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15 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Muslim reactions to Salman Rushdie: No Thought Crime in Islam, says Maulana Wahiddudin Khan

By Maulana Wahiddudin Khan

Jan 15, 2012

According to international norms, everyone has the right to express his views in a peaceful manner, says MAULANA WAHIDDUDIN KHAN

Salman Rushdie is once again in the news. Born in India and now settled in the UK, he has been invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival that is being held from January 20 to 24. On hearing of this, a Muslim religious organisation reacted by issuing a statement demanding that the government of India should not allow Rushdie’s entry into India. According to them, he has committed blasphemy in his book The Satanic Verses, and his visit to India will hurt the sentiments of Muslims here.

According to my way of thinking, the demand by this Muslim group is completely uncalled for. They have the right to stop Rushdie from coming to their own campus, but they have no right to ban his entry into Indian soil.

Follow The Constitution

India is a democratic country which is guided by a secular constitution and Muslims should know the framework of the Indian Constitution. Any demand that is alien to this constitutional framework will undoubtedly be invalid and unacceptable to the Indian government.

Moreover, this kind of demand is un-Islamic. It is against the Islamic spirit. If Muslims want to represent Islam, they must take the visit of Rushdie as an opportunity to invite the British author to enter into a dialogue, so that they may discuss the controversial point with him, and try to impress upon him their point of view. This visit to India by Rushdie gives them the chance to remove any misunderstanding of Islam by presenting their case before him in a rational manner.

There is a very relevant verse in the Quran on this subject. It reads: “If any of the non-believers seeks your protection, then let him come so that he may hear the words of God, then convey him to a place of safety” (9:6).

What The Quran Says

The verse focuses on a very important Islamic principle, that Muslims should welcome everybody. According to this principle, Muslims should organise meetings with the British author. They should put their point of view before him in a rational manner, then try to present to him their point of view and their objections to his writings.

If Rushdie is not convinced, they should make Dua for him and according to the Quranic teaching, see him off amicably, without rancour.

We are living in an age of freedom. According to international norms, everyone has the right to express his views in a peaceful manner. Muslims also have right to put their point of view before Rushdie, just as he has the right to express his views — both have an equal right.

Spirit Of The Age

It is not good for Muslims to go against the spirit of the age. If they do so, they will only harm the religion of Islam. They will prove by this act that George Orwell was right when he said that Islam believes in “thought-crime”, although Islam is completely free of this blame.

If Rushdie has published a negative book, Muslims by their negative reaction are giving the false impression that Islam does indeed believe in “thought-crime”. I would, therefore, like to reiterate that Muslims should take this opportunity to have a dialogue with Rushdie and try to present the Islamic point of view to him rationally, so that he may understand the true picture of Islam.

Source: The Times of India, New Delhi

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7/12/2012 12:13:49 PM Manzoorul Haque
Mohraram Janab Mr. Mohd yunus saheb,
Here are my replies to you , which I hope will clear your misgivings. However, before that let me make it clear to all those who read this website, the reason why I have to reply you at all. This is not to impress you and some others but to counter the adverse effect of the message that some of you spread against Islam - because I have a stake in Islam and in being a Muslim. You might be thinking that I was supposed to give a sure shot formula to go to heaven and my inability to give you that formula to your satisfaction somehow necessitates the destruction of my ideology, which Islam is, or the destruction of the identity of Muslims to which I belong. But I beg to contest this position. The atheists, the munafiqs, and the renegades, have a choice to quietly retreat out of the company of Muslims since the existence of one all-powerful God does not satisfy them. But actually, they create a spectacle ‘in the company of Muslims ‘by insulting and challenging their beliefs on grounds about which they are themselves not sure. For example, they also do not have an answer as to how this creation of world is and why this creation of world is. Well we Muslims never ask atheists questions on these issues. We just leave their company. Are we entitled to this or not? This has been my question all along. I reiterate I have-not undertaken to produce God before you. We do say something about God amongst ourselves - if it satisfies you fine, if it does not you can walk out. If you say you are an atheist, I am the first person to walk out on you without the need for any discussion with you.
Respected Manzoorul Haque Sahib You commented, "Who is this mohd yunus? He cannot be the one who writes brilliantly."
Your questions do not appeal to me because (1) these are not questions but rather answers to teach persons like me that God is a faulty concept of man. This is an atheist’s position. You can say that you do not believe in God, because you find God to be a faulty concept, but I can say that I find your reasoning not impressive and they lack brilliance.
Yes, I am not Mohammed Yunus. Who am I is irrelevant.
Absolutely.
I may be a less educated person compared to Mr. Mohammad Yunus who writes brilliantly. I am not a good writer.
This is also not relevant because this website is free for all.
What I have asked is Why Muslims are so intolerant?
I do not agree because this could be biased opinion of an atheist, who himself may be intolerant of Muslims.
.I am threatened if I express my thoughts about science and religion.
You can have hallucinations of ghosts also. Just don’t insult Muslim’s belief, Muslims are not for insulting.
They demand freedom for them but don't give it to others. They feel wounded by others views but declare others dishonest kafir etc.
I do not agree because this could be biased opinion of an atheist, who himself may be intolerant of Muslims.
Don't you see so much division in Muslims? Muslims pray for unity of Muslims but Almighty Allah is not blessing them. Is unity not desirable in Allah’s eyes. Now you will say that Quran held unity of Muslims at highest priority. But where it is? Who is responsible?
I do not see divisions in Muslims. They are the most unified community in the world except few munafiqeens, atheists, and greedy agents.
God, Muslims, Yahood, Nusara, Hindus or unbelievers. Muslims held others responsible for everything. Look at Urdu newspapers, articles written by Muslims. In India and abroad majority of them complain.
If Urdu newspapers and Muslims want to further better the lot of Muslims and are doing some constructive criticism, there is no harm. It is desirable. Your adverse presumptions against Muslims are biased.
Those who write truth are enemies of Muslims. They are termed as traitors.
Who can have monopoly of truth? Instead of traitors they should be called fools.
I thank almighty if there is any, not blessing Muslims with Unity. Why? Because in state of division they are pain in neck. What will happen, when they will be united?
Actually it is the pain in the neck and elsewhere, that causes someone one like you (I have said this before in connection with Lee Jay and Satwwa Gunam types and you represent to me the third type) , to suffer and Muslim unity or disunity does not matter to you. Your slip is showing.
Please don't take it personally. You may be a kind person. I am also a kind person. You may give its credit to religion I don't. Religion gives a reason to many persons to do bad things.
By definition that is irreligion – doing bad things. Label does not justify the contents. Even a child knows this. Try bluffing him with a false toffee.
Look Mr. Mohd Yunus, it is possible that you have lost faith in Islam. Try some other religion if it suits you. My only request with renegades is, please don’t bad mouth Islam like Rushdie, because there are others who do believe in it. Isn’t it fair?
7/12/2012 12:59:24 AM mohd yunus
Respected Manzoorul Haque Sahib You commented "Who is this mohd yunus? He cannot be the one who writes brilliantly."
Yes, I am not Mohammed Yunus. Who am I is irrelevant. I may be a less educated person compared to Mr Mohammad Yunus who writes brilliantly. I am not a good writer.
what I have asked is Why Muslims are so intolerant? I am threatened  if I express my thoughts about science and religion. They demand freedom for them but don't give it to others. They feel wounded by others views but declare others dishonest kafir etc.
Don't you see so much division in Muslims? Muslims pray for unity of Muslims but Almighy Allah is not blessing them. Is unity not desirable in Allah's eyes. Now you will say that Quran held unity of Muslims at highest priority. But where it is? Who is responsible? God, Muslims, Yahood, Nusara, Hindus or unbelievers.
Muslims held others responsible for every thing. Look at Urdu newspapers, articles written by Muslims. In India and abroad majority of them complain. Those who write truth are enemies of Muslims. They are termed as traitors.
I thank almighty if there is any, not blessing Muslims with Unity. Why? Because in state of division they are pain in neck. what will happen when they will be united. 
Please don't take it personally. You may be a kind person. I am also a kind person. You may give its credit to religion I don't. Religion gives a reason to may persons to do bad things.
6/12/2012 8:11:26 AM Manzoorul Haque
Who is this mohd yunus? He cannot be the one who writes brilliantly.
6/12/2012 6:06:03 AM mohd yunus

Maulana sahib is correct in saying about international freedom for everybody, but what if you call him for dawa and your true muslim brother hacks his head off. Who will take the responsibility of his safety? Maulanas have made muslims very narrow minded. They can't tolerate any different view. Every muslim declare kafir or mushrik other muslim who happen to differ.

Can you please tell who is guided who is not. We are what Allah has decided for us to be guided or misguided. Because guidance is in his hands.You may say i am wrong but you must be knowing that there are many articles on this site having same thinking.I am confused by all logic given by believers. At last I decided not to believe. Morality not necessarily comes from religion. It may have evolved with time.

1/18/2012 10:47:46 AM ER.W.D.KHAN
I am  not happy to read this article. Maulana Wahiduddin is saying the correct thing that we Muslims should try to have a talk with Rushdie. but why ? The Quran encourages dialogues and discussions with nonmuslim only or with muslims also. That is not correct .   
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