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Jamaat-E-Islami Is Welcome in Politics, But It Should Jettison Its Dangerous Ideological Baggage First


By Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Watching top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders a couple of days ago sitting next to top communist, socialist, casteist leaders and declaring their intention to involve themselves in the national politics in some way, one could not help being besieged by mixed emotions. On the one hand, it is a welcome development. It shows that the debate that has been going on within the Jamaat since 1947 has finally ended in favour of pragmatists who believed it could not possibly have any activist role in multi-cultural, secular, democratic India other than that of a lobby or normal political  party seeking to serve the Muslim community in sorting out their  worldly affairs, much in the mould of Indian Union Muslim League or Muslim Majlis, either by directly participating in elections or supporting other political parties having entered into some sort of deal with them. It could not retain the veneer of following Maulana Maudoodi’s ideology of establishing the sovereignty of God on earth. The late Maulana had himself been able to do that in Pakistan as the religious parties who had opposed the creation of Pakistan were able to blackmail the secular founders of Pakistan into passing an Objectives Resolution effectively making Pakistan an Islamic nation and vesting the sovereignty in God.  Adopted on 12 March 1949 by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan this Resolution proclaimed the following principles among other things.

Sovereignty belongs to Allah alone but He has delegated it to the State of Pakistan through its people for being exercised within the limits prescribed by Him as a sacred trust.

The State shall exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people.

The principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed.

Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings of Islam as set out in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

Apparently as the Indian constitution was not going to make such provisions, it was not possible for the Jamaat to participate in Indian national politics and retain its ideological purity. So the debate within the Jamaat continued. The ideologues refused to allow the Jamaat members to participate in the electoral process even in their individual capacity, though they were allowed to vote. They were unable to join politics as their ideological cousins in the neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh were doing, though the party had allowed the Kashmir chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami to secede without waiting for the country to pronounce its judgment on the question of Kashmir’s secessionism. So they fiddled with running secular democratic forums and engaging in similar activities on the margins of politics. Clearly the hardliners have now been marginalised and the pragmatists have won. This is a welcome development as far as it goes.

But would this mean the opening of a new chapter in exclusivist or communal politics? The fact that Jamaat leadership surrounded itself with mainstream politicians of several hues seems to indicate that it is aware of the dangers of separatist politics for the Muslims in particular. One would have probably expected a religious party hobnobbing with politics to reach out to religious leaders from the majority community. But we find them surrounded by communists. How come? One reason could be that both ideological groups have seen their hopes of bringing about ideological transformation dashed to the ground. Communists, of course, came to power and sought to force change for decades in several countries around the world for decades and failed. Now they are saddled with the same problem as the radical Islamists of the Jamaat-e-Islami: how to change their politics, switch over to democratic and capitalist politics without admitting that their philosophy was wrong. Their camaraderie is thus understandable at a deeper level.

The embarrassment, of course, is greater for radical Islamists of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Even their ideological cousins in Pakistan, despite the leadership of Maulana Maudoodi himself, could not go beyond a few seats in the National Assembly and state assemblies. The Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh too gets only a few seats, that too thanks to its alliance with a mainstream political party. Even in countries like Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine where Islamic radicals appear to be successful in gaining popular support, that is not so much because of their ideology but more because of their social, charitable, non-political activities like providing relief to the needy, running good educational institutions, etc. and because of their personal integrity that contrasts favourably with the corrupt administrations and self-serving politicians in the mainstream.

At the deeper ideological level the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are not even prepared to accept Muslims as Muslims. They look at most Muslims as Kafirs and Mushriks and Munafiqs, worthy of being stoned and lashed and beheaded as non-believers and deviants and hypocrites. But their pragmatism tells them that they can do no better than fight for the rights and security of Muslims, if they are to remain at all relevant. They find their ideology lying ion the trash heap of history, worthy of being picked up only by criminals who want to use Islam – a synonym for peace – as a smokescreen for terror. Maulana Maudoodi’s books and ideas are being used by terrorists around the world to justify terrorism and claim it to be a passport to heaven. This is possible largely because of Maulana Maudoodi’s misguided claim a la the historical enemies of Islam that Islam spread with the power of the sword that the Prophet (PBUH) wielded after his migration to Medina.

 Profiting from the sale of Maulana Maudoodi’s books, preaching the sovereignty of God on earth, spreading the poison of khilafat politics, brainwashing our educated youth with dreams of establishing Islamic Sharia rule in India and the world and at the same time seeking to help establish the rule of godless communists through Muslim vote-bank politics does not behove the biggest repositories of the highest truth. A little honesty might help re-establish Jamaat-e-Islami’s credibility in politics as it once had in the now-discredited ideological field. It must disown the heavy baggage of its past and openly recognise that the late Maulana Maudoodi’s ideology has no raison d'être in this country or indeed anywhere in the world. It is this ideology that has created the now dreaded organisations like SIMI and its offshoot Indian Mujahdeen. As I have said before, a little honesty might help even the biggest repositories of the highest truth.

I could not help being inspired by Ameer-e-Jamaat Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri’s rousing words addressing the Muslim gathering: “Stand up to fight for the right of other sections of humanity, not just to beg for justice for yourself.  Stand up to establish justice for all humanity. That is the raison d'être of Islam and you as a Muslim. That is what Allah asks of you in the Holy Quran. Stand up to fight for Justice for All, just to please Allah and not for any personal gain.”

May I suggest the Jamaat make a beginning by asking the Jamaat-e-Islamis in Pakistan and Bangladesh to fight for the rights of religious minorities in their countries? That would be a great beginning for the initiation of Jamaat-e-Islami in politics. Can I dare hope the next time Taslima Nasreen, the lone Bangladeshi woman, a true Mujahid engaged in fighting for Justice for religious minorities in her country comes to Delhi, Maulana Umri will organise a public meeting to felicitate her? Or when Pakistan’s great fighters for Justice for All Asma Jehangir and her sister Hina Jilani visit us next, the Jamaat-e-Islami would contrive to learn a lesson or two from them in how this fight has to be conducted? Or that the Jamaat would at least pass a resolution demanding that all Muslim countries including the birth-pace of Islam Saudi Arabia respect the right of minority religions to exist and their worship places to be built and safeguarded before mentioning the word “shahadat of Babri masjid” again, for the holy Quran does indeed ask us to fight in order to defend the religious rights of people belonging to all religions? Can I at least expect that in next meetings of the Jamaat-e-Islami oppressed Muslim women too would be invited: they are the greatest sufferers of injustice in our society {Not a single woman was present in the audience of this meeting organised by several Muslim organisations, barring a couple from TV channels, though, mercifully, the organisers had invited one woman activist and journalist Seema Mustafa to speak on the misdeeds of the media].

Tall orders? Shouldn’t be. These are just starting points. After all fight for justice like charity should begin from home. Let us, Maulana Umri, set our houses in order. This will give us the moral strength and moral stature required to fight for justice for all the oppressed of humanity, that indeed, as you very rightly said, is the objective of Islam. If there is one word that defines Islam, it is justice. If there is one phrase that describes a Muslim, it is fighter against injustice and exploitation. But let this fight begin from our own homes. Let us stop exploiting our women and children. Let us fight for the human rights of minorities and weaker sections in Islamic societies. Let us strengthen the Muslim Ummah. The rest of humanity will itself seek our leadership; we will not need to go to them either to ask them for justice for ourselves or others. 

6 November 2008



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  1. Where are the Maulanas? Give a reply to this!

     Sex In Paradise 


    By Ali Sina


    When the popular CBS documentary program '60 Minutes' aired the interview with a Palestinian terrorist who claimed that those who blow themselves killing many Israelis will go to Paradise and receive 70 houris, Muslims were outraged and as Joyse M. David on August 23, 2001 reported they claimed that the story of 70 Houris promised to those who fight and die in the name of Allah for killing the infidels is ‘fabricated’.   

    Davis writes: “The documentary by reporter Bob Simon examined the militant Islamic organization Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings against Israel. Muslim leaders charge that the report presented false stereotypes of Muslims and defamed their religion.” 

    She quotes the Muslims “scholar” Dr. Maher Hathout a member if the Islamic Center of Southern California, who said, "There is nothing in the Koran or in Islamic teachings about 70 virgins or sex in paradise. This is ridiculous, and any true Muslim knows that,". 

    I agree with Dr. Hathout that this is ridiculous, but I disagree with him when he says that there is nothing in the Quran or in Islamic teachings about the 70 virgins or sex in Paradise. If Dr. Hathout is truly an Islamic scholar he should have at least read the Quran. There are several references to the houris in Quran with details. Because I know Muslims always say that their critics quote “out of the context” I am going to quote the verses of the Quran speaking of the houris with the preceding and succeeding verses. 

    In Surah 44, Muhammad first describes the hell quite vividly. 

    43    Surely the tree of the Zaqqum, 

    44    Is the food of the sinful 

    45    Like dregs of oil; it shall boil in (their) bellies,

    46    Like the boiling of hot water.

    47    Seize him, then drag him down into the middle of the hell;

    48    Then pour above his head of the torment of the boiling water:

    49    Taste; you forsooth are the mighty, the honorable:

    50    Surely this is what you disputed about.

    After giving this dreadful description of the hell and the tortures preferred by Allah the Prophet promises lots of goodies to those who became Muslims.

    51    Surely those who guard (against evil) are in a secure place, 

    52    In gardens and springs; 

    53    They shall wear of fine and thick silk, (sitting) face to face; 

    54    Thus (shall it be), and We will wed them with Houris pure, beautiful ones.    

    In Surah 52 there is another description of the heaven and hell:

    17    Surely those who guard (against evil) shall be in gardens and bliss 

    18     Rejoicing because of what their Lord gave them, and their Lord saved them from the punishment of the burning fire.

    19    Eat and drink pleasantly for what you did, 

    20    Reclining on thrones set in lines, and We will unite them to large-eyed beautiful ones. 

    21    And (as for) those who believe and their offspring follow them in faith, We will unite with them their offspring and We will not diminish to them aught of their work; every man is responsible for what he shall have wrought. 

    22    And We will aid them with fruit and flesh such as they desire.

    23    They shall pass therein from one to another a cup wherein there shall be nothing vain nor any sin.

    Amazingly this paradise promised by the holy prophet satisfies even the paedophiles. 

    24 And round them shall go boys of theirs as if they were hidden pearls. 


    Also in Surah 76:19 Allah promises fresh youths to Muslim men. 

    And round about them shall go youths never altering in age; when you see them you will think them to be scattered pearls.


    Again in Surah 56 the Prophet gives the glad tidings of the paradise to his followers and says:

    59    And besides these two are two (other) gardens:

    60    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    61    Both inclining to blackness.

    62    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    63    In both of them are two springs gushing forth.

    64    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    65    In both are fruits and palms and pomegranates.

    66    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    67    In them are goodly things, beautiful ones.

    68    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    69    Pure ones confined to the pavilions.

    70    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    71    Man has not touched them before them nor jinni.

    72    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    73    Reclining on green cushions and beautiful carpets.

    74    Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

    75    Blessed be the name of your Lord, the Lord of Glory and Honor!   

    In Surah 56  , there is promise of houris as well as youths that never age for the gratification of Muslim men. 

    11    These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah), 

    12    In the gardens of bliss.

    13    A numerous company from among the first,

    14    And a few from among the latter.

    15    On thrones decorated, 

    16    Reclining on them, facing one another.

    17    Round about them shall go youths never altering in age, 

    18    With goblets and ewers and a cup of pure drink; 

    19    They shall not be affected with headache thereby, nor shall they get exhausted,

    20     And fruits such as they choose, 

    21    And the flesh of fowl such as they desire. 

    22    And pure, beautiful ones, 

    23    The like of the hidden pearls: 

    24    A reward for what they used to do.


    I believe this should suffice to prove that not only Allah promises "virgin houris" to the righteous Muslims but also “never-aging boys” as white as pearls.

    There are also several hadith that confirm sex in paradise. Hadith are the sayings of the Prophet. The following are few of them


    Sahih Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 402

    Narrated Abdullah bin Qais:

    Allah's Apostle said, "In Paradise there is a pavilion made of a single hollow pearl sixty miles wide, in each corner of which there are wives who will not see those in the other corners; and the believers will visit and enjoy them. And there are two gardens, the utensils and contents of which are made of silver; and two other gardens, the utensils and contents of which are made of so-and-so (i.e. gold) and nothing will prevent the people staying in the Garden of Eden from seeing their Lord except the curtain of Majesty over His Face."   


    The modern Muslim apologists try to present Islam as a religion of peace yet it is not hard to find many hadiths that call for war and promise great rewards in the other world and in this one to the Mujahid who takes the arm and fights for Allah.

    Bukhari V. 4, B 52, N 46

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The example of a Mujahid in Allah's Cause-- and Allah knows better who really strives in His Cause----is like a person who fasts and prays continuously. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty."


     Bukhari V. 4, B 52, N 48

    The Prophet said, ...  "Paradise has one-hundred grades which Allah has reserved for the Mujahidin who fight in His Cause,


     Bukhari V. 4, B 52, N 72

    Narrated Anas bin Malik:

    The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."

    Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu'ba: Our Prophet told us about the message of our Lord that "Whoever amongst us is killed will go to Paradise." Umar asked the Prophet, "Is it not true that our men who are killed will go to Paradise and their's (i.e. those of the Pagan's) will go to the (Hell) fire?" The Prophet said, "Yes."


    The Hadiths like these abound and there are also many verses of Quran the glorify Jihad (holy wars). As it is clear these wars were not defensive but were offensive wars. See how Muhammad prepared his followers to attack the lands that had nothing to do with Islam. 

    Bukhari V. 4, B 52, N 48

    Narrated Khalid bin Madan:

    Um Haram informed us that she heard the Prophet saying, "Paradise is granted to the first batch of my followers who will undertake a naval expedition." Um Haram added, I said, 'O Allah's Apostle! Will I be amongst them?' He replied, 'You are amongst them.' The Prophet then said, 'The first army amongst' my followers who will invade Caesar's City will be forgiven their sins.' I asked, 'Will I be one of them, O Allah's Apostle?' He replied in the negative."


    Therefore it is safe to say that the essence of Islam is expressed in the following hadith. 

     Bukhari V. 4, B 52, N 73

    Narrated 'Abdullah bin Abi Aufa:

    Allah's Apostle said, "Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords."


    More articles from Ali Sina can be found at and

    By Shagufta
  2. Where are the Maulanas? Give a reply to this!


    Zakir Naik: Promoting Terrorism 


    By Ali Sina 


    I found the  following paragraph in, the official site of Dr. Zakir Naik. This is what he teaches to his students: 

    “5.   Every Muslim should be a terrorist

    Every Muslim should be a terrorist. A terrorist is a person who causes terror. The moment a robber sees a policeman he is terrified. A policeman is a terrorist for the robber. Similarly every Muslim should be a terrorist for the antisocial elements of society, such as thieves, dacoits and rapists. Whenever such an anti-social element sees a Muslim, he should be terrified. It is true that the word ‘terrorist’ is generally used for a person who causes terror among the common people. But a true Muslim should only be a terrorist to selective people i.e. anti-social elements, and not to the common innocent people. In fact a Muslim should be a source of peace for innocent people.”

    Dr. Naik claims that the anti-social elements that need to be terrorized by Muslims are the criminals, such as thieves, dacoits and rapists. But isn't it the job of the police to go after the criminals? The police is trained and is paid to catch the criminals. His job is not to terrorize the criminal but to enforce the law. Those whom he catches are not criminals until proven as such in the court of law. As far as the police is concerned they are suspects. He must catch the suspect using minimum force and use force only if necessary. He must respect the human rights of the suspects. As long a the suspect is not convicted in a court of law, he remains innocent.

    Who gave the authorization to Muslims to take the place of the police, the court, the executioner and terrorize people whom they accuse of crime? Don't we have a penal system to deal with these matters? Should citizens take the law in their own hands? This is in itself against the law. What this doctor is ostensibly proposing here is anarchy.  We have a whole structure set in place to deal with criminals. Under what law average citizens can assume the role of the entire legal system? This is insanity! 

    Furthermore, in every non-Islamic country the rate of crime among Muslims is much higher than the average population. France has a high rate of crime confined mostly to it’s Muslim population. In Netherlands the rate of the crime has jumped 11% in just one year and it is exclusively because of Muslims. In an article published in Times, Lahor, April 2001, Khaled Ahmed reported that the crime rate among Pakistanis in UK "is higher than in any other community. Fully 2 percent of the prisoners rotting in British jails are Pakistanis, the highest for any one community." In Australia raping the white girls by Muslim youths has become a national problem. What are the excuses of these Muslim rapists? That "in Islamic countries girls don't dress like this!" 

    It would be naïf to take Dr. Naik's justification of terrorism by its face value. What this snake-oil salesman actually means by anti-social elements are the non-Muslims and those who resist conversion. According to him I would be an anti-social element that have to be killed. Have I committed rape, theft or any crime? I and people like me are considered anti social because we speak our minds and Muslims can't handle that. Are Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin anti-social elements? What about Theo Van Gogh? Was he an anti social element?  

    After glorifying and justifying terrorism and hyping his students to become terrorists, making them believe this is a divine mandate and a wonderful thing to do, Dr. Naik will then explain to his foolhardy alumni that "shirk is worse than killing" and the unbelievers are worse than thieves, dacoits, rapists and murderers. Therefore it is incumbent upon Muslims, to instill terror in the hearts of non-Muslims and kill them wherever they find them. To determine their innocence or guilt it is enough to ask them whether they want to convert to Islam or not. 

    Ironically, since according to the Quran, these non-Muslims by rejecting Islam have committed the worst crime imaginable, their property can be stolen and their wives and daughters can be raped. Thus Muslims who joined Dr. Naiks school to fight the dacoits, BECOME the dacoits, the criminals and the thugs.

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    By Shagufta
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