Mulla Community Has Hijacked Islam to Divide and Rule

Due to lack of Quranic knowledge by simply reciting and HIFZ of Quran without understanding, we Desi Muslims are more divided and exploited in religious matters and rituals.
The Mulla community has hijacked Islam to divide and rule us as our Pope and Bishops, Gurus and Pundits barred in the Quran. Hence we should all read the translation of Quran in our own language to understand Islam correctly and to avoid the middle man role of the Mullas.
All humans are equal and directly answerable and accountable for our deeds and misdeeds to Allah alone. No special DUA of any Imam, Pir, Faqir, Alim, and bogus Wasila etc. is going to help us.
Arabic Quran is basically meant for the then deviated and Kafir Arabs to read and understand it and embrace Islam. Allah is above all languages, dialects etc. and knows and understand the requests, calls, Dua, actions, movement of the sane and insane, deaf and dump, sick and disabled persons directly.

The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?

The Verses [51:20-23] as shown under references clearly manifest that Allah has kept two most authentic Books of Revelation open for Mankind – one, the Revealed Scriptures – in our case it is the Holy Quran, and the other is the Universe with all its Creations- man, nature and society and everything that exists between the heaven and the earth.
Allah speaks with mankind in the language of divine signs pervading the physical world and through the Books of Revelation. Both are the Media of communication between the Creator and His creations. There is Close Similitude between the Holy Quran and divine signs pervading the physical world. Both are manifestation of divine Truths and there is nothing miraculous in them.
To feel one with the universe is generally treated as a Mystic Approach towards cognition of Realities. Actually it is not so. The feeling of oneness with seen and unseen realities is a logical approach towards cognition of the interconnection of life with its surroundings. This is purely an intuitive drive towards logical and scientific understanding of the reality. Intense urge and yearning for principles of a sublime orderly life underlie such a Drive for attaining a generalized vision of the purpose of evolutionary process of life and the universe.
Referring to verses under Reference  [Verses 2:2-4, verses 69:51, 69:41-42, 69:41-42,& Verses 8613], we can safely conclude that the Holy Qura’n is Not a   Book of Miracles that negate Reality. There is no room for any assumption or conjecture in the holy Quran. Whatever Allah has   said in the holy Quran is based on truth and reality. The Holy Quran deals with the Truth underlying the Realities of Human life and Physical Universe to which the whole life process is intricately connected.  Entire nature and universe, all physical processes and history have been presented by the holy Quran before us as admonition and object of demonstration, to convince humanity on the existence of Allah as the creator and sustainer of the universe and deepen our understanding of divine attributes and purpose of creation.
So to treat the Holy Qur’an as a Miracle seems to be an ideological deviation on the part of Muslims very much likely to give enemies of Islam a tool for spreading falsehood about the Holy Quran and lead the “Huqq”[The Truth] towards alienation from Realities of Life.
Whatever mysterious that might happen in nature and our life beyond the periphery of human comprehension seems to us as a miracle.
Since Allah is the Eternal Truth and all His creations Seen and Unseen, manifest that Truth, there is no scope of any Miracle or Uncertainty in the Holy Quran.
Allah is Real, Life and death as divine process of Creation and Destruction is Real, Here-after and the Day of Judgment is Real, Angels, Satan, Heaven and Hell, Reward and Punishment all are Real. Amidst Current and Counter-Current of Creation, Revelation, Evolution, Death and Destruction whirling all around us, there is little scope of any conjecture or miracle in the Holy Quran. Quran never approves of any miracle that negates reality.
There are a number of ancient stories in the Holy Quran that sound like miracle but actually not so. The stated competition Between the Prophet Musa(AS) and Sorcerers of Pharaoh ,and similar other stories appear  to be a Miracle but in reality they  reflect the eternal struggle between the truth and falsehood. And in that contest truth always gets upper-hand and wins the battle. The stories clearly uphold the eternal truth that Falsehood might assume any form and dimension, it is bound to fail, but Truth will always triumph.
The Holy Quran is a divine admonition and statement of the Truth that guides humanity and presents a generalized vision of the physical and spiritual realities.    Any quest for Miracles in the Holy Quran stems from lack of knowledge and emerges out of our inherent weakness in Faith.
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Courage to Defend Core Values Defines a Nation

Just as the nature’s law which Newton simply articulated as ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction” does not mean that the reaction is unqualified and always “good and beneficial” to the performer or to whom it is performed for, similarly the Core Values of a nation do not necessarily mean that those values are universally beneficial to it or of benefit to the other nations that interact with it on this planet.
In Quranic terms, therefore every action- A’mal is required to be qualified as Saleh- to produce goodly and beneficial reaction. There is nothing in it extraordinary and nothing religious, just a statement of universal truism.
However it is generally assumed that a nation’s core values are of qualified goodly nature and that they are the ones which makes it ‘assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station’ (American Declaration of Independence) which then defines the nation’s place in the world.
This was demonstrably presented to the world recently by the Speaker of the British House of Commons who expressed his opposition to the potentiality of the newly elected President of the United States of America addressing the House of Commons on his State visit to the United Kingdom. His objection was on the basis of the President’s policy seen as being contrary to British core values and that ‘he would refuse to invite the US president to speak at Westminster because of parliament’s long held opposition to “racism and to sexism”’.
Not everybody in the Parliament and outside agreed with his action, though that is not the issue; for there never is an example in the world where such unilateral and individual’s actions are accepted by everybodyایسا بھی ہے کوئی سبھی اچھا کہیں جسے is there anyone that all would consider as good?
The disagreement was on procedural matters that the Speaker of House of Lords, as an equal partner of the two houses was not consulted and a joint statement was not agreed upon. That said, it is interesting to note the following comment by the Speaker of the House of Lords:
“However, the Speaker (of the House of Commons) contacted me this morning. He told me that while he maintained his view on the issue he was generally sorry for failing to consult with me. Obviously, I accepted that apology” ……and went on to say “Allow me to say that I have spent the last 30 years campaigning against prejudice and discrimination, particularly for the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV/Aids,…”. So it seems that he too agrees with the Speaker’s core values.
The history of British political system involving the Crown, House of Lords and House of Commons is amazing and colourful, going back to sixteenth century. The ceremony of the session of Parliament’s opening by the Monarch, the Queen is seen today the world over in its full colour, pomp and glamour. Yet one aspect of the ritual of the ceremony is not appreciated by many. On the monarch’s arrival to the House of Lords, the officer of the ‘Black Rod’ is sent to summon the House of Commons but the door is shut in his face. The officer knocks on the door three times with his rod. It is then the door is opened and the members including the Speaker march to the Lords to attend and listen to the Monarch’s speech, which is written by the Government of the day for her to deliver.
Though the power of the monarchy is largely symbolic, yet any head of State visiting the UK is supposed to be at the invitation of the Queen as the head of State and Defender of the faith of the United Kingdom. Yet the independence of the house is well and truly symbolized in this ceremony. It is the Speakers of both the houses who invite the visiting dignitary to address them!
One must then assume that the invitation is extended on the basis that the nation’s core values as represented by the visiting dignitary are synchronized with the British nation’s as represented by the parliament. This is hotly debated though.
In this case the speakers of both houses of British parliament seem to have agreed what those core values are and so: “…our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”
This sentiment is also echoed in the UK by over a million people so far, signing a petition against the US President’s proposed visit. Democracy in its true colour in action to their credit, at home!
There have been similar expressions however of ‘people power’ against US President’s visit. One vaguely remembers the cancellation of President Dwight Eisenhower’s planned visit to Japan due to protest against his visit there. The protest perhaps was against nuclear bombs that the US was piling up as arsenal of war and Japan’s core value of opposing it, having experienced two such bombs dropped on its cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki!.
Aside from protesting against planned visits by head of states, many nations in the Far East also have shown the courage to resist their corrupt and inapt governments and have brought them down, against heavy odds.
There was some hope that the Muslim majority nations would show some signs of awakening when tremendous courage was shown by the Iranians when they sent packing the most powerful emperor of recent times in their revolution of change, not once but twice; for he was restored to the throne by the Super power custodian of democracy, after the first ousting.
After a long pause lasting over decades a similar seed of change germinated in the so called Arab Spring in the Middle East only a few years back, culminating in the overthrow of an Egyptian pharaoh – Mubarak, always supported by the same super power. Alas, that seedling was soon crushed by his political and military offspring!
Democracy, by the Muslim leaders and the custodians of democracy it seems: is not considered suitable for them, even if it was overwhelmingly voted in. So the pharaoh’s political offspring was installed in power and is there today:  زاغوں کے تصوف میں ہیں عقابوں کے نشیمن  Eagles’ nests are in use of the crows!
Their streets are adorned with portraits of head of States that are invited to visit even if that visitor is less than welcome in other countries of the world because of what they are perceived as representing in values. But the expectation of handouts and assurances of protection of ruling class’s thrones becomes paramount consideration.
The Muslim majority countries and the so called Islamic Republics in particular are a prime example of neglect of their duty in following their Book with regards to ruling a country, in spite of their claim they believe in it as being the Book annunciating their Core Values.
Hence the Muslim nations now are defined by other than universal core values and the lack of courage to defend them. The earthly gods have forsaken them as has the Creator of the universe:
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A Conversation in Deoband: Muslims Do Not Think They Have the Extra Burden of Defeating the BJP in Each And Every Election

DEOBAND is home to a great seminary, Darul Uloom, a global centre of Islamic learning. It is also what in the reporter’s short-hand is called a Muslim-dominated town in Saharanpur district of western Uttar Pradesh.
This part of UP goes to the polls tomorrow, in what is seen as a defining electoral battle, whose outcome would per force recast the Narendra Modi regime’s political priorities and preferences. This is also part of the state which was host to a violent standoff between the dominant, aggressive Jats and the Muslims, who have a sizeable presence, in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
That conflict infected the mood in the entire state; a grand polarisation got effortlessly instigated and it garnered unprecedented electoral dividends for the BJP. The rest is history; but the narrative over the Muzaffarnagar violence — who did what to whom and why — continues to provide the backdrop to the 2017 assembly polls.
 It is highly pertinent to note that the BJP has not been able to find a single Muslim face to field out of a total of 400-odd candidates. And, this contest forces, willy-nilly, a revisit to one of the fundamental, but unsettled, issues — the terms of coexistence between the majority and the minorities.
 The relationship between the majority and the minorities is an indicator of the health of a polity as well as the robustness of its state order. No nation can possibly hope to achieve its national greatness without a healthy majority-minority equation.
It is no longer possible — both for the Muslims and others — to talk openly and without rancour about this relationship. Conversations in Deoband with a cross-section from the Muslim community offer a few propositions, a few disquieting insights, and, a few sobering thoughts.
Most of us do not wish to be reminded of December 6, 1992. Yet we owe it to ourselves to keep in mind that the Babri Masjid demolition had put the Hindu-Muslim equation on a new basis. Whatever historic assurances the Muslims in India might have felt had been given to them, and whatever the protection the Constitution had provided, the largest minority in the land lost its sense of equanimity on that day. That equanimity has not yet been recovered; nor has the polity made any effort to restore that feeling; and, perhaps more to the point, no one feels the need to restore that old sense of equanimity and elan.
Yet it is a measure of the Indian democratic resilience, that, most Muslim voices in Deoband assert that they do not feel “scared” of the BJP or Narendra Modi. This point got made repeatedly, not in a tone of defiance but perhaps out of a basic belief in the Indian constitutional order’s structured fairness. There is no sense of siege nor of hopelessness.
A rather subtle theme emerges from this un-afraidness. The Muslims do not think they have the extra burden of defeating the BJP in each and every election. Rather there is an acute realisation that there will be an electoral contest every now and then, and this democratic rite should not be allowed to accentuate the differences and polarisation. Nor is there any feeling that defence of the secular values and arrangements is their particular burden. Secularism is a collective undertaking and commitment. This is — or, rather should be — a chastening thought for all those politicians and political outfits who strut around as high priests of Indian secularism.
Still, another unsentimental strand of clarity emerges. Contrary to whatever the BJP and the RSS may assert, the Muslims certainly do not think of themselves as a “vote bank”. The Muslim voters, activists and leaders have happily divided themselves among the three principal non-BJP political outfits — the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, besides many other smaller entities. If anything, the lament among the Muslim voices is that it is the BJP which has shut its doors on them. The BJP, in this view, chooses to remain indifferent to their grievances and un-accommodative of their ambitions and aspirations. It perhaps helps the BJP to keep hammering on the Muslim “vote bank” in order to induce and deepen doubts and insecurities in the majority community.
The 2013-2014 tension between the Jats and the Muslims has definitely lost its prickly edge but the polarisation between the Hindus and the Muslims remains, dormant, barely just below the surface. And, the political timidity that this polarisation has produced continues to rankle. It is pointed out that no Hindu leader — irrespective of the party — has the courage or the conviction to talk from a public platform about the Muslims’ backwardness, and society’s obligation to obviate their grievances. This is not a recent phenomenon.
The Rajinder Sachar Committee report comes up repeatedly in conversations. That committee, set up during the UPA days, had brought out the startling fact that the Muslims’ lot remained far worse than that of the Dalits. And, it is underlined that no government has had the courage to table the report in Parliament.
The BJP’s preferred mode is to invoke Rashtriyavaad in a monopolistic manner. Yet the Muslims remain unfazed. There is a confident assertion that they have no reason to feel apologetic about their loyalties and allegiances because they do not feel a fig about Saudi Arabia, the UAE or Pakistan. It is the BJP, in this view, that remains unsentimentally committed to a grammar of polarisation.
Having said that, the Muslims say they are not prepared to divest themselves of their identity or ideology in order to make themselves amenable to the BJP. Like any other section of the Indian society, they are entitled to a sense of sunvai, a sense of assurance that the Sarkar will not be indifferent to their grievances and that Hukumat will ensure that no injustice is done to any one section of society.
This is the simple but vital context to the electoral battle being fought in this western part of Uttar Pradesh-notwithstanding all the highfalutin invocation of Vikas. Yogi Adityanath and his merry-band of divisiveness-mongers are unleashed all over the state. The Samajwadi-Congress alliance, on the other hand, is promising a modernistic agenda. In her own way, Behn Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaj Party is challenging the BJP’s polarising agenda. Whatever be the outcome on March 11, one thing appears certain: the minorities are not going to turn their back on the idea of a secular India. Amen.
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Now The Die Is Cast, Disallow Hijab, Risk Jail, MURIC Warns

Now The Die Is Cast, Disallow Hijab, Risk Jail, MURIC Warns
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Following the rejection of stay of execution on the use of Hijab with school uniform in Public schools in Lagos state by the Court a few days ago, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said any school authority who disallows female Muslim students or pupils from using Hijab risks being jailed for contempt of court. The Director of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola who described the rejection as “bold, convincing and reassuring, in a statement to Vanguard said the judgment has cemented people’s faith in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. Asiyat Abdul Kareem (through her father), Moriam Oyeniyi and the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria had won appeal of case CA/L/135/15 against the Lagos State Government on 21st July, 2016 when all the five judges of the Lagos Appeal Court approved the use of hijab in Lagos public schools. The state government immediately approached the Supreme Court to appeal the case and also sought a stay of the execution at the Appeal Court. MURIC however appealed to the state government to allow sleeping dogs to lie. “There is a limit even for official ego. There must come a time when government scoops to allow the general will to prevail. But the law is on the side of the general will this time. “A government installed via democratic process cannot afford to disrespect a court judgment. This latest decision is legally binding and Lagos has no choice. Afterall, it is the center of excellence. According to Akintola: “The honourable path is for the center of excellence to walk its talk. The state government must instruct the Ministry of Education to tell school principals to allow female Muslim children to use hijab in public schools. “Without being immodest, we assure all and sundry that we know our rights. Any school authority who disallows female Muslim students or pupils from using hijab risks being jailed for contempt of court. We have been patient enough. Our children have listened to us. They eschewed violence. They obeyed the rules of decorum. Now the die is cast. “Muslims have been accused severally of resorting to spontaneous violence even though they have always been provoked. But the case is different this time around. Lagos Muslims went to court instead of going violent and the courts have decided. Lagos government must allow the law to take its due course. “Nigerians and indeed the rest of the world must see this as a test case for democracy and the rule of law in Lagos State. We want to know how democratic are our democrats? To be or not to be? That is the question. Whether Lagos will respect the courts and allow the students to use hijab as ordered by the court or whether the grandstanding, the stigmatization, the oppression and persecution will continue is left to be seen. The world is watching, Akintola stated. Read more at:
Writer Defames Emirati TV Women on Social Media
The court adjourned the proceedings to prepare a defence for the next hearing on February 22.
An Abu Dhabi court of misdemeanours has heard a case of a writer who was accused of defamation for using social media to speak against Emirati women who work in the media.
The court adjourned the proceedings to prepare a defence for the next hearing on February 22.
The case is about a group of Emirati women working for local TV channels who lodged a complaint against the writer after he published words of insult, taunt, ridicule, slander and contempt against these women on social media.
The accused testified he writes articles in a local newspaper, where he discusses social issues of interest to the community.
Threats Stalk Gang-Raped Muslim Women after India’s Religious Riots
Feb 9, 2017
By Nita Bhalla
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three years after religious riots in India, Muslim women who reported being gang raped during the violence are still waiting for their cases to be investigated while facing death threats and harassment for speaking out, Amnesty International said.
More than 60 people were killed and over 50,000 forced to flee from their villages when clashes between majority Hindus and minority Muslims erupted in the state of Uttar Pradesh in September 2013.
Seven Muslim women came forward to report complaints of rape during the riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, but to date there has not been a single conviction, the Indian branch of the rights group said on Thursday.
Over the last three years, two of the women changed their statements following threats. One victim died during child birth in 2016. One case resulted in an acquittal, one trial is currently underway and in two cases, trials have not begun.
“The Uttar Pradesh government has failed to expeditiously investigate and prosecute the cases and deliver justice,” said Amnesty International India (AII) in a report.
“Their failures continue to keep the survivors in a state of fear and insecurity, skeptical that they will ever get justice.”
Government and police officials from Uttar Pradesh were not immediately available to comment on the reports findings.
The violence was triggered on August 27, 2013 when a Muslim youth was stabbed to death by two Hindu youths after being accused of sexually harassing their sister. A Muslim mob then stoned the two Hindus to death, government officials say.
Neighbours – Hindu and Muslim – turned on one another with machetes and set alight homes and places of worship.
“All three of them threatened me, saying that if I did not do what they asked, they would kill my son. They took turns to rape me,” said one of the victims, named as Ghazala in report, who was raped in a sugarcane field in Shamli on Sept. 8, 2013.
Violence between Muslims and Hindus has been a defining feature of Indian politics since the separation of Pakistan in 1947, when hundreds of thousands of people were killed and millions displaced.
AII’s research – based on police and court documents and interviews with victims, police and government officials – found that the police refused initially to register the complaints and then failed to investigate allegations.
The slow pace of the justice has meant victims and their families have been threatened and intimidated by the accused, AII said.
Due to India’s under-resourced, archaic judicial system long delays in trials are common, but lawyers say delays in this case are due to discrimination against Muslim women who are accusing men from the dominant Hindu Jat majority.
“This is not because the system is inefficient. And it is not because the police and courts do not know how to work,” said human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover at the launch of the report.
“This is a matter of institutional bias within the police.”
The report comes at a sensitive time as Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous region, begins state elections on Feb. 11.
Religion and caste violence play a central role in politics in Uttar Pradesh and fanning communal tension often brings political gains to parties that claim to protect different religious and caste groups, analysts say.
(Reporting by Nita Bhalla @nitabhalla, Editing by Katie Nguyen. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit
Results to Be Declared Null And Void in the Absence Of 10% Votes of Women: Pak Minister
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that results of elections in any constituency will be declared null and void if less than 10 % votes of women are cast in any constituency. .
She said that concerted and integrated efforts are being made at the federal and provincial levels to provide equal opportunities to the women voters. She was addressing a ceremony in connection with protection of women in Islamabad today. The Minister said the parliamentary committee which is framing the electoral reforms these days has agreed to ensure greater participation of women in the electoral process. A quota is being allocated to enable women to contest elections on direct seats. She said our society is changing and becoming more receptive to the rights of women. Marriyum Aurangzeb said education are the key for the empowerment of women. She said the government has launched education reform programs in the federal capital and currently in the process of reviewing the curriculum. She said efforts are being made to create greater awareness about women related legislation amongst the masses.
Pakistani Woman Dies In Fake Exorcism After Being Brutally Tortured By ‘Healers’
9 Feb, 2017
A woman in Pakistan has died during a fake exorcism, after her ‘healers’ tied her upside down to a tree, beat her with sticks, and fanned her with smoke and heat.
The incident began after Soraiya Begum, a resident of Dera Ghazi Khan, in Punjab province, began talking to herself.
Her unusual behavior led her husband to believe she had been possessed by ‘djinns,’ evil spirits described in Muslim mythology.
In an effort to fix the situation, the man contacted people who claimed to be ‘pirs,’ a word used to describe Muslim saints or holy men. The men said the woman was in need of an exorcism.
But instead of healing the man’s wife, the so-called pirs began a ritual which ultimately led to her death.
That ritual involved tying the woman to a tree and beating her with sticks before hanging her upside down and fanning her with smoke and heat, Geo TV reported.
On seeing the brutality, Begum’s husband tried to step in and stop the exorcism, although the pirs paid no attention to his pleas.
Begum was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital. Her husband has filed a complaint with police, who say they are conducting raids in a search for the men.
Dr. Mohammad Sultan, head of the department of psychiatry at Khyber Medical College Peshawar, told Geo TV that the woman was likely suffering from schizophrenia.
“It is sad that ignorance still prevails in our society about treatable medical conditions where people live normal lives if given the proper medical attention they require,” he said.
Sultan went on to add that he “cannot understand” why people go to so-called faith healers rather than taking advantage of qualified psychiatrists who offer free treatment in the area.
The doctor said that people claiming to be pirs “take advantage of the lack of literacy and prey on the ignorant.”
It’s not the first time that Pakistan’s self-proclaimed faith healers have made headlines in the country. Last year a teenage girl died after being tortured and raped during a fake exorcism. The teen was brought to a so-called pir by her mother, who wanted her “psychosis” to be cured so she could receive more marriage proposals, the Deccan Chronicle reported.
A mother and daughter were also killed by a fake pir in 2015, after they were taken to the alleged faith healer by a family member who wanted to rid their bodies of ghosts, Pakistan media outlet The News reported at the time. The false pir allegedly locked them in a room after burning a fire, causing them to suffocate. The women were actually suffering from gastroenteritis, according to autopsy reports.
Muzaffarnagar Gang-Rape: Amnesty Report Details Struggles of 7 Muslim Women Who Pressed Charges
10 Feb 2017
On September 8, 2013, a day after a massive gathering in a village outside Muzaffarnagar city in which Hindu leaders from the dominant Jat community addressed a crowd of over 1,00,000 people to save their Hindu daughters and ‘bahus’ from love jihad, 42-year-old Fatima was sexually violated by four men. The men, who belonged to the Jat community and were known to her, assaulted her in her own house in Fugana.
Yet, when she went to the local police station on September 20 to file an FIR, the police refused to do so. It was on October 9, 2013, when she went to file an FIR for the second time, after she was displaced from her own home, that the police eventually registered an FIR. In August 2014, after the police had filed charges against the accused men, two of the accused told other villagers to pass on a message to her family that they would be killed if she did not withdraw her accusation.
She filed a complaint in August 2014, alleging that the accused lured her with money — if she complied, they would pay her Rs 15 lakh, and if she does not, she and her family will be killed.
Fatima is one of the seven courageous women who came forward to lodge a complaint in the aftermath of the violence, during which several women were allegedly violated. Intermittent delays and intimidation has marred the investigation.
Fatima’s account forms the leitmotif of the aftermath of the violence that left over 60 people dead, over 200 injured and several women sexually violated. In the three years since the violence erupted, there has not been a single conviction. A report, “Losing Faith: The Muzaffarnagar Gang-rape Survivors’ Struggle for Justice”, released by Amnesty India in Delhi on Thursday, details the cases of seven Muslim women who came forward to press charges.
“Despite changes to India’s laws in 2013 requiring trials in rape cases to be completed without unnecessary delay, trials have proceeded extremely slowly. The state government and successive central governments have also failed to adequately protect the survivors from threats and harassment — which in some cases led to them retracting their statements — and to provide adequate reparation,” read a statement from Amnesty International India.
Even FIRs in the cases were filed as late as February 2014 with the intervention of the Supreme Court after advocate Vrinda Grover submitted a writ petition in the matter. In one case, chargesheet has not been filed yet, and in another, the survivor recanted her statement after continued harassment, stated the report. In two of the cases, charges are not yet framed, while in one, the accused were acquitted. Trial is yet to begin in a case, while in another, a petition seeking the transfer of the case out of Muzaffarnagar was filed in April 2016.
In March 2014, the Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to give each of the survivors Rs 5, 00,000 as compensation, in addition to other benefits, within four weeks. Six of the seven survivors received the compensation on May 20, 2014, eight weeks after the Supreme Court ruling, after repeated requests.
Makepeace Sitlhou, part of the Amnesty International India’s team sent to report on the investigation, said that there has been a “deliberate delay”. “In one case, the investigating officer took a complainant and paraded her in a marketplace of shops owned by Jat men as part of investigation,” she said. After a complaint with the National Commission of Minorities, the officer was removed.
She added that there has been little assistance of the survivors, with many of them even having to cook for the constables that guard them. After their displacement, a lot of the women have been pushed to ghettoised colonies in the area, she said.
Activist Rehana Adeeb said that rights workers work under severe pressure to get the women to speak. “There’s pressure from the authorities, from the accused, and even from the Muslim communities,” she said.
Advocate Vrinda Grover, who has been spearheading the legal fight to deliver justice to the victims, recounted several accounts of mischief on part of the accused and their counsels to delay the investigation. In one case, one of the survivors told the court that she does not remember the accused. “This is after she had named the accused in the FIR; she bucked under the continued delay and the absences of any support,” said Grover.
Grover said that the Muzaffarnagar cases were the first in which section 376 (2) (g) of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 were applied. Under the amended act, rape committed during communal or sectarian violence will invite a punishment of not lesser than ten years of rigorous imprisonment. The charges were not applied in the original FIRs, leaving a window for the argument around consent, she said.
Arrangement for in-camera recording of rape testimonies was missing from the proceedings, added Grover. “This is also the first instance in my career where I had to request for police protection for my own self,” she said.
As part of its recommendations, Amnesty International India has demanded a vigorous pursuance of the cases to bring justice to the women, an investigation into the threats or harassment of survivors, provision for effective legal assistance and rehabilitation. They have also recommended for a robust law to respond to communal violence, an adequately resourced victim and witness protection programme and comprehensive police reforms.
A second report on the rehabilitation of the survivors will be released in the coming weeks, said Amnesty.

The Donald Trump Phenomenon

Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States on November 8, 2016. During the election campaign as well as after entering the White House, he issued certain harsh statements about Muslim immigrants residing in America. This triggered criticism against Mr. Trump, not only by American Muslims but also from Muslims all over the world. According to Muslims, this development was clearly anti-Muslim and perhaps no Muslim has given a positive response in the matter.
Muslims believe that the Prophet of Islam is a complete model for them. This complete model, however, is not in terms of superiority of the Prophet, but rather in terms of his offering a guiding example in every matter. Whenever Muslims face a situation, it is their responsibility to search for a corresponding example from the life of the Prophet and then act upon it. If the Prophet is a complete model, then his life must provide a model for Muslims in every circumstance they face. There is indeed a model present in Prophet’s life with regard to the current situation as well.
The Prophet of Islam was born in Makkah, where he initiated his mission in 610 AD. After a period of thirteen years, he and his Muslim followers left Makkah for another town called Madinah. In this way, the Prophet and the Companions of the Prophet settled in Madinah as immigrant Muslims. Here they often had to face certain unpleasant situations from some residents of Madinah. For example, a tribal leader of Madinah, Abdullah ibn Ubayy, became a staunch opponent of the Prophet. Although he had pledged allegiance to the Prophet, Ibn Ubayy abhorred to see that immigrants from outside had taken a prominent place in his city.
Ibn Ubayy would often pass humiliating remarks at the Prophet and the Muslims who had come from Makkah. For example, once he made a statement which has been recorded in the Quran in these words: “Indeed, when we return to Madinah, [we] the ones most worthy of honour, will surely drive out from there the contemptible ones!” (63:8). The Quran or the Prophet showed no reaction at these demeaning words. On the contrary when Ibn Ubayy said this, the Quran simply stated: “All honour belongs to God, and to His Messenger and those who believe [in God]: but of this the hypocrites are not aware.” (63:8)
After migration, the Prophet lived in Madinah for ten years. Time and again he would face disparagement from those who had turned hostile to him. For instance, Ibn Ubayy once said to his Madinan followers about the Prophet and the Companions who had come from Makkah: Sammin kalba kayaquluka. It means, “Our example and the example of these Muslims from Makkah is as the saying goes, ‘Feed your dog and it will eat you up!’” (Seerah Ibn Ishaq).In spite of such provocations from Ibn Ubayy, the Prophet did not engage in retaliatory measures nor did he respond verbally to the hurtful talk from Ibn Ubayy and his supporters.
The approach followed by the Prophet and his Companions in this regard can be summed in these words: ‘Take it easy’. Neither did the Prophet take any practical steps nor did he react in words.
What was the reason for this unilateral avoidance on the part of the Prophet? The wisdom behind it was that the Prophet had a positive mission to work towards. Had he reacted to provocation from his opponents, it would have inevitably led to a chain reaction. By not reacting, the Prophet put an end to the provocation in the very first instance. In this manner, he found an opportunity to focus on a higher mission without wasting his time and energy on other issues.
The above policy of the Prophet can be summarized thus: ‘Avoid provocation and continue with your mission in a positive manner.’ This method of the Prophet proved to be successful and the result was that his mission spread peacefully all over Arabia.
The strange response by present-day Muslims is because they have made their Prophet only a matter of pride for their community. Due to this, they have ceased to take him as a role model. It is only by correcting this tendency of ours will we be able to lead an honourable life in this world.
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Who Speaks for Islam in India

In the absence of a clergy within Islamic social order, it becomes difficult to identify representative voices within Muslim society. Questions will be asked about multiple voices speaking in the name of the community and representing themselves in ways that they think are Islamic. For some, it can be argued that such a state of affairs has made the question of legitimacy and authority within Muslim societies confusing. The absence of a clear cut hierarchy and an apex body of decision makers has not only produced a crisis of legitimacy but has also made the process of religious reform difficult. It is argued that it would have been much better for the state to deal with a body of Muslims rather than different maslaks and faith orientations within Muslims who have never ending arguments with each other. The problem is that if such an arrangement of power is made within Muslim society, then only the orthodox Ulema will find space within it.
The recent debate in India on the question of retention or abolition of triple is an important example in this regard. Simply put there are two different positions on this debate. Muslim feminists, progressives of all hues including some Ulema favour the abrogation of triple Talaq due to different reasons ranging from religious to secular. They are arraigned against a belligerent body of Muslim orthodoxy (a silently supported by other religious orthodoxies) who are dead against any change in the existing mode of Muslim divorce and argue that it will amount to interference in the Muslim personal law, an Anglo-Muḥammadan law which they think is akin to a sacred canon.
An acerbic attack has been launched by the orthodox on those who want change within the personal law of Muslims, particularly revocation of triple Talaq, Nikah Halala and polygamy. Since the movement for the revocation of these practices has been led primarily by Muslim women, they are at the centre of these attacks. Apart from calling them stooges of RSS and the government, some very personal remarks have been passed which only goes on to show that the orthodox would go to any extent to discredit those championing the cause of change within Islamic law. The orthodox has not even spared the government of the day accusing it of trying to subvert the ‘age old’ personal law of Muslims. The fine print in all this is that the orthodox Ulema are convinced that only they are the custodians of Islam in India and consequently only they can opine on what constitutes proper Muslim law and whether any change is possible within it or not.
But this position is absurd to say the least. Islam consciously eschewed the institution of clergy. Any Muslim can lead the prayer as Islam proclaims a direct relationship between Allah and the individual believer. A man or a woman has equal right to offer supplication to the Almighty. Moreover, the very fact that Islam places an obligation on all believers to acquire knowledge can only mean that it does not expect that some Muslims should be more knowledgeable than others. Quran, like most other religious scriptures, has been an open book. Multiple readings of the text have spawned a plurality of denominations within Islam and each of them has their own valid interpretation of Islam. This can only mean that the reading of Quran as is being done by Muslim feminists is as valid as those done by the Ulema. From an Islamic point of view then it is not correct to say that someone’s interpretation of Islam is not valid or untrue. It seems that the Ulema, in their attempt to become the champions’ defenders of Islam have forgotten the simple fact there has never been a singular reading of the Quran which has been acceptable to all Muslims.
This can mean only one thing: that what sections of the Ulema are arguing is patently anti-Islamic. They are innovating against the established traditions which hold that multiple readings of the Quran are possible and are valid. There is a reason why Islam did not establish a clergy in the first place. The Ulema in trying to usurp the role of the clergy are therefore doing a great disservice to the spirit of Islam. Islam’s wisdom and its beauty lies in its plurality and diversity of views. Sadly it is the so called custodians of Islam who are hell bent on destroying this historical and theological heritage.
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