In a Saharanpur village clean-shaven Mohammad Iqbal got severely beaten up for his ‘crime’ of saying Takbeer as a clean-shaven person in a mosque before Iftar. In the ensuing violence that involved the entire village his 7-year-old daughter lost her life while four people got injured.
An eye-opening report by Saleh Ahqar of Delhi’s premier Urdu Daily Hindustan Express’ News Bureau from Saharanpur, a stronghold of Deobandi Talibani Wahhabism in Uttar Pradesh.
Sultan Shahin, Editor, NewAgeIslam.com adds: The Wahhabi onslaught on Sunni Indian Muslims is now acquiring overtones of Talibani extremism and violence. What was considered harmless Tabligh (sermonizing) engaged in by the Tablighi Jamaat and similar Wahhabi organisations of the Deoband school of thought is asserting itself now through growing violence in its bid to acquire control of more and more Sunni Muslim mosques. This has already happened in Pakistan where most Sunni Muslim mosques and madrasas are now controlled by a small minority of Wahhabis.
From preaching absolutely outlandish and crazy theories like - for a Muslim shaving his beard clean once amounts to razing 10, 000 mosques - it has now come to stopping clean shaven people from even saying Takbeer during prayers. Takbeer is a loud assertion and reaffirmation of one's faith and a call for others to do the same and is supposed to bring a lot of sawab (blessing) to the person who makes it. But if you are a clean-shaven Muslim you cannot do it, so say the new converts to Wahhabism and are prepared to kill for it. [Wahhabis too were once considered Sunni, as they are not Shia -- and in fact consider Shias, indeed all non-Wahhabis Kafir -- but are now referred to just as Wahhabis.]
The day is probably not far when à la Taliban’s Afghanistan clean-shaven Muslims will not be allowed to even enter mosques and will face social boycott.
It’s time the larger Muslim community woke up and took notice of the growing Talibani culture in India.
We should take a leaf out of recent Pakistani history.
Only a few years ago I had found people in Pakistan, even in Peshawar, complacent about the growth of Talibanism in their society. Asked if Talibanism was growing in the Pakistani society even civil society people would be in denial and ask me to look around and see for myself. Do you see any Taliban around, they would ask me. I am sure they are ruing their complacency now.
Let us try and steer clear of this malady. The virus has already spread far, even to our villages. The Indian Muslim society is no longer immune to Talibanism as we once proudly claimed it was due to our proximity to other cultures and ideologies. The why and wherefore of this phenomenon is a subject for another write-up, but meanwhile let us introspect on where we are going in allowing such diseases to remain untreated, indeed not even talked about.
India: Wahhabi Taliban onslaught on Sunni Muslims
Clean-shaven Muslim’s daughter killed, 4 injured
By Saleh Ahqar,
08 September, 2008
Saharanpur, Hindustan Express News Bureau: How would Mohammad Iqbal, eager to earn some sawab, have known that his affirmation of Takbeer in a mosque would lead to his 7-year-old daughter’s death and several people getting injured?
But this is precisely what happened. In village Ghana Khandi under Dehat Kotwali, he started saying Takbeer for the evening prayers in the local mosque, but he had hardly started when some locals objected to his being beardless, claiming that clean-shaven Muslims cannot say Takbeer. This led to an altercation between some of his supporters in the mosque and others which continued after the prayers and took a violent turn. Mohammad Iqbal was severely thrashed and several others got injured in the stone-throwing that ensued.
Iqbal’s seven-year-old daughter Nargis got injured in the stone-throwing and died while being taken to a local hospital in a severely bruised state.
The police intervention brought the situation under control as the miscreants fled as soon as the police arrived. Police have named Ikram, Buddhu, Nafees and Islam, etc. in the case. The injured include Auzan, Rasheed, Zareena, Shahjehan, etc. and are all admitted in the district hospital. Superintendent of Police Mr. Dileep Srivastava investigated the issue and spoke to the injured in the hospital and said that the police are trying to arrest the attackers. A tense calm prevails in the village.
Courtesy: Hindustan Express Urdu Daily, Delhi
In a Saharanpur village clean-shaven Mohammad Iqbal got severely beaten up for his ‘crime’ of saying Takbeer in a mosque and in the ensuing violence that involved the whole village his 7-year-old daughter lost her life while four people got injured. An eye-opening report by Saleh Ahqar of Delhi’s premier Urdu Daily Hindustan Express’ News Bureau from Saharanpur, a stronghold of Deobandi Talibani Wahhabism in Uttar Pradesh.
Shahin sahib, You are very much worried about indian sunni muslims, i too am a sunni muslim.
Wahabis & deobandis are also muslims, Taliban are also muslims. 9 or 10 person died because of american bombing at the indian consulate. such acts should be condemned & the world condemned it , who knows it were the americans who might have done it. 90 innocents Afghan civilians killed during a american strike, and there is no one to condem it, & not even you. You have written many articles about brute violence of Taliban, But why not about the voilence & the destruction that the americans & nato forces are unleashing on the Poor Afghans.
You have been given the power of the pen by Allah, why are you using it to divide muslims into wahabis / barelivis / deobandis / sunni. Why dont you use this power to unite muslims . The articles you are writing are more about condemning Islamic ways rather then telling about the beauty of islam. You should use the QURAN & THE SUNNAH to spread the message of Allah to the world, which is our first duty. You cannot stop a criminal from crime. But you can advice him not to go for crime, It is up to Allah to provide Hidaya.
I pray to Allah to give you good sences, where you can use it for Dawa instead of gathering hate for muslims through your articles.
Mr. Ghulam Muhammed is right. The majority of Indian Muslims, indeed the overwhelming majority of Indian Muslims follow Barelvi school of thought and it is certainly diametrically opposed to both Wahabism, Deobandi Maslak as well as Taliban. And yes, it is indeed factually incorrect to hold that Wahabis, or Deobandis have taken over Mosques or Masjids all over India.
But he is wrong in believing that I made that claim or as he says, made up that 'fact'. All I am saying that they are making that effort, as they have already done quite successfully in Pakistan. I had merely said: "The Wahhabi onslaught on Sunni Indian Muslims is now acquiring overtones of Talibani extremism and violence. What was considered harmless Tabligh (sermonizing) engaged in by the Tablighi Jamaat and similar Wahhabi organisations of the Deoband school of thought is asserting itself now through growing violence in its bid to acquire control of more and more Sunni Muslim mosques. This has already happened in Pakistan where most Sunni Muslim mosques and madrasas are now controlled by a small minority of Wahhabis." I stand by the fact that such an attempt is being made and that this is not the first time they are resorting to violence. I know it for a fact that they are prepared to go to great lengths to acquire control of mosques and madrasas.
What strikes me as odd, however, is that Mr. Ghulam Mohammad doesn't have a word of condemnation for those who would go to the extent of thrashing people who dare to say Takbeer in a mosque if they are clean-shaven. The crux of the matter does not attract his attention at all.
Another thing, while it is always possible for me like any other human being to be wrong or unaware of certain facts which any reader has a right and a duty to point out, but why would I seek to demonise myself and my religion. Or, is it that since I am a clean-shaven person too, I cannot possibly be a Muslim in the eyes of Mr. Ghulam Mohammad and so as a non-Muslim enemy of Islam I am seeking to demonise Islam and Muslims by concocting facts? Perhaps I too deserve the fate of poor Mohammad Iqbal of Saharanpur? But, I should think that at least the killing of Mohammad Iqbal's daughter Nargis should be condemned. Poor child: she couldn't have flaunted a beard in any case.
It is factually incorrect to hold that Wahabis, or Deobandis have taken over Mosques or Masjids all over India. The majority of Indian Muslims follow Brelvi school of thought and it is diamaterically opposed to both Wahabism, Deobandi Maslak as well as Taliban. The Editor should check his facts, even if he has every right to criticise or even demonise Islam and Muslims. He should not make up facts.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai