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Debating Islam (06 Jun 2008 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Islam And Nationalism: Would It Be A Good Idea For Indian Muslims To Develop A Sense Of Pride In Indian Nationalism?


Debate points: 

By Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam 

Does Islam allow us Muslims to be patriotic, proud nationalists while also being good Muslims? Arabs seem to think so, as do Persians, Turks, Indonesians, Malaysians, Bangladeshis, Punjabis, Pathans, Sindhis, Balochs, Tajiks, and so on. Would it be a good idea then for Indian Muslims, for instance, to develop a sense of pride in Indian nationalism?

Ancient India was a land of several prophets through whom God sent revelations of remarkable beauty and grandeur; it excelled in practically every field of Endeavour including religion and philosophy, art and architecture, mathematics and astronomy.

Indian Muslims’ pre-Islamic Indian heritage is unparalleled. Is there something in Islamic ideology that would stop us from feeling nationalistic Indians at the same time as we feel pride in being Muslims? If so, are other Muslims right in being so fiercely nationalistic? Arabs, for instance, are nationalistic to the point of being racists. You live in their land a hundred years, serve them with utmost diligence, adopt their language, religion, culture, way of life: they won’t even give you so much as a Green Card, not to speak of citizenship. Why should an Indian Muslim’s Indian history then begin with Mohammad bin Qasim’s invasion of Sindh and his world history begin at the point Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) arrived on the scene in Arabia ? Is it time for us to claim our Vedic Heritage, while still being good Muslims, indeed trying to be better Muslims than we are?

Let us try and debate these points in the light of following revelations from God in the Holy Quran:

And for every nation there is a messenger. And when their messenger (prophet) cometh (on the Day of Judgement) it will be judged between them fairly; and they will not be wronged. (Surah 10, verse 47)

And there is not a single people to whom a warner (prophet) has not been sent. (35:24)

Say (O Muslims): We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus revealed, and that which the Prophets received from their Lord:  we make no distinction between any of them (Prophets) and unto Him (God) have we surrendered. (2: 136)

Those who believe (in Islam) and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans – whoever believeth in God and the Last Day and doeth good – surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. (2: 62)

Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they revile God wrongfully through ignorance. Thus unto every nation have we made their deed seem fair. Then unto their lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do. (6:108) 

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  • Indian Muslims have nationalism. Why would you think they don't? You are dirty. You're gonna split this nation into two religions. And we smart and civilized people don't wanna get into that. And then we're termed as unpatriotic. Ain't no one wanna love a nation full of dipshits.
    By Karan Singh - 2/25/2019 9:57:58 AM

  • we are having good muslims, they really respects both our nation and they are sufficient to nurture their culture. if you really care for Indian muslims, then try to stop terrorism. that is the greatest thing you can do to mankind. a man who is struggling for day-to-day food, doesnt need masjid or temple or church to pray the god. with pure heart he can pray at home. how to have pure heart, that you no need to teach. that will comes with birth and will enrich if religious ppl like dont interefer in their life. please display the truth if u can

    By Indian - 4/21/2011 5:25:53 AM

  • Mr. Sultan, you will definitely receive Padam Shree award from Indian government for having these thoughts

    By NQureshi -

  • Thanks Mr. Sultan Shahin for coming up with this thought

    Thoughts like these are truely a rarity here

    I totally agree with your view point

    Infact once a staunch hindu  leader asked me what is wrong with muslims not respecting the Indian feelings..?..

    I replied  i don't think all Indian moslims have that kind of identity crisis.. in my case I replied " I FEEL IMMENSELY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT MY NANIHAL ( my roots) IS HERE IN INDIA AND MY DADIHAL ( my religious fountain) IS THERE IN ARABIA" -THAT WAY I TRUELY QUALIFY STATUS OF BEING NAJEEB-UT-TARAFAIN.

    As I have good traits from both the streams...



    By Dr.Sarkar -

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