Muslim-American response to violent Burmese monks


Originally published in Journal Inquirer


This Muslim-American was appalled to read that Buddhist monks in Burma led by Ashin Wirathu, a priest who calls himself “the Burmese bin Laden,” are bent on exterminating the Rohingya ethnic minority explicitly because they are Muslims.

It is well-known that the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, was a peacemaker. Little known, though, is that many Muslims, including my own Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, also love Buddha and accept him as a divine messenger. We would never think of insulting the Prophet Buddha or harming his followers.

Burmese monks today should similarly pay heed to Buddha’s message and these common bonds before butchering their fellow countrymen


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Sohail Husain

Dr. Sohail Husain serves as President of the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists USA. He has also served in various leadership positions within the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Assoication and the local community. At his day job, he serves as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on investigating the molecular basis of pancreatitis, which is a painful, inflammatory disease of the pancreas. Dr. Husain considers the practice of writing as both a crucial professional engagement, as well as a powerful means of personal expression.

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