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Communal Violence against the Bangla Hindus: Will the Mainstream Muslims Combat The Growing ‘Radical Islamist Communalism’?



By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

11 November 2016

Hundreds of people ransacked temples and vandalized homes of the Hindu minority in the Brahmanbairs district of eastern Bangladesh. Over 100 Hindu homes and 17 temples were vandalised and looted since October 30 in Nasirnagar Upazila, Bangladesh. According to media reports, this violence was unleashed by an angry mob over an alleged Facebook post ‘insulting the Ka’aba’—the house of Allah. 

Hindus made up 13.5 per cent of the total population in Bangladesh in the 1970s. Regrettably enough, the population of the religious minority has been steadily shrinking. From an earlier 13.5 per cent, they are reduced to an estimated 8.5 per cent now. The recent brutal attack on an already frightened religious minority in Bangladesh shows the miserable failure of the government to combat the growing Islamist communalism in the country. The Bangladeshi journalist Julfikar Ali Manik has rightly noted that “attacks on Hindus are not unusual in Bangladesh, but it is rare to see multiple crowds targeting temples in an organized way as they did on Sunday and Monday”.

As the country’s human rights commission has initiated an inquiry into the massacre, scores of human rights activists have taken out protests. At a rally recently held in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed, Gen. Secretary, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) strongly stated: “the government has failed to protect Hindus and other minorities for which, radicalised and communal groups succeeded attacking them for several times”, as reported in Dhaka Tribune.

(Source: dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/11/03/brahmanbaria-communal-attack-condemned/)

Certainly, the attack is not justifiable by any stretch of imagination.  However, it’s important to discern the fanatics’ argument to better fathom the extremist minds. They buttress that it was tenable to vandalise the Hindu temples after they saw on Facebook an edited photo of a Hindu deity inside the Ka’aba. It was something they took as a punishable offense against the holiest site of Islam— Makkah.

Makkah is, indeed, the most sacred place in Islam. Millions of Muslims from across the world gather in Makkah to perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj. Though Makkah consists of Najd, Taif, Jadda among other historic cities, however, when we call “Makkah”, we generally refer to the Ka’aba.  Ka’ba is also the Qibla—the the direction that Muslims face when they offer the five-time prayers (Salah or Namaz). Given this religious significance and sanctity, any insult intended against the holiest Islamic site is indeed untenable.

One wonders where these extremist Islamists were when Makka was recently attacked by a ballistic missile. Let alone the soft-core Islamists, even the hardcore Islamists of Bangladesh kept silent over the recent ballistic missile attack at Makka. Wasn’t it an utterly shameful and offensive act? Why did they overlook the fact that it was no less denigration the holiest site in the Islam? A similar silence was also maintained when another holy site of Islam, Madina was under terror attack only a few months ago. No influential Muslim leader questioned as to how some Pakistani terrorists backed by the Saudi militants carried out the attack on Madina, which is under the utmost custody of the Saudi Kingdom.

But the accused Hindu fisherman, even after he has denied posting on Facebook any content offensive to Makkah, is seen as an ‘obstinate enemy of Islam’. Even after he has been arrested by the Bangladeshi police, the country’s religious zealots wantonly attacked the innocent members of the Hindu religious minority. Clearly, this is a brazen violation of law and order in the country. What the Bangladeshi radical Islamists have done in their self-styled defence of Makkah, is an out-an-out religious extremism.

More regrettably, we have heard no strong opposition of this sick-mindedness from the Muslim leaders and politicians in India. No protest against the fresh attacks on Bangladeshi Hindu minority. What does this ‘deafening silence’ of the Indian Muslim religio-politicians reveal?

It is noteworthy that majority of the Hindu community in India shows an avowed support to the Muslim minority in all cases where they are seen as ‘victims’. Be it the cow vigilantes lynching Akhlaq Ahmad or Najeeb Ahmad missing from JNU, Muslims in India have a huge support from non-Muslims, particularly secular and progressive Hindu members of the Indian society. Only yesterday, around 500 students, from JNU, DU and other central universities came out protesting for Najeeb Ahmad. Close to 300 students took part in the sit-in, 'Light A Ray Of Hope For Najeeb', to express their solidarity with Ahmed and his grieving family. Over 250 of them have even been taken to the police station. So an avid support of non-Muslims towards their Muslim brethren in India is clearly seen in every incident of significance.

But when similar situation arises in the Muslim countries in an attack against the religious minorities, one wonders why do we Muslims show no spirited support of the victims, and no vehement opposition to the religious fanatics? One finds a note of introspection on part of us Muslims completely missing in such situations. It’s time we muster courage of conviction to speak for the rights of religious minorities in the Muslim world.

In fact, the violent attacks on the Hindu religious minority in Bangladesh should have evoked strong protest among us. But it is quite distressing to note that the attacks on Christians and Shias in Pakistan and on Hindus in Bangladesh have gone unchallenged by the Indian Muslims.  Only a few processions were taken out by the progressive Muslim activists, students and youths without any strong participation of the leading Muslim organisations.

In 2013, when similar attacks on Shias and Hindus occurred in Pakistan and Bangladesh, a group of Muslim youths held a candle light vigil and peace march registering their protest. They raised slogans against the government of Pakistan and Bangladesh holding placards which said “Stop Genocide of Hindus”. A student of Jamia Millia Islamia had courage of conviction to say: “Muslims in India are quite concerned about what is happening in Pakistan and Bangladesh. We condemn the attacks in the strongest possible terms and demand that the governments of the two countries should bring the perpetrators to book and ensure that the minorities remain safe and secured.”

(Source: thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/attacks-on-minorities-in-bangladesh-pakistan-evokes-protest/article4507849.ece)

 The reason for the fresh vicious attacks on Hindu minority in Bangladesh, as the radical Islamists claim, was the local fisherman’s Facebook post which allegedly ‘denigrated the Ka’aba—the holist Islamic place of worship. Though the fisherman denied sharing the post and the Police immediately arrested him for ‘hurting religious sentiment’, the religious goons were going haywire brazenly violating the law and order in the country. While a few Muslims sufficed to only holding protests against the posting, the extremist herd in Bangladesh went berserk in its religious zeal, attacking the innocent members of the minority community. The unruly mob of religious fanatics pulled down over a dozen temples looting more than a hundred houses in the eastern town of Nasirnagar, in the district of Brahmanbaria.

Now, one would ask how Indian Muslims would react to someone indulged in an offensive remark against Islam or Muslims. Obviously, they could only take out a protest demanding a fitting action, as they did in the recent case of Kamlesh Tiwari, who was accused of circulating pamphlets against Islam and the Muslims. Tiwari has been in a Lucknow jail since his arrest in last December under the NSA — a tough 1980 law that makes securing bail difficult for an accused. His arrest occurred after students of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and other members of the Muslim community staged a protest demanding action against Tiwari. Though a few fanatic Islamist clerics under Maulana Anwarul Haq Sadiq of Bijnor offered 51 lakh rupees to behead Kamlesh Tiwari for ‘denigrating Islam’ and thus take the law in hand, but no Indian Muslim got carried away to indulge in such an unlawful act.

But what is happening in the neighbouring Muslim countries is completely distressing.  Not long ago, Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab was assassinated for advocating reforms in Pakistan's blasphemy laws. He was killed by his own commando Malik Mumtaz Qadri, who believed Taseer had committed blasphemy—liable to be punished by offence in Islam. 

Of late, the ‘Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at’, one of the largest Islamic movements in Bangladesh whose members in Brahmanbarhia organised a rally protesting against ‘the anti-Islamic post’ has denied being involved in the hate attacks on the religious minority. The leaders of the Ahle Sunnat have rightly stated that “the attacks were aimed to disrupt the communal harmony”. Mosaheb Uddin Bakhtiar, Member Secretary of the Islamic movement says that there was no instance of extremist violence perpetrated by the Ahle Sunnat—an apex body of Sunni Muslims in Bangladesh. “We observed a peaceful shutdown on Apr 20 this year. No one can say Ahle Sunnat unleashed violence”, he said briefing the media.

It is gratifying that, in the wake of this anti-Hindu terror attack, the Ahle Sunnat has planned an anti-militancy rally in Dhaka slated for Nov 12. It might heal the broken hearts of the Hindu victims in the country. But it will have no point, if the Bangladeshi Muslims merely denounce the attackers and don’t combat the Islamist communalism deeply-entrenched in the country. It’s time mainstream Muslims in Bangladesh curb the very ideological stimulus which caused the rising scale of violence against the religious minorities, particularly Hindus, for decades.

A regular New Age Islam columnist, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is a scholar of Comparative Religion, Classical Arabic and Islamic sciences, cultural analyst and researcher in Media and Communication Studies.

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   20


  • To M. A. Haque.
    May be someone else have commnted, but it was certainly regular commentators.
    My Appology if you are not the one, from the heart.
    I will write further on that but it will be the next one and it is general comment and not directed to you.

    By Aayina - 11/26/2016 3:31:38 PM



  • Ref Aiyena's comment.
    You have made totally unfounded allegations probably to divert the attention of readers. I never commented anything about Dalits more so to take them in the fold of Islam. Islam does not ask anyone to come to its fold under duress. It is possible only volunteerly and by desire. Even if someone accepts Islam under duress, the person never becomes a Muslim. The person has to accept Islam including by desire and without any pressure. Even if the person performs prayers and other rituals, the person is not a Muslim. As far as Qadyanis are concerned I go by the general view and instructions of Islam.
    It seems you try to read the minds of people as you have done in your comment. But let me tell you. You are not adept in that and you go miles away from the target. There is no question of Muslims outnumbering Hindus even in centuries and I am a realist. I do not live in 'fool's paradise'. Hindus are on their own thinking that they will be outnumbered and that is why they are apprehensive.
    I can say a lot more w.r.t. your comment. But I do not think there is any point as you have made false allegations and you can invent things on your own. 

    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 11/26/2016 8:46:19 AM



  • Mr Haque it may be constant persecution for you personally, not for other majority Muslim living in peace.

    After having seperate Muslim Law for your Muslim affairs in India.

    I remember you writing about prosecution of Dalits, your cheap solution was take them in the fold of Islam as Qudianis are taken.

    Dalits want their separate identity in India. Islam is here for centuries nothing had changed for so this Dalits apart from sharing worship place.

    Your mentality is to defeate Hindus or Hindus should be ruled by Muslims(this sick mentality is their since creation of Pakistan) because full control of Hindus is gone which Muslims enjoyed for centuries.

    If you are thinking of ture liberation of mankind than you would not have written what you have written for Dalits(Moslty Hindus) suffering with you cheap solution of taking into the fold of Muslims.

    Baba Ambedkar was offered same thing to come into fold of Muslims he denied both Hindu and Muslim and accepted Buddisium.

    your mentality is to grow in numbers to deafeat the majority of Hindus who are living in peace, same is for Muslims,  majority of Muslims are living in peace.

    By Aayina - 11/25/2016 4:51:16 PM



  • Communal violence taking place against the Bangla Hindus is really disheartening news. The Bangla government should not let it happen.
    This is disheartening because it is a distortion of Islamic teachings. Islam teaches Muslim governments and leaders to provide the security of non-Muslims living in Muslim majority countries. But the thing is taking opposite direction and the Bangla government has failed to stop communal violence being perpetrated by radical ruffians against non-Muslims.
    Such type of distortion should be curbed as soon as possible.
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 11/24/2016 10:53:03 PM



  • Truth is always bitter Mr or Ms. Aiyna. Why do not you ask the 85% Majority to allow the small Minority to live in peace. If we talk of constant persecution, it becomes sick mind psychology while the Majority has the right to do anything and no courage to face the truth and accept what they do.

    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 11/24/2016 10:44:26 AM



  • Sorry to say Mr Haq person like you are also 1% who are constant complainers for Muslim only, Owasis can be your leaders, they too play on same game in politics.

    Some fringe and sick mindset of our second Largest Majority are not allowing new generation of Muslim to playing constructive part in India.

    By Aayina - 11/23/2016 10:54:31 AM



  • Sorry to say that you are over-estimating or deliberately over-stating the facts. JNU has slightly different environment right from its inception. That is why the fanatics always target it. Even in JNU the Administration has played partisan role in case of Najib, as told by his family members on TV. As far as Delhi or NCR is concerned no doubt there are people who are secular. But they are not more than 1% or even less. What about the rest? There is strong discrimination in Delhi too against Muslims. Rarely people are willing to give them their premises on rent. They forward lame excuses for that as soon as they disover that the person concerned is Muslim. Large chunks of Waqf land in Delhi is under encroachment by individuals and organizations. There is no respite. Situation in NCR is even worse. Mosques cannot be built anywhere. There is strong and united opposition to that.
    Probably you have not experienced anything like that and hence you are talking different. There is an old saying: Only the person who wears the shoe feels the pinch. As far as other parts of India is concerned, it is better not to talk about that. Everyday there are communal riots and invariably only Muslims suffer. 

    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 11/23/2016 1:15:09 AM



  • Dear Dr M.A. Haque & Naseem Ahmad, 
    Here is the anwer to your questions:

    It is noteworthy that majority of the Hindu community in India shows an avowed support to the Muslim minority in all cases where they are seen as ‘victims’. Be it the cow vigilantes lynching Akhlaq Ahmad or Najeeb Ahmad missing from JNU, Muslims in India have a huge support from non-Muslims, particularly secular and progressive Hindu members of the Indian society. Only yesterday, around 500 students, from JNU, DU and other central universities came out protesting for Najeeb Ahmad. Close to 300 students took part in the sit-in, 'Light A Ray Of Hope For Najeeb', to express their solidarity with Ahmed and his grieving family. Over 250 of them have even been taken to the police station. So an avid support of non-Muslims towards their Muslim brethren in India is clearly seen in every incident of significance.

    But when similar situation arises in the Muslim countries in an attack against the religious minorities, one wonders why do we Muslims show no spirited support of the victims, and no vehement opposition to the religious fanatics? One finds a note of introspection on part of us Muslims completely missing in such situations. It’s time we muster courage of conviction to speak for the rights of religious minorities in the Muslim world


    By GRD - 11/18/2016 2:54:52 AM



  • Mr. Dehlavi I expected some reaction from you on my comment which was posted on 12/11/2016. I am still waiting as I had raised an important issue.

    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 11/15/2016 11:35:38 AM



  • Warnings of Messenger of God Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (2nd advent of Jesus) peace be on him of Qadian.
    It is also compulsory for every muslim to believe in holy books ‘Hakikatul Ohi’ (Messages of God), ‘A Misconception Removed’ (Claims of Messenger of God Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian) and ‘Natural Death of Jesus’ written by Messenger of God Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad peace be on him of Qadian. 
    I invite you all to islam.
    Mahmood Ahmad of Bangladesh
    High Command 
    World Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
    Cell: +8801759433496

    By Mahmood Ahmad - 11/15/2016 8:44:39 AM



  • I understand what you’re saying _
    By Burhan - 11/15/2016 8:42:32 AM



  • bahot afsos ke sath kehna pedhta hai ke radical islamism dunia ke lie khatra ban gaya hai ore us ki qeemat aam musaman ko chokani pedhrahi hai
    By Azra Rizvi - 11/15/2016 8:41:50 AM



  • Any Muslim who out right doesn't condem the evil preaching of ARMED JIHAD targeting at killing non Muslims ... And the preaching of Ghazwa..E...Hind targeting at destroying Hinduism and killing Hindus (Bangladesh)
    Is a terrorist or is the supporter of terrorism against the non Muslims..

    By Venugopal Bhat - 11/15/2016 8:41:24 AM



  • Brother Ghulam Rasool,
    You are concerned about violence against Bangla Hindus and not about violence against Muslims of India and Muslims of Burma.

    By Naseem Ahmed - 11/13/2016 2:36:41 PM



  • Slow process of Gazwa-e-Hind.
    Hindus should wake up.
    This the part of Grandplan of Gazwa-e-Hind

    By Aayina - 11/12/2016 2:17:32 PM



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