Zahida Hina: From Sufi-ism to Taliban-ism

Zahida Hina: From Sufi-ism to Taliban-ism

We are posting a piece in Urdu authored by Zahida Hina. Apologies to non-Urdu readers. Thanks to this blog for alerting us to this piece.  RR

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14 responses to “Zahida Hina: From Sufi-ism to Taliban-ism

  1. Milind Kher

    What Zahida Hina has written is absolutely right. The Christians, and she says, especially the British, spread the canard that Islam was spread by the sword (although this has false British propoganda has been refuted very ably by the famous historian De Lacy O Leary).

    She has rightly stressed that it was the akhlaq of Sufis of the status of Khwaja Muin Ud deen Chishti (Gharib Nawaz) and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya that won people over to Islam.

    The descent into Talibanism, and the support of this by the clergy will indeed result into what she has quoted Rahaman Baba as saying, “Jo auron pat teerandazi karega, teer palat kar un par aayega”.

    In other words, they will hoist their own petard.

  2. People should be more tolerant. Minorities should be given equal rights and hypocrisy must end.

    The problem is that we want ‘anybody who is slightly different or deviant’ to be ‘just like us’. The illusionary homogenity is nonsense. We must celebrate diversity.

    This is happening across South Asia. A fellow Muslim wants me to go for ‘chillla’ or ‘jamaat’, the other wants me to avoid going to any Sufi shrine, the third is aghast over Milad et al. So everybody has his own interpretation. We must stop judging others.

  3. Milind Kher

    Indscribe,

    I know which people you are referring to in your last paragraph.

    I respect Raza not wanting to bring sectarianism on this blog, hence I won’t name them. Howver, I do believe that those people are puritanical beyond what is called for.

    Also, they need to be much more tolerant of others. They cannot indulge all the while in takfir.

  4. SouthAsian

    The argument about similarities and differences is of general interest and we are trying to desconstruct it in a series of posts on The South Asian Idea (http://thesouthasianidea.com):

    Are We Similar or Are We Different?

    How Similar? How Different?

    Similar or Different and Does it Matter?

    Similar and Different: What Else?

    Similar and Different: Why Marriages Fail?

  5. yasserlatifhamdani

    According to the census of India, India has about 145 million Muslims… which is about 15 to 20 million less than Muslims in Pakistan (160-165 million) and around the same as Muslims in Bangladesh(135-140 million).

    I think this lie that India has the second largest Muslim population in the world has been repeated so many times that it has taken to be true by everyone.

  6. Milind Kher

    YLH,

    Whether India has the 2nd largest, 3rd largest, or even the 4th largest Muslim population in the world is not really relevant. What is important is that there are a large number of Muslims here.

    Maybe, if you state the exact context of what you want to say, I could help you.

  7. yasserlatifhamdani

    My comment was in regard to Zahida Hina’s suggestion that there are upto 220 million Muslims in India.

  8. Though there is a tendency to exaggerate population in the sub-continent and the feeling of unnecessary proud over it.

    However, there are reasons why Muslim population in India is quoted as higher.

    As per Pakistani census website, the current population of Pakistan is around 165 million (in March 2009) and naturally all of them are not Muslims.

    In the case of India also, the Census figures are for the year 2001. Now almost eight years have elapsed and with a decennial population increase of around 32% for Muslims, you can easily figure out that it must be around 180 million by now (in 7 years since 2001).

    So that’s the case.

    The reason why many Indians also make a higher guess of Indian Muslim population is because in the past, it has been observed that teams of census officials at the lower level avoided going to Muslim ghettoes. Earlier I also thought that it was propaganda but it is quite proven.

    Especially, in UP. UP has the highest concentration of Muslims in India. When it had 330 million Muslim populace, the Urdu speaking populace was just 175 million. Again proving that most of the Urdu speakers were simply not approached or asked their language but included under the Hindi.

    However, in almost all other states 80-95% Muslims mentioned Urdu as their mother tongue. Whatever, the fact is that Indonesia is the country with the highest Muslim population.

  9. Erfan Anjum

    No doubt its a great article

  10. Dal Chawal

    good article, but Islam for a lot of years following the martyrdom of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) was spread by the sword

  11. Chris Hayes

    It is fairer to say Islam was spread by different methods at different times in different places. It is all to easy to pull up counter examples for ‘spread peacefully’/’spread violently’. Though certainly coercive where Muslims were a majority it was nothing like comparable Christain states which had a far higher level of violence. Indeed virtually all accounts have Islamic states treating minorities better than peers of the same age, contributing to the slow rates of conversion compared to say Christain states amoungst minorities.
    The west becoming a bastion of lovelyness is a recent occurance. Who knows if the Islamic world will decide to catch up and surpass it, or surrender to the age old sterotyping that was done for it?

  12. HERE WE ARE DEALING WITH A HIGHLY SENSITIVE SUBJECT. ALL THE EVIDENCE CITED IN FAVOR OF THE AXIOM THAT ISLAM DID NOT SPREAD WITH THE HELP OF THE SWORD, HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY EVERYONE IN GOOD FAITH. BUT HOW CAN WE IGNORE THE GRUESOME MILITARY CAMPAIGN OF DEVEGIRI BY SULTAN ALLAUDDIN KHILJI. THIS CAMPAIGN WAS RECORDED BY HAZRAT AMIR KHUSRAU . HE WAS COMMISSIONED FOR THIS TASK BY THE KING AND TRAVELLED WITH THE TROOPS TO DEVGIRI. YOU CAN REFER TO ” FATUHAT-I-KHILJI” BY AMIR KHUSRAU (PERSIAN)AND TRANSLATED BY PROF. MOHAMMAD HABIB OF ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY. IF I CORRECTLY REMEBER THISWAS C.1930 PUBLICATION BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS IN INDIA.

  13. Mahomed khan

    As salaamu alaikum. Islam could have never been spread by the sword. I ask any muslim, who forced you to be a muslim? Who threatened you with any weapons? No one! Islam is all about peace.. It comes from the greetings… Salaams, meaning peace. Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is the most beloved and peaceful creation of almighty Allah. People are automatically drawn to islam because of our noble master’s examples and teachings on earth.

  14. Dr. O. P. Sudrania

    I enjoyed the arguments like a debate which remains lustreless without the two raging sides. As someone exclaimed it to be a very sensitive issue, I have to add that it just as sensitive or insensitive as you yourself make. Is it not a common observation of varied reactions of varied people to the same stimulus? So you can put yourself in which category you wish to be put in!
    God bless
    Dr. O. P. Sudrania