Must read for every Muslim & Muslim Hater


To all the people who visit my blog and to all Muslim friends in India. I know there are 150 million of you in my country India. After the recent terrorist attacks i know that wherever you step out in India, people look at you with hatred, people seething with rage would in the slightest of provocation accuse, abuse or even attack you. All i want to say is that, not everybody is like that. There are people who understand the kind of situation you are going through, and that its just because a couple of nuts from across the border and some within our own country have misinterpreted the Quran, politicizing religion and misusing it for there own needs. Having said this, i appeal to all Muslim brothers & sisters to take action, your inaction so far has resulted in this dastardly acts. Prevent any kind of religious speeches/education in Mosques, madrasas or religious gathering which provokes hatred, superiority complex especially to the youth. The following is a must read article, have pasted the content from rediff.

Every Sunday morning, the renowned Delhi-based Islamic scholar and thinker Maulana Wahiduddin Khanaddresses a group of his disciples, speaking on various issues. His lecture on November 30 focussed on the recent terror attacks in Mumbai. This is a translation of the lecture byYoginder Sikand, with some slight modifications that were needed to clarify certain points.

On November 26, Mumbai witnessed the worst kind of terror attack. Ten terrorists entered several buildings and indiscriminately fired at people, leaving behind several dead and wounded.

According to a tradition, at the time of the Prophet there was a man whose only concern was to speak negatively of the Prophet and spread wrong ideas about him. The son of this man became very angry and asked the Prophet to allow him to kill his father. The Prophet told him not to do that, as then people would say that the Prophet allowed killing among his people. The lesson which can be inferred from this incident is that anything, which defames the name of Islam should not be done. These incidents are mentioned in books but people fail to infer or draw lessons from them as they do not engage in deep study.

In the Jewish Talmud there are many stories. In one incident, the Prophet Moses prayed to God: "O! God, take anything away from my followers but do not take away their wisdom." God replied: "O! Moses, if we decide to take away something from a community, it is their wisdom that we take away."

Today, many Muslims have lost their wisdom, as is evident from the events which have taken place recently. Those Muslims who are said to be involved in terrorism in Mumbai gained nothing. In Palestine, the Arabs have been fighting for the last 60 years and have not achieved anything. In many places Muslims have resorted to suicide bombings, although suicide is unlawful in Islam. This is a result of deterioration and lack of wisdom. Those who are behind these suicide attacks are not afraid of accountability and the fact they will have to stand in front of God after death.

What is the reason for this madness and how did it originate?

The reason for this madness is hatred. Hate can make a man do anything. Hate began from Satan. When God created Adam, He asked the angels and Satan to bow before Him. Satan however, did not bow and consequently, God said to him: "You and your followers will go to hell." Satan had developed such hate for man that despite knowing that he will be cast into hell, he did not obey God's command. Hate is so blinding that it can take one to hell.

I have studied in Muslim seminaries, madrassas and have participated in numerous Muslim gatherings, and in many of these places hatred and pride is instilled in the minds of Muslims. They are taught: 'We are the caliphs and vice-regent of God on earth."

I once met an Arab whose first question to me was, "Who are we?" He then said: "We are the Caliphs of God on earth." I told him that this is not written anywhere in our books. The Sahih Al-Bukhari says that Muslims are witnesses of God. That is, they have to spread the message of God on earth. The same is alluded to in the Quran, that is, the task of Muslims is to spread God's message and lead a life according to His instructions. However, Muslims have made themselves the self-appointed Caliphs, and have launched all sorts of movements that propagate the ideology of capturing political power. This thinking emerged when the Ottoman and Mughal empires declined, and Muslims started considering the rest of the world as usurpers and oppressors who snatched their rights and power from them.

Political power is like an examination paper. A test paper can never be the monopoly of one; it would change hands from people to people as God wants to test every community. Hence if political power has been taken away from you then you need to have patience. When political power was with you then it was your test paper and now, when it has been given to someone else, it is their test paper.

No Muslim leader could tell this to the Muslims and pacify the political shock which they received after the breaking up of the Muslim empires in the face of Western colonialism. No one told them that their test paper of political power was over and now they should concentrate their effort on some other constructive activities like education, reform, dawah work etc. In Palestine, for example, it was God's decision to give the political power to somebody else. Hence, Muslims should have accepted it, but they started fighting and now 60 years of fighting has given them nothing. Muslims should have realised that God had now wanted to test some other community. Therefore, he gave them political power. But Muslims rose up to fight, and it was equivalent to fighting God's decision and hence they attained nothing. As a result, all the Muslims got conditioned in hateful thinking.

Before the Second World War, the thinking of the Japan [Images]ese was same as that of the Muslims. Hirohito was the emperor of Japan at that time. The Japanese had the concept of Imperial Divinity, that is their king -- the so-called 'god-king' -- should rule the world. Consequently, they fought with many countries. It was the Japanese who started the concept of suicide bombing known as hara-kiri. But in 1945 America dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and the Japanese army was completely destroyed. Japan suffered a humiliating defeat. Then the Japanese developed second thoughts, that is, if the king was god then he would have saved them, but because they were severely crippled due to those bombs they realised that the king was not god. Hirohito then renounced the concept of Imperial Divinity and the Japanese have never looked back since then.

This makes me ponder as to why this hate does not get finished among Muslims? This is because Muslims' hate is a reflection of a certain mind-set. The so-called 'god-king' of the Japanese was proved wrong and therefore the concept of 'god-king' died. However, a mind-set cannot be done away on its own. The mind-set which inspires hate for others in many Muslims cannot be killed like an individual. Nor can it cannot kill itself. This mind-set can be replaced by deconditioning alone.

Hirohito said "I'm not god," and this led the Japanese to discard their unfounded notions and pave the path to progress. But the case of Muslims is very different. In their case, their mind-set has to be transformed to change their thinking. The thinking of Muslims has to be changed. There has to be long process of deconditioning.

How do you do this deconditioning…. A good question to ask and ponder for each one of you reading this artcile. How do you fight an ideology

There are two kinds of deconditioning: one is the Prophetic deconditioning; that is the deconditioning which the Prophet did of his companions. Then the companions did the deconditioning of some of their companions. But now there is no prophet and so self-deconditioning has to be done. This is a very difficult task. Ideological deconditioning has to be done among the Muslims to help them come out of hate.

It is essential to understand that distinction between the negative engineering of the mind and positive engineering of the mind. Today, minds are being negatively engineered with hatred and pride. Many Muslims live in this fallacy that they are a special race, and when they are not treated specially then they are frustrated and hold others responsible for their not receiving the special treatment that they expect. The mission of positive engineering of the mind is very difficult. You have to do merciless introspection. It is our test to convert the thinking of people from negative to positive.

The terrorists who assaulted Mumbai had done extensive planning. This made me think why these people were so capable of negative planning, and completely lacked any inclination towards positive planning. This sort of mentality, unfortunately, has become endemic among many Muslims. Nobody is doing planning for the positive task of spreading God's message, and love and peace. This is because as years passed by, this work became dead in Muslims. But it alone can promote positive planning as it requires well-wishing for the whole of humankind. We must therefore focus our energies on spreading God's love and restrain from any negative and destructive activities.

To my fellow Indians, killing/wiping out the entire Muslim population is not a solution, 150 million of them. Terror is no longer restricted to Islamic states, its spread worldwide. Wiping 1.84 billion muslims ( world population of muslims as of 2007 is really not the solution.)

Even to those who came up with this mind blowing intelligent solution if you decide to do it, just think about the practicality of doing it. Guns, bombs, poison gas..etc etc..i am sure one intellectual idiot might even suggest nuclear bombing..anyways 1.84 billion is really a huge huge number. Think about the amount of the money, resources and of course the fact that you would have become 10000 times worse than the 10 misguided youth who killed 200 odd people.




revelations of a thoughtless? mind said...

I really do not understand what these people are trying to do in the name of extremism and terrorism... it has become so obscured in recent years. Jihad ? All the money that is being spent on creating terrorists ? while people who practice islam in africa are dying of hunger?

32 Million Muslims (99% of Population)

15 Million Muslims (25% of Population)

71 Million Muslims (94% of Population)

0.7 Million Muslims (20% of Population)

10.5 Million Muslims (90% of Population)

31.5 Million Muslims (99% of Population)

10 Million Muslims (85% of Population)

67 Million Muslims (50% of Population)

1.28 Million Muslims (16% of Population)

10.4 Million Muslims (94% of Population)

9 Million Muslims (99% of Population)

1 Million Muslims (2.5% of Population)

26.6 Million Muslims (70% of Population)

how many of these countries are on the path to development ?
how many people in these countries do not know where their next meal is coming from ?

i wonder what these people are trying to achieve ?

amit said...

...nice post...gave a totally different perspective to me!!..
...a broad view of things, understanding and appreciation different perspectives is required to raise above religion,caste etc....

Abhay Karnataki said...

hmmmm. Connections of Religions and political changes, and their impacts on ideology.

Basically I see a sense of insecurity in all religions. What people of all religions need to learn is that until Divine is present, no man of any religion should feel insecure about their religion.
Fear about something turns into hatred about what causes that fear.

And yes, people from all religions need to isolate those who are fanatic about their religion.

Baraka Badoura ;) said...

change will come... it's just a matter of when. It's not like people in our country live very happy lives. The only way to change humanity is by leading through example. And of course a well planned foreign policy which actually has a working secret service. Now that needs change on our part, from within


cagedbird said...

its a thing to wonder that every religion has this concept of justifying an act violence. in Hinduism Krishna said that we are supposed to to our duty and not care about the results-in a situation of a war, in Islam its the concept of jihad, of which i cant comment much since i haven't studied it on my own but from my limited knowledge i can tell that the concept had importance when the small Muslim community in its infancy was threatened by some irrational people long ago and reflects that it was used for self defense and I'm sure Christianity also has some element similar these .
So does it mean that all the gurus , the prophets and saints of religion had intentions of making their their own religion great, knowing that their other religions also existed or is it our interpretations that haver distorted their teachings. would prophet Mohamed have any problem with existence of Krishna or did Jesus have any problem with existence of the prophet. its really foolish to think that those great enlightened people would even have disagreement with each other if they ever meet each other. so where does this conflict come from, its obvious that its only our narrow minded approach to their teachings that has resulted in this situation. and this situation i believe exist only to make us realise this very point. unless every human being understands this this is going to continue. the fastest way to get to this understanding is to accept this situation and then only take action accordingly.

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