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Though many Muslims associate themselves in India with the activities of the Tablighis, which is a puritanical movement, and seeks to drag the Muslims 1400 years back, most of the Muslims are very critical of it, and oppose it tooth and nail. They call it ‘Taklifi Jamaat’, as, according to them, it maximises difficulties of its followers and of the Muslims….

 
The Great Betrayal of Aam Aadmi Party
The Great Betrayal of Aam Aadmi Party
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

The worrying signs were there for all to see: caricatures like Anna Hazare, mediocre bureaucrats like Kiran Bedi were hailed as new heroes of new India. And yet we persisted in our belief that a new political party will herald a new grammar of politics in India. It was not just duplicity and hypocrisy that birthed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), it was also our belief in such crusaders which has landed us here….

Today, the Jamaat has, virtually overnight, earned for itself the ill-repute of being the “largest known” COVID-19 source in South and South-East Asia. In India, many participants at an international gathering of around 4,000 Jamaatis at the Tabligh’s global headquarters — Nizamuddin Markaz...

I was on the ground over the past two days to make sense of how the Tablighi Jamaat — an orthodox, missionary Islamic movement — came to be a major virus vector for India. The facts reveal gross, even criminal, negligence by the Jamaat. They highlight a series of grave lapses by and sloppiness on the part of many other key players in the system....

 

The fact is, as I have said before, today’s Indian Muslims suffer from an intellectual paralysis. An earlier generation of scholars used to study such thinkers like Ibn Arabi, Fakhruddin Razi, Einstein, Bergson, Russel and Freud. The task, once again, is to rethink Islam without completely breaking from the past....

"The Quran and Hadith enjoin in Muslims to hold on to mosques to avoid fitna (calamities) but people of this age think that leaving the mosques is the cure for this malady."(24th March)

"Actually, this is all a plan to create rifts among the Muslims. This is a means to turn Muslims into untouchables.............How have we come to believe that if we will meet each other the disease will spread. ."(26th March) …

--- The leader of the Tablighi Jama'at at Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz

I have never appreciated this movement. I think it is a big waste of time, money and resource of the community. I have found members of this movement to be extremely irresponsible when it comes to social and familial commitments. Their views are inanely orthodox and they are conservative to the point of being ridiculous….

In Cox’s Bazar we have been watching the world and holding our breath for the first confirmed case of Covid-19. With reports of the first confirmed case in the local community in Cox’s Bazar, it’s just a matter of time until the virus reaches the vulnerable population living in cramped conditions in the largest refugee settlement on Earth. Thousands of people could die....

 

More than 740,000 Rohingya were forced to flee over the border into sprawling camps in Bangladesh, in violence that the UN investigators said amounted to genocide...

 

Once Yahya and Mujib had reached an agreement in principle, and Bhutto's interests had been adequately safeguarded by Yahya, the task of working out the details of the proclamation to transfer power was left to the experts. ...

 

The most extraordinary difference is the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression i.e. Article 8 of the 1956 Constitution and Article 19 of the 1973 Constitution. There is no exception on the basis of glory of Islam under 1956 Constitution. That novelty was introduced by the 1973 Constitution….

 

The minorities in general, and Muslims in particular, accepted the pledge of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that “our mission is to satisfy every interest and safeguard the interests of all the minorities to their satisfaction”....

A good democracy requires an honest representation of the constituents. Thus, this shenanigan has to end for the good of the country and the people. If nothing changes, this dishonest behaviour will continue causing a loss to the constituents who are not being properly represented and costing the government for holding elections again…

 

In Pakistan, the leadership that had assumed control of the new state, though committed in broad terms of Islam, was largely Westernised and secular in outlook. It represented the emerging Muslim bourgeoisie and the feudal elite which had internalised the ideals and the idiom of Western secularism. They held religion to be a largely private matter between man and God….

Afghans have been present in Delhi as far as living memory goes, and possibly well beyond that. Many of the monuments that Delhiites see on their daily commutes, such as the Qutub Minar (modelled on the Minaret of Jam in the Ghor province of Afghanistan), and Siri fort were built by rulers of Afghan origin....

The remark implied that while Pakistan emerged out of that pogrom as a theocratic state, sure about its religious underpinnings, India, though crafted into a secular nation, remains in a state of haziness about its foundations….

No other movement in India has seen as large a presence of women since the freedom struggle, a time when women stepped out of their homes, responding to Gandhi’s call. Today, the women are protesting as much to secure their children’s future, as to preserve the ideals that Gandhi and others in the freedom struggle had fought for….

 

Expectedly, stories of Hindus and Muslims saving one another from marauders intersperse a grim narrative, but the reality is that the violence has not only scarred hearts and minds, but polarised the gut reaction….

 

“The number of people participating in the protest has increased manifold since the time the protest started. Since the beginning, we treated the sit-in as an educational exercise, one that sought to inform people about the CAA, NRC, and NPR....

Between August-October 1947, as many as 20,000 Muslims were killed within Delhi in communal riots and almost all the Muslim residents – especially from mixed localities – had shifted to temporary camps that had sprung up in Purana Qila, Nizamuddin and Humayun’s Tomb….

The Shaheen Bagh protest has been eulogised by many and dismissed by others. Whatever perspective one chooses, it’s undeniable that it has become the inspiration for a large number of similar peaceful and determined protests by groups of women across India, from metropolises to obscure cities and towns......

He said that Muslims, non-Muslims, men and women will all be free and have equal rights in the Iran that he promised to build. Unfortunately, he went back on his word from the moment he rose to power….

 

Hence accepting that ‘forget everything and lead a refresh life of more powerful multiculturalism and peaceful pluralism than ever’ might be a difficult task ahead. But we are still alive to believe in the divine command, “Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”…

Women are among the strongest opponents of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens, which threaten the citizenship rights of vulnerable groups like Muslims, poor women, oppressed castes and LGBTQ people….

 

The Shaheen Bagh protest is anchored in a hope and a belief that a democratic arrangement can find peaceful ways of addressing the grievances and anxieties of a minority. And, it would be an unmitigated tragedy for Indian democracy if the violence instigated in Delhi is used to delegitimise Shaheen Bagh’s democratic potential and promise. Insha’Allah (National Security Adviser Ajit Doval permitting)….



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