Prayers for the Suffering of Rohingya People

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Please join in the prayers and pleas for compassion as shared by the Elijah Interfaith Institute:

"Saddened by the suffering of Rohingiya people, which has been added to the suffering of so many other human being during the last few weeks,  we, Buddhist and Muslim Leaders, associated with the Elijah Interfaith Institute, as well as leaders of other faith traditions, invoke the timeless aspiration of humankind for compassion and love, and yearning for guidance, succor, and help from supra-human realms so powerfully captured in the two prayers below—one from Buddhist sources and the second from the opening chapter of the Quran. We wish to recall this common teaching and high moral and spiritual yearning of the human soul at this point in time, especially in view of the suffering of the Rohingiya Muslims who are being persecuted and are suffering due to policies of a Buddhist majority state."

May all beings be happy and secure 
Let none deceive another,
nor despise any person whatsoever in any place.
Let them not wish any harm to another 
out of anger or ill will 
Just as a mother would protect her only child
at the risk of her own life,
even so, let them cultivate a boundless heart
towards all beings.

From Sutta-Nipāta, I:8
In the name of God -- the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful. Praise belongs to God, the Lord and Sustainer of all worlds, the Loving Nurturer, the All-Compassionate, the Possessor of the Day of Judgment. You alone we serve, and You we beseech: guide us along the path of uprightness, the path of those whom You bless, not the way of those who are overshadowed by anger, nor the path of those who wander without direction.

Sura 1, Fatiha, Quran


"We ask all those who receive this message to join us in solidarity with the suffering humanity and recommend the following prayer/aspiration to religious communities:

Goodness, love and compassion are basic virtues and the source of our happiness. May our communities live these virtues, and overcome the narrowness of self-interest, ego and cruelty of heart that allow one human being to harm another;

May our political leaders, political systems and governing powers not serve as excuses for losing sight of the common virtues of compassion and love that should be the ultimate yardstick by which we seek to measure all our actions in your eyes;

May whatever political and group-identity needs that may need to be upheld never compromise the virtues of compassion, love and respect for the other; ... "

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