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Missile Attack at Makka Mukarrama: Why Are the Indian Muslim Religio-Politicians Silent Onlookers?

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

07 November 2016

Muslim leaders and politicians in India are busy in a crazy competition of organizing conferences, greater campaigns and processions to protect their ‘right to triple Talaq’. Countrywide hue and cry is still being heard from the self-imposed Muslim representatives championing the cause of Tahaffuz-e-Shariat (protection of Shariah).  “Islam is under attack” is their daily sloganeering in India. But what about the birthplaces of Islam—Makka and Madina— which suffer the brutal and bloodthirsty attacks? Shockingly enough, no protest was seen in India on part of Muslims’ religious and political leaders when these holiest sites of Islam were attacked.

Of late, the Arab Coalition fighting in Yemen has intercepted a ballistic missile hitting 65 km away from the holy city of Makka. It is reported that the missile was fired from Saada province towards Makka. According to Al-Arabiya, a Saudi media outlet, the Makka missile attack has received condemnations from several countries with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates reacting with statements condemning Iran and the Houthi militias.

(Source: english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/10/28/Coaltition-destroys-missile-fired-from-Yemen-towards-Makkah-.html)

But regrettably, we have heard no voice from the apex Muslim bodies in India against the missile attack on Makka, one of the two holiest sites in the Islamic tradition. This ‘deafening silence’ reveals something significant. It was also maintained when another holiest city of Islam, Madina was under terror attack only a few months ago. No influential Muslim leader questioned the Saudi authorities as to how the Pakistani terrorists backed by the Saudi militants stage-managed the attack on Madina, which is under the utmost custody of the Saudi Kingdom.

Isn’t it an irony that Muslim leaders in India are going all out for the protection of Islam which Allah has ensured in the Qur’an to do by Himself? However, they don’t feel impelled to protect the holy cities and historic sites of Islam, something that they would be held accountable for. While the Qur’an has denounced the war on culture and heritage in the strongest terms, the self-styled protectors of Islam remain silent onlookers when such an attack is launched anywhere in the world.  Remarkably, Makka and Madina are also considered the greatest ‘signs of Islam’ (Sha’air-ul-Islam) as per the Qur’anic injunction. In words of Shaikh Abdur Rahman al-Sudais, the top imam in Makka, “targeting the region of Makka by a ballistic missile is a provocation and an offense which has hurt the feelings of one-and-a-half billion Muslims across the world”.

In an editorial article, the world’s premier pan-Arab daily, Al-Sharaq al-Awsat portrays how the global Muslim authorities have issued their condemnations against the missile attack launched at Makka al-Mukarrama:

“Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s centre of learning, in Cairo condemned the “treacherous” attack and said it cannot happen from anyone who has some faith in Islam”….

Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti Muhammad Ahmad Hussein said that the attack on Makka “sets a very dangerous precedent”….

Strongly condemning the missile attack against the holy Makkah region, Kuwait foreign ministry said in a press statement: “Targeting Muslims’ Qibla [Makka] is a provocation of their feelings, neglect of the holiness of the blessed spot and disregard of Islamic sanctities”…..

“This is an outrageous aggression against the sanctity of the holiest Islamic shrine and a provocation to the religious sentiments of millions of Muslims around the world,” the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement.

Nevertheless, while the global Islamic leaders and even ambassadors of the world have castigated the Makka missile attack in the harshest words, Indian Muslims are amazed at the continued silence of their religio-political stalwarts over this tragedy. Muslims in India, both Sunnis and Shias, venerate Makka not only because it is the holy land of the Hajj pilgrimage for millions of Muslims around the world, but also because of their traditional inclination towards the preservation of spiritual heritage. But even the newly formed political parties of Muslims in India have passed no resolutions condemning the attack. The question arises: at a time when India’s Muslim masses are being mobilized to show unity of Ummah (Ittehad-e-Ummat) for the protection of Shari’ah (Tahaffuz-e-Shariat), why they are not guided towards the much-needed solidarity to protect the cultural and spiritual heritage of Islam?

Makka missile attack is the second most brutal assault on Islamic heritage in Saudi Arabia in this year. Very recently, Madina attack was perpetrated by the fanatic goons of Saudi and Pakistani origin, as confirmed by the Saudi official sources. Some suicide bombers blew themselves up in Madina. A bomb exploded in the vicinity of a police post outside the Prophet’s Mosque [Masjid-al-Nabawi], killing four policemen and two civilians. It was Iftar time during the sacred month of Ramadan in July, 2016, when the suicide bombers struck Madina, as reported in Arab News. (arabnews.com/node/949131/saudi-arabia)

This time, the missile attack on Makka is blamed on the Yemeni Houthi rebels. However, the missile was brought down by the Saudi air defence, as reported in Gulf News. Whatever the reason and whosoever the attacker, it is a clear indication that the violent tide of terrorism on the Saudi soil is spinning out of control now. Terror strikes against Makka and Madina—the two holiest sites in Islam—would be seen in history as the biggest stigma on the face of the Saudi regime. The most deplorable is the kingdom’s unwillingness to stem the tide of growing Kharjism which stems from the Saudi state religion—Wahhabism— which has provided ideological food to the terror outfits.

After the Makka missile attack, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, made direct and harsh criticism of the Iranian regime. He stated: “Iran backs a terrorist group that fires its rockets on Makka”. Al Nahyan also challenged the Iranian regime’s claim to be an Islamic entity. “Is this an Islamic regime as it claims to be?” he averred.

Though it cannot be rejected outright that the Houthis and their allies in Yemen have accumulated a stockpile of missiles, including Soviet-era Scuds, merely blaming Iran for pushing the Houthi rebels to launch the attack on Makka does not stand up to scrutiny. The Saudi authorities must hold an unbiased and fair investigation into the case. When Madina attack could be perpetrated by the fanatic goons of Saudi and Pakistani zealots, as confirmed by the Saudi official sources, it cannot be ruled out that similar elements were also operating behind the Makka attack. Of late, some Saudi sources have suggested that the missiles and weapons used in the Makka attack were locally-designed.

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is a scholar of Comparative Religion, Classical Arabic and Islamic sciences, cultural analyst and researcher in Media and Communication Studies.

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  • Saudi Arabia has done a good job of destroying Islamic historical relics wherever their hands could readh.
    The real confusion is in the ranks of the violent groups who know only killing and destruction.
    May Allah give them AQL and guidance.
    By Syed Mohsin Naquvi - 11/13/2016 9:44:39 AM

  • I am not a shia, nor I support their creed, so is the case with you who denied the Nubuwwat of Aadam A'laihissalam and still believe Ibn Abdalwahab najadi as a great Muslim, who denied, belied and disrespected the Nubuwwah of all those Anbia A'lahimassalam who ruled before Nuh A'laihissalam and died a kafir according to the several verses of Surah Sha'ra.
    Your chums soodies flattened and buldozed the quboor of our Sahabah A'laihimurRidhwaan and our elders resting in their graves and systematically demolishing the historic aasaars and you say they did a great job?? Are you in senses??
    These respected, most of them being in Jannah, were never a threat to these ugly chums, still they had heart to remove them from the face of earth, why?? Are you a moron like them to support them?
    These satanic muwahhids have no respect for what is Allahs halal and haram and killed Muslims in cold blood, threw their ladies into their own dirty harams and plundered their resources to build up their own power denying Allah directly. Is this Islam?
    Each time you refute shia, you fail to realize that you hurt sunnis, who avoid refuting that you are a pseudo sunni, but this won't go far. Mend your ways, but we have least hope that you would come to senses.
    By Qaseem - 11/13/2016 9:43:34 AM

  • Saudi Arabia has done a great job of stopping shia shiateen from praying thru dead people.
    But these shias are too confused to stop, so they built their own Makka in Najaf!

    By K Sidd - 11/12/2016 4:30:19 AM

  • They demolished the graves, mausoleums and all other heritages of the progeny of Rasool (Saws), they couldn’t, the Gumbad E Khizrah and the Zareeh E Mubarak of the Rasool E Kareem (saws) . The green dome as per their deviated Aqaid is always a prick in their Jewish devilish heart. They must have themselves fired the missile blaming all other these Takfeeris, apostate & Jahannumies are capable to do anything.

    Did the Iranians, Houthis , Daesh caused the last years stampede , the fall of crane and the collapse of the bridge which caused thousands of casualties and then they dumped the dead as well as injured in the closed  tankers for the still living to die , such are these saudi, wah-

    Abi Takfiris the progeny of impersonator Jews who have hijacked the Islam’s holiest of the holy places and the Muslim Ummah is just fast  asleep or discussing or fighting their minor differences.  

    By Zaheer Husain Khan - 11/12/2016 4:27:51 AM

  • what Saudis did is right, that what's Islam came for, level any idol, or any chance leading to idol type of worship, they should bomb blast Hera cave, lots of rush is there in small place. It is leading Muslim towards idol type of worship.

    Shaudi should give 100 lashes who go their near Hera cave.

    All such things should be destroyed.

    By Aayina - 11/11/2016 7:10:45 PM

  • Dear Hamid Ansar sb,
    Are the fanatic Muslim fundamentalists who have attacked Muslim women in Mubai are the well-wishers of Islam?
    This is not 1986 of Shahbano time, we are in 2016. Triple talaq at one sitting ( talaq-e bidda'at) should stop.
    By GRD - 11/10/2016 6:09:27 AM

  • Saudis have already leveled Muslim history in Mecca and Medina. They have leveled graves of Prophet's wives and sahaba. They have leveled historical buildings. There will be no problem if Mecca and Madina are leveled.
    Modern monuments of Saudi construction will be leveled and balloon of  Muslims having a special place in the world will be punctured. Islam and Muslims will continue as before.

    By Mohammad Imran - 11/8/2016 8:18:51 AM

  • "Modern well wishers of Muslims"
    These so called well wishers have brought Muslims to road away from their peace and love to get them involved in dividing issues. 
    This is the politics providing fundings to the such well wishers for promoting their business.

    By Hamid Ansari - 11/8/2016 6:15:29 AM

  • ......Their ‘right to triple Talaq’..........
    Mr GHULAM rasool, you have put inverted comma, do you think it is not their right to triple talaq? 
    okay leave it and tell me do you too think that triple talaq in one sitting will be treated as one?

    By Hamid Ansari - 11/8/2016 6:11:43 AM

  • Do Indian Muslims have any constructive issues related to education, awareness, job etc to solve or not?

    I am shocked at the intelligence level of our modern well-wishers of Indian Muslims as they motivate them to be involved in one or other needless issues. They can not think beyond petty communal issues which are divisive in nature.

    By Raihan Nezami - 11/7/2016 9:56:38 PM

  • First of all it is doubtful if the Houthis have a missile of a 1100 KM range. Second, even if they had one, they claimed that they targeted Jeddah airport.

    Now the media can spin it around where ever they like !
    By Mubashir - 11/7/2016 5:33:01 PM

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