I am sure that you've heard these shocking news about Rohingya Crisis. And we know that they are our Muslim brothers and sisters.

My question is that what branch of Islam do they belong to? And is it right to help and defend them without regarding of what branch they are?

We know that defending the rights of oppressed people is one of the main characteristics of Muslims.


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    Helping the oppressed - no matter their religion - is part of Islam.
    – Shadi
    Sep 4 '17 at 18:40
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    @FarewellStackExchange Both. This idea of helping a drowning man only after knowing what their faith is, for example, is nonsensical and not part of the Islamic doctrine.
    – Shadi
    Sep 4 '17 at 20:54
  • They're most likely to be Sunni. Sep 5 '17 at 11:17
  • The (off-topic [politics]) question in the title and the questions in the body (one is off-topic [opinion-based]; the other's answer is listed on the Wikipedia pages Rohingya people and Islam in Myanmar) are distinct. Which question do you want answered? Sep 12 '17 at 5:13

As reported by different sources they are most likely Sunni Muslims, but this does not matter; this is a humanitarian disaster.

Shame on world organizations


The Rohingya are a Muslim and Indo-Aryan people living in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. The United Nations, as well as most international media and human rights organizations, describe the Rohingya people as one of the most oppressed minorities in the world. These people make up 4% of Myanmar's total population. The Rohingya people in Myanmar's Rakhine State are Sunni Muslims, numbering 48.7 million in Myanmar and 1.1 million with a Buddhist majority. Taliban statement in defense of Rohingya on the other hand, the harsh treatment of government forces that Rohingya Muslims say is right against them could lead to extremism in Rakhine State and be exploited by Islamist extremist groups such as the Taliban.

The Taliban issued a statement condemning the killing of Muslims in Myanmar and calling on the Islamic world and human rights organizations to take a stand. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the Taliban supported countries, organizations, media and personalities who raised their voices against the "crime". The killing of hundreds of Rohingya Muslim children, men and women in Myanmar's Rakhine State (Burma) and the fleeing of villages on foot and their wandering and helplessness on the country's border with Bangladesh have provoked many international reactions. A new wave of violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine State in late August following militant attacks on police and military checkpoints. Leaders of several predominantly Muslim countries, including Turkey, Indonesia and Pakistan, have reacted to violence against Myanmar's Muslim minority. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif on Monday expressed "deep anger" over the violence against Rohingya Muslims, calling it "deplorable".

Following president of Indonesia's call for an immediate end to Myanmar's Rakhine state violence, Muslims's foreign minister travels to Indonesia to hold talks with Aung San Suu Kyi. Rouhani called on the Myanmar government to stop [killing Muslims] September 27, 2017 - The President of Iran condemns the "killing of Muslims" in Myanmar and calls on the government to stop "brutal crimes" against them.

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