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.
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
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.
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
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is a scholar of Comparative Religion, Classical
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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.
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.