “Atithi Devo Bhava” (‘Guests are equivalent to God) is not merely a promo for the tourism department. It is a well-established and deep-rooted culture of India, he said.
The phrase of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” ( the world is one family)—the sacred Hindu texts as written on the Parliament of India—is not only a cliché. Rather, it is our deep conviction as Indians. It symbolizes that we consider the entire world, not only a few portions, as one united family. Our prime minister refers to it everywhere. But the decision to deport the Rohingya refugees will be an infringement on the Prime Minister’s words. No religion ever teaches to shed blood. Every religion has taught us Indians to rescue and shelter the refugees on the strong basis of humanity.
He further said that in order to safeguard human rights, we should give shelter to refugees of Burma in India. The Government’s decision to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims would not be appropriate or in sync with the country’s pluralistic ethos. It would also amount to the violation of the Universal Declaration of International Human Rights.