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Will Indian Muslims Too Engage in Sectarian Bloodshed as do Pakistanis?


Killers of Muslims in Mosques are Also Muslims

By Asghar Ansari, UNN

2 June 2012

(Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam)

In the light of the verses from Quran, sayings of the Prophet and Imam-e-Karam’s explanations it is clear as daylight that killing innocent citizens in terror attacks, mass killing and suicide bombings to kill and to destroy national property, to attack mosques, to kill Namazis are not only against the teachings of Islam but the greatest sin in Islam As far as my knowledge goes, Islam does not allow it in any condition, on any excuse or for any reason. This is a kind of treason, sedition and civil war. In Shariah laws, it has been characterised as rebellion, collective murder of humanity and ‘fasad fil ardh’. And this is true for all the religions to which human beings take in their search for salvation.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no religion which appreciates killing people. We, the Indian Muslims, should understand this fact easily as we have neighbours of different religions and sects and we all are well mixed in the society. We are friends in need. We are partners in business. We speak one language. We never forbid anyone from meeting anyone and we always condemn killings of every kind.

This brotherhood is difficult to understand for Takfiri countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan etc. These are Muslim countries that know nothing about the faith, religion and views of other people. They take followers of all other religions as fodders of hell-fire.

Muslim society of these countries is heading towards the ‘Dark Ages’ of 5th to 8th centuries, like the European communities. As, the community, church and all the social organisations were in the hands of church in the Dark Ages, everything related to social organisation of Islamic society has gone in the hands of Maulvis. Its effect has started showing in India also. Anyway, it is a different topic altogether and needs to be discussed at length.

Even the mosques are not safe in the hands of organisations like Taliban, Tahreek-e-Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar Jhangvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Nesar-ul-Islam, Ansar-ul-Asna, Asbat-ulAnsar, Jamiat-ul-Ansar, Jundallah, Hizb-ul-Tahreer, Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Jamaat-ul-Fuqra, Jama-al-Islamiyah and many more organisations like these which are on a killing spree of human beings. These are the organisations which are busy in murdering in the name of Islam. For them all other Muslims except the followers of their ideals and views are ‘non-believers’.

These said organisations call themselves followers of Islam and claim to be establishing an Islamic society. These organisations think making followers of other religion and views embrace their version of Islam is the greatest of virtue and for this virtuous deed they spill human blood as and where they wish.

They claim to be representatives of a divine sect. To them all the followers of Ahl-e-Bait are non-believers. They have shocking criteria of ‘kufr’. They take Shias as ‘wajib-ul-quatl’ (deserving to be killed). Sects like Ahl-e-Sunnat too are not safe in their bloodied hands. For them one who shaves his beard and the one who helps him in it are also ‘wajib-ul-quatl’. Hundreds of barbers were killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s sate of Pakhtukhnwa, Para Chinar, Peshawar and Swat and their shops were gutted. For them the criterion of being a Muslim is a beard. As long as the beard as big as in their view a Momin’s beard should be. For them one who does not have beard is not a Muslim. Not very long ago a Fatwa against Imam Bukhari, the Imam of Shahi Masjid, Delhi, was delivered as his beard is not up to their standard for an Imam.

The list of black deeds of these organisations is increasing every day with the continuing bloodshed of Muslims. I have no doubt they are against the teachings of Islam. These organisations should be banned from being called Islamic. But, alas, all those who call Shias and Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat ‘wajib-ul-quatl’ are silent in this matter. Even all those Maulvis who organise large conferences against terrorism never condemn these organisations with name.

“Silence is equal to acceptance”. Should I accept that now there is a large number of supporters of these organisations?

Aalim-e-Deen Tahir-ul-Quadri who keeps issuing fatwas against terrorism had come to India. Our Urdu media and Muslim organisations did not only ignore his visit but tried to sabotage it. And on the other hands crores of rupees were wasted on advertising of Imam of Haram Sharif. He was projected as if there is no other personality more respectable in Islam than him.

If America and Israel can be blamed to defame Islam in the name of terrorism, the above-mentioned organisations, their followers and members are more responsible than them. What kind of Jihad are they engaged in that everywhere Muslims are being killed? In Islamic world calling ‘wajib-ul-quatl’ to others has become a way of life. ‘Apostates’ and ‘blasphemers’ were already ‘wajib-ul-quatl’, now even those are ‘wajib-ul-quatl’ who do not accept the greatness of companions of the Prophet.

Those Islamic institutions which are running big madrasas and institutions in the name of the promotion of Quran and Islamic education, establishment of an ideal Islamic society are greater culprits than these killer organisations run on an international level. They are producing such a society where Muslims, particularly Muslim youth is engulfed in extremism and anger rather than developing qualities of patience and perseverance. This situation is increasing with every passing day. Muslim youth is becoming captive of a particular mental block which is taking them away from their surroundings and this mental block is proving to be a recruiting ground of terror organisations.

The Muslim societies which were known in the world for their brotherhood and religious unity are also being affected by this militant outlook.

Exactly the same situation can be seen evolving in the Indian Muslim community. This is highly dangerous. If this chronic disease is not stopped at the earliest from spreading further, India too could be engulfed in militancy as is Pakistan already.

Holy names of holy companions of the Prophet (saw) are being used for creating sectarian hatred in a way that has been done in Iraq and Pakistan before. It seems as if organisers of conferences on the name of Sahaba-e-Keram will very soon start establishing organisations like Sipah-e-Sahaba, Ansar-ul-Islam, Ansar-ul-Asnata, Asbat-ul-Ansar and Jamiat-ul-Ansar and killing Muslims who do not follow their views in India too exactly along the line of what is happening in Swat, Para, Chinar and Afghanistan.

Asghar Ansari is Group Editor at UNN Media Pvt Ltd.