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Islam Stagnant

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From the heart of a Muslim

Islam Stagnant

Islam in the Light of the ‘Sruti’ and the ‘Smrti’

How the Quran was written

The Age of Muslim Wars

'I am getting very confused about Islam. They say it is about
peace but all I keep seeing is hate, hate and violence.'

The Anti-Christ (1)
Islamic murderers and rulers of olden days

The Anti-Christ (2)
India and Israel destined for true friendship

Islamic Timebomb - The Islamic Tidalwave

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From the heart of a Muslim

"I am a Muslim by faith.... a Christian by spirit
....a Jew by heart....and above all I am a
human being." Dr. Tawfik Hamid.  

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Dr. Hamid is an Egyptian scholar and
author opposed to Islam fundamentalism.  

I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam. 

After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being, to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations. I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims. We Muslims are the ones who need to change. Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions. We have never had a clear and strong stand against the concept of slavery or wars, to spread our religion and to subjugate others to Islam and force them to pay a humiliating tax called Jizia. We ask others to respect our religion while all the time we curse non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the Mosques.  

What message do we convey to our children when we call the Jews "Descendants of the pigs and monkeys".. Is this a message of love and peace, or a message of hate? 

 I have been into churches and synagogues where they were praying for Muslims. While all the time we curse them, and teach our generations to call them infidels, and to hate them.
 
We immediately jump in a 'knee jerk reflex' to defend Prophet Mohammed when someone accuses him of being a pedophile while, at the same time, we are proud with the story in our Islamic books, that he married a young girl seven years old (Aisha) when he was above 50 years old.
 
 I am sad to say that many,  if not most of us, rejoiced in happiness after September 11th and after many other terror attacks.
 
Muslims denounce these attacks to look good in front of the media, but we condone the Islamic terrorists and sympathise with their cause.  Till now our 'reputable' top religious authorities have never issued a Fatwa or religious statement to proclaim Bin Laden as an apostate, while an author, like Rushdie, was declared an apostate who should be killed according to Islamic Shariia law just for writing a book criticizing Islam.
 
 Muslims demonstrated to get more religious rights as we did in France to stop the ban on the Hejab (Head Scarf), while we did not demonstrate with such passion and in such numbers against the terrorist murders.

It is our absolute silence against the terrorists that gives the energy to these terrorists to continue doing their evil acts.  We Muslims need to stop blaming our problems on others or on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As a matter of honesty, Israel is the only light of democracy, civilization, and human rights in the whole Middle East . 

We kicked out the Jews with no compensation or mercy from most of the Arab countries to make them "Jews-Free countries" while Israel accepted more than a million Arabs to live there, have its nationality, and enjoy their rights as human beings. In Israel , women can not be beaten legally by men, and any person can change his/her belief system with no fear of being killed by the Islamic law of 'Apostasy,' while in our Islamic world people do not enjoy any of these rights.  I agree that the 'Palestinians' suffer, but they suffer because of their corrupt leaders and not because of Israel .
 
 It is not common to see Arabs who live in Israel leaving to live in the Arab world. On the other hand, we used to see thousands of Palestinians going to work with happiness in Israel , its 'enemy'. If Israel treats Arabs badly as some people claim, surely we would have seen the opposite happening.
 

We Muslims need to admit our problems and face them. Only then we can treat them and start a new era to live in harmony with human mankind.  Our religious leaders have to show a clear and very strong stand against polygamy, pedophilia, slavery, killing those who convert from Islam to other  religions, beating of women by men, and declaring wars on  non-Muslims to spread Islam.

Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to respect our religion. The time has come to stop our hypocrisy and say it openly: 'We Muslims have to Change'.
 
Tawfik Hamid


Islam stagnant

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Noble Sirs
The masterful articles on Christianity that are featured on your web siteare an eye opener. The penetrating insight and the analysis of the life and teachings of Jesus as contrasted with the practices of the church, are excellent.

Can your web site feature such scholarly analysis about Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other world religions?
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The Message of Prophet Muhammad
By Swami Ranganathananda, Belur Math

Based on a public lecture delivered, on the occasion
of the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday by the
Muslim Students Society, Rangoon, at the
City Hall, Rangoon, Burma, on 21 April 1940.

Introductory

I am very thankful to the Muslim Students Society of Rangoon for organizing this public function in this spacious City Hall and inviting me to speak on The Message of Prophet Muhammad. I belong to a movement, which was started by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda over 50 years ago, and which stands for the fostering of the spirit of harmony and fellowship among the world religions, for fostering the expression of the religious impulse in the service of man, irrespective of caste and creed and race and sex, and for the deepening of the spiritual life of man everywhere in the modern age.

The Character of Prophet Muhammad

The character of Prophet Muhammad has been misrepresented, not only by many prejudiced non-Muslim critics, but also by the violent, ambitious, and worldly-minded faithful Muslims as well. In his personal life, the prophet shines as a man of high character, integrity, and humanity. He lived a simple Spartan life, exemplifying the truth of the dignity of labour. In his later life, he felt that he had a mission to deliver to humanity in general, and to his own Arab people in particular, and he set about implementing this mission and succeeded, before his death, in uniting the Arab people through a religio-politico ideology and making them conscious of their destiny to be a civilizing force in the world.

He also instilled love of knowledge in the Arab people. His inspiration soon transformed Arabia from a backward Bedouin-inhabited desert area into the political and cultural hub of Eurasia for four centuries, marked by advancement of sciences and learning, trade and commerce, and dynamic international contacts. This is the period when the universal spiritual message of Islam and its rational and scientific temper dominated the Muslim mind, which endowed them with an insatiable spirit of curiosity, which inspired them to learn from contemporary civilizations like the Indian, the Chinese, and the Greco-Roman, and which stimulated them to advance science, philosophy, and the arts in many directions.

But, after the Mongolian invasion of the thirteenth century A.D. and the complete destruction of Baghdad in 1258, when many millions were killed, whole areas were laid waste, and political rule in the centre of the Islamic world passed into the hands of barbarian infidels, leaving only Egypt and Spain to nourish Arab culture for another two centuries. There set in the slow and steady erosion of these universal and rational elements and the rising, to dominance, of its dogmatic and intolerant elements. The Mongol invaders, and later the Turks, were soon converted to Islam and became the carriers of Islamic religion, culture, and political power. With some great exceptions, these new Muslim groups came under the influence, less of Islam’s rational and universal, and more of its dogmatic and intolerant elements. This led to the increasing exploitation of the name of Islam by several military conquerors to destroy and rob and pillage other countries and cultures, which has given a bad name to this great religion.

The Message of the Prophet: Its Universal Elements

As in the case of every religion, there is, in the message of Prophet Muhammad also, a mixture of the eternal and universal ethical and spiritual elements along with the temporary and local socio-political elements. These represent the two aspects of every religious tradition, firstly, as a path to God, and next, as a socio-political ordering of human life. The followers of Islam derive their inspiration primarily from the Quran and secondly, as deriving from the Quran (from the Suriah and the Hadith). All the three contain elements, what the Indian Sanatan Dharma, or Hinduism calls, Sruti, representing the first, and Smrti, representing the second, in varying proportions.

[Note: For proper understanding of this article ‘ The Message of Prophet Muhammad’, the meanings of the two terms Sruti and Smrti should be understood.

Sruti stands for the eternal values of human freedom, dignity, equality, and fearlessness, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or sex. Sruti alone is eternal, because it deals with eternal varieties, universal and human. That is why in India’s long national history, we had many Smrtis but only one Sruti – the immortal Vedas, more particularly their spiritual and philosophical portions, the Upanishads. The message of the Upanishads is, therefore, called the Sanatan Dharma, Eternal Dharma, or perennial philosophy, as different from the teachings of the Smrti, which constitute only the Yuga Dharma, the dharma for a particular yuga or age. The Smrti, which is relevant in one age, or in one country, has no relevance in another age or another country; and all social changes involve abrogation of the current Smrti and adoption of a new Smrti relevant to the new times. ]

The stagnation and decay of Islam commenced, as in the case of Sanatan Dharma in recent centuries, with the dominance of the Smrti over the Sruti elements. It was a dominance of the fundamentalist group over the ever-diminishing rational and humanist group which advocated the scientific approach and the stressing more and more of the eternal, universal, spiritual elements and the soft-pedalling of the temporal and local elements, in response to the advance of history.

The following select passages of the Quran breathe the spirit of the Sruti or the eternal and the universal:

(We commence) with the name of God
The most Merciful (to begin with),
The most Merciful (to the end).
All praise belongs to God,
Lord of all the worlds,
The most Merciful (to begin with),
The most Merciful (to the end).
Master of the day of Judgement.
Thee alone do we serve,
And Thee alone do we ask for help.

The Quran speaks of Muhammad and the universal
elements of his mission in these words:

‘We have not sent thee but as a mercy and blessing for the world.’

The second Sura of the Quran commands us to believe, in not only what was revealed to Muhammad, but also in what was revealed to those who went before him. This clearly indicates the Prophet’s acceptance of many true religions of which Islam is one. The universality of the Prophet’s message is also revealed in his teaching that only those are nearest to his heart and to God who do what is right. In several Suras of the Quran, we come across this universal approach.

‘To every one we have given a law and a way. And if God has pleased, He would have made you all one people (believers in one religion); but he has done otherwise that He might try you in that which He hath severally given unto you. Wherefore press forward in good works. Unto God shall ye return and He will tell you that concerning which ye disagree.’

‘Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayer? Making peace between one and another; enmity and malice tear up rewards by roots.’

‘It is not righteousness that ye turn your face to the east and the west; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the scripture and the prophets; and gives his wealth, for love of Him, to kinsfolk, and to orphans, and to the needy, and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and set slaves free, and observeth proper worship and payeth the poor-due; and those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the God-fearing.’

‘Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us, and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received, from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and unto Him we have surrendered.’

‘Lo! Religion with Allah (is) the Surrender (to His will and guidance).’

‘Oh ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty towards Allah. Lo! Allah is informed of what ye do.’

In the course of his farewell sermon before his passing away, the Prophet gave the message of a universal and humanistic ethics:

‘And hearken, O mankind! An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not superior to an Arab, a white man is not superior to a black man nor a black man superior to a white man, except by virtue of his conduct. The noblest in the sight of Allah is he who is noblest in conduct.’

Says the Quran elsewhere:

‘Man’s actions are judged by his intention.’

‘He is not of us who sleeps with his stomach full while his neighbour is hungry.’

There is an oft-quoted saying in the Quran, which also has the ring of universality:

‘Let there be no compulsion in religion.’

That God is one and that He is beyond man’s sensory experience is highlighted in another beautiful verse of the Quran:

‘Sight perceives Him not, but He perceives men’s sights; He is the knower of secrets, the Aware.’

This teaching is exactly similar to the teaching of the Kena Upanishad (1.7):

‘Yacchaksusaa na pashyati
yena chakshumsi pashyati;
Tadeva brahma tvam vidhi
Neda yadidam upaasate-

‘That which cannot be seen by the eye but through which the eye itself sees, know That to be Brahman and not what people worship here (in the manifested world).’

Islam in the Light of the ‘Sruti’ and the ‘Smrti’
Concepts of India’s Sanatan Dharma

Some Muslim thinkers have made a distinction between Islam and Muhammadanism and they have preferred the word Islam to Muhammadanism. The former is a more universal concept than the latter, the truths taught in it being impersonal in origin. This is the meaning of Sruti in the Hindu or the Sanatan Dharma tradition of India; the sages of the Upanishads, or of the Srutis, were only discoverers of eternal spiritual truths, which can be rediscovered by any one else also at any time. But the latter, namely, Muhammadanism, refers to a person as the sanction for the teachings it expounds. Without the personal founder, the teaching cannot stand. Such teachings constitute, as I said earlier, the Smrti dimension of a religion, which is limited by place, time, and history. The Hindus consider even their Bhagavad-Gita as a Smrti in form though a Sruti in content, since it deals with ethical and spiritual truths only and not social rules and regulations.

In the Hindu tradition, unlike in all other religious traditions, there is a clear distinction between its Sruti and its Smrti elements. The Sruti stands for the body of eternal and impersonal truths valid for all times and peoples. And the Smrti stands for the temporal and the local elements; and because they are temporal and local, they cannot be universal. And Hinduism emphasizes that they need to be changed age after age, in response to changing socio-economic conditions. The Sruti is represented by the Vedas generally, and by the Upanishads particularly. They contain truths of the spiritual dimension of life discovered by different sages, among whom were many women also. These truths, like any truth, about the physical world, are eternal and are capable of being re-discovered by any human being equipped with moral purity and mental penetration. Among these truths is the innate divinity of man, the unity of God as infinite and non-dual consciousness, which is the Self of man and nature, man’s capacity to realize this truth in life, and the availability of different paths to realize God. The Hindu mind discovered the presence of these truths in every world religion. And the mystics of every religion, including the Sufi mystics of Islam, apart from the Prophet himself, have borne witness to these eternal spiritual truths. This is what India calls the Sanatana Dharma of any religious tradition.

The Smrti is represented by the various law books of the Hindu tradition, like Manu Smrti, Yajnavalkya Smrti, Apasthamba dharma-sutras etc. They deal with rules to regulate the day-to-day life of people individually and collectively; they deal with subjects such as food, dress, marriage, inheritance etc. This is what India calls the yuga dharma dimension of any religious tradition, the dharma relevant for a particular yuga, age or epoch. The Hindu tradition, even in its orthodox form, provides for the giving up of old Smrtis and the creation and adoption of new Smrtis.

That is why, in the long history of the Hindu tradition, there have been many Smrtis, but only one Sruti; and in this modern period, the most arresting fact of Hindu life is the rejection of the authority of the old Smrtis, and the free and fearless adoption of a new Smrti by the people, in response to the onward march of history and the demands of the modern age. The age-old experience of the Hindu tradition demonstrates the truth that the changing of these Smrti elements of any tradition, which become at a later age, what in Greek mythology is called, procrustean beds, not only will not harm that tradition but, on the contrary, will only strengthen that tradition, and make it better fitted to achieve human development.

The Hindu tradition recognizes the fact that, with respect to human development and fulfilment, these Smrti elements of a tradition are like the bark of a tree; as the tree grows, the bark also must grow side by side; if not, the bark will choke the tree and destroy it. But a living tree will cast off its old bark and create for itself a new bark suitable to its growth. With regard to Smrti, in general, this far seeing and orthodox national wisdom finds beautiful expression in the pithy saying of Sri Ramakrishna   (1836-1886), which  presents the essence of Hindu wisdom aptly:

‘The Mughal coins have no currency under the (British East India) Company’s rule.’

One of the features that helped to sustain the impressive millennia-long continuity of the Hindu tradition is the general acceptance of this dominance of the Sruti over the Smrti. This produced two great results, namely, the emergence of a galaxy of mystics and saints and reformers, and the high respect they commanded from the people, even though some of them preached openly against several aspects of the teachings of the current Hindu Smrtis. If, on the other hand, the Smrtis, what in Islam is called the Sariyah, had dominated the Hindu tradition, these mystics and saints and reformers would have been silenced or destroyed. In our own time, a Vivekananda (1863-1902) appeared, and he preached strongly against several beliefs and practices advocated by the Hindu Smrtis, showing them to be obsolete and enemies of human development and fulfilment; and yet he was accepted, respected, and honoured even by the orthodox tradition. This stands in sharp contrast to the tragic fate of several lovable saints and innovators in the wide spectrum of the Semitic tradition.

Islam; Creative versus Stagnant

Islam has produced some of the most lovable men and women of God, the Sufis. The Prophet’s teachings contained inspiration for this God-ward direction of human life, and mystics began to appear in Islam within a century of his death. The earliest outstanding Sufi mystic was a woman, Rabia of Basra (717-801 A.D.), who has inspired most of the later Sufis. She and several other Sufis were monastics, a state of life condemned by Islamic Sariah or law books. Many of them had a hard time to express their deep-felt spiritual urges and experiences, for fear of offending the rigid Sariah or fundamentalist orthodoxy of Islam, which has even put to death some of the noblest among them. This is the bitter fruit of a stagnant Islam.

If Islam were dominated by its creative, by its eternal and universal elements, this would not have taken place. In the first four centuries of Islam, when it was creative, these dogmatic and rigid fundamentalist elements had been held in check by the rational, universal, and expansive spirit of Islam, which made for the flowering of the Islamic culture and civilization. Since the destruction of Baghdad, there has been an increasing dominance by its rigid and intolerant Sariah or Smrti elements, and the consequent exploitation of Islam, as referred to earlier, by power-hungry worldly-minded individuals to cover their own greed and bloodthirstiness.

If Islam is to become creative once again, and help in the human development and fulfilment of its followers, it has to capture once again the rational and universal temper of its early period, by taking inspiration from the spirit of Islam and not from its letter. This rational approach is found in many early Muslim thinkers. It is expressed in a famous verse by Jalaluddin Rumi, in his Masnavi, which is treated as only second to the Quran in importance and reverence (quoted by Dr. Bhagawan Das in his
Essential Unity of All Religions):

An ze Quran maghz ra bardastam.
Ustukhan pese sagan andakhtam-
‘The marrow from the Quran have I drawn,
And the dry bones unto the dogs have cast.’

Conclusion

Such a creative Islam alone will be able to establish happy and fruitful relations with its sister world religions, and also to become a progressive force in its own secular field. Islamic conquerors and missionaries have a bad reputation as idol breakers with respect to other religions. If this is accepted as an essential element of Islam, it will have to be engaged in this fruitless task till the end of time; and consequently, it will never be able to establish happy and peaceful relations with other religions, many of which will continue to use images and symbols. It is good for Islam to engage in another type of idol breaking, namely, idols of the mind, consisting of prejudices and prepossessions. This is one of the important disciplines of the scientific method as expounded by Francis Bacon, who refers to the need for every scientific seeker to free the mind from the ‘idols of the cave’, from the ‘idols of the theatre’, etc. etc. In a famous poem, the great Jalaluddin Rumi protests vigorously against this idol-breaking programme, which applies to all Semitic religious missionaries generally, and to all Islamic conquerors and non-Sufi missionaries specially. (Masnavi, quoted in Claude Field’s Mystics and Sufis of Islam, p. 154):

Moses, to his horror, heard one summer day
A benighted shepherd blasphemously pray:

‘Lord’, he said, ‘I would I know Thee, where Thou art,
That for Thee I might perform a servant’s part,

Comb Thy hair, and dust Thy shoes, and sweep Thy room,
Bring Thee every morning milk and honeycomb.’

Moses cried, ‘Blasphemer!’ Curb thy blatant speech!
Whom art thou addressing? Lord of all and each,

Allah the almighty? Thinkest thou He doth need
Thine officious folly? Wilt thou all bounds exceed?

Miscreant, have a care, lest thunderbolts should break
On our heads, and others perish for thy sake.

Without eyes He seeth, without ears He heareth,
Hath no son nor partner through the endless years;

Space cannot contain Him, time He is above.
All the limits that He knows are Light and Love.’

‘Put to shame, the shepherd, his poor garment rent,
Went away disheartened, his ardour spent’.

‘Then spake God to Moses: ‘Why hast thou for Me
Driven away My servant, who goes heavily?

Not for severance it was, but union
I commissioned thee to preach, O hasty one!’

‘Hatefullest of all things is to me divorce (of man from man),
And the worst of all ways is the way of force;

I made no creation, self to aggrandize,
But that creatures might with Me communion prize.

What though the childish tongue trip? ‘tis the heart I see,
If it really loves Me in sincerity.’
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How the Quran was written

In the year 610 (AD), a forty year old merchant named Muhammad , was sleeping in a cave somewhere in the vicinity of Mecca. Muhammad was awakened during the night and saw the angel Gabriel surrounded by bright light. Gabriel said, "Recite!"

Muhammad was taken aback and awe struck and asked, "Recite what?"

Angel Gabriel said, "Recite in the name of the Lord the Creator".

Gabriel then endowed Muhammad with the gift of prophecy enabling him to know the word of God. 

Muhammad was an illiterate person, who could neither read nor write. Thus his account of events is not recorded. The actual text of the Quran was not assembled until more than thirty years later, after the death of Prophet Muhammad. A committee made up of some people had interviewed  some devotees of Muhammad  who had heard Muhammad speak. The committee also relied on bits of written information that the devotees could produce. The end product of the texts thus put together is known as the Quran.
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The following email was received on Fri, 21 Feb 2003 08:40:45 -0600

Is this true? I thought Hindus are supposed to be kind but Muslims keep saying they (the Hindus) are terrorists.
I am getting very confused about Islam.
They say it is about peace but all I keep
seeing is hate hate hate and violence

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The Age of Muslim Wars
By Samuel P. Huntington
(Abridged)

Contemporary global politics is the age of Muslim wars. Muslims fight each other and they fight non-Muslims far more often than do peoples of other civilizations. Muslim wars have replaced the cold war as the principal form of international conflict. These wars include wars of terrorism, guerrilla wars, civil wars and interstate conflicts. These instances of Muslim violence could congeal into one major clash of civilizations between Islam and the West or between Islam and the Rest. That, however, is not inevitable, and it is more likely that violence involving Muslims will remain dispersed, varied and frequent.

The age of Muslim wars began as the cold war was winding down in the 1980s. In 1980 Iraq invaded Iran, and the ensuing war produced at least 500,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of wounded. At the same time, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan generated vigorous Afghan resistance, which by 1989 compelled the Soviets to withdraw. This victory was made possible by American technology, Saudi and American money, Pakistani support and training, and the participation of thousands of fighters from other, mostly Arab, Muslim countries. Then in 1990 Saddam Hussein invaded and attempted to annex Kuwait, and the United States organized an international coalition, including several Muslim countries, to defeat him.

In the 1990s violence occurred between Muslims and non-Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kashmir, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Middle East, Sudan and Nigeria. Mujahedin fighters from the Afghanistan war were central participants in many of these conflicts as well as in Muslim terrorist organizations in countries throughout the world. In the mid-1990s, roughly half the ethnic conflicts in the world involved Muslims fighting each other or non-Muslims. In one inventory by The Economist, Muslims were responsible for 11 and possibly 12 of 16 major acts of international terrorism between 1983 and 2000. Five of the seven states listed by the U.S. State Department as supporting terrorism are Muslim, as are a majority of foreign organizations listed as engaged in terrorism. In counter-actions between 1980 and 1995, the U.S. armed forces engaged in 17 military operations against Muslims. According to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, 32 armed conflicts were underway in 2000; more than two thirds involved Muslims. Yet Muslims are only about one fifth of the world’s population.

The "new war" as U.S. administration officials termed the violence that began September 11, is thus not so new. It is a continuation and escalation of previous patterns of violence involving Muslims. Earlier Muslim terrorism had, however, been sporadic and in comparison relatively limited: 299 people killed in the 1983 attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, 270 on Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, 224 in the 1998 attacks on U.S. African embassies. Different Muslim groups and states were involved in these incidents. Beginning in 1993, however, the principal attacks on Americans and American facilities all appear to have originated with Osama bin Laden. September 11 revealed the existence of his sizable global terrorist network with cells in perhaps 40 countries and with the expertise and resources to attempt well-planned simultaneous attacks. Also for the first time, the network struck with devastating effect within the United States, its actions highlighting the likelihood of chemical and biological attacks, with the more distant possibility of nuclear weapons. The age of Muslim wars had come home to America.

Responsibility for particular wars undoubtedly varies, with the Sudanese government responsible for its ongoing war against Christians and the Israeli government provoking the second intifada with its settlements and ongoing military presence in the West Bank and Gaza.

Tribal. Religious, ethnic, political and cultural divisions within the Muslim world stimulate violence between Muslims. They also promote violence between Muslims and non-Muslims because different Muslim groups and governments, such as those of Saudi Arabia and Iran, compete with each other in promoting their own brand of Islam and have supported Muslim groups fighting non-Muslims from Bosnia to the Philippines. If one or two states dominated the Muslim world, which has not been the case since the end of the Ottoman Empire, less violence would occur among Muslims and, probably between Muslims and non-Muslims.
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Part of the email we received reads as follows:

'I am getting very confused about Islam. They say it is about peace but all I
keep seeing is hate, hate and violence.'

By way of answers to this email the following questions and the articles were received by email during February 2003

How would you describe the contents of the following paragraph; can it be described as the product of perverted sick mind of satan, devil, demon or the teachings of some one like Jesus the Christ or the Buddha? Can it be acceptable to any decent human mind that such passages could be from the Bible, or the Quran or the Talmud? And how is one to describe the people who carry out such instructions – as the soldiers of God or as the soldiers of Satan or as the  disciples of the devil?

"Those who do not agree with our way of believing, kill them, wherever you find them, cut off their heads, with heavy fetters, throw them into blazing fires; pour boiling water upon their heads, melting their skins."

Translation of "The Glorious Quran"
by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall

Quran 9:5
"Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolators wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

Quran 47:4
When you meet the unbelievers in the Jihad strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens.

Quran 73:12
We have in store for the unbelievers heavy fetters and a blazing fire, choking food and harrowing torment: on the day when the earth shall quiver with all its mountains, and the mountains crumble into heaps of shifting sand.

Quran 22:19-22:23
Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Scalding water shall be poured upon their heads, melting their skins and that which is in their bellies. They shall be lashed rods of iron. Whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape from Hell, back they shall be dragged, and will be told: 'Taste the torment of the Conflagration!'

Quran 5:51
O you who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is one of them. Lo allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.

Quran 5:64
"The Jews say: "Allah's hand is tied up". Be their hands tied up and be they Accursed for the blasphemy that they utter. Nay, Both his hands (Allah's) are widely outstretched: He giveth and Spendeth as he Pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to Thee (Mohammed) from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed Enmity and Hatred till the day of Judgement. Every time they kindle the fire of War, Allah doth extinguish it; But they ever strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not people who do mischief."

Quran 33:26
"And those of the People of the Book (Jews) who Aided Them (Meccans) - Allah did take them from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts, so that Some Ye Slew and Some Ye made Prisoners. And he made you heirs of their Lands, their Houses, and their Goods. And of a Land, which Ye had not frequented before (Khaybar) and Allah has Power over all things."

Quran 59:2-5
"He it is who hath caused those of the People of the Scripture (Jews) who disbelieved to go forth from their homes unto the first exile. You deemed not that they would go forth, while they deemed that their strongholds would protect them from Allah. But Allah reached them from a place whereof they recked not and cast terror in their hearts so that they ruined their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers. So learn a lesson, O you who have eyes!

In addition there are also verses in the Quran that clearly indicate that Jews and Hindus deserve the same murderous treatment. Perhaps no other evidence is more compelling or stronger than this to establish the basis for the shared experiences and victimization of the Hindus of India and the Jews of Israel.

Quran 98:1-8
The unbelievers among the People of the Book (Jews) and the pagans (Hindus) shall burn for ever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures.

Quran 9:73
Prophet, make war on the unbelievers (Hindus) and the hypocrites (Jews) and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their Home: an evil fate.
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Islamic murderers and rulers of olden days
By Dr. Ambedkar

Muhammad of Ghazni also looked upon his numerous invasions of India as the waging of a holy war. Al' Utbi, the historian of Muhammad, describing his raids writes :

" He demolished idol temples and established Islam. He captured ...... cities, killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolaters, and gratifying Muslims. ' He then returned home and promulgated accounts of the victories obtained for Islam. ....... and vowed that every year he would undertake a holy war against Hind " Mahommed Ghori was actuated by the same holy zeal in his invasions of India. Hasan Nizami, the historian, describes his work in the following terms :

" He purged by his sword the land of Hind from the filth of infidelity and vice, and freed the whole of that country from the thorn of God-plurality and the impurity of idol-worship, and by his royal vigour and intrepidity left not one temple standing

Taimur has in his Memoir explained what led him to invade India. He says:

" My object in the invasions of Hindustan is to lead a campaign against the infidels, to convert them to the true faith according to the command of Muhammad (on whom and his family be the blessing and peace of God), to purify the land from the defilement of misbelief and polytheism, and overthrow the temples and idols, whereby we shall be Ghazis and Mujahids, companions and soldiers of the faith before God. "

Mahommad bin Qasim's first act of religious zeal was forcibly to circumcise the Brahmins of the captured city of Debul ; but on discovering that they objected to this sort of conversion, he proceeded to put all above the age of 17 to death, and to order all others, with women and children, to be led into slavery. The temple of the Hindus was looted, and the rich booty was divided equally among the soldiers, after one-fifth, the legal portion for the government, had been set aside.

Muhammad of Ghazni from the outset adopted those plans that would strike terror into the hearts of the Hindus. After the defeat of Raja JaipalinA.D. 1001, Muhammad ordered that Jaipal " be paraded about in the streets so that his sons and chieftains might see him in that condition of shame, bonds and disgrace; and that fear of Islam might fly abroad through the country of the infidels. "

"The slaughtering of ' infidels' seemed to be one thing that gave Muhammad particular pleasure. In one attack on Chand Rai, in A. D. 1019, many infidels were slain or taken prisoners, and the Muslims paid no regard to booty until they had satiated themselves with the slaughter of the infidels and worshippers of the sun and fire. The historian naively adds that the elephants of the Hindu armies came to Muhammad of their own accord, leaving idols, preferring the service of the religion of Islam. "

Not infrequently, the slaughter of the Hindus gave a great setback to the indigenous culture of the Hindus, as in the conquest of Bihar by Muhammad Bakhtyar Khilji. When he took Nuddea (Bihar) the Tabaquat-i-Nasiri informs us that:

" Great plunder fell into the hands of the victors. Most of the inhabitants were Brahmins with shaven heads. They were put to death. Large number of books were found......... but none could explain their contents as all the men had been killed, the whole fort and city being a place of study. "

Summing up the evidence on the point. Dr. Titus concludes :

Temples Destroyed by Islamic Murderers

" Of the destruction of temples and the desecration of idols we have an abundance of evidence. Mahommad bin Qasim carried out his plan of destruction systematically in Sind, we have seen, but he made an exception of the famous temple at Multan for purposes of revenue, as this temple was a place of resort for pilgrims, who made large gifts to the idol. Nevertheless, while he thus satisfied his avarice by letting the temple stand, he gave vent to his malignity by having a piece of cow's flesh tied around the neck of the idol.

" Minhaj-as-Siraj further tells how Mahommad became widely known for having destroyed as many as a thousand temples, and of his great feat in destroying the temple of Somnath and carrying off its idol, which he asserts was broken into four parts. One part he deposited in the Jami Masjid of Ghazni, one he placed at the entrance of the royal palace, the third he sent to Mecca, and the fourth to Medina.

It is said by Lane Poole that Muhammad of Ghazni " who had vowed that every year should see him wage a holy war against the infidels of Hindustan " could not rest from his idol-breaking campaign so long as the temple of Somnath remained inviolate. It was for this specific purpose that he, at the very close of his career, undertook his arduous march across the desert from Multan to Anhalwara on the coast, fighting as he went, until he saw at last the famous temple:

" There a hundred thousand pilgrims were wont to assemble, a thousand Brahmins served the temple and guarded its treasures, and hundreds of dancers and singers played before its gates. Within stood the famous linga, a rude pillar stone adorned with gems and lighted by jewelled candelebra which were reflected in rich hangings, embroidered with precious stones like stars, that decked the shrine..... Its ramparts were swarmed with incredulous Brahmins, mocking the vain arrogance of foreign infidels whom the God of Somnath would assuredly consume. The foreigners, nothing daunted, scaled the walls; the God remained dumb to the urgent appeals of his servants; fifty thousand Hindus suffered for their faith and the sacred shrine was sacked to the joy of the true believers. The great stone was cast down and its fragments were carried off to grace the conqueror's palace. The temple gates were setup at Ghazni and a million pounds worth of treasure rewarded the iconoclast "

The work done by Muhammad of Ghazni became a pious tradition and was faithfully followed by those who came after him. In the words of Dr. Titus

"Mahommad Ghori, one of the enthusiastic successors of Muhammad of Ghazni, in his conquest of Ajmir destroyed pillars and foundations of the idol-temples, and built in their stead mosques and colleges, and the precepts of Islam and the customs of the law were divulged and established. At Delhi, the city and its vicinity were freed from idols and idol worship, and in the sanctuaries of the images of the Gods mosques were raised by the worshippers of the one God.

" Qutb-ud-Din Aybak also is said to have destroyed nearly a thousand temples, and then raised mosques on their foundations. The same author states that he built the Jami Masjid, Delhi, and adorned it with the stones and gold obtained from the temples which had been demolished by elephants, and covered it with inscriptions (from the Quran) containing the divine commands".

We have further evidence of this harrowing process having been systematically employed from the inscription extant over the eastern gateway of this same mosque at Delhi, which relates that the materials of 27 idol temples were used in its construction.

" Ala-ud-Din, in his zeal to build a second Minar to the Jami Masjid, to rival the one built by Qulb-ud-Din, is said by Amir Khusru not only to have dug stones out of the hills, but to have demolished temples of the infidels to furnish a supply. In his conquests of South India the destruction of temples was carried out by Ala-ud-Din as it had been in the north by his predecessors.

" The Sultan Firoz Shah, in his Futuhat, graphically relates how he treated Hindus who had dared to build new temples. ' When they did this in the city (Delhi) and the environs, in opposition to the law of the Prophet, which declares that such are not to be tolerated, under Divine guidance I destroyed these edifices. I killed these leaders of infidelity and punished others with stripes, until this abuse was entirely abolished and where infidels and idolaters worshipped idols, Musalmans now by God's mercy perform their devotions to the true God’."

Even in the reign of Shah Jahan, we read of the destruction of the temples that the Hindus had started to rebuild, and the account of this direct attack on the piety of the Hindus is thus solemnly recorded in the Badshah-namah:

" It had been brought to the notice of His Majesty, says the historian, that during the late reign (of Akbar) many idol-temples had been begun but remained unfinished at Benares, the great stronghold of infidelity. The infidels were now desirous of completing them. His Majesty, the defender of the faith, gave orders that at Benares and throughout all his dominions in every place all temples that had been begun should be cast down. It was reported from the Province of Allahabad that 76 temples had been destroyed in the district of Benares. "

It was left to Aurangzeb to make a final attempt to overthrow idolatry. The author of ' Ma ' athir-i-Alamgiri dilates upon his efforts to put down Hindu teaching, and his destruction of temples in the following terms:

" In April, A. D. 1669, Aurangzib learned that in the provinces of Thatta, Multan and Benares, but especially in the latter, foolish Brahmins were in the habit of expounding frivolous books in their schools, and that learners, Muslims as well as Hindus, went there from long distances.... The ' Director of the Faith ' consequently issued orders to all the governors of provinces to destroy with a willing hand the schools and temples of the infidels; and they were enjoined to put an entire stop to the teaching and practising of idolatrous worship.. ...Later it was reported to his religious Majesty that the Government officers had destroyed the temple of Bishnath at Benares. "

As Dr.Titus observes

" Such invaders as Muhammad and Timur seem to have been more concerned with iconoclasm, the collection of booty, the enslaving of captives, and the sending of infidels to hell with the' proselytizing sword ' than they were with the conversion of them even by force. But when rulers were permanently established the winning of converts became a matter of supreme urgency. It was a part of the stale policy to establish Islam as the religion of the whole land.

"Qutb-ud-Din, whose reputation for destroying temples was almost as great as that of Muhammad, in the latter part of the twelfth century and early years of the thirteenth, must have frequently resorted to force as an incentive to conversion. One instance may be noted: when he approached Koil (Aligarh) in A. D. 1194, ' those of the garrison who were wise and acute were converted to Islam, but the others were slain with the sword '.

" Further examples of extreme measures employed to effect a change of faith are all too numerous. One pathetic case is mentioned in the lime of the reign of Firoz Shah (A. D. 1351—1388). An old Brahmin of Delhi had been accused of worshipping idols in his house, and of even leading Muslim women to become infidels. He was sent for and his case placed before the judges, doctors, elders and lawyers. Their reply was that the provisions of the law were clear. The Brahmin must either become a Muslim or be burned. The true faith was declared to him and the right course pointed out, but he refused to accept it. Consequently he was burned by the order of the Sultan, and the commentator adds, ' Behold the Sultan's strict adherence to law and rectitude, how he would not deviate in the least from its decrees '. "

Muhammad not only destroyed temples but made it a policy to make slaves of the Hindus he conquered. In the words of Dr. Titus:

" Not only was slaughter of the infidels and the destruction of their temples resorted to in earlier period of Islam's contact with India, but as we have seen, many of the vanquished were led into slavery. The dividing up of booty was one of the special attractions, to the leaders as well as to the common soldiers in these expeditions. Muhammad seems to have made the slaughter of infidels, the destruction of their temples, the capturing of slaves, and the plundering of the wealth of the people, particularly of the temples and the priests, the main object of his raids. On the occasion of his first raid he is said to have taken much booty ; and half a million Hindus, ' beautiful men and women ', were reduced to slavery and taken back to Ghazni. "

When Muhammad later took Kanauj, in A. D. 1017, he took so much booty and so many prisoners that * the fingers of those who counted them would have tired '. Describing how common Indian slaves had become in Ghazni and Central Asia after the campaign of A. D. 1019, the historian of the times says

"The number of prisoners may be conceived from the fact that each was sold for from two to ten dirhams. These were afterwards taken to Ghazni, and merchants came from far distant cities to purchase them ;. . ....and the fair and the dark, the rich and the poor were commingled in one common slavery.

" In the year A.D. 1202, when Qulb-ud-Din captured Kalinjar, after the temples had been converted into mosques, and the very name of idolatry was annihilated, fifty thousand men came under the collar of slavery and the plain became black as pitch with Hindus. "

Slavery was the fate of those Hindus who were captured in the holy war. But, when there was no war the systematic abasement of the Hindus played no unimportant part in the methods adopted by the Muslim invaders. In the days of Ala-ud-Din, at the beginning of the fourteenth century, the Hindus had in certain parts given the Sultan much trouble. So, he determined to impose such taxes on them that they would be prevented from rising in rebellion.

" The Hindu was to be left unable to keep a horse to ride on, to carry arms, to wear fine clothes, or to enjoy any of the luxuries of life. "

Speaking of the levy of Jizyah Dr. Titus says

" The payment of the Jizyah by the Hindus continued throughout the dominions of the sultans, emperors, and kings in various parts of India with more or less regularity, though often, the law was in force in theory only ; since it depended entirely on the ability of the sovereign to enforce his demands. But, finally, it was abolished throughout the Moghul Empire in the ninth year of the enlightened Akbar's reign (A.D.1665), after it had been accepted as a fundamental part of Muslim government policy in India for a period of more than eight centuries. "

Lane Poole says that

"The Hindu was taxed to the extent of half the produce of his land, and had to pay duties on all his buffaloes, goats, and other milk-cattle. The taxes were to be levied equally on rich and poor, at so much per acre, so much per animal. Any collectors or officers taking bribes were summarily dismissed and heavily punished with sticks, pincers, the rack, imprisonment and chains. The new rules were strictly carried out, so that one revenue officer would string together 20 Hindu notables and enforce payment by blows. No gold or silver, not even the betelnut, so cheering and stimulative to pleasure, was to be seen in a Hindu house, and the wives of the impoverished native officials were reduced to taking service in Muslim families. Revenue officers came to be regarded as more deadly than the plague; and to be a government clerk was disgrace worse than death, in so much that no Hindu would marry his daughter to such a man. "

 These edicts, says the historian of the period,

" were so strictly carried out that the chaukidars and khuts and muqad-dims were not able to ride on horseback, to find weapon, to wear fine clothes, or to indulge in betel. . .... No Hindu could hold up his head. ..... Blows, confinement in the stocks, imprisonment and chains were all employed to enforce payment. "

All this was not the result of mere caprice or moral perversion. On the other hand, what was done was in accordance with the ruling ideas of the leaders of Islam in the broadest aspects. These ideas were well expressed by the Kazi in reply to a question put by Sultan Ala-ud-Din wanting to know the legal position of the Hindus under Muslim law. The Kazi said :—

" They are called payers of tribute, and when the revenue officer demands silver from them they should without question, and with all humility and respect, tender gold. If the officer throws dirt in their mouths, they must without reluctance open their mouths wide to receive it..... The due subordination of the Dhimmi is exhibited in this humble payment, and by this throwing of dirt into their mouths. The glorification of Islam is a duty, and contempt for religion is vain. God holds them in contempt, for he says, ' Keep them in subjection '. To keep the Hindus in abasement is especially a religious duty, because they are the most inveterate enemies of the Prophet, and because the Prophet has commanded us to slay them, plunder them, and make them captive, saying, ' Convert them to Islam or kill them, and make them slaves, and spoil their wealth and property '. No doctor but the great doctor (Hani-fah), to whose school we belong, has assented to the imposition of jizya on Hindus ; doctors of other schools allow no other alternative but ' Death or Islam '. "

Such is the story of this period of 762 years which elapsed between the advent of Muhammad of Ghazni and the return of Ahmadshah Abdalli.

How far is it open to the Hindus to say that Northern India is part of Aryavarta ? How far is it open to the Hindus to say because once it belonged to them, therefore, it must remain for ever an integral part of India ? Those who oppose separation and hold to the ' historic sentiment ' arising out of an ancient fact that Northern India including Afghanistan was once part of India and that the people of that area were either Buddhist or Hindus, must be asked whether the events of these 762 years of incessant Muslim invasions, the object with which they were launched and the methods adopted by these invaders to give effect to their object are to be treated as though they were matters of no account?

Apart from other consequences which have flowed from them these invasions have, in my opinion, so profoundly altered the ' culture and character of the northern areas, which it is now proposed to be included in a Pakistan, that there is not only no unity between that area and the rest of India but that there is as a matter of fact a real antipathy between the two.

The first consequence of these invasions was the breaking up of the unity of Northern India with the rest of India. After his conquest of Northern India, Muhammad of Ghazni detached it from India and ruled it from Ghazni. When Mahommed Ghori came in the field as a conqueror, he again attached it to India and ruled it from Lahore and then from Delhi. Hakim, the brother of Akbar, detached Kabul and Kandahar from Northern India. Akbar again attached it to Northern India. They were again detached by Nadirshah in 1738 and the whole of Northern India would have been severed from India had it not been for the check provided by the rise of the Sikhs. Northern India, therefore, has been like a wagon in a train, which can be coupled or uncoupled according to the circumstances of the moment. If analogy is wanted, the case of Alsace-Lorraine could be cited. Alsace-Lorraine was originally part of Germany, like the rest of Switzerland and the Low Countries. It continued to be so till 1680, when it was taken by France and incorporated into French territory. It belonged to France till 1871, when it was detached by Germany and made part of her territory. In 1918, it was again detached from Germany and made part of France. In 1940, it was detached from France and made part of Germany.

What is, however, important to bear in mind is that with all their internecine conflicts they were all united by one common objective and that was to destroy the Hindu faith.

These Muslim invasions were not undertaken merely out of lust for loot or conquest. There was another object behind them. The expedition against Sind by Mahommad bin Qasim was of a punitive character and was undertaken to punish Raja Dahir of Sind who had refused to make restitution for the seizure of an Arab ship at Debul, one of the sea-port towns of Sind. But, there is no doubt that striking a blow at the idolatry and polytheism of Hindus and establishing Islam in India was also one of the aims of this expedition. In one of his dispatches to Hajjaj, Mahommad bin Qasim is quoted to have said:

" The nephew of Raja Dahir, his warriors and principal officers have been dispatched, and the infidels converted to Islam or destroyed. Instead of idol-temples, mosques and other places of worship have been created, the Kulbah it read, the call to prayers is raised, so that devotions are performed at stated hours. The Takbir and praise to the Almighty God are offered every morning and evening. "

After receiving the above dispatch, which had been forwarded with the head of the Raja, Hajjaj sent the following reply to his general:

" Except that you give protection to all, great and small alike, make no difference between enemy and friend. God, says, ' Give no quarter to infidels but cut their throats '. Then know that this is the command of the great God. You shall not be too ready to grant protection, because it will prolong your work. After this give no quarter to any enemy except those who are of rank."

Muhammad of Ghazni also looked upon his numerous invasions of India as the waging of a holy war. Al' Utbi, the historian of Muhammad, describing his raids writes:

" He demolished idol temples and established Islam. He captured ...... cities, killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolaters, and gratifying Muslims. ' He then returned home and promulgated accounts of the victories obtained for Islam. ....... and vowed that every year he would undertake a holy war against Hind " Mahommed Ghori was actuated by the same holy zeal in his invasions of India. Hasan Nizami, the historian, describes his work in the following terms:

" He purged by his sword the land of Hind from the filth of infidelity and vice, and freed the whole of that country from the thorn of God-plurality and the impurity of idol-worship, and by his royal vigour and intrepidity left not one temple standing

Taimur has in his Memoir explained what led him to invade India. He says:

" My object in the invasions of Hindustan is to lead a campaign against the infidels, to convert them to the true faith according to the command of Muhammad (on whom and his family be the blessing and peace of God), to purify the land from the defilement of misbelief and polytheism, and overthrow the temples and idols, whereby we shall be Ghazis and Mujahids, companions and soldiers of the faith before God. "
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India and Israel destined for true friendship

There is perhaps no other pair of nations on earth, which share such similar dangers, concerns, hopes and aspirations for the future of their people, as do India and Israel. There is an incredible amount that these two countries have in common, when one goes beyond the superficial differences. Just as today, the Hindus of India are fighting for their survival in the very land of their origin and forefathers, so too are the Jews of Israel confronting the very same threats to the nation that is theirs by historical and religious birthright. Hindus and Jews both face exactly the same danger; Islam. And it is at this very point where so many of the similarities between the Indian nation and the Israeli nation converge in an incredibly reflective manner.

Islam is not a new threat to either the Hindus or the Jews. The most amazing aspect of all is that it was these very two religions that were sought to be exterminated by the founder of Islam; Prophet Mohammed, over 1300 years ago. The history of Arabia is littered with the blood of the Jews and Pagan Pre-Islamic Arabs, who were none other than Hindus. For every Jewish Medinah, there was a Hindu Mecca, and both of them in their own turns were decimated and desecrated by Mohammed's followers. These were the two belief systems that Mohammed stole all his religious concepts from, and then proceeded to distort so thoroughly, that all elements became entirely unrecognizable. It is his legacy that the Muslims of the present day plan to live out in its minutest bloody details. The millennia old legacy of hatred and violence against Jews and Hindus, is very much alive and kicking in the heart of thousands of committed Mujahideen, willing to martyr themselves any day, with a suicide bomb or two.

The similarities between the present and past situations of these two countries in reference to Islam, is too striking to overlook or dismiss as mere coincidence. Let us look at a few examples.

It has become increasingly evident over the years, that the Pre-Islamic Pagans who were massacred by Mohammed were none other than Hindus. Islam began with the genocide of these Hindus. They were exterminated thoroughly along with every possible trace of Vedic culture in Arabia. The "Idolaters" , "Unbelievers", or "Kafirs" as Muslims fondly refer to Hindus, had to bear the brunt of the vociferous amounts of violence unleashed by the prophet Mohammed in his bid to attain complete power over Arabia and beyond. If there is one word that spells Anathema to the devout Muslim, it is the word "Hindu". The incomparable hatred and hostility that Allah's followers bear for Hindus, find their source in the wellspring of intolerance; the Quran:

Quran 9:5
"Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolators wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

Quran 47:4
When you meet the unbelievers in the Jihad strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens.

Quran 73:12
We have in store for the unbelievers heavy fetters and a blazing fire, choking food and harrowing torment: on the day when the earth shall quiver with all its mountains, and the mountains crumble into heaps of shifting sand.

Quran 22:19-22:23
Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Sclading water shall be poured upon their heads, melting their skins and that which is in their bellies. They shall be lashed rods of iron. Whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape from Hell, back they shall be dragged, and will be told: 'Taste the torment of the Conflagration!'

The Islamic viewpoint of the Jewish faith is just as sharply antagonistic and decisively hostile. Prophet Mohammed originally was inspired by many of the concepts of the Jewish faith. However, being an illiterate person, he completely distorted the meaning of those concepts and presented them in a twisted way that suited his own needs at the time. When it became clear to him that the Jews of Arabia were wealthy, he tried extortion and persuasion to win influence over them; but when it became obvious that Jews are incredibly committed to their faith and willing to protect it with their lives, the Prophet was enraged. The Jews were apparently a rather large thorn in the flesh, in view of Mohammed's imperialistic ambitions of bringing Arabia to his feet through religion. Thus, Quranic injunctions that directly exhorted Muslims to kill Jews and treat them as born enemies, became the order of the day. Every Jewish settlement in Arabia was raided, and thousands of Jews massacred in cold blood. Some examples of Quranic verses that speak of the volumes of hatred, held against Jews by Muslims, are provided below:

Quran 5:51
O you who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is one of them. Lo allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.

Quran 5:64
"The Jews say: "Allah's hand is tied up". Be their hands tied up and be they Accursed for the blasphemy that they utter. Nay, Both his hands (Allah's) are widely outstretched: He giveth and Spendeth as he Pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to Thee (Mohammed) from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed Enmity and Hatred till the day of Judgement. Every time they kindle the fire of War, Allah doth extinguish it; But they ever strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not people who do mischief."

Quran 33:26
"And those of the People of the Book (Jews) who Aided Them (Meccans) - Allah did take them from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts, so that Some Ye Slew and Some Ye made Prisoners. And he made you heirs of their Lands, their Houses, and their Goods. And of a Land, which Ye had not frequented before (Khaybar) and Allah has Power over all things."

Quran 59:2-5
"He it is who hath caused those of the People of the Scripture (Jews) who disbelieved to go forth from their homes unto the first exile. You deemed not that they would go forth, while they deemed that their strongholds would protect them from Allah. But Allah reached them from a place whereof they recked not and cast terror in their hearts so that they ruined their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers. So learn a lesson, O you who have eyes!

In addition there are also verses in the Quran that clearly indicate that Jews and Hindus deserve the same murderous treatment. Perhaps no other evidence is more compelling or stronger than this to establish the basis for the shared experiences and victimization of the Hindus of India and the Jews of Israel.

Quran 98:1-8
The unbelievers among the People of the Book (Jews) and the pagans (Hindus) shall burn for ever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures.

Quran 9:73
Prophet, make war on the unbelievers (Hindus) and the hypocrites (Jews) and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their Home: an evil fate.

Apart from each having suffered the shared history of Islamic genocide, Hinduism and Judaism are clearly the two ancient most religions surviving on earth today. Millennia before Christanity or Islam were born, Israel was the land of Judaism and India the land of Hinduism. In contemporary times as well, the histories of both Israel and India run closely paralell. Both were the victims of Islamic occupation for centuries together. And just as thousands of Hindu wonders such as Taj Mahal were plundered and rechristened by the Muslims in India, so too were scores of Jewish structures such as the beautiful Temple on the Mount, plundered and grabbed by the marauding hordes of Islam. What stands out about the history of these two peoples however, is the fact that all along they have stubbornly clung to their roots and painstakingly maintained their pride in their ancient languages, customs, traditions and spiritual practices. In spite of all odds, the greatest disasters have always somehow strengthened the Jewish people's faith in themselves. Hinduism, which has suffered the longest record of inhumane crimes and genocide against it, by the Muslim invaders, still brims over with the unalterable confidence of its believers. The unshakeable foundations of both of these massive spiritual traditions have braved many earthquakes and landslides, but never caved in. Trees which are entrenched as deeply in the soils of India as Hinduism and Judaism in Israel, simply cannot be uprooted.

Judea and Samaria are consistently referred to as "West Bank" in a deliberate attempt to distance the region from its Jewish past.

The Indian state of Kashmiri is presented as "the land of the Great Islamic Sufi Tradition". Not a mention is made of the fact that Kashmir has been home to Hindus for over 5000 years. The Hindu sect of Kashmir Shaivism was exerting its beneficial influence all over India, millennia before Islam was even born! Hinduism is constanly referred to as an alien religion, brought to India by the conquering hordes of "White Skinned Aryans" wheras the Muslim invaders are referred to as the "harbringers of culture, arts and peace". The Mughal rule of India was the bloodiest and most wretched period of India's history. During this period thousands of temples, idols, universities, libraries, etc were razed to the ground and millions massacred. Thousands of Hindu palaces and treasures like the Taj Mahal were captured, defaced and renamed with a Muslim name. And yet the Aryan Invasion Theory which has been thoroughly rescinded and rejected by the world, still holds hypnotic sway over the minds of India's Journalists.

However, this type of unfair portrayl has not gone unnoticed and added to both nations' experience of decades of unrest, rioting and murder by Muslim mobs . Consequently Jews and Hindus feel more and more threatened and frustrated in their own lands. As always, this direct attack on Judaism and Hinduism has only motivated their respective followers to reassert their individual and collective confidence in their ancient spiritual traditions. The desire to reassert what is their rightful pride in land, culture and religion has awakened in the heart of the common Israeli and Indian. The results are obvious, the unabashedly Jewish Likud Party was voted into power in Israel and the political party that represents the re-emergence of Hinduism; the BJP, has been voted into power in India. These developments have of course caused untold heartburn and anger in Pro-Islamic circles. Therefore the media onslaught has begun in dire earnest. European, American and Islamic media have started unleashing their tide of anti-Jewish and anti-Hindu bombardments. What has really set the alarm bells ringing internationally however, is the emerging closeness between the two nations.

As events unfold, this close relationship between India and Israel is bound to deepen. The Islamic influence which threatens to undermine the tolerance and harmony of the world, is increasingly focusing on these two nations as targets. Considering the import of shared experiences, ideas and situations that links Indians and Israelis, it is about time that solid chains of friendship were forged. Although politics may slow down the process, if the people of both countries reach out , an invaluable friendship can be created and nurtured between India and Israel.

Note: The Works: "The Glorious Quran" by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall, "The Meaning of the Glorious Quran" by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, "Mohammed" by Maxime Rodinson, and Muhammad" by Martin Lings have been used to compose this article

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The Quran demands Muslims to kill non-Muslims “wherever you find them”.
“Smite non-Muslims’ neck and fingers before killing them”
(just for being non-believers of Islam, irrespective of race,
language, creed, colour, and whether man, woman or child),
“deceive and plot against non-Muslims”, “slay infidels (kill non-Muslims)”,
“do not take orders from non-Muslims”, “Muslims are not to be friends of non-Muslims”;
the list is long

Tabari VII:97 “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet
declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.’”
{A blanket order, based on race}
Bukhari:V1B1N6 “Just issue orders to kill every Jew in the country.”
{Note the Hadith saying ‘kill’ and ‘every Jew’ i.e., kill all Infants,
men, women and children)

Ishaq:551 “Another victim was Huwayrith. He used to insult Muhammad in Mecca.
Huwayrith was put to death by Ali. The Messenger ordered Miqyas’ assassination
only because he became a renegade by rejecting Islam.”

Tabari VIII:180 “Also among those eliminated were Ikrimah bin Abu Jahl
and Sarah, a slave of one of Abd Muttalib’s sons.
She taunted Muhammad while he was in Mecca.”

Tabari VIII:181 “The Messenger ordered six men and four women to be
assassinated.
One of these women was Hind, who swore allegiance and became a Muslim.”

Ishaq:597 “When the Apostle returned to Medina after his raid on Ta’if,
word spread that he had killed some of the men who had satirized him.
The poets who were left, fled in all directions.

Ishaq:316 “Following Badr, Muhammad sent a number of raiders with
orders to capture some of the Meccans and burn them alive.”

Tabari IX:76 “Malik has reported to me that you were the first from
Himyar to embrace Islam and that you have killed infidels, so rejoice
at your good fortune.” {Rejoice in killing human beings?
And yet Muslims say Islam is nonviolent?}

Ishaq:308/Tabari VII:65 “When the Apostle was in Safra, Nadr was
assassinated. When Muhammad reached Irq al-Zabyah he killed Uqbah.
When the Prophet ordered him to be killed, Uqbah said, ‘Who will look
after my children, Muhammad?’ “Hellfire,’ the Apostle replied,
and he was killed.”

Tabari VII:85 “Muhammad killed many Quraysh polytheists at Badr.”

Tabari VII:101/Ishaq:483 “Sallam’s wife came out and we told her that
we were Arabs in search of supplies. When we entered, we
bolted the door on her so she gave a shout to warn him of our presence.
We rushed upon him with our swords as he lay in his bed.
He took his pillow and tried to fend us off. Abd Allah thrust his sword
into his stomach and transfixed him while he was shouting,
‘Enough! Enough!’ She said, ‘By the God of the Jews, he is dead.’
I never heard any more pleasing words than these. We went to the Messenger of Allah
and told him that we had killed the enemy of Allah.
We disagreed in his presence about the killing of Sallam, each of us claiming
to have done it. The Prophet said, ‘Bring me your swords.’
We did and he looked at them. He said, ‘This sword of Abd Allah killed him.
I can see the marks left by bones on it.’”

.Tabari VII:112/Ishaq:372 “When a blind Jew became aware of the presence
of the Messenger and the Muslims he rose and threw dust in their faces, saying,
‘Even if you are a prophet, I will not allow you into my garden!’
I was told that he took a handful of dirt and said,
‘If only I knew that I would not hit anyone else, Muhammad, I would throw it in your face.’
Sa’d rushed in and hit him on the head with his bow and split the Jew’s head open.”

Ishaq:564 “The Muslims stole our goods and divided them. Their spears pierced us not once but twice.
Their squadrons came at us like a swarm of locusts. Were it not for the religion of Muhammad’s people, their cavalry would never have attacked us.”

Tabari VIII:22 “Hassan was with the women and children. A Jew passed by and began to walk around his settlement. There was no one to protect them while the Apostle and his Companions were at the Meccans’ throats. So I said: ‘Hassan, this Jew is walking around. I fear he will point out our weakness while the Muslims are too busy to attend to us. So go down to him and kill him.”

Ishaq:464 “The Jews were made to come down, and Allah’s Messenger imprisoned them.
Then the Prophet went out into the marketplace of Medina, and he had trenches dug in it.
He sent for the Jewish men and had them beheaded in those trenches.
They were brought out to him in batches. They numbered 800 to 900 boys and men.”

Tabari VIII:40 “The Messenger commanded that furrows should be dug in
the ground for the Qurayza. Then he sat down. Ali and Zubayr began
cutting off their heads in his presence.”

Tabari VIII:38 “The Messenger of Allah commanded that all of the Jewish
men and boys who had reached puberty should be beheaded.
Then the Prophet divided the wealth, wives, and children of the Banu
Qurayza Jews among the Muslims.”

Bukhari:V4B52N281 “They took Khubaib to Mecca after the battle of
Badr… Said he, ‘I’m being martyred as a Muslim. I do not mind how I am killed in Allah’s Cause.
For my killing is for
Allah’s Sake. If Allah wishes, He will bless the amputated parts
of my torn body.’ Then the son of Harith killed him.”

Tabari VIII:90 “Abu Basir went out with his companions. When they
stopped to rest he asked one of them, ‘Is this sword of yours sharp?’
‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘May I look at it?’ Basir asked. ‘If you wish.’
Basir unsheathed the sword, attacked the man, and killed him.
The other Muslim ran back to the Messenger, saying,
‘Your Companion has killed my friend.’ While the man was still there,
Abu Basir appeared girded with the sword. He halted before Muhammad and said,
‘Messenger, your obligation has been discharged.’”

Quran 2:195 “Spend your wealth for the cause of Allah (fighting non-Muslims).
And be not cast by your own hands to ruin; and do good.
Lo! Allah loveth the Beneficent.” (From Muhammad’s era, this has been evident
of terrorists’ funds and the means of Jihadists’ activities worldwide.
Terrorism needs money to function}

Bukhari: V9B87N127 “The Prophet said, ‘I have been awarded victory by
terror, so the treasures of the earth are mine.’” {This is clear evidence
by Muhammad’s own admission (mouth) of being a terrorist

Tabari VII:133/Ishaq:387 “When Muhammad saw Hamzah he said,
‘If Allah gives me victory over the Quraysh at any time, I shall mutilate
thirty of their men!’ When the Muslims saw the rage of the Prophet they said,
‘By Allah, if we are victorious over them, we shall mutilate them in a
way which no Arab has ever mutilated anybody.”

Hadith Tabari VIII:96 “A raiding party led by Zayd set out against
Umm in Ramadan. Zyad tied her legs with rope and then tied her (legs)
between two camels until they split her in two. During it,
Umm suffered a cruel death. She was a very old woman. Then they dragged Umm’s
daughter and Abdallah to the Messenger.
{Tearing the legs apart could keep her torso alive for at least a hour,
in excruciating pain; and the bloody torn human torso bleeding;
and an old frail lady at that; just to rob her of a booty and take her children as
slaves for sex and material profit?
Muhamad raided and killed people even during Ramadan for booty/plunder.}

Bukhari:V5B59N512 “The Prophet had their men killed, their children
and woman taken as captives (slaves). The captives were divided among
the Muslims. Then the Messenger began taking the homes and property that were closest to him.”

All sura are from the English Quran of M.M.Pickthall,
which is recognized by the OIC countries and the book/volume/numbers of the Hadiths are given, so that it can be checked for this article’s accuracy.

Hadith are traditions relating to the words and deeds of Muhammad.
Hadith collections are regarded as important tools for determining the Sunnah,
or Muslim way of life, by all traditional schools of jurisprudence.

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