Petition from Imams
Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin
Pejabat Perdana Menteri, Blok Utama
Bangunan Perdana Putra
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Assalamu Alaikum wa rehmatullahe wa barakatuhu
Dear Honorable Tan Sri,
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
We the undersigned 100 Imams and the Muslim community leaders in America are writing to you full of love and respect for the great country of Malaysia. Many of us have visited Malaysia and have learned its beauty and humbleness of its people and its human and physical diversity.
May Allah continue to bless your country as it grows in prosperity for its people and respect among nations.
Over many years, several Malaysian governments have been speaking up for the Rohingyas of Myanmar, the most oppressed people in the world according to the United Nations. However, we are approaching you with urgency as unfortunately bad news is spreading across America about the abuse of Rohingya refugees by some special interests in Malaysia. We know these people don’t speak for the good people of Malaysia, but their voice of fear and hate is loud.
Malaysia has been one of the leading countries in the world to welcome not only Rohingya Muslims but other oppressed people of Burma. Malaysia has been a source of safety for tens and thousands of Rohingyas while we understand that Malaysian charities are among the only charities allowed by Burma to feed those 600,000 Rohingyas still left in Burma.
As you know Rohingyas are the indigenous people of Burma living in their ancestral land who have been forced out because of ongoing genocide.
Thanks to the efforts of the American Muslim community the US House of Representative has passed a resolution recognizing this genocide and the USA has become a number one donor contributing more than 600 million dollars for the welfare of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Muslims in America are growing in number, now with about six million with about 3,500 masjids and schools. Malaysia has been a major Islamic tourism destination for our community. And as you know American tourists brought to Malaysia 86 Billion ringgit just in 2019, a number which has been steadily increasing, not decreasing. Although these tourists are not all Muslims, we are afraid that the bad news coming from Malaysia might hurt the connection we have developed with your nation.
We, therefore, respectfully request the following that Your Honor:
- Personally issue a statement of love and tolerance towards Rohingyas in Malaysia
- Order police to warn the hatemongers who are giving bad name to Malaysia
- Do not confine Rohingya to camps, as long as they obey the Malaysian laws
- Visit the Rohingyas at Eid, offering them Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
- We believe this will earn you love from Muslims all over the world.
As American Muslims, we strongly urge the international community, and our own government, to increase support of your efforts to accommodate the minority community of the Rohingya. As we are called on to sacrifice to care for the stranger and the traveler, we may look forward to building a world of mutual support, trust and love.