Tuesday, September 09, 2008

It's time that the Islamis in India return home

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Subject: Muslim Brothers of Indian Subcontinent: It's Time for Homecoming

Muslim Brothers of Indian Subcontinent: It's Time for Homecoming
by Dr Radhasyam Brahmachari
09 Sep, 2008
Editor note: We are in favor of leaving religions altogether. However, this article is published here, because, a peaceful appeal to Muslims for their return to their roots, from which they were brutalized to accept Islam, deserves a place here and everywhere else.

In the darkness of a stormy night, it is not unlikely for a sailor to lose sight and get deviated from his original course. But after the calamity is over, it is natural for an intelligent sailor to strive hard to return to his own course. But even then, if he obstinately refuses to mend his way, it is needless to say that the wrong course would lead him to a wrong destination.
The notion applies to the entire community of converted Muslims of the South-East Asian countries, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Before arrival of the foreign Muslim invaders in these countries, their ancestors were either Hindus or Buddhists, and since, in a broader sense, Buddhism is merely a branch of Hinduism, all of them were Hindus. Particularly for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, History tells us that during the days of Muslim onslaught almost all of them were converted to Islam, either by coercion and torture or by allurement. And before that, for past thousands and thousands of years, they were the children of this ancient Hindu country, nurtured in the lap of Hindu culture and breathed the air of this great nation of tolerance, liberty and spiritualism. Hence there is not an iota of doubt that that was their original course, their original way of life.
But it is really unfortunate that they are now denying their ancestral culture, or rather their root, by adopting Arabic or Persian names and by several other means, like eating beef and so on. But the question remains – Is it possible for them to disown their Hindu ancestry by such superficial means? In fact, Hindu culture is synonymous to Indian culture and hence every son and daughter of this great nation is a Hindu by birth and this is the harsh reality which each and every converted Muslim, irrespective of his or her personal liking or disliking, has to accept. So, the poet Rabindranath Tagore, in his essay Atma Parichay (Self Recognition) , writes, “Every Muslim of this country should be called a Hindu-Mussalman and every Christian a Hindu-Christian, as they are Hindu by nationality and Mussalman or Christian by religion”. Rishi Aurovinda used to hold the same view and in his famous Uttarpara Address, said, “I say that is the Sanatana Dharma (i.e. Hinduism), which for us is nationalism. This Hindu nation has born with the Sanatana Dharma; with it, it moves, and with it, it grows.”
One may argue that, as Aurovinda and Rabindranath were Hindus, they wrote all those rubbish simply to glorify Hindu Dharma. In the mid-l990s, a controversy arose regarding the use of the word Hindutva in an election campaign. The dispute ultimately went to the Apex Court. On 11th December, 1995, the Special Bench comprising three senior Judges of the Supreme Court, ruled that asking voters to cast their votes for sake of Hindutva is not communal. To clarify its stand, the Bench declared in its ruling that Hindutva is not simply a religion like Islam or Christianity. In fact, the significance of the word Hindutva is much deeper and pervasive, and it really stands for the culture and civilization which is continuing in this country for past thousands and thousands of years, or from time immemorial. It is important to note here that the said Special Bench included the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and he was a Muslim.
It should also be pointed out here that not only Rabindranath and Aurovibda, even the Muslim clerics of Mecca call the Indian Muslims Hindus, when they go there to perform hajj pilgrimage. In early 1990s the renowned Muslim leader of Delhi, Maulana Abdul Bukhari, during his hajj pilgrimage, requested the clerics to discontinue the said practice, but his appeal fell on deaf ears. Another Muslim dignitary, Rasiduddin Khan, a retired professor of Jwaharlal Nehru University and a former Member of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha), went to Egypt as an invited guest of the Cairo University and spent two years there. Just before returning home, the faculty members of the Cairo University arranged a farewell meeting in his honour and the speakers started to say that they were enjoying the sweet company of a Hindu for past two years, but they would be deprived of that privilege due to Rasiduddin’s return to Hindustan. Professor Rasiduddin made strong protest and said that he was not a Hindu but a devout Mussalman. But the organizers paid no heed to his protest. Then he tried to draw their attention to his Arabic name, but they laughed and said that, if Jawahar Lal Nehru can remain a Hindu with his Arabic surname Nehru (derived from Arabic ‘nahr’, a canal or a river), then Rasiduddin has little difficulty to remain a Hindu with his Arabic name (Organiser, 19.04.98).
On 16th February, 1993, the Delhi edition of the renowned daily Times of India carried an article by Nawab Jafar Jung and Akhtalur Wasir. In that article the authors claimed that Sir Syed Ahmed, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, used to maintain the view that – “All those who are born in Hindustan and live here, drink water from Ganga and Yamuna and rest in peace in the sacred soil of this land, are all Hindus”. Another Muslim dignitary M. C. Chagla, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a Central Minister, used to say that from cultural viewpoint he was a Hindu and by religion a Muslim (ibid, 19.04.98).
Another Muslim author Ansar Hussain Khan, went to Pakistan in the wake of partition, spent 37 years there and then returned to India and wrote Rediscovery of India. In that book he wrote, “Indian Muslims should accept the fact that Afghans, Turks and Mughals had heaped untold atrocities on the Hindus in mediaeval India. … Muslims should abandon their claim on the site of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, a very small price for Hindu-Muslim amity”.
In 1979, just after the so called Islamic Revolution, the Nobel Laureate author Sri V. S. Naipaul went to Iran to see the affairs there in his own eyes. Afterwards, he also traveled three more Islamic countries, namely Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia and narrated his experience in Among the Believers. In 1995, he again visited those four Islamic countries and wrote Beyond Belief. In the latter work he wrote, “Because of its origin in Arabia, Islam demands an imperial loyalty towards Arabia from all the scattered believers of all those Islamic countries”. To describe the Islamic psyche of these converted Muslims, he wrote, “A convert’s world-view alters. … The convert has to turn away from everything that is his own. The resulting disturbance is immense. … To a convert, his land is of no religious or historical importance; only the sands of Arabia become sacred”.
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