Author: Dr Salih Yucel

Why ethnic cleansing of Rohingya continues unabated

I visited Myanmar two years ago. There were a few Muslims NGOs which were working for different people including Muslims. There were no other networks.  Turkish government had put pressure on the Myanmar government to close four Muslim schools and a soup kitchen which was operated by a Turkish NGO  before the ethnic cleansing began. The schools which were educating thousands of students and the soup kitchen that was providing meals for 750 orphans in Rohingya were consequently closed. The leaders of Muslim majority countries are only speaking to satisfy their public opinion. Some leaders are making thunder-like noises but without any indication of rain. If over 60 Muslim countries cannot prevent or cease ethnic cleansing of Rohingya, this indicates that Muslim leaders are taking steps only for exploiting the situation for their self-interest. The taxpayer’s money which they allocate for Rohingya’s Muslims is not reaching the victims because none of the Muslim countries have infrastructure network in place to help Rohingyas. In Islam, there is no leadership but public servanthood which is based on the hadith of the Prophet who states, “The leader of the tribe is the one who serves them.” When the Muslims leaders applied this principle, Muslims had a balance of power globally which prevented many wars and conflicts. Of course, when unjust Muslims rulers were on the throne, things were different. The human era...

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Correct Islamic response to hate and injustice

The editor of The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier, aptly said, ‘No faith has suffered more at the hands of the improper usage than Islam.’  Since the beginning of the twentieth century and onward, especially post late 1970s, Islam has been presented by some groups as a form of human-made revolutionary ideology operating under the flag of Islamism. The word Islamism appeared in the late 19th century and was used mainly by Orientalists to divide Muslims. It has no place in the Islamic sacred text and in scholarly works before the 19th century at all. Just like other faiths, Islam is no stranger suffering from assaults. However no other religion has been attacked as much as Islam during the last three decades, particularly since 9/11. The Muslim reaction to these assaults, injustice and tyranny have included various acts in the guise of Islamic defence such as radical speeches, burning of flags and effigies and condemning entire nations and non Muslims, which have created more enemies than friends Such defensive acts by Muslims have been viewed as religious obligations or holy struggles, and therefore a necessary display of Muslims in defence of Islam and Muslims. Sometimes these acts have turned into incidents of violence. However such behaviour has been reactionary more so than proactive and it has provided ammunition to be used against Islam and Muslims. This reactionary response justified in...

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Towards Spiritual dimensions of Eid

Eid is considered as a time of joy and happiness in Islam.  Muslims assemble in Mosques on the morning of Eid in a joyful atmosphere to offer their thankfulness to the Most Generous One for helping them to fulfill their spiritual obligations. With Eid takbirat which include exalting, glorifying and thanking God during the prayer, the entire world becomes a global congregation. After Eid prayers, the family members sit around to have a meal together resembling a food spread table from Heaven. The word “Eid” is mentioned in the Qur’an only once in the story of Jesus (a). The...

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Da’wah for Environment: Let our actions talk

In Sydney, some suburbs with a high population of Muslims such as Lakemba and Auburn do not reflect a beautiful environment as the Qur’an and Sunnah require. There is rubbish around major shopping centres, schools, streets and yes, even places of worship like mosques.  Regrettably, there are countless people who are careless about the world they live in. One of the important ethical principles of Islam is to care about the environment. The Holy Qur’an and traditions of the Prophet (s) set forth a highly idealistic environment to emulate. Nature in its entirety is an exhibition of wonderful and...

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Untold stories from Gallipoli front lines

The Gallipoli Campaign is considered by many as the greatest war in Australian and Turkish history.  The stories of veterans have been passed down from generation to generation in the form of oral and written history. Some might say Gallipoli war stories are the most honoured ones in both Australian as well as Turkish history. These stories vary in nature. Some bewildering for the reader, others make the reader smile while many make the reader become lost in deep thought or start shed tears. While there are numerous stories, I wish to relate some unforgettable ones that I have...

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