suicide bombing outside the tomb of Prophet Muhammad in Medina, Saudi Arabia,
sent shock waves throughout the Islamic world. The fact a Muslim carried out
this act of terror during the holy month of Ramadan has left many followers of
the Islamic faith in disbelief. Too many Muslims have fallen for the common
refrain, trumpeted by Islamists, that no Muslim could carry out such an act and
hence neither Islam nor Muslims can be held accountable for it in any way.
arguments have been used every time Islamist terrorists engage in mass
killings, from 9/11 in New York to the massacre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, last
week. But the facts tell us a different story regarding the turbulent history
of Islam and the roles played by Muslims within it. Academics and scholars are
reluctant to discuss these historical facts for fear of being accused of
bigotry and racism. Thus ordinary Muslims, to say nothing of non-Muslims, do
not commonly know them. The result is a Muslim community unaware of its own
often bloody history, going back centuries, when both our holy cities — Mecca
and Medina — were attacked, ransacked and destroyed, not by the “Kuffar”
(non-Muslims), but by Muslim leaders. They fought for power, using Islam as a
tool to enhance or entrench their political hold on the states they created.
Fanatical, politically motivated, and radicalized Muslims have never hesitated
to desecrate Islam’s holy sites.
As early as
October, 683 AD, the Umayyad caliph of Damascus invaded Mecca, then under the
control of a rival caliph, and bombarded the ancient shrine of Black Kaaba, the
holiest site in Islam. The Kaaba, where Muhammad preached, was destroyed in the
fighting. A new one was constructed, but the worst was yet to come. As schisms
increased within the Muslim world based on who was the rightful heir to Islam,
in 899 AD a new sect of Islam emerged known as the Qarmatians. It embraced
elements of Ismaili Shia Islam with Persian mysticism and was based in what is
today Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. During the Hajj
season of 930 AD, the Qarmatians invaded Mecca, destroyed the Kaaba and stole
the pre-historic “Hajarul Aswad,” the Black Stone that was embedded in the
eastern corner of the Kaaba itself.
further desecrated the Zam-Zam Well by stuffing it with corpses of the
defenders. It wasn’t until 22 years later that the Black Stone was brought back
and placed back into the Kaaba’s eastern corner. Skipping over the centuries,
we have the 1805 invasion of the Prophet’s city, Medina, by the first Saudi
state. Imbibed with a fierce zealotry, the Wahhabi warriors of Muhammad Ibn
Saud overran Medina and started to destroy Islamic shrines. They even tried to
destroy the magnificent dome structure over the tomb of Prophet Muhammad,
removed all precious objects from his gravesite and looted the treasury of the
occupying Medina these Muslims, who came from the neighbouring region of Nejd,
systematically levelled the “Jannat al-Baqi” cemetery, the vast
burial site adjacent to the Prophet’s mosque that housed the remains of many of
the members of Muhammad’s family, close companions and central figures of early
Islam, including his beloved daughter, Fatima. These acts of sacrilege were
re-enacted by a new generation of Wahhabi zealots led by Abdel-Aziz Ibn Saud
during the second Saudi state, a century later.
21, 1925 the rebuilt tombs and domes in Medina were once again bulldozed. Had
it not been for intervention and diplomacy by then Prince Faisal (later King),
who was in command of the regular Saudi army, the Wahhabis would have destroyed
Prophet Muhammad’s tomb as well. As recently as November 1979, radicalized
Muslims from around the world, including the U.S., Pakistan and Egypt, led by
Saudi fanatic Juhayman al-Otaybi, took over the Holy Kaaba and killed many
people during a two-week siege. The moral of the story is that no matter how
often Muslims refuse to acknowledge our history; it will not hide the mess we
have created that we now refuse to cleanse. Let us own up to it and stop
blaming others for it.
Tarek Fatah is an Author and Columnist, Canada
You can't handle your own Varna and Karma so stop preaching others.. We all condemn all type of terrorism,killing innocent people ,is against the teachings of Islam... No i am coming to your religion.
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Dalits suffer caste-motivated killings, rapes and other abuses on a daily basis. Between 2001-2002 there were 58,000 registered egregious abuses against Dalits and Tribals. 2005 government report stated there is a crime committed against a Dalit every 20 minutes. Dalits comprise most of the agricultural, bonded and child laborers in the country. 2007 government report found 77% of all Indians live on less than $.50 a day and most of them were Dalits.
Dalit women face additional discrimination and abuse, including sexual abuse by the police and upper caste men, forced prostitution, and discrimination in employment and wages. Dalit children face continuous hurdles in education. They are made to sit in the back of classrooms and endure verbal and physical harassment from teachers and other students. The effect of such abuses is confirmed by the low literacy and high drop-out rates for Dalits. Hindu scriptures say that the four-castes each sprang from God (Manu Smriti 1: 87-101), and it states that since the Brahmin sprang from God's mouth, he should be treated like divinity, it goes on in such fashion to the Sudra who is said to have sprang from God's feet, and as a result his birth from this segment of God is seen by Hindu scriptures as a justification of the contempt it metes out to these people of low-caste. It considers the three high-castes (Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya) as Dvija, or "twice-born", and the Sudra as "once born".
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On a different tack:-
moral of the story is that no matter how often “Muslims” refuse to acknowledge
our history…” .
the above absolutely correct expression, it is surprising that a learned person
should then juxtapose “Muslim(s)” with: ‘Islamic world’, ‘Islamists’, ‘Islamist
terrorists’, ‘Islamic shrines’!
of the above has anything to do with Islam!!