FIOE congratulates Muslims on the advent of the blessed Eid-ul-Fitr

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) offers its fulsome congratulations to Muslims and Islamic organisations across the European continent, and the entire Muslim Ummah, on the advent of the blessed Eid-ul-Fitr (1433H).

This blessed Eid is a religious, social, and human event; with its arrival, Muslims conclude the blessed month of Ramadan—month of fasting and Quran—month of Zakah, charity, and helping the needy; it was indeed a month full of the spirit of Iman (belief), good deeds, and noble values. No doubt that Ramadan this year was also a valuable opportunity for Europe’s Muslims and their organisations to renew the spirit of belief, reinforce the ties of mutual compassion and brotherhood, and respect the religious, cultural, and plural diversity in the constituents of the Muslim presence in the continent. Moreover, this noble month is an opportunity to support the efforts in connecting with the social fabric in Europe.

In the blessed Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims strive to promote happiness among the young, reinforce mutual ties and compassion among adults, nurture family warmth and mutual care between rich and poor, and strengthen good relations with neighbours, colleagues, and friends in our European societies.

In the Federation, we take this opportunity to offer congratulations especially to noble imams, and the management of mosques, Islamic centres, and charity organisations in Europe on the advent of Eid-ul-Fitr, and express our deep appreciation of their generous roles and constant efforts throughout the month of Ramadan—dedicating themselves to their grand responsibilities, despite the arrival of the summer and holiday season.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, as it offers fragrant congratulations on the arrival of the blessed Eid-ul-Fitr, and celebrates its happy days, yet this happiness is diminished by pain and hurt due to the tragic conditions suffered by Muslim peoples in various regions, especially in Syria, Myanmar, Palestine, Somalia, Mali, and others. Indeed, Eid is an opportunity for fraternal solidarity with Muslims in crisis-stricken areas—with the disaster stricken, the oppressed, and the destitute in our wider human family worldwide.

We, in the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, supplicate to Allah, the Almighty, Most High, All Capable, to accept from all Muslims their fasting, prayers, Zakah, and good deeds in the month of Ramadan; we supplicate to Allah, Most Supreme, to grant Europe’s Muslims success in cooperating in good and piety, unity and coalition in good, holding fast to the rope of Allah together and rejecting division, and focusing on the important and critical issues; we ask Allah in these blessed days to maintain our European countries, safe and peaceful, and keep us safe within them, and to reinforce prosperity and mutual understanding and solidarity in our European societies, the Muslim Ummah, and all humanity.

Brussels, 29 Ramadan 1433H (17 August 2012)

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE: The world must intervene to deter the grave and serious violations against Myanmar’s Muslims

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe warns of the escalating persecution, repression and expulsion perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, in violations that amount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Over the past two months, successive reports have told of a surge in unjust collective targeting of this persecuted minority, including killing, arbitrary detention, rape, and burning of houses, facilities and mosques, along with preventing them from practising religious rites, even in the month of Ramadan, as well as expulsion from the country.

The Rohingya Muslims suffer from the complete denial of their right to citizenship, as well as the most basic civil rights and fundamental liberties, while the state adopts an extremist ideology towards them, calling for their collective expulsion and deportation from the country. This policy is translated on the ground, by the security forces, in the form of grave and serious violations. Indeed, the situation is all the more concerning, given the statements by the President of Myanmar, Mr. Thein Sein, in which he refused to recognise the right of Rohingya Muslims to citizenship, while the opposition leader, and Nobel Prize winner, Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, has adopted relaxed positions regarding the ongoing atrocities.

It is surprising that this escalation takes place, following the world’s rejoice at Myanmar’s entry into a new era of freedom and democratic openness. However these new developments, replete with atrocities and violations against Rohingya Muslims in early June 2012, were quite shocking; bringing to mind the successive waves of unjust targeting of this minority over the past thirty years.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe sounds the alarm, in that the continuation of this pattern of violations and intimidation threatens the complete eradication of this minority from their native homeland, provoking a refugee issue of tragic dimensions, in one of the world’s most destitute and deprived regions.

The Federation expresses solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims in this difficult phase of their history, and demands that the authorities in Myanmar refrain from this approach, which must not be permitted in the civilised world. The European Union and the international bodies are required to adopt firm positions to deter these atrocities, towards which it is not acceptable to turn a blind eye or be silent. The international community has learned many lessons on the perils of laxity regarding practices such as these—horrific collective punishment, or in addressing them after it is too late.

The Federation invites Europe’s Muslims to organise activities in solidarity with those oppressed in Myanmar, and to provide relief aid to those displaced and the families of victims, while supplicating to Allah, in the blessed month of Ramadan, to relieve their suffering, and bring a swift end to their ordeal.

 

Brussels, 2 August 2012

 

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe