By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
16 August 2018
An overview of Muslim world reveals that
Muslims are anything but the followers of what is called Islam, as given in its
only scripture Quran (15-87, 39-83 etc.) to form a nation worthy of being
called a Muslim-Nation.
Whether Islam, an Arabic word with no
English equivalent for the societal system of Laws or moral standard ad-Deen
of Quran, revealed to an Arab Messenger in his language Arabic: 14-4, And We
sent no messenger but with the language of his people... is a 'Religion' or not
is highly contentious issue among them.
By what ever name one may choose to call
Islam, the one clause 6-159 quoted below, of the Law given by the Law Giver,
prompts one to question the myth of one united Ummah. Over the centuries it is
becoming more and more obvious that there was no such entity as “Islamic”
country or a community, let alone a composite Muslim Nation.
6-159, As for those who divide their Deen
and split up into Sects, you (Muhammad) are not to have any connection with
them what so ever. Their affair is with God: He will in the end tell them the
truth of all they did!
Sects like Sunni Muslims (Jo Sunn Sunn
Kay Musulman Huey) who claim they follow exclusively the Messenger
Muhammad's Sunnah, is in practice a cult religion. And the Shia sects who step
down into Messenger Muhammad's next generation through Fatima, his daughter
married to Ali, for their religion, is cultism too. Yet both are named Islam.
It is obvious that each Sect is outside the
pale of Islam. The irony is when every sect and sub-sects call the others
non-Muslims (Kafir?). 'The pots calling kettles black' syndrome.
Myriads of religions, sects and their
subdivisions established in contradiction to Quran leave no doubt that the Code
reintroduced from all his predecessors Messengers, by Muhammad: 2-4- and those
who Believe—in the guidance that has been revealed to you, and to those who
preceded you... these sects are all following different cultist “religions” and
NOT Islam that unites mankind as one nation:
was but one single nation, and God sent Messengers with glad tidings and
warnings; and with them he sent The Book in truth to judge between them in
matters in which they differed... .
See, for example, what the saffron robed
priests have done to Buddha's teaching. Yet he had discarded the deity god and
Lo! Now he himself is the deity of a religion Buddha-ism!
Is this not what Islam was to reform,
eliminate the deity-gods ilah, the cult of personalities of Religions?
In the Muslim context, minority communities,
“people of the Book” are persecuted and discriminated against in many majority
Muslim countries; not only in public domain but also in State legislature, some
under nefarious 'blasphemy' laws for which there is no punishment in the Book.
On the contrary God says:
loves those who forgive.
The plight of minority communities, say
like the Hazara and Ahmadiya and many others come to mind. Universal Human
Rights aside, any kind of persecution is not acceptable, particularly on
religious grounds in civilised human society and especially not in “Islamic”
society. The two minority communities named above bring in focus countries such
as Afghanistan and Pakistan for scrutiny!
What makes Pakistan special is that along
with a few other countries, it declares itself as Islamic, meaning fully
compliant with Quran's ordinances.
With reference to the Ahmadiya, their
religious belief is that Mirza G. Ahmad of Qadian, born fourteen centuries
after Messenger Muhammad is also a Messenger of God. Thus they have stepped
down many generations in their cultism; contradicting the Quran's verse 33-40
Muhammad is not the father of any of your men but he is the Messenger of God
(Allah) and the Seal of the prophets...
With reference to the Messenger Muhammad
being the Seal (Khatam); Muhammad Ali of Lahori Jamat, a splinter group
of Ahmadiya, has logically and eloquently argued in comment 598 on the verse
4-69 in his translation 'Holy Quran', viz, “ ...At any rate none can become a
prophet. If this were true, not only would all the truthful and the faithful
and the righteous be prophets, because they perfectly obeyed Allah and His
Messenger, but even all those who tried to follow them would have been raised
to the level of prophet-hood which is absurd on the face of it. And to talk of
some people becoming prophet after the door to prophet-hood has been closed is
sheer ignorance of the basic principles laid down by the holy Book”. The
underlines are added for emphasis.
(Sorry Mr Muhammad Ali, for not using your
religious nomenclature Maulana- for it is in contradiction of the very Book you
translated eg. Verse 3-150 etc. It would equate you, like millions of others in
South Asia, to god or at least lesser gods.)
One is left askance as to why Messenger
Muhammad is mentioned in the verse 33-40 as not being a Father of any man,
although it is accepted that he did sire sons who did not live to mature age.
And also he did adopt a young person named Zaid as a son. It is well argued by
scholars of Arabic language that Zaid is used as a common noun, just as Jack is
used in English, to relate a common instance of a common marriage where the
spouse is not even mentioned in previous verses eg 33-37.
One reason could be the fact that since
ancient times, the human society has been mostly patrilineal. The first son
inherits the father's space. The crown prince is often crowned the next king.
Also to lay down the logical and moral
argument that simply by naming someone as ones blood relation, does not make
that person, Jack or Jill, as a blood-relative to claim a right to inherit the
lurks, perks and privileges of this position or to suffer any harm on account
of such verbal utterance.
Secondly to discount all possibilities of
male dependants, wannabe contestants for inheritance of prophet-hood are hereby
eliminated. Other societal wrongs too were thus righted by this verse.
Back to the topic in hand, of the treatment
of minorities. It is established from the quoted verse 6-159 that no Sect,
causing confrontational division is to enter the canopy of Islam, as Messenger
Muhammad is instructed by God in no uncertain terms to cut-off all connections
with them; such as later day Muslims Sunnis, Shias, Salafis, Ahmadiyas and many
other brands, (Hadis mentions seventy two. A Muslim researcher recently came up
with a total of one hundred and twelve of them!). And yet they impose
themselves as his staunch followers.
Was Messenger Muhammad a Sunni, Shia or any
of these brands of a Muslim? So, who is judging whom? With that established,
can any country with the track record of Muslim countries designate themselves
In their detailed paper written few years
back, two Muslim academics give in the article 'How Islamic are Islamic
countries', the Islamic Republic of Pakistan came at 147th and Afghanistan as
169th. See the link for grading of others:
By giving sectarian adjectives these groups
seem to justify for themselves the inheritance of paradise in keeping with the
line “Rind Kay Rind Rahey Haat Say Jannat Nah Gayi”. But the Message of
the Messengers is simple and clear “No Adjectives please, we are Muslims”:
God is using the modern day Hulagu Khans
tyrants to assist the Muslim confronting armies, to tell them the errors of
their ways (3-11). Yet, 7-179 ...they have hearts with which they understand
not, eyes with which they see not and ears.... With the advantage of these
schisms even politically motivated wars, death and utter destruction of the so
called Muslim world is a fact of life, more so today. The myth that
monotheistic and monolithic Muslim Nation/Ummah exists, has long been busted!
And this is for people who say they believe in a Law-book that tells them –
109-6 Lakum Deenukum Wa-Liaddeen- 'live and let live'.
But, sheer ignorance of the laity of basic
principles laid down by the holy Book prevails, under the commercial, political
and in this case cultist imperatives. Can this nexus in the name of Islam ever
be broken by any Muslim State?
the Meaning of Khatm e Nabuwwat
Should Not Be Reduced To Prayer and Fasting It Is About How We Treat Others
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The definition of Islam is submission to God and that of a Muslim is one who does submit to God and His religion. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Sabianism are therefore sects of Islam, according to the Quran. The so called "Muslims", by excluding all other sects except themselves from the definition of Muslim, have effectively made themselves just another sect of Islam and undeserving of being called by the generic term "Muslim". What should they then be called? Mohammedan and Mohammedanism are terms that have been used in the past but to use these terms, is to falsely accuse Muhammad (pbuh) of establishing a sect and deviating from the Quran. These so called “Muslims” have developed secondary scriptures to suppress the Quran’s universal message which they call the ahadith which are alleged sayings of Muhammad (pbuh) falsely attribute to him, and follow a religion which is very much different from the religion of Allah in the Quran.