Sept 27, 2006
Thoughts on issues of current interest, including instances of some double standards of our public figures, especially in the construction of Hindustani identity (all those Macaulayan myths, and the hypocrisy that is Nehruvian secularism) - Krishen Kak
This offering flows from a report some time ago, in the context of "racial profiling", that notorious Nehruvian-secularist "Shabnam Hashmi, ANHAD's spokesperson, fears a `calculated systematic demonisation of Muslims.'" (Sunanda K Datta-Ray,"Muslims must rebut charges", The Pioneer, Sept 9, 06).
I urge all of you to read for yourselves the Holy Koran to understand the root of Hashmi's fear. You must understand, as no doubt she does, that the Holy Koran is literally God's Word and is not open to question. To question the Holy Koran is to question God's Word. This is blasphemy and punishable with death.
Now, the Holy Koran, as the only defining and definitive text of Islam, says a great deal about its believers, as well as their Other it constructs as "opponents", that is, its non-believers.
Given below is a sample (from the Pickthall translation*) of what it says about us non-believers:
As for the disbelievers, whether thou warn them or thou warn them not (2.6) Theirs will be an awful doom (2.7) the fire prepared for disbelievers, whose fuel is of men (2.24) they who disbelieve, and deny Our revelations, such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein (2.39).
The curse of Allah is on disbelievers (2.89). For disbelievers is a shameful doom (2.90). Allah (Himself) is an enemy to the disbelievers (2.98) only miscreants will disbelieve (2.99).
Lo! those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers; on them is the curse of Allah and of angels and of men combined (2.161). The doom will not be lightened for them, neither will they be reprieved (2.162).
Yet of mankind are some who take unto themselves (objects of worship which they set as) rivals to Allah, loving them with a love like (that which is the due) of Allah (only).....Allah is severe in punishment (2.165).
The likeness of those who disbelieve (in relation to the messenger) is as the likeness of who who calleth that which heareth naught except a shout and cry. Deaf, dumb, blind, therefore they have no sense (2.171).
Warfare is ordained for you (2.216) a believing slave is better than an idolater (2.221).
Allah! There is no God save Him.....His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them (2.255). He it is Who hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture wherein are clear revelations.....None knoweth its explanation save Allah (3.7). Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of Allah (will find that) lo! Allah is swift at reckoning (3.19).
Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security (3.28). And whoso seeketh as religion other than the Surrender (to Allah) it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter (3.85) on them rests the curse of Allah and of angels and of men combined (3.87). Their doom will not be lightened, neither will they be reprieved (3.88).
Lo! those who disbelieve, and die in disbelief.....Theirs will be a painful doom and they will have no helpers (3.91). Lo! ...those who disbelieve...are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein (3.116).
O ye who believe! Take not for intimates others than your own folk (3.118). Allah may...blight the disbelievers (3.141). O ye who believe! If ye obey those who disbelieve...ye turn back as losers (3.149).
We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve because they ascribe unto Allah partners, for which no warrant hath been revealed. Their habitation is the Fire, and hapless the abode of the wrong-doers (3.151). And let those who disbelieve imagine that the rein We give them bodeth good unto their souls. We only give them rein that they may grow in sinfulness. And theirs will be a shameful doom (3.178). Hell is sufficient for (their) burning (4.55). Lo! Those who disbelieve Our revelations, We shall expose them to the Fire. As often as their skins are consumed We shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment (4.56).
Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fight in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward (4.74). Those who believe do battle for the cause of Allah; and those who disbelieve do battle for the cause of idols. So fight the minions of the devil (4.76) Allah! There is no God save Him (4.87). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever you find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them (4.89).
Those of the believers who sit still...are not on an equality with those who strive in the way of Allah with their wealth and their lives (4.95) In truth the disbelievers are an open enemy to you (4.101).
O ye who believe! Choose not disbelievers for (your) friends in place of believers. Would ye give Allah a clear warrant against you? (4.144) And they who disbelieve and deny Our revelations, such are rightful owners of hell (5.10). As for those who disbelieve, lo! if all that is in the earth were theirs, and as much again therewith, to ransom them from the doom on the Day of Resurrection, it would not be accepted from them. Theirs will be a painful doom (5.36).
They will wish to come forth from the Fire, but they will not come forth from it. Theirs will be a lasting doom (5.37).
O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends.....He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them (5.51) But keep your duty to Allah if ye are true believers (5.57). Thou seest many of them making friends with those who disbelieve.....Allah will be wroth them and in the doom they will abide (5.80).
This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL-ISLAM (5.3).** Unto Allah belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is therein (5.120).
Follow thou not the whims of those who deny Our revelations, those who believe not in the Hereafter and deem (others) equal with their Lord (6.151). They are only the (true) believers whose hearts feel fear when Allah is mentioned, and when the revelations of Allah are recited unto them they increase their faith (8.2). Who establish worship (8.3). Those are they who are in truth believers (8.4) and cut the root of the disbelievers (8.7). I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger (8.12).
Whoso opposeth Allah and His messenger, (for him) lo! Allah is severe in punishment (8.13) for disbelievers is the torment of the Fire (8.14) and religion is all for Allah (8.39).
If thou couldst see how the angels receive those who disbelieve, smiting their faces and their backs and (saying): Taste the punishment of burning! (8.50). And let not those who disbelieve suppose they can outstrip (Allah's purpose). Lo! they cannot escape (8.59). Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force (8.60). O prophet! Exhort the followers to fight.....they (the disbelievers) are a folk without intelligence (8.65). It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land (8.67).
Freedom of obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye have made a treaty (9.1). Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve (9.3) slay the idolaters wherever ye find them (9.5). Fight them! Allah will chastise them at your hands, and He will lay them low and give you victory over them (9.14) idolaters.....their works are vain and in the Fire they will abide (9.17).
O ye who believe! Choose not your fathers nor your brethren for friends if they take pleasure in disbelief rather than faith. Whoso of you taketh them for friends, such are wrong-doers (9.23). O ye who believe! The idolaters only are unclean (9.28). Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk (9.37). O ye who believe! What aileth you that when it is said unto you: Go forth in the way of Allah, ye are bowed down to the ground with heaviness (9.38). If ye go not forth He will afflict you with a painful doom (9.39). Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! (9.41) Allah promiseth�the disbelievers fire of hell for their abode. It will suffice them. Allah curseth them, and theirs is lasting torment (9.68).
O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers�Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey�s end (9.73). Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain (9.111). It is not for the Prophet, and those who believe, to pray for the forgiveness of idolaters even though they may be near of kin (to them) after it hath become clear that they are people of hell-fire (9.113). O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you (9.123). Nay, but Allah�s is the whole command�..As for those who disbelieve, disaster ceaseth not to strike them because of what they do, or it dwelleth near their home until the threat of Allah come to pass. Lo! Allah faileth not to keep the tryst (13.31). We have appointed hell a dungeon for disbelievers (17.8) and that those who believe not in the Hereafter, for them We have prepared a painful doom (17.10). See how We prefer one above another (17.21).
Set not up with Allah any other god (O man) lest thou sit down reproved, forsaken (17.22). Thy Lord hath decreed, that ye worship none save Him (17.23) And set not up with Allah any other god, lest thou be cast into hell (17.39). Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers Fire (18.30). Lo! We have prepared hell as a welcome for the disbelievers (19.103).
These twain (the believers and the disbelievers) are two opponents who contend concerning their Lord. But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down their heads (22.19). Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too will be melted (22.20) And for them are hooked rods of iron (22.21). Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning (22.22). So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them with a great endeavour (25.52). Lo! Allah hath cursed the disbelievers, and hath prepared for them a flaming fire (33.64) Wherein they will abide for ever (33.65). So Allah punisheth �idolatrous men and idolatrous women (33.73).
Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of the bonds�That (is the ordinance). And if Allah willed, He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others (47.4). And those who disbelieve, perdition is for them (47.8). And as for him who believeth not in Allah and His messenger � Lo! We have prepared a flame for disbelievers (48.13). Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers (48.29). The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah (49.25). Allah hath decreed: Lo! I verily shall conquer, I and My messengers (58.21).
And there hath arisen between us and you hostility and hate for ever until ye believe in Allah only (60.4). Lo! Allah loveth those who battle for His cause in ranks, as if they were a solid structure (61.4). O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers�and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey�s end (66.9). Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers manacles and carcans and a raging fire (76.4). Those who disbelieve, among the People of the Scriptures and the idolaters, will abide in fire of hell. They are the worst of created beings (98.6).
I repeat, this is just a sample of what the Koranic God says about and for those who do not believe in Him. Whether Muslim apostate, Christian, Jew or, especially, pagan, Allah's intent is is the same. We must either believe in Him, or die. And it is the duty of the true believer to kill us. Till he can, he must not befriend us, except in strategy towards his God's (and, therefore, his own) final global victory.
Apologists for the Koran contextualize Allah's ordinances with events during His Prophet's time. But these are human interpretations, are outside the Koran, and when God's Words themselves in the Koran are unequivocal, where can there be any doubt of what He wants from his true believers against us non-believers? Fear, hate and death for "the worst of created beings". As indeed the late Ram Swarup and SR Goel documented in irrefutable detail for the 1000 or so years of Islam in Hindustan.
It is therefore that the Pope of Rome, he who speaks on behalf of the Christian God, recently described Islam as a religion of violence - and then rapidly and fearfully retracted.***
It is therefore, as V'mala repeatedly shows, the late MK Gandhi described the Muslim as violent because his religion teaches him violence: "Mussalmans have an ordeal to pass through. There can be no doubt that they are too free with the knife and the pistol. The sword is an emblem of Islam. But Islam was born in an environment where the sword was, and still remains, the supreme law. The message of Jesus has proved ineffective because the environment was unready to receive it. So with the message of the Prophet. The sword is yet too much in evidence among the Mussalmans. It must be sheathed if Islam is to be what it means - peace" (quoted in A Surya Prakash, "The Pope is not alone", The Pioneer, Sept 26, 06). Again, as V'mala repeatedly shows, the late MK Gandhi reacted to Koranic violence with grovelling "minority" appeasement. As have his "secular" successors fearfully all through our Independence, so that today our country's prime minister equates with us as "a victim of terror" the Islamic State of Pakistan ( http://indiaenews.com/2006-09/21952-havana-talks-resumption-india-pakistan-dialogue.htm ) - with its raison d'etre the Koranic hate for the kafir , even as his own cabinet colleague and our country's defence minister calls it "a nursery of global terror" ( http://www.hindu.com/2006/09/26/stories/2006092620171400.htm ).
According to Abrahamic mythology, Hell is the abode of demons. According to Allah, it is enough to be a non-believer to be "a minion of the devil", a demon. Merely to exist as a non-believer is an affront to Allah and, as we have seen, Allah repeatedly consigns non-believers to Hell and enjoins his true believers to despatch us to this destination.
So, as you can see for yourself, it is the Koran that calculatedly and systematically profiles us non-Muslims as demons. To make demons of others is the God-given right of Muslims. So how dare we non-believers demonize Muslims?
Now do you understand the cause of Hashmi's fear? Allah gives only her and her kind the right and authority to profile us as demons. But what happens to their faith in their God's ordinances and in His infallibility and omnipotence if we can likewise profile them?
*Marmaduke Pickthall, "The Meaning of The Glorious Koran" (NY: Dorset  n.d.).
**In a footnote, Pickthall translates "Al-Islam" as "'The Surrender' to Allah". It is to be noted that Pickthall's translation was cleared by Al-Azhar University and is "recognised as the best translation ever of the Book". "Islam" meaning "a surrender to Allah" is entirely in consonance with all that has been quoted above. And it is exactly the essence of Islam - surrender to Allah (or die). To say, as Gandhi did and as is politically correct these days, that "Islam" means "peace" is against both the letter and the spirit of Allah's Word.
The Anglican Pickthall became a devout Hanafi Sunni Muslim, acquiring the name "Muhammad". He is described as "a close associate of Gandhi", was much admired by Gandhi and, like Gandhi (who was willing that Jinnah be the first prime minister of independent India with a ministry entirely of Muslims, and that Hindus sacrifice ourselves totally to Muslims), believed that "India�s great Muslim millions were one family, and must never be divided. Only together could they complete the millennial work of converting the whole country to Islam" ( http://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/bmh/BMM-AHM-pickthall_bio.htm ).
***The first Pope to have so buckled (U Namboodiri, "The great divide", The Pioneer, Sept 23, 06). And so much for the doctrine of the infallibility in matters of faith and morals of this Vicar of Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. Of course, that Christianity is equally with Islam a religion of violence is another story - see, for example, "Proselytisation in India: a pagan's perspective", http://www.vigilonline.com/reference/relart/krishen_kak_conversion.asp .