Condemnation of Treatment of Muslim Refugees

Dated: September 4, 2015

World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL) utterly condemns the callous indifferent responses that European governments have given to the current Syrian refugee crisis. The world is seeing the displacements of millions of Muslims worldwide currently, from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Myanmar, to name but a few.  In all these countries Muslims are fleeing for their lives.
The government and fellow nationals are carrying out atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, with horrific images of Rohingya Muslims being burned.

In other Muslim countries, foreign intervention has killed, torn apart, and displaced people, as in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and others.  Images of Syrian women and children being washed ashore in Turkey, are a spine-chilling reminder of how much humanity has sunk in the twenty first century.
However, the lack of humanitarian and compassionate responses from governments are not reciprocated by the good people of European nations: people have rallied around and are prepared to open up their homes and families to aid the displaced victims. WABIL thanks and commends such wonderful generous responses.
We urge the respective governments to take decisive legal action and to take in the desperate refugees. It is a moral, religious, and social duty on those western countries whose foreign policies have intervened in the Muslim world that they now bear the ethical responsibility of their intervention and house those who have been made homeless and fearful for their lives as a result.
The entire refugee crisis has been summed up in the image of a child washed up lifeless on the beach of Turkey: the Quran states that to kill one innocent life is equal to killing all humanity. It is regretful that we see the whole of humanity washed up dead on that beach.
For those people who are prejudiced not to open the doors of these countries, who cast this as a ‘migrant’ issue of foreigners wanting to come to Europe to take people’s land and jobs, WABIL replies unequivocally, that a ‘refugee’ is not a ‘migrant’ who chooses to migrate:  a refugee is one who loves his/her land and nation but is so fearful of his/her life that running is the only option. The actions of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, their appalling record of killing, beheading, raping and abusing innocent civilians, have driven those desperate civilians to our shores. Our duty is without a doubt, to accept them as our brethren.
WABIL urges western powers to step up their actions against ISIS and in the meantime to open up their doors to all refugees. WABIL offers its services to the western nations in helping, accommodating, and counselling the displaced victims of terror.
Sayed Mohammad Al-Musawi
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)
London, UK

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