About a month ago, former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma had made controversial comments about the Prophet Muhammad during a debate on various TV channels. After that there were demonstrations across the country for legal action against him. Then a slogan went viral on social media, ‘Gustakh-e-Rasool ki ek punishment, sar tan se juda, sar tan se juda’. Then no one would have thought that some crazy people would make it a reality. But he was seen in Udaipur in Rajasthan and Amravati in Maharashtra.
After these two incidents, Salman Chishti, a servant of Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan, announced that he would give his house as a reward to whoever cut his neck at Nupur Sharma. Salman Chishti has been the author of the Ajmer story. He has been arrested after his video went viral on social media.
There may be more such videos on social media. Sooner or later they can also go viral. Many important questions are being asked about this. With this kind of provocative appeal, can anyone go crazy for an incident like Udaipur Amravati anywhere?
How did fanaticism enter the center of the Sufis?
It is very unfortunate that the announcement of the reward has come to the fore for the beheading of a major center of Sufism that is considered a liberal form of Islam. The Dargah of Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer is among the largest Sufi shrines in the country and the world. After the unfortunate incident in Udaipur, he was strongly condemned by Nasheen Syed Zainul Ali Abidin Chishti, Sajjada of this Dargah. He had said that Indian Muslims would never accept Taliban thought. He had also said that Nupur Sharma’s statement was incorrect. There should be legal action against him. But that’s why, if you start cutting people’s necks one after the other, it’s totally against humanity and the country’s constitution and it’s a crime by law.
It is a pity that the servant of his dargah proved that his statement was incorrect. The question is how did this great center of Sufi Islam get so much fanaticism?
Why did religious fanaticism increase in Muslim society?
It is true that Muslim society is very sensitive to the Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an. Fatwas have been issued to behead those who insulted society for the statements made against them. In return, great rewards have also been announced. Inciting people to kill someone is a crime according to the Penal Code of India. Cases were recorded against those who did so, but no concrete action was taken against them. The punishment is far from over. Perhaps this is the reason why these unconstitutional and anti-Islamic statements have been encouraged.
Now the situation has gotten so far that the big religious leaders used to make these announcements, the little servants have started making similar announcements. These circumstances show that religious bigotry in Muslim society has increased rather than decreased.
Salman Taseer was killed in Pakistan
The example of Salman Taseer of Pakistan is remarkable in this matter. Salman Taseer was a great leader of the People’s Party of Pakistan. He was also the governor of the state of Punjab. In 2010, she strongly opposed the punishment of a Christian woman under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. He had said that after the amendments made during the era of General Zia-ul-Haq, it has become a completely black law. On this, radical Islamic organizations in Pakistan had issued a fatwa of death against him.
On January 4, 2011, one of his security personnel, Mumtaz Qadri, openly shot him with 28 bullets from his service pistol.
After this massacre, Mumtaz Qadri became a great hero for the radical organizations of Pakistan.
However, Qadri was hanged for his crime. But to save him from the hangover, radical organizations had offered “blood money” to Salman Taseer’s family. His family turned down the offer. More than 50,000 people attended his funeral. Flowers have also been placed at the funeral pyre along the way.
Fatwa against Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen
In the 1990s, Iran’s greatest religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a death fatwa against Indian-born author Salman Rushdie. This fatwa was issued in connection with his book “The Satanic Verses”. His book was also banned in India.
In the same decade, when the famous Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen wrote a novel called ‘Lajja’, a death fatwa was issued against her also against the radical clerics of Bangladesh. Consequently, he had to leave Bangladesh and take refuge in European countries. A Maulana from Kolkata had also issued a fatwa of death against Taslima Nasreen.
Fatwa against Charlie Hebdo
In 2006, the famous French magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ published a controversial cartoon about the Prophet Muhammad. There was a worldwide reaction to this. Haji Yakub Qureshi, then Meerut MP in Uttar Pradesh in India and minister of the Samajwadi party government led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, had announced a reward of 51 million rupees to the person who beheaded the cartoon printer.
In 2015, the office of a magazine that printed cartoons was attacked. In this one 12 people died. In 2020, the magazine reprinted the cartoon. In France itself, a student had killed his teacher who while studying had shown a caricature of Mohammed Saheb.
In the same year 2006, Maulana Tauqir Raza, a great leader of the Bareilly Muslims in India, announced a reward of 25 million rupees for the person who beheaded US President George Bush. When Maulana Tauqir Raza gave this fatwa, the President of the United States, George Bush, was in India on his first official visit. Because of this announcement during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and the recent assembly elections, Maulana Tauqir Raza had to lose her alliance with Congress.
Why the religious leader woke up only after “separating his head”
Death fatwas have also been issued against the Prophet Muhammad and many others for his comments on Islam. Now the same trend continues against Nupur Sharma. Until now, the incident of killing anyone in India with these fatwas had not come to the fore. The unfortunate incident in Udaipur has shown that this can also happen in India.
Since then, Imam Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari of Delhi to Maulana Arshad Madani of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, all Muslim religious leaders and Muslim organizations have strongly condemned him. But the question arises that when the ‘Sir Tan Se Juda’ slogan was going viral on social media, then why was the curd frozen in the mouths of all these religious gurus. At the time, all these Muslim religious leaders could not muster the courage to say that this slogan goes against the Qur’an and the basic principles of Islam. Islam does not allow this kind of madness at all. Why did Kanhaiyalal regain reason only after “separating the head from the body”?
The punishment of Tawheen-e-Risalat is not a death sentence.
In fact, the punishment of Tawheen-e-Risalat is not beheading or death, but forgiveness. According to the Shariat, according to which the punishment of Tawheen-e-Risalat is death, the first source of this Shari’a is the Qur’an. In many verses of the Qur’an, the Prophet Muhammad has been told that you should adopt the policy of forgiving those who are dishonest in your pride and continue to inspire people to do good deeds. Mohammad Saheb also followed these instructions throughout his life. He always forgave those who oppressed themselves and those who made various accusations.
Even in the time of the four Khulfa-e-Rashidin who came after Muhammad, there is no case of beheading anyone in the name of insulting the Prophet. It is believed that about 1000 years ago, the death penalty for those who slandered the Prophet became part of the Shariat.
It is beyond comprehension how the punishment for beheading in the name of insulting the Prophet was instituted in Islam, despite the instructions given in the Qur’an and the biography of Muhammad.
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Even if some emperor in history had done this, then this responsibility of Muslim religious leaders would have been done to improve it. It was not rectified in time. That is why today the situation has reached this point.
This widespread cruelty in the name of Sharia is detrimental not only to the country but also to Muslim society. Muslim religious leaders and organizations should openly protest in a timely manner. It is necessary to carry out a massive awareness campaign in Muslim society to eliminate this misconception that has been spreading in Muslim society for thousands of years and for the correct knowledge of Islamic teachings.