but Islamic Indeed!
By Syed Kamran Mirza
Dr. Mohammad Omar
Farooq (MOF) has finally outdone me in this race of posting the most
sensational news about the Islamic paradise—Saudi Arabia.
I was getting ready to give this unbelievable, horrendous, and
inhuman news to the NFB forum. However,
brother MOF has done it ahead of me.
I thank him very much. Well-done
brother MOF. If he continues
in this fashion, then, NFB forum will not need writers such as Fatemollah,
Abul Kasem, or me. This is
not an understatement by any means. Given
the brutality of the incidence and the message it gave, it is too late for
me to present this horrific incident only as the breaking news as reported
by various news agencies worldwide. Therefore,
I decided to make an insight analysis of this incident. For those who did not get to read this horrific news, let me
post the gist of the news:
to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to
keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and
abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom's strict interpretation of
Islam. One witness said he saw three policemen "beating young girls
to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the
of Virtue and Prevention of
newspapers accused members of the religious police ― the Committee
for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice ― of
blocking rescue attempts by male firefighters and paramedics because some
of the girls were not wearing the mandatory Islamic dress, which covers
the entire body and hair. “They forced the girls to remain inside the
school and didn’t allow them to leave, saying that their hair wasn’t
covered and they weren’t wearing the abaya (long robe),” the Al-Eqtisadiah
newspaper said, citing firefighters and police.”
“ Firefighters told the Saudi
press that morality police forced girls to stay inside the burning
building because they were not wearing the head scarves and black cloaks
known as abayas that women must wear in public in that kingdom. One Saudi
paper said the morality police stopped men who tried to help the girls
escape the building, saying, "It is sinful to approach them."
The above horrendous
incident in Saudi Arabia may sound inhuman to modern society, but it was
surely an Islamic act indeed. Saudi Arabia is governed by the constitution
purely based on Qur’an. The
religious police (Mutaween, or
Mutawallees) are supremely powerful and widely feared in Saudi Arabia
or any other Shariaat-infested countries as the most brutal force, who
widely and freely exercise their power in intimidating,
harassing, abusing, and detaining citizenry.
They roam the streets enforcing dress codes and sex
segregation, and ensuring prayers are performed on time.
Those who refuse to obey their orders are often beaten and
sometimes thrown in jail. We
have seen it how Afghan Talibans were enforcing Islamic values all through
the courtesy of CNN or MSNBC.
These religious police (Mutaween)
fear nobody but Allah and they act like the soldiers of Allah on earth.
Their utmost duty is to satisfy Allah.
And to do that they exercise their 100% strength and desire to
protect the virtues of Islam. To
their support—they have Holy Qur’an and thousands of sahi hadiths
behind them. Human lives have
no value over the Islamic virtue. That
is why any fanatical Islamists can kill somebody so easily and precisely.
they are doing it for Allah and Allah only.
The essence of Islam is to submit before Allah.
Islam means submission before Allah.
Therefore, the Mutawallees think they are following the dictums of
Allah. They have no fear
whatsoever in enforcing Islamic values in Saudi society.
Terrible Mutawallees have Islamic Demeanor Written all over their Faces!
In the land of Prophet Muhammad
(Saudi Arabia), members of the religious police routinely roam the streets
and shopping malls, beating women who were not covered according to
Islamic teaching. In 1990, at
the height of the Gulf War, religious policemen attacked American
servicewomen who walked around in shorts in public in the capital, Riyadh.
Therefore, the above news though sound very much out of norms and
inhuman—was not at all an impossible news for the Islamic paradise.
The above sadistic
action of Mutawalli reminds me one similar true story happened in
my native Bangladesh, in mid fifties.
The interesting story was: It was the time of Union Parishad (Union
Council) election in our union (the administrative and political seat of
governance). A village (poor) peasant named Razab Ali was very keen to
vote his candidate of his choice. But
vote center was situated on the other side of the river, and Razab Ali
needed to cross the river to reach the voting center.
He was extremely poor and could not bear the cost of “Kheya mazhi”
(small river transport). So,
he decided to cross the river by swimming.
Accordingly, he started to swim in order to cross the river, but
the strong current of the river water snatched his Lungi that got loose
during his forceful swimming against the turbulent current. And he ended up to the other bank of the river naked.
Having no cloth to wear, he was standing in the chest-deep water
and was begging to the passerby to give him a cloth so that he could go to
the voting center. LIKEWISE,
THESE UNFORTUNATE SAUDI GIRLS WERE STANDING AMIDST NECK-DEEP BLAZING FIRE
AND POSSIBLY WERE BEGGING FOR A BURKHA (ABBYA) SO THAT THEY COULD GET OUT
OF THE BURNING BUILDING WITH THEIR LIVES!
is the real Islam? :
Brother MOF was
shocked and terribly angry by this horrendous incident in Saudi
Arabia—the motherland of Holy Islam. He
wrote: “What is being done in the name of religion, and in this case, Islam, is
simply monstrous. The sad part is that what is being perpetrated in the
name of religion is just the opposite of what Islam teaches and stands
It is quite sickening
to hear this repeated pronouncement of so called “real Islam.”
One after another Islamic actions are happening throughout the
world, and Islamists are beating the drum of real Islam!
Daniel Pearl was beheaded like a Qurbani (sacrificial) cow—yet it
was not Islamic; WTC was demolished in the name of Islam—yet it was not
Islamic! Now this horrendous
incident in Saudi Arabia—of course it is not Islamic!
Questions are, what is the real Islam, and where is it present
today? Or, was it present in
the past any where in the whole world at all?
If so, could brother MOF kindly give an example of a real Islam?
What are the good things that Qur’an or Hadiths teach?
Could we see any example of the true or real Islam?
is inhuman and what is Islamic (?):
MOF said that the Saudi incident is inhuman and un-Islamic!
Now let me explore Holy Qur’an and Hadiths (Sunnah) to learn
about Islamic stuffs. Holy
Qur’an, as we read, is full of heinous, inhuman, and utterly dreadful
cruel verses. The
main themes of Qur’anic or scriptural instruction are: pursuance by
advice, then by intimidation/coercion, then by force (killing, fighting,
maiming etc), and plenty of heavenly reward from Allah.
We can find hundreds of cruel hateful and utterly inhuman verses
throughout the Qur’an and, thousands of cruel sahi hadiths.
Readers, please allow me to bring a few only to the fore
just to give some examples:
Qur’anic verses from Yousuf Ali’s translation)
"O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your
brothers if they love Infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so,
they do wrong".
“Let not the believers Take
for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any
do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah”
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold
that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger,
nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the
People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and….”
“ …I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers; smite
ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
We ordained therein for them: “Life for life, eye for eye,
nose for nose, ear for ear. Tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for
equal.” (Does this verse sounds human?)
Allah hath purchased of the
believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the
garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain:
a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and
tells us to: "not to make friendship with Jews and Christians"
(5:51), fight them "until they pay the Jizya (a penalty tax for the
non-Muslims living under Islamic rules) with willing submission, and feel
themselves subdued" (9:29). "kill the disbelievers
wherever we find them" (2:191), "murder them and treat them
harshly" (9:123), "fight and slay the Pagans, seize them,
beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem" (9:5),
“ kill and be killed “(9:111).
THESE ABOVE VERSES SOUND “HUMANE” TO ANYBODY?
OR COULD OUR BROTHER MOF OR ANY OTHER ISLAMISTS CAN CALL THEM “UNISLAMIC”?
These above verses are
100% Islamic, yet they are utterly inhuman.
Please don’t come to tell us those common phrases: “out of
context,” “mistranslation,” or “misinterpretation” for heaven
sake! These stale phrases
cannot hide the inability of the Islamists to defend their scriptural
a few samples of Sahi Hadiths:
No. 1: An unwed mother was stoned
to death after she delivered the baby even though she repented
Narrated Imran ibn
38, Number 4426:
A woman belonging
to the tribe of Juhaynah (according to the version of Aban) came to the
Prophet (peace be upon him) and said that she had committed fornication
and that she was pregnant. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him)
called her guardian. Then the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said
to him: Be good to her, and when she bears a child, bring her (to me). When she
gave birth to the child, he brought her (to him). The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him)
gave orders regarding her, and her clothes were tied to her. He then
commanded regarding her and she was stoned to death. (Does
this judgment of Prophet Muhammad sound humane?)
No. 2: Narrated
by Muhayyisah (Abu Dawud, Book 19, Number 2996):
The Apostle of Allah
said: If you gain a victory over the men of Jews, kill them. So
Muhayyisah jumped over Shubaybah, a man of the Jewish merchants. He had
close relations with them. He then killed him. At that time Huwayyisah
(brother of Muhayyisah) had not embraced Islam. He was older than
Muhayyisah. When he killed him, Huwayyisah beat him and said: O enemy of
Allah, I swear by Allah, you have a good deal of fat in your belly from
From a contemporary Muslim scholar - Ali Dashti's "23 Years: A
Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad", , page 100: "Abu
Afak, a man of great age (reputedly 120 years) was killed because he had
lampooned Mohammad. The deed was done by Salem b. Omayr at the behest of
the Prophet, who had asked, "Who will deal with this rascal for
me?" The killing of such an old man moved a poetess, Asma b. Marwan,
to compose disrespectful verses about the Prophet, and she too was
No. 4: Volume
9, Book 93, Number 633: Narrated Ibn Umar"
"A Jew and
Jewess were brought to the prophet on a charge of committing an illegal
sexual intercourse. The prophet asked the jews, "what do you
(usually) do with them?" They said, "we blacken their faces
and disgrace them." He said, "bring here the Torah and recite
it, if you are truthful." They (fetched it and) came and as ked a
one-eyed man to recite. He went on reciting till he reached a portion on
which he put his hand. The prophet said, "lift up your hand!"
He lifted his hand up and behold, there appeared the verse of Ar-Rajm
(stoning of the adulterer to death). Then he said, "O Muhammad!
they should be stoned to death but we conceal this divine law among
ourselves." Then the prophet ordered that the two sinners be stoned
to death and they were stoned to death, and I saw the man protecting the
woman from the stones. (see hadith no. 809, vol. 8)"
Another narration of
the same (case# 4) Sahi Hadiths:
2, Book 23, Number 413:Narrated
Abdullah bin 'Umar : The Jew brought to the Prophet a man and a woman
from amongst them who have committed (adultery) illegal sexual
intercourse. He ordered both of them to be stoned (to death), near the
place of offering the funeral prayers beside the mosque."
readers, please help me to decide which one of these above quoted Sahi
hadiths sound “human” to you? And
who can tell me that these hadiths are not ISLAMIC?
I have been telling in
my various essays in the past that—true followers of Islam (Qur’an and
sunnah) should not take these verses and hadiths literally. They try to follow them 100%.
No one can challenge them. Because
there is no central body like Papacy in Christianity exists in Islam.
Every Muslim has the freedom to interpret and understand Islamic
scriptures at his own discretion. Result
is the same so-called “inhuman” acts by the Muslims.
We have just witnessed one in Saudi Arabia.
We have seen the same results in Iran and Afghanistan.
If we establish Islamic Sharriaat Laws in Bangladesh or anywhere in
the world—the result will be identical to Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan.
Because there is only one Qur’an and one Hadiths system, hence
one pure Sharia Laws will be enforced.
Undoubtedly, the Islamic laws of Sharia are simply draconian and
undemocratic for any human society by today’s standard.
Contrary to western
belief, this famous Sharia Law was not changed by anybody in the last
fourteen hundred years. It is
the same Sharia laws by which Prophet Muhammad and his lieutenants (Khulafa-e-Rashideen)
ruled Arabia. Only difference
is the time—7th century versus 21st century.
What was superbly good then, is inhuman today. Time teaches us many new things.
We are civilized today and learned many good things like democracy,
freedom of speech, freedom of choice, humanity etc. In those days of 7th or 8th century,
these words did not exist. God or Allah was the only dream and heaven was
the only destination. Therefore,
the Sharia Laws were good and nothing but good for those heaven-hungry
uncivilized Bedouin Muslims. Why am I telling this?
Because, Qura’nic scriptures and sahi hadiths very well dictate
me to say like this. Hadiths
and Qura’nic scriptures are the witnesses of the past Islamic paradise.
some analysis of brother MOF’s comments:
MOF said: “This version - rather perversion - of Islam is a clear danger even to
Islam and Muslims themselves, and it needs to be boldly and concertedly
confronted and exposed.”
I wonder who does say
that Saudis are practicing pervasive Islam?
How the world can confront the guardian of Islam, and with what
authority? If the people of
Islam’s birth place (Makka) do not know the real Islam, then who should
know about real Islam? It is
like telling that—the British do not know the inherent meaning of Magna
Carta, or a Sanskrit versed Pundit does not know the meaning of Upanishad.
This is purely ridiculous indeed!
MOF said: “It is much more saddening as
well as outrageous that it has happened in the heartland of Islam, where
lies "the House (at Makka) a resort for
mankind and sanctuary" [2/al-Baqarah/125]
Makkah and Madina, the heartland of Islam, are now hostage in the hands of
such perversions of Islam. Muslims need to mount a global campaign to free
Islam and themselves from such "policing" version of Islam and a
The above statement is
simply incongruous! Where is
the real Islam resides in the world?
Could brother MOF name one such country?
What are the sources of real Islam, is it not the Qur’an and
hadiths, or something else? If
it is the Qur’an and hadiths—then, there is no chance that we ever
will taste the so-called real Islam.
If the people of heartland of Islam (Makka) do not know, or cannot
understand well, as to, what is the real Islam, then, who should know the
real Islam? I hope it is not
a Mullah from Choumohini or Feni, Bangladesh.
Why then the ruler of Islamic paradise of Saudi Arabia does not
declare that they are not practicing “the real Islam”?
And also we should go to the place where lies the real Islam.
Brother MOF must think
twice what he is talking about! How
can he separate or free Islam from those Mutawalli police of Islam?
How can he free Islam from the people of Saudi Arabia, the guardian
angel of Islam since the six-century?
Is there any Islamic country without Muttawalli police?
Does Islam ever dictate freedom of choice, or does Islam ever
respect democracy? IT
IS NOT A VALID QUESTION TO FREE ISLAM FROM SAUDIS, TALIBANS, OR FROM
ANYBODY. RATHER IT HAS BECOME
AN ARDENT NECESSITY TODAY TO FREE THE MUSLIMS FROM ISLAM.
Brother MOF said: “Let
me ask: Would you care to join a campaign to demand that "religious
police" (Mutaween) be disbanded anywhere in the Muslim world,
beginning with the heartland of Islam?”
Brother MOF, would you
please outline the tasks which may help us achieve the cherish goal of
your noble proposal? How are
you going to compare the Saudi Islam with the so-called your version of
real Islam? Do you have any
country on earth that practices such “real Islam”?
One can claim that we
should follow the true democracy of the world, and he can easily cite some
good examples of true democracy. At
least one can cite some western democratic constitutions that are usually
flawless for the general public. On
the contrary, to my knowledge there is none so-called “true Islam”
Shariaat constitution that does exist anywhere in the world.
Does Islam have any such flawless Shariaat constitution anywhere in
the whole world brother MOF? Please,
please do tell us where could we get one?
I am all ears to hear your reply.
True Islam could only
be generated from holy Qur’an and Sunnah, which I call the scriptural
Islam. As long as Muslims
would cling to holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, manifestation
of Islamic state will be just like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Talibani
Islamic Shariaat states were never better off than what we are
experiencing in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Talibani Afghanistan today.
Nobody can change Qur’an and Sunnah, hence no change of Shariaat
constitution. To get one
humane Islamic constitution, we need to change the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Now that could only happen over our dead body.
Do not kid yourself, brother MOF!
Or the other best alternative would be to simply prohibit any
Shariaat Law for any Muslim nation. Religion
Islam should stay as the personal business as is the case for Christianity
in secular nations all over the world.
Secularism and democracy should be our only cherished goal.
Only then, can we free our Muslim brothers and sisters from the
evil clutch of any Muttawalli police.
With this concluding remarks I rest my case.