GREAT THINKERS ON ISLAM, Part V
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
The great apostle of Hindu-Muslim unity and the greatsympathizer of the Muslims, the Congress leader M K Gandhi also had to Comment:
“In so far as the charge is correct, the Musalmans take less interest (in freedom movement) because they do not yet regard India as their home of which they must feel proud. Many (Muslims) regard themselves, quite wrongly I think, as belonging to a race of conquerors”. [Young India, April 2, 1925, as qyuoted in ‘The Biography of Gandhiji’, by Dhananjay Keer, published by Popular Prakashani, 35C, Vardeo Road, Mumbai 400034, First Edition, 1973].
Mr Gandhi Observed: “The Mussalmans beinggenerally in a minority has as a class, developed in to a bully.” [Young India, June 19, 1924, quoted by Dhananjay Keer]
“Mussalmans have an ordeal to pass through. There can be no doubt that they are too free with the knife and the pistol.” [Young India, June 30,1942 quoted by Dhananjay Keer]
“My own experience but confirms the opinion that the Mussalman as a rule, is a bully and the Hindu, as a rule is a coward.” [ibid P 420]
“Moselems are religion fanatics, Islam is the brotherhood of Moselems (and of Moselems alone)” [Liife of Mahatma Gandhi, Lewis Fischer, Harper-Collins, London, 1997, p 542]
“Did Moselems regard Hindus as infidels who worshipped idols and who should therefore be exterminated?” [ibid p621]
“They (Moselems) say Islam is the brotherhood of man As a matter of fact, it is the brotherhood of Moselems (and Moselems only)” [ibid p 621]
Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1772-1833)
The father of modern India, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the founder of the Brahmo Samaj, great socio-religious reformer, a polyglot who read the Koran in original Arabic, Commented about the Muslims.
“The Muslims did tremendous harm to the Hindus, especially the Brahmins because they continued to stick to the Hindu religion, and they did not abandon their religion despite of the unspeakable torture and death-threat by the Muslims.”
“The Muslims assumed the Ayats of the Koran as the orders of Allah and determined that their duty is to kill and torture the idolaters (Hindus) as Allah’sorder . according to the Muslims the Brahmins are the vilest of all idolaters (Hindus). That’s why the Muslims became fanatic and never spared to kill the non-Muslims with religious zeal.”
[‘Tuhfatul-Mawahiddin’ (a gift to the monotheists)1802, (Original in Farsi, Bengali translation by Jyotirindranath Dam, 1949). Also in “Complete works of Raja Ram Mohan Roy” (in Bengali), Pp.726-727; 1973, Haraf Publications, Kolkata].
Sister Nivedita (1867-1911)
Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble), the Irish born school teacher turned Hindu saint, patriot, revolutionist, and the greatest disciple of Swami Vivekananda said:
“Today the duty of the Indian Muslims is not to identify themselves with the Arabs. Their duty is to identify themselves with the Indians, unite themselves in the national main stream of India.”……
“We still could not reach the Hindu population we had before the Islamic invasion of India.” [Bhagini Nivedita’ by Prabrajika Muktiprana]
Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876-1938)
The great humanist, famous legendary Bengali novelist Sri Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyaya,(many believe, he didn’t get the Nobel Prize just because his works were not translated to English at that time) another icon whom the secularists often quote, said about the Muslim psyche:
“In fact if the Muslims say “We want unity with the Hindus”, it can’t be anything but a deception. One would say that the Muslims invaded India just to plunder, not to set up a kingdom.But they were not satisfied with loot only; they demolished Hindu temples, broke the idols and raped Hindu women. In fact they never spared to do the maximum harm and insult to other’s religion and humanity.”
“Even when the Muslims became the rulers of the land, they still could not come out from this ugly mentality. The activities of ill-famed kings like Aurangzeb and others beggar description. But the so-called generous kings like Akbar did not spare the Hindus from rape and torture.It is obvious that this culture of raping and torture became innate to the Muslims.”
Sharat Chandra raised a question, “But why does it happen? Is it the result of ignorance and illiteracy only?”He tried to answer the question, “When the Muslims will come down from their high horse of religion, probably then they will realize a human being can not be proud with the fundamentalism of his religion, and this is nothing but unparallel barbarism. But the Muslims are yet to go a long way before they realize it.But their eyes will never open unless the whole world together teaches the Muslims a good lesson”. [Dainik Basumati, 19th Aswin, 1333 Bangabda. This is published as “Bartaman Hindu-Muslim samasya” (meaning-Hindu-Muslim problem of present days) in the complete works of Sharat Chadra by different publishers.The full version of the article can also be found in the booklet “Bartaman Hindu-Muslim Samasya” edited by Dipankar Chattopadhyaya, published by Panchajanya Pprakashani, 10,K.S.Ray Road, Calcutta – 70001]
Maharishi Swami Dayanand Sarswati (1824-1883)
Maharishi Swami Dayanand Sarswati, the great sage, rational reformer and the founder of the Arya Samaj discussed Islam in details and finally concluded:
“Having thus given a cursory view of the Quran, I lay it before the sensible persons with the purpose that they should know whatkind of book the Quran is.If they ask me, I have no hesitation to say that it can not be the work either of God or of a learned man, nor can it be a book of knowledge. Here its very vital defect has been exposed with the object that the people may not waste their life falling into its imposition.”
“The Quran is the result of ignorance, the source of animalization of human being, a fruitful cause of destroying peace, an incentive to war, a propagator of hostility among men and a promoter of suffering in society. As to defect of repetition, the Quran is its store.” [The article “The religion of Moslems”, in the fourteenth chapter of ‘The Light of Truth, by Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Published by “Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, 3/5, Maharishi Dayanand Bhawan, Ramlila Ground New Delhi – 110002.]
Annie Besant (1847-1933)
The great Irish born humanist, women rights activist, once a Marxist, great secularist and finally a leader and ex-President of Indian National Congress, the founder of Home Rule League, Annie Besant said, :
“But since the Khilafat agitation, things have changed and it has been one of the many injuries inflicted on India by the encouragement of the Khilafat crusade, that the inner Muslim feeling of hatred against ‘unbelievers’ has sprung up, naked and unashamed, as in the years gone by. We have seen revived, as guide in practical politics, the old Muslims religion of the sword, we have seen the dragging out of centuries of forgetfulness, the old exclusiveness, claiming the jaziratul-Arab, the island of Arabia , as a holy and which may not be trodden by the polluting foot of a non-Muslim, we have heard Muslim leaders declare that if the Afghans invaded India, they would join their fellow believers, and would slay Hindus who defended their motherland against the foe: We have been forced to see that the primary allegiance of Musalmans is to Islamic countries, not to our motherland; we have learned that their dearest hope is to establish the ‘kingdom of God’, not God as Father of the world, lovingall his creatures, by as a God seenthrough Musalman spectacles resembling in his command through one of the prophets.….. The claim now put forwarded by Musalman leaders that they must obey the laws of their particular prophet above the laws of the State in which they live, is subversive of civic order and the stability of the State. ….. We had thought that Indian Musalmans were loyal to their motherland and indeed , we still hope that some of the educated class might strive to prevent such a Musalman rising; but they are too few for effective resistance and would be murdered as apostates. Malabar (massacre of the Hindus of Kerala by the Mopla Muslims) has taught us what Islamic rule still means, and we do not want to see a other specimen of the “Khilafat Raj” in India. How much sympathy with the Moplas is felt by Muslims outside Malabar has been proved by the defense raised for them by their fellow believers, and by Mr. Gandhi himself, who stated that they had acted as they believed that religion taught them to act. I fearthat is true ; but there is no place in a civilized land for people who believe that their religion teaches them to murder, rob, rape, burn, or drive away out of the country those who refuge to apostatize from their ancestral faiths, except in its schools, under surveillance, or in its goals. The Thugs believed that their particular form of God commanded them to strangle people especially travelers with money.Such “Laws of God” cannot be allowed to override the laws of a civilized country, and people living in the twentieth century must either educate people who hold these Middle Age views, or else exile them……In thinking of an Independent India, the menace of Muhammadan rule has to be considered.” [The Furture of Indian Politics, by Anniew Besant, Pp 301-305, quoted by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in “Pakisitan or The Partition of India, Pp 274-275].
Nirad Chandra Chaudhury (1897-1999)
The world-famous intellectual, author, editor and the great thinker of the modern times, Sri Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri said ; “According to the Islamic doctrine a Muslim is bound to consider all Muslims as his brothers and all non-Muslims as his enemies. Due to this inner equity and brotherhood of Muslim society, the Muslims are more conscious about their difference with the non-Muslims.”
“According to the Islamic theology, the world is divided into two distinct comps to a Muslim.
(1)One is called Dar-us-Islam, meaning the land ruled by the Islamic laws.
(2)The Second is Dar-ul-Harb, meaning, the land of Jihad, the land which the Muslims must have to conquer by war to establish Islamic laws.”
“According to the Islamic doctrine, Muslims can not live under the non-Muslim rule.Not only that, the Muslim world constantly should be at war against the non-Muslim world.That’s why the non-Muslim land is called the Dar-ul-Harb, meaning the Land of war. For this Islamic mandate there can never be any friendship between a state ofMuslims and a state of non-Muslims, unless the later becomes a land of Islam. Until that happens every Muslim must have to fight or conduct Jihad against all non-Muslims.”
“As per theory of Jihad the non-Muslims have three choices; (a) either they have to accept Islam (b) or, they have to surrender and accept slavery to the Muslims by paying Zijya tax, or (c)they have to fight. According to Islam there is no fourth option for a Muslim to approach a non-Muslim.” [The article, “Hindu-Muslim-Birodher Gorar Kotha” (The fundamental reason of Hindu-Muslim enmity) in “Aamar Desh, Aamar Shatak” (meaning-My Country and My Century) by Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri , compiled in Nirad Chandra Chaudhury – Shata Barshiki Sankalan, published by Mitra and Ghosh, Kolkata, 2000, Pp 470-471].
Mr. Nirad C. Chaudhuri commented on destruction (1992) of the so-called Babri Mosque (before 1940 it was called “Masjid-i- Janmasthan) which was originally a several thousand years old temple of Hindu Avatar, Lord Rama on his birth place and was destroyed (1528) by Muslim invader Babur, who killed hundreds of thousands of Hindus and built a mosque on the ruins:
“I say that the Muslims do not have the slightest right to complain about the desecration of one mosque.From 1000 A.D. every Hindu temple from Kathiawar to Bihar, from the Himalayas to the Vindhyas, has been sacked and ruined. Not a single temple was leftstanding all over northern India . Temples escaped destruction only where Muslim power did not gain access to them for reasons such as dense forests.Otherwise it was a continuous spell of vandalism.No nation, with any self-respect, will forgive this. They took over our women.And they imposed the Zijya tax. Why should we forget and forgive all that? What happened in Ayodhya would not have happened, had the Muslims acknowledged this historical argument even once.Then we could have said, “All right, let the past remain in the past and let us see how best we can solve this problem.”
“The gist of the argument is that the Hindu view of life and the Muslim view of life are completely oriented towards a clash.The Muslims were the first to invent the theory of permanent revolution. The communists took over from them.No Muslims can live under the political dominations of non-Muslims. Secondly, the Muslims divide the world into two: regions of peace and regions of conflict. It is the duty of every Muslim to bring the later within the fold of Islam.”
[Sunday Time of India, August 8, 1993, in an interview with its Editor Dileep Padgoaonkar]
Annada Shankar Roy (1905-2002)
The renowned intellectual, first Indian I.C.S.(Indian Civil Service), who stood first in the I.C.S. Examination and great author, Sri Annadashankar Roy, about the Muslims in India, said,
“Those who came from outside India and never forgot that and decided to stay aloof for ever like oil on water, and have no curiosity about the past of the country, not have any pain for the current misery of the country, and have dreams to create another country inside India, don’t consider us (Hindus) as their relatives.So we don’t need to tell them, the Muslims, the unpleasant truth.” [Article “Abanchhito Byabodhan’ (Unwanted Gap), by Annadashankar Roy, published in “Bulbul” magazine of Asar, 1343 Bengali era]
Suniti Kumar Chattapadhyay (1890-1977)
Observing the helplessness of the Hindus on face of Islamic aggression, Suniti Kjmar Chattopadhyaya, the great author, linguist, educationist and litterateur, commented.
“Possiblythe Hindus and Indian nation are going to face extinction. A nation can be extinct in 200-500 years or even in 50 to 100years. From the present condition of the Hindu society and Hindu nation, especially those of Bangladesh, it seems that they are collectively affected by tuberculosis.But they are ignoring the disease and rushing towards suicide in utmost joy and exaltation.Only God can save them”.[Bharat Sanskriti: Suniti Kumar Chattoppadhyay]
Lala Lajpat Rai (1865-1928)
The great patriot and freedom fighter and the ex-President of the Indian National Congress, a labor leader, (presided over the first session of the All India Trade Union Congress in 1920), Lala Lajpat Rai (whosefather was converted to Islam but later came back to Hindu fold and Lajpat was always a Hindu Punjabi) expressed similar fear in a letter to Mr. Chittaranjan Das, another nationalist, patriot, a rich legendary lawyer and a big financer of the freedom fighters:
“There is one point more which has been troubling me very much of late and one which I want you to think carefully and that is the question of Hindu-Mohammedan unity. I have devoted most of my time during the last six months to the study of Muslim history and Muslim Law and I am inclined to think, it is neither possible nor practicable.Assuming and admitting the sincerity of the Mohammedan leaders in the Non-cooperation movement.., I think their religion provides an effective bar to any thing of the kind.You remember the conversation, I reported to you in Calcutta, which I had with Hakim Ajmal Khan and Dr. Kitchlew (They were very prominent and Muslim leaders of that time and were considered very reasonable and secular) that there is no finer Mohammedan.”
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