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Ozil on Uyghur: Where are the Muslims?

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil took to Twitter to express his support for the people of Uyghur, urging Muslims around the world not to remain lax, as those residing in the Xinjiang province in China continue to face persecution from the local authorities. [1]

The tweet read:

“East Turkistan,

The bleeding wound of the Ummah,

Resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion.

They burn their Qurans,

They shut down their mosques,

They ban their schools,

They kill their holy men,

The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men,

The women are forced to marry Chinese men…

But Muslims are silent,

They won’t talk about it,

They have abandoned them

Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?

The honourable Ali (son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad) said, ‘If you cannot prevent persecution, expose it’

The Western media and states have been raising awareness of their flight for months,

Why haven’t the Muslim world?

Don’t they know that turning a blind eye to persecution is despicable?

Don’t they know that it is not the suffering of our brothers being tortured that is going to be remembered, it is our silence…

Oh God please help our brothers in East Turkistan.

Mesut Ozil” [2]

In addition to stating the atrocities that have been committed on the Uyghur Muslims, Ozil lamented the inactiveness of Muslims around the world. His tweet, which has been liked over 70,000 times as the time of writing, has helped to fuel awareness for the situation in China, especially on social media.

China has received a myriad of condemnations for setting up a vast network of camps in Xinjiang – dubbed as “vocational schools” – that are clearly a façade for blatant and inhumane ethnic cleansing methods. [3]

Rights groups estimate over one million Uyghurs have been detained without trial and rounded up, with their religious, commercial and cultural rights restrained. [4]

Since his tweet, the former German international and FIFA World Cup winner did not have the support of his domestic club, Arsenal FC, with the club instead issuing a statement distancing themselves from his remarks.

It is believed that Arsenal has close ties with China, with many joint business deals, including a chain of restaurants. The club, therefore, sought to limit any damage to its business by posting a statement on Chinese social media platform Weibo. [5]

“The content published is Özil’s personal opinion.”

“As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.”

Some angry fans even took to the same platform calling for a ban on airing Arsenal games featuring the 31-year-old. [6]

Just this week, as the polls opened on Thursday for the general election, Hector Bellerin tweeted: “Young people across the world have a chance to change what the future can be. Today’s the chance for all the British people to influence what your future and those living here holds. #F***Boris #GoVote.”

However, on that occasion, the club did not issue a statement in response to this “political” event. [1]









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  1. Dear sir/MESUT OZIL,
    Honorable Football player and charitable man,
    Sir, first of all, i wish you a thousand peace hearts. I hope you are well at the mercy of God. I’m Shah Alam. I’m a Bangladeshi. I’m a little school teacher. My father was a farmer. I lived a hard life, but I didn’t ask anyone. But my father died of censer. I sold my living house to my family for father’s treatment. I am writing expect a book please sir don’t disappoint me. Now I have no way without asking for help. I know you’re kind. By your mercy, there are many people on earth who are alive. I’m writing to you with a lot of hope. Please don’t give me back. God will bless you. Maybe you spend millions of dollars a day, I don’t want much more than a little money to run my family. I don’t have a father so I’ll call you a father. As a father, a boy begs his father to protect my family. I’m on your feet, my father protects my family. Really i am a helpless poor orphan .I am a low class man. I use to run any kind of family.I Know you are the most charitable person of the world .my mother was died when I was child. so I am completely exhausted. On the other hand this time we lock down for corona virus. This Corona time really we are not die as Corona we die without eating. I know you are widely regarded as one of the greatest Charities man in the History of the world. Cannot you overcome my lake of family? Sir please help me some dollar. I will be tired of your servant. Your donation will survive a family. God has made you rich and came to earth to help poor and helpless, shelter less and orphan people. The world is so beautiful because there are people like you. Thousands of helpless people like on the earth because you are so kind. Sir cannot give new life to my family. Really that’s no matter for you. Please sir give me just a few money like fakir. Not a single point of my belief, sir, is a lie Please help me some money to do something and bear my family. Please sir you mind you donate in orphans organization .You do not give to the fakirs, You give me in the same way. Please give me the gift of Allah. I will never forget your donation. As a fakir zakat translated me. I know you are very kind merciful .Please father if I your son you don’t help I know you are so mercy. Please father I will serve if you help me.I am completely bankrupt for my father treatment. Only you can help me otherwise I will Suicide. I’d like to ask you for some money that you donate fakirs.O sir,O father please help me. Spending your one day can give new life to my family. Father I grabbed your leg save my family. Sir, Allah blesses you in future life. Your generosity will protect my family. U father please helps me. Already your generosity has saved many families on earth. Sir why are you so cruel. I want a little more help from you. Which is nothing for you believe in the name of Allah? I say a little and not a lie. Really sir the world is so beautiful as your kindness. father please don’t give me back ,give me as much as you can. Really I am helpless.
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  2. Julie Amal Rashid

    Be banned for speaking the truth? It’s only political if Muslims are speaking…!?

    What is going on in China and the silence of Muslim leaders, illustrates their impotence, treachery, and our sad state as an Ummah

    Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Years of treachery will come over people in which liars are believed and the truthful are denied, the deceitful are trusted and the trustworthy are considered traitors, and the disgraceful will deliver speeches.” It was said, “Who are the disgraceful?” The Prophet said, “Petty men with authority over the common people.”

    Ibn Mājah

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