At Noor Cultural Centre yesterday: Understanding the Rohingya Genocide: History, Current Situation, and Global Responses
Dr. Nabiha Islam: It will take a long time to process what I have seen and heard. I don’t have a right to look away. No matter how hard it is to see or hear. I see my own father in the faces of the Rohingya fathers. I see my own mother in the faces of these Rohingya mothers. My faith helps me to absorb this. We cannot dehumanize.
There is a hadith where our beloved Prophet SAW said you must help your brother whether he is the oppressor or the oppresse, and the companions then asked him what he meant by helping the oppressor. Our Prophet SAW replied that we help him by stopping his oppression. This is a systematic campaign. This is learned hate. We are all still human. Humans have an incredible ability for good and an incredible ability for evil. I try to remember this when I hear these stories.