June 28, 2017
The Indian Media on June 5 mentioned about
a recorded message of Zakir Musa the former Hizbul Mujahideen Commander of
Kashmir that slammed the Indian Muslims for not joining Islamic jihad for
‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ (the final and last battle for the conquest of India). This
provocative audio message included the following excerpts:
“They (Indian Muslims) are the most
shameless Muslims in the world. They should be ashamed of calling themselves
Muslims. Our sisters are getting abused and dishonoured and Indian Muslims keep
screaming that ‘Islam is peace’.”
“They are the most ‘Beghairat Qaum’
(shameless community) who cannot speak up against oppression and injustice. Is
this what our Prophet and his ‘Salafs’ (followers) have taught us? They gave
their blood during the wars and martyrdom for the honour of our sisters”.
“You still have a chance to stand up and
join us. Come forward or it will be too late for you.”
It was not surprising that Zakir Musa used
the term Ghazwa-e-Hind but the surprise was that the Indian Mullahs, other
leaders as well as politicians from the community did not condemn it in
The Islamic term ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ reportedly
had a reference in Hadees (sayings of Prophet Mohammad) with regard to final
jihad with India that shall take place before the Qayamat (end of times). It
was therefore, the strategy of the terror operative Zaqir Musa in Kashmir to
entice, provoke and motivate the Indian Muslims with a call of this prophetic
prophesy for joining this final jihad before the end of the world (Qayamat).
It all began with a prominent Pakistani
Cleric Irfan-ul-Haq using this term in his lecture in 2011 when he said
“Pakistan came about for the sole purpose of being the springboard of the end-of-times
‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ when Pakistan’s
military and people will swarm India and wipe out once and for all the practice
of Hinduism from the face of the earth”.
Invoking the term Ghazwa-e-Hind has been a staple Islamist discourse earlier too and
launched from time to time to call for jihad against India from the eighties of
the last century. It is no surprise that all terrorist groups operating in
Kashmir claim that their Jihad is a part of the prophesy of Prophet Mohammad.
Pakistani propagandist Zaid Hamid had also
repeatedly invoked Ghazwa-e-Hind as
a battle against Hindu India led from Muslim Pakistan. According to Hamid,
“Allah has destined the people of Pakistan” with victory and “Allah is the aid
and helper of Pakistan.”
Coming as it is from military-mullah
establishment of Pakistan it was surprising that Indian Islamists didn’t
challenge this campaign for this final Jihad with India. In fact, the Islamic
clerics in India avoided a debate on the propagation of Ghazwa-e-Hind by
Pakistan when Tarek Fateh, a Pakistan born Canadian citizen of Indian origin
tried to drag them for discussion on this so called Hadees based Islamic
doctrine that prophesied Islamic rule over India and total conversion of Hindus
to Islam in his TV talk show in ZEE news. Is it to be understood that their
silence on the issue or failure to condemn it was to be taken as one of
In this context one should recall that in
the past the collaborative politics of a group of Mullahs under the banner of
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind with the pro-Muslim Indian National Congress under the
leadership of Mahatma Gandhi during freedom fight against the British was their
calculated strategy to defend and protect their Islamic expansionist agenda.
For this, they were then even complimented by the Congress as nationalist
Muslims despite the fact that they were pan-Islamists.
Although the long history of Jihadi poison
in South Asian region has been changing its course with ups and downs for
various reasons, those who have not lost their historical memory, may be aware
that radical followers of Islam never gave up the ambition of re-establishment
of Islamic rule in India.
“Many interpreters of Jihad in the Muslim
world, and an equal number in the west, have explained Jihad with double
meaning. It stands for Jihad bi al Saif
(holy war by means of sword) and for Jihad al Nafs (literally, struggle for
one’s soul against one’s own base instinct). Both interpretations are true, but
Islamic militants have rejected the spiritual explanation as dangerous heresy…”
(Walter Laquer, an American expert on terrorism -Pioneer dated October 2, 01)
Jihad was initially, a fight against the
idol worshipers in Arabia, but subsequently it was used as a weapon to spread
Islam in other parts of the world. The ongoing terrorist attacks in different
parts of the world and similar attacks in Kashmir and its extension in other
parts of India have by and large been understood or misunderstood as part of
the Jihadi onslaught by Islam.
Emboldened with the successful history of
Jihadi impact on conversion of a large number of natives, the Indian Ulema/
Islamists considered non-Islamic governance in India as Darul Harb (land of war) and felt that it is the duty of Indian
Muslims to turn it into Darul Islam
(Land of Islamic rule) after complete liquidation of non-Muslims in the region
which could be possible only after Ghazwa-e-Hind.
Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda
had once declared India as one of his target countries for jihad. For some
Indian Islamists like Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Maulana Abdul Ahmed Nawani, Mohammad
Shafi Moonis and Javed Habib and organisations like Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and
Jamat-e-Islami Osama bin Laden was their hero (Pioneer dated October 9, 2001).
Ahmed Bukhari in a press briefing strongly asserted that “no Muslim considers
Osama bin Laden (as) an accused” and “we will give moral support to the call of
Jihad given by the Islamic Government of Afghanistan” (Hindu dated October 10,
It is in this context that the audio
message of Kashmiri Terrorist to re-ignite the minds of Muslim youths to accept
it as a part of their holy duty to join the Ghazwa-e-Hind for the final conquest of India and Islamisation of
all the non-Muslims of this region should be seen as a dangerous move destined
to create and incite more violence not only in Kashmir but in other parts of
The Muslim clerics may have a valid reason
to disassociate Islam from such audio messages, but their silence and failure
to condemn it in strong terms may give the impression to the common people in
the community that they are not against it. Since Muslim intellectuals are not
ready to confront the challenge of Jihadi radicals like Zakir Musa and others,
the Muslim masses are bound to follow the dictates of the self-serving Ulema/
Islamist Indians who by and large are found expressing the move of anti
terrorism camp as a challenge to Islam. Looking the other way over the call
from Pakistan trained terrorists for Ghazwa-e-Hind
is certainly not the right approach. A general perception is therefore, gaining
ground that terrorism and Jihad are the two sides of the same coin.
It is a testing time for the common people
of the community and they should keep away from the propagation of Ghazwa-e-Hind and the like and thus
thwart the terrorists’ attempt to revive the medieval spirit of Jihad against
When there was no doctrine of Ghazwa-e-Mecca, how can there be a
doctrine of Ghazwa-e-Hind?
To get the concept clear, the Prophet was not given permission to fight while
he was in Mecca. Only after he migrated to Medina and became their political leader,
was he given permission to fight the Meccans if they fought against him. The
Quran, makes it clear at the same time, that the Prophet had no responsibility
for the Muslims who had stayed behind in Mecca and the verses regarding
fighting were not applicable to them but only to the Muslims who were with the
Prophet in Medina.
The Muslims, who wish to wage Ghazwa-e-Hind, must therefore first quit
India, if they are to follow their religion. They cannot remain in India and
wage war against it just as Muslims who had remained in Mecca had no duty to
fight the Meccans.
The Prophet, in his lifetime, had sent emissaries to eight
rulers/governors and these belonged exclusively to the two imperial powers of
the day, viz the Sassanids and Byzantines who were engaged in constant war with
each other trying to gain the upper hand and extend their rule. These were the rulers who had an
eye on Hejaz also and tried to capture it. The Caliphs after the Prophet, confined their
wars with only the Sassanids and Byzantines and after defeating these two
imperial powers in the first hundred years, were content to live peacefully
until they themselves were attacked by the Mongols and the Crusaders, several
centuries later. The exception being a few local wars by local governors
to address local issues such as the conquest of Sindh which had to do with removal
of obstruction to trade by the then ruler of Sindh. It is to be noted that
after capturing Sindh, there was no attempt to capture any other part of India
inspite of its famed wealth. The Islamic Caliphate was content to only carry on
trade with India. If there was a doctrine of Ghazwa-e-Hind, would they have kept
Subsequently, India was attacked by Afghan and Mughal warlords who
entered Islam late, but these warlords and rulers were not part of the
Caliphate. Although parts of India were under Muslim rule spread over 700
years, the doctrine of Ghazwa-e-Hind was never heard of during these 700 years.
Ghazwa-e-Hind appears to be a new doctrine, spun by Pakistan. While in
Pakistan the people are made to fear India by talking of the RSS doctrine of
Akhand Bharat, the people in India are being made fearful by talking about
Ghazwa-e-Hind! The objective of creating fear is to create an atmosphere of
distrust and hatred and create chaotic conditions. It is mischief mongering.
The Islamic doctrine of war from the example of the Prophet, is very
plain and simple.
Live amicably if you can practice your religion without hindrance.
Migrate if you cannot, to a place where you can.
Wage war only if the other party wages war against you.
War can be waged only by a sovereign/ruler and not by any individual or
groups of individuals.
Only the subjects of a ruler can join the war effort of their ruler.
There is no place in Islam for loose canon balls and mischief mongers.
Pakistan does not appear to have learnt its lesson after losing Bangladesh. As a matter of fact, that loss appears to rankle to this day, and the doctrine of Ghazwa-e-Hind has been invented as a balm for those wounds. Such nonsense in the name of Islam will destroy them totally. Is it not clear to them that their demand for Pakistan in the name of religion has received no blessings from God? Pakistan is a country whose birth is illegitimate made worse by behaving like a prostitute, selling itself and its dignity to anyone who will throw money at them. They have enslaved themselves to the US and to Saudi Arabia for a few dollars.