Indian Muslims – are they trustworthy?
~ Sujit Das
“Janani Janma-bhoomischa Swargadapi Gareeyasi.”
(The Mother and the Motherland are more significant than paradise itself.)
– Lord Rama exclaims in Valmiki Ramayana
India is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-linguistic country, and Muslims constitute the largest minority group. Though Indian Government gave them enough incentives and provided them facilities to participate fully in education along with other sections of population they are the most backward section of society, standing at bottom position in the educational field when compared to the general population of India. The scholars who studied the life and politics of Muslims in contemporary India soon became aware of the following odds.
1) They blindly obey their obscurantist and separatist leaders. These communal leaders guide them on narrow community issues rather than broader collective or national interests. In many Muslim-dominated areas, they do not even have individual opinion and cast their votes as per the fatwa of their religious leaders.
2) There is no common civil code for all the citizens of India. The religious leadership and the political leadership have very aggressively taken the stand that Sharia is divine and there should be no secular interference in it. The clerics strongly resist any effort to reform Sharia or even reinterpret it according to contemporary conditions and needs.
3) They subject their religion to a thorough socio-historical critique.
4) They believe in the supremacy of their religion and cannot give equal validity and relevance in their thinking to other religions. Most of them have immense hatred for their progressive Hindu and Christian counterparts because of their own backwardness. This makes them suffer from strong inferiority complex.
5) They are narrow-minded and are making themselves more narrow-minded against India’s ancient cultural heritage instead of adopting it. A Muslim, although born in India, does not belong to Indian Civilization; rather he belongs to the Arab culture. He has no appreciation for the ancient Vedic Tradition. An Indian Muslim family is a poor imitation of an Arab family within the principled confines of Islam. Therefore, it is very easy to isolate them as a religion-centric society that exploit in the name of Islam.
6) Crime rate amongst Muslims is very high in India. Most of the Indian mafia lords are Muslims. According to official reports Muslims are significantly overrepresented in prisons. As example, in the western state of Maharashtra, where Muslims are little more than one-tenth of the general population, they are almost a third of those convicted or facing trial.
7) They look toward Pakistan and Arabia for inspiration and leadership whom they see as their Guardian angels. They are less supportive to Indian democracy than the rest of the population, and are easily excited by the Kashmir issue or Israeli-Palestinian issue.
8) Muslim leaders try to dictate on foreign policy matters to the Indian government. For example, they succeeded for a long time in keeping India from having full diplomatic relations with Israel and making India tilt in favor of Palestine and other Arab nations which are seen as inherently hostile to India because they are Islamic countries.
It’s a fact that the Muslims in India have problems, but I would like to add that almost all the problems are by no means exclusive to them; these are their own making. Muslims believe in their cultural superiority over the Hindus and are so obsessed with the loss of their prior, inequitable privileges that they hardly seem to be in a mood to be content with the mere rights of equal citizenship with the Hindu majority India. It is despite the fascinating fact that in this Hindu majority India they are better equipped than in Muslim majority neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh.
For a Muslim religion comes first. In the Islamic world, the law itself says this. With a few patriotic, culturally proud and honorable exceptions, the vast majority of Indian Muslims are not open to the idea of a separation of religion and state. This Hindu majority India offered them equality and protection, but what they gave the Nation in return? The reason I ask is because I came across several quite disturbing words from the Muslim leadership.
“Hindustan (India) is Dar-ul-Harb since Muslim rule ended there. It is most important that Islamic rule is established there.” (Maulana Husain Ahmed Madni, President, Jamait-ul-Ulema Hind and Congress Member of Parliament)
“A country like India, which has once been under Mohammedan rule, must never be given up, and it was incumbent on them to strive to regain their lost control.” (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, President of All India Congress)
“The havoc, that the Muslims would play, would put to shame what Changez Khan and Halaku did.” (Feroz Khan Noon, a leader of the Muslim League)
The Government of India is spending in billions (INR 5.95 billion in 2007 and INR 7 billion in 2008 – mostly from the “Kafir” Hindu tax-payers money), as subsidy to Hajj pilgrims. No other country in the world, even Muslim countries, offer subsidy to Hajj pilgrims. Offering financial assistance to a religious group for fulfilling a religious duty goes against the secular spirit of the Indian Constitution. It is also to be noted that Indian Government does not provide any subsidy to Hindu pilgrims who go to visit Kailash-mansarovar in China, or to Amarnath in Kashmir or Gangasagar in West Bengal. On the contrary, the Government imposes direct and indirect pilgrimage taxes on them. In addition, there are other facilities, e.g. paying monthly salary to Imams of mosques, expanding Madrasa education, renovating mosques, providing quota for Government jobs, providing easy bank loans, scholarships for Muslim students etc. In spite of this, the Nation is failing to earn their loyalty. Rather more and more Muslims are vocal with their stanch support for Islamic terrorism and anti-Indian motives.
“Against the non-Muslim [Indian] Government, Islam prescribes only sword, protracted battle and the cutting of throats.” (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad)
“There is not an inch of the soil of India which our forefathers did not once purchase with their blood. We cannot be false to the blood of our fathers. India the whole of it is therefore our heritage and it must be reconquered for Islam… Our ultimate ideal should be the unification of India, spiritually as well as politically under the banner of Islam. The final political salvation of India is not otherwise possible” (F. K Khan Durrani, Author)
The overwhelming body of Muslim opinion supports violence, either openly or secretly, against their own Nation. Religious sympathy for violence and desperate measures is overwhelmingly present in them. There is no sense of gratitude at living in a democratic society with constitutional protections and legal institutions. They will never agree that they were better off in their Indian freedoms than Pakistanis in their Islamic state.
“If Mohammed-Bin-Kasim and Mahmood Ghaznavi could invade India with armies composed of a few thousands, and yet were able to overpower lakhs of Hindus, God willing a few lakhs of Muslims will yet overwhelm crores of Hindus.” (Ghaznafar Ali Khan, the health minister in the Viceroy’s Interim Government headed by Pandit Nehru)
“Every Muslim should be a terrorist.” (Zakir Naik, Preacher)
Kashmiri Muslims burning the Indian flag
Nationalism provides a sense of belonging that arises from the deep bottom of the heart. It cannot be taught; it needs to be cultivated to create a common national identity through a true commitment to a national unity. As for the Indian Muslims this is different – a strange sense of Islamic nationalism drives their ambitions and desires.
“However painful it may be, the fact is that it is impossible to observe Islam faithfully and still be a good citizen of India” (M.R.A. Baig, veteran scholar and political elite.)
“In spite of contradiction it would seem in the final analysis that neither Quran nor Mohammed advocated humanism and even co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims and that Islam with all its apparatus was conceived and designed as the religion to end all religion.” (M.R.A. Baig)
Muslim Indian thinkers will never see themselves in a larger context. They deliberately deny the fact that they are heirs to a millennium-long civilization, one of the greatest in modern history, replete with the highest philosophical, architectural, artistic, and literary accomplishments.
“The politics of socialism and secularism is totally unsound. I do not like any Muslim to adopt socialism and secularism as his political ideal.” (Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a leader of Jamait-e-Islami)
“The Muslim community of India also welcomed the idea of a secular state, because they feared the alternative would be a Hindu State. Many of them seem to believe that the state must remain secular, but the Muslims should be saved from secularism.” (Dr. Mushir-ul-Haq, author)
“Shall the Muslims with all their ideology merge into sweeping current of secularism or change the current itself and establish the sovereignty of Islam? That is the serious question which confronts the Muslims of India today. Islam has been born to turn the whole world into Islamic. We have to change this secular rule in Bharat and establish Islamic rule in its place. The idea of secular rule is itself a contradiction of Islam. We have, therefore, to slowly work for the establishment of the sovereignty of Islam here.” (Syed Ahmad Hussain, a leader of Jamait-e-Islami)
Pakistan is constantly attempting to destabilize India by fanning secessionist movements in Punjab and Kashmir. Muslims of India are willing pawns in the games played by Pakistani rulers despite the fact that the makers of Pakistan jeopardized the safety of millions of Muslims who chose to continue living in India, and thanks to partition became a despised and mistrusted minority. The flow of Gulf money for mosques and other Islamic institutions has strengthened the fundamentalists among the Muslim leadership who are trying to wean the Muslims away from their Indianised Islam towards a stubborn Arabic version of the faith, removing from it practices which built cultural bonds with the neighboring Hindus. Even the Urdu they advocate is heavily Persianised and Arabicised.
“The Quran divides humanity in two parts. The Muslims, Party of God, and the rest, Party of Satan.” (Maulana Maududi, President, Jamait-e-Islami)
The analysis so far is simple. The Buddhists (even though they have practically disappeared from the land of the Buddha), Jains, Sikhs, Christians, Anglo-Indians, and Persies all belong to India, because they think of India as their native land. They treated India as the land of their birth because this is where they and their religious traditions were born. They are, in that sense, “original”, “natural” Indians – as I can say – part of the fabric of India. They have significant contribution to the economic, intellectual, social, and political development of India. The case of the Muslims of India was another matter altogether. By shedding their “national” culture, they came to think of themselves as belonging to the Arab and Mughal communities. Rulers like Aurangzeb, and later on the British, always preached that the Muslims have been the governors of this country, and that their direct links are with Arabia, Persia, and Turkey. Their language, appearance, religion, and practices are all different from those of the Hindus. They did not think of the other people living in India as their own and cut themselves off from Indian civilization and culture. It is noteworthy that the Buddhists did not start calling themselves Chinese or Japanese; the Anglo-Indians did not call themselves British; and the Persies did not call themselves as Iranians.
When people of every other community joined in a united struggle against the British, the Muslims stood aside because they had a different agenda. They made separatist demands, played into the hands of the British, and were rewarded, finally, with the prize of Pakistan – from where Hindus and Christians were now being driven out.
“Muslims should have ruled India after the departure of the British, and not the Hindus. Population growth helped Muslims to annex a large part of India for creating a separate Islamic State of Pakistan. Such efforts on the part of the Muslims should be continued to gradually convert the rest of India into Dar-ul-Islam.” (Syed Shahabuddin, MP, the leader of Samata Party)
The treacherous words of these hate-mail heroes speak volume. Thus, to my mind, if the Muslim leadership is accused of largely encouraging fanaticism and hate to their Hindu counterpart, the accusers are very much in the right. Indian Muslims view India as a kind of unfinished job. The dominance of Qur’anic law in the entire India is their final goal – Muslim’s book of terrorism, the “Holy” Qur’an confirms it.
“And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah. But if they cease, then lo! Allah is Seer of what they do.” (Q: 8.39)
The Hindu majority India is a land of Saints and Rishis. Many Gods and Rishis have taken avatar in this land – Rama, Krishna, Mahavir, Bhuddha, Adi Shankara, Guru Nanak, etc. That’s why this sacred land, the Mother India, is also called Devbhoomi, Punyabhoomi, etc. In present day, a fanciful poet sang the praises of Mother India and danced in joy,
“Yeh Duniya ika dulhan hai, dulhan ke mathe pe bindiya, Yeh mera India”. In English, “This world is a bride, on the forehead of this bride is a ‘Bindiya’ (a colored dot worn by Indian women on forehead). This is my India, I love my India”.
In every culture certain symbols are created through popular art. In India, Hindi films often play this role. Certain songs from films have become deep-rooted in Indian culture as symbols. There is one such song from a film made in 1974 – Upkar. It goes,
“Mere Desh ki dharti, sona ugle, ugle heere moti, mere desh ki dharti.”
(The land, the soils of my country, they produce gold, they produce diamonds.)
For a true Indian, a pinch of soil of India is more precious than gold. Those who follow the culture of ‘half humanized half ape’ Arab Bedouin barbarians can never be true Indian. How can we expect loyalty from the ideological offspring of those Muslim invaders who lived by aggression and pillage, and attacked this peaceful land with sword in one hand and a demonic book ‘Qur’an’ in other hand? Did we forget Mir’jafar?
Mir’jafar was a Muslim traitor who had sold India to British for personal political gain. In Indian languages, the word “Mir’jafar” has become a synonym for traitor, particularly one who collaborates with the foreign invaders and the enemies of the native land for personal benefit in the same manner as Vidkun Quisling in Norway, Benedict Arnold in the United States, and Philippe Pétain in France. For the Indian writers and journalists the word “Mir’jafar” is a magic word. If the Indian critics, literates and the media had been asked to invent a new word for traitor… they could hardly have hit upon a more brilliant combination of letters, i.e., “Mir’jafar”. In India, one who is called by the name “Mir’jafar” does not need any further introduction. Though this Muslim traitor “Mir’jafar” died a humiliating death, History did not forgive him, as History does not forgive anybody. The noun has survived and will survive as long as Islam survives in India. After all, long history of Islam in India is also an equally long history of treason. So we need to use this term every now and then.
A vast majority Indian Muslims are Mir’jafars by heart – either secretly or openly. There is not a single atom of patriotism in them, rather they openly wish for the downfall of India and Hindu Civilization. Dr. Ali Mohammed Naqvi, a follower of the Deoband School of Islamic ideology that totally thwarted the concept of nationalism and democracy, authored a book, Islam and Nationalism, in which he unequivocally stated,
“Nationalism is incompatible with Islam… The concept of a ‘nationalist Muslim’ is as absurd as that of a ‘religious Communist’ or ‘capitalist Marxist’. ….. When the ideology of Islam expands, nationalism is destroyed, and when nationalism grows, Islam is annihilated.”
Another Muslim author, Hamid Dalwai rightly revealed the attitude of Indian Muslims in his book,Muslim Politics in India, where he unambiguously stated,
“In sum, Muslims cannot reconcile themselves with the nationalism of any country, where they are in a minority.”
Because of their disloyalty and antinational sentiments, India has no other option but to deal with them with concern. Many Muslims across the Nation have refused to sing Indian national anthem, Vande Mataram – the cultural ethos of Indian civilization, and the soul of the Nation. This refusal reveals their true color. Today there is very little recruitment of Muslims into the Indian Army – less than 3 %. This reflects the Nation’s lack of trust in their patriotism. Attaullah Suhrawardy, a senior leader of the National Conference of Kashmir, and former minister and deputy speaker of Kashmir, unequivocally asserted in his speech in the state legislative council,
“I am first a Muslim and then an Indian. Islam does not need the support of anyone for its spread. It is spreading on its own. At the time of partition, there were only four and a half crore Muslims in the country. However, in spite of the bloody communal riots in Bhiwandi, Moradabad, Aligarh and other areas, killing thousands of Muslims, the population of Muslims has increased to 14 crores. …As for the question of conversion of all to Islam, it is the fundamental duty of a Muslim to strive for conversion and any Muslim who does not remember this duty, does not deserve to be called a Muslim.”
Syed Abdullah Bukahri, the Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi, poured out these poisonous statements in two separate occasions,
“Secularism has no place in Islam. Propagation of Islam is the first duty of Muslim. Muslim youths will propagate Islam with swords in their hands.”
“I consider Islam greater than the country. I am first a Muslim, then everything else…. For me there is no meaning to Independence Day (of India)….. I have told Muslims thousands of time and telling them again to burn down bungalows of Muslim ministers of the Congress Party, cut off their legs and throw them away. Islam is first, nation afterwards.”
Hindu–Muslim riots in India have caused immense human suffering. Based on official figures, more than 17,000 individuals were killed in riots in India between 1950 and 1995, including more than 4,600 killed during the period between 1982 and 1995 alone. In addition to these large human costs, riots also lead to the destruction of physical property and the disruption of economic activity. Azam Khan, the then MLA of UP Legislative Assembly burst into vile words against the motherland, India, at a public meeting in Kanpur on March 23, 1987,
“Is this our motherland? This is a blood-thirsty mother. This is not mother; this is a witch.”
This is the worst type of disloyalty. Salahuddin Oweisi, a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, publicly suggested,
“There should be a separate Muslim state within each state of India.”
Can India survive these treacherous backstabbing parasites? Marcus Tullius Cicero commented,
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague”.
Despite India’s impressive aggregate economic growth rates of recent years, India is stuck in low per capita income, and suffers serious problems at sub-Saharan African levels for mainly Muslim-related problems. Muslims are major obstacles to the development of India. The clerics do not allow Muslims to accept birth control measures. This, together with the right of Muslim men to have four wives encourages a higher birth-rate creating the danger of the Hindus being swamped by the Muslims. In addition to this, the large scale one-way flow of Muslim Bangladeshi illegal immigrants into India is jeopardizing the security of India and putting a great strain on the Indian economy, as well as upsetting the demographic balance. These Bangladeshis are not to be seen as people searching for jobs, land and livelihood in Assam; they were “infiltrators” threatening all of India. While Pakistan has been aggressively trying to harm India, Bangladesh’s plan is more subtle and long term with disastrous consequences. Bangladeshi clerics and fanatics have been working on a plan to create “Greater Bangladesh” which will consist of West Bengal and Assam, and parts of Bihar and Jharkhand. The Assam violence is just a small example of it but the issue is becoming a major problem for the Nation. Statistics say that every day almost 6000 Bangladeshis cross over to Assam, and in the last 18 years only 1490 of them has been deported. The Muslim population of Assam has shown a rise of 77.2% in 1991 from what it was in 1971 whereas the Hindu population has risen 41.89% in that period. If this continues unabated it is only a matter of time that the whole of Assam would be merged with Bangladesh. In 1951, the Hindu and Muslim population in West Bengal was 79.40 per cent Hindu and 18.63 per cent Muslim, which changed to 77.10 per cent Hindu and 21.55 per cent Muslim in 1981, and reached 72.90 per cent Hindu and 25.37 per cent Muslim in 2001. Parts of West Bengal had already become mini Bangladesh.
Awakening about the fundamentalist Islam and dangers it is posing to the entire humanity has now reached every nook and corner of the Western and Christian world. It is mistake to think that a Muslim is an honest citizen of the country who just practices some other religion. Allowing Muslims into the country as immigrants is nothing but opening the doors for traitors. With high birth-rate and illegal immigration, when Muslims will become absolute majority, India will be declared Islamic country. It is unfortunate that in spite of this long bitter experience the political leaders, historians and opinion makers of Hindu India have failed to learn the lessons of history and educate the people about the real character of Islam and its fundamentals. As a result India will have to face a new and may be still bloodier civilization conflict with Islam along with the rest of the world in the days to come.
- A Foreign Hand From The East: Communally-inclined parties find Bangladeshis a rallying factor, by Saba Naqvi, Debarshi Dasgupta, Toral Varia Deshpande
- Bangladeshi Illegal Migration into Assam: Issues and Concerns from the Field, by Namrata Goswami
- Can a Muslim Be an Indian?, by Gyanendra Pandey.
- Crimes Against India: and the Need to Protect Its Ancient Vedic Tradition, by Stephen Knap.
- Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India, by Ashutosh Varshney.
- Hajj Subsidy: An Instrument of Muslim Appeasement in Indian Politics, by Dr. Radhasyam Brahmachari.
- Identity and Religion: Foundations of Anti-Islamism in India, by Amalendu Misra.
- Muslim Indians: Struggle for Inclusion, by Amit A. Pandya.
- Muslim League, Jinnah and the Hindu Mahasabha, by Qalb-i-Abid and Massarrat Abid
- The Art of Wooing Muslim Votes in Indian Politics, by Sujit Das.
- The meaning of Pakistan, by F.K Khan Durrani
Sujit Das lives in Mumbai (India). He is the author of several articles critical of Islam and two booksIslam Dismantled: The Mental Illness of Prophet Muhammad and The Allah Delusion available for online purchase at Amazon.com and in various book stores. He can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org