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Executing Dar-ul-Islam

By Nilabh krishna
Updated: May 2, 2022 12:53 pm

Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti are auspicious festivals for Hindus to commemorate the birth of Prabhu Sri Ram and Lord Hanuman, and processions are held to commemorate the anniversary. Islamist violence marred the event this year, with attacks on Ram Navami processions recorded in numerous states throughout the country. These instances of violence come close on the heels of violence in Karauli in Congress-ruled Rajasthan during Hindu New Year celebrations. In the Karauli incident too, the role of Islamists had also been clearly established. It is, therefore, important to understand the part played by Islamist organizations in the Ram Navami violence across the nation.

It is a fact that fundamentalists of Abrahamic faiths, particularly Islamists, are likely to be alarmed by Hinduism’s development, resurgence, and renaissance. Muslims are likely to react negatively to any symbolic gesture that suggests Hindu revivalism. A recent instance of stone pelting on Ram Navami processions in various states is an excellent example of this. Islam is an exclusivist faith in and of itself. To comprehend Islam’s exclusivist nature, we must internalise a few rites and notions. Is it not surprising that at the slightest provocation, the people that wants the globe to listen to Azaan five times a day becomes enraged and insulted.

Stone pelters’ supporters used the premise that the procession damaged Muslim sentiment by passing through Muslim regions. Muslims are said to be offended by the noises of Ram Navami celebrations in front of mosques. The arguments appear to be without merit. We must see why a phrase like “Jai Shri Ram” enrages certain segments of Muslim society. We also need to figure out why Ram, the personification of maryada, virtuousness, truthfulness, nobleness, benevolence, and kindness, instils fear in Muslim extremists.

Sandeep Krishnarao Patil, write on ‘ FirstPost”  Through the Azaan the concept of no God but Allah resonates in the ambience of Bharat which has for millennia been home to a galaxy of deities, gods and faiths. The basic premise of Azaan creates a difference between those who believe in Allah and those who don’t. Another concept of ‘Ummah’ which is transnational is core to the Muslim society. An ummah basically is a community based on beliefs and the Muslim ummah is that which believes in the guidance of One Allah and in the prophethood of Muhammad. The concept of Islamic brotherhood or ‘Ummah’ binds Muslims the world over. That is why some Muslim living in Bharat feel more for Muslims living in Palestine than Pandits living in Kashmir.

The other concept is the concept of Kafir. In Islam, those who refuses to believe in the Quran and the prophethood of Muhammad are kafirs. So basically those not believing in the Quran are Kafirs. The majority Hindu population of Bharat is Kafir. Moreover, the concept of a state in Islam can be divided into two categories namely Dar-ul-Islam and Dar-ul-harb. Dar-ul-Islam refers to those countries that have come under the rule of Islam, but Dar-ul-harb refers to those countries where Islamic rule is not established. In Dar-ul-Harb countries Muslim are commanded to be in constant warfare till rule of Islam is established. Bharat is still Dar-ul-Harb and  certain section of Muslim fanatics and fundamentalists are in constant war with the majority Hindu population. These are some of the concepts among many which makes Islam exclusivist by its inherent nature and stone pelting, spitting, converting and killing become part of faith as a means of defiance…….

If we further analyse the reason for such Hindu-Muslim conflicts, the root cause of such rioting can be largely given to the reason that economic and political interest of Muslims is primarily aligned to religion. The gatekeepers of the Muslim community are antagonistic to everyone outside the religion as they do not cater to their political and economic interests. Such economic and political interest is also protected by the Constitution.

The Constitution of Bharat gives protection to practice and propagation of these separatist values of Islam. The religious and minority fundamental rights under Articles 25-30 provide the much needed ground for practice and propagation of separatist values. A prime example of this is that the personal laws of Muslims are still governed by the Shari’ah. In a Hindu-majority Bharat what is ironical is that the Hindu family law is codified while the Muslim laws aren’t.

What is even more ironic is the fact that those demanding Uniform Civil Code enshrined in the Constitution are termed communal while those advocating separate laws for different religions are hailed as secular. The Bharatiya state has, since Independence, shown the audacity to change and administer how Hindus manage themselves and their families but can’t stand for itself to tame the Muslim Shari’ah law.

Because it is simple to do, stone-pelting is used. Collecting stones from nearby regions and storing them on rooftops for use during processions is simple. Do you recall the horrific Delhi riots? On the terrace of an AAP municipal councillor, a considerable quantity of stones and brickbats were found.

Stone-pelting, on the other hand, is more than just a form of protest in Islam. Consider the ‘Rami al-Jamarat,’ also known as ‘Stoning the Devil,’ in this light. It is undertaken as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims hurl pebbles against three walls known as the Jamarat in the city of Mina, which is located east of Mecca, during this event.

The stoning of the Devil is one of the religious activities that must be performed during Hajj. It’s a replica of Abraham’s Hajj, in which he stoned three pillars to represent the temptation to rebel against God and save Ishmael. According to the ceremony, pilgrims must knock one of the larger pillars with seven pebbles on the 10th day of the month of Dhu-al-Hijjah. Once this is done, the pilgrim must shave his head. On each of the next two days, the pilgrim must strike each of the three walls with seven pebbles.

Adult men and women are often assaulted and stoned to death in Islamic countries; the practise of stoning is not limited to pillars, which are considered as personifications of Satan.

This theological justification for stoning may have influenced the current tendency of stone-pelting. It is high time that to achieve a peaceful solution, world leaders must get down and talk with the Muslim fundamentalists. Recent incidences of stone-pelting at Hindu festivities have exposed the country’s so-called liberals, who object to Jai Shri Ram slogans. They are, however, comfortable with Muharram processions that engage in similar sloganeering while going past a temple. There can’t be two parameters for two different communities in a democratic system.

Despite claims of ‘Dara Hua Musalman’ and’minorities under threat,’ it is the majority community that is being threatened, attacked, and forced to flee in several pockets of the country – courtesy of’secular’ politics and parties, as well as their intellectual footsoldiers and media handmaidens who have no regard for Hindu interests. Make no mistake: these attacks are the result of the radicalization of Muslim society, which is under the iron grip of Maulvis and Maulanas who have instilled Hindu hatred in the Muslim populace and sidetracked the few rational Muslim voices.

The fact that attacks have also been reported from states where the so-called saffron Hindutva party BJP is in power is cause for concern, given that the party’s “sabka saath sabka Vikas sabka Vishwas” only appears to embolden anti-Hindu forces. It cannot be overstated that India is the only nation for Hindus and, most likely, the only country in the world where the’majority’ community is constantly threatened by both Islamists and missionaries/evangelists.

Hindu festivals, which have always been about sharing, giving, honouring nature, and respecting both living and non-living beings, are now causing controversy among Muslim fundamentalists. This is largely due to Muslims’ long history of opposing non-Muslim ceremonies and behaviours. Such exclusivist behaviour causes societal fractures. To Muslim extremists, Hindu festivals, which are the foundation of Sanatan Samskriti, appear provocative. As a result of such stone-pelting occurrences, Hindu festivities are now only celebrated in ‘non-Muslim localities.’ Soon, demands will be made to celebrate these festivals solely within the confines of one’s own house, and then not at all. Being a Hindu may become controversial at some point in the future. In some of our neighbouring countries, this is already the situation. It is high time to start questioning this silence over these incidents.

 

By Nilabh krishna

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