By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
22 April 2019
Monday 15th April 2019 was a tragic day for
France as it witnessed the eight and half centuries old religious, historical,
architectural and cultural heritage of a nation, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in
Paris go up in flames.
This happened just a few days before the
historic event of Easter, commemorating an Event concerned with two supposedly
different religious peoples – the followers of Jesus Christ a Jew, later named
Christians and those accused of his death, also Jews. A 'like on like' grudge.
It was touching to see how it brought all
Parisians together in common grief, who in spite of the fact that they are not
much given to religious fervour; but the fact that a house of worship of one
people burned down by accident, still made them all united in sadness, although
no life was lost.
However in the annals of modern events it
is estimated that in the last ten years over1400 innocent people lost their
lives, in various houses of worship around the world due to the extremists’
deliberate acts of killing. This includes the Easter Sunday attacks in Siri
Lanka. The frequency and scale of these murders has numbed our senses.
Catholics and non-Catholic Christians,
Jews, Buddhist, Hindus, Sunni and Shia Muslims; Sikhs and most other religious
people's lives have not been spared. Whites, browns and blacks alike, have all
fared in this hate game. Many times more than this number were seriously
injured and maimed in the unidentifiable hatred of the 'other', yet 'like on
like' attacks were common.
Strangely though the operating mode of the
extremists has been the destruction of lives of the unarmed, young and old, men
and women, but not caused major damage to the brick and mortar structures.
Similar to the1950's pronouncement by US
military of a weapon of mass destruction WMD, the “clean Hydrogen bomb” which
they said kills people but does not damage infrastructures. The weapon was abandoned
perhaps because, it adversely impacted on the economy of their 'reconstruction'
For Muslims though the following may have
something to do with the method:-
Hajj 22-40: … And if God did not repel some people by others, Cloisters,
Churches and Synagogues and Mosques, in which God's name is much remembered,
would have been pulled down... .”
The message from the verse they deduce is
that: Believers are Duty-bound to Protect Houses of Worship, but worshippers
therein must not be spared, especially if their gods are of a different brand
to those of the murderers!
The death toll inflicted on Muslim people
by Muslim terrorists – particularly during Juma prayers, for example in
Afghanistan and Pakistan, follows the deduction to the letter. Minority
communities are particularly vulnerable as a result.
It is evident from Muslim people's
religions; and there are many, all called Islam as that from Quran, that its
edicts are meant to be “Cherry picked” to suit their requirements:-
desires ease for you, He desires not difficulty for you.
Thus sanctifying their murderous practices
in houses of worship.
therefore becomes completely disconnected from:-
5-35: … that
who kills a person, unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief (fasaad)
in the land, it is as though he has killed the whole humanity and who soever
saves a life it is as though he has saved the humanity .
The harsh punishment for disobeying the
above is given in the next verse 5-36. Fortunately the extremist often use
their discretion and punish themselves with advance technology. By pressing the
button on their explosive vest they dispatch themselves to hell in tiny body
pieces; erroneously believing that this kamikaze makes them Shaheed (a
non-Quranic concept) and the seventy two virgins in heaven somehow will
re-assemble them to take them to paradise!
On serious note though; one is reminded of
two historic events relating to the subject of destruction of a house of
The first event is referred in Quran's
chapter 105, named Fil (Elephant) which deals with the event that
occurred; it is said, a few months before the birth of Muhammad, who four
decades later declared himself the Messenger of God.
The chapter refers to the huge army,
containing one or more elephants, led by the Ethiopian Christian viceroy of
Yemen – Abraha; in order to destroy the temple Kaaba at Makkah in Arabia, a
house of worship full of idols at the time. The purpose of his mission was to
divert the annual lucrative business of pilgrimage and market fair held in
Makkah, the backbone of its economy; to the capital Sanaa in Yemen, where he
had built a magnificent cathedral.
The purpose of the adventure, in Abraha's
own words is said to be the destruction of the temple and not to destroy the
city or murder its worshippers. It should be remembered that Abraha was of the
“People of the Book”.
Whether one believes in miracles or not is
not of any concern here. The chapter says that Abraha's army got in confusion,
attacked by birds and pelted with stones, all within God's functions. It thus
failed in its mission and returned empty handed to Yemen.
Question – Was the mighty army of Abraha
unsuccessful because, in spite of the fact that the Kaaba was a temple it was
never-the-less a house of worship where “God's name was often remembered” and
so God intervened to implement His Law?
The second event – About Six decade after
the first, Muhammad the Messenger of God returned from exile in Madinah with a
big army to his home town Makkah, from where he was driven out eight years ago.
The Kaaba was still a temple. He conquered the city and succeeds in his mission
without a loss of life.
It is worthy of note however, that after
delivering a message of the code of Islam to the citizens of Makkah – the purpose
of his Hajj- he returned to Madinah. The Kaaba and its contents were left to
fend for themselves. It was not necessary for God to intervene as His Messenger
delivered the message of the Book and showed by example his adherence to it.
The Apocryphal report of him and his
companions having destroyed the idols is illogical and absurd as the temple
building was left intact, as agreed by all scholars and historians. It just
does not make any sense that having destroyed the contents they left the house
Gar Yeh Maanaa Keh Sab Buut Mittaadiye
Par Yeh Buut Khaanaa Kyun' Nah Mittaayaa
It can be argued that, after this event,
over the years the temple and its contents, neglected due to the changed
spiritual mindset of the people, scummed to the elements and had perished
naturally; but then the later-day entrepreneurial Arabs rebuilt it.
It must be recalled that historically the
Kaaba has been damaged by various attacks, floods, defiled even, reconstructed
and expanded number of times; for the later day foreign Muslims hajjis to come
and “much remember God's name” there and boost the country's economy.
Question – Did the Messenger and his army
leave the city and the house of worship intact because of Quran's edict? As a
messenger who's duty it was to propagate it, could he have acted any
He left the city because, he logically
concluded that, the two acrimonious communities of the time - Non-believers and
Believers could not co-exist. In the animosity that had existed there for so
long. Harmony could not be imposed by military force. Fasaad would have
continued and lives lost. Both these conditions had to be avoided.
Yet, today the terrorist ostentatiously
calling themselves “Islamic” Mujahids blow themselves and the innocent
worshippers in the houses of worship with proclamation of 'Allahu Akbar',
invoking God that the worshippers also invoke.
One is therefore forced to conclude that
this genocidal mindset has nothing to do with hatred of the 'other', for the
murders are often committed 'like on like'. It is therefore purely and simply
Mufsideens' modes of operation, to gain their objectives by creating Fitna and
Fasaad, by heartlessly deploying ignorant youths, as volunteers for
kamikaze attacks and thus dispatch them to hell.
The above two events clearly set out the
parameters of the 22-40 and 5-35. The houses of worship and the lives there in
and outside their precinct are sacrosanct in the Code ad-Deen of the one Islam
that comes from Quran. The selective interpretations based actions are just one
part of many the Muslim people are accused of that give rise to the
confrontation round the world. It should be remembered that the Creator of us
All, dislikes Fasaad and Fitna 2-205 .
A regular contributor to
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