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The War Within Islam (20 Nov 2009 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Don’t mistake Dr. Zakir Naik’s out-of-date medievalism for ‘Modern Islam’

A conditional charity

By Javed Anand

Nov 19, 2009

The disgraceful conduct of a UK-based Muslim charity with the victim-survivors of the 2002 communal carnage in Gujarat could have been ignored as an isolated, if highly deplorable act. Sadly, this is no isolated incident. If anything, it is but the latest manifestation of a malignancy common to many Muslim outfits, in India and internationally.

For those who missed the news in the November 15 edition of this paper, here is the gist. A UK-based NRI charity named Muslim Relief Organisation (MRO) had built a colony in Detral village in Bharuch district to rehabilitate the victim-survivors of Gujarat’s state-sponsored carnage (2002). Even in charity, it seems, conditions apply.

The MRO has now issued an ultimatum to the Muslims it had helped rehabilitate: Shariah-compliant beards are a must. No rubbing shoulders with fellow Muslims in the village mosque, namaaz only in the special (sectarian) mosque we have built. Banish TV sets from your homes, all music is prohibited. Follow the “Shariah rules” or out you go of the homes we built. For you.

It can’t be an easy choice for Detral’s Muslims who, dispossessed by Hindu extremists seven years earlier, now face a second dispossession: by co-believers this time. My salaams to those village folks who at great cost to themselves have chosen freedom over capitulation to mean despots masquerading as custodians of Islam! A Google search doesn’t tell us much about the MRO or its broader ideological affiliation. But it’s easy to see where they are coming from.

The Detral ignominy is no isolated incident. Last year, televangelist Dr Zakir Naik’s flush-with-petro-dollars Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) launched a scholarship scheme for Muslim students. That you might think is a good idea. But here again, conditions apply. Before all else, the aspiring candidates must pass the “Islam test”. Since IRF is the screening body, it is reasonable to assume that the would-be grantee must match-up to the sponsor’s brand of an intolerant Islam. So here is free tuition to future aspirants on IRF’s ‘model answers’ to frequently asked questions:

Is it OK for Indian Muslims to sing Vande Mataram?

Model answer: Forget Muslims, even Hindus must follow the Vedas and refrain from such sinful act. (Rigveda, page…, para…, mantra…; the IRF is pretty good at playing the memory game).

Why can’t non-Muslims practice their faith in Saudi Arabia?

Model answer: Simple, stupid! Islam is the only true religion. How can sinful ways of worship be allowed in the land of the only true religion?

Were the Taliban justified in demolishing the Bamiyan Buddhas?

Model answer: But of course! Since there were no Buddhists in Afghanistan and the territory belonged to the Afghans, they were right in destroying their own property. (How did Buddhists disappear from Afghanistan? Don’t act smart!)


Model answer: Un-Islamic.

Burqa for women?

Model answer: It’s a symbol of women’s dignity while their participation in the Olympics, alongside men, symbolises degradation of women.

How to promote peace in the world?

Model answer: Through a 24/7 ‘Peace TV Channel’ and mega-budget ‘International Islamic Peace Conferences’ in Mumbai, London, Tokyo. Message: “My dear Hindu, Christian, Jews and the rest of you, brothers and sisters, Peace be upon you! We are here to prove with reason and logic how ignorant you are, clueless about your own faith and guilty of the greatest sin: idol worship. Convert to Islam for “Global Unity and Peace”.

(No Islam, no peace? At an estimated expenditure of rupees one crore per convert, IRF’s must be the most cost-inefficient model in the conversion business).

The Sachar Committee’s report convincingly establishes the fact of institutionalised discrimination against Muslims in our ‘infidel’ state? But the Muslim Relief Organisation, the IRF and their types do a much better inside job in discriminating: between Muslims (good) and Muslims (bad) in Islam’s name. It’s a discrimination that’s inevitable when faith is converted into a totalitarian ideology.

“There is no compulsion in religion” (“La ikraaha fiddeen”), says the Quran. “Diversity of opinion in my ummah is a blessing from Allah,” said the Prophet. For the despots of Islam, however, not only is Islam the only true religion, “their Islam” is the only “true Islam”. No space for doubt, no question of choice.

For sensible scholars of Islam, the Shariah is only a problem-solving methodology for those who seek to unravel the Divine Intent with the help of the Quran, teachings of Prophet Mohammed (Ahadith and Sunnah), consensual approach (ijma) and critical reasoning (ijtehad). But when a methodology (Marxist or Islamic) is elevated to the status of Law — frozen in time, all fresh approaches outlawed — you cannot but end up with a totalitarian ideology that by its own internal logic must aspire to the establishment of a totalitarian state (Marxist or Islamic).

It may seem like an ugly utopia for you and me. But to the hopelessly indoctrinated, a school in Mumbai, a village of bruised and battered Muslims in Gujarat, the Swat valley in Pakistan, a country named Afghanistan, or any social space big or small will do as a laboratory for the pursuit of their totalitarian fantasy.

Fortunately for the world and for the ummah itself, when given a chance to express themselves, the vast majority of Muslims — Indonesian, Malaysian, Bangladesh, Pakistani — continue to deliver a resounding ‘No’ to the enemies of freedom and choice. But beware of the dangers of the malevolent, modern-day messiahs. Unlike the poor maulvi sahib from a Muslim mohalla, this seemingly sophisticated lot comes draped in suit and tie, speaks fluent English, swears faith in “reason and logic”, quotes from the Vedas and the Bible as comfortably as from the Quran, oozes cash and promotes disharmony and discord in the name of peace. Don’t take them lightly for many among the new generation of otherwise well-educated but theologically ignorant Muslims assume this out-of-date medievalism to mean ‘Modern Islam’.

Source: Indian Express, New Delhi

The writer is co-editor, ‘Communalism Combat’ and general secretary ‘Muslims for Secular Democracy’.

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  • Assalamo alykum

     Mufti sahab mera naam Sherbanu hai mai ek shadi shuda ladki hoon mere father ki bahoot sari karodo ki milkat hai or meri mummy hai or mere 3 bhai or 8 sister hai or main mila kar hum 9 sister or 3 brother hai ab hamari karodo ki zamin bikne ko hai or bhai bol rahe hai ki 1 rupe main 4 bhag honge or 1 bhag main mummy or 9 sister or baki tin bhag mai 3 bhai ka 1 - 1 matlab 25% main 9 sister or 1 mother or 75%  3 bhai ka to yeh kahan tak sahi hai or agar heh sahi nahi to fir sahi hissa kiska kitna hai is baat par please muje detail se bataiyega (islamic tarika or Quran ki ayat se Roshni dalieyga) OR Ek baat batana chahti hoon ki yeh 3 bhai ne zindagi main kabhi bhi kamaya nahi or mere Father ki Milkat ki Rent income par aaj tak rahe hai or abi bhi unki yehi rozy hai

    So, Plz is baat par detail main roshni daliyega or Allah se Dua kijie ki hum behno ko or mummy ko humara pura Huk mile.

    or Ek baat 24 Dukane hai jo mere Father ne mere 2 number k bhai k naam par ki hai lekin is irade se nahi ki gift ya tohfa balki Father Zinda the tab bhi or Unke Guzar ne ke baad bhi Un dookano ki Rent income mummy k paas aati  thi magar kuchh salo se bhai ne dookane le li hai yeh keh kar ki yeh mere naam par hai or main isme se kisi ko nahi dooga or hum 9 baheno ko to bilkul bhi nahi 3 number k bahi ko Aadha hissa Dookan ki Rant income main se de dete hai or jo 1 number ka bhai hai oosko to doona ka hissa doosari property main se de diya bus hum behno ko hi dena nahi chata

    OR 35 ya 38 makaan ki income hai jo makan mummy k naam par hai to is ki Rant income  mummy ko jati hai Mutlab bheno ko kuch nahi to plz is baat par islamic hookook se hamara insafi faisala sunaiys Insha Allah, Allah Hafiz

    Walekum Salam


    By sherbanu -

  • The fact remains that honourable men can have honest differences on how to interpret certain constructs. If after a civilized discussion, the differences are not resolved, we should be able to say, "I believe what I believe and I respect your right to believe what you believe". Attempts to impose unanimity have resulted in untold amounts of bloodshed.[Ghulam Mohiyuddin]

    By Aamir Mughal -

  • Whether the Prophet did or did not say, "Diversity of opinion in my ummah is a blessing from Allah", the fact remains that honourable men can have honest differences on how to interpret certain constructs. If after a civilized discussion, the differences are not resolved, we should be able to say, "I believe what I believe and I respect your right to believe what you believe". Attempts to impose unanimity have resulted in untold amounts of bloodshed.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin -

  • “Diversity of opinion in my ummah is a blessing from Allah,” said the Prophet.[ Javed Anand]


    Dear Javed Sahab,

    With utmost humility and respect I would beg to say that the above mentioned saying is not genuine or authentic. It is wrongly attributed towards Prophet Mohammad [PBUH].

    Background is as under:


    Ikhtilaf-e-Rai to Hamaray Deen Ka Hissa Hey"


    Translation: Difference of Opinion is an essential part of Islam Yaani "Ikhtalaf-e-Ummat Bais-e-Rehmat Hai"

    Ahl ul Bidah [Innovators - Bida'ati] quote this statement as a hadith, but it is not mentioned in the six authentic collections of Hadith and its chain of narrators is also not known. There are various versions of this statement. In some versions it is mentioned, "The difference of opinions among my Companions is a mercy for you." Or "The difference of opinions of my Companions is a mercy for my Ummah." Many scholars of Hadith consider all these versions as weak or da'if as far as their narration is concerned. "The saying "Difference of opinion in my Community is a mercy" is the most perverse saying possible, because if difference were mercy, agreement would be anger, and it is impossible for a Muslim to say this, because there can only be either agreement, or difference, and there can only be either mercy, or anger."

    ??????? ?????????????? ?????????? ?????? ????? ???? ????? ?????? ?????? ??????????? ????? ??????????? ????????

    [AN-NISA (WOMEN) Chapter 4 - Verse 82]

    Afala yatadabbaroona alqurana walaw kana min AAindi ghayri Allahilawajadoo feehi ikhtilafan katheeran

    Interpretation of the meaning:

    Will they not then ponder on the Qur'an? If it had been from other than Allah they would have found therein much incongruity. [AN-NISA (WOMEN) Chapter 4 - Verse 82]

    By Aamir Mughal -

  • Javed Anand is exactly right to speak up against the coerciveness and intolerance of some maulvis and against the supremacist preaching of Dr. Zakir Naik. Such attitudes are regressive and non-adaptive and tend to thwart inter-communal as well as intra-communal harmony. It is good to see more and more liberal and moderate Muslims speak up against narrow-minded status quo. The Indian Express must be congratulated for giving frequent exposure to moderate Muslim voices in its editorial pages.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin -

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