By Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam
NewAgeIslam.com has been talking of a dangerous disconnect between
the Muslim press and National media. We present below the translation of an
article by an enlightened, secular Muslim, known for his belief in
multiculturalism and keeping the Muslims in national mainstream. This is the
least provocative of articles in the Muslim Press, but it would appear that
even Mr. Zafar Agha, feels the need for reminding the Muslims that
they have ruled the county before and can rule it again, mercifully using the
constitutional methods of vote-bank politics. Introspection, of course, he is
clear, is not for Muslims. We Muslims can do no wrong. There is no possibility
of a Muslim going berserk, losing his mental balance.
We wonder if Mr. Zafar
Agha is even aware of the murderous nature of our so-called ulema (scholars
and divines) under whose tutelage a large number of young Muslims are ruining
their lives. If our ulema can prescribe killing a Muslim for the slightest
deviation from the Islamic path that they have fixed for him, under their
sectarian interpretation of Islam, what is stopping Muslims from killing other
Muslims? They are doing that all over the Muslim world, in any case. What is
such a big deal, if some young Muslims in India, influenced by the vicious
interpretations of Islam prevalent here too, decide to do that?
We are not saying the
police or intelligence agencies can do no wrong. Of course, they can and they
do. They have quite a track record actually. The courts alone can pronounce
judgment. But how can someone as sensible, as we expect Mr. Zafar Agha
to be, someone who keeps asking Muslims repeatedly, in the true Islamic
tradition, to act rationally, can even deny the possibility of there being some
crazy hotheads within our community too. He rejects even the need for
introspection for the community!
Muslins of the possibility of their ruling over India again. What sort of rule,
Agha Saheb? Will it be a return of Mughal rule or the establishment of
Khilafat, of the kind the SIMI is dreaming of? You say, we Muslims have ruled
India in the past and can do so again in the near future. This seems to mean
that your dream is not limited to the possibility of a
constitutionally-mandated Muslim Prime Minister, in which, of course, there is
nothing wrong. Is this your personal dream or the dream of the Muslim community
that you are articulating?
Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam
By Zafar Agha
4 0ct 2008
Translated from Urdu by Raihan Nezami
Now Muslims are killing Muslims themselves. We can reach this conclusion after the recent bomb blasts in the Modassa district of Gujarat and Malegaon district of Maharashtra. As a bitter fact, in the eyes of the intelligence and the communal political parties, the Muslims and only the Muslims are to he blamed for every bombs blast. The one who perpetrates these atrocities is, sometimes, an ISI agent, sometimes a terrorist of Lashkar- e-Taiyyabah, or a member of SIMI or an Indian Mujahideen group.
The police view
Our police force is so biased that they consider the Muslims a terrorist since birth or even before that. That’s why young Muslims are being arrested from every nook and corner for terrorist acts they have not committed and put behind bars by the biased police force simply to please their political masters.
The role of media
The media applauds the blind acts of police. Sometimes, they don’t leave any stone unturned in denouncing the Muslims. They even call the whole Azamgarh and Saraimeer “the nursery of the terrorism”. Then, it becomes a matter of hot and live discussion on the media, “so many young Muslims are attracted to terrorism, is it not time for introspection for the Muslims!”
It is not the Indian Muslim who requires introspection. In fact it is for the whole country to introspect. Muslims have been unfortunate since independence as they are regarded as a Pakistani “traitor” in their own motherland.
A time to recall
1. There is no one who can remind the country that lakhs of young Muslims sacrificed their precious lives for the well-being and the independence of the country from 1857 to 1947.
2. That the same madrasas which are being called the breeding place of terrorism, had produced great scholars and intellectual preachers who, not only raised a strong voice against the atrocities of the British rulers but also underwent the hardship of prisons under the British Raj, fighting for India’s freedom.
The sad plight of Muslims
Only one blunder of Mr. Jinnah has plunged the whole Muslim community of India into the deep-sea of darkness and helplessness. Mr. Jinnah changed his side very cleverly but the remaining Muslims, who considered India as their home and didn’t migrate to Pakistan in spite of all hardships and difficulty, were left in misery by all preceding governments.
This fact was exposed one year ago when the Sachar Committee exposed and highlighted the tragic financial, political, social and educational plight of the Muslim community. Every aware citizen of the country was astonished to know about the new “Dalit”, the Indian Muslims. The reason was quite obvious. There is extreme dearth of educational institutions in towns and villages. There ate neither hospitals nor any banks in the Muslim dominated areas. If any thing is available that is poverty, dirt and narrow and unhygienic streets. For their plight only and only the previous Indian governments are responsible which have been neglecting the Muslims since 1947.
A wise suggestion
The Indian Muslim should not, however, worry over the present situation. Your ancestors have ruled over this country for centuries. The large number of mosques and tombs erected all over the country from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari, from Assam to Andhra Pradesh, are a testimony to the Muslim heritage.
The government may not have given you the due share but you have the merit and ability to stand up on your own feet. There is no room for frustration and depression in your heart as you are the biggest political force in the country. The Hindu vote bank has been scattered after the Mandal Commission recommendations but the Muslim vote bank is still intact. You can utilise this power not only to build a good fortune but also to show the anti-Muslim forces their rightful place.
The fear of communal forces
The communal parties are greatly perturbed at the present scenario. They know they suffered defeat in the Lok Sabha election in 2004 because of a united Muslims vote bank. In the coming assembly and general elections there is no one who can save the BJP and Sangh Parivar and there will be very slim chance of its revival in the future. The supporters of Hindutva ate trying violently and in a planned way to reunite the Hindu vote. That’s what explains the rising violence in the name of so-called Muslim organisations like SIMI and Indian Mujahedeen.
The rise of regional parties
Since 1991, after the Mandal revolution, the regional parties have played the politics of caste so exquisitely that it has uprooted the very basis of high-caste domination. Regional leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Laloo yadav, Mayavati, Karunanidhi and Cahndra Babu Naidu have mastered the art of winning state elections and running state governments for years.
But you don’t need to be terrified in the present situation. Of course it is a great testing time for Muslims. But you can show the world and your enemies the power of your constitutional right in this way; you are not inclined towards terrorism. The only solution is that you should vote united against the Sangh Parivar and communal forces. If you defeat them in the coming state and general elections, then they will not be able to rise again for quite some time. You have to defeat the communal minded leaders like Patil. With this aim in mind you should vote for the backward and Dalit parties.
So, there in no need to panic as India is not only yours, but it is the motherland of your ancestors as well who ruled over it for centuries. If you use your political power with wisdom and in a peaceful manner, you can not only defeat your political enemies but become rulers of this county once again in the near future.
In the end, I would repeat what I keep saying always. In this period of crisis you should act rationally and not senselessly; you do that and success is yours.
Zafar Agha is a syndicated columnist for several Urdu newspapers.
Source: Daily Sahafat, Delhi
Summarised and translated from Urdu by Raihan Nezami
you for bringing this to my attention. Knowledge is precious and we should heed
our prophets advice about seeking it even if we have to go to China.
Introspection is imperative for Muslims, I reiterate.
of our own aamaal. That means before I point a finger I should correct myself.
Checking our actions against sunnah of the prophet (pbuh)
Indeed. Introspection is a must for current situation.
Pure Muslims must be identified and have to be protected. They're innocent and
they're the people living with peace in Sri Lanka. Terrorists among our
community should be identified and punished by law.
Reference to the letter of Dr. Jauhar Quddusi.
I am ashamed to read his comments on the NewAgeIslam's editor. In fact this newsletter is doing yeoman service to the Islam and it's community. I think educated people like Dr Jauhar Quddusi should not comment like this. Present Ulema and educated Muslims like Dr. Jauhar Quddusi should not ask Muslims to go back to the kind of society that existed in the Prophet's time. New Age Islam, keep doing good job of enlightening Muslims.
A disturbing way of writing. Even if Agha intends to awaken the self-respect of Muslims, perhaps a more circumspect style was called for. The arguments forwarded are childish. Refering to masjids and dargahs as proof of Muslim genius is detracting from the wide achievements of the Indo-Islamic tradition.
I think the biggest challenge facing the Indian Muslim today is lack of forums for informed debate. What has happened is that the public platforms for Muslims to speak have been hijacked by shrill voices of both hardline Muslims and certain politicians who have not even the slightest qualm about saying things which are calculated to play upon the sense of insecurity that Muslims as a quam might be feeling in their own motherland.
From: Dr Jauhar Quddusi To: NewAgeIslam-Newsletter@newageislam.com
It seems you are paid agents of anti-islam forces/powers.You only serve the purpose of satanic and evil forces.