Rohingya Muslims are experiencing persecution and genocide because of hatred and hostility. People from all religions must have compassion to stop these evil acts. Can the love taught in Islam or the love of Isa Al-Masih bring an end to the persecution?
Empathy forRohingya Muslims
We don’t know the exact cause of conflict between the Rohingya Muslims and the government of Myanmar. But we have empathy for the Rohingya Muslims.
We pray this conflict will be over soon. Hopefully, other countries will send food, water, medicine, and build houses for them.
Empathy for Other Persecuted Groups
The Rohingya Muslims aren’t the only ethnic group being persecuted. The Christian majority Karen and Chin people are also facing persecution.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported (4/9/2017), that the Mro people, a primarily Buddhist people, and a small Hindu community in Rakhine have also been victims of persecution.
Hatred and hostility have also caused persecution among the Kurdish Yazidi, the Rwandan Tutsi, the Indonesian Ahmadiyah followers, and Indonesian Christians in Sampit, Poso and Ambon.
Can the teachings of Islam or Christianity stop the persecution?
The Teaching of Compassion in the Quran and Hadith
One Hadith teaches, “Whoever does not love other human beings, will not be loved by Allah” (HR. Al Thabarani). The Quran reminds us, “. . . if anyone killed a person . . . it would be as if he killed all mankind . . .” (Qs 5:32).
But Islam also teaches Al-Bara’, which is to hate and be hostile to the infidels. How can the teaching of Al-Bara’s create peace and harmony among people with different religions and ethnic groups? Please respond through this email.
The Love Taught by Isa Al-Masih
Isa Al-Masih taught a morality that transcends all others and can end hatred and hostility.
He said, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31). One concrete example is, “. . . Love your enemies, dogood to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).
What is the Greatest Act of Love Shown by Isa Al-Masih?
It’s clear the teaching of Isa Al-Masih about loving your enemy, not the Islamic teaching of Al-Bara’, is the only way to end hatred and hostility.
Furthermore, Isa Al-Masih loves each person. He died on the cross to free us from the bondage of sin and the eternal punishment of hell. Through His death, Isa gives us the assurance of eternal life for everyone who believes in Him.
What is stopping you from believing in Isa Al-Masih as your personal Savior so you can live with Him forever in heaven? Please write to us.
QUESTIONS FOR CONTEMPLATION
- Why shouldn’t we hate and persecute people of different religions and races?
- In your opinion, which teaching (Islam or Isa Al-Masih) will be effective in stopping hatred and hostility? Why do you think that?
- Isa Al-Masih taught a morality that transcends all others and died for the sins of humankind. Is it possible He is more than just a prophet? Please elaborate!
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