Ashin Wirathu, a monk who proves “Buddhist” doesn’t necessarily mean “peaceful”. In earlier times, we all were mesmerized by the idea that Buddhism equals non-violence. But today, we will talk about the “Osama Bin Laden of Buddhism”, Ashin Wirathu. He is responsible for inspiring sectarian violence against the country’s Muslim minority, Rohingya Muslims. Indirectirely due to his ideology, thousands of Muslims were killed in Myanmar.
Ashwin is a nationalist Burmese Buddhist monk, and the spiritual leader of the anti-Muslim movement in Burma. He was also involved in the popular 969 Movement. On 20 June 2013, Time magazine mentioned Ashin Wirathu on their cover page and captioned him as “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”
Ashin is very active on Youtube, Facebook and other forms of social media from where he spread rumors of Muslims systematically raping Buddhist women and warned the Buddhist community about Jihad. Ashin also termed Muslims as Snakes and Mad Dogs.
Ashin said: “Women should not get married to Islamic men. If one Buddhist woman gets married to an Islamic man, it’s not just one less Buddhist [because Islam requires her to convert], but they will have one more and they will have lots of children so the population balance can change quickly.”
In one of his interviews, with three journalists from The Times, Ashin mentioned that he read Koran but he didn’t like it.