Some are standing up for them
Burma Times Desk Report: January 27, 2015
On January 15, it was with great distress that Burmese Muslims read a news in the Bangkok Post that Thai Muslims of Si Thammarat province had rejected Rohingyas in their neighbourhoods. The news must have been distressing to any Muslim who read it. Few doubt that the unity of the Muslim Ummah exists, but to have thrown it in the face hurts.
Three days later, the newspaper printed a photo of some female Muslim students. Unlike the news of January 15, few bothered a second glance in it. Yet a second glance would have been reassuring for Muslims worldwide struggling to fathom what happened to the unity of the Ummah. The picture showed how the students were bringing food to the hapless refugees.
Bangkok Post also reported that several mosques in the area were organising tea parties to help provide humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas.
More important than the food or the tea party, is the genuine concern of the sisters and brothers in Thailand towards their Burmese counterparts.
After the bad news three days ago, the noble step taken by many Thai Muslims is a ray of hope that not everybody has abandoned the Ummah.
In a country where Rohingyas face widespread abuse in the hands of local authorities, the moral stance of the Thai Muslims will be reassuring for them.