Remembering Rohingya in Post-World Peace Day
Throughout history, world peace has been associated with notions like freedom and wealth as an ideal situation for humanity. The United Nations declared an International Day of Peace, which is based on Article 33 of the United Nations Charter, aims to resolve conflicts before they turn violent. On September 22nd, the day is commemorated annually. What is Islam’s perspective on peacemaking?
Even though the day has passed in terms of this year, the importance of reflecting on peace cannot be limited to a particular day. The topic for this year’s commemoration was “Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World,” which is widely regarded. From Malawi’s standpoint, we would advocate for accepting the presence of multicultural and religious variety as God’s purpose.
On this day, Malawi, which is part of the global village, prays for peace and safety for the world’s most persecuted minority, the Rohingya. Is it possible for the rest of the world to accept their humanity? According to The Global Religious Landscape: A Pew Research Center Report from 2012, eight out of ten individuals on the planet are members of a religious group. They also belong to a certain ethnicity.
Islam has taught respect for others’ beliefs, their property, including ownership, cultural elements, and political leaning since the beginning. All of these are taught to us throughout history in the teaching and practice of Islam.
For example, in Madinah, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) coexisted alongside Jews and polytheists. He signed treaties with each, ensuring their religious and other freedoms, as well as joining them in a commitment to defend the city of Madinah, where they all resided.
Learning to appreciate one another, knowing the bounds of our lives, and accepting the blessings God Almighty has bestowed on others will be clear evidence of acceptance of variety. Take, for example, land for farming in Malawi, which is becoming increasingly scarce due to widespread soil degradation and a large population.
In this case, one cannot simply take someone’s land and claim it as their own. Respect what the Almighty God has bestowed upon others. As a result, you become the architect of peace. Make the world equitable for all.