Friday, November 25, 2011

Islamic hatred to Hindus knows no end

Even in the mid-80s and early 90s there was a hope (although faint undoubtedly) in the Indian political arena that with the spread of rapid urbanization to cope with the fast changing reality worldwide, fundamentalism will fall behind in Pakistan and hence, the saga of communalism there would lose its momentum. But that faint hope has faded too with the passing of years and latest documents prove that the entire analysis then was wrong and all these happened thanks to the inhuman dearth of knowledge with experience of the true nature of Islam among Indian intellectuals, perhaps a part of the legacy Hindus have been carrying on for more than last millennium. Here is the question. What’s the fundament behind concluding like this?

Only a few days back an US government report created sensation among several countries, not to speak of India. In accordance with the report the one and only aim of education system (depicted through text books in Pakistani schools) is to promote hatred and intolerance of minorities, the Hindus in particular and teachers look at these groups “as enemies of Islam.”

Pakistan and Social Studies textbooks are rife with negative comments regarding India and Great Britain, but Hindus are often singled out for particular criticism in texts and in interview responses,” said the report. “This intolerance and prejudice also extends to other minorities like the Christians and Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslims but are not considered so by the Pakistani constitution.”

Well, you still, like any secular and left-wing intellectual, can thrust all these aside terming as fictitious or the ploy of an imperialist force to create havoc among two neighboring countries making efforts to comprehend and come near to each other after decades. But it’s not possible to close the eyes to words of Pakistani youth in this regard. Right?

A few Pakistani youth, attending a workshop conducted by the Sociology Department of Mumbai University these days, has stated clearly that young children in the length and breadth of Pakistan are taught to hate India. It is to be noted, the entire group is in the Indian financial capital as part of a mission of promoting the practice of harmony and bonding amongst the young people of both nations.

One of these happens to be Sitara Jabeen, an MPhil student in Peace and Conflicts Studies at the National Defence University, Islamabad and as per her, anti-India mindset, one time, was regarded as the true patriotism even if the need of a change and peace is being seriously felt there these days. Sidra Tariq, studying MPhil in International Relations at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, terms that both Pakistan and India are victims to terrorism. Same views have been shared by other members and Hina Anwar Ali, architect and youth activist in Lahore, was found to say that youth can work as a centre of peace process between the two countries.

But what about the verses in al-Qur'an spreading hatred against infidels? Some are listed below:

“And KILL them (the unbelievers) wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.” (Sura 2, verse 191).

“Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully; and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming.” (Sura 3, verse 28).

Pakistanis in the mission, like any other Muslim across the globe, can’t ignore this and here from, the entire dilemma starts. If ignored, Islam will have to be thrown out and no Muslim can go against it. He/she has got to digest and enact whatever Islam teaches and hence, talk of harmony and need of reduction of violence, secularism by Pakistanis or any Muslim is a prank. What can we deduce? This is an innovative approach to swindle infidels, especially Hindus, further.

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