Friday, December 26, 2008



_/\_ *Hindu Religion* Unraveling the Sufis of India: Villains in the Guise of Saints by Ibrahim Lone

Sanatan Dharma Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 6:17 AM
To: hindu-religion
Unraveling the Sufis of India: Villains in the Guise of Saints
by Ibrahim Lone

http://www.islam- Ibrahim.Lone/ Sufis-of- India-Villains- in-the-Guise- of-Saints. htm

India Has always was a land of diversity. Secularism and peaceful
co-existence is not a concept in this land, it is a way of life. The
credit goes to the understanding of our great Vedic ancestors (I count
Hinduism as practiced today as not Vedic in spirit or essence) who were
men of great letters and a mighty spirit. Christianity reached the
Indian shores much before it reached Europe. There are Christians, know
as Syrian Christians, whose links with the Christian doctrine far
outdates that of any other country outside the Middle East. Jews,
Zoroastrians, Bahai's all have found home and safe refuge in this great

However the only exception to these immigrants was the Muslim, who did
not come here to adapt himself to the local culture and live in peace
and harmony. He had only one aim, which was to subdue the native
populations and wave the flag through the length and breadth of this
once great Nation which extended from Dhaka in the East to Khyber in the

Islam changed smeared the face of this country with a paint so
horrific that the colours still refuse to wither out. While there is no
denying the fact that Islam was spread in India mostly by the sword,
there is another aspect of Islamic proselytization, which is ignored.
This face is that of Sufism and the Sufis.

Most people in the India have been mislead into believing that the
Sufis mostly by their own soft-headed scholars, to cherish the fond
belief that the Sufis were spiritual seekers, and that unlike the
Mullahs, they loved Hindu religious lore and liked their Hindu
neighbors. The Chistiyya Sufis in particular have name chosen for such
fulsome praise. The orthodox among the Muslims protest that the Sufis
are being slandered. But the gullible Hindus remain convinced that they
themselves know better. Professor Aziz Ahmad, a renowned scholar of
Islam in India, clinched this matter in the following words: "In Indian
sufism anti-Hindu polemics started with Muinal-din Chisti. Early sufis
in Punjab and early Chistis devoted themselves to the task of conversion
on a large scale. Missionary activity slowed down under Nizam al-din
Auliya, not because of any new concept of eclecticism, but because he
held that the Hindus were generally excluded from grace and could not be
easily converted to Islam unless they had the opportunity to be in the
company of the Muslim saints for considerable time." In other words the
native Hindus were as a nation, not fitting to become Muslims. This is
the sort of hatred that the Sufis had for the Hindus.

Of course, the Auliya who lived in a sprawling mansion and received
rich gifts out of plunder was convinced that he himself was such a
Muslim saint. His temper and teachings can be known easily from the
writings of Amir Khusru, the poet, and Ziauddin Barani, the historian.
Both of them were leading disciples of the Auliya. Both of them express
intense hatred for Hindus, and regret that the Hanafi school of Islamic
Law had come in the way of wiping out the "curse of infidelity"
completely from the face Hindustan (India).
A similar Sufi saint who died a mere 79 years before Waliullah's birth,
was Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624). He was always foaming at the mouth
against Akbar's policy of peace with the Hindus. He proclaimed himself
the Mujaddid-i-alf- i-sdni, (renovator of the second millennium of
Islam). Besides writing several books, he addressed many letters to
several powerful courtiers in the reign of Akbar and Jahangir. His
Maktiibctt-i- Imdm Rabbant have been collected and published in three
volumes. According to Professor S.A.A. Rizvi, "Sharia can be fostered
through the sword' was the slogan he raised for his contemporaries.

Let us see a few specimens of his writings in which he expressed the
love for the Indian infidels: "The honour of Islam lies in insulting
kufr and kafirs. One who respects the kafirs dishonours the Muslims. The
real purpose of levying jiziya on them is to humiliate them to such an
extent that they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur.
They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It is intended to
hold them under contempt and to uphold the honour and might of Islam."
In Letter No. 81, he said: "Cow-sacrifice in India is the noblest of
Islamic practices. The kafirs may probably agree to pay jiziya but they
shall never concede to cow-sacrifice. " After Guru Mun Deva had been
tortured and done to death by Jahangir, he wrote in letter No. 193 that
"the execution of the accursed kafir of Gobindwal is an important
achievement and is the cause of the great defeat of the Hindus."

Sirhindi ranks with Shah Waliullah as one of the topmost sufis and
theologians of Islam. Referring to his role, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
(Former Preident of Post Colonial India) has written in his Tazkirah
that "but for these letters Muslim nobles would not have stood by Islam
and but for the efforts of Shaikh Ahmad, Akbar's heterodoxy would have
superseded Islam in India."'Later on, when K.A. Nizami published a
collection of Shah Walilullah's letters addressed to various Muslim
notables, including Ahmad Shah Abdali, he dedicated it to Maulana Azad.
The Maulana wrote back, "I am extremely happy that you have earned the
merit of publishing these letters. I pray from the core of my heart that
Allah may bless you with the felicity of publishing many books of a
similar kind." That should give us a measure not only of 'Muslim
Revivalism' but also of many Maulanas who masqueraded as ardent
nationalists in order to fight the battle for Islam from within the
Indian National Congress.

It is strange that most of the present-day Muslim scholars refuse to
cite the actual statements made about Hindus and Hinduism by their
heroes such as Ahmad Sirhindi and Shah Waliullah while praising them to
the skies as saviours of Islam in India. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and
Allama lqbal were shining examples of this intriguing silence. The late
Professor Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi published two significant books on the
history of Islam in India - Ulema in Politics (1972), and The Muslim
Community of the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent (1977). He has devoted many
pages to Ahmad Sirhindi and Shah Waliullah in both the books. But he has
not cited a single sentence written or spoken by the 'great sufis' on
how they looked at Hindus and Hinduism. I have no doubt that Nizami has
also suppressed those letters of Shah Waliullah in which the latter has
poured out his heart about kufr and the kafirs. It is only Professor
S.A.A Rizvi who has taken us into the secret chambers so to say.
Professor Rizvi is a Shia. And the venom which characters like Ahmad
Sirhindi have poured on Hindus and Hinduism is quite comparable to that
which they poured out on Shi'as and Shi'ism.

Professor Rizvi has cited select passages from the original Persian of
Ahmad Sirhindi's letters. It is only recently that the letters have
become available in Urdu translation. Ahmad Sirhindi wrote to many
Muslim notables in the reign of Akbar and Jahangir. Some of these
letters were in strong protest against Akbar's liberal, equitable
policies vis-à-vis Hindus. One of Sirhindi's patrons was Abdul Rahim
Khan-i-Khanan whom many Hindus cherish as a Hindi poet and a devotee of
Krishna. It is unfortunate that quite a few recipients of these letters
cannot be identified straight away because they are addressed by their
titles and not by their names. As the letters are not dated, it is
difficult to say whether the bearer of a particular title belonged to
the reign of Akbar or Jahangir. The same title was given to several
persons in succession. I reproduce below some passages from these
significant letters in order to show how the mind of this great sufi
functioned. He was the leading light of the Naqshbandi sufi silsila, and
the foremost disciple of Khwaja Baqi Billah who brought this silsila to
India in the reign of Akbar. I may add that the Prophet appeared quite
frequently to both Baqi Billah and Ahmad Sirhindi in their dreams or
states of trance, and gave guidance to them.

Some of his statements translated from the original Urdu script have
been reproduced below:

"It is said that the Sharia prospers under the "shadow of the sword"
(al-Shara' tahat al-sait). And the glory of the holy Sharia depends on
the kings of Islam."

"Islam and infidelity (kufr) contradict one another. To establish the
one means eradicating the other, the coming together of these
contradictories being impossible. Therefore, Allah has commanded his
Prophet to wage war (jihad) against the infidels, and be harsh with
them. The glory is Islam consists in the humiliation and degradation of
infidels and infidelity. He, who honours the infidels, insults Islam.
Honouring (the infidels) does not mean that they are accorded dignity,
and made to sit in high places. It means allowing them to be in our
company, to sit with them, and talk to them. They should be kept away
like dogs. If there is some worldly purpose or work which depends upon
them, and cannot be served without their help, they may be contacted
while keeping in mind all the time that they are not worthy of respect.
The best course according to Islam is that they should not be contacted
even for worldly purposes. Allah has proclaimed in his Holy Word (Quran)
that they are his and his Prophet's enemies. And mixing with these
enemies of Allah and his Prophet or showing affection for them, is one
of the greatest crimes."

"The abolition of jizyah in Hindustan is a result of friendship, which
(Hindus) have acquired with the rulers of this land... What right had
the rulers to stop exacting jizyah? Allah himself has commended
imposition of jizyah for their (infidels) humiliation and degradation.
What is required is their disgrace, and the prestige and power of
Muslims. The slaughter of non-Muslims means gain for Islam. To consult
them (the kafirs) and then act according to their advice means honouring
the enemies (of Islam), which is strictly forbidden."

"The prayer (goodwill) of these enemies of Islam is false and
fruitless. It should never be called for because it can only add to
their numbers. If the infidels pray, they will surely seek the
intercession of their idols, which is taking things too far. A wise man
has said that unless you become a dewanah (crazy) you cannot attain
Islam. The state of this mania means going beyond considerations of
profit and loss. Whatever one gains in the service of Islam should

"Ram and Krishan whom Hindus worship are insignificant creatures, and
have been begotten by their parents... Ram could not protect his wife
whom Ravan took away by force. How can he help others? It is thousands
of times shameful that some people should think of Ram and Krishan as
rulers of all the worlds. To think that Ram and Rahman are the same, is
extremely foolish. The creator and the creature can never be one... The
controller of the Cosmos was never called Ram and Krishan before, the
latter were born. What has happened after their birth that they have
come to be equated with Allah, and the worship of Ram and Krishan is
described as the worship of Allah? May Allah save us!"

"Our prophets who number one hundred and twenty four thousand have
encouraged the created ones to worship the Creator. The gods of the
Hindus (on the other hand) have encouraged the people to worship them
(the gods) instead. They are themselves misguided, and are leading
others astray. See, how the (two) ways are different!"

"Before that kafir (Guru Arjun Dev) was executed, this recluse
(meaning himself) had seen in a dream that the reigning king had smashed
the skull of idolatry. Indeed, he was a great idolater, and the leader
of the idolaters, and the chief of unbelievers. May Allah blast him! The
Holy Prophet who is the ruler of religion as well as the world, has
cursed the idolaters as follows in some of his prayers - "O Allah,
demean their society, create divisions in their ranks, destroy their
homes, and get at them like the mighty one."

"It is required by religion (Islam) that jihad should be waged against
the unbelievers, and that they should be dealt with harshly. It is
obligatory on Muslims to acquaint the king of Islam with the evil
customs of false religions. Maybe the king has no knowledge of these
evil customs. Some Ulama of Islam should come forward, and proclaim the
evils present in their (unbelievers' ) ways... It will be no excuse or,
the Day of Judgment that they did not proclaim the tenets of the Sharia
because they were not called upon (to do so)."

"Therefore, it is necessary that infidelity should be cursed in order
to serve the faith (Islam). Cursing unbelief in the heart is the lesser
way. The greater way is to curse it in the heart as well as with the
body. In short, cursing means to nourish enmity towards enemies of the
true faith, whether that enmity is harboured in the heart when there is
fear of injury from them (infidels), or it is harboured in the heart as
well as served with the body when there is no fear of injury from them.
In the opinion of this recluse, there is no greater way to obtain the
blessings of Allah than to curse the enemies of the faith (be impatient
with them). For Allah himself harbours enmity towards the infidels and
infidelity.. ."

"Once I went to visit a sick man who was close to death. When I
meditated on him, I saw that his heart was layered with darkness. I
intended to remove those darkness. But he was not yet ready for it...
When I meditated more deeply, I discovered that that darkness had
gathered due to his friendship with the infidels. They could not be
dispersed easily. He had to suffer torments of hell before he could get
purged of them."

"Every person cherishes some longing in his heart. The only longing
which this recluse (meaning himself) cherishes is that the enemies of
Allah and his Prophet should be roughed up. The accursed ones should be
humiliated, and their false gods disgraced and defiled. I know that
Allah likes and loves no other act more than this. That is why I have
been encouraging you again and again to act in this way. Now that you
have yourself arrived at that place, and have been appointed to defile
and insult that dirty spot and its inhabitants, I feel grateful for this
grace (from Allah). There are many who go to this place for pilgrimage.
Allah in his kindness has not inflicted this punishment on us. After
giving thanks to Allah, you should do your best to ruin that place and
their false gods ... whether the idols are carved or uncarved. Let us
hope that you will not act slow. Physical weakness and severity of the
cold weather, comes in my way. Otherwise, I would have presented myself,
and helped you in doing the job. I would have liked to participate in
the ceremony and mutilate the stones."

This is short history of the love that Sufis has for the native Indians.
With the advent of Wahabism in India more and more Muslims are
abandoning the practice of going to the tombs of these Sufis and
offering Fatiha to them. However the funding to these shrines continues
as Hindus visit these tombs. In fact many of these tombs in India get
more Hindu visitors than Muslim visitors.
Needless to say large amounts of money are dolled out by the gullible
non believers at these tombs.
What exactly this money goes on to fund is anybody's guess. However all
I can say here is that : Viva Hindus keep it up!
Message from Google Groups "Hindu Religion".

The Largest Hindu Internet Community - Over 18000 members.
To post send email to



Post a Comment

<< Home