Why a Hindu or non Muslim Girl must not Marry a Muslim Part 3
It has been mentioned in the previous article that in every occasion a Hindu or a non-Muslim girl becomes a victim of Muslim love-trap, she has to convert her to Islam. Starting from Indira to Sabra Bugum, Samira Begum, all had to convert to Islam before marrying their Muslim lovers. We may add two more names to the list.
Story of Jemima and Imran Khan:
Jemima Marcelle Khan (nee Goldsmith), daughter of the late UK billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, fell a victim of the love trap of the Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan. Their marriage took place in 1995, when she was 21 and Imran was 42. Before the marriage, Jemima had to convert to Islam (with the new Islamic name Haika) and went to Pakistan after marriage. But after becoming exhausted with the strict Islamic restrictions and lack of freedom, she had ultimately to seek divorce and as a result Imran divorced her in June, 2004, and she returned to UK with her two sons Sulaiman Isa (born 1996) and Kasim (born 1999), born out of the wed-lock. In her effort to adjust with the Muslim community and adapt Pakistani culture, she learned to speak Urdu and wore traditional Pakistani clothes. Despite all her efforts, her married life ended in bitterness and divorce. After returning to London, she once commented, “I now think, my God, I mean, how did I live five years with Imran’s whole family, who I was very close to? I mean, I really liked and respected them, but obviously, they lived very, very differently.” But, fortunately, she could start a new life and became involved in a romantic relationship with movie star Hugh Grant in 2004.
The Story of another Hindu Girl:
In her article “A Hindu Girl’s Troublesome Marriage with a Muslim” (http://www.islam-watch.org/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=340:hindu-girls-troublesome-marriage-with-muslim&catid=89:other-authors&Itemid=58), a Hindu girl, in the nick-name of Leona, narrated her sad story of making love with a Muslim boy and marrying him. During courtship, he promised her repeatedly that she would not have to convert to Islam to marry him. But as soon as he came to understand that her love had deepened, he started impose Islamic restrictions like avoid eating pork or taking Chinese food, upon her. At last, he disclosed that it was not possible for him to marry her unless she change her religion. So, she had no other option but to accept Islam. The Islamic restrictions that followed turned her life hell. In fact, Islam turned her “from a very cheerful, chirpy person to a depressed person who was always crying.” But ultimately, she was not doomed. Her husband allowed her to return to her original Hindu faith, but secretly.
A few other examples:
Many prominent Muslims of India (and of Bengal) married Hindu girls and in every case they converted the bride to Islam before marriage. For example, the cricket player Mansur Ali Khan (Nawab of Pataudi) married Sharmila Tagore, a descendant of the prestigious family of the Nobel Lauriat poet Rabindranath Tagore, after converting her to Islam and adopting the new name Ayesha Sultana. Her son Saif Ali Khan married Amrita Singh, after converting her to Islam, and at present he has started a fresh affair with the Bollywood film star Kareena Kapur. Gandhiji, the apostle of non-violence, had four sons and a daughter. A Muslim fallow married his daughter after converting her to Islam. A Muslim called Nadeem Haidar married the daughter of Dr Subramniam Swami, as usual, after converting her to Islam.
Sharmila Tagore (Ayesha Sultana)
Beside the above mentioned incidents, the renowned Bengali poet Nazrul Islam, Humayun Kabir, an ex-minister of the Union Government, married Hindu women. Shaikh Abdullah, the ex-chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, and his son Farooq Abdullah married English ladies, after converting them to Islam. Later on, Omar Abdullah, the son of Farooq Abdullah, married a Hindu girl called Payel, after converting her to Islam. But problem arose when Sarah, the daughter of Farooq Abdullah, fell in love with Sachin Pilot, son of renowned Congress leader Rajesh Pilot, and got married according to the Special Marriage Act of India that allows inter-religioue marriage without conversion. Another cricket player Muhammad Azharuddin married the Hindu girl Sangita Bijlani, after divorcing her wife and driving her out of his house with four children. Bollywood film stars Shahruk Khan and Amir Khan married Hindu Girls, following the usual practice of converting them to Islam.
Many Muslim intellectuals of Bengal, e.g. Abu Syed Ayub, Hosenur Rahman etc. married Hindu girls, the former married Gouri Datta and the latter, Purnima Rudra. But it is not known how they passing their days as wives in Muslim households. Most of these women dislike the food preparations, as garlic is used in most of the food items of Muslim households. In one occasion, Gouri Ayub, wife of Abu Syed Ayub recalled her bitter experience when on the first day she entered the house of her Muslim husband, she was served sauce containing garlic. In a likewise manner, Humayun Kabir, an ex-minister of the Central Government, married a Hindu woman, after converting her to Islam.
Inter-religious marriage between Hindus and Muslims is a one-way traffic:
Story of Sailendra and Monera Begum:
Whenever a Hindu man or a woman wants to marry a Muslim, the most important precondition is that she must convert to Islam and the reverse is not tolerated by the Muslims. In the previous article, we have seen that Saraswati Das had to convert her to Sabra Begum before marrying her Muslim lover. In a similar manner, every other Hindu Girl, including Indira, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, Jemima Goldsmith etc.had to convert them to Islam to marry their Muslim men of choice. But what is the case when a Hindu or a non-Muslim boy wants to marry a Muslim girl? In that case, the boy has to convert him to Islam before marrying their Muslim sweethearts. A failure to observe this most important precondition usually leads to a disaster. A few incidents are given below for understanding the severity of the consequences that followed for not fulfilling that basic above norm.
Nearly three years ago, Sailendra Prasad (32), a Hindu young man married Monera Khatun (25) according to the Special Marriage Act, in marriage registration office in Mumbai. Meanwhile they had a son out of that wed-lock. Sailendra had visited the paternal house of Monera, in the Lakshanpur village, district of Murshidabad, West Bengal, obviously concealing his religious identity and pretending himself as Munna Shaikh, a Muslim. On July 1, 2008, he came to Lakshanpur again to see his dear son. This time, he, along with other villagers, went to see a funeral procession and, driven by emotion, he whispered “Ram nam satya hai”, a common mantra that Hindus utter when a dead body is carried to the cremation ground. Unfortunately, one of the Muslim onlookers overheard the words of Sailendra and this made him suspicious about the true religious identity of Sailendra.
On the tip of this information, the local mullahs convened an urgent kangaroo court of the village elders and summoned Sailendra to attend that court. There, Sailendra was asked to put off his clothes so that it could be ascertained whether he is circumcised. When they discovered that Sailendra was uncircumcised, the kangaroo court sentenced him to death for the guilt of marrying a Muslim girl by concealing his true religious identity. Then a crowd of Muslims, including the leaders Gaju Shaikh, Sattar Shaikh and Khairul Shaikh, led Sailendra to a nearby jute-field to carry out the court sentence. They then bound his hands and feet with a rope, some others pressed him hard to frustrate his bid to escape and then one of them severed his head from the body. They also buried severed head to hide the identity of the corpse. After three days, on July 17, 2008, police could discover the headless trunk of Sailendra and took Monera begum to the site to identify the body. But she, under threat dire consequences from her kin, denied that it was the body of her husband.
Arka Bandyopadhyay, a resident of Barasat, a sub-divisional town of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, hardly 20-25 Km from Kolkata, married Rihana Sultana, daughter of the school teacher Nazrul Islam, a resident of the nearby village of Baduria. Though both Arka and Rihana were adult enough to select their partners, unfortunately neither the relatives of Arka and nor those of Rihana could accept their marriage. So the couple started to live in the village Haroa. After a year, Rihana gave birth to a male child. But in 2007, the relatives of Rihana came to Haroa and took Rihana and her son with them to Baduria by force and kept them in house arrest.
On July 31, 2008, at about 10 PM, when Arka went to Baduria to rescue his wife and son, one of his brothers-in-law poured kerosene on him and set him on fire. Arka, like a fire ball, started running along the road and screaming out of pain. But no one came to his help. On the contrary, the brothers of Rihana were guarding him with weapons so that no one could help Arka. However, Arka succeeded to put off the flames by rolling himself on the road and a cycle-van operator, ignoring the threat, came to his help and took him to the Barasat Government Hospital. Later on, on September 9, he was transferred to a private nursing home. The renowned social activist Rabindranath Datta went to that nursing home on August 6, to meet Arka, while he was fighting for his life.
Two other incidents:
Hindu young man Kesav Mahato, a resident of the village Makaranpur, near Bolpur in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal, had a love affair with China Bibi of the same village. The love between them became so intense that they wanted to marry each other. But when the kin of China Bibi came to know the secret affair between them, they became furious. One day they attacked Kesav and murdered him.
Changhal Sadhukha, a resident of the village Sutragarh, near Santipur, in the district of Nadia, West Bengal, was in deep love with the daughter of Liyakat Shaikh and they got married secretly. As a result, Liyakat, with his Muslim goons, attacked Chanchal’s house. Scared Chanchal and his wife could somehow flee the house in the darkness of night. Enraged Liyakat, Being unable to find his daughter and son-in-law an Enraged Liyakat and his goons ransacked the house of Radhanath Sadhukha, the father of Chanchal and finally, Liyakat shot Radhanath to death with a pistol.
A few Prominent Hindus who converted to Islam for marrying Muslim women:
Indrajit Gupta was a leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI), an MP (For 37 years) from various constituencies of West Bengal, and from the Medinipur constituency up to the end of his life. He became Indias Union Minister for Home Affairs in the United Front government from 1996 to 1998. Gupta belonged to an anglicized Brahmo family of Calcutta. His paternal grandfather, Behari Lal Gupta, ICS, was the Dewan of Baroda and his elder brother, Ranajit Gupta, ICS, was a Chief Secretary of West Bengal. Gupta studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and later went to King’s College, Cambridge. While studying in England he came under the influence of Rajani Palme Dutt and joined the communist movement. At the age of 62, he married a Muslim woman Suraiya, whom he had loved for many years. He waited till her earlier marriage with photographer Ahmed Ali (father of social activist Nafisa Ali) was lawfully dissolved. Before the marriage, he converted to Islam and assumed the new Islamic name Iftiar Ghani.
Kamal Dasgupta was a versatile musical genius and earned his doctorate degree in Music (1943) from Benaras Hindu University for his work on the film “Mira Bai”, as the composer and singer. He sang modern songs in Bangla, Urdu, Hindi, and Tamil. He was also a brilliant composer, composing the music for about eight thousand songs. His work was based on classical music and tended towards the thungri style. During his tenure, he developed a close association with Kazi Nazrul Islam and composed music for almost four hundred of his songs. He converted to Islam, became Kamal Ali, to marry Firoza Begum, a famous Muslim singer of Kazi Nazrul’s songs.
Suman Chattopadhyay is a Kolkata-based modern Bengali singer-songwriter, musician, poet, journalist, TV presenter, and occasional film actor. Since May 2009, he is a member of parliament of India in the 15th Lok Sabha, having been elected from the Jadavpur constituency in Kolkata on an All India Trinamool Congress ticket. He changed his name from Suman Chattopadhyay to Kabir Suman when he became a Muslim to marry the popular Bangladeshi singer Sabina yasmin and it was his fifth marriage.
Two Prominent Hindus whose love could not mature up to marriage:
Dharam Dev Pishorimal Ānand, better known as Dev Anand is a famous Indian Bollywood actor,director and film producer. Dev Anand is the second of three brothers who were active in Bollywood film industry. His elder brother Chetan Anand was a film director, as was his younger brother, Vijay Anand. Their sister, Sheel Kanta Kapur, is the mother of renowned Hindi and English film director Shekhar Kapur. He was romantically involved with singer-actress Suraiya and the two of them paired in six films together. Suraiya fell in love with him, but her grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslims and so, Suraiya remained unmarried all her life.
Guru Dutt or Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone was an Indian film director, producer and actor. He is often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema. He produced and directed many films and out of them Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool are now included among the greatest films of all time. Guru Dutt’s father was an administrative clerk at the Burmah Shell company and began living at Bhawanipore in Calcutta, where Guru Dutt finished his schooling. Hence, Guru Dutt spoke fluent Bengali, and carried a distinct stamp of Bengali culture in his works. Dutt had an unhappy marital life as his relationship with actress Waheeda Rehman could not progress up to marriage on religious ground.
Most of the stories presented in this article have been taken from “The Silent Terror” (in Bengali) by Rabindranath Datta.
(To be continued)
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