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Did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Leave An Unfulfilled Mission For Mahmud Ghaznawi To Finish In India?

By Ram-iz-Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

16 October 2021

Did Ghaznawi Fulfil The ‘Prophetic Mission’ By Destroying The Magnificent Shiva Temple At Somnath Linked With ‘Manat’—One Of The Three Idols Including Laat And Uzza, Worshipped At Ka’bah Before Islam?

Main Points:

1.    Taliban leader, Anas Haqqani paid a visit to the mausoleum of Mahmud Ghaznavi

2.    Anas Haqqani lauded Mahmud Ghaznavi as a "great Muslim fighter".

3.    The moderate and peace-loving Muslims in India must rise to defend the Prophet and his true prophetic mission.

4.    The savages have appeared today in the disguises of ISIS, ISKP or ISIS-K and the Taliban’s Haqqani Network.


Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, Pinterest


Did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) leave an unfinished job for Mahmud Ghaznawi to complete in India (Gujarat) in 1025 AD? Did Ghaznawi fulfil the same ‘prophetic mission’ by destroying the magnificent Shiva temple at Somnath linked with ‘Manat’—one of the three idols including Laat and Uzza, worshipped at Ka’bah before Islam?

This question has grappled several curios minds after the Taliban leader, Anas Haqqani paid a visit to the mausoleum of Mahmud Ghaznavi, and lauded him as a "great Muslim fighter". Glorifying Ghaznavi, the 11th century Turkic ruler who repeatedly attacked India, especially the northern part and reportedly plundered the Somnath temple, and destroyed the Jyotirlinga, the devotional representation of the Hindu deity Shiva, Haqqani network's Talibani leader, Anas Haqqani tweeted:

Before we deliberate on the question whether Ghaznawi fulfilled an ‘unfinished prophetic mission’ or the ulterior motives of his expansionist Ghaznavid dynasty, the Turkic dynasty of the Ghaznavids, let us keep in view what the Haqqani Network is. A  Sunni Islamist terrorist organisation based in Pakistan's North Waziristan, the Haqqani Network was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, an Afghan warlord and insurgent commander who was a member of the Hezb-e Islami faction and an associate of Usama Bin Laden and his closest mentor during the Afghan conflict in the 1980s. Backed by Pakistan's ISI, the Haqqani Network is the Afghan insurgency's most powerful and well-organized jihadist organisation associated with the Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, among others. Its sole aim is to counter the Indian influence in the region, and is likely to act more viciously after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. Given the fact that the Talibani leadership has often portrayed and venerated Mehmud of Ghazni as ‘Butshikan’ (idol-destroyer), it is unlikely for the Taliban and more particularly for the Haqqani Network to change its position on idol-destruction as an ‘anti-shirk’ Islamic mission of Mahmood Ghaznawi.

Mullah Muhammad Omar, Taliban's supreme leader, issued a proclamation on February 26, 2001, ordering the removal of all non-Islamic statues and sanctuaries in Afghanistan after consulting with a council of 'Ulama'. As a result, the two Buddha hewn into the rock of Bamiyan — one to the east, 38 metres high, and the other to the west, 55 metres high — were subjected to the cultural destruction of the Talibani jihad. Thus, Mullah Omar performed the ‘jihad’ against the Buddha or Buddhism that even Mahmud Ghaznawi could not dare to wage. And the Ghaznawi, if it is believed to be so, destroyed the idol of Manat or Somnath, something that even Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not attempt.  So, did the Prophet (pbuh) leave it for Mahmood of Ghazni to destroy the idol of Manat or Somnath because he was not as powerful ruler as Ghaznawi or because the Final Prophet of Islam wanted this ‘Prophetic mission’ to be fulfilled by a non-Prophet? 

While the mainstream Muslims the world over uncompromisingly believe in the finality of Prophethood and that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the Seal of the Prophethood, doesn’t it shake their firm belief in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (finality of Prophethood) and Kaar-e-Risalat (Prophetic mission)? How come a prophetic mission as gigantic as the destruction of Manat—the idol of the Ka’abah—was left to be carried out by an Ummati (follower of the Prophet), and not by the Prophet himself? Doesn’t it belittle the status of Allah’s Apostle (Rasool-Allah) as compared to an ordinary Muslim ruler like Mahmood Ghaznawi? Is this not a grave form of blasphemy in the Islamic Prophetology? Now the Haqqani Network’s leader and brother of Taliban’s new Interior Minister, Anas Haqqani who is seeking to venerate Mahmood Ghaznawi as Butshikan (idol destroyer), and is hell-bent on legitimising the barbaric culture of cultural destruction in Afghanistan, must be asked these questions.

Let’s not forget these are the people who have destroyed their own mosques and mausoleums to pursue political interests, and are still targetting the sacred places of worship including Masjids—regardless of their belongingness to the Shias or Sufis or Sunnis. Only a week after a deadly suicide attack on the Shia mosque in northern Kunduz, which was also claimed by the IS group, the latest jihadist assault on the Fatima Bibi mosque, that too in the Taliban's ‘religious heartland’—Kanadhar— has revelaed their ugliest faces. The mosque was packed with some Shia 3,000 worshippers when four suicide bombers tried to get into it to detonate their explosives. Popularly known as the Imam Bargah mosque, this Shi'ite mosque in Kandahar is the largest of roughly 40 Shia mosques in Afghanistan's second-largest city, located close the Pakistani border.

At this most desperate of times, the moderate and peace-loving Muslims, if anywhere in the world and at least in India, must rise to defend the Prophet and his true prophetic mission against those who abuse it today in the neighbouring territories of Afghanistan and Pakistan. We should see what we must be done for both our religion and our motherland, and we must be willing to sacrifice all our intellectual strength for this greater jihad—Jihad al-Akbar.

This is a trying time, especially for the Sufi and Shia faith practitioners and shrine-visitors in India. As minority in Islam, Sufis and Shias will be meted out with the same treatment as other persecuted religious minorities in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, we have witnessed the deadliest terror attacks on Sufi devotees whether at the biggest shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhs or the Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Noorani in the provincial capital of restive southern Balochistan; all on the pretext of wiping out Shirk (polytheism) and Butparasti (idol-worship). This is the same age-old pretext on which repeated attacks by Mahmud Ghaznawi weakened India's northern regions. Many of the old Indian kingdoms, tired and divided, fell apart. Those who could fight, battled valiantly with the codes of chivalry, and yet were unable to stop the savage Turkic army which repeatedly broke all rules of war.

The savages have appeared today in the disguises of ISIS, ISKP or ISIS-K and the Taliban’s Haqqani Network. Their animosity towards the Sufi and Shia mosques is as deeply entrenched as their disparaging attitudes against the Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. Thus, it is not difficult to understand why Indian Muslims must fight against these scourges, particularly in safeguarding their own socio-political and national interests. The South Asian Muslims must not forget that wherever these terror groups operate in whichever forms, be it the IS, ISKP, Taliban, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Lashkar-e-Taiaba, they destroy the non-Muslim places of worship much in the same way as they attack and raze down the Sufi and Shia mosques and mausoleums considering these worship places and their related practices totally against their ‘puritanical’ Islam. It should be common knowledge now.


Ram-iz-Rasool Dehlvi is a regular columnist with


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